Big Drop Paradiso Citra IPA Review. Citra to the max

Big Drop Paradiso Citra IPA non alcoholic beer i bought and drank for this review

About Big Drop Brewing Co

Big Drop are a UK company but are expanding all over the world and have not entered USA. You can chart their expansion via their website

Im a big fan and of theirs and for the most part i love their beers with just 1 or 2 exceptions. Will this be a hit or a miss?

What type of beer is Paradiso Citra IPA?

No shocks that Paradiso is a Citra IPA.

A citra IPA is an india pale ale which is heavy on the hops creating a strong citrus taste. Often these days, it is created using a single hop brew. The hops is surprisingly called “citra”

The Ingredients

You might need to verging on beer geek or have an allergy to look too closely at a beers ingredients but you can learn a lot.

You sometimes see random grains you wouldn’t expect like rice, or added syrups can be a red flag.

You could also start to see “natural flavourings” and wonder what they are as beer is grain and hops.

Paradiso Citra IPA has…

  • Water
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • Hops
  • Lactose
  • Yeast

So they are using all the grains and in this case adding lactose for sweetness as it doesn’t ferment to alcohol by the yeast. It is slightly unusual to have lactose in non stouts but i see it more and more in the craft non alcoholic breweries as it would increase the alcohol content.

Paradiso Citra IPA Nutrition

I doubt many people look too closely at the nutrition label of beers but it can tell you so much about the beer. Even more so in the non alcoholic world.

Is the calorie count very high and there isn’t too much gain vs an alcoholic beer? Is there a lot of added sugar pointing towards how it was made and that it could taste far too sweet for a beer?

Paradiso Citra IPAs nutrition stats are…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 18.5kcal
Paradiso Citra IPA Nutrition Profile

Excellent stats indeed. Very low calorie and low carbohydrate. I hope they have enough flavour and body still in there.

For a full article on the calories, carbs and sugar in non alcoholic beers then read my article on it here

Is Paradiso Citra IPA really alcohol free?

You can see from my picture, the can says “alcohol-free” but that doesn’t mean it is 0.0% ABV due to different labelling laws. 

UK and US law says only beers with an ABV of less then 0.05% can use alcohol free terminology. Big Drop are likely using EU laws here where anything up to 0.5% ABV can be called alcohol free. Clear as mud, eh?

0.5% ABV is still “non alcoholic” by law tho.

Despite having x10 more alcohol than a true alcohol free beer, the amount of alcohol in Paradiso is still nothing to be worried by. 

Many food stuffs have a higher ABV such as apple juice and even ripe bananas can get to 0.4% ABV.

You can read my entire article on how to tell how much alcohol is in a non alcoholic beer here

If you would like to find out why breweries like this go for a 0.5% beer rather than a 0.0% beer then read my full article on that here

The Look

As with all the Big Drop range, each beer has its own colour. The vibrant green shouts citrus and pine to me.

The beer colour is run of the mill, mid amber, basically lager colour. It isn’t the darker, strongly alcoholic IPA type colour.

The Aroma

Ha, citra IPA it is and citrus you get. A powerful nose of citrus and pine overpowers anything else you might smell. If you like a highly hopped IPA, this is gonna be for you.

The Taste

Yikes, that is citrus and pine to the absolute maximum. It is like a chilli, the first few seconds not too much then it builds and keeps building right on the mid tongue and roof of your mouth.

It certainly doesnt lack flavour. You taste this for ages after the swallow and it evolves into a kind of nasty chemically taste for me. It is just too hopped for my tastes and I like an IPA.

Big drop have another classic IPA, Pine Trail (review here) which I loved and is one of my highest ranking beers but this is just overload for me.

I cant even finish the bottle such is the overpowering nature of the citra hops. There is also chinnok, cascade, simcoe and Columbus if you know your hops.

The Verdict

This just isn’t for me. It is an IPA on citrus steroids and just too much. It warps into a chemically, synthetic taste at the end which has stopped me drinking it.

The Score

5.5/10 – although I can’t drink it I know there will be IPA lovers who will not get enough of it. Horses for courses and all that.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy

To check out the latest Amazon prices you can follow this link

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

For Australian readers, Craft Zero has a range of products, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 10% off

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Is Paradiso Gluten Free?

Paradiso Citra IPA is gluten free as confirmed by the company.

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Paradiso Vegan?

No. Paradiso Citra IPA is not vegan as it contains lactose.

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview

Although I can’t drink it I know there will be IPA lovers who will not get enough of it. Horses for courses and all that.


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