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Citra Imperial India Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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Citra Imperial India Pale AleCitra Imperial India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 102
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drmcleod10 on 04-10-2014

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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour with best before on cap of 18/05/17. Look is cloudy, opaque orange. Aroma is classic Citra with dank, stone fruit and lots if citrus fruit and a hint of malty bread. Taste similar to aroma with mild bitterness and a sweet malt backbone that lingers on the tongue. Feel is thick and creamy. Not a ton of carbonation and alcohol well hidden for 8.9%

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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky golden yellow/orange with the frothiest three finger head of foam that lasts.

Citrus, stone fruit, resinous, and a subtle toasted malt sweetness.

Tropical and citrusy hops really take front stage. Dank and bitter hoppiness, slowly fades into a subtle sweetness.

Medium-bodied, heavy carbonation, dank, resinous, creamy smooth!

Overall, this brew is fantastic in both flavor and aroma, but also has a creamy smooth mouthfeel and a frothy head of foam that feels like sipping on a cloud.

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4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a thick looking and turgid orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells like a classic Citra-hopped IPA- really fruity and tropical, an unbelievably citrus forward, with no malt aspect at all.

This basically tastes like hop-enchanced, alcoholic orange juice. It's unbelievably fruity, and "thick" tasting. Orange, apricot and pineapple galore, with some stone fruit, and a little bit of pine. I'm not really getting a lot of malt character.

This is pretty thick and pulpy in feel, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is excellent, much better than I expected.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drmeto
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

-pours a cloudy deep orange with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-lemons,oranges,tangerines,grapefruit,peaches,pineapple,mango,passionfruit,white grapes
-Follows the nose
-moderate bitterniss for a DIPA
-finishes very dry
-medium carbonation
-full body
-slight alcohol warming
An absolute Citra Juice Bomb.
First Mikkeller Beer to really Wow me.

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3.37/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Senor Pacheco for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Sampled with him previously and now reviewing my bottle.

A- Pours from the tall 12oz bottle into a tulip with a strangely hazy almost murky-pulpy body. A massive thick creamy white head peaks at over two fingers. Great head retention as a thick pillow seems to stay around forever. Huge sheets and webs of lacing everywhere.

S- Juicy and pungent. Pretty much stone fruit juice and citrus meeting together to produce a fruity bouquet of tangerines, oranges, satsuma mandarin, nectarine, melon and mango. Hints of grainy bread and caramel but hops are about ninety percent of it.

T- Stays true to the aroma but the bitterness really works well here. Being a Double IPA I like when brewers can combine a semi-aggressive bitterness with the juicy and citrus hop flavors; that is all here. As above you can pretty much list off citrus and stone fruits and find them in here but for me the big ones are piney mango, cantaloupe/melon, tangerines and oranges. In the taste a ripe dankness comes along with all of this. Base grains are there as a support to the hops with a medium sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied and perhaps on the lighter side of things for the style but it suits the flavors better than a thick body would. High, crisp carbonation sets off a creamy and frothy consistency. Finishes with a moderately high bitterness; a perfect way for it all to end.

Dank, juicy and citrus hops swarm the taste buds with a pungent high strength. One of the best things to me is keeping that edgy citrus rind high bitterness around with them. A lot of brewers just go for juice bombs and smoothness. This combines the smooth fruity hop flavors with a great bitter finish.

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Citra Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.