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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: 1,203
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,609
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 afksports
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

WOW.

Let that sink in.

Thanks to Brian out west for this brew.

One more time.

WOW.

Kern Citra Double IPA is exceptional.

Bronze body, white sustaining head, beautiful white lace all over my Captain Lawrence snifter. Smells like pine, grass, flowers, and citrus pith. It's not a smell I love, but holy crap, the taste is amazing. It's on the sweeter side of double IPA's, but not overdone. 8% alcohol just coats the tongue splendidly. The beer begins with a hop bite, mostly grapefruit, moves to the middle of the palate with a lovely combination of caramel and pale bready malts, features a bit of cereal and honey, and finishes bitter and watery clean. It's very sweet, not too drying, and well-balanced. Insanely drinkable. Lovely medium bodied thickness with good carbonation in the mouth.

WOW.

Let's knock down the appearance because it's hazy, and the smell because I don't love Citra's characterstic aromas. Still, I have trouble knocking this beer for anything else. It's A+, 95+ points, all the way. And they bottled it, and I have it in front of me. Thank you, Kern. Thank you, Brian.

WOW.

That's all.

afksports, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle courtesy of smarcoly, I can't thank you enough for this. Split with my buddy Nick for a video review and poured into two globe glasses.

A: Gorgeous bright orange, light copper colored body with a small and dense white head. Retention is good and leaves a thin coating across the surface along with some thick bubbles around the edges. Some patches of lace are left behind, too.

S: Freshly peeled citrus fruits with flesh, oils and all. Orange, lemon, pink grapefruit and mango are evident up front. It's literally bursting with amazing hop notes that are all citrusy in nature. It doesn't smell like a bitter hop bomb, either - very balanced and juicy.

T: This is just phenomenal. As with the nose, this is all about the citrus fruits. Orange peels start things off, followed by hints of mango and lemon. The finish and into the linger is nothing but wonderfully juicy pink grapefruit. Fleshy in the finish and very oily and somewhat sticky in the linger. Amazing.

M: Medium-bodied, very balanced carbonation, not over the top yet not understated. Fairly creamy and sticky, finishes perhaps a touch dry but the citrus fruits even this out quickly.

This is, hands down, my favorite beer that falls under any part of the IPA family. It's so well balanced with the hops and bitterness that you're able to enjoy these qualities at the, essentially, perfect proportions. Citrusy, juicy, hoppy, bitter and insanely crafted. It doesn't get much better than this, folks.

ShanePB, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of onefalsemove711
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Deep glowing amber with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates to a fine lacing after about 2 minutes.

S - Citrus, grass and spice with a slightly mustiness.

T - Grapefruit, bittersweet orange, lemon peel, pine, ginger and slight floral characteristics with a bold and distinct hoppiness.

M - Nicely carbonated, refreshing and crisp.

O - A really impressive offering from KRBC. Hoppy, complex and throughly enjoyable. I can't wait to get the opportunity to try it again.

onefalsemove711, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grilledsquid for this fantastic brew

Pours a cloudy-with fine-yeast, straw/gold, with a finger of off white and big bubbled head. Mountain ranges of lace form along the inner glass.

The aroma is an example of dry hop artistry and late addition genius unrivaled by any beer I have tried. Neutral sweet carries grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, peach, and subtle hints of herbal bitter in a complex, balanced, and superbly alluring perfume. Stunning.

What a perfection of the range of hop goodness this beer so cleanly and strongly offers! It starts with neutral sweet coming into play with a bit of kick-ass bittering, just a touch, but this is joined by dank weed, citrus pith, mango, sweet orange, lemon. It stays sweet, but never too sweet, not even close, and the bittering really kicks in just at the right time to end the sip with some drying and strong flavors of pine and herbal bitter. As it warms the flavors grow crazy, different undertones appear, some spicy, others fruity, some almost hormonal(in a good way), all contributing to a delicious hop complexity unrivaled by any IIPA I've tried.

The mouthfeel is stupendous. Perfect carbonation, just enough fizz to keep it lively, very smooth and easy to drink while being very viscous, and a clean finish that defines what is needed to keep the mouth locked and loaded for next sip.

