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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: 1,152
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,535
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with Citra hops.

(Beer added by: Solomon420 on 02-13-2010)
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 20:37:48 | More by Reagan1984
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this growler.

A - Orange-yellow-amber colored beer with a forthy white head that has really nice retention. Some good, sticky lace on the sides.

S - Citra, the hops we all crave now. Great tropical fruit, almost jammy, not any real bitterness, at least the resiny kind that you get from lots of DIPAs. Smells very nice, quite light.

T - Taste is really good, but really, this is almost all citra hops, not getting much of a malt backbone here at all. Almost juice like in its taste, with tropical citrus hops being the only thing I'm getting. Good stuff, but I want a bit more fuller flavor.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, quite smooth.

O - Really great beer, easy to get down, probably a great DIPA to introduce people to if they need to try DIPAs. Not my favorite by a long shot, as I like them to get slightly more bitter and have a little more malt backbone, but this is a great beer nontheless.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2011 17:15:19 | More by AgentZero
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally try one. Thanks goes out to subpoenadeuces for the trade!

A: Light amber in color with a 1.5 finger white head that has excellent retention and some nice lacing.

S: On the nose I get a lot of tropical fruits such as mango, tangerine, and pineapple. There's a smidgeon of grapefruit, but not much. I don't get any pine or earthiness. Overall a good smelling DIPA, but not all that complex.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. There's a lot of sweeter tropical type flavors and only a mild hop bitterness at the finish. While this is a fine variant of the style, I like a tad bit more bitterness in DIPAs, otherwise a phenomenal beer. With a little bigger punch at the finish this would be perfect. This beer reminds me of surly abrasive.

M: I would say this is a perfect feel. Nice aftertaste, appropriate viscosity and carbonation.

O: I very solid beer that I was glad to try. Would love a growler of this sometime. A few steps away from perfection though and probably in the top 6 DIPAs I've had, but not the top 3.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 03:36:49 | More by glazeman
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brystmar

Texas

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Nate for tossing in this bottle -- been dying to try Citra for far too long!

My god, this smells incredible: fresh fruits of many varieties, piney hops, sweet malt. Citra hops galore, tons of malt, very fruity. Think I prefer Knuckle Sandwich, but that's just splitting hairs over superlatives. This is utterly delicious and I need more of it, stat!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 22:26:45 | More by brystmar
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Bowman2001

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells mainly of citrus--mango, orange with pine in the background. First smell was very promising.

One finger head that largely disappeared to islands of light foam with a ring around the glass. Mild lacing.

More malt and pine in the taste but the citrus is still well represented. It certainly has a nice, oily, juicy hop character that makes me want to keep drinking. Though, five minutes after I wrote the last sentence, the malt is more apparent.

Overall: This is a very good dipa. I immediately compare it to other dipas that I like better, namely Pliny, maybe Hopslam. It falls in line with those beers but is not superior. Worth having but not worth breaking the bank to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 22:43:51 | More by Bowman2001
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:30:13 | More by alpinebryant
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to epical8 for this guy. Very excited to try this!

Poured into my CBS snifter...

A: An effervescent golden orange, practically glows in the glass. Huge, pillowy two finger white head. Settles down to a quarter finger of thick, gobby blobs. Very good lacing.

S: Well hello Citra hops! Like an orange creamsicle. Loads of orange zest, pineapple, and some tangerine. Also hints of caramel malt and quite a bit of candied spice. Love, love, love it.

T: Candied orange, caramel malt, grapefruit rind, pineapple. Starts off with fairly aggressive citrus hops, then the malt seeps in and evens things out. Finish is smooth, but another fresh blast of hop oils keeps things interesting. Most notable is how light this is for a DIPA. Hops are assertive, but more sweet and spicy than overwhelmingly bitter.

M: This is the only part of the beer that doesn't quite stand up to the rest. Slightly thin and and lacking in complexity. Sweet and hoppy, but perhaps too smooth for its own good, especially for a DIPA.

