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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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85
very good

80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 198
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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 jvillefan
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very musty brownish orange with a very solid ivory two finger head.

S: Citra. That about sums it up.

T: Very bitter on the front end of the beer. Then citrusy fruits begin to emerge like grapefruit and a little bit of orange. Not a lot of malt to back up the hops though.

M: Very good. Fills the mouth well and has excellent carbonation.

O: A good beer but probably not worth the price ($5.19). (403 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from the International Beer Shop, thanks to bluebetty for picking this up. Poured into a Great Divide Cervoise goblet.

Large bubbled off-white head of foam sits on top of an orange-amber coloured beer. Nice pillowy head that falls slowly and laces well.

Nice tropical fruit aroma backed with a little bit of an odd earthy smell that detracts a touch.

Tastes of grapefruit and plenty of it. Some malt backing comes in later to offset it a touch.

Decent bitterness throughout, not excessive however. Nice mredium body and easy to drink.

Mikkeller does the single hops well, not amazing, but good beers that you know will showcase the hop well and still be enjoyable. (683 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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). (360 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of JohnQVD
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (989 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coat of lacing.

Sweet citrus with orange and grapefruit and a background of pine as well as floral notes.

Fairly bitter, but well balanced. Quite dry, with some tea flavors. There is a background of sweetness and a modest, lingering finish.

This is a full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample carbonation that is fairly cleansing.

Citra was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish differences in hop varieties. It would make a fine component to a meal.

This was sampled from a pint glass alongside the Challenger Single Hop IPA. (657 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. No idea if this is two years or two months old. The top says 20/10/13, which I'm assuming means best before October 20th, 2013. The guy helping me at the bottle shop also said they just got the bottles in 4 weeks ago.

A - Pours a murky, nearly opaque rusty-amber color with a billowing head of rocky tan foam lifting out of the glass. Nice head retention, but the lacing didn't last too long after the pour.

S - A wonderful aroma of citrusy grapefruit and orange rind with some herbal pine. The hops are actually sort of spicy and herbal rather than tropical and bright, but there's definitely some lemon citrus here. Bready caramel malt and dense hop oils.

T - A mouthful of wonderful hop juice right off the bat. Bright citrusy flavors of grapefruit and orange fade into a herbal pine finish that permeates the palate, but doesn't overwhelm. The profile pushes out of standard IPA range a bit, and nears a light DIPA. It's not too alcoholic or astringent though, but something just feels off. Bready caramel malt balances a lot. Not really citrusy like I expected citra hops to be. Maybe it's old?

M - Highly carbonated and slight prickly, but foamy, mouth-filling, smooth and creamy. Sort of strange but I like it. For a strong IPA, it doesn't get too oily.

D - I'm usually turned off by dense, heavy IPAs with herbal hop profiles. I prefer the more fruity or citrusy IPAs with a more refreshing profile. This is okay for what it is, but not really what I expected. (1,514 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (752 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure of the age on this one. Bottle cap reads 20/10/13 which is optimistic by anyone's standards.

Pours a nice colour. Orange/tangerine. Healthy head, lacing etc.

Nose is funky malt first off. Almost the hydroponics of Cantillon somehow. Pretty damn malty base beer with flashes of citrus dripping through. Certainly a nice nose but not one which is particularly IPA-esque.

Taste is very well balanced and has more of a leafy than citrus character.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The bitterness does mount so that is good.

I mean yer, it's actually very enjoyable to drink this. But it has two drawbacks. It doesn't really showcase or isolate Citra all that well. Also it's fairly pricy. Nevertheless still recommended as it's quite delicious. (764 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (367 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (479 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big pillowy white head over a pale orange body. Very extensive lacing all the way through.

S - Citrus and pine, lemon, grapefruit backed by a biscuity malt profile.

T - A harder bitterness than some of the others in single hop series, citrus peel, mandarin and caramel. Nice balance.

M - Medium body, quite dry and nicely carbonated.

O - Solid IPA. The citra seems to be quite an intense variety, not my favourite but a good one to provide some punch. (460 characters)

Photo of bigteachey
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an excellent honey/copper wit ha slight haze. 3 full fingers of persistent off white head

S - smells like citra hops, good start. a great deal grassier than straight citras

T - Tastes exactly like citra hop flavors. Grassy and citrusy (not so much piny) Tangerine and grapefruit flavors are predominant with the bitterness coming through early on and not lingering.

M - Everything I want in an IPA. Hits the palette hard, carbonation is prominant, then clears out fast. No coating, no thickness. Just leaves behind a citrus grove, nothing else.

O - I think the concept of these single hop IPAs is genius as far as educating on the intricacies of the character of each hop. I've always had a place in my heart for citra and figured this would offer me the best oportunity to evaluate how well they convey the hop as the heart, soul, brain, and reprodcutive system of the beer. I think they did a great job with it. I look forward to trying other hop varieties in this style. (988 characters)

Photo of
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle drank from a duvel glass

Pours clear and burnt orange with a crisp and oily large white head, excellent retention.

Passionfruit is dominate on the nose, mandarins aswell. Bananas and pineapple are also noted. Delicious.

A lot less hop character on the palate, I feel the maltiness makes the beer a little sweet. Caramel and mandarin are present, and a little more passionfruit. The finish has a light, simple bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great, light, crisp and very easy to drink. This is one of those beers that I wish I could buy by the 6pack.

This is easily the best Mikkeller single hop beer I've tried so far, very refreshing. My only qualm is that I feel it's missing some hop character on the palate, perhaps that's down the hop variety. (759 characters)

Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (558 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel brown dark honey, good white head and good lacing.

S - pineapple, big tropical fruit aromas, berries, caramel malt and a nutty hop aroma, full and a bit of sweet pine and a touch of grapefruit, complex but you have to work to get at it.

T - thick fruitiness, dry tannins, lime and dry tropical and nutty and a bit of leather dryness on the finish. Apple, melon, orange, mango, and a full dryness and balanced bitter finish.

M - big feel but really pleasant, moderate carbonation and a bit of malty sweetness, slight bit of hop oils. Drying finish.

Thick rounded flavour, rich citrus and some earthy character on the finish. Enjoyable, with a nice showcase of the citra, as an IPA it really tasty but there are some things about the finish and balance that fall below amazing, still one of the better citra ipas Ive tried. Really crisp and nice character. (875 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (994 characters)

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