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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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367 Reviews
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Reviews: 367
Hads: 1,530
Avg: 4.57
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 3,017
Gots: 111 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: Solomon420 on 02-13-2010

Made with Citra and Amarillo hops.
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Reviews: 367 | Hads: 1,530
Photo of jamex
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I put this one up with Pliny. A magnificent beer that smells of orange, pine, tangelo - enough with the descriptive words. If you know WCIPA's, then this is everything that you've dreamed.

An amazing taste. Phenomenal. In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions - this is a flagship DIPA. One of those "wow" beers that comes along once, maybe twice a year.

EDIT: Also had in bottle ('11) and still an amazing beer. A+

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado's San Diego. Served in a pint glass.

A: Served with a .5 finger foamy and frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy grapefruit. Lacing is thick and ruler-like and with great legs from level to level. Good stick too.

S: Nose is intensly aromatic citrus and cascade hops. Pine in the back with big, bold, grapefruit and citrus in the front. Cane sugar sweetness rounds out a wonderful aroma.

T: Opens rather sweet. Detectable pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus. Piney hop character in the back serves as a great level of balance towards the middle. Resiny hop bitterness at the end but well complemented by the fruit that moves into the back. Finish is resiny hop character that sticks in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very smooth, balanced, and creamy overall. Goes down very easily. The abv is fantastically hidden. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: This beer is the real deal, hype and all. The best DIPA that I've had to date by a good margin. Incredible balance and flavor separation and unbelievably drinkable. Seek it out, trade for it, whatever you have to do, get it. Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of teamizm
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to the KRBC for bringing a growler and a keg to the Pour House in Paso Robles for the FW14 after party.

A - Pours a beautiful light golden, apricot color. About 2 finder foamy head that disappears a bit and leaves some nice lacing.

S - just a nose full of citrus notes and hops. Really get a lot of grapefruit and oranges, some tangerines as well.

T - Citrus and hops, but man is this a balanced DIPA. At no time does it taste like a 8% DIPA. Pine, citrus, hops, all very very refreshing.

M - Decent carbonation, medium body, with a nce little tang to it.

D - off the chain. I could sit on a lawn chair in the So Cal heat and just drink this all day long. It is unbelievably drinkable for a DIPA.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to einhorn and PasoPourHouse for making this available to all of the BAs at the Firestone 14 After Party at The Pour House in Paso Robles, CA. Shawn, thanks again for hosting this event!

12oz. pour into a tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orange-banana body with a sticky, white crown. Thin streams of carbonation can be seen rising along the edges. Tons of lacing! While I'm not a big fan of the opaque body, this looks great otherwise.

Smell: Big-time orange and tangerine, followed by a touch of pine. Very sweet and citrus-y. Gorgeous display of Citra hops!

Taste: Orange, lemon, and tangerine once again dominate. Herbal and dry pine components are also detectable. Deliciously fruity and sweet without a whole lot of bitterness. Beautiful!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very balanced. Bitterness is low, especially for a west coast double IPA, but not surprising given the exclusive Citra hop bill. Very smooth.

Drinkability: While I'm not a huge fan of Citra hops, I can't imagine a beer that displays the attributes of Citra hops better. Delightfully sweet and citrus-y all the way through. Props to the guys at Kern River. This is impressive!

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Photo of popery
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic beer and among the best DIPAs that I've ever tried. I had a few glasses of this beer and was just blown away. I really didn't expect it to live up to the hype, but I was happily wrong on that score. It has easily the best Citra flavor in the 10 or so Citra IPAs I've tried so far. It was all very bright floral and tangerine notes. The beer is quite well made. Just enough light malt sweetness to carry the hops. Finishes mildly dry and refreshing. Little to no harshly bitter notes, just tons of incredible hops. The hop flavors seem fresh and interesting. There's practically none of the blandly bitter notes that drown out all of the delicacy in so many other (D)IPAs. Mouthfeel was light and fairly smooth for all of the hops. No booze presence. The beer looks good - a bright, hazy yellow-orange body with a good white head. This is a very easy beer to like and makes me want to make the long drive down to Kernville.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to alcstradamus for splitting this one at our tasting.