We tasted this next to fresh Heady Topper and PTE y'day, and this was the best of all three. Today I am trying it again, and it is even more enjoyable, if such a thing is possible. If you can get this you owe it to yourself to taste it. Magnificent.

cavedave, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prufrock for providing this beer in trade.
Nice creamy off white head forms atop a very bright brass colored beer with very good clarity. Just a couple bubbles lazily making their way to the top of the glass. Nice retention. Interesting in that there isn’t a ton of lacing, but what sticks does so in thick clumps that, hang on for dear life.
Thick aroma that hangs in your nostrils. Bright Fresh perfume. Some sharp citrus and a touch of green.
This is one of those beers where I think I may be sucking on the hop comes. (not a terrible thing to me) Just as the initial hop blast begins to subside, you get a smack of sweetness and fruit. Melon and mango primarily for me. A touch of pepper perhaps. The more I drink it, it seems like there may be some honey like notes in here. Starbucks sells a small bag of dried mango and this really reminds me of that. You get a slight warming effect late in the flavor from the abv. Not hot, just letting you know that you shouldn’t mess with it.
Carbonation was a touch light. Body was medium and it was a touch oily and slick on your tongue.
I think this is a perfect beer where I express that I prefer single IPA’s to doubles. This is clearly a very good beer and one that all hop heads should try. Of course, I would happily trade for another bottle and drink it again. But, there’s just a touch too much in it for me. A hint of the ABV and a hint of sweetness that I would prefer dialed back.
Still a very well built beer. Thanks Dan for making this available to me.

Reagan1984, Sep 05, 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 iadler
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dearthvader for sending this growler. I've been looking to try this for quite some time. Shared with exitmusic00.

A- Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy two finger head which leaves a few lines of lacing.

S- Ripe oranges, mangos, peaches, pineapple, apricots and a bit of biscuit malt. I just love the smell of citra hops.

T- Juicy tropical and citrus hops including orange, mango, peach, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit and lemon as well as some biscuit malt.

M- Medium carbonation and medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. No bitterness or sign of the 8%. I could have consumed this growler by myself, it was so drinkable.

O- A great IPA, and another amazing one from Kern. Not sure if this is as good as Zombie Dust IMO, but I would be a very happy man to have this available to me on a consistent basis. Thanks again Brian!

iadler, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kern Brewing Company

Color: A nice vibrant amber orange shines through the glass. Pretty clear beer. A one finger head sits at top of the beer and of the off white shade. This beer leaves behind a good amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose: Sublime! Extremely floral and filled with explosive citrus smells. Orange, peach, and pineapple shine through. The citra hop provides a wonderful aroma and the amarillo hop provides the slight bitterness and extra citrus punch. Smells heavenly.

Palate: Refreshing and quite complex for DIPA. The beer sticks to your mouth, but as it swims on the tongue you get all these wonderful fruit flavors and gentle hop bitterness and fresh pine textures. The drinkability of this beer is amazing and the carbonation is just perfect for this brew. The Abv is no where to be found.

Finish: A bit sticky and bitter, but extremely smooth and drinkable. The hops have a huge presence here and the citrus fades to the background, but that is not a bad thing. A gentle sweetness shines through here giving Citra another level of complexity. Probably the best DIPA I have ever had to date.

Rating: 97 out 100

schmoopsbeer, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of fo5s
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (care of Stupac2 - thanks!) poured into a sam adams perfect pint. Super fresh - this was released ~2 weeks ago and been refridgerated for half of that time.

A- golden amber with a soft 2 finger head. Good clarity. Looks absolutely delicious

S- I can smell citra hops from across the room. Sweet, tangy citrus - a lot of orange, but multidimensional as well.

T- Good hop presence with a somewhat surprising amount of bitterness. Not harsh by any means, but less citrus sweetness than I'd expect. Dare I say it feels a touch small for a DIPA...delicious

M- Easy on the palate. Well done.

O- Overall an excellent beer. The smell is downright incredible and places this brew among the elite. I wish I had more of this. Thanks for the hookup, Stuart!

fo5s, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
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
Photo of EgadBananas
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
Photo of Bankhead
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

numerous bottles of this now two-week-old release of my favorite india pale ale

i affectionately call this beer sugar booger, because when you sniff it the dankness and tropical wafts just cling to your nostrils and feel like heaven

the taste is so streamlined with just a ghostly hint of malt accompanying the midly bitter finish

this one's all about the citra, a truly aromatic and juicy hop with tangerine and mango and ganja dankness, and it's this singularity of focus that puts it above pliny (which it beat in a blind line-up i was part of, yes, they were the same age)

after this week it'll probably start declining, so drink up me hearties yo ho

Bankhead, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of tewaris
3.15/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber from the most recent release (about a month old I think) poured into a snifter. Thanks Ross (locke459)

Pours clear and golden with a moderate alabaster head that formed in cascades atop the amber mass. The head is more bubbly than creamy with medium retention and good lacing.

The aroma is all over the hop spectrum: from fruity to dank to spice. Reminds me of my local Abrasive at times. As it gets warm the sweetness comes through: hard to say whether it's exclusively from malts or there's some contribution from the alcohol. I think it's fairly standard for a DIPA and nothing exceptional, especially because it's all over the place and not showcasing a particular hop character.

Mildly sweet, hints of fruit, quite crisp as opposed to creamy-viscous, with moderately bittering finish. Everything about the profile of this beer seems "moderate", or shall I say ordinary?

