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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: 1,214
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,629
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.91/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Kern River shaker pint (currently their only style of glassware available). This was one attractive beer: cloudy apricot-orange color with an inch or so of thick, foamy, white head that retained strongly, coating the glass with lacing. Nice aroma of citrus zest and underripe pineapple, for a fresh bottle, it wasn't really exploding with aroma as I had hoped, but it was still nice. The taste was good, nothing mind-blowing, pretty much average on the scale of IPAs or DIPAs. Good burst of hops, more bitter than fresh and juicy, citrus rind, underripe pineapple, herbal notes, grassy notes, bready malt base. Good, but nothing special or unique really. Smooth mouthfeel for a double, with just about no alcohol burn at all, though a little graininess lingered in the aftertaste. With all the hype this beer gets, I really expected something different, but it was really just a basic IPA, and offered nothing more than a typical local option. Still good, of course, just wackily overrated.

Rifugium, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

mendvicdog, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mora2000, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this today from Whatsarezaf; thanks Reza! Been a big Want of mine for a while so glad to finally snag a bottle from the recent release. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-yellow color with two fingers of lightly off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and leaves a ton of frothy lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citra hops, mangos, tropical fruits, fruity malts, light grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops. Really awesome nose; just a ton of citra hops and tropical fruits. Near perfect nose for a DIPA, I love it.

t - Tastes of citra hops, tropical fruits, mangos, peaches, floral hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, lemon, light pine hops. Taste is great as well. A little bit maltier then the nose though still a ton of hops too. Great taste, the nose was just perfect.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some light bitterness but not much considering how hoppy it is. Very nice body.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing DIPA; probably the best Citra DIPA I've had. The nose is perfect, and the taste is great too. Tons and tons of citra hops and tropical fruits, and not much bitterness in the taste at all. An Awesome beer I really love and would love to have again. Up there with Blind Pig, Heady Topper, and Pliny the Elder as one of the best DIPA's I've had.

mdfb79, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, glad to see this finally in the Southland,

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange with a medium full white head. Soapy, thick lace, good head retention.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus salad. Mango, lemons, orange, a delight.

T: Lemon and mandarin orange heavy, mango, pineapple. For me like a Sculpin on steroids, very tasty. Noticable malt profile for a West Coast DIPA, comes in at the end, but the flavour and enjoyment is all about the hops.

M: Firm, big mouthfeel, full-bodied, upfront carbonation. Dripping with hop resin.

D: A fantastic beer, with the hype, I expected this to be a 5 flavourwise, it's not that good, but it was definitely worth the $6 pint.

Halcyondays, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for sending me a 22 oz bottle. Wish I could've saved this to try along side fresh Heady Topper and Ephraim next week, but promised I'd consume immediately upon receipt. Bummer :).

Pours light golden copper with an extremely retentive, creamy head. Thick sheets of lacing. Overwhelming, intense aroma of fruit; mango, pineapple, peach and orange fairly sweet, light floral hops and a strong amount of malt present as well. Flavor starts off smooth, sweet and balanced. Pineapple and mango dominate as the citra hop flourishes with a smoother and stronger malt body than expected. Finish is dry, but not excessively bitter with a slightly more floral hop taste. Only knock on this sample is the mouthfeel which is slightly thinner than expected and watery in the finish. Otherwise, exceptional and happy to finally try a proper sample.

yourefragile, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of drewone
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

drewone, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Growler poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - HUGE citric hop punch up front that never really fades from the limelight. Some caramel malt and tropical fruits offer as much balance as they can but it is really all about the hops.

T - Still plenty of citric hops up front; just not as much as the nose; giving way slowly to a mix of light caramel malt and fresh tropical fruits. Finish is quite bitter but it doesn't last for very long. I really like this one. It is not too over the top like others, it is quite refreshing actually. Glad I finally got to try it.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp feel with a good amount of lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Dangerously high. I finally get to try this one on for size. I really enjoyed the Hill Farmstead Citra but I think the Kern River was a bit more well rounded. I hope to have this again someday, preferably on-tap!

orangesol, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this thoughtful extra in our most recent trade. You are the man Brett, thanks a ton!

From a bomber into a snifter, this brew appears a gorgeous color of clear orange with a lighter coloring of yellow around the edges. A finger and a half of froth slightly off-white creamy meringue sits atop this brew with awesome powers of retention. As the cap slowly fades, it paints the wall of the glass with a webbing pattern of lace. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained creamy head. Fantastic looking brew here.

The smell of this brew is a fantastic display of fresh hop character. To call this brew just "citra" is an insult. Not only notes of citrus in the nose but lots of tropical aromas emit from the glass smelling minorly like pineapple, pine, orange/lemon zest and a very light amount of catty character. This brew just smells downright juicy with hops. Awesome display of fresh hops in this brew's nose. As it warms up, a light solvent touch of fruited alcohol is noted across the back that tingles the nose.

