Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 1,495
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 2,903
Gots: 96 | FT: 4
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Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Solomon420 on 02-13-2010

Made with Citra and Amarillo hops.
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Photo of womencantsail
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (687 characters)

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

Glad to have finally tried a beer that has been on my wish list for so long. This was made possible when Kern River finally decided to bottle this great beer. Pours a hazy gold/copper-orange-amber body. Large, off-white head formed from a sizable stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Good retention holds the head up for a few minutes before crashing to a nice skim and a well-defined ring. Nice coating of lacing. Aroma picked up some tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange dominate up front. A nice resinous quality. Some zesty spice. Tons of hops, but a sizable malt base. Like the nose there are massive doses of hops and malt here in the flavor profile. The hops are pronounced with mango and grapefruit separating themselves from the rest of the citric notes. Creamy, medium body with good rolling carbonation. Resinous and oily. Solid bitterness throughout culminating with a nice aggressive floral bite. (948 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle (batch released on 11/25/11) into tulip.

Pours an amber/orange/peach color, semi-cloudy with a white dense two finger head which dissipates into a thin layer of foam on the surface. Lacing is sticky and slow to drip. It's not as clear as some other beers but I happen to like that.

Smell is incredible with this beer. Huge citrus notes from sweet valencia orange, light manila mango, to mandarin orange. Faint whiff of alcohol that's predominantly masked by the sweet citrus. What a joy to smell.

The taste is filled with lemon peel, mandarin orange, with a bright and dry bitterness that's somewhat reminiscent of over-steeped green tea. Bright floral notes dance with the citrus.

Mouthfeel is crisp without being too carbonated. There's no shortage of bubbles but you're not inundated with that harsh finish in the throat that plagues some beers of this type.

I feel like such a homer writing this review because my score suggests it, but I'm truly trying to be objective about this beer. I'm trying to find chinks in the armor, so to speak, but I really can't find any. If i were to find a flaw, it would probably speak more about my taste preferences than the beer itself. I love this beer for what it is, an amazing, peerless citrus bomb. (1,273 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in a tasting glass the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. From notes. Reviewed 1 June 2013.

A: Wheat-colored and hazy.

S: Really great, but maybe not as fresh as could've been hoped? Huge fruit and unmistakable Citra hops.

T: This is my dream beer. Rich, flavorful, and full of pine and passion fruit. An astringent endtaste of lingering grapefruit.

M: Robust and lightly carbonated.

O: If this were the only beer in the world, I would be happy. I returned to the Kern River tent multiple times this day. (509 characters)

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

I had this at a growler share. thanks for sharing tjmodica! I never had heard of Kern River and was asked to try this since I'm a big hophead. Glad I didn't pass this one up.

I'm a big fan of Pliny and this one is up there. The citra hop is all about this DIPA. Nice grapefruit/pineapple aroma and taste. Great carbonation for being in a growler for over a week. Creamy head with a medium to light amber color.

I'll have to keep an eye for this beer the next time I'm in California. (484 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at toronado SD for SDBW - kern river night

-gold with some fogginess to it. white colored tall head, with some plus retention

-big grapefruit smell off the bat. some orange and weed funk to it. not overbearing, but it is long lasting which is nice

-very subtle hop taste for a X2 IPA. also, this beer is crazy balanced. the orange is really strong and it also has a peach finishing flavor to it. the hop is all in the flavor as it is not really bitter

-on the thick end. extremely smooth

-drinks super easy...i love this beer. was arguably the best beer i tasted at SDBW and there was a lot of good ones. so glad i had a chance to drink some (653 characters)

Photo of jeffmart22
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a semi-transparent deep copper orange color with a two finger head that dissipates to a very thin head which lingers throughout. Good carbonation, nice lacing and you can see a little alcohol clinging to the side of the glass.

A - Beautiful tropical fruit like hop aroma. Heavy on pineapple, mango, orange, and peach aromas. Light on the malt, and bready aromas. I can't pick up any alcohol in the aroma.

