Citra DIPA - Kern River Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.83/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
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!
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2013 14:20:11 | More by tectactoe
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4.16/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks kflah41 for this whale!
Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, somewhat dull orange body with a decent sized, 2 finger head that reduces very slowly and leaves thick, foamy lacing.
Smell - Nothing hugely pronounced or overwhelming.. I really like a blast of tropical aromas from a west coast IPA of this caliber, instead I have to strain to get slight notes of pine, citrus, some tropical mango and pineapple.
Taste - Upfront I get subtle piney flavors and semisweet malt, followed by a tropical kick of lemon-citrus, mango, and a resinous bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a while.
M - Easy going down, medium carbonation and body.
Did I enjoy Citra DIPA? Absolutely. Does it hold up to some of the other world-class DIPAs I've tried? Not really. I was going to do a side-by-side of this and Heady Topper, but it wasn't necessary because I knew which one would win. My advice is: if you're looking to try some of the best west coast style DIPAs on the planet, try some of the easier to acquire ones (Pliny, Heady, enjoy by, etc). Once you've tried those, seek this out.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 01:29:29 | More by gcamparone
4.7/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Received in a trade from my man Steve in Cali. Thanks again buddy!
A - Pours a beautiful sunset amber color, quite hazy, but not to the point of opaqueness. A dense 3 finger bright white head sits atop the brew with excellent retention. When it finally does fade to a cap, it leaves generous swaths of creamy lace.
S - Massive lemon pith and pineapple jump out immediately in the smell (typical of a Citra hopped beer I'm finding), with mango, peach, and grapefruit rind not far behind. A bit of herbal pine and some slight dank resin also make an appearance, but take a backseat to the fruits. Maybe a hint of a sweet biscuit malt bill.
T - Um, wow. Lots of sweet nectarines, orange and mango in the front, before being pushed aside by heavy pineapple, peach, papaya, lemon pith, with the faint sweet bread malt backbone (barely) propping it up. Finishes with a fantastic blend of herbaceous pine, slight oily resin, grapefruit rind bitterness and some stone fruit sweetness. Just really amazing stuff here.
M - Just as good as it tastes, the mouthfeel is super creamy, slightly oily with a medium body and dry, moderately bitter finish with lingering sweetness. Drinks like an 8% DIPA should.
O - I don't want this bottle to end. This is just world class stuff through and through. Would take it over something like Pliny any day, although HT still reigns as DIPA champ in my book. Nevertheless, this bottle is just packed with juicy, drippy hops from start to finish, with an incredible mouthfeel to back it up. I'll be trading for more of this.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 05:50:28 | More by cjoc83
4.69/5 rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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!
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 16:56:52 | More by Roguer
Citra DIPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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