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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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1,204 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,614
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev -12.7%

slothlike04, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

greg4579, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

BeerThursdays, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Guzzle_McBrew, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of abrand
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hooliganlife for letting me tick this one off my lis of musts. Small pour sampled in a tulip.

Pours a deep orange/copper color with a pillowy head that retains. Lots of fruits and hops on the nose. Aromas are not as big as some west coast IPA's can be but still enjoyable. Floral notes, citrus fruits, malts and plenty of hops are on the palate. Somewhat boozy but still very good tasting. Medium bodied. Overall this is a great beer but may be somewhat overhyped. I think there are plenty of offerings that are just as good and much more readily available. Still really glad I got to try this. Thanks Scotty!

abrand, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler with the members of Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Emerged from its vessel as a hazy golden orange-colored liquid with a hint of carbonation and firm, bubbly white head that transformed into an abundance of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Nose is quite citrus-forward as expected, but with more depth than I had originally anticipated. A hint of catbox is present, as well as mild pine and resinous notes. Aroma is somewhat pungent and a bit lacking, but not crazy for a DIPA.

T - Heaps of bitter citrus hops with a hint of catbox quality in the middle. Overall, this packs a seriously aggressive hop bite with plenty of citrus fruit and some resin and pine for good measure. There is also an oily perfumy character present. Finishes with a sweet, grainy malt character and some residual spiciness in the finish.

M - Texture is quite oily and softly carbonated overall, with perhaps a subtle prickle on the tongue. Finishes with assertive hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Complex for a DIPA, especially considering this was brewed with a single hop variety. While there is an abundance of citrus hops, there is definitely more happening beneath the surface.

ffejherb, May 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

pmccallum86, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

yummybeer, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

pzymali, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rmalinowski4
4.03/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AleWatcher for sharing his growler.

Pours a clear copper/ golden color with a large fluffy white head. As the head fades, it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is definitely Citra, pineapple, orange, tropical fruit with a nice bready malt backbone.

The taste is hops forward. Pineapple, orange, mango, and other tropical fruits are followed by a maltier backbone than expected. The finish is on the dry side with some lingering pine bitterness. I was expecting more tropical flavor and a little lighter malt backbone, but this is still very nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I would like slightly more carbonation,but this could be due to the fact that it was a growler shipped from California.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, but I expected more. It is not as spectacular as the hype would suggest.

rmalinowski4, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of phingdong
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 3 bottles of this within 2-3 weeks of the 8/18 release/sale.

A - Attractive gold color with a fluffy white 2 finger head. Nice lacing and retention throughout. It certainly looks tasty.

S - Primarily citrus with a nice dank pine thrown over the top. Mostly a tropical aroma. It is a bit more muted than I would have thought.

T - Citrus, orange, tropical fruits with a bit of pine. Very nice taste. A bit subtle but the balance works very well for drinkability. I could drink this all night.

M - Creamy and full bodied. Standard feel and carbonation for a DIPA.

O - Glad to finally get a chance to try this. I was expecting more from its legendary status. It was a bit more subdued than I would have hoped. Still a very tasty DIPA. I'd love to try it on tap.

phingdong, Sep 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Sideswipe served in tulip pints and shared with a bunch of awesome ba's.

Really nice clear dark golden with a 3 finger frothy white head. Fantastic lace and retention.
Lots of citrus-- grapefruit, pineapple, little orange, and a touch of dry pine. Almost no malt. The taste follows suit and holds a nice bitterness. Really nice medium body, plenty of carbonation.

Overall-- this is a nice beer, but not worth the hype. If this were a local, I'm sure I'd drink it when it got released... But the hype around this beer is much higher than the flavor deserves.