64oz growler poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a nice apricot that has a good amount of haze to it. Minimal head but leaves a little bit of soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big bursts of hops, pine and citrus. Lots of tropical fruit. One of the more aromatic DIPA's I have run across. A little bit of a grassy note on the back end.

T- A lot of citrus and pineapple. A nice bitterness and a little bit of grass. A touch of sweetness comes in at the end and maybe even a little bit of honey to round it out.

M- Medium bodied with a very nice hop bite. Good carbonation and just a tad dry on the finish. Hop oil just coats the tongue.

D- The flavor never gets overpowering. This is a top notch DIPA. Great flavors and not too heavy makes this one great beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler split and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Big thanks to alcstradamus for kicking off our epic tasting with this growler!

A - Hazy apricot orange with a fluffy off-white head. Good retention and clingy, wispy lace coats the glass. Nice look beer!

S - Massive citrusy nose of grapefruit and pineapple with resiny notes and floral hop leaves. Light caramel and sweet sugar cookie backing with a nicely balanced level of maltiness. I like the citra hops a lot!

T - Low level or caramel and toffee malts have a decent backing to the overly citrusy pineapple and mango grapefruit hops. Very nice.

M - Medium-bodied and sweet-turned slowly bitter. A good feel and a smooth, lightly dry finish.

D - Nicely drinkable for a double IPA, no alcohol is present in this. It's smooth and balanced making it a great double. I like this a lot!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to alcstradamus for the chance to sample this one.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy cider orange gold. Three fingers of eggshell hued head recede slowly leaving thick gobs of lace.

The aroma is full on juicy citrus. Loads of mango, grapefruit and pineapple.

The flavor is a super resinous hop blast. Citrus is all over my tongue. Dry bitter finish. Light hints of malt.

Medium body mild carbonation.

Overall a decent DIPA. Nothing epic.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Pours a murky golden color with spotty lacing left behind by a huge, fluffy mountain of head.

Aroma is very floral, with notes of orange zest, white grapes, and straw

The flavor starts off with odd but pleasant notes of butterscotch up front with an earthy hop profile. Not very high on bitterness and the hops aren't very "bright," this one is well balanced by a sweet caramel maltiness

The body feels nice and heavy with low carbonation. Great.

Overall this is a clean tasting and well balanced DIPA that is easy to drink. The flavor is actually the weakest aspect of the beer and obviously that is the most important, but it is still very solid overall.

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Photo of mjl21
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler acquired via trade...thanks Adam. Poured into my Moonlight pint glass.

A-Pours a very hazy, unfiltered orange. It has some great golden highlights when held to the light. The appearance in a lot of ways is more akin to a hefe than a DIPA. It has a one finger off white head that retreats to a nice bubbly layer. Leaves streaks of lace up and down the glass.

S-Just incredible in the aroma department. It reeks of fresh citrus hops. It is super citrusy with lots of mango, orange, and candied fruit coming out in every sip.

T-Like the nose, lots of juicy fruit comes through but it is not as dominant as it is in the nose. It has touches of biscuity malt in the middle. Not a trace of sweet caramel can be found in this one. It is not a bitter bomb as compared to so many in this style. I found some glasses to be at a 4 and some to be at a 4.5. If a 4.25 existed I would assign it that score.

M-Creamy and smooth. It has a lighter carbonation level that worked fine.

D-The alcohol is not detectable. This is scary in the drinkability category. The growler did not make it more than a few hours in my fridge.

