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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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1,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,203
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,613
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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

trentet, Jul 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

marshmeli, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Irrationalist, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

closisinthehouse, Jul 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Magery, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Twal, Jun 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

stafford2, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

FishPondManager, Jun 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

josephwa, Jun 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

TheBeerTruck, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

S - Lots of pineapple and orange peel smells exactly like I thought it would. Very inviting aromas with muted evergreen notes, the citrus really dominates.

T - Just like the nose. Hopes, pine, citrus, malt all balanced together. Slight bitterness at the end.

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

O - All I can say is Wow! I have now had all the big three DIPAS (Pliny, Heady Topper & Citra). Tough to put these in order but I have to say for me this is the second best IPA in the world behind Heady Topper for me with Pliny in a close third. Knowing how good this beer is I will definitely be trying to get more in the future.

SkiBum22, May 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Brabander, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

baybassboy, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

AutumnBeerLove, May 09, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to leschkie for hitting me up with this bottle...

A: Pours a golden straw/yellow that is slightly hazy. There is a pure white head that settles quickly along the top of the beer. There is a bit of lacing left as it drinks, but nothing out of the ordinary.

S: The nose is mild lemony citrus, and tropical fruits. It smells like a Caribbean farmers market. Very little malt, and no huge pine note to speak of.

T: The flavors in this beer are really nice. It has a crisp citrus bite right up front, but it transitions into delicious tropical notes (mango, pineapple, and guava). The finish is smooth and sweet. Very pleasant.

M: Medium to light bodied beer. It's crisp and refreshing. The flavors linger for a bit, and when they fade, this beer begs you to take another sip.

O: This beer is really well done. I don't think it deserves all of the hype and insane accolades that it's been given, but it's a solid beer. It's a great refreshing beer, and it stands with some of the better DIPAs, but it didn't completely blow me away.

trxxpaxxs, May 08, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March release, so about 5-6 weeks old. Not too shabby. Side-by-side with Sculpin.

A: Pours a transparent, golden honey color with a big fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Some moderate lacing.

S: Tons of fresh citrus fruits, ripe grapefruit, mango, pineapple. This is all about bright, happy hops.

T: Of course it is very hoppy, but in such a great way. More of the ripe, juicy citrus fruits dazzle. There is almost no malt to this one, but it works out quite well.

M: Extremely smooth and medium-bodied, this drinks much closer to an excellent IPA than a double. Carbonation is nice and prickly. There is some light alcohol heat at the end, which surprised me.

O: Having reached triple digits in IPA ticks, I feel comfortable picking out the really excellent ones. This is one of those for me, primarily because it was just so hop dominant and yet somehow still balanced. I could easily drink 2 bombers in a row.

doucmehu, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Mar02x, May 03, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company out of California. Today marks the last day of class in my law school career. I needed to celebrate with something special. Thank you Steven for sending me this highly hyped treat!
Score: 95

This bottle is from the March 23, 2012 release. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 05/02/12. Per Steven, this was stored in a fridge with set to a low/mid-30's temperature to help preserve its freshness.

Appearance: Pours a real nice golden orange color with two-plus fingers of foamy off-white head that slowly settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Very dense looking, and on the opaque side of translucent. Average lacing, excellent retention. 4/5

Smell: Lots of fresh tropical citrus in the nose. Pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, hoppy orange, lemon zest, and sweet-and-sour lemonade. Piney hops and fresh grass clipping. Incredible DIPA aroma. 4.75/5

Taste: You can tell the hops have fallen off a bit in the beer, but it still tastes fantastic. Sweet-and-sour tropical citrus upfront, counterbalanced by bitter, foresty hops on back end. Upfront is zesty sweet-and-sour lemon, candied grapefruit, bitter orange rind, and pineapple juice. The back half has plenty of juicy citrus as well, but a mildly bitter pine and grassy hops flavor comes out on the back of the tongue. Bitter orange rind residual in the linger too. The flavor profile is very similar to Heady Topper and Ghandi Bot. Very drinkable, very refreshing. At 39 days old, the hoppiness is not very pronounced, but like I said, this beer is still plenty tasty. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and on the higher end of carbonation. The carbonation really makes the bitterness and sweet-and-sour citrus flavors pop on the tongue. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter finish that is mildly sweet-and-sour. 4.5/5

Overall: An absolutely fantastic DIPA. I can't imagine just how much better this one is when absolutely fresh.

Recommendation: Fans of sweet-and-sour citra-hopped beers need to seek this one out when the next batch is bottled. I know I'll be in search of one.

Pairings: Rainbow sherbet ice cream.

Cost: $8 for a 22 oz bottle.

jegross2, May 03, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A Copper honey color. Creamy white head. Can't see through. Murky.
S Hits u in the face from far even. Hypnotized. Wish there was a cologne this smell. Floral. Fruity. Hops are super active in the nose. Pineapple tropical smell
M amazing. So well balanced it's ridiculous. U can taste every thing in the same second. There is no stairstepping. Everything hits you right away and it is spectacular. Fruity pinapple hops light bitterness fading very quickly. Fruity not over sweet flavor lingers last. Very pleasing. The hops bite at just the right time. Subjective I'm sure. Just really like this dipa. Every thing seems to mesh so well. The fruity balance of the hops and sugar content all seem to compliment the amount of malt.
O I've had this beer too many times and when it's not available I wonder if I was just in a good mood and overrated it. Yet every time we get it I love every second I spend. My favorite dipa for sure and I compare everything to it. Sorry if this is too ass kissy. It's just that good for me. I quote. I want to make ice blocks out of it and skate on it and then melt it in summer and drink it. Ok too far. I can say the first time I tried i felt like eh it's just another dipa no big deal but more tastings and comparing really do this beer justice

Brodybeer, May 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

shadytony, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of lucas1801
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade, and have been excited to try it as I love these Tropical Fruit IPA's.

A: Slightly hazy yellow/orange beer with a great head and impressive lacing.

S: Tropical fruits; Mango, Passionfruit abound incredible aroma on this.

T: Everything it smeels like and more, nice clean malt profile that is just enough there while letting the hops(as they should be) be the star of this show. And what a show, low upfront bitterness but some much hop flavor it is amazing.

M: Perfect carbonation level along with a solid but clean malt profile that allows the hops to do their thing.

O: The best DIPA I have ever had, just ahead of fresh Heady Topper. Need to try it side by side with HF Galaxy and possibly rethink that.

lucas1801, Apr 24, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz acquired in trade. Been waiting for this one! 2012 release.

A - Extremely attractive pour. Typical for the style, but this one has a fantastic pure white head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is absolutely outstanding. Slightly hazy yellow/orange hue.

S - Awesome fruit notes. Big pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange. All hops in the aroma.

T - I wish more accessible DIPA's tasted like this! Huge fruity hop notes. This beer needs to warm some to get the full bouquet of flavors. Big sweet pineapple and citrus. Mango all over the place. Towards the end the bread malts come through, but the bottle is correct, this beer is all about the hops. Total fruit-hop bomb, and I LOVE it.

M - Outstanding job done in this department. Perfectly carbonated and has the consistency of a carbonated cask brew, if that makes any sense. Creamy, smooth and absolutely awesome.

O - Extremely glad that I was able to source this bottle finally. For comparison, think of a day old batch of a less sweet Founders Double Trouble & Lagunitas Sucks. Fantastic beer. Shame I probably won't ever have it again.

DevilsCups, Apr 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Ajax84, Apr 22, 2012
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.