O: Deserving of the hype. Didn't knock me off my feet right away, but over the entire experience, this greatly impressed me. One of the lightest and smoothest DIPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Without a trace of booze at 8.0%, this one is dangerously drinkable. Just a complete showcase for the Citra hop. Really like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 20:03:58 | More by siege06nd
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iadler

Illinois

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!

Serving type: growler

09-05-2011 05:26:21 | More by iadler
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jophish17 for sharing this last Friday. Poured a lovely peach color into a tulip glass. White 1/4" fluffy head...quite a super looking glass of ale. Unbelievable dank aroma on this one- subtle pine, white pepper, spearmint, peach with big tropical fruit notes. Very soft and delicate up front then the mango and peach start shining. A hint of bitter navel orange rind, finishing dry with a long lasting hop flavor. Not much malt detected, which I don't mind with an IPA like this. Very, very nice CA DIPA!

Serving type: growler

05-25-2010 15:29:17 | More by RustyDiamond
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to PeaceLoveBear for this one!

A-pours a dirty murky brown liquid with dark orange edges with a fair amount of dirty white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S-the nose has this buttery dough with caramel malt base up front, same as the just outstanding IPA, tons of hops take ever, lots of bitter pine, citrus hops galore, big in the nose.

T-the taste has a very light doughy flavor, notes of caramel, syrupy pine, tons of citrus in the back, grapefruit mostly, moderate bitterness that is quite pleasant and doesn't linger or sting the back of the tongue.

M-medium bodied, a little syrupy, creamy up front with lots of carbonation giving it a somewhat grainy feel in the back.

D-this has a big balance of malt and hop, the citrus comes in nicely and the bitterness is moderate. not as huge as I thought this was going to be nor as hoppy. the balance was very nice and I actually really enjoy this buttery dough flavor their IPA's have had. Very solid IPA, not Pliny but darn good!

Serving type: growler

08-12-2010 16:11:14 | More by cpetrone84
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice and clear orange. A nice bit of white head. Smells like Citra up the wazoo. Hops but not too much bitterness. Tastes similar. Incredibly crisp and hoppy, not too bitter. The taste of this beer is as clean as I could ever expect. Smooth but low carbonation. Overall top notch

Serving type: growler

08-27-2011 01:31:07 | More by Urbancaver
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to see this on-tap at the Goat. I have been wanting to try a citra-only IPA/DIPA. The fact that it's a Kern brew is just the icing on the cake.

Appearance- A very cloudy gold. Almost an apple cider color. An inch of very thick, soapy head. It laces beautifully.

Smell- Just awesome. One of the best smelling beers I can remember. Those citra hops really bring it on the nose. Tons of tropical fruits. Mango, apricot, tangerine. A hint of pot-like dank. Tons of pineapple. Just great stuff.

Taste- Follows the nose. There is a ton of tropical fruit. It's grapefruit as fuck. It's downright tart. However, it gets a little muddled. Just so much fruit going on. The finish is somewhat herbal and a little off-putting. More resin than I would prefer.

Mouthfeel- It's just too creamy for my tastes. It's pretty thick. Don't always love the unfiltered.

Drinkability- Excellent. I had one and really wanted another. No hint of the 8%.

This is a very good beer. I am very excited about citra, and hop to see it appearing in all sorts of IPAs soon. I love the tropical fruits. Just a giant grapefruit bomb, and I do LOVE grapefruit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 01:11:38 | More by callmescraps
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KevinBrewer

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brownish copper color with a fluffy off-white head that keeps a healthy cap, lacing the glass nicely as it goes down.

N- Huge bitter grapefruit aromas with elements of the rind, pith, and flesh. Juicy citrus accents with soft pineapple and tropical fruit gummy bears underneath. Just a hint of toasted grain way in the back. Floral, herbal fumes start to appear as the beer warms.