Another great WC DIPA. It falls in the upper echelon of great smelling beers. The taste isn't as strong as the nose, but in the end it is still a great beer that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of NCBeerFan
4.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for billshmeinke for sending a growler my way. I waited a few days after receiving it to split with a buddy, so I was a little concerned about the carbonation. However, pouring this into a Delirium Tremens snifter left a nice fluffy two-finger head. Holding it up to a light reveals a dark orange, almost brown, appearance. A few swirls leaves spidery lacing around the edges of the snifter. The aroma is something to behold...it was immediately noticeable after the pour and both the caramel from the malts and pleasant piney/orange citrus hops took center stage. Taste closely follows the aroma, with a near-perfect balance of the the caramelly malt backbone and those wonderful Citra hops...just right amount of bitterness, not overpowering. The mouthfeel is also about near-perfect for a DIPA....not too syrupy, just nice medium-bodied, smooth, and creamy DIPA. I don't know if I would rate this ahead of Pliny, Dreadnaught, and a few others, but it is one highly-drinkable brew and if available, I'd have a constant supply in the fridge....we polished off that growler a little quicker than I thought we would...it just goes down so smooth, with just enough hop bitterness to make you want another swig. Nice job Kern River!!

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Photo of brewdan
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PeaceLoveBeer for the try. Growler shared with some awesome BAs last night.

Hazy amberish pour

Smell is a huge hop blast. Piney bitterness pretty much dominates the smell. You can smell it from across the table immediately upon opening. I really enjoy that smell.

Taste is quite nice. A huge hop blast up front, nice biscuity malt in the middle that is not sweet at all, and hugely bitter aftertaste. The hops are mostly bitter piney and a touch of grapefruit.

A West Coast hop bomb? sort of. It certainly does have a huge hop blast up front and a biting bitter finish but in the middle there is a nice malt presence that is (thank goodness) not too sweet. Very dry biting finish that lingers for a long time.

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Photo of jlindros
4.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The illustrious Citra DIPA is finally here. I've been drooling over this for quite some time, and now I finally get a shot thanks to the awesome trader Solomon420.

A: Still got some nice carbonation, as the head rises up to about a finger and a half on a beautiful pour. THe head fades somewhat slowly, like it's teasing me as a pillow, which happens to be what it looks like, all pillowy there in it's glass. It also leaves a decent lacing on the sides as the pillow dissolves. The beer is a super hazy orange nectar color.

N: I could smell it on the pour, as expected. The aroma is loaded with hops, as expected. Lots of fresh hops, both dry and wet it seems, like they couldn't figure out how awesome this beer should be, so they threw both in. It has lots of musty fresh wet hops, a little resin, lots of pine, the citrus just dances around with more orange peel and even a little grapefruit, as well as even some spicy hops. The musty fresh resinous wet hops really overpower most of it. Oh yeah, and I get a hint of sweet malts there too.

T: Aaaannndddd... ooh yeah, the fresh hops dance around the palate, again loaded with fresh musty and somewhat resinous wet hops. Pretty spicy in the hop profile as well, with lots of pine and citrus hops. Again with the orange peel and light grapefruit, and some tropical flavors. Most of this is overpowered by the resinous musty hops though. Some chewy malts are present, but barely. They add a touch of sweetness and some nice body. THe slightest touch of a booze taste also there. It's pretty bitter overall, but not overwhelming. Some juiciness to the flavor as well, give it a drinkable somewhat refreshing taste.

M: Medium to slightly heavier body, a nice firm body, with still decent carbonation. A little oily as well from the hop oils.

F: Finishes even more bitter, but still not menacingly cringing bitterness. The lingering hop flavors include spicy hops, some musty hop profile but much less than before, a little citrus and pine, with a little fresh hop oils that seem to coat the tongue even. Mostly dry at this point, but a touch of sweetness there. It doesn't overpower with dryness either, which I was expecting the bitterness and dryness to just bombard each other, but low and behold they didn't. All that and the alcohol is practically not there. I think I get a very slight hint as it warms, but overall for 8% drinks really well.

