What is it?
That’s a good question. I’m still asking this myself.
It is a wine (?). It is in a 250ml can (which is a large glass of wine) and is 13.1%ABV. The ‘SB’ in the name says to me there might be some connection to Sauvignon Blanc but who even knows. It says “special natural wine” on the can. It’s all very confusing.
This comes in a high commitment four pack.
What’s good about it?
If your a beer drinker that loves a hoppy beer, but you want to mix it up for a change, then you might like this wine. Because it tastes like a beer.
But the size it comes in is smaller than beer (250ml), but also more alcoholic than most beers.
So if you ever wished your beer tasted a bit like wine, but there was less of it, but stronger then – good news – you may have finally found your dream drink.
The can is what I like to refer to as ‘handbag size’. Which means it’s in a small can that can easily fit in your handbag.
What does it taste like?
A quick google search tells me that citra hops are the most citrusy of hops. And this wine does have a hoppy flavour, but also a very citrusy flavour. On the can it says it tastes of grapefruit any lychee. While I feel like the lychee flavour is very subtle and more to do with poetic licence, it definitely does taste of grapefruit.
It also tastes of IPAs and sports and pizza and your local sports and pizza bar that serves 5 million kinds of craft brews. But also a bit like wine, and it’s not heavy like a beer and doesn’t make you have to use the toilet like every five minutes like a beer does.
Come to think of it it’s like if you played a game of king’s cup and the three types of alcohol that you mixed in the forfeit cup actually kind of tasted good together.
What isn’t good about it?
Well, it tastes like beer. And I’m not here for the beer.
I feel like it’s an extension of the insane American obsession with IPAs. Let’s not put hops in everything, ok?
I instantly did not like the taste and was bummed that I had four cans. I then proceeded to drink three of the four cans in an afternoon.
After the first one it kind of grew on me and for a moment I appreciated its individuality and creativity. Maybe it is like Marmite or any other food you can think of that divides opinions. You either love it or hate it.
Would I buy it again?
No. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll drink the fourth and final can, but I probably won’t be rushing back to get more.
Citra Dry Hopped SB Quick Facts
- Price: $14 – $17 (depending on tax) for 4
- Found at: Fine Wine and Good Spirits, 2040 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19143
- Alcohol Content: 13.1% ABV
- Rating: 2 out of 10
- Type of wine: “special natural wine” with hops
- Container type: can
- Container size: 250ML
- Hails from: ??
- Pairs well with: Pizza (?)