The taste of this brew is a hop attack of juicy fruited flavored hops. The initial flavoring is that of bitter herbs and rinds, slightly catty with a touch of sulfur mixed with stinky cheese. Once the palate comes accustomed to the hop assault, more fruited flavors of orange rind, pulp, grapefruit, mild pineapple and grass come forward. There is a very faint malt touch in the background which provides an excellent base for the hops to play off of. It hardly provides any sweetness but more of a toasted touch. As the brew warms up, some solvent alcohol comes forward reminding you that this is a DIPA and there is 8% abv hiding underneath the glorious amount of hop character shoved inside this bottle.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Absolutely a fantastic take on the style and a real treat to enjoy. Straight across the board this was a real pleasure. Nitpicking here I would have liked to seen just a bit more body on this. For as much flavor and aroma it packed, it seemed just a touch thin and watery but man did it come across as one super drinkable brew. I devastated this bomber fairly quickly and was looking for more. Well done Kern River, color me impressed.

stakem, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler.

A: Citra is a darker, autumnal with leafy, tobacco brown colors. Enough lighter hues lend to the yellow-brown leaves in fall aspect. A small head.

S: The citra nose is intoxicating, sweet with orange. Underneath the hops, caramel malts provide a surprising degree of balance.

T: The citra, as pleasant as the nose is, doesn't quite last. Hoppiness is present, a recurring theme. Citrusy orange flavors are rich and lush, well-balanced against the caramel biscuit malts. Citra starts out well but gets lost amongst the bolder double IPA flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp upfront, hoppier and varied in the finish. The citra nose is great.

D: A good beer, plenty flavorful with the citra leading the charge.

akorsak, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

duceswild, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could smell the Citra all the way in Orange County as a keg was tapped at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Served in a large snifter, on to the beer:

You can call this faded orange colored beer magnificent, and it's not just about the lovely white rings the foam leaves sticking to the glass. It is about how the Citra hops are skillfully used in this beer. The nose demonstates this with massive fresh citrus and tropical aromas, like passionfruit, pineapple, mango, and orange. Simply vibrant and alive.

There's little to frown about in the taste unless you're looking for just a tiny more intensity from those little green flowers. It's balanced, but showcases the Citra hops. Sweeter citrus and tropical fruits are highlights in this reel, and if that doesn't make it, the oily mouthfeel and buried 8% ABV, along with the pleasant aftertaste of sweet grapefruit and a snap of resin will. Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable too; forget the fancy glassware, throw this in a one liter mug.

I have seen the future, and you can catch a glimpse of the future in this beer. One could argue that this is "futuristic Pliny". Funny what playing with different hop breeds and creating a new one can do. Whoever said genetically modifying crops is bad doesn't understand how biology works, let alone had a taste of this nectar.

DoubleJ, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been hearing good things about the citra, and now I have a growler to share thanks to Marisatheyounger, your the woman.

Burnt orange all around, the color is glowing with mostly orange maybe a shade of amber mixed with touches of slight copper. Pouring this, I get a inch of thickish white foam that stays and somewhat sticks. Pokadot lacing and some stripes around the glass.

This sure smells like citrus. Once all is said and done this smells like a superfecta of citrus with just the tiniest backing of malt to back that up. I get a shitload of papaya. Tropics, pineapple, mango etc. You guys and gals know the deal, west coast hoppy delight!!

Yep, Citra delivers in a big way without being huge, ya dig. It's like a overload in a small compartment. A big blast of that raw tropic treatment, mango, papaya, the works really. I get alot of squeezed orange with zest. Fruity than slighty malty without all that east coast overdo. Malt done right, not in your face, but there, to even the playing field. You just have to try it, to understand.

I am really digging the feel on this CITRA. It finishes so clean that going for another gulp afterwards is totally doable. Not the most bitter DIPA out there, in fact the bitter does not last into the aftertaste. One of the cleanest and smooth finishes I have ever had in a double, no fooling, no bias as well.. Body is a step above medium with adaquate carb based on look and feel.

Well, all in all, CITRA DIPA is a winner and deserves the acolades. The finish delivers not to mention the start, and well the whole damn thing rocks IMO. I could drink a whole growler of this if the time was right. I dont think I can say that with PTE or the like, this is just simple drinking with a BANG!!!

BARFLYB, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BIG Thanks to dgb3 for sending this out!! Dan, you are the man!!!

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours about a finger of off-white head. Fades to a thick ring, but leaves a ton of sticky lace walls. I am talking about lacing all the way with each sip I take. Color is a hazy burnt copper orange. Fairly dark for the style.

Aroma: Holy sweet fruits!!! Tons of fruit flavors with this dipa. Mangoes, pineapples, grapefruit citrus, and oranges. This is a massive fruit and citrus blast. Pure awesomeness. The fruit is backed up with a big malt backbone which is actually pleasant with this beer. Has a nice pine hop profile to it. I am diggin' this a lot. I really don't think it gets any better than this.

Taste: Again, a massive amount of fruit flavors. Mangoes stick out a lot with grapefruit, pineapple, and orange backing it up. Lots of pine hops, but some floral hops seem to show through a bit. The malts are definitely here, but in a good way. The malts add a level of sweetness to this beer. They seem to be of caramel/bready flavored and really work perfectly with this beer. I am having a hard time finding anything wrong with this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, and hardly bitter at all. Medium to full bodied for the style with a perfect amount of carbonation. The bitterness shows a little more in the aftertaste. The beer ends a little dry with lots of hops and fruit.

