Citra Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Citra Single Hop IPACitra Single Hop IPA

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85
very good

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 197
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,275 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was wondering about Citra hops. This is milder than I anticipated. Poured with a huge, billowy, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that lasts all the way down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear copper orange amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is so mild I can hardly sensey it - but ls malt, caramel, hop, citrus, hint pineapple and bare hint resin. Flavors like nose and likewise mild, fairly dry, perfectly proportionally balanced bitter and carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are spot on. Finish is like flavor, fairly short, and extremely drinkable. (568 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Three fingers of a tightly bubbled head sit atop the hazy orange-amber liquid and refuse to dissipate; plenty of lacing action, too

Smell: Bitter and pithy, with a bit of kumquot thrown into the mix

Taste: A bit of biscuity malt and then the hops kick in, bringing a herbal/tropical fruit character that is not nearly as bitter as the aroma; after the swallow, the combination of the hops and the malt add a sweet dimension, though not in a cloying or sticky manner

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, that combines the hops and malt in a very complementary way (622 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a hazy texture. Light sediment. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A very light, fruity aroma, with some hops thrown in as well.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus (grapefruit especially), and a solid amount of malt, as well. This one won't win any prizes for originality, but what it does, it does well.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely likable beer. One Mikkeller's best from the Single Hop series. (540 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with a fat head, nice lace.

The scent is floral perfume and grapefruit. Pale and slight caramalt.

The taste is pale malts with a bitch slap of flowers and grapefruit. A little sticky in the mouth.

One of the more fun of the single hop series. (271 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the Mikkeller single hop series.

Poured into a tulip glass, this has a thick foamy head with good retention. Body is a hazy light coppery amber.

Smells subtly of tangerine over a sweet malt base with a little brown sugar.

Predominant taste is orange, which combines with the malty base beer in different ways on the palate. Nicely acidic in the front palate, tastes of slightly bitter orange peel and malt, then a bit more refined sweet orange juice mid palate, which develops into a long finish with orange zest volatiles at the end giving this a dry and bitter ending, which becomes more grapefruit rind in bitterness.

Body is medium and nicely carbonated to produce a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a good expression of Citra hops, but the base beer is a bit toomalty. (799 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber pour with a huge foamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing when it finally settles down.

S: Smell is great, especially for a single hop IPA. Nice citrus aroma punctuated maybe with a little caramel.

T: Surprisingly good and complex for such a simple beer. It's easy to see why everyone loves Citra nowadays. Lots of citrus like the nose, with some resinous pine too. A little bready malt follows it up to balance it out.

M: Not bad. A little mouth-coating oil sensation that sticks around for a bit. Bitterness is not too harsh.

O: As mentioned, surprisingly complex and well-balanced given the simple recipe. Most of the single hop IPAs are just experiments and are intriguing to try but tend to lack depth. This one is that and more - it's also quite good and easy to drink at the same time. I think this is the best single hop I've tried thus far. (891 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle side by side with Galena and Super Galena versions.

Pour is much, much different than the other two version. It pours with an enormous fluffy white head, three inches thick, that sits on top a darker amber body. Color is closer to the Super Galena and darker than the Galena. Sheets of lacing and three times the head of the others.

Aroma is, by far, the best of the three versions I'm sampling. It's got that distinctive Citra character of massive citrus with hints of wood and herbal hops.

The taste isn't as nice as the aroma as the blast of citrus in the nose only translates to a milder pineapple and apricot presence up front. There is more in the way of pine than I got in the aroma and the finish is actually smoother with less bitterness than the Galenas.

The mouthfeel is smoother than the other two with softer carbonation.

This is the clear winner of the three I tried tonight. It shows why Citra is all the rage these days as it brings a really distinctive and flavorful character to a beer. This is one of the Mikkeller single hops that could stand alone as a really solid IPA with no other hop additions. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (515 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (792 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark amber with a very thick white head. A little bit of sediment floating around in the glass and you can't see through the glass.

