Citra Imperial Indian Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS
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4.24/5 rDev -2.3%
When fresh, no hop character has the punch of Citra- bursting with the tangy and juicy goodness of tangerine that's laced with tropical fruit medley and a hint of fragrant and exotic grasses. And all that irresistible hop flavor manifests in Mikkeller's Citra Imperial India Pale Ale.
Golden-orange in color, the ale pours with a slight weight that causes the carbonation to separate from its body in what seems like slow-motion. As its bright color carries a modestly unfiltered head, a voluminous ivory-white head patiently builds on top. Its utmost retention and intricate lacing tells a charming beer story.
Its aromas bust with citrus hop character- tangerine and mandarin oranges leading the way with a pineapple-mango-apricot roundness that teases the olfactories with notions of Hawaiian punch. A malty backbone of caramel and biscuit is starchy enough to support the hops with a shortbread type of savoriness. As the first sip draws near, a whiff of chive and fresh-cut grass garners surprise.
As its caramel, biscuit and honied sweetness layers onto the palate, its bready sweetness invites a middle palate of high citrus and to a lesser extent, tropical fruit flavor. Vibrant red grapefruit, ripe tangerine, pineapple, apricot and mango are all represented in an array of fructose flavors that emerge with each sip. Finishing smoothly bitter with citrus peels and herbal chive and grass, a moderately spicy alcohol exacerbates the beer's hop bitterness and malty-dry taste.
Medium bodied, the imperial ale drinks much lighter as the sweetness turns to dryness quickly, leaving the resinous hop dryness and alcohol spice to tackle the finish with ease. Its ample carbonation provides a creamy and bready texture early but an arid weightlessness as the taste concludes.
Where no real surprises were had in the taste of Mikkeller's single-hopped Citra Imperial India Pale Ale, anyone who's familiar with the hop variety will find comfort in the taste here as the beer is well formulated, quality brewed and palate tested.
04-21-2014 16:19:59 | More by BEERchitect
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
Picked this up today because I love Citra Hops.
A - Appearance is much like other Citra IPA's.. they look so appealing and juicy. This is an orange amber haze with a 3 finger white foam head with solid lacing
S - Smell is orange zest with tropical fruit flavors coming in on the nose. Surprisingly when I opened it, it smelled more piney but the beer was slightly too cold. As it got closer to 45 it really began to take on the citrus and tropical fruit blend of smell with mangos, pineapple and orange.
T - Taste follows the smell closely as it is just a tad too bitter for the smell. You definitely get the Citra hops with the orange dominating with hints of pineapple and mange on the finish. It's not as juicy as I was expecting but definitely a combo of bitter hoppy tastes with a sweet fruity finish
M - Mouthfeel is solid for this style. Medium bodied with a not too dry finish
O - Overall I had no expectations whatsoever when I bought this and threw it in my mixed 6er as it just arrived today. Overall I am pleased with this and can add this to the list of DIPA/IPA/APA citra brews that I love
It's no PsuedoSue or King Sue, but if it's available I will definitely pick this up. It's refreshing and easily drinkable for the 8.9% abv
04-10-2014 21:39:47 | More by drmcleod10
4.49/5 rDev +3.5%
I also picked this up because I love the citra hops.... pours a hazy yellow and totally makes me think of Squirt. the smell is not quite Squirt, but it has the same kind of fruity, grapefruit, lemon and citrus zest aroma....
taste is carbonated- like SQUIRT ! ! ! ! and tastes a lot like the soft drink... just like the nose, there is grapefruit and lemon and some zest, with a dancing on the tastebuds as if I were drinking a soft drink. very nice. very easy to drink and enjoy. maybe it's the colors on the bottle, maybe it's the look of the liquid, but I've got Squirt on my mind and this is just like it!!
05-01-2014 02:22:17 | More by pkalix
4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a creamy yellow gold color. Not quite opaque but it's very cloudy. A bit lighter in color than the Simcoe version. Medium to large white head, rather rocky. It doesn't last terribly long, but there are some nice clumps of bubbles sticking to the walls of the glass. The aroma is bubblegum, pineapple, peach, strawberry, nectarine and a whole bunch of mango. Really nice expression of Citra. Much more sweet fruit flavors than acidic citrus. Mild, sweet pale malt background with a touch of caramel. The taste is similar. It's moderately bitter with a whole bunch of hop flavor. The hoppiness is a bit harsher; there's some pine resin and grapefruit rind getting into the mix. It's still quite gentle. Could be a little juicier. Mouthfeel is medium full, fairly smooth. Some lingering sweetness. Very nice beer with a whole bunch of tasty Citra flavor.
05-04-2014 05:37:51 | More by popery
Citra Imperial Indian Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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