Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 1,493
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 3.28%
Wants: 2,893
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 brystmar
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Nate for tossing in this bottle -- been dying to try Citra for far too long!

My god, this smells incredible: fresh fruits of many varieties, piney hops, sweet malt. Citra hops galore, tons of malt, very fruity. Think I prefer Knuckle Sandwich, but that's just splitting hairs over superlatives. This is utterly delicious and I need more of it, stat! (364 characters)

Photo of BeRanger
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Short's pint glass. Thanks to Rau71 for this one.

A: Burnt orange, big couple inches of white foamy head. A good amount of lacing to it as well throughout the drink.

S: Citrus, Orange, Lemon, a burst of tropical fruits. A slight malt/hop smell but its predominantly the citrus.

T: Yum.. Great taste of tropical fruits come through up front and a little of the hopiness on the backbone. Not boozy at all, very smooth.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.. Very creamy DIPA - finishes clean and makes you want more.

O: Fantastic IPA. Wish I could get my hands on more of these however this is my last bomber :( Certainly going to be in my Top 5 with Hopslam, Pliny, Heady Topper and Dreadnaught. Well done Kern! (753 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. From the recent bottling. Huge, Huge, Huge thanks to SupoenaDeuces for this bottle. Thanks Alex!!

A: Pours a perfect hazy orange color with a fluffy pure white head forming on the pour. The retention is out of this world and as the head slowly subsides it leaves huge, sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Pineapple flesh, sweet caramel malts, light grass and light lemon grass. Extremely balanced.

T: The taste follows the nose perfectly. Citrus pineapple and orange with a touch of lemon peel. Sweet caramel malts and light bitter hops on the finish.

M: This is the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had. So smooth and balanced. It drinks like water. Nice solid carbonation with a medium to light body.

O: One the most balanced DIPA's I've had and certainly the most drinkable. The wonderful citrus flavors with the sweet caramel are just perfect. Not to mention the beer looks pretty too. (928 characters)

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

22oz bomber poured into a CBS sniffter

Appearance : slightly hazey orange color. Very impressive fluffy white head stands tall with plenty of retention. Lots of sticky lacing clings on to my glass

Smell : aroma is just outstanding (see what I did there) lots of pineapple and orange peel smells exactly like I thought it would. Very inviting aromas with muted evergreen notes, the citrus really dominates

Taste : the flavor really follows the nose . Lots of pineapple and orange peel flavor with very mild bitterness. Very drinkable dipa spanish is slightly sweet and dry

Mouthfeel :medium to light bodied brew that has very pleasant and carbonation. Slightly sticky

Overall : this beer really delivers a citra punch. I'm glad I sought this one out and would recommend this beer to any hop head (800 characters)

Photo of DSlim71
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Urbano7913 for this gem. I've really wanted to try this for a while now, so I couldn't resist opening one after the box arrived today. You know it has to be good if I feel compelled to write a review.

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

S - It smells pretty close to what I expected from a beer named Citra. Almost like you're eating a fruit salad in a forest. A nice layer of pine to hold together the citrus and tropical fruit. The malt is there but the dry hopping really lets this one shine.

T - Taste definitely follows the nose. Mango, pineapple, orange peel, and pine all glide over the tongue. You know the malt is there, but they did a great job of keeping it in the background and letting the hops take over. Finishes a little dry, slightly bitter.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation, this is exactly the feel I look for in a DIPA. Each sips leaves you wanting another taste.

O - I was definitely impressed with this beer, great job KRBC!! I would have include this with the likes of my other favorite DIPAs. I wish it was a little easier to come by. It seemed like it was disappearing way too fast from my glass. Good thing I have one more... (1,335 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 4/2/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to cjmencuri for this fresh bottle of deliciousness --

Review #500

A: Cloudy sunset amber-golden. A careful pour yields a killer three finger off-white head that never really fades. The lacing here is off the charts, just gobs of sticky goodness cling to the walls of the glass. Simply gorgeous.

S: Pure citra delight. It's overflowing with mango, grapefruit and tropical juicy delights. As it warms a bit, the clean malt becomes a bit more evident, yet it's in absolute harmony with the hop oil.