So, an amazing DIPA as expected. It doesn't have the best hop flavors IMHO, a little too much on the musty resinous flavors and less on the pine and citrus, but a great tasting beer. But with what is lacking in hop flavors, it more than makes up for in balance and core design. The hops and light malty sweetness balance really well, nothing outsteps its bounds (except the musty resinous hop flavor just a bit), the dryness and bitterness don't overpower together, a nice juicy fruity flavors, just so drinkable and delicious. Due to the fresh wet hops and oils, resin, etc, this really has to be drunk fresh as expected and as always stated. Thanks a ton Damian!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to PeaceLoveBear for this one!

A-pours a dirty murky brown liquid with dark orange edges with a fair amount of dirty white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S-the nose has this buttery dough with caramel malt base up front, same as the just outstanding IPA, tons of hops take ever, lots of bitter pine, citrus hops galore, big in the nose.

T-the taste has a very light doughy flavor, notes of caramel, syrupy pine, tons of citrus in the back, grapefruit mostly, moderate bitterness that is quite pleasant and doesn't linger or sting the back of the tongue.

M-medium bodied, a little syrupy, creamy up front with lots of carbonation giving it a somewhat grainy feel in the back.

D-this has a big balance of malt and hop, the citrus comes in nicely and the bitterness is moderate. not as huge as I thought this was going to be nor as hoppy. the balance was very nice and I actually really enjoy this buttery dough flavor their IPA's have had. Very solid IPA, not Pliny but darn good!

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Photo of portia99
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler received in trade with mrbubbler. I've been lucky getting some of my larger wants lately and this is one of the biggest - big thanks for the opportunity to try this one. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a yeasty hazed slightly dirty golden tinted orange. A finger of white foam briefly lingers before falling to a thick, tight bubbled collar with uneven islands on the surface. Nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells just like a freshly peeled grapefruit. Really can't think of anything else to say about this. The citrus is just huge - not at all complex, but I do love a good glass of grapefruit juice, so this is all good with me.

T - As expected from the aroma, grapefruit is high in intensity and right in your face. Flavor definitely has a bit more complexity than the aroma. Sitting beside the grapefruit is some nice pine...thick and resiny. Pineapple, some sweaty peaches and tropical fruits are in here too and complement the huge citrus component. Bitterness is medium to high but the wonderful citrus seems to mask its intensity a bit to give a well rounded (not balanced tho) flavor. Malt is hardly to not at all detectable. This is a hop lover's fantasy beer.

M - A bit on the lighter side of medium bodied, which is a bit of a surprise, but not an unpleasant one. Carbonation is medium which seems just about right...a touch prickly on the tip of the tongue but settles to a light tingle with a touch of creaminess. Very resiny and a bit sticky feeling.

D - This truly is a great west coast variety DIPA. The alcohol is really totally unnoticeable, even at 8.0%...it is hidden really well...kinda scary. Tons and tons of citrus and pine flavors...enough to satisfy any hop lover. Ample bitterness although not in a palate busting way. This is definitely a beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh. The hops really shine here...it would be a shame to let a beer like this fade with any age on it. Definitely a winner - I'd easily call this one of the best out there.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazy dark orange color. Two fingers of thick, creamy off-white head. Good retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

5.0 S: Big hop explosion like a fresh Hopslam, but without the malty backbone. Absolutely tons and tons of orange, apricot, candied mango, grapefruit and a host of other tropical fruits. Slightly yeasty, and you can tell the malts are there, but they get lost in the wonderful hops.

4.5 T: Again, the hops deliver. Grapefruit and pine take over in the taste. Moderate, but soft bitterness. Lots of orange, peach, and tropical fruit. Yeasty again, but barely noticeable compared to the other flavors. Malts give a touch of sweetness to balance and not much else.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body, not the shitty watery like many west coast IPAs. This is just how I like my DIPAs. Wonderfully creamy and a bit chewy.