AleWatcher, Sep 04, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of oach. Notes from a month ago

A: Slightly burnt orange, fully translucent. 1 finger white head, retained well throughout the glass. Decent thin lacing

S: Definitely loaded with citra hops. Orange and mango burst forth. Accompanied by a light amount of scallion and bread crust

T: Same as the nose. Juicy citrus fruit - oranges, pineapple and mango. Thankfully, there is less scallion in the taste. Somewhat balanced with some lightly toasted bread

M: Medium bodied, slightly bitter. What I particularly enjoyed about this was it didn't your typical IPA "burn" for the palate

D: Glad to have finally tried this one, but can't say it lived up to level people put it at. Would drink again, but doubt I'd trade for it considering what people ask for

Brez07, Oct 23, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to deadeye for this!

pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a nice inch plus of fluffy white head. nice lacing and retention.

lots of booze and bitterness with a faint hint of malt. not very complex on the nose. bits of citrus, mainly tangerine.

tropical fruit, with mango, pineapple, and tangerine coming to mind. lots of citra bitterness. grapefruit in the finish. malt body is there but the hops really take center stage.

great body. perfect mild to moderate carbonation. a bit chewy with a hint of resin on the teeth.

this is good but overhyped. glad i waited until this was bottled. nice 8% ABV for a DIPA, i would buy this again easily. however at the end of the day, i prefer the regular "just outstanding".

hooliganlife, Aug 25, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of cam

A-orange body with a white head of a round the edge

S-citra? Easily said. Done and done. Really doesn't smell that great

T-follows the Nose. Overly hoppywhich iisn't a bad thing. Nice hop bitterness to it

M-medium body and smooth

O-had side bby side with double dwisy and thought DD was better. Stikk a good Ipa, but has been bettered

brew3crew, Aug 27, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Courtesy of maltzilla. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy orange amber color with a slightly off white head head that laces nicely as it settles. Aroma is that of tropical fruit like mango mixed with citrus. Malty start gives way to a very strong hop profile that lingers on and has nice flavors of citrus and fruit. Nicely done and well blended.

kbutler1, Dec 27, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to DearthVader, this one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Citra pours a largely clear orange, with just a little haze to it and some solid tangerine highlights shining through. The cream colored head tops out at over three fingers in height and has some fantastic head retention. The head is fairly sticky, but the lacing is just shy of perfection. It's interesting to compare the nose with this beer, which also used Amarillo hops, with the all Citra Hill Farmstead Double Citra that I had earlier this evening. They're certainly similar, but the Amarillo takes the edge off the citric and acidic fruit aspect of the Citra hops, resulting in a more rounded, fruity aroma (though those other attributes are also present). I just wish it had a little more oomph to it. There's a bit of caramel to be found in each sip, enough to differentiate it from a beer as bone dry as Ruination or PtE, but it's still fairly hop forward for the style. Mid palate bitterness is definitely present, but on the refined side. The Citra hops are a bit more dominant in the flavor than on the nose, as far as grapefruit and pineapple notes go. There's still some mango, and even peach present, but not as much so as in the aroma. The body is spot on, on the light/dry side while not letting the hops run 100% rampant. Carbonation is just as good, bubbly and exciting and really letting the hoppy flavors pop on my palate. Kern River's Citra is a very good DIPA, and I think it may be suffering a bit from having to follow a couple phenomenal hop forward beers from Hill Farmstead. I'll surely be cracking my second bottle soon, and this may be a rare case where I revisit and revise my scores.

axeman9182, Aug 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Damian (Solomon420) for the trade

Pours a hazy amber with a finger or so of off white head which quickly laces away. Smells of pine tar pungency and wafts of orange oil, a little sweet pineapple on the finish and surprisingly.. a little alcohol glides through just at the very end. Taste follows the nose but more diminutive. Hop bitterness comes in on the finish and maintains a bitter aftertaste on the back of the palate. Medium bodied and mouth coating. leaves an oily slickness on the palate, light carbonation..

Overall a very solid DIPA.. well made and balanced, I will be seeking this one out whenever I can

BrlyHpsWtrYst, Apr 02, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with Stupac2.

A-Pours clear light amber with an inch of fluffy off white head.

S-I can smell this from across the room. Intense citra hop fruit explosion! Purees strawberries, bittersweet citrus skins, mango...making me drool.

T/M-Soft and full bodired, with light, supportive carbonation. Initial tropical fruit hop flavors recede into tasty marijuana earthiness. The finish is dry, with light mouth coating tannic earthy hoppiness.

O-Not sure how much this lives up to the insane hype surrounding it, but it is one of the better Citra-centric beers I've had. Uses the aromatic properties of the hop to its full potential.