T - WOW, very nice. Starts out with a subtle malt sweetness that is quickly trumped by an outstanding hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers throughout, but there is also a wonderful candy like sweetness that helps to balance out the bitterness. Refreshing and very drinkable. The finish is dry and you can not detect any alcohol whatsoever. Awesome stuff!

M - Medium body

O - Great Beer!!! Get it if you can!!! (830 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a moderately hazy orange/gold with a massive, billowing white head that retains well and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Huge pungent tropical fruit and citrus notes come cascading out of the glass! A massive punch of pineapple, followed by passion fruit, mango, mandarin orange, and a bit of bitter grapefruit zest. A touch of pale and caramel malt to round this out, but this is all about the hops as advertised!

T- The flavor features the passion fruit first and foremost, which is very different from other Citra hopped DIPAs. Perhaps the Amarillo brings that? Grapefruit surprisingly plays a strong secondary role, with some of the mandarin orange as well. A bit of pineapple and mango come through as it warms. Some biscuity malt backbone holds this together.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick for this style, with ample carbonation.

O- Overall this is a fantastic beer, and a great/unique representation of the style! (940 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,617 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,967 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to secure 2 (that's right, not 1, but 2) via trade from locke459. Ross, you rock sending me 2 bottles instead of only 1, I can't thank you enough!

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium to lighter amber orange color with a two finger white fluffy head. Some small glass lacing.

S: Wow, just wow. Huge tropical fruit smells just come wafting out of the glass even before you take a smell. Orange, grapefruit, huge mango and some slight floral notes. Sweetness is picked up just a bit.

T: What a kick ass beer. The tropical fruits make your mouth tingle with flavors. Mango, orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit mixed with some slight herbal and floral notes. The sweetness is slightly sugary but it just can't come out enough because of the massive hops. Bitterness on the finish turns clean and crisp. What a beer.

M: Meduim, bitter, prickly but clean and crisp. The alcohol is nowhere to be found.

O: Does this beer deserve the hype? Absolutely. What a great, great beer that I'm so glad they decided to bottle and thus allow us east coast guys to trade for it. This plus fresh Sculpin are the 2 most fruity beers I have ever had.

Overall I need to again thank Ross for trading with me so I got a chance to try this beer. The beauty is I shared my bottle with a fellow beer fan and I still have one more left. Is this worth the hype? You betcha. (1,400 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (2,012 characters)

Photo of fiver29
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on April 14, 2010. Growler shared by Mike. Thanks Mike!! Pours orange with white head. Aroma is citrus and pine. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is lip smack puckering, tart, juicy, grapefruit rind, and finishes with a touch of tart pineapple. This was my first brew that I know of that uses Citra hops. Great stuff. Thanks Mike!! (329 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,320 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler!

A-Pours a hazy golden apricot with a generous amount of fluffy white head and great sticky lacing.

S-Huge aroma of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit, some pineapple, even some peach with a hint of pine as well. A nice malt presence is detectable as well.

T-Sweet, juicy citric hop goodness in the front with a solid malt backbone throughout. This one closes with delicious resinous notes. Wow!

M-Medium bodied, good long lingering hop bitterness.

D-Oh, how I love citra hops! Especially when used to such brilliant effect. More please...

HV (591 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of Labeerfinder
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow orange color with fluffy white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing; tiny bubbles. Nose jumps out hoppy tones of pine and ivy.The flavor is very hop forward without being really bitter or sweet. Very soft and smooth with excellent drinkability. Lots of tropical fruit and pine flavors with a touch of malt. Very drinkable DIPA. (356 characters)

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz into HF oversized wine glass 1/17/2012.

A- Beautiful golden orange with a 2 finger white head. Large tight bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. The beer is semi transparent with some alcohol legs. Really nice classic Dipa apperance.

