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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,588
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with Citra hops.

(Beer added by: Solomon420 on 02-13-2010)
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Reviews by Roguer:
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a big, fluffy white head. Brew is cloudy and deep orange, deeply translucent, with gold and amber highlights and hints of red. Head retention is excellent, and lacing is sticky and thick.

Huge citrus and tropical fruit aroma (think: Enjoy By). Ruby red grapefruit and tangerine; apricots; peaches; mangos. Floral with a bit of honey. Subtle biscuity malt in the background. Absolutely superb nose.

Flavor is drier and earthier than the nose. First, a hint of citrus peel; slightly resinous hops. Then, the fruit really kicks in mid-palate: juicier citrus and tropical fruit. Final third of the hop flavors returns a mix of resin, pine, and tropical fruit, with a lasting (but pleasant) citrus peel aftertaste.

Overall flavor is surprisingly balanced and even subtle; it's not over the top, especially when compared to the aroma. Amarillo is more dominant than the Citra, IMO; it's more balanaced overall, and I don't get any dank flavors. Malt backbone is virtually nonexistent as a flavor, yet there's enough there that the hop flavors don't come across as unbalanced.

Nice, medium mouthfeel, perfect and lively in the mouth (not DIPA syrup). Minimum sting, absolutely no alcohol presence. Juicy throughout, but a fairly dry finish. Excellent.

This beer isn't really perfect in many respects, but it's damn close across the board. The only thing that I think couldn't be improved is the appearance; it just looks great. The aroma is fantastic. The taste and mouthfeel are superb, but perhaps imperfect for my particular tastes; they're certainly not flawed in any way.

A very drinkable beer; IMO, a slightly better, less citrus peel on the lasting aftertaste would bump it up yet another notch. Really a fantastic DIPA that you should thank the stars if you can get your hands on it.

Thanks to JayORear for this gift!

03-02-2014 16:56:52 | More by Roguer
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pbsmooth

New York

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-14-2011 19:26:12 | More by pbsmooth
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Big thanks to karink for this one - a huge one from my wanted list finally gets crossed off. Pours a deep copper color near the top that cascades through a gradient, finishing at a shade of amber near the bottom. Hazy and cloudy everywhere but the very edges, topped off with a thick fingered, foamy white head that leaves behind some huge pieces of chunky lace. This beer is simply beautiful. Maybe I'm swooning a bit too much because this was such a huge want on my list, but this is spot on for a DIPA... Looks good enough to drink.

The aroma on this beer is simply one of the best in the business. This is how DIPAs should smell. An orgy of fruit plows through your nostrils like a hobo rummaging through a deli; intense bouts of pineapple, mango, guava, grapefruit, citrus, apricot, peach, tangerine... Just name a goddamn fruit and you can probably pick it out of the aroma here. So much fruit, it's insane to think a profile like this comes from the use of only TWO hops (Citra and Armarillo, though most of it is probably from the Citra).

The hop aromas are raw and vibrant also; piney, resinous, oily, floral, and pungently juicy. A light onion-like aroma adds to the complexity as well. Despite the massive hop bomb, the malt backbone does not go unnoticed... It provides a strong and sweet bready aroma alongside the hops, like buttered crackers and lightly toasted buttered bread. This aroma is simply sublime, in every sense of the word.

Couldn't have been more excited to bring this one to my lips after smelling it... the malt underbody gets laid out right from the start; it begins with a highly drinkable malty sweetness, again, in the form of buttery biscuits, lighty toasted, hand-in-hand with a mild onion and salty flavor. It doesn't get too comfortable on your palate, however, because the hop bum-rush quickly asserts itself - heavy, heavy citrus peel, pineapple, mangos, grapefruits, tangerines, and honeydew. Just an insane collage of fruits that bounce of the sides of the mouth like crazy.

A piney bitterness washes over everything about halfway through, followed by a decrescendo of floral, herbal, and oily resins. The aftertaste dies out with this bitterness that couples with a light malt sweetness and a heap of bittersweet citrus flavors. 8% ABV goes completely under the radar, this beer is drinkable as shit. Medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation, ever-so-slightly sticky on the palate.