S - Citrus and sugars. Reminds me so Simcoe hops.

T - Super smooth hops right up front. When I smelled it I thought the hops would be very bitter and have the bite of Simcoe, but the Citra hits the tongue like a pillow. Perfect blend of malts on the back leaving a bitter sweet flavor of citrus, hops, and flowers. Wonderful IPA.

M - Super carbonated and really keeps a full head on the beer as you drink it down. Citrus flavors really mask the alcohol.

O - Pleasantly surprised with this showing from MIkkeller. I'm starting to be a true believer in the Citra hop and the beers that it produces. (743 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (725 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from several weeks ago; picked up a bottle of this over in NY State. I had heard about this single hop series and someone recommended the Citra to me over the other options. Which with the cost of them, I appreciated a recommendation.
Appearance is a nice orange tone, kinda hazy. Its` nose has lemon peel, grapefruit, pine, floral notes including a bit of canibus. The nose is really something, a lot of flavors going on. For the taste, I came across citrus, grass, bread, hops. MF is medium with a bitter finish. This was a very good beer, happy with the purchase, albeit a pricey one. (594 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Some random code on the bottlecap doesn't particularly clarify freshness. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Giant orange-tinged foam with great retention and glass-coating lace. Transparent golden orange body. Looks exactly like a Citra Single Hop IPA should!

S - Smells like Citra hops, but lacks the potency found in American single hop offerings like Zombie Dust. Plenty of orange, but without the chive and dank notes I often get from Citra. The malt backdrop is fairly unobtrusive icing sugar flavor.

T - Taste is again quite orange-heavy, but with notes of chive and herbal zest this time. Sugary malt backbone, and fairy mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Grainy medium body, pleasant medium-low carbonation, and a super resinous residual texture.

D - I had no problem putting down 6oz of this one, and I'd actually have it again if these weren't so damn expensive. Perhaps this will show up on-tap at Local Option in the near future. Probably the best thing I've had from this series. (1,034 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly cloudy for an IPA. Deep amber with a small tight white head. The smell is loaded with whole leaf hops, but not fresh. Very leafy and herbal Citra all the way. A touch of lemon, but not all that much. Light base malt allows the single hop to shine (which is the idea here).

The taste is what you'd expect from a Mikkeller, except wait a minute, where the booze? no where, thats where. All whole leaf Citra. not dry hopped fruitiness, but straight whole leaf hops. Very leafy and grassy. Hints of lemon and grapefruit, but its all leaf. Base malt is only there enough to give it body.

Im totally astounded by how hidden the alcohol is. Its all hops and hints of base malt, but the 7% is totally hidden by the flavors. An amazing feat by Mikkeller. (761 characters)

Photo of tasteegood
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice gift with a $6.49 price tag attached to the 11.2 oz bottle. This bad boy was served up in a New Holland Tulip glass.

A- Maybe my pour had a lil too much thrust, but thsi beer exhibited a two inch thick head that floated above the lips of the glass for a while. Color was off orange, a lil' dirty.

S- Sweet grapefruit and citusy (sp) goodness.
T- Cirtrus without hints of pine. Definitey not that hoppy (to my standards anyway)
M- Leave a nice lingering carbonation with some biteterness that resembles a not too tart grapefruit.
O- Definitely would have again, more likely drink it if I wanted to splurge on a hop specific IPA. A great beer that was a nice treat to have, but due to the price, I have to give it a lower rating.
Cheers (757 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color, thick white head (you could create a sculpture with it!).

Spicy, citrusy, and sweet smell. Very banana-like...lots of other fruit-like notes (like a fruit cocktail...).

Glass-smooth mouthfeel. Light and refreshing. Strong malt taste with a refreshing light fruitiness in the background. Solid bitterness in the finish - not too light, not too strong...

