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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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very good

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is copper in color and has a slight haze with a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down every so slowly, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface and a webbing of lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit in the nose along with some hints of floral hops and tropical fruits.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy and flavors of grapefruit and tropical fruits stand out in particular; some hints of the underlying caramel malts are noticeable. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The hops really stand out in this beer and make for a complex taste (even though one variety is used) but it is easy to drink because the bitterness is not overpowering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a wildly fruity hop the citra is. this ipa showcases it nicely. the beer pours a hazy sunset orange color with some yeast floaters and a one inch white lace head. the nose is a huge citrus cornucopia, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, even lime. the flavor is straight tangerine, really fresh fruit juicy hops. there is a touch of pale malts to this, i think less so than some of the other single hop brews. its a little tart in the finish, but still not bitter. that tangerine flavor is lasting in the mouth. feel is good, upbeat carbonation is right for this ipa, and its medium body does not crowd out the delicate tones of the citra hop. this is a hop id like to start brewing with, it has a diverse range of applications, and mikkeller shows it well here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange with a 1-inch thick off-white head with some floaties and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Pungent and juicy grapefruit and tangerine with some spicy notes along with yeast and malt.

T: Citrus shines through a floral canopy of hop leaves.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Semi-dry and bitter finish.

O: Straight forward single hop citra. Bottle from cooler and must be fresh.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

6.8% according to my bottle (purchased today). 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love Mikkeller and I really liked the Amarillo single hop, though the other beers in the series have been overpriced disappointments.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent dark dull copper with floating yeast particles clearly visible. Lots of yeast in this one. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Floral bittering hop aroma. No pine or grapefruit but maybe some buried citrus on the back end. Caramel. Butterscotch. Toffee. An interesting hop aroma; more complex than I always figured citra was. Some cream. An average strength, intriguing aroma.

T: Full-bodied clean malts support the simple hop flavour: hints of toffee with bland floral character. Some cream. Caramel and hints of butterscotch. Muddy fermented tangerine. Hops are indistinct and layer well with the malts; this is well balanced albeit murky. Interesting but somewhat underwhelming. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Actually, maybe some biscuity yeast. But the yeast character is shockingly limited considering you can plainly see chunks of it floating about.

Mf: Silky smooth with some coarseness on the climax. Nicely wet and refreshing on the open, but it gets dryer as it slides towards the finish. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Quite drinkable but a bit boring and underwhelming. That said, it's much more mellow and malt friendly than most IPAs. There's no biting bitterness or stinging citrus. I have a new appreciation for citra. That said, it's not as good as the Amarillo single hop. As an experiment, this is a success, and it does feel like a complete beer, but it's just not that interesting. A passable IPA, but not one fans of the style will be impressed with.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a lot cloudier than I would have expected. Head is large, but falls somewhat quickly. Character on this is okay. Seems a bit twiggy and too bright. Slightly salty acidic citrus bite to it. This is decent, but I would hope for a bit more from the Citra hop. Nice to try, but wouldn't keep it on a regular rotation. (Especially considering the price).

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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't let me down Citra hop. Surely you'll be good.

Beer is red to orange and clear with a nice white head, lots of lacing, low carbonation. Looks like beer.

Very obvious aroma of papaya and mango, very nice aroma. Too much alcohol and malt in there though. Almost makes it smell like mango candy.

Beer is sweet but there are definitely hops in there. Lots of tropical fruits on the midpalate and the finish is pretty bitter. I liked this one, probably one of the best of the bunch and it is actually an IPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is amber orange hued with a finger of white head. The aroma offers citrus hops with a bit of malt. A nice, inviting scent. The flavor brings a nice helping of citra hops, with a fairly substantial malt body. Easily the best of the Mikkeller single hop series. This variation actually tasted like an IPA. That said, this is still nowhere near the quality of the upper tier examples of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again I'll say how much I love the idea for this series. Citra, being a relatively newly used hop as a predominant component in beers particularly interested me (along with Sorachi Ace). I'll agree with gford here that although the nose has quite a bit of citrus, I was surprised at the level of resinous, piney hop flavors in the taste. Pours a slightly cloudy orange, probably just chill haze. A big, grainy head settles down to a cap and leaves copious lacing. Nice lemon and orange citrus aromas along with a whiff of pine and a bit of slightly bready malt. The taste has a blast of pine and bitter orange with some lemon oil and orange zest notes folded into the bitter finish. The bitterness is quite intense and really sticks around. Almost relentless. This makes the mouthfeel quite intense, I'm a hophead but this is almost too much. Really good showcase for the hop itself, but after having this, I'd say this hop would either work best in a blend or with a sweeter malt profile.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.


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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with the orange label (different than the picture). This one pours an interesting orange with some reddish hue to it and a one finger soapy off white head. The aromas are very citrusy with a moderate amount of sticky sweet malt. I don't think that it's as fresh as I originally thought. The flavors are pretty malty with a slight citrus hop character with a slightly dry and bitter finish. It is what it is. It drinks light and the flavors aren't bad, just not awe inspiring. This is pretty similar to the rest of their single hop series, superior hop varietal or not.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/2/12

A dark amber with a solid long lasting three fingers of creme colored foam that leaves lots of lace well down the glass

S toffee, citrus, some guava but then again I've been smelling guava in everything lately but tropical nonetheless

T what I smell really, tropical fruits and a little toffee, its straight forward but good

M entry is smooth and silky but then it turns to foam, nice aftertaste lingers faintly

O solid stuff but nothing to put it with the mind-blowers, good for sure and worth trying

solid stuff for sure and I can't wait to plow my way through all the new Mikkeller brews that just entered my neck of the woods

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with lots of hop residue and a thin head into my glass. I love citra hops so naturally, this stood out a lot.

Sweet and citrusy upfront. Malt has a buttery edge. Otherwise, not much else to report aroma-wise.

Grassy with a touch of pine, citrus and buttery malt. It might not be as fresh as I'd hoped. I was expecting a bigger citra kick.

Mouthfeel isn't much different. No freshness indicator on bottle.

Well, it is an IPA but it's just not what I was expecting flavor-wise.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a fading head.
Nose shows passion fruit, lychee, peach, pineapple and grapefruit. Some soft clean malt underneath.
Tropical fruit carries through as a flavour, with lots of grapefruit too. Fairly sharp bitterness. Could use more crystal malt.
Carbonation is a bit high.

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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