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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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365 Reviews
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Reviews: 365
Hads: 1,526
Avg: 4.57
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 3,013
Gots: 108 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: Solomon420 on 02-13-2010

Made with Citra and Amarillo hops.
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Reviews: 365 | Hads: 1,526
Photo of ThePaleRider
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful dark orange. Can't see through the glass but there's no sediment floating around. Very nice, bright white, two finger head. Large bubbles and spotty lacing all over the place. Absolutely perfect.

S - Lots of fresh pine and citrus. I know this was freshly bottled and the fragrance shows.

T - There is no IPA that drinks this smoothly. The hop and malt balance is incredible, and still manages to keep the hops right up front where they belong. Lots of pine and sweet citrus notes.

M - Lots of body, almost feels rich when it hits your tongue. Very hearty for an IPA! Well balanced carbonation.

O - My favorite beer of all time. Sooo happy that I won the Citra lottery this year (2013) and was able to score a 6 pack. Well worth the 10 hour drive!

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Photo of Resuin
4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. I believe this was bottled about a week ago.

Appearance: Pours a very nearly opaque deep amber/brown and leaves a finger of white head which falls steadily to a layer atop the beer, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: A nice balance of hops and malts (plenty of hops though!). Pine, resin, light honey, citrus rinds, some mango.

Taste: Really matches the smell well. Resin, light pine, honey and mango. Plenty of malts as well. Very well balanced flavors, with a quite smooth finish.

Mouth-feel: Moderate carbonation with a nice medium, creamy body, Matches the style very well.

Overall: This is a very nice, well balanced DIPA. Very smooth and easy drinking but with lots of flavor. A well crafted brew.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of Psyko
3.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citra Double IPA

On tap at the KRBC Brew Pub and from lottery won bottle 10/26/13
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light orange/amber with a small 1 finger head.

S: Mango dominates the aroma. there is no alcohol in the smell.

T: Non-distinct tropical fruit flavors dominate the initial flavor profile. On the back end there is a dank resinous dry finish. This beer paired very well with the buffalo chicken sandwich served in the brewpub (highly recommended).This is a good DIPA beer.

M: The beer has a clean crisp mouthfeel and the finish is bitter crisp.

O: This beer is really good. The overall flavor is closer to Heady (drier) than Pliny (malty). Kinda over-hyped but a must try if available. The brewpub is a great place to visit with great food and staff. It is so worth the trip. Recommended.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Live review of a bottle scored from the latest batch.

A - Pours a hazy, golden amber with a short white head. The head leaves lacing all along the glass the entire time.

S - The is no doubt that there are citra hops in this brew. The aroma is intense.

T - The best part of this beer is the taste, it is so balanced. You are expecting the hops to be too intense but they are offset perfectly by the malt.

M - A medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - This is what a DIPA should be. Nothing overwhelms you. Just wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of BigGreenMonster
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to try this during San Diego Beer Week and San Francisco Beer Week. Both times served from tap in a pint and in 12 oz tulip. The appearance is murky with a slight green-yellow color. The smell and taste is amazing. Citrusy pineapple and mango flavors last from the sniff to the swallow. The mouthfeel is the most amazing part of it, 8% and unfiltered gives it the perfect consistency. It's juicy! Each swallow only makes you crave more. My favorite IIPA. HF Double Galaxy and Heady Topper are a close second and thrid.

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Photo of dougfur
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice thick head, pretty creamy. The smell is strong, tropical hops, as is the taste. Nice level of bitterness. It has good body, feels nice in the mouth, there's really not much fault to find in this beer. It's one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. I feel like my ratings above might be too tough on it and if you get the chance to try this one, do it. Absolutely outstanding! Thanks to the citra fairy in CA!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cuzco for sharing this, a longtime want.

A: Cloudy orange body with a frothy white head. Mediocre retention and lacing. Ok.

S: Surprisingly dull fruitiness. Peach, grapefruit, mango, and lots of sweet toasted malt. Good, not great.

T: Much better, with much more vibrancy to the hops and the malt providing balance rather han distraction. Very tasty.

M: Rich and creamy. Great.

O: Delicious, but disappointing.


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Photo of hankthetank97
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citra DIPA is a hop-heads delight. It's like "chewing on a pine cone". You have to be a hop lover to enjoy, this would likely overpower any dish it could be paired with. If a hoppy beer experience is what you are looking for , this is your ticket. Best single hopped beer I have ever had.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy copper, near white head leaves fast. Some spotty lace.

S - Still prety cold, so smell is somewhat faint. Citrus notes and malt come in pretty heavy, though.

T - When they said it is a close as you can come to chewing on a hop vine, they weren't kidding. Big time citrus, a little tropical fruit, almost a little spicy feel, and of course lots of sweet malt.