Another interesting single-hop IPA from Mikkeller. There is a certain lightness overall, probably due to this hop variety, yet there is still plenty of traditional IPA malt sweetness and body with a decent enough IPA bitterness. Different but intriguingly interesting... (649 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a burnt orange hue. The liquid is quite hazy. An aggressive pour creates a large, tight off-white head with a slight yellow undertone. The head is pretty huge, and it retains excellently. Wondering how I am going to get my lips past the head. The beer laces very well.

S-The aroma is rather light. Lively citrus scent is the main attraction. A bit floral as well. The sweet maltiness balances out the nose. The aroma is attractive but not very bold.

T-The flavor is also not exceptionally powerful but it is quite tasty. This beer tastes like fresh clementines in my opinion. I can see why, when paired with other hop varieties of hops, the citra would add an absolutely delicious dimension to the overall flavor. This beer is mildly bitter and leaves a decent aftertaste. The sweetness from the malt balances this beer out quite well.

M-The feel is very creamy and a bit sticky. I enjoy the oily mouthfeel here. The carbonation is smooth and mellow. The feel is one of the best parts of the beer.

O/D-Overall, I am a fan of this beer. I do not love it but I do love how this beer exemplifies the potential of the Citra hop. The flavor is mostly mild but definitely enoyable. At about $5.75 for a 12 oz. bottle, I would be cautious to try another one of these single hop bottles. Pretty good, but not exeptional. (1,333 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep, hazy orange with a rich, lathery head that puffed up quite a bit but settled to a thick cap; lots of lacing left on glass

S - some light malt right away which makes me think this is not super fresh; citrus blossom, lemon peel, bee pollen

T - tastes fresher than aroma though i had no beef at all with either; mild taste overall with lots of hop flavor but not overwhelming with floral or bitter elements; clean taste with bittering finish

M - crisp, neat presentation overall; light-med body with light, active carbonation that is slightly prickly

D - pretty delicious; I would love to have one fresh off the line to compare but had no problems as-is; would love to session this one! (705 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out a dark hazy brownish amber with only a single finger of loose clumped head, medium levels of lacing.

Oh man. Smells of mango, pineapple, papaya, a bit of lemon/lime rind and biscuit malt with a nuance of woody herbals. Tropical Citra Fruit Salad all the way. I'm a big fat sucker for this sort of nose.

The flavor however is a lot more pith than rind of lemon and lime, and a somewhat murkier mix of green herbals and pine than the nose had. Odd how the nose smells so very sweet and yet the flavor is dry and leafy to the contrary of the aroma prediction.

More medium body and carb levels, same creamy texture as all the others so far. (680 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (910 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citra hops is quite dominant with some citrus and piney notes though the dill characteristics are not as present as I would have expected. Taste is also dominated by some citrus notes and light piney notes with some dry caramel malt and again the dill notes that I usually associated to Citra are hard to distinguish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed but Citra is not coming out as I had expected. (531 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (314 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass

$5.99 at Diciccos in brewster

No date on bottle

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with a 1 finger fluffy off white head that isn't going anywhere due to tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Leaves some crazy lacing on the glass as well. Really nice looking IPA.

S- Fruity tropical notes with hints of citrus and caramel from the malts.

T- Unfortunately I bought this warm so I think the hops faded quite a bit. But otherwise getting fruity tropical fruits like the aroma. Lots of grapefruit or pineapple, but are quickly taken over by fresh grass and dank resin. Also a slight sweetness from the malts and a decent fullness from the alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter finish.

SkÅL! (791 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in an over sized wine glass.

The beer pours dark dark orange with a nice one finger head. Smells of citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit with a dry breaddy malt backbone. This beer has a nice full feel to it, far from watered down but still rather drinkable. It is very citrus oriented, Mostly grapefruit and some astringency. The beer is quite bitter but its a rather malt heavy IPA. Its not the thin feeling hop heavy IPA that I am used to but it is a welcome change of pace.

Overall, this is a good IPA, my first from Mikkeller, I hope to see their other offering around. (595 characters)

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Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.