T: Just spectacular. The balance is perfect. The luscious and juicy nature of the citra hops is met with and paired beautifully with the biting nature of the amarillo hop oil. The golden malt is masterfully placed. It runs down the spine of the beer, giving it weight and purpose. I can't state enough just how attuned everything is here.

M: I can't say I've encountered a hop forward beer that feels this thick and rich. It almost has the feel of fresh motor oil. It's creamy and dense, yet at no point does it become too much. Approachable as a $100 bill blowing in the breeze.

O: As the label says, "This beer is all about the hops." Damn right. This may very well be the best hop forward beer, let alone Double IPA I've ever consumed. Everything here is pitch perfect, not a flaw in sight. Worthy of it's cult status, and one I plan on tracking down every time it's released.

My highest recommendation. (1,488 characters)

Photo of mikul93
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Pours a rich orange/gold with a nice eggshell head with nice lacing. Pretty beer.

S Holy smokes! Wonderful floral hop smell with pine and malt all married so well together. This is a fantastic smelling beer!

T Just like the nose. Hopes, pine, citrus, malt all balanced together. Slight bitterness at the end. Every sip of beer I can't help but exclaim "Damn that's good!" This is a world class brew.

M Medium body, crisp and refreshing.

O I've tried all the top tier DIPA's out there and this is , hands down, the best I have ever had. In my top 3 overall. It's a shame that it's availability is so limited. (617 characters)

Photo of Rau71
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with a small white head. Smells like a hop garden. Tastes like hops smell. Some beers smell like hops and taste different, but this beer tasted like you were chewing on that delightful hop smell without being overly bitter. A fantastic beer. Very Citrusy hop flavor dominates the aftertaste. Did a Side by Side with PtE and Citra was just a touch better. (381 characters)

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

@kern river brewing release got there at 4 am and was 21st in line being my first time i was very stoke
pours golden color liquid with a half finger head
taste upfront are mango,grapefruit, floral hops,
very smooth the 8% is well hidden very drinkable worth the 7 hour wait
flavor balance bitterness malts are well hidden i would drink this all day which i did i order 6-7 pints 5 dollars couldnt get enough.
OVERALL- if its your first time go to the release and drink up well worth the hype citra really lives up to that hype.. cheers!!! 02/06/13 the date is wrong beeradvocate.. (584 characters)

Photo of Labeerfinder
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow orange color with fluffy white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing; tiny bubbles. Nose jumps out hoppy tones of pine and ivy.The flavor is very hop forward without being really bitter or sweet. Very soft and smooth with excellent drinkability. Lots of tropical fruit and pine flavors with a touch of malt. Very drinkable DIPA. (356 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed on tap at The Bistro's Double IPA Festival on 2/11/12.

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a decent amount of head with great retention and lacing. Aroma starts and ends with hops. Oily, piney, earthy, woodsy. Very strong. Taste is super hoppy from the get go. Similar to aroma: oily, piney. I don't really get much malt from this, but then again the malt doesn't get in the way either. It does its job in supporting the flavor and mouthfeel of the beer. Maybe a good DIPA's malt should be looked at as good service in a restaurant: it was great if you don't notice it. Mouthfeel is balanced with a dry aftertaste.

This is one I've heard about and looked forward to. Another great beer with hype lives up to its reputation. I wrote several notes at the DIPA Fest and some of them were getting silly. My review ends with "Want in bottle." I think that speaks for itself. Now to make a trek to Kern County for some of this deliciousness. (946 characters)

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

0.3L serving at Gourmet Haus Staudt's Kern River Brewing night as part of SF Beer Week

A: A hazy, shrouded, glowing golden-orange color. There was a light coating of head initially (though the beer may have been sitting for a minute before I grabbed it), but a paper thin coating stayed atop my glass for the whole time, with big bubbles sporadically appearing on the edges; great lacing too.

S: Immediate rush of grapefruit, accompanied by many other citrus flavors– orange, tangerine, pineapple were some that I noticed. A bit of dank resin and floral hops show up, and there is a touch of light, bready, sweet malts. I was trying hard to nitpick with this beer and almost gave smell a 4, but there was no way to justify anything less than a 4.5/5 on my glass.