M - Medium to full body, good carb, nice even balance.

D - It's a pretty darned good beer.

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Photo of baybum
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz Bottle from TheHooch - Thanks again and enjoy the Cherry Rye!
Poured into a TH glass.

A - Hazy with a wonderful orange color with a perfect head. This is what an IPA should look like.

S - The aroma of hops from the bottle gets you excited to taste this beer. The citrus combines with the aroma of the hops to make you want to smell this over and over again.

T - For a DIPA this beer has very little bitterness to it. A sweetness fills your mouth that ends with a hop explosion. For me this is the style of DIPA that I crave for.

M - Full bodied. Very creamy and smooth drinking.

O - This is a great DIPA and one I wish was made more often and easier to find. A Top 5, absolutely. It is right there with the best IPAs I've ever had - Heady, Zombie, Abrassive, PtE.

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Photo of dlello2
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle courtesy of ScottO.

A - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Very tight bubbles disappear rather quickly leaving a couple larger ones to wander the surface. Good, thick stuff.

S - Whoa. The aroma jumps from the bottle upon opening. Pineapple and mango craziness. Amarillo hops and fresh squeezed orange juice. Perhaps the least amount of grapefruit I've ever smelled in a DIPA. Beautiful.

T - Well my first sip tells me that this beer has excellent balance. It's sweet, and follows the nose up front, but then the flavor falls off in the middle. At the tail end of the swallow the fruit and bitterness creep back in for an enjoyable finish. Good, but not as exciting as the nose.

M - Full bodied without being overly sticky. Quite creamy and very smooth going down.

O - Superbly easy drinking. Didn't quite live up to the hype--with a bold name like 'Citra' I had been expecting (and hoping for) a lot more flavor. Don't get me wrong, what is offered is absolutely balanced and delicious.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a firm half-inch white head which fades slowly to the rim leaving stringers and splotches of lace.

N: Floral grapefruit blossoms, mango, tangerine, perhaps passionfruit, an orange. Plenty of bright citrus notes.

T: Herbal and citrus up front with a balanced malt middle and finishing dank and resiny.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Sticky and very dry finish. Lingering malt draws you back for more.

O: Well, what do you call something better than "Just Outstanding"? Solid all around. Best fresh (duh), and super enjoyable. ABV is a creeper.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.79/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a bottle courtesy of Dale.

A: Cloudy straw color with a thin white head. Great legs.

N: Lots of grapefruit. Lots of earth and pine. Very little malt.

T: Very citrusy. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Great malt base, but it has the stinging sugariness I associate with some underattenuation. Tons of earth and pine. Nice.

M: Medium bodied and quite sticky. Noticeable alcohol.

O: Quite good, but I wouldn’t kill myself for more.

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Photo of Keyportnick
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours a golden copper with a layer of pure white lacing foam. Looks hazy hard to see through.

S- Big aromas of mango, orange and citrus. Small hints of malt.

T- Mango and pineapple, sweet malts and a slight lingering finish of earthy hops.

M- Solid medium body, well rounded. Medium carbonation.

O- Great well rounded dipa. I would drink this again if I could. I would still much rather prefer a heady topper, pliney, or abrasive. Kern river falls just a hair a short.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened about 10 days after bottling.

A - Orange body, 2 fingers of white head. Hazy, like an IPA should be.

S - Grapefruit, orange, slight pine, sugary.

T - More subdued than the smell. Grapefruit, orange, pine, malt in the finish. A bit dry.

M - Lighter side of medium. Good amount of carbonation.

Great DIPA, smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy yellow, two finger head, carbonated with great lacing.

S-Citrus orange, lemon, grass, just wonderful hop characteristics.

T-Such balance. Spices, citrus, orange, lemon, wheat, grass. Then it ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth.

O-Now this is an Outstanding DIPA. One of the best. Not quite the same level as PtE and Heady, but damn near close.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to DaveHack for pouring one of these for me. This beer poured out darker than I expected. It has a golden amber color with a nice foamy white head on top. The lacing and retention were very nice. The smell of the beer is very nice, big amounts of peach and pineapple aromas on this brew. Smells very fruity and sweet, very inviting. The taste of the beer has some subtle lemon flavors with other hoppy citrus notes and a balanced malt backbone. The mouthfeel is smooth, very creamy feel to it along with some light carbonation. Overall this is very good, I would drink lots of this beer. Very pleased with how this beer was. Worth seeking out for any IPA lover.

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Photo of chaint
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of Mike, who shagged a few bottles at the release the weekend before.

