Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 1,496
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 2,915
Gots: 96 | FT: 4
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Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Solomon420 on 02-13-2010

Made with Citra and Amarillo hops.
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Photo of linnymtu
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was pretty disappointed in this one. With the limited availability, hype, and top rating on BA, I had pretty high hopes. Frankly this does not belong in the same class as Pliny, Heady, Zombie or other world class IPAs. (220 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Brewery – 11/16/2014
Full Pint - multiples & from bottles later on

FINALLY….I is a Citra Lottery Winner!

A: Citra pours a deep caramel orange color with a full on haze job across the body. Smallish lid of ivory white holds for a few moments before settling out to a crown. Random splash and swaths of stick hit the glass on the drink down.

S: A concentrated blast of citrus greets the nose with of handfuls of gooseberry and lemon grass. I get some sugary wafts of malt there but not much other character. Fine by me I can draw this one in all day. Super pungent and pronounced with the Citra’s which is everything you want when you can get your hands on this brew. Very nicely done and the triple or quadruple dry hop job they do on this bad boy is affirmed.

T: Flavor is an intensely bitter Citra bomb! Straight up and not shy here at all. I am in hop heaven. Gum scrubbing good. A gigantic grapefruit and orange fruit twist with gooseberry that really stands out. Kind of heavier on the malt with a honey like sweetness and lower carb to this it really accentuates the resinous factor. Such a long lasting pucker to this one. Awesomely good shit!

M: On tap they seem to offer this at a bit lower level of carbonation. It is a very different brew really. Sits quite a bit heavier on the palate and really lets those hop resins do a number. Super bitter bite with that lasting pucker and a dry resinous finish. Bottles definitely have more bubble action to them and less impact on the tongue I would say.

D: A massive charge of Citra goodness. Really awesome brew and a Top DIPA for me no doubt. I will say this is very different on tap and I wasn’t as big a fan with my bottles. Still great but that much fresher draught with less carb to conceal away all those lovely hop oils. Worthy of hunting down at least once in your time on planet beer. (1,906 characters)

Photo of ajperez1
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is truly a delicious beer. Everything about it is outstanding. I tried the lottery to try to buy this beer but no dice this year. I'll keep trying. It's really worth it! (175 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This drinks so smooth! Lots of dank hops like pine, herb, cannabis, floral and chive but no bitterness or astringency. The mid palate senses a stiff caramel backbone before this finishes with fruity apricot, honey, tangerines, grapefruit, mangoes and tropical fruit punch. Great use and dose of Citra! (301 characters)

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a delicious DIPA. Thanks to hefman for trading one to me all the way from Cali. I think I need a few more to be sure just how amazing they are... (152 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours that hazy peach color that tells me its a winner-- (just say no to clear beers)-- smells like the tasting pours at my favorite brewery, HF. Taste is hop deliciousness, piney, very mild citrus, and an interesting finish, ummmm- nutmeg? Yes, there are a lot of maybe better new-comers to the DIPA market, but this is still a fantastic beer! (346 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a bomber of this brew from a trade. Big thanks for that! Love those DIPA's. Let's see how this measures up!

Appearance: Pours a light-golden, not so pale coloring. Frothy, white head of about an inch thick and provides impressive lacing all the way down. Big thumbs up that gives this a perfect 5

Smell: Sweet honey, Explosive hop aromas are strongly noticed in the first few checks of the aroma. Pineapple, Lemon, almost lime-like and passion fruit are totally breaking through. Another check also reveals some agave-like syrup. However, light.

Taste: First few sips reveal a hop-explosion. Pineapple, pine, grapefruit and lemon zest all come together to bring forth a palate overload. Some bitterness, but it all comes to perfect balance. Some light, malt sweetness also comes into play, more on the back burner. Some orange or naval zest comes into play. Finishes about the same, all the way through. Perfect hop balance.

Feel: Medium body, buttery finish. Delicious and everything comes to balance in it's own perfect way. Medium carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was excited and ready and actually prepared this at the perfect serving temperature, and boy was it worth it! Instantly, my palate was pushed to the limit and up against the wall for hoppiness explosion. From start to finish, this brew did not disappoint. Everything was in balance and together. Next time I come across this, I will dive on it and would recommend to anyone in their right mind! Cheers! (1,504 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.06/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be honest, I was so disappointed when I traded for this beer. Smell was nice, but the taste lacked the tropical/fruit hop bomb I had expected to have. A nice beer, but not worth the effort. Maybe I got a bad bottle?? (222 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.45 overall rating is correct.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Beer Advocate’s Toner
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 18, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 20, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Tony!

