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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
87
very good

188 Ratings
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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011)
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Photo of jmmy3
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jmmy3, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

YobroitsJoe, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of sfprint
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

sfprint, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of BuddyE
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

BuddyE, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jamison85, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +4.2%

captainbearcat, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a thick, foamy head and active carbonation. Eventually, the head recedes, leaving very little lacing on the glass. It has kind of a murky, light rust color. Bright smelling. Notes of butter, cheese and lemon. Taste is mildly fruity and lightly piney with a mildly astringent aftertaste. Malts are pronounced, which is unsurprising given that this was probably hanging around the shop for a good long time. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, the carbonation adding a good amount of bite. This is actually quite drinkable for its likely age, and is probably a good bit better fresh.

JohnQVD, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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).

Hopdaemon39, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep copper colour with a large bubbled off white head that reduces fast and laces, has floaties in it.

S - Mainly buttery malts with a backup of hop, might not be that fresh.

T - Up front some bitterness followed by small amounts of hop followed by a buttery malty finish.

M - Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O - Not the best offering of this series, would like to try fresh.

eric5bellies, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

IanSpindler, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Brad007, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JMBSH, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

lupercmda, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

olliegaff, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

scottiethebody, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sunn, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

durlta, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of mattsander
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany in color with copper highlights and a long lasting off-white head. Small amounts of lacing. TONS of globby yeast sediment. This would be a decent looking beer without the yeast.

S: Perfume of sweet melon (maybe canteloupe?), some lychee, fruity sticky munich-ish malts, and a hint of alcohol on the end. A pretty damn good smelling IPA, but restrained for an all Citra-beer. No cat pee, onion or resin.

T: A well mannered, tame american IPA leaning towards sweet. Bottle says 80 IBU but this tastes more like 50.

M: Medium mouthfeel, easy drinking and refreshing.

Too malt-foward a bit stale on the nose to be great, but not a bad IPA.

mattsander, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333ml bottle into a tulip. Best before on the cap (assuming that's what it is) is 20/10/13.

A - amber orange and cloudy, two finger head that lingers for a few minutes and leaves behind an edge of lacing.

S - some great fruit on the nose, initially apple and later lychee - gets more intense over time. A hint of toastiness in the background

T - wonderful tropical fruit right up front on the taste; considerably less bitter than some of Mikkeller's other IPAs, but delightfully subtle and tasty. Start fruity, then bitter and the finishes with lychee. Really no malt at all; at least none apparent, but still balanced.

M - light/medium body with light/medium carbonation; still a little creamy in its finish, but not oily. No alcohol warming.

This is a very tasty, and very interesting instalment in the Mikkeller single hop series. Highlights for me are this one (Citra) and Nelson Sauvin. Both very fruity and balanced. This is a very interesting IPA and has potential to lure in folks that aren't familiar with IPAs. Highly recommended.

DoktorZee, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

C

kojevergas, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of PopGun
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

PopGun, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Johnhaley1989
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.