This was one of my biggest wants (thanks again to karink for the hook-up) and I am so glad that it not only lived up to the hype, but it surpassed my expectations by quite a bit. So goddamn tasty, aromatic, and drinkable. Everything a DIPA could hope to be. If you're a lover of citrusy based D/IPAs, do yourself a solid and get your hands on this beer. All hail the motherfuckin' Citra hop, baby!

02-11-2013 14:20:11 | More by tectactoe
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Schlais

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-25-2011 04:43:33 | More by Schlais
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Dabeel

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

06-05-2013 19:48:33 | More by Dabeel
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SkiBum22

New York

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange color. A two finger, slightly off white head settles down to a nice layer of bubbles that hang around until the end.

S - Lots of pineapple and orange peel smells exactly like I thought it would. Very inviting aromas with muted evergreen notes, the citrus really dominates.

T - Just like the nose. Hopes, pine, citrus, malt all balanced together. Slight bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Fairly lively and zesty feel.

O - All I can say is Wow! I have now had all the big three DIPAS (Pliny, Heady Topper & Citra). Tough to put these in order but I have to say for me this is the second best IPA in the world behind Heady Topper for me with Pliny in a close third. Knowing how good this beer is I will definitely be trying to get more in the future.

05-17-2012 16:45:15 | More by SkiBum22
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joel66

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-07-2013 02:12:35 | More by joel66
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NWer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

01-12-2013 15:32:33 | More by NWer
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-24-2014 13:13:25 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-21-2011 03:28:09 | More by Callmecoon
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77apm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

03-17-2014 15:15:27 | More by 77apm
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-17-2013 04:27:41 | More by cincysig
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

02-10-2013 21:01:47 | More by Snikwad1020
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aquazr1

California

4.99/5  rDev +9%

Live review of a bottle scored from the latest batch.

A - Pours a hazy, golden amber with a short white head. The head leaves lacing all along the glass the entire time.

S - The is no doubt that there are citra hops in this brew. The aroma is intense.

T - The best part of this beer is the taste, it is so balanced. You are expecting the hops to be too intense but they are offset perfectly by the malt.

M - A medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - This is what a DIPA should be. Nothing overwhelms you. Just wish it was more readily available.

08-01-2013 04:39:59 | More by aquazr1
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma definitely screams Double IPA. I get a lot of resiny hops, but there is also quite a bit of orange citrus mixed in. I don't get much, if any malt in the aroma.

The flavor is a hop explosion. The first hops that I get are resiny and piney, but then the fruit comes in. I get a ton of different fruit flavors. Among them are pineapples, oranges and mangos. I also get some biscuit malt mixed in to keep the bitterness at a low to medium level.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Excellent.

12-20-2010 06:46:57 | More by Mora2000
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Shankopotamus

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

04-20-2014 13:22:49 | More by Shankopotamus
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LGB362

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

03-28-2014 23:02:23 | More by LGB362
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GarrettB714

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-06-2011 15:01:31 | More by GarrettB714
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Prospero

Colorado

5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-07-2013 17:35:40 | More by Prospero
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-30-2012 01:50:55 | More by standardcherry
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%

22oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very light pale yellow with almost no head but some tin white lacing. Nose is amazing, pineapple, grapefruit and pine.

Taste has a light touch of sweet malt, there's a lot, lot of fruity sweet deliciouness. Mouthfeel is lacing, super thin and light. Overall though it's very good.

09-10-2011 20:23:07 | More by kingcrowing
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-09-2014 22:09:49 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-14-2011 14:01:22 | More by bpfrush
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

3/5  rDev -34.5%

02-19-2014 19:56:25 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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ehammond1


4.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Growler

Kern River Brewing Company
Kernville, CA

Thanks to Alucard4, DarthKostrizer, and MrVonzipper for sharing this!

Dark, clear amber. Thick, off-white, soapy head. Regular lacing down the glass.

Pungent and tropical aromas galore: pineapple, orange, and mango aromas from the hops are explosive as well as floral highlights. There's a touch of bready caramel and some slight pine--but this is certainly a showcase of hops. Wow!

The flavor is again filled with pungent tropical flavors: mango, orange, and some pineapple. There's a touch of pine, sticky marijuana, and just a hint of bready, cracker and caramel malts. Delicious!

Exceptionally full yet disappearing mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable.

One of the best DIPAs around.

08-23-2011 18:47:02 | More by ehammond1
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Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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