Citra Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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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
3.29/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
02-10-2013 05:03:45 | More by Brad007
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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
02-21-2012 05:18:03 | More by wordemupg
4.35/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-07-2011 12:07:13 | More by avalon07
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
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
06-10-2011 02:36:42 | More by gford217
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
A: Pours a hazy amber with a puffy, pillowy white head.
S: Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, lime, and orange are balanced by delicate caramel and biscuit scents.
T: Fruity, tart, and intense with notes of bitter orange, lemon, kumquat, lime, grapefruit, pine sap, caramel, and biscuits. The finish is fruity and bitter with a delicate balance of citrus and caramel flavors.
M: Medium bodied and dry. Carbonation is present, but is not overly forceful.
O: This is one of the better ales in Mikkeller's Single Hop Series. The intense flavors of this particular varietal are adequately showcased, though I feel that the brewers have done a far better job of showcasing this hop's aromas. All in all, this is a solid American-style IPA that is worth a try.
12-13-2011 15:43:24 | More by mrfrancis
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
From notes 7/24/11. This is a good IPA, though, surprisingly, it doesn’t really stand out in the series for me, and I’m normally a big fan of Citra. The aroma is kinda mild. There’s pineapple, grapes, raspberries and peaches. It’s interesting but a bit underwhelming compared to some Citra beers. Taste seems a bit less bitter than some Mikkeller single hop beers. There’s some definite crystal malt flavor. Fairly dry. A bit of bready malt. Some hop oiliness. Appearance is similar to others in the series - orange-amber with a big off-white head.
08-16-2011 01:41:12 | More by popery
4.48/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
05-27-2012 00:02:46 | More by drpimento
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
02-07-2012 01:04:02 | More by aasher
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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.
07-31-2011 02:28:36 | More by ArrogantB
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
09-23-2012 03:34:41 | More by CrazyDavros
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
8231103 on the cap
The last of the Single hop series that I have for now. I’ll pick up a few more if/when I see them.
I consider Citra the crack of hop varieties at this point, so I am quite interested in trying this version.
Upon pouring the beer, I am shocked that the aroma is quite muted. Some of the distinct malt aromas from the Mikkeller series but not a huge fresh hop nose. Some fruit, thought of berries.
Visually, very similar to all the others, great creamy head with insane retention. The same amber color as the others. Rings, of lace. Looks great.
Flavor is actually pretty nice. Very fruity as expected. I think the fruity notes do mix well with the malt/caramel notes. Ends with a pithy grapefruit Peel bitterness. Have to admit it’s growing on me more as I slowly drain the glass.
Mouth feel is a little course and dry. Carbonation is almost prickly.
Interesting and not bad, but certainly not the fresh explosion that you dream of when thinking of Citra IPA’s.
09-18-2011 20:51:53 | More by Reagan1984
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
06-10-2011 15:46:39 | More by VelvetExtract
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a hazy dark orange hue which leaves a very frothy three finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is lemon zest,grapefruit,dandylions and piney hops,the mouthfeel is abit light and just under medium bodied but very sessionable and has tastes of orange zest,grapefruit,piney citrus hops with also floral hops aswell its like a combination of both and the finish is nice and bitter and overall its nice but not my favourite single hop cheers.
02-03-2012 08:10:46 | More by ADZA
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-18-2011 02:34:30 | More by Dope
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep cloudy marmalade hue, tall rocky off-white head with intense retention.
Spicy leafy notes with grapefruit rind on the nose, while lemon and tangerine float in the background. Very faint grainy malt present.
Sweet cakey malt is immediately eclipsed by puckering citrus and herbal hop notes, building in intensity towards the finish with a more pith and rind character. Grapefruit rind assertively lingers on in the aftertaste.
On the fuller side of medium-bodied, slippery and full texture, with low yet still present carbonation.
A decent showcase for the Citra hop varietal, yet overall and overly lop-sided IPA. For those craving a hop fix or to check out what the Citra has to offer.
02-25-2012 08:25:41 | More by IronDjinn
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
A hazy dark amber beer, an off-white head, good lacing, small curtains.
Lemon, pine, resin and bread. Very Citra!
The taste is also very Citra dominated. Brown sweet bread, toffee, lemon, pine resin and needles, very good bitterness.
Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft, big body, a dry finish.
A nice well hopped brew, surprisingly balanced for a single hop.
07-27-2012 13:09:57 | More by rarbring
Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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