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Citra Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Citra Single Hop IPACitra Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011)
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calcio360jrd

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 16:45:04 | More by calcio360jrd
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:51:53 | More by Reagan1984
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:12:15 | More by Arenbeer
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 12:07:13 | More by avalon07
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jsh420

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:32:16 | More by jsh420
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 17:10:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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popery

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:41:12 | More by popery
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 14:53:27 | More by thagr81us
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with a fat head, nice lace.

The scent is floral perfume and grapefruit. Pale and slight caramalt.

The taste is pale malts with a bitch slap of flowers and grapefruit. A little sticky in the mouth.

One of the more fun of the single hop series.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:46:42 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Trilogy31

California

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful deep auburn with a fluffly almost belgian blondesque head to it, which dissipated slowly leaving thick lacing. Overall this expensive 12oz beer was dissapointing as the malts and roasted sweetness really shine through unfortunately when the hops should shine. I picked up light notes of pine and citrus - this would be way better served in almost a nuetral malt character to allow the single variety hops to really shine. Not a bad beer but far from a pure example of hop puriety.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 06:07:47 | More by Trilogy31
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:28:36 | More by ArrogantB
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:36:57 | More by brentk56
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 15:36:58 | More by MasterSki
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:07:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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aknight

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish copper hue, not light, not too dark. A definite sweet passion fruit aroma. This is a very sweet smelling beer. A nice amount of carbonation provides a good mouthfeel and keeps what is an otherwise sweet tasting beer from being too syrupy. This is a sweet beer, with less carbonation the sweetness could be overwhelming but proper carbonation keeps this interesting. Overall this is not the best representation of the cira hop that I've had. This is a decent IPA but nothing I would go out of my way for. I would get it again if I saw it on draft but I don't know that I would go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 06:41:13 | More by aknight
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:34:30 | More by Dope
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 15:46:39 | More by VelvetExtract
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gford217

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:36:42 | More by gford217
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 03:34:41 | More by CrazyDavros
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rarbring

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 13:09:57 | More by rarbring
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly cloudy for an IPA. Deep amber with a small tight white head. The smell is loaded with whole leaf hops, but not fresh. Very leafy and herbal Citra all the way. A touch of lemon, but not all that much. Light base malt allows the single hop to shine (which is the idea here).

The taste is what you'd expect from a Mikkeller, except wait a minute, where the booze? no where, thats where. All whole leaf Citra. not dry hopped fruitiness, but straight whole leaf hops. Very leafy and grassy. Hints of lemon and grapefruit, but its all leaf. Base malt is only there enough to give it body.

Im totally astounded by how hidden the alcohol is. Its all hops and hints of base malt, but the 7% is totally hidden by the flavors. An amazing feat by Mikkeller.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 01:41:39 | More by VncentLIFE
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Amalak

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It is hazy semi-opaque and has a caramel color. Decent foamy tan/white head.

S. Extremely strong fruity scent. Kind of pear, but more citrus.

T. This has a Sprite kind of taste to it. Fruity like a jollyrancher. Some citrus. A feel of banana. Very unique taste. A bit of a malty feel.

M. Smooth and full bodied.

O. For an IPA, not my kind of style that I prefer. A bit too fruity and smooth without enough bite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 18:21:42 | More by Amalak
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 14:57:24 | More by Brent
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in an over sized wine glass.

The beer pours dark dark orange with a nice one finger head. Smells of citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit with a dry breaddy malt backbone. This beer has a nice full feel to it, far from watered down but still rather drinkable. It is very citrus oriented, Mostly grapefruit and some astringency. The beer is quite bitter but its a rather malt heavy IPA. Its not the thin feeling hop heavy IPA that I am used to but it is a welcome change of pace.

Overall, this is a good IPA, my first from Mikkeller, I hope to see their other offering around.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 01:58:31 | More by TwelveOunces
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 14:17:30 | More by kawilliams81
Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.