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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

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
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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GrumpyGas

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:42:54 | More by GrumpyGas
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-08-2013 05:33:45 | More by GRG1313
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-26-2012 20:08:36 | More by bonbini26
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-19-2014 03:50:09 | More by Rutager
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My eighth beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. My bottle lists a 6.80% abv rather than the 6.90% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are high based upon my experience with the others.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Woah, pours about five to six fingers of giant towering beige froth. Body is a dark burnt sienna orange / borderline mahogany color. Looks like all the others, except for the massive collection of dark yeast chunks sinking to the bottom of the glass. Definitely off-putting and clearly this much chunky yeast sediment wasn't intentional. Some nice streaks of lacing. Doesn't look bad, aside from the disturbing amount of yeast chunks.

S - Smell isn't off or strange in any way, despite the ridiculously muddled appearance. Smells of earthiness, twigs, wood, cream, vanilla, hint of yeast in the nose. Smells a lot like all the others.

T - Taste isn't noticeably off or ruined in any way either. Tastes much like the others. Earthiness, dried leaves, creamy vanilla, wood, caramelized malts.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some mild bitterness and green apple skin stickiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, not too much different than any of the others, aside from the entirely nauseating appearance which, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt, was an accident. Please excuse me while I go find my strainer.

Mikkeller Citra ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 16:13:42 | More by mfnmbvp
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DangerDawg

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-25-2014 18:15:45 | More by DangerDawg
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scottiethebody

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-07-2013 03:46:05 | More by scottiethebody
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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-18-2011 16:16:20 | More by MaineMike
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Zbeetleman

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-09-2013 03:40:23 | More by Zbeetleman
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-18-2013 01:44:16 | More by Andrew041180
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aknight

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish copper hue, not light, not too dark. A definite sweet passion fruit aroma. This is a very sweet smelling beer. A nice amount of carbonation provides a good mouthfeel and keeps what is an otherwise sweet tasting beer from being too syrupy. This is a sweet beer, with less carbonation the sweetness could be overwhelming but proper carbonation keeps this interesting. Overall this is not the best representation of the cira hop that I've had. This is a decent IPA but nothing I would go out of my way for. I would get it again if I saw it on draft but I don't know that I would go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 06:41:13 | More by aknight
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-08-2013 04:13:01 | More by JMBSH
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quilty

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-01-2012 05:40:31 | More by quilty
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SoPeL

Poland

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-16-2014 10:37:46 | More by SoPeL
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jmmy3

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-16-2013 05:34:06 | More by jmmy3
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bthomas

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-01-2012 10:09:48 | More by bthomas
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emdawg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-01-2012 05:44:55 | More by emdawg
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mulder1010

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip
thanks to Mr Kennedy for sourcing this

A-- Poured a dark honey orange color. Quit hazy looking but a good hue to this. BIG, massive light brownish sandpaper looking head. Three fingers. Fades pretty quickly to a nice, thick collar. Good lacing left when the head recedes. Also good head retention when swirling this.

S-- Big malt backbone, followed by almost all tangerine nose. Slight notes of grapefruit peel.

T-- Carmel backbone followed by tangerine, orange marmalade, grapefruit, and pine.

M-- Low carbonation, medium body and quite oily. Bitterness is in the mid and back palate. Orange and grapefruit finish that is heavier than in the mouth.

O-- Not a bad IPA. Then again I do think Mikkeller does make good IPA's. Good balance to this and quite drinkable. Hop qualities do shine well through the backbone.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 12:46:37 | More by mulder1010
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crossovert

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to get to know this hop.

It pours like any of the other of this series.

The smell does bring notes of lemongrass, lemon curd, lemon gum drops, and some lime zest. The beer is obviously maltier now than fresh but you can get the gist of the hop.

The flavor is definitely still bitter. This hop is a milder one imo. Very much cirtus rindy. Definitely not something that I think is a good one for single hopping but for bitterness and citrusness along with a more torpical one for most of the flavor.

Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 22:21:24 | More by crossovert
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John_M

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is attractive, though a bit odd. I get apple cider, sweet ice tea, some light citrus and a hint of tobacco. On the palate, I'm just not loving this overly sweet, overly malty IPA. There is some hoppy bitterness in the finish, but really not enough to counter the sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish.

Mehhh....

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 20:24:53 | More by John_M
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $5.99 I'm starting to think these Mikkeller single hop beers are just plain overpriced. They're interesting but just too expensive. This was orange-amber with a pillowy head. Smell was hoppy but ambiguous, orange? Flavor reminded me of Torpedo with a hint of orange but I overall the citra hops were too nebulous for me to figure out.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:28:36 | More by ArrogantB
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Local Option.

Appearance: As with the other Mikkeller single hops, this has a full golden caramel color with a dollop of creamy white foam on top. Hazy. A healthy amount of lace coats the glass.

Smell: A fair amount of caramel and biscuity sweetness seems to overhwhelm the mango and citrus hop aroma. Was this not dry hopped (or not dry hopped enough)?

Taste: The flavor starts out with a caramel and honey sweetness with some biscuity malt flavor as well. The mango, pineapple, and citrus flavor that I would expect is actually a little bit subdued, with some sticky pine hoppiness taking away from the fruit flavor. The finish has a lingering bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, although this does not have as light of a feel as some of the others. The carbonation edges in the direction of creamy, and there is a soft graininess to the feel. After a few minutes, this begins to lose its carbonation quickly, which is unfortunate.

Overall: This was fairly disappointing. Lately Citra hops have been all the craze, and for good reason. I have been seeking out anything with Citra in it, and this was the worst one I have had so far. Not to say that this was a terrible beer overall, but rather that the execution of the hops was not up to snuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 17:24:38 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With likely the most exciting hop variety to sprout in quite some time, and knowing the quality of Mikkeller beers; this beer created quite some excitement and great anticipation.

Pouring and expected similar appearance to others in the Single Hop series, the beer carries a dense and rich look of deep amber, rusty copper, and with a medium haze. Very froathy in its head coat, the off-white foam proves stubborn, as well does the lace of intricate patterns behind. A very hearty IPA.

Fruity, malty, and citrusy, the nose of Citra is pretty well balanced, but not with the punch of Citra hops as I know them. Richly malted, the nose is of fruitcake, caramel, bread crust, and a spicy earthy scent of hops (citrusy of course, but not with as much confidence as expected).

Flavors are balanced where hop dominance is needed. Densely malted with caramel, toffee, bread crust, and sweet breads coupled with esters of cherries, apples, and white raisons all give a sweeter, heartier, and fruitier flavor to the base beer. Citra hops have a moderate flavor of red grapefruit that simply seem muted in taste and result in only a balanced bitterness to the malt in finish. Balanced and non-descript, the beer's flavor doesn't carry the education in Citra hops for which I had hoped.

Malty rich textures give a creamy and bready mouthfeel to start that holds onto its body until deep into the mid palate. A very late and only moderate dryness of trailing malts, alcohol warmth, and hop dryness lead to a malty-dry IPA that prefers more malt richness over crisp and refreshment.

Although this, as with all other single hop series beers, are all very tasty and well built beers, the Citra hops are very tame and somewhat of a let down after tasting beers like Three Floyds Zombie Dust and Widmer X-114 IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:07:44 | More by BEERchitect
Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.