Overall... Wow! I am blown away by this beer. This is up there for the best of the best DIPA imo. The level of fruit is amazing. The malts that show are perfect. No booze shows through at all. This beast is very drinkable. I have an entire growler for myself and I have a feeling I will be able to finish it easily tonight. This beer is very drinkable and everything I want in a dipa. So much citrus and fruit flavors. I just can't get over this one. I can see why this beer is all they hype right now. If dipas are your thing, you gotta try this one. One of the best out there.

mothman, May 23, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drabmuh for splitting his growler with me.

A: Very hazy yellow/orange with an excellent, thick head and awesome retention and lacing.

S: As soon as the growler opened, the hop aromas began arousing my palate. A gargantuan aroma, and probably the most robust scents I have found in a DIPA. Enticing grapefruit and mango. Go citra hops!

T: Delicious. It doesn't taste quite as amazing as it smells, but it's pretty tasty nonetheless. This beer is hops, hops, hops. What a fabulous blend of citrus flavors. Forget balance, give me an insanely hopped, delicious, refreshing, well crafted DIPA. Kern has delivered.

M: Very pleasant bitter finish. Very nice.

D: A fine brew I look forward to having again. It's easy to throw back a few pints of Citra DIPA. Highly recommended.

Huhzubendah, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Gonzoillini, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes. Big thanks to Shane for sharing this bottle with me!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with one finger of white head on top. Has nice retention and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Tons of pineapple, mango, and orange. There is a little bit of caramel malt, but very faint. Not much pine or malt, just straight juicy fruit. Extremely fresh and inviting.

T: Similar to the aroma in that there is a tropical fruit explosion right away. Lots of citrus, pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange, and some grass. There is a bitterness in the middle that I felt in my jaw, but it has a very smooth finish with very little lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks very smooth with a slightly dry finish, but not overly bitter at all.

O: Incredibly drinkable, there is no sign of the 8% abv whatsoever. The flavors are intense and amazing, and it doesn't have the bitterness that most West Coast DIPAs do. One of the best beers I have had period.

mdaschaf, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a recent Baltimore tasting group event (many thanks to Online73 for the opportunity to try this one).

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this bad boy is flat out fantastic, as I get considerable mango, canned peach, orange citrus and a boatload of pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but isn't quite as intense. I pick up more pine and dry orange citrus on the palate, in a medium bodied to full bodied flavor package. The finish is long and bitter, though the bitterness is not over the top. Everything seemed well preportioned in this excellent, easy to drink DIPA, and I can see why it's so highly regarded. Excellent beer.

John_M, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jose for getting this to me. I love the tropical fruit like hoppiness I got from other Citra hopped beers I've had so I've really been looking forward to this one. Opened up the growler to share with my Fiance as we put up the Christmas tree.

Poured from a growler into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured kind of a murky, pale orange color in the glass. It started out with a big, active, frothy, white head to it and lasted pretty well into drinking it. The head eventually retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some fantastic, thick lacing on the sides. Pretty much a perfect looking DIPA, I can't think of anything more I could ask of it.

The aroma has the biggest tropical and fruity hop profile to it I've ever encountered. Lots of pineapple, mango, orange and peach really shine through. It has a bit of a tropical punch like flavor coming through. Awesome aroma, I love it.

The taste follows the aroma with lots opf tropical and fruity flavors. more of the peachy, pineapple, orange and mango are present throughout the flavor. Midway I get more of a green, herbal like, fresh hoppiness to it as well. It leans a bit on the sweet side but finishes wit ha slight bitterness. The sweetness really works well for it too and compliments the citra hop nicely. Just a touch of alcohol comes through in the finish. Fantastic tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate and a bit sharp. Drinkability for me is excellent. I love tropical fruit like hoppiness in beers and this one shows it off perfectly. This is probably my new favorite hoppy beer. Loved every part of it and I can only hope something similar to this comes to my market soon. I think this might be a new highest scoring beer for me, and it's definitely a new favorite. It was pretty much perfect in all categories for the style and my taste.

billab914, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess if #500 was righteous, so should review #501. . . Had on tap Saturday night at the brewery. Was amazed how much it looked like a hefe, all the suspended yeast and massive carbonation left me w/ said impression. Prior versions like I had at the Bistro seemed more orange, less hazy. Aroma was phenomenal, I think I've come to realize that citra hops are my fave aroma wise.

Taste, very good, would like to see it tame down in abother week or so (but I finished off my growler yesterday, so much for that), meaning the yeast to settle and the carbonation to die down, I thought the carbonation especially muted in a small way, the citra hop taste, the large amounts of pine in the nose from fully resonating on the tongue. Couldn't pick up the mouthfeel characteristics as good.

Great price on these. $4 a pint. $22 a growler.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Zaphog, Nov 23, 2013
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.