For those of you who have ordered our craft-beer-inspired pretzels from Boardwalk Food Company, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks. We put a lot of effort into our craft-beer-inspired pretzels to make them taste like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. One question we get asked quite often, besides how to order our products, is why our IPA pretzels have a citrusy taste to them. And believe it or not, many people have this same question regarding craft beer. There’s a reason for this taste, and we’re glad to take a few moments to explain why. 

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There’s Probably no Citrus in Your IPA

Unless you’re purchasing a craft beer that is brewed with citrus flavors, there’s no citrus in your IPA. When breweries make their beers, they usually add a fair amount of high-end hops and sometimes grains to the process. The end result is a sometimes bitter beverage and can trigger the sensory organs to have a similar reaction to that of sweet citrus flavors such as lemon or grapefruit. The citrusy taste comes from the hops. If you purchase a craft beer that’s made from hops such as cascade, centennial, Amarillo, simple, strata, or chinook, you may experience a grapefruit-like aftertaste, but it’s not from the presence of any actual grapefruit. 

Some Popular IPAs that Possess a Grapefruit-Like Aftertaste 

If you’re a regular beer drinker, you might have noticed that sometimes the aftertaste is akin to citrus. Whether you enjoy this flavor or you don’t, we’ve taken the time to list some IPAs that have this taste. This way, you can choose whether or not you want to partake in or avoid them. 

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