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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: 1,229
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,651
Gots: 65 | 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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

brycevolk, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of silentjay
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy golden with a huge almost pure white head that lasts just a bit yet laces very well.

over-ripe mangoes, tropical fruits galore, grapefruit, citrus fruit medley. very aromatic.

grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, OJ, mangos, a bit of sweetened, dried tropical fruit medley. very little bitterness, tons of hop flavor. finishes with just pure tangy mango flavor.

medium body with fluffy carbonation and I swear to god you can feel citrus fruit pulp.

wow. I loved Just Outstanding, and this is one step better. Kern River is definitely one of the premier west coast IPA brewers, just based on my few experiences.

silentjay, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Rado
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Rado, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a massive white head with heavy lacing and froth on the top of the glass. The body of this is very light, perhaps a little lighter than most DIPA's that I see, but it does look appealing.

S: Heavy Citrus, guava, pineapple and mango. Heavy pine scent followed by a decent malt aroma.

T: A heavily caramelized malt presence followed closely by heavy pine flavors. As I let it linger for a bit, I picked up the heavy mango and citrus flavors. Most of the flavors in here are very well balanced and smooth. There may be a bit of an astringent aftertaste that is slightly earthy. This is probably my only off flavor in here, but otherwise this is a very nice DIPA.

M: Light to medium body for a DIPA. There are the caramelized flavors of a longer boil time in here, but not a huge caramel flavor presence. This is mostly pale malt flavor in body and could be a little heavier, but very enjoyable as it is.

O: I can definitely enjoy this, this is a great IPA. The citrus flavors are definitely there and very enjoyable, roasted sugars peeking their head out as you let it warm up. Recommended

alpinebryant, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of danwho
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

danwho, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Nightrain87
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Nightrain87, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of axeman9182
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
Photo of Modernrickk
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Modernrickk, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Tom-Peters, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of sgoro
5/5  rDev +9.2%

sgoro, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of POTABLE83
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

POTABLE83, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of cp45
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

cp45, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somehow I forgot to review this beer. Got it more than a few months back from Solomon420. Thanks D!

A - Very good, very light golden orange - pretty decent head retention

S - The most unique citrus nose of any DIPA I've ever encountered. Upfront dried fruit basket and grapefruit blast to the senses. Smells like juice. Pungent fragrant aroma. I can pick out the Citra hops, that for sure.

T - This is fruit juice in a glass. You almost forget it's beer. Grapefruit, tropical citrus, Hawaiian Punch with a bit of pine and earthiness and a almost absent malt backbone or malt profile at all to speak of. Bitter dry, crisp finish. No booze detected.

M - I like my DIPAs a bit more resinous in mouthfeel but I'm not complaining. The only flaw I found with this beer was it's lack of finish. A lot of pungent, juicy hop flavors upfront but not so much in the finish. Light mouthfeel for 8% which is impressive.

D - Like I said, it's like fruit juice in a glass, it's hard to believe this is still a beer. Way too easy going down. No problem polishing off the entire growler to my greedy self with this one.

Final Thoughts - Very unique brew on the DIPA style. A must try for any hophead. For all the hype behind it, expectations were met. It did not exceed them nor did it fall below them. Very, very good beer.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of gueuzegossage
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

gueuzegossage, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

dbossman, Jan 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
5/5  rDev +9.2%

ArchEnemyBrew, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

standardcherry, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Anonymous1
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Anonymous1, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

BillHilly, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of utopiajane
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed pastel orange with a melon hue. Unique and pleasant color. A fat head of cottony foam that will not fall down. Don't bother to wait. Leaves spectacular cotton candy lace. There are plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. The nose is simply terrific. Tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, Grapefruit, orange and lemon citrus, candied fruit peel. A sweet floral and a succulent hop sweetness. The malt promises some sweetness but doesn't smell heavy or sugary. Taste is splendid. Grapefruit comes to the front of the palate bringing a hop punch of juicy fruit flavors with it. The body of the beer is soft and while amply carbonated it's supple and smooth. The malt teases you with a bit of flaky biscuit that is not too sweet.

This beer is simply the lightest DIPA I have ever had. The malt is vibrant in and of itself and the flaky biscuit quality has it's sweetness in the bread and not from sugar. The hops are graceful and abundant but not oily or resiny or even too piney. The fruits were simply stated in their own right. As many as there were I could name them all that's how well done they are. Grapefruit is an engaging taste and this one lets all the other exotic fruits stand behind it's grapefruit. Not too much pith but just enough to accent a dazzling little bitter that steals the show from any sugary sweetness you think you are about to taste. You can believe the hype about this one. It's straight forward and well turned out. A pleasure to drink !

utopiajane, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

lunarbrew, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

TKEbeerman, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of marine1975
5/5  rDev +9.2%

marine1975, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of alcstradamus
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

alcstradamus, Aug 19, 2010
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.