A "flavorful" smell (a mix of citrus and pineapple) with great floral qualities, as well. As for the taste...I think balance was the word. A great balance of hops, sweet, and malty. My new gold-standard for DIPAs.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to karink for this one - a huge one from my wanted list finally gets crossed off. Pours a deep copper color near the top that cascades through a gradient, finishing at a shade of amber near the bottom. Hazy and cloudy everywhere but the very edges, topped off with a thick fingered, foamy white head that leaves behind some huge pieces of chunky lace. This beer is simply beautiful. Maybe I'm swooning a bit too much because this was such a huge want on my list, but this is spot on for a DIPA... Looks good enough to drink.

The aroma on this beer is simply one of the best in the business. This is how DIPAs should smell. An orgy of fruit plows through your nostrils like a hobo rummaging through a deli; intense bouts of pineapple, mango, guava, grapefruit, citrus, apricot, peach, tangerine... Just name a goddamn fruit and you can probably pick it out of the aroma here. So much fruit, it's insane to think a profile like this comes from the use of only TWO hops (Citra and Armarillo, though most of it is probably from the Citra).

The hop aromas are raw and vibrant also; piney, resinous, oily, floral, and pungently juicy. A light onion-like aroma adds to the complexity as well. Despite the massive hop bomb, the malt backbone does not go unnoticed... It provides a strong and sweet bready aroma alongside the hops, like buttered crackers and lightly toasted buttered bread. This aroma is simply sublime, in every sense of the word.

Couldn't have been more excited to bring this one to my lips after smelling it... the malt underbody gets laid out right from the start; it begins with a highly drinkable malty sweetness, again, in the form of buttery biscuits, lighty toasted, hand-in-hand with a mild onion and salty flavor. It doesn't get too comfortable on your palate, however, because the hop bum-rush quickly asserts itself - heavy, heavy citrus peel, pineapple, mangos, grapefruits, tangerines, and honeydew. Just an insane collage of fruits that bounce of the sides of the mouth like crazy.

A piney bitterness washes over everything about halfway through, followed by a decrescendo of floral, herbal, and oily resins. The aftertaste dies out with this bitterness that couples with a light malt sweetness and a heap of bittersweet citrus flavors. 8% ABV goes completely under the radar, this beer is drinkable as shit. Medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation, ever-so-slightly sticky on the palate.

This was one of my biggest wants (thanks again to karink for the hook-up) and I am so glad that it not only lived up to the hype, but it surpassed my expectations by quite a bit. So goddamn tasty, aromatic, and drinkable. Everything a DIPA could hope to be. If you're a lover of citrusy based D/IPAs, do yourself a solid and get your hands on this beer. All hail the motherfuckin' Citra hop, baby!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: A hazy, deep orange body that has a nice radiance to it. Two fingers of cream colored head form, and leaves a thick sticky lacing. Head hangs around for a while. Yup, this looks great.

Smell: As I poured the glass, I already got big wafts of grapefruit and mango. That's a good sign. An insane amount of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and a nice resin burst out of the glass. Some light breadyness tries to come through, but this is all about the hops.

Taste: Grapefruit explosion. Literally, this tastes like grapefruit juice soaked with citra hops. Lots of citrus, mango, and tangerine. A definite pine, and the typical white pepper that citra often displays. Some bready sweetness, but only enough to calm the hops down slightly. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of bitterness. A medium body, that leans on the side of heavier rather than light. Very drinkable, but not at the level of say, Society and Solitude #5.

Overall: While I personally enjoy Society and Solitude #5 more than this, I would say this is the perfect Double IPA regarding the standards of the style, simply because of the sheer size of everything about it's profile. Whereas S&S5 was pure juice, this exhibits all the best qualities of a DIPA. I will definitely want this again.

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Photo of LaChupacabra
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Notes from 9/17/12.

A: Golden orange with two fingers of creamy, eggshell head. Decent head retention and very nice, sticky lacing.

S: Super juicy with lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine. Light breadiness. Smells very crisp and refreshing .

T: Similar to the nose – Bright citrus and tropical fruit. Also some subdued floral and pine flavors. Hop forward with medium bitterness. Sweet malt in the background.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp, refreshing.

O: Maybe it’s just homerism at work here, but this is my favorite beer. I can't get enough of it.

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Photo of anchordrinker
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is being transcribed from notes from a prior bottling (2011) Huge, fruity DIPA which is all about hop flavor as opposed to hop bitterness. Tropical, citric flavors with no trace of alcohol. Excellent lacing, abundant hop aroma. Definitely the best dipa I've ever had.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.28/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Toronado SD for SDBW. Pours a bright, low haze, light orange. Small, white head. Nose is heavier butterscotch, vanilla, some vodka, mango, parmesan cheese. Taste is boozy/white alcohol/vodka, butterscotch. Palate is thick, chewy, oily. A bit sticky/syrupy. Not what I was expecting.

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Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.