As remarked, mouthfeel is crisp and clean on a lighter-than-your-usual-DIPA body; and I like the mouthfeel on this one.

Overall, ok. I can't taste the hype :/

tewaris, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Right off the bat, the aroma of this beer was incredible. There was juicy mango and ripe pineapple scents, and it had a pleasant floral character that was accented by some malt sweetness. Just thoroughly delightful.

The appearance was top notch as well. The creamy white head crowning the cloudy, golden amber body left behind solid lacing.

Now the flavor was kind of a let down after my eyes and olfactory senses were so pleased. It felt very one dimensional to me relative to its aroma. Sure there was tropical fruit flavors from the Citra hops, but it felt watered down in a way. I picked up citrus flavor and a honey biscuit sweetness to the end. Flavorful, but not bursting with flavor like the aroma led me to believe.

The mouth-feel was silky smooth, and slightly tongue prickling. Somewhat on the thin bodied side with a medium/low level of carbonation. A little more body would have been my preference, but this beer was nothing if not highly drinkable. I literally wanted to sip this beer again after every sip. Which is great, but I like a finish that lasts a little longer.

Overall the amazing nose and stellar lacing set my expectations for the taste a little too high. Nonetheless a solid offering that doesn't warrant an A+ rating but is most certainly the best Citra hop offering I have had to date.

TheJollyHop, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to McDiddyPop for the share, and for setting up a very enjoyable mini-tasting. Citra pours a slightly hazed orange-copper hue, and is capped with a nice off-white head, leaving small lace deposits as the glass is upended. The nose is, unsurprisingly, heavily citric, and is backed by a nice sugary sweetness with no aromatic suggestion of caramel (a plus in my book.) Notes of candied tangerine, lemon zest, sweet pink grapefruit and a hint of Saturn (donut) peach are found in both the olfactory as well as the gustatory. The malt (and mouthfeel) is, again, on the lighter side for a DIPA, which is just how I like it; it has a very nice sugar cookie-like tastiness which is quite complementary to the hop profile. The hop component, by the way, is unquestionably nice, but is neither vibrant nor complex enough to be on the world-class level of, say, fresh Pliny or Double Trouble. Nevertheless, it is a delicious and delectable brew, and is every bit as good as its smaller sibling, the aptly dubbed 'Just Outstanding'.

ktrillionaire, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of airohead2001
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for dropping this long-sought-after whale off at my house prior to the beginning of a 3 month stint without tasting sessions. Been waiting a long time for this one.

Appearance is a lovely four finger head that leaves a trail of sticky legs with an orange/red body. Smell is amazing - one of the best I've ever smelled for a DIPA. I get harsh Christmas tree piney hops throughout with some citrus goodness in the middle. Taste is even better - a creamy orange/tangerine/mango citrus throughout with a harsh piney hops in the finish, almost the opposite of the smell. Also really sweet malts throughout that complement the hops to perfection. The hops are so fresh and juicy. Really outstanding.

This one was something special, and sadly, is something that I probably won't get to try again. One of the best DIPAs, if not THE best DIPA, I've ever had. Wait - the best. There. Thanks, buddy.

airohead2001, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of waltersrj
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle as an extra from pastradul! Thanks buddy!

Pour: bright straw yellow, slightly golden with an opaque orange hue. Very carbonated, bright white head dinishes into a soapy ring around the glass' edge.

Nose: Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, strong piney resin. This is a blast of tropical fruit goodness with a great piney zing. This smells better than any IIPA I've had, outside of Abrasive.

Taste: The taste is insane. All the above tropical fruits coming in sweet with a middle consisting of very strong, resinous citrus (cite duh) hops and a great caramel malted backbone. Sort of dry on the end with a great piney lingering taste.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, slightly dry and a perfect Inbetween of oily and watery.

Overall: This IIPA is so amazing. I could drink it in lightning speed if I had a never ending supply. It's SO good.

waltersrj, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to jmadrigal2. Thanks Jose! Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with a finger of off white head that settles to a thin ring around the beer after a few moments.

Smell: The bottle wasn't lying about this one. Sweet grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pineapple mixed with a great hoppy/dank aroma. Reminds me of sweaty socks (but in a good way).

Taste: Sweet mango, pineapple and tangerine, bitey grapefruit. Nice bitterness from the hops mixed with just the perfect amount of malty sweetness (very faint, but there).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat sticky.

Overall: This has probably one of the best aromas of any DIPA that I've ever had and the taste does not disappoint. This deserves the hype it gets in my opinion. Would love to try this on draft.

Axic10, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.63/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generously hooked up in a trade from Slaphappysnark. Fresh and sticky. Thank you Becky!

Shared amongst friends, I pour my portion into a Darkness snifter.

