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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

188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DoctorB2B, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Sammy, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

Mar02x, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1%

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.

oberon, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of mymasterpiece75
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mymasterpiece75, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +30.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Mora2000, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of mrand01
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%

330mL bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Golden amber/orange color with a thick off-white head. Lots of sediment even with a careful pour. Head never really fully settles. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Hoppy with some muted citrus notes, grapefruit being the most prominent.

T: Meh, was expecting a tropical fruit & citrus hop combo, instead it's very piney and caramel-y.

M: Medium bodied and fairly sticky.

O: This was a bit of a let down as I was expecting the Citra hop to be more pronounced. Not to say that it isn't a good IPA though.

mrand01, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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...

dogfishandi, Oct 10, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle poured into my duvel snifter.

Haven't been writing reviews lately, bought a bunch of single hop beers and gonna start reviewing again

Single Hop Citra IPA by mikkeller has that wonderful citra hop aroma that is very distinctive, lots of grapefruit and slight pine in this one. Nice mouthfeel to this one as well, the 88 ibu were masked very well, not overally bitter like a lot of IPA i have had lately. Taste was delicious, good start to my single hop mikkeller week of brews

calcio360jrd, Sep 29, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

On-tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- Very cloudy, creamy lemon with 1 finger white head and lacing the clings to the glass throughout the beer.

S- Smell no hops in this beer. Its all lemons and lemon peel with some other citrus in there.

T- Again like the aroma, a ton of tart lemons and belgian yeast. Do not pick up on the hops at all, just more tart, bitter lemon.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and creamy texture.

O- Not sure if this was the right beer or what, but this did not seem like a ipa at all. Seemed more like a saison or sour. Maybe the draft is different? Not a bad beer, just had to down grade it because of the characteristics didn't match the style.

kawilliams81, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Reagan1984, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

Arenbeer, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

avalon07, Sep 07, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +1%

pours hazy full of sediment dark copper orange with a 2 finger pillowy head that left lacing down the glass

smells very fruity peach pineapple orange grapefruit

taste is like the nose lots of fruity hops with a good amount of malt backbone

mouthfeel - medium body with good amount of carbonation

overall - finally a single hop beer from mikkeller that does not fall short - however i can only imagine what other breweries could do with the citra hop and at a much lower price

jsh420, Sep 06, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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....

John_M, Aug 19, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 18, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

popery, Aug 16, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 11, 2011
Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.