T: Really solid bitter grapefruit dominates the taste initially, as it did with smell. The flavor then evolves from lightly sweet at the beginning to piny to herbal/floral/resiny, with the citrus flavors present in the smell making an appearance at every turn. The finish is amazing; there's substantial bite from the hop bitterness but the sweet citrus flavors come out in strength. Incredibly strong taste at all points too; this is an excellent beer to just take your time with and enjoy the flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy, very well carbonated. Both the creaminess and the prickliness from the carbonation lend themselves well to delivering and then maintaining the flavor of the beer. A bit of heat which comes out as the beer warms is only thing I don't really like; it detracts a little from the other flavors but the amazing body of this beer keeps things well, well above average.

O: An outstanding beer to spend some time with, I would definitely argue that it deserves both its ranking and highly sought after trade status. (1,804 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazed golden apricot color with a full, smooth, creamy, white head. Great retention leaving a thin whispy layer of lace.

S - Very fruity aroma with mango, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and hints of passion fruit. There is a pleasant sweet malty backbone with a slight bready aspect. Ripe fruit just dominates though.

T - Reflects the nose with loads of ripe fruit (all the ones indicated above). A slight resin/floral flavor is hidden away in the fruit as well. A kick of bitterness toward the finish but it is balanced nicely with the bready malt and sweet fruit.

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

D - Loads of hoppy goodness and fruits make this very drinkable. Alcohol is very well hidden. Maybe a little strong on the bitterness but this was a very fresh bottle.

Notes: Wonderful DIPA. Loads of fruit with a great sweet and bitter contrast. Hops are very much on display. Well crafted and very enjoyable. I was extremely happy and lucky to get a sample. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: A slight murky golden orange with an off white head.

Smell: Peach, Pineapple, floral hops, grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Almost the same as the aroma but the hops are a little more forward.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse with a dry finish.

Overall: The aroma had me going from the get go. I loved all the citrus in there. Well balanced and a great hop presence. So glad JoEBoBpr sent this to me. Cheers. (483 characters)

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz into HF oversized wine glass 1/17/2012.

A- Beautiful golden orange with a 2 finger white head. Large tight bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. The beer is semi transparent with some alcohol legs. Really nice classic Dipa apperance.

S- Big pungent citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Ripe mango, pineapple, apricot, peach are the front runners followed by some bready malts and a little touch of alcohol. One of the best smelling beers I have had.

T- Great tasting beer, the aroma is backed up by the big sweet balanced taste. Hop bitterness comes through at the beginning followed by the bready malts and then the big sweet juicy ripe fruit. Great intense tropical citrus taste with a silky smooth finish. Wonderfully balanced and really drinkable.

M- Great mouthfeel smooth creamy nice carbonation forthe style.

O- Amazing beer, very impressive sweet fruit with a nice bready malt back bone to balance the citra an amarillo hops. Very smooth easy drinking beer with a big tropical taste and aroma that i love. Very well thought out and well made beer. Kern River Citra Dipa find it, enjoy it and then find it and enjoy it again. This one lives up to the hype. (1,189 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kern River Citra DIPA
From the Thanksgiving 2011 bottling.

Tasted on 12-05-2011.
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

A – Pours a very nice and cloudy slight golden color almost like peach. The head is huge. About 2 inches tall with some nice white dense bubbles. There is some awesome sticky lacing. It recedes ever so slowly to a nice fluffy mat. Perfection in the look for sure. (5.0)

S – OMG. This is everything I’ve hoped for in a DIPA. Starts off with some juicy and exquisite tangerine, some mango notes and some slight orange peel. Peach is DEFINITELY present. Amazing! There is some delicious tropical fruit sweetness mixed in with the slight citric sweetness of the Citra hops. The background of the nose definitely has some nice toasty, bready biscuit malt notes that just help to bring the hops juice to the forefront. There is some slight hop resin but not enough to call it piney as other more East Coast IPAs. This is definitely from the other coast. (5.0)