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white, rocky head. A few light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good layered, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 4.13)

Wow. First whiff reminded me of an Alpine IPA, specifically Bad Boy or Duet. Got mango, tropical, pineapple, Citra, floral, Amarillo, light resin, grapefruit pulp, nectarine, passion fruit, wet pine, sugary caramel and red grapefruit. Delicious. (Smell - 4.88)

Taste wasn’t as potent as the smell, which would be hard to live up to anyway. Got toned down tropical, mango, pineapple, grapefruit pulp, bitter nectarine rind, Citra, some resin, caramel, peach, apricot, slight Juicy Fruit gum, light passion fruit, juice orange, floral and Amarillo. (Taste - 4.38)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, juicy, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was really, really good. However, I’ve got yesterday’s Hopslam as the wee favorite between the two. Glad I got to try this though. (Overall - 4.38)

4.45 | 99 | A (1,431 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citra is burnished bronze in the glass. The nose is pineapple, mango, sticky weed and a bit of jasmine.

The flavor starts off with mango and papaya. It moves through some dry grassiness. The maltiness stands up to the hip punch nicely. Superb mouthfeel.

There is also a bit of unadulterated bitterness that detracts slightly from the experience.

This is a great DIPA, but didn't stand up to the considerable hype. I don't think there's any major faults here, but the goal posts are constantly moving as craft beer ups its game ever faster.

I think some newer entrants -- like Heavy Mettle, The Crusher and Locust Reign -- have set a new standard. (650 characters)

Photo of jakewatt135
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 11/8/14

Beautiful golden orange colored ale with small amount of white head that quickly went away. It has a bouquet of citrus pine. A bit of a gripping bitterness but overall stays smooth. Flavor follows with a bright, crisp citrus, resinous note. You can feel the amount of hops used to make this beer. As the beer warms I start to notice some more pineapple and tropical aroma and in the taste. Overall a great use of 2 of my favorite hops, and something you should try to get once. But from my experience I feel I can find something similar that is much easier to get. And I understand that this is "2 months old" at my time of drinking it. Still a great beer, get over yourself. If a beer is considered ruined if not drank in the first week it's not a great beer. (781 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. It's from the last bottling (early November) which makes this over a month old.

The hype around this beer is insane. This bottle is a month old, so I will try to keep that in consideration.

It looks great. Beautiful golden-orange color with a head that disappears as fast as looking at Grannies with Trannys.

Aroma explodes with Citra and Amarillo hops characteristics. Candied mango, pineapple and orange are the cliche characteristics of a beer hopped to shit with 'tropical fruit hops.' There is a nice resinous backbone that keep this from being 'perfumey.' HINTS of garlic are present, but only due to the insane amounts of hops used in this beer. Alcohol comes out slightly the more the beer warms, but only slightly.

Flavor is nice and balanced in terms of sweet fruit and bitter hops. Hops bite when you take that first sip, but fade to open a presence of herbaceous and tropical fruit notes mid-palate with the finish being long and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied without being syrupy. Minimal carbonation is present but just enough to help accentuate the hops and other characteristics.

Overall I was very impressed that this beer was still as good as it was after a month. It isn't 'legendary' as it might have been at 1-2 weeks, but it was still one of the better double IPAs I have had. A great experience and I'm really glad I got to FINNALY tick it off my list. (1,412 characters)

Photo of Northtexan
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mikul93 for this beer which becomes my very first review.
Huge tropical fruit on the nose to start with. Pouring into Spigelau IPA glass, Citra is a hazy sunset orange. Stunning color in the glass. The taste is more subdued than than the aroma, but not in detractory manner. Lots of fruit flavors and a noticeable maltiness give it a nice balanced taste. I don't notice any bitterness. I am really thrilled to have gotten my hands on such a fine beer and hope to try it again in the future. (505 characters)

Photo of Billquirk
5/5  rDev +9.2%

What can you say about this beer? It's perfection. Color amazing, smell unbelievable. Just so fruity and juicy on the taste, and a mouthfeel that is only surpassed by Double Sunshine. When that is all you are competing with, you are doing well.

I wish I could drink this all the time. Sadly, I'll wait again til next year for a shot at a bottle. But the wait is worth it. (378 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing West Coast IPA, this beer shoves Citra hops in your face on the nose and taste. It is so full of flavor, the taste will longer so long you forgot you haven't had another sip. (183 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%

Date: 09/11/14
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Bottled: Fresh, a week or so old
Glass: Tulip

*Shared this at a very small tasting I had at 4th Avenue Pub in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. Happy Birthday Lohman!!

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ a 1/2 finger of white head that leaves little to no lacing on the glass. Aromas of Mandarin orange, mango, pineapple, cat piss, and breadiness. The flavor was of big citrus and pineapple up front, giving way to light grapefruit, and closes w/ ever so mild resinous bitterness. Medium bodied and finishes dry. You could pretty much drink this beer all night long, but that would never happen because it is so difficult to acquire.