Bright orange pour. Colorbook like. My nieces would run wild on the walls with that color crayon. Two full fingers of off white head. Smell is deep citrus. Sweet of course. It's not pungent or aggressive just sweet. My first impression of my sip is how undercarbonated it is. It's not omg awful, it just isn't there. Taste is semi sweet tropical citrus that cuts to a dry finish. Hmmmm. (Scratches head) This has been done much better by others.

Sure the beer was good. Great? No. I don't see what all the fuss is about, Albeit, I'm glad I tried it and had the overall experience. If I'm on the West Coast i'd much rather reach Expo Hopiness, and Knuckle Sandwhich. East Coast, Hill Farmstead. Kern can't hold a candle to any of those. Competition is closed boys and girls.

TheDudeRules, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Romulux at a local BA tasting.

A: Wonderful golden-orange with 2 finger white head.

S: Lots of wonderful hops with a hint of citrus fruits.

T: Wonderful initial hoppiness followed by pineapple undertones. I reall was not sure I was going to be able to taste the fruity undertones, but they really are there.

M: Typical to the style: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation present.

O: Overall a great DIPA that does deserves to be up their with the best. However, I still feel that the current DIPA craze is all a bunch of hype. There are world class DIPAs that I can get right here in Michigan that are just as good without giving away my whole cellar.

camil1mj, Aug 31, 2011
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 kaips1
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a fresh bottle thanks to vacax

this is the legendary Citra, it poured a nice pale amberish color with a solid frothy 2 finger head, there is lots of lacing left around the glass. the nose is intoxicating and you can smell it from the first crack of the bottle. this beer is a take the west coast version of zombie dust from the smell. the flavors on my tongue remind me again of the dust but a little more grassy, not bad but slightly grassy. the mouthfeel is good not too much carbonation but its definitely enough, with the dry end of the taste that makes you want another sip. overall this is a good beer no doubt, dont know if it deserve the hype its got but its a good beer. drinkability is very high i could see tons of these bottles getting polished off in no time. thanks kern river

kaips1, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of julian
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, this beer was enjoyed at an EPIC stout tasting (KtG, BT, BA Speedway, DL, Jackie O's BA DA, etc...) and this was probably the best beer we had that night. It's just outrageously delicious.

A: Hazy dark citrus orange in color with a nice white bubbly head that fades to a nice layer of foam on the surface. The color makes me want to bathe in it. So beautiful 4.5

S: This stuff should be sold to beer geeks as a sexual pheromone. The aroma on this is just outrageous! First pop of the cap and the waft of tropical/exotic fruits and hops hits your nose immediately. This is a full on aromatic assault of citrus, mangoes, peaches, grapefruit, pineapple and some resinous hoppy citrus hops. Holy shit this stuff smells like sex in a bottle. 5

T&M : Not surprisingly, the flavor follows the nose almost to a tee. A full on mouthgasm of hoppy citrus flavors, mangoes, peaches, pineapple, orange, and enough malt backbone to perfectly compliment everything. The malt backbone almost has a honey like quality but in no way is sweet like honey. Beautiful. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yet crisp and amazingly refreshing. This is highly, HIGHLY drinkable. This beer is liquid art. 5 / 4.5

O: I don't even know what to say. I think the brewer stumbled upon one of the greatest DIPA recipes known to man. Everything about this is damn near perfect in every way. I can't recommend this highly enough. It's definitely in my top 5 as of right now.

julian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour to a La fin du monde tulip, huge thanks to Brian for this one.

I thought I might never give a perfect score to a DIPA in the appearance category but Citra looks impeccable. Deep straw yellow, leaning towards orange, in color. It is neither hazy nor cloudy, gorgeous. A big nice fluffy nice bright white head rises from the pour, about 2 1/2 inches, and holds on for a good while eventually fading leaving some pretty nice lacing.

Smell is strong, grapefruit and big cirta hop aromas, with good tropical notes as well. The taste pack a huge bitter punch, one of the biggest I've had actually. Huge grapefruit flavors are prevalent again, with a bit of a mango finish. The mouthfeel is interesting: medium carbonation and light to medium bodied it's quite enjoyable. I thought I didn't like this much carbonation in DIPAs but it works so well for this beer as it is the most drinkable beer I've had of the style.

Citra is excellent, I could literally drink it everyday, but I prefer the more complex taste of Kern River's 5th anniversary beer, but they are both world class DIPAs.

LSUPT, Aug 28, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Lost Abbey tulip. Big thanks to Jodan for the chance to try this one.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a minimal head.

S: Fresh squeezed citrus juices and lots of sweet pineapple in the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, and a little bit of a sweet malt flavor. Tropical fruits became more pronounced as it warmed.

M: Medium carbonation. Seems just right.

IdrinkGas, Aug 28, 2011
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.