T & M – Wow!! This is amazing! First off this has to be up there with the best DIPAS hands down. Starts off with some nice citrus hop notes mixed in with some delicious tropical fruit notes. Flavors of slight grapefruit, some orange as well as apricot and peach are extremely delicious and very well crafted. These sweet tropical flavors mix in so well with the acidic citrus notes and the hop bitterness is at a perfect level and intensity. Not to dry or aggressive but just enough to get this hop-head satisfied. This is truly a gem. Reminds me a lot of FFF Dreadnaught IPA, Bells HopSlam and dare I say PtE. In all honesty this is my favorite DIPA up there with Abrasive from Surly. Beneath that hop deliciousness there is a nice strong malt backbone. There are bread notes as well as some toasty and earthy grain notes beneath the tropical hop flavors. I can’t quit raving about this beer to my GF as she sits here and laughs at me. This is truly a perfectly balanced DIPA. The back end of the beer has some nice dry bitterness and bready aftertaste with some nice final hints of that tropical hop juice. The beers mouthfeel is perfect as well. Very nicely carbonated with just enough refreshing bubbles and a slightly oily yet easy to approach body. (5.0) (5.0)

O – What can I say that hasn’t been said before? This to me could be the Pliny killer. It is delicious and balanced but it is also fraught with flavor and intensity. Perfectly crafted brew. (5.0) (2,462 characters)

Photo of BBri
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ap - Very nice darkish-orange color. Head was thin but high and dropped down to about the width of a pinkie. Carbonated well, good lacing.

Ar - Incredible. Subtle tones throughout and very fruity but not at all overpowering. I let it open up for a few minutes and smelled it again. I want this scent as my car air-freshener, that's how I'd sum it up.

T - Off the charts. Sweet at first with bitterness from hops that is almost a bit tart but quickly overtaken again by the hoppy sweetness. Finishes as smooth as any beer I've had and invites another sip.

M - Body was a just a bit thin for my typical tastes, however, the flavor made up for it by a longshot. The medium body simply makes this one more "drinkable" as I wouldn't restrain myself to just one!

O - Outstanding. Just one heck of a great beer.

Serving type: bottle (836 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Mulder1010 my 2011 secret santa! This beer was chilled and shared with my wife. The beer was served in Imperial Pint glasses.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy orange coloration. Thick biege head rides the top of the beer. The head lasted throughout the quick disappearance of this beer.

S- Just awesome! This beer delivered one of the best hop fruit aromas I have ever experienced. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes, papayas and fruit zest combine with resinous pine. Supporting the hops is a mild sweet caramel maltyness.

T- A perfect mirror of the aroma. This beer is all about the hops. In short this beer is fantastic!

M- The body of the beer is medium with moderate carbonation. Not a hint of alcohol in the mouth.

O- This beer is hop loving in a bottle. Dam near perfect beer drinking experience. (829 characters)

Photo of jeffmart22
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a semi-transparent deep copper orange color with a two finger head that dissipates to a very thin head which lingers throughout. Good carbonation, nice lacing and you can see a little alcohol clinging to the side of the glass.

A - Beautiful tropical fruit like hop aroma. Heavy on pineapple, mango, orange, and peach aromas. Light on the malt, and bready aromas. I can't pick up any alcohol in the aroma.

T - WOW, very nice. Starts out with a subtle malt sweetness that is quickly trumped by an outstanding hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers throughout, but there is also a wonderful candy like sweetness that helps to balance out the bitterness. Refreshing and very drinkable. The finish is dry and you can not detect any alcohol whatsoever. Awesome stuff!

M - Medium body

O - Great Beer!!! Get it if you can!!! (830 characters)

Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johndoe8 for providing this extraordinary beer, a great trader. Poured into a Sweetwater pint glass.

A~ Hazy medium orange/burnt glow color with a two finger off-white head formed and receded to about a half inch with good retention. Excellent lacing the entire pour.

S~ The Grapefruit and floral are heavy up front. Fresh fruits of all variety along with some pine and sweetness compliment the complex aroma and keep you diving into this sweet nectar. The hops are fresh, wonderful smell.

T~ Bang! Juicy hops and sweet floral notes are very big. Grapefruit and orange are the dominant the beer throughout, with a hint of a malt afterthought.

M~ Medium to light. Fresh feeling.