Overall, this beer is the truth and the best DIPA I have had from the West Coast, even over Pliny, The Elder that is. Now in my all-time top 5. Currently standing in fourth only behind in this order: Sosus, Double Sunshine, and Dinner. Of course, Heady Topper is 5th. (947 characters)

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%

Aroma: Pine, Grapefruit, Lemon zest, orange, and Mango, Absolutely superb nose, the citra hops are outstanding in the nose from this beer! 5/5

Appearance: Hazy ambient orange that glows in the glass, nothing else to say but it looks amazing! 5/5

Taste: Pretty let down here, the nose is so strong and vibrant, but the flavor profile is really muted. Probably because of the excessive dry hopping. It tastes almost like a light session beer, not something you would expect from an 8% DIPA. Even though it tastes very muted it is still full of flavor, Pine, Orange, Lemon zest, grapefruit, and Mango, with a perfect amount of bitterness. This beer would be so much better if the hops packed a bigger punch instead of being so muted on the flavor profile, even though muted it tastes pretty good. 4/5

Palate: Very light and crisp, smooth, leaves your mouth a little dry on the finish, hits like a session IPA and I think it is superb for this beer! 5/5

Overall: This is a great beer, but it is so much better on tap but bottled it is still really good. The biggest thing is the muted flavor profile. Still really damn good though 4.5/5 (1,136 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally had a chance to try this - perhaps the last of my top wants in my list that I've compiled for the past several years. Poured into a tulip glass at FWIBF. Pretty sure this is a fresh batch, but I was too pleased with glee that this was in my hand that I forgot to ask how old.

Looks solid, and standard to all memorable DIPAs and regular IPAs I've gone through in my life. Cloudy, with a sunset orange amber hue that is pleasing to the eye yet very simplistic with its homebrew-like appearance. The head is fluffy and foamy, and leaves behind some nice lacing as it dissipates. Doesn't appear too viscous, but it's definitely a little sticky from the looks of it. Pleasant and juicy looking.

Smells juicy as well! This is perhaps the highlight of this beer - amazingly vivid notes of stone fruit, citrus, and tropical varieties clash together, but in a somewhat graceful and glowing manner. This is ALL about the Citra here, but of some of the Amarillo adds some fun flavors to it, ranging from peaches, apricot, melon, pineapple, guava, and, of course, grapefruit, orange peel, and pine. Just like any excellent DIPA, the beauty is in the bright display of fresh fruit, and not so much with the measure of dankness. This lives up to that, without a doubt. Smells far less bitter than perhaps its IBUs would indicate, and this is nothing but fantastic.

The flavor is not nearly as graceful and bright as the aroma, but it is nevertheless delicious and deserves all the credit where credit is due. Big notes of grapefruit, pine, peaches, and pineapple dominate the palate, with a crisp toffee and caramel malt profile following soon after. Ends with more stone fruit notes, as well as a dried citrus peel flavor that nicely cleanses the palate and leaves the sweet malt notes lingering as well as a floral, earthy characteristic. The feel of this beer is also an enormous highlight for me - not only is it crisp and refreshing, but it's also delightfully airy and ripe as any great freshly squeezed juice tends to be. Good acidity, fruit sweetness, as well as a malty crispness that makes this wonderfully addictive and approachable. Yummy stuff, and definitely up there with the greats.

This was delicious, and I really wish there were a better way to get access to this other than these beer festivals or the lottery system (for bottles) that they implemented at the brewery last year. If this were easy to find, I'd definitely make this a regular in my fridge due to its enormous drinkable character. It's a shame that great beers across the country such as this one are difficult to get. I feel honored to have tried it, and I hope I cross paths with it again one of these days. (2,692 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully crafted DIPA.

It's a conundrum. I have had Heady Topper, fresh Pliny the Elder, and a three month old 22 of Kern Citra Double IPA. I like the beers in this order HT, PtE, then Citra. These are all world class brews. It depends on preference, and what you grew up drinking.

A - Deep, dark, rich orange. Sticky carbonation.
S - Sweet mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus.
T - World-class. Rich. Not as complex as Heady and not as clean at PtE.
M - Dense, quality carbonation.
O - Up there with HT and PtE.

For me, a top three contender for best DIPA. (567 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to David Frank (wuntrikpony) for giving me the opportunity to experience KR Citra via trade!

