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Citra Imperial Indian Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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92
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: drmcleod10 on 04-10-2014)
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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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Nice fresh Mikkeller DIPA. Again with this 'Indian' Pale Ale listing?

A - Pour from a 330ml into a snifter is REALLY hazy light orange. It kinda looks like powdery fruit juice. Nevertheless, a nice a color. A creamy white/yellowish head retains very well as a thin+full cap, bits of lace left throughout.

S - Nice scents of, you guessed it, Citra hops. Decent strength. Lots of leafy and earthy grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit, some mint. Some sugary malt backing.

T - Bitterness builds up a little more here with plenty of lemon, orange, tangerine and mango, more intense herbal hop and piny resin coming through. Malt flavors are more distinct here as well with honey and biscuit tones.

M - Creamy and somewhat heavy feeling, medium-high hop bitterness that is nicely cushioned by malts. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, some alcohol there. Definitely has a 'big IPA' feel to it. One bottle of this is plenty for me.

O - Quite good. Compared to the Citra-variety Hill Farmstead IPA/DIPAs, this felt maybe not quite as put together but also a little less restrained, showing off its ABV and bitterness a little more. Good intense flavors and showcases Citra well.

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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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Citra Imperial Indian Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.