We’ve been lucky enough to drink a fair bit of Fyne Ales Jarl and Oakham Citra lately, though not yet side by side in the same pub, and they’re both fantastic beers.
If we could easily, reliably get one or the other near where we live, we’d probably not drink much else, at least for a few months.
But Al from Fuggled asked the following question…
…it got us thinking.
We concluded, quite quickly, based on gut feeling, that Jarl is a better beer. (Or more to our taste, anyway.)
Twitter agreed with us, too:
Again, to reiterate, we love Oakham Citra, as do many people who told us they preferred Jarl.
For us, it’s perhaps still a top ten beer.
But what gives Jarl that slight edge?
It’s maybe that Citra, when we really think about it, has a sharp, insistent, almost clanging note that the more subtle Scottish ale avoids. It can get a bit tiring, even, four pints into a session.
We often find ourselves thinking about beer in terms of sound and in this case, you might say Citra is clipping in the treble, just a touch.
There’s another possible factor, of course: we think most of the Jarl we’ve drunk has come sparkled, while the Citra is usually presented as nature intended.