S- Big pungent citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Ripe mango, pineapple, apricot, peach are the front runners followed by some bready malts and a little touch of alcohol. One of the best smelling beers I have had.

T- Great tasting beer, the aroma is backed up by the big sweet balanced taste. Hop bitterness comes through at the beginning followed by the bready malts and then the big sweet juicy ripe fruit. Great intense tropical citrus taste with a silky smooth finish. Wonderfully balanced and really drinkable.

M- Great mouthfeel smooth creamy nice carbonation forthe style.

O- Amazing beer, very impressive sweet fruit with a nice bready malt back bone to balance the citra an amarillo hops. Very smooth easy drinking beer with a big tropical taste and aroma that i love. Very well thought out and well made beer. Kern River Citra Dipa find it, enjoy it and then find it and enjoy it again. This one lives up to the hype. (1,189 characters)

Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johndoe8 for providing this extraordinary beer, a great trader. Poured into a Sweetwater pint glass.

A~ Hazy medium orange/burnt glow color with a two finger off-white head formed and receded to about a half inch with good retention. Excellent lacing the entire pour.

S~ The Grapefruit and floral are heavy up front. Fresh fruits of all variety along with some pine and sweetness compliment the complex aroma and keep you diving into this sweet nectar. The hops are fresh, wonderful smell.

T~ Bang! Juicy hops and sweet floral notes are very big. Grapefruit and orange are the dominant the beer throughout, with a hint of a malt afterthought.

M~ Medium to light. Fresh feeling.

O~ This is my new favorite Double IPA, I cannot think of a beer with more drinkability. The beer is so good, I found myself having to slow down os I could finish the review. Beer this fresh and floral is what makes me like craft beer. This is a 10 out of 10 in my book! (966 characters)

Photo of kif
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Updated review. After trying a fresh bottle, I realized my original review was of an older bottle. The hops were much more prevalent. Great flavor, great smell. I now understand the appeal of this beer completely. Overall a great beer that fully lived up to my expectations with the fresh bottle.

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Original review of the older bottle:

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature

A - Slightly hazy burnt orange/copper color. A nice white head that lingers for awhile, with a very faint lacing.

S - Lots of citrus going on here. Also some peach smells which was very unexpected.

T - I was a bit disappointed here. I was expecting a lot after talking with some other BAs about this beer. After recently drinking some Pliny, Hopslam, and Heady Topper, it was hard not comparing here. I felt that the hops were a bit muted compared to the others. It is nicely balanced, but I feel like it needed more. Maybe its an older bottle as there is no date on it?

M - Medium body that is smooth going down.

O - I can see the appeal here. There is a lot of potential, and it is a solid beer. I just feel that is didn't quite live up to my expectations. I really wonder how old this bottle was since I didn't purchase it in a store myself. (1,226 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of Northtexan
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mikul93 for this beer which becomes my very first review.
Huge tropical fruit on the nose to start with. Pouring into Spigelau IPA glass, Citra is a hazy sunset orange. Stunning color in the glass. The taste is more subdued than than the aroma, but not in detractory manner. Lots of fruit flavors and a noticeable maltiness give it a nice balanced taste. I don't notice any bitterness. I am really thrilled to have gotten my hands on such a fine beer and hope to try it again in the future. (505 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
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!!! (1,741 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is bursting with lots of citrus hops. Lots of pineapple, orange, and mango here. There is also just enough sweet caramel malt in the background to balance.

T - Starts off with lot of citrus hops with again, lots of pineapple, orange, and mango flavors. There is also some nice bitterness in the background. Through the middle, the hops just keep on building with the bitterness and there is just enough sweet caramel malts to balance. The finish is a mix of citrus hops and bitterness with again a nice balance of caramel malts that linger for quite some time.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels very smooth with some nice dryness from all the hop flavor and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. The hop flavor is quite strong throughout, but the malt and the body really keep up very nicely to create a strongly hopped, but balanced beer. (1,025 characters)

Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.