5.0 D: I wasn't sure if this would live up to the hype, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is definitely an elite DIPA. I just wish it was a bit easier for me to get. No flaws and lots of great qualities.

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

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a massive white head and tons of white lacing.

S: The nose is amazingly fruity and hoppy. Lots of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and mango. Maybe just a hint of pine in there too.

T: A good bitterness, but not quite as intense as something like Pliny or Ruination. But it works almost perfectly with the intense fruity nature of the beer. Same "fruit salad" flavors noted in the nose.

M: The body is medium with plenty of carbonation and a moderate bitterness on the finish.

D: My earlier serving of this beer was good, but nowhere near as impressive as this one. A fantastic Double IPA and a nice showing of the Citra hop.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought from the brewery and brought to my house. Consumed with friends this past Tuesday. Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Hazy orange color with a finger width of pillowy head. There is lots of lacing, and a nice ring settles to the top of the beer as I drink it.

S - Orange, pineapple, citrus, guava. All of the tropical fruits are covered. There's a tiny bit of sweetness and just a touch of pine on the finish. As the beer opens up, just a bit of boozy/peppery smell comes out too.

T - Lots of citrus hops with a touch of pine. Definitely hope forward with the pine lingering. It follows the nose very well. And just like the smell, as the beer opens, it becomes a tad bit peppery, and just a slight boozy finish.

M - A rather light mouthfeel, which is different for a DIPA. There is ample carbonation, maybe a tad too much. My tongue is lift a bit prickly.

D - Uhhhmmm, yeah. This is definitely drinkable. Not the best DIPA I've ever had, but solid, and I'd never pass on it.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbm for the growler. As always, Kevin es el hombre grande!

Copper pour with a fluffy, 2 finger head. Pretty hazy and cloudy.

Citrus and floral hops in the nose. Picking up pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Smells really really nice.

The taste is a slight letdown from the smell but still very pleasant. There's a biscuit-like breadiness that I didn't pick up earlier. I'm grabbing some mango, tangerine and possibly papaya as well. While bitter... it doesn't go overboard, which is a little disappointing. Finishes mostly dry and grainy.

Medium-body with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable DIPA but not in the same class as Pliny, Boy King or even Double Daisy Cutter. There just isn't enough hops in here for me to go ape over this. Still, it hides that 8% tremendously well and I'm thankful for the opportunity.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to a generous BA for sharing at the Zhukoz release. 64oz growler poured into my CCB snifter.

A- Pours hazy, golden orange in color. A billowing white head that has great retention. Nice sticky lacing left behind.

A- Lots of tropical fruity goodness. Tangerine and grapefruit dominates. There is also a hint of pineapple in the mix. The hops are nice and pungent.

T- Again, lots of tropical fruits. The oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit shine. The bitterness isn't nearly as in your face as I was expecting, but I'm not knocking it. The malts are definitely in the distance here, but I do get a slight hint of them on the backside.

M- On the thinner side of medium. A nice dry semi-bitter finish. Nicely carbonated.

D- I would drink this for all of eternity.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Body of this beer is a hazy golden/orange color. One finger slightly off white head. Dies down to a cap of foam on top with nice lacing.

Beautiful bouquet of tropical fruits. It smells like pineapples, mango, tangerine, orange rind and grapefruits. Smells amazing.

The taste follows smell. Tons of oranges, pineapples, mango and grapefruits. Some spice, and a tobacco like bitterness. Flavors lean more towards grapefruit and orange rind bitterness than pineapple, mango, and orange sweetness the more you drink of this intensely hopped brew. There is also some subtle buttery diacetyl in there. Simply awesome!

Full bodied, well carbonated creamy carbonation, a nice hop bite and resin bitterness cleaning out the back end.