Pour from bottle into chilled tulip glass. Appearance is beautiful deep and murky amber/orange. Thick & fluffy one-inch white head dissipated gradually, leaving abundant and uniform sticky lacing throughout. Lots of continuous minuscule bubbles for duration, all around a thin white collar. The nose is a citrusy mango pineapple, with a hint of pine and papaya/banana scent. On the palate, a subtle malt lends balance to bitey hops with a taste profile similar to the nose. Indeed, one of the more striking aspects of this brew is the utter balance of citrus hops and subtle malt, with the alcohol well hidden. Mouthfeel is better than average, with good but not overwhelming carbonation.

Overall, a very fine DIPA and one I hope to have the pleasure of trying again some day. Eager to visit Kern River and sample other offerings from what I understand is a fantastic venue. Thanks and cheers to David Frank for the experience! (1,029 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a hazy bright reddish amber orange with almost tinges of ruby and pink coming through as well, with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is pungent and juicy of tropical and citrus fruits, lots and lots of orange and grapefruit peel. A certain lemon and grapefruit zest and spritziness in the aroma. A big sugary sweetness in there as well.

The flavor follows with a powdery pink grapefruit candy, dried grapefruit and orange peel, tons of sweet dried tropical fruits. A big pineapple juice bitterness.

The beer has a wonderful medium mouthfeel with a fluffy white bread malt in the middle. There’s a sweetness throughout that comes through from beers like Double Jack and Lagunitas Sucks, instead of that white breadiness from VT hoppy brews.

The beer is medium plus bitterness on the finish along with tons of drying. The finish has floral, spicy and herbal bitterness along with tons of fresh grapefruit peel and pith.

This reminds me of an Alpine beer and definitely does a reasonable job standing up against the best from Vermont, although my preference is clearly in the light bready malt than the big sweetness this beer contains. (1,160 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Marco_Gtz for this!

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a completely hazy orange body. A healthy and bubbly head is strong and holds up well. Huge aroma of sweet mangoes, fresh pineapple, heady and awesome. Flavor has pineapple at the forefront with juicy mango following right behind, has a biscuity malt finish. Taste is less intense than the aroma but drinks like a freshly squeezed glass of hoppy fruit juice. So very good! (461 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

possibly the most anticipated beer I've ever had! thanks to wicked BA Abbbp for the trade. 22oz. bottle poured into a NEBCO tulip

A: What a beautiful beer! Golden, sunburst orange, gigantic frothy cream-colored head. Within 1 minute, the head has reduced to a bubbly coating, resting gently on the remainder of the beer. Leaving spiderwebbed, sticky-looking lacing all the way to the end.

S: Gadzooks! So bright, so fresh, I can only imagine what the brewhouse smelled of as this was being made. A subtle grain base features layer upon layer of slightly sweet, floral, fruity hops. I spent a good several minutes inhaling deeply, certainly in no rush to stop!

T/M: Ohhh, so this is what heaven tastes like, glad I now know. Slight bit of toasted sweetness up front, but still almost raw in nature. And then kablammo! Hops after hops after hops...on a tropical island and if hops grew on palm trees. Oh, doesn't make sense? Well after all the mango, peach, and especially pineapple that coats the tongue, it will. Tight carbonation produces an extremely creamy drinking experience. This would KILL on a nitro tap. Perfect in every way.

O: Alright, so here's a good example of a beer living up to its hype and then some. 'Nuff said. Get you some. (1,248 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle generously shared by Doug. Thanks man! Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/11/2014. Must be about 2, 2.5 weeks old as this is from the previous release.

App- Clear caramel-amber body, with a nice 2-finger white head with good retention, not much lacing. Fairly typical of a DIPA.

Smell- Pineapple, a bit of grapefruit and lemon. Good malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar.

Flavour- Grapefruit with a hint of pineapple, caramel and toffee. Solid, even very good. The citra hops aren't bursting through the seams here. Not complex, not juicy, but certainly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, good carbonation, probably the best feature behind this beer. Fairly bitter, but not particularly resinous and it doesn't stick for a long time. Nice, palate drying finish.

Overall- This is a good Citra hopped DIPA. Technically, it's not single-hop Citra per the label. But King Sue, which is a single hop citra DIPA, wipes the floor, ceiling and all 4 walls with this beer. To me, this beer's popularity is borne at least partially from west-coast hype and scarcity. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer and I enjoyed it, but given what west coast traders are asking for this, I'd very much rather pay the asking price for Abner or Double Sunshine. As a side note for my west coast friends, you should spend the time you'd chase KRBC Citra on finding Citra Showers the next time Noble brews it. That is a very similar quality citra beer that reaches distribution. (1,490 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unbelievable!! I have made the trek up to Kern River twice to get this after winning their lottery. As good as it is in the bottle, it is every more amazing on tap and fresh. One of the best. (192 characters)

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Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.