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Citra Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Citra Single Hop IPACitra Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011)
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Reviews by Brent:
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Single hop beers are always an interesting educational experience in picking out the various characteristics of the hops variety in blended hops beers. Nice malt backbone. A touch of honey sweetness subsumed within the moderately citric hops current running throughout the beer. Finish was just a touch astringent.

03-02-2012 14:57:24 | More by Brent
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich full copper/bronze with a fluffy large one finger bone white head atop,it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Grapefruit rind and apricot aromas overtop of caramel/biscuit malt,it doesnt punch hard but it smells fresh and inviting.The citra's are a little underwhelming on the palate,they provide a nice citric shot but the sweetish caramel base is large enough to hold them back a little.A solid offering like most of the Mikkeller single hop series (save the srachi ace),it dont blow your mind but is really good.

11-28-2011 22:49:46 | More by oberon
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joemetric

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-10-2014 18:39:17 | More by joemetric
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-20-2013 04:14:29 | More by megamass
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. I think this is the best of the second round of Mikkeller single hop beers.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the citrus notes. I get a lot of orange, as well as a little bit of papaya and some biscuit malt.

The flavor is full of tropical fruit. I get a ton of mango, apricot and orange, with some grass and pine also mixed in. There is also some biscuit malt and the bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-05-2011 20:22:24 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-20-2012 01:14:06 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-30-2012 21:09:02 | More by virinow
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dogfishandi

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

11.2oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "8231103" on the cap, not really sure what this indicates.

pours out a rather cloudy deep golden orange color, somewhat amber. big, frothy off white head, maybe 2 fingers. some very nice thick retention and lots of nice lace stick to the glass.

i was expecting a citrus assault on the nose, but to my surprise this is a pretty balanced smelling IPA. pretty metallic at first. a lighter grapefruit citrus melds with a biscuity malt, slight fruity esters and a hint of resin.

no real hop flavors shine here, a bit of a letdown. theres a little resinous grapefruit, maybe a hint of pine. also kind of a woody hop character is noticable. biscuity caramel malt balances things out. bitterness throughout but definatly nothing kicking your teeth in.

heavier side of medium bodied with a slight resinous, sticky feel.

citra hops, the new variety on the market that seems to be all the rage. ive really enjoyed this hop in all the beers ive had it in (ithaca-13, torpedo, etc.), but this didnt do it for me. hardly any of the wonderful characteristics of this hop shine in this beer, too balanced. perhaps this was better fresher? the chinook and cascade single hop beers from the last batch were much better than this. kind of a letdown...

10-10-2011 00:07:09 | More by dogfishandi
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Nice orange pour, about 1" of head, looks very nice. Good citra aroma, no mistakes about that one. Not overpowering, just right.

More citrus flavoring, pale malt body allows this to be one of the best single hop offerings of any brewer, much less Mikkeller. Carbonation on point, only negative in the mouthfeel would be hoping for a little more of the fresh hop taste, but coming from halfway around the world, its understandable that the potent aspect of the hop is a little lesser than grabbing something from a geographically closer locale.

Generally, I tend to deduct .5 point on Mikkeller's single hop series for the price, but I didn't here because this one seemed to be one of their best, and it was 'only' $5, whereas I don't bat an eye paying $8 for bombers from this locale, so have at it.

08-18-2011 17:10:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mocktm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-09-2012 17:12:30 | More by mocktm
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2011 23:00:48 | More by dsauter
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PopGun

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

10-13-2012 21:53:54 | More by PopGun
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quirkzoo

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -37.7%

IPA's without dates scare me, especially overseas IPAs but this one is new in a store with decent turnover so I went for it, wish I hadn't.

Pours a very nice dirty orange color with a thick two finger white head that slowly recedes to a nice thick cap. The smell is very interesting, it reminds me of the street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Very sweet, with a palm sugar aroma that has a vegetal undertone, not very complex and not what I would expect from Citra hops. The taste was bitter up front and almost no flavor except for some alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was strange and flaccid. Overall I poured the second half down the drain, not worth it.

From looking at other reviews it seems as though my experience is in the minority, but if you find this beer, make sure it is fresh.

04-14-2012 04:47:21 | More by quirkzoo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

330ml bottle, the usual Danish-only label info on the label. No probs.

This beer pours a hazy dark golden colour, with two fingers of tight foamy, barely off-white head, which leaves an impressive array of complex droopy, fuzzy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet citrus hops, soft grainy malt, and a very understated alcohol edge. The taste is astringent citrus peel, more undervalued caramel graininess, and a still subtle, quiet booziness.

The bubbles are present, but not that pervasive, the body an agreeable medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with a melee of citrus hops and beleaguered bready, caramel malt.

