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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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very good

80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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 mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from several weeks ago; picked up a bottle of this over in NY State. I had heard about this single hop series and someone recommended the Citra to me over the other options. Which with the cost of them, I appreciated a recommendation.
Appearance is a nice orange tone, kinda hazy. Its` nose has lemon peel, grapefruit, pine, floral notes including a bit of canibus. The nose is really something, a lot of flavors going on. For the taste, I came across citrus, grass, bread, hops. MF is medium with a bitter finish. This was a very good beer, happy with the purchase, albeit a pricey one.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color, thick white head (you could create a sculpture with it!).

Spicy, citrusy, and sweet smell. Very banana-like...lots of other fruit-like notes (like a fruit cocktail...).

Glass-smooth mouthfeel. Light and refreshing. Strong malt taste with a refreshing light fruitiness in the background. Solid bitterness in the finish - not too light, not too strong...

Another interesting single-hop IPA from Mikkeller. There is a certain lightness overall, probably due to this hop variety, yet there is still plenty of traditional IPA malt sweetness and body with a decent enough IPA bitterness. Different but intriguingly interesting...

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My eighth beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. My bottle lists a 6.80% abv rather than the 6.90% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are high based upon my experience with the others.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Woah, pours about five to six fingers of giant towering beige froth. Body is a dark burnt sienna orange / borderline mahogany color. Looks like all the others, except for the massive collection of dark yeast chunks sinking to the bottom of the glass. Definitely off-putting and clearly this much chunky yeast sediment wasn't intentional. Some nice streaks of lacing. Doesn't look bad, aside from the disturbing amount of yeast chunks.

S - Smell isn't off or strange in any way, despite the ridiculously muddled appearance. Smells of earthiness, twigs, wood, cream, vanilla, hint of yeast in the nose. Smells a lot like all the others.

T - Taste isn't noticeably off or ruined in any way either. Tastes much like the others. Earthiness, dried leaves, creamy vanilla, wood, caramelized malts.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some mild bitterness and green apple skin stickiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, not too much different than any of the others, aside from the entirely nauseating appearance which, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt, was an accident. Please excuse me while I go find my strainer.

Mikkeller Citra ---3.5/5

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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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).

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought down from NYC. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle with no freshness information into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper, hazy to almost opaque. A low amount of visible carbonation still leads to a one-finger white head.

S: Bready and toasted caramel sweet malts, some floral and citrus pith hop aromas, and a bit of sweet booze.

T: Malt forward, with toasted bready malts, caramel and toffee, with a moderate citrus pith and pine hop presence. Moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Average body and mouthfeel for style. Moderate carbonation sensation, and the alcohol seems more noticeable than it should be.

O: This wasn't horrible by any stretch, but I won't have another. More malt forward than expected with way less of the nice Citra flavors that you would want in this beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to get to know this hop.

It pours like any of the other of this series.

The smell does bring notes of lemongrass, lemon curd, lemon gum drops, and some lime zest. The beer is obviously maltier now than fresh but you can get the gist of the hop.

The flavor is definitely still bitter. This hop is a milder one imo. Very much cirtus rindy. Definitely not something that I think is a good one for single hopping but for bitterness and citrusness along with a more torpical one for most of the flavor.

Not bad.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out a dark hazy brownish amber with only a single finger of loose clumped head, medium levels of lacing.

Oh man. Smells of mango, pineapple, papaya, a bit of lemon/lime rind and biscuit malt with a nuance of woody herbals. Tropical Citra Fruit Salad all the way. I'm a big fat sucker for this sort of nose.

The flavor however is a lot more pith than rind of lemon and lime, and a somewhat murkier mix of green herbals and pine than the nose had. Odd how the nose smells so very sweet and yet the flavor is dry and leafy to the contrary of the aroma prediction.

More medium body and carb levels, same creamy texture as all the others so far.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Orange label (unlike that pictured here) and new to shops here, this must be a second batch or re-release. Similar look to other Mikkeller single hop IPAs, as one might expect: A light bronze hue with a large quantity of frothy off-white head that sits there like dish suds. Aroma is rather malty, toffee and a little chocolate, but with a fresh orange juice and tropical fruit top note: Pineapple, peaches, passion fruit ... As one would expect from this hop. Flavor largely reflects the nose. I am getting guava and bitter orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, hash oil, currant preserve, mentholated cough drop (although this is not super intense), vitamin C chewables, jasmine tea. Starts with bitter citrus and tropical musk but I am getting strong floral and green flavors late along with a blast of gooseberry. The Citra hops are more than keeping up with the sturdy malt backbone (cf. Bravo, to name one example. See that review). Moderate to full body and a smooth, oily mouthfeel despite making the mouth tingle. Comes off more carbonated than other Mikkeller single hops I've had to date. Not detrimental. Finish is dank and bitter, dominated by the hops. Read this to mean its pretty great in my current mood state. I rarely go back and compare ratings to validate such a call, but right in the here and now this is my favorite Mikkeller single hop IPA. I might taste gooseberry for another week hence. Wonderful.

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