DaveHS, Aug 21, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good friend acquired this in a trade and generously shared it at a low-key tasting. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer pours a dark gold. I can't think of another DIPA that pours this dark actually. It was almost the color and density of apple cider with all the cloudiness. A good sized white foam cap formed showing the carbonation had lasted the transcontinental voyage.

The smell is very nice with some toffee sweetness backing up a major dose of super tropical fruity hops. It is so tropical that it reminds me of candied mango.

The taste has a nice smooth sweet, toffee-ish base. Over the top, we get tons of citric hop flavor. This isn't really a complex beer, just sweet base and citra hops. I generally prefer a few layers of hops but I don't get that in this beer. The finish has a medium-low bitterness: IMO, it is too low.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability-wise, I think this is a very nice beer. The low bitterness makes it accessible but doesn't really move my taste buds to NEED another sip.

I love the Citra hop and this beer is a very good hommage to it.

ahalloin, Mar 02, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Stevedore, Mar 12, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to iHEARTbeer247 for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Cloudy with a big white head. Great sticky lacing and a nice layer of foam remains on the beer.

Smell - Hoppy. Clearly. Straight citrus hops with a bready malt in the back. It's really nice, but it's not complex like other great IPAs.

Taste - Yes, it's hoppy, but it's just citrus again. It's pretty damn good, but it's just not very interesting. If the other hop flavors were more prevalent, this could be fantastic. Anyway, the malt flavor is bready and just a touch sweet, but it still manages to be quite imposing on the palate. The flavor drops off abruptly at the end to a very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It's crisp, but the hop flavor isn't sustained throughout the drink. Hoppy at first and malty in the back. The one-dimensionality of the hop profile makes it incredibly drinkable, but only because I want the hop flavor back.

Overall - Ok, so everything it has is great, but it doesn't rival the best out there. I'd take a Pliny or Heady Topper over this easily. I want the flavor to build, but it doesn't. If this beer wasn't hyped to hell, I'd be singing its praises.

Alieniloquium, Apr 09, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey orange color, with an eggshell colored finger of fluffy head, nice lacing.

Floral hop notes, juicy citrus, and loads of tropical fruits.

The taste is bustling with tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, lots of citrus and floral hop notes. Sweet juicy citrus, and low bitterness.

Creamy, medium bodied, over all good feeling on the palate.

Big hop notes with low bitterness make this a great drinking DIPA!

EgadBananas, Sep 04, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:poured a bright orange in color with golden yellow highlights and a finge of head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was plenty of grassy piney hops on the aroma with citrus, caramel, sweetness from the malts, and a bit of pineapple fruit.

T: the piney grassy hops were very good and had a good balance between the sweetness from the malts. It did have citrus, caramel, and pineapple flavor accents as well.

M: the brew was mediumin body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney grassy hoppy, mild fruity, and bitter bite finish.

O: it was definitely a good beer but not a great DIPA in my book. I thought the aroma was better than the taste but that's just my opinion.

Gobzilla, Apr 05, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from a store that asked to not be named (their request) which I will honor, as I called to reserve a bottle, and they held one for me, a huge treat as a loyal customer, and saved me from having to hunt one down.

Review from notes

A: Poured from the bomber into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours semi clear, with a mild haze, and a billowing, frothy, two inches of head, that slowly faded, depositing a smooth film of creamy lacing. Color is a dull copper, or tangerine orange peel color.

S: Citrus, mango, pineapple aromas, just as the bottle says to expect. Quite tropical fruit forward, which is very nice.

T: Medium bitter bite upfront, Citra & Amarillo hop oils, light semi sweetness in the middle, and finishes mildly dry. There is a might malt backbone, and light toast quality in there as well.

M: Medium carbonation, oily mouth feel, mildly dry.

O: Good, but not my favorite DIPA. For those specific Amarillo and especially Citra hop lovers out there, this is your dream DIPA beer, and those flavors shine, especially in the aroma's. For me, I prefer more of a malt backbone to balance out a DIPA. Great treat to finish the bottle myself, and would certainly not pass up a taste if offered.

Retsinis, Sep 13, 2011
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.