Another decent single hop offering from Mikkeller - this time, the citrus comes out rather forcefully, with a lessened emphasis on the malt side of things. A bit plainly one-sided, and herbal, at times, but overall, pleasant enough to put back.

03-11-2012 04:33:56 | More by biboergosum
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-07-2013 17:44:30 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-05-2012 22:17:04 | More by AlexChillton
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%

Peter Paul from de Molen brewery recommended me this beer, thanks man for pointing it out.

A - A deep soft amber color mixed with pink!? Is this for real? This color is so nice and different. The head is big and off white. The foam stays present quite long and after a while it becomes fluffy. The are carbonation bubbles visible that try to get up.

S - A good strong smell of peaches, pine, grass and last but certainly not least citrus (of course). This is so inviting that you have to take a gulp right away. To keep your emotion under control after smelling it is hard and feels like a torture. This is how every IPA should smell.

T - WOW!!!! I am normally not a real IPA fan, but this changed my opinion. What a strong bitter taste that becomes creamy after a while. The bitterness leaves your tongue dazzled as if it was stung by a bee. The beer stays fersh in taste all the way. Light sweet up front and for the rest every thing like the smell gave away.

M - This beer is creamy in your mouth, but not at all sticky! The body is quite full & tasty and that for a 6,9% ABV!! I think it is quite exceptional.

O - What an exceptional different beer! One should try this in the morning. It wakes you up and I am certain it will keep you in a positive mood all day.

12-04-2011 20:06:56 | More by Mar02x
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Rich bottle of IPA, the citra is here, its good, and it demonstrates less than the more ctrussy hops I have had in the series. Floral and above average mouthfeel. Orange to golden body, wth generous off-white head, and thick lace. A good taming of this hop.

12-06-2011 01:36:48 | More by Sammy
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sfprint

Germany

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

exp Oct 10th 2013.

A: highly carbonated. gushing upon uncapping. Root beer float head, rich amber color with large chunks of suspended sediment, hazy with barely any visible rising carbonation. Resembles many Belgian Tripels.
S: like sea-buckthorn (sanddorn) ice cream. christmas spicy
T: woody, persimmon. I thought "citra" would resemble "citrus" but it's no where near it. slight bitterness, but not really sweet but has a fairly rich, solid and unique flavor. With some other sort of fruitiness, like pear juice. Very nice, cinnamon bread after taste.
M: Light to medium body, with a quick dull sting.
O: This one is pretty special. The richness, well roundedness and uniqueness is well above average. I really like it.

04-04-2013 01:18:21 | More by sfprint
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

330ml bottle from the International Beer Shop, thanks to bluebetty for picking this up. Poured into a Great Divide Cervoise goblet.

Large bubbled off-white head of foam sits on top of an orange-amber coloured beer. Nice pillowy head that falls slowly and laces well.

Nice tropical fruit aroma backed with a little bit of an odd earthy smell that detracts a touch.

Tastes of grapefruit and plenty of it. Some malt backing comes in later to offset it a touch.

Decent bitterness throughout, not excessive however. Nice mredium body and easy to drink.

Mikkeller does the single hops well, not amazing, but good beers that you know will showcase the hop well and still be enjoyable.

03-03-2012 08:36:28 | More by MrKennedy
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GrumpyGas

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

This was a nice surprise. I'm not a fan of grapefruit, in general, and I wouldn't have chosen it if I knew it was, however, the grapefruit/citrus taste was a perfect foil for the hops. The light cloudy yellow color doesn't make a good impression visually, b ut the smell and flavor turn it around.

This is not a drink all day beer, but it might be nice to pair with an open fire cooked meat like pork or venison.

05-10-2012 00:42:54 | More by GrumpyGas
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-18-2012 19:08:27 | More by aztraz
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into a pint glass- pours a hazy orange/brown color with two fingers of head that stay for a somewhat unnervingly long time with puffy lacing.

The smell is definitely citrus- lemon, grapefruit, and resin. Good, but nowhere near as inviting as some of the great IPAs.

The taste is sweet throughout- definitely some piney resin up front followed by lemon, then grapefruit and then it gives way to malt sweetness with a little residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little too syrupy. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a little sticky. This is an interesting beer but not one I'd seek out (I just saw it and decided to give it a whirl).

03-03-2013 00:03:23 | More by Hopdaemon39
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beerman999999

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-14-2012 21:33:46 | More by beerman999999
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Cap numbered 8231103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a five finger off-white fluffy head that subsided to two and a half finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and subtle grapefruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I had a feeling I was going to like this one before even having it as some of my favorite IPA/IIPAs use Citra as their main ingredient. This one did not disappoint. While still not my favorite out of the series, the citrus aspect really shines through on this one. A definite must try from the series if you get the chance for sure!

08-11-2011 14:53:27 | More by thagr81us
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Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.