O~ This is my new favorite Double IPA, I cannot think of a beer with more drinkability. The beer is so good, I found myself having to slow down os I could finish the review. Beer this fresh and floral is what makes me like craft beer. This is a 10 out of 10 in my book! (966 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear and very rich looking medium copper color with a one fingered creamy layer of foam. The foam sticks to the glass like cotton candy glue.

S - I can't really describe this aroma as nothing short of amazing! Pure ripe citrus rinds: oranges, mango, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit. Very juicy and overripe tropical fruit at its finest. One of the BEST noses I've experienced in a beer in a very LONG time!!!

T - Surprisingly different than the nose which I expected more of a fruity, sweet bitterness which is dominated by ultra big bitter grapefruit, and light caramel malt underneath. The tongue is met with sweet tropical fruit for a brief moment before the grapefruit comes rolling down the tracks like a giant freight train. The tidal wave calms down towards the end (ever so slightly) and allows the fruit to surface...just barely. Is a little boozy as well.

M - Big medium body with boozy warming.

O - This is a MUST try!! (949 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a Lost Abbey pint glass, pours a creamy white head, large and ebullient, atop a cloudy golden body. Tinges of orange peek through (it’s the murkiness) as the bubbles rise. Thick white lacing down the side. Very pretty.

Aromas of fresh hops, oranges, and mango. In solidarity with the description on the label, pineapple too. Damn, a lot of damn citrus in there - like first *whiffing* an orange then a mango. Refreshing as all heck, though the intensity is lacking somewhat.

A complex cacophony of sweet oranges, bitter grapefruit, and wonderful baked malts all across the palate. The Citra hops are amazing: just juicy and oily and peachy. The Amarillo is present just enough to blend well with the malts but this is a dessert IPA all the way, with a pairing I cannot for the life of me establish as appropriate. Methinks something to contrast it, as it’s amongst the sweetest I’ve had (barring Bell's Hopslam).

Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, soft on the tongue.

Overall, bittersweet in the best way possible - Citra’s reputation proceeds itself. Knocking out a bomber solo was no tedious task considering how fresh and fruity it all went down.

Frankly, this rivals Alpine’s Nelson in terms of complexity, innovation, and satiation. Just outstanding (hmmm, that’s another good one from KRBC). (1,326 characters)

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

Poured into my Stone imperial Glass. Unfiltered, dark, caramely orange, ish ....able. Two finger head settles nicely after a few minutes, leaving sticky sheets of bright white lace.

Smell is really green, leafy, freshly picked, citra hops. The malt bill is also at the forefront. Very sweet smelling beer. I can't wait to imbibe.

Taste...is...well...de...wait for it...lightful. Delightful. Honey soaked hop cone. I believe I used that same description for Abrasive, and although they are not the same, it still is a very good description of Citra.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Nicely carbonated. The bubbles sort of dance on my tongue. Full bodied, but not cloyingly syrupy. Bright, refreshing, etc.

I have honestly had a really good week of drinking great DIPAs. Heady Topper, Abrasive, Pliny the Elder, to name a few. This beer is right up there with all three of those. I still put Abrasive at the top of my DIPA list, but this would probably have to be a close second. Great beer. Thanks to Tucson25 for sending me this fantastic brew. (1,052 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to get my hands on a bottle of this beer. Poured in to CBS Snifter glass.

A - Poured a hazy medium orange colour with a slight yellow glow around the edges of the glass. Two fingers of thick off-white head formed and receded to about a half inch with good retention. Good lacing.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma up front. Fresh pineapple and tangerine, peach and mango aromas along with some pine compliment the grapefruit. The hops aromas are so fresh, complex and pungent. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone is present to provide a bit of balance.

T - Huge bitterness up front. The big juicy hop aroma from the nose is more subdued in the palate but the flavours are still there and are fresh. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange zeat are the dominant flaovurs along with some pine. The malt bill provides the slightest sweet caramel backbone but there is no question that this is a hop bomb.

M - Medium body with a nice chew and light carbonation. Sticky hop oils coat the tongue.

O - A remarkable DIPA, but not the 5/5 I was hoping for. (1,060 characters)

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