T- Clean, sweet toasted grain provides a thick base for the hoppy goodness that ensues. A firm bitterness cuts the sweet malt with notes of herbs, grass, pine resin, and grapefruit rind. Dry biscuity malt emerges from the bitterness, while juicy citrus and tropical fruit keep the mouth watering through the mid palate. The finish is long and fairly dry with lingering grain and a lasting grassy, herbal, piney bitterness that leaves you with fresh hop breath.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy and sticky. Moderate carbonation and a semidry finish.

D- Overall, a solid DIPA. I much prefer the bottle version of this to the growler. Always a treat to have, and I look forward to the next batch if I can't get my hands on any more this round.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 06:20:56 | More by KevinBrewer
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Kshock

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden color with a nice white head that retains well. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Hop resins, citrus (yah think?), lots of orange citrus with some bitter grapefruit smells. Really nice nose.

T- Bitter up front, lots of citrus in the middle of the beer. drys out nicely, leaving a slight bitter finish.

M- nice light to med body, drys out nicely.

O-- Great beer, like drinking a bitter hoppy orange juice

Serving type: growler

08-27-2011 22:24:10 | More by Kshock
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to einhorn and PasoPourHouse for making this available to all of the BAs at the Firestone 14 After Party at The Pour House in Paso Robles, CA. Shawn, thanks again for hosting this event!

12oz. pour into a tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orange-banana body with a sticky, white crown. Thin streams of carbonation can be seen rising along the edges. Tons of lacing! While I'm not a big fan of the opaque body, this looks great otherwise.

Smell: Big-time orange and tangerine, followed by a touch of pine. Very sweet and citrus-y. Gorgeous display of Citra hops!

Taste: Orange, lemon, and tangerine once again dominate. Herbal and dry pine components are also detectable. Deliciously fruity and sweet without a whole lot of bitterness. Beautiful!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very balanced. Bitterness is low, especially for a west coast double IPA, but not surprising given the exclusive Citra hop bill. Very smooth.

Drinkability: While I'm not a huge fan of Citra hops, I can't imagine a beer that displays the attributes of Citra hops better. Delightfully sweet and citrus-y all the way through. Props to the guys at Kern River. This is impressive!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 18:20:27 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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jegross2

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 03:00:32 | More by jegross2
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bpasquini

California

4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours orange with a very slight golden hue to it, some murkiness to it, hard to see through it, leaves a nice bubbly head that went quickly, very slight lacing on the glass, looks wonderful in IMO

S: Loads of sweet citrus! Getting a lot of orange, some lemon zest, little bit of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and pine at the end, this is definitely a hop lovers dream smell to an IPA! It almost smells like it's juice! It smells so good there is almost no way of fulling describing it, you just have to smell it for yourself. Definitely gets a 5 for smell!

T: To be honest I'm a little disappointed here. Judging by the smell you're expecting to get slammed with hops, but that's not the case (for me at least). The citrus flavors seem to be mingled together, no real transitioning happens except for the standard piney hop finish, you can still pick out the flavors but I am finding it quite difficult to do. Not disappointed with the citrus flavors combining and the piney finish, it is still really good, what I am disappointed in is the flavors to me seem like it is almost watered down, or rather really light, almost like it's an APA, SN PA has a stronger hop bite to it and that's really what is letting me down here, but that being said the flavor you get is still really good, just needs a stronger hop bite IMO

M: This category is executed perfectly, extremely light, crisp, and refreshing, especially for an 8% DIPA! Seriously feels like you can session this beer no problem. There is a slight oily feel to it and the beer finishes quickly not leaving any lingering going on, which I find makes IPA's very refreshing

O: This is truly a fantastic beer and I can see why it is getting a lot of praise, it definitely isn't the best DIPA I've ever had but for sure in my top 5. This beer is definitely a beer for summertime with how refreshing it is. If you can somehow get your hands on it to try it one time I would do it, it's unique and a bit different from your standard DIPA's that most breweries make.
Fantastic beer KRBC!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 06:51:29 | More by bpasquini
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joel66

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-21-2011 03:28:09 | More by Callmecoon
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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freehafe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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johnyb

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.