Easily better than Pliny the Elder, and a contender with Pliny the Younger for the best Imperial IPA I have ever had.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So...I got a couple of 500ml bottles, filled today, the same day the Growler was opened, from tkunkel, as he was passing through Casper ( he BMd me asking if I wanted some of this beer called Citra. He saw it on my Wants List.) Hehe....thanks, Tom!. He didn't WANT anything in return but I gave him a bottle of something anyway....

I drank the first bottle with no intention of reviewing it. Now on to the second bottle:

A gorgeous cloudy dark orange colour, small but decent head of foam, and even some lacing. Kind of reminds me of a cask ale in appearance. Yep. Me likes.

The smell grabs my nose immediately. Loads of fruits well represented and actually very varied and hard for me to name but I'll do my best: Apricots, grapefruit, oranges, peach...could be more and man, the nose is strong and powerful and OH so inviting.

First sip, sort of, and the numerous fruits in the smell are ALL there! Beyond that, it has a dry hopped kind of bitterness that adds a welcome punch. Not much malt here but by golly, with all the fruitiness and dry hop type of bitterness, you'd *think* this would be a real palate destroyer but...it bloody well isn't! Remarkable.

The body is fairly light for the style and the carbonation is on the lower side as well. Not what *should* add up to a great mouthfeel but it is suiting me well enough and it's going to get a good score. Can't argue with what the mouth tells me. ;^)

Drinkability? This tasty son of a gun is hiding the abv like no other! No warming, no sign of it in the smell or taste. Man! This is one dangerously drinkable DIPA. From Kern River. Whom I've had beers from before and they all tickled me pink. Add Citra DIPA to *that* list as in, this is one of THE best beers in the US today!

Another super thanks again to Tom!!

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Photo of craytonic
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Best part of the beer, nice cloud/haze to a honey-straw-golden pour. Perfect white head which leaves some good craggy peaks, although not much lacing down the glass.

Smell: Second best part of the beer, rich grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, and mango. Very fresh and moist. Maybe the best part.

Taste: Here is where we run into trouble, this is a little behind pliny the younger and further behind Boy King. A good bit of the problem I think stems from the mouthfeel (more later). Its got the elements of the nose, the grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, etc; but not in abundance as I had hoped. Also doesn't have that great hop (not malt) sweetness that the top dogs do. Not as hoppy as I had hoped either.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I had hoped, which affects the taste as well. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably higher on the DIPA side due to lack of intensity, but I am not sure that is a good thing. Very good, but not best of show (or even really in the running).

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Photo of ShogoKawada
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BIG thank you to jobcrackerbah for this...

64oz growler into my Newport Storm pint glass.

A- Hazy orange. Nice head, esp. from a cross-country growler. Lacing is sticky and just a few shades off-white. Second pout gets a nice 2-finger head. Good lacing rings.

S- Oranges! Smells like an Orangina. Some grapefruit, something vaguely peppery... Unique.

T- Follows the nose. Citra hops taste like... citrus. Heavy grapefruit, tangerine, clementine. Some white grape in there too. Bit of pine resin and some lasting bitterness. Fruity but not overly sweet. Almost get the tartness from the fruit out of these hops... very flavorful.

M- All hops, not much malt. Good carbonation (surprisingly good considering the voyage of this growler) and superb mouthfeel.

D- Growler? Done. As good as PtY? I don't think so... but it's damn close, and if I had them side-by-side I might be singing a different tune. It's that close... A great DIPA. Surely going to become Kern's most requested. Glad I got to try this.

Now that I look at this.. seems this and PtE are the same ABV. This is something I'd take over PtE any day.

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4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange / copper with a 2 finger off white crown that shows moderate retention and blankets of lace.

Smell: Tropical bliss over bready malt. Pineapples, oranges, mango, grapefruit, and a touch of pine.

Taste: Same as nose but more pungent. Well balanced to me...a lover of hop dominant "west coast style" IPA's and DIPA's!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: All day yo!

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Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.