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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: 1,150
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,536
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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Hendry

Vermont

4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks go out to Sir Paul for this FRESH bottle of Kern Citra!

Cloudy apricot hue, 1 finger of frothy bone colored head, nice retention and splotchy lacing all up in the tulip.

As soon as you pop the cap, you know Citra means business: tons of ripe juicy tropical fruit including mango, nectarine, tangerine. The aroma is an assault on the nostrils in the best possible way.

Taste is exploding with tropical fruit amongst a fresh pretzel dough backdrop, and a touch of clean alcohol in the mix. Slight nick for the booze level, but not a detractor.

Mouthfeel is tremendous, carbonation surprisingly brisk but not overdone, lingering bitterness keeps reminding you of its' greatness.

Kern Citra and Alpine Bad Boy both represent to me the very best of the top notch California IIPAs, and notably, some of the rarest in the country. Citra goes toe to toe with the best small batch Vermont craft brew offerings, and I feel fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to have sampled a fresh bottle. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on this one, this is beautiful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:43:28 | More by Hendry
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

11-12-2013 03:06:56 | More by kscaldef
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-12-2013 01:45:17 | More by Rimbimhoot
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krl2112

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-12-2013 01:37:05 | More by krl2112
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-11-2013 23:48:07 | More by GatorLCA
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JohnG190

New York

4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to StonedRaider for the trade. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick white head. Good retention and nice soapy lacing. The nose on this DIPA is huge, lots of citrus, tropical fruit, with a hint of dank earthiness. This is what a world-class DIPA smells like. Strong hop bitterness on the front of the palate that becomes fruity and dank. Finishes dry and citrusy. No alcohol burn at all. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Overall, an amazing DIPA, well crafted and supremely drinkable, this one is well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:45:01 | More by JohnG190
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grinnellj

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -72.7%

11-11-2013 00:00:16 | More by grinnellj
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BAsbill

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-10-2013 01:11:40 | More by BAsbill
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utopiajane

New York

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 !

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 15:53:14 | More by utopiajane
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bahnfire

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-09-2013 06:12:24 | More by bahnfire
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cp45

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-09-2013 01:53:22 | More by cp45
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-09-2013 01:07:45 | More by theGlasstronaut
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sphyrn

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-09-2013 01:04:12 | More by sphyrn
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socalbrewlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-08-2013 08:25:44 | More by socalbrewlvr
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 06:38:32 | More by SadMachine
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mynie

Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells like hoo boy... I opened it up and my alcoholic cat start meowing from across the room, even though it hadn't even been poured. She's not allowed anymore, though. But, seriously I wasn't exaggerating even a little there; the aroma is super intense, and super excellent.

Tastes like a big, fruity citra bomb up front, followed up by syrupy DIPA malt and then a somewhat dull yeast finish that's saved by lingering nodes of apricot and peach. So, basically it starts out like Zombie Dust only more intense (which is amazing), and then it finishes like an above-average DIPA (which is good but disappointing).

Excellent aroma and nice, smooth body, but overall it doesn't hold a candle to the best Midwest and east coast Citras.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:39:20 | More by mynie
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yummybeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.7%

11-07-2013 23:14:43 | More by yummybeer
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cfaulman

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-07-2013 21:33:36 | More by cfaulman
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PhilDaBrewer

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

11-07-2013 02:02:52 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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Dagsy

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-06-2013 22:18:26 | More by Dagsy
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Paccamacca

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-06-2013 07:23:30 | More by Paccamacca
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fredmugs

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

11-06-2013 03:12:27 | More by fredmugs
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SirBentham

California

4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Amazing dark orange/Gold. Small bright white head.

S - Fresh citrus and pine jump out, followed by a light honey and resin.

T - Incredibly balanced and smooth. Up there with Heady Topper, Pliny The Younger. The malts are just perfect allowing the hops to remain in front without being over the top.

M - a good amount of carbonation, more than your typical DIPA. Medium bodied.

O - One of the best IPAs you can find. No doubt about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:13:25 | More by SirBentham
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-05-2013 15:41:20 | More by kristougher
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

11-04-2013 21:51:57 | More by Smarty_Pints
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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