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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,214 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,628
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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Photo of HopHead84
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12/18/2011

Bottle into a snifter.

A: Burnished golden orange with two fingers of white sea foam. Retention is very good and lacing is scattered on the glass.

S: The hops are bright and fresh, imparting notes of peach, mango, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. It smells absolutely excellent. Passion fruit is pretty strong. Malt is faint and crackery, and there's a restrained floral bouquet.

T: Juicy orange and tangerine blend with peach and a little bit of drier citrus rind notes. Malt is a shadow. This is just bursting with hop flavor. Grapefruit meets mango, mandarin orange, and guava. This is delicious. The beer is moderately bitter and the amount of hop flavor backing it up is comical.

M: Upper light in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Just a pleasure to drink. Amazing. I wish I had a growler of this in front of me. Hah! Think big, I always say! Why not two growlers in front of me?

HopHead84, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle courtesy of smarcoly, I can't thank you enough for this. Split with my buddy Nick for a video review and poured into two globe glasses.

A: Gorgeous bright orange, light copper colored body with a small and dense white head. Retention is good and leaves a thin coating across the surface along with some thick bubbles around the edges. Some patches of lace are left behind, too.

S: Freshly peeled citrus fruits with flesh, oils and all. Orange, lemon, pink grapefruit and mango are evident up front. It's literally bursting with amazing hop notes that are all citrusy in nature. It doesn't smell like a bitter hop bomb, either - very balanced and juicy.

T: This is just phenomenal. As with the nose, this is all about the citrus fruits. Orange peels start things off, followed by hints of mango and lemon. The finish and into the linger is nothing but wonderfully juicy pink grapefruit. Fleshy in the finish and very oily and somewhat sticky in the linger. Amazing.

M: Medium-bodied, very balanced carbonation, not over the top yet not understated. Fairly creamy and sticky, finishes perhaps a touch dry but the citrus fruits even this out quickly.

This is, hands down, my favorite beer that falls under any part of the IPA family. It's so well balanced with the hops and bitterness that you're able to enjoy these qualities at the, essentially, perfect proportions. Citrusy, juicy, hoppy, bitter and insanely crafted. It doesn't get much better than this, folks.

ShanePB, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

iL0VEbeer, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pale malts with hints of darker caramel malts and large amounts of citrus and soft tropical fruit hops.

Tastes very good. Pale malt flavors kick things off with hints of breadiness. Joining in shortly thereafter are robust amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. The flavors are very well balanced and carry through to a mildly bitter ending, leaving hints of citrus hop flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is also very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is, again, very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there's nothing singularly exceptional about this beer, rather the exceptional thing is the way all of the flavors work together. A very nice beer and well worth a shot.

glid02, May 27, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer has a bright yello/gold color to it, with no head. The beer has a citrus accent to the pine and hops smells of their regular IPA. On tasting, you get a very instant flavor of grapefruit, with the hops and floral flavors of their flagship IPA underneath for balance. There is a bit of a sour and bitter aftertaste, but again remains balanced. Despite the finish, the beer is still pretty easy to drink. Decent brew.

EDIT: Original scoring from above review was A:4, S:4, T:4, M:3.5, D:3.5 for a total score of B+/3.9. The current grade of my review is based on the review below of this year's release.

Tasted again, during the release weekend 2011, the beer was poured on-tap at Kern River Brewing Company into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy, bright orange-gold coloring with a thin film of head. Heavy nose of orange and lemon zest, hops, and basil. Heavy hops flavor all over the tongue, bitter and slightly sour. Citrus sweet flavors balance well, and don't overpower. The beer is smooth and robust in mouth, with heavy hop aftertaste. The finish is dry, and puckers the mouth, begging for a follow-up drink. Very enjoyable and pleasant to drink, it is delicious!

GarthDanielson, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another bottle thaks to jodan.

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a medium hazy orange with a creamy near white head. The head fades to the edges, but leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Amazing. Strong citrus, pineapple, orange, lemon, mangos.

T - Citrusy and grassy resins.

D - Silky and smooth. Good carbonation and light body. Some bitterness.

O - This one is a real delight.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to iHEARTbeer247 for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Cloudy with a big white head. Great sticky lacing and a nice layer of foam remains on the beer.

Smell - Hoppy. Clearly. Straight citrus hops with a bready malt in the back. It's really nice, but it's not complex like other great IPAs.

Taste - Yes, it's hoppy, but it's just citrus again. It's pretty damn good, but it's just not very interesting. If the other hop flavors were more prevalent, this could be fantastic. Anyway, the malt flavor is bready and just a touch sweet, but it still manages to be quite imposing on the palate. The flavor drops off abruptly at the end to a very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It's crisp, but the hop flavor isn't sustained throughout the drink. Hoppy at first and malty in the back. The one-dimensionality of the hop profile makes it incredibly drinkable, but only because I want the hop flavor back.

Overall - Ok, so everything it has is great, but it doesn't rival the best out there. I'd take a Pliny or Heady Topper over this easily. I want the flavor to build, but it doesn't. If this beer wasn't hyped to hell, I'd be singing its praises.

Alieniloquium, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
5/5  rDev +9.2%

TurdFurgison, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a on finger white head

smell: grapefruit, citrus, orange, mango, caramel, malts

taste: citrus, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very easy drinkable dipa. so glad I finally was able to try this beer.

Cheers,
The cpj

THECPJ, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 4/2/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to cjmencuri for this fresh bottle of deliciousness --

Review #500

A: Cloudy sunset amber-golden. A careful pour yields a killer three finger off-white head that never really fades. The lacing here is off the charts, just gobs of sticky goodness cling to the walls of the glass. Simply gorgeous.

S: Pure citra delight. It's overflowing with mango, grapefruit and tropical juicy delights. As it warms a bit, the clean malt becomes a bit more evident, yet it's in absolute harmony with the hop oil.

T: Just spectacular. The balance is perfect. The luscious and juicy nature of the citra hops is met with and paired beautifully with the biting nature of the amarillo hop oil. The golden malt is masterfully placed. It runs down the spine of the beer, giving it weight and purpose. I can't state enough just how attuned everything is here.

M: I can't say I've encountered a hop forward beer that feels this thick and rich. It almost has the feel of fresh motor oil. It's creamy and dense, yet at no point does it become too much. Approachable as a $100 bill blowing in the breeze.

O: As the label says, "This beer is all about the hops." Damn right. This may very well be the best hop forward beer, let alone Double IPA I've ever consumed. Everything here is pitch perfect, not a flaw in sight. Worthy of it's cult status, and one I plan on tracking down every time it's released.

My highest recommendation.

Rhettroactive, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -12.7%

xnicknj, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to get my hands on a bottle of this beer. Poured in to CBS Snifter glass.

A - Poured a hazy medium orange colour with a slight yellow glow around the edges of the glass. Two fingers of thick off-white head formed and receded to about a half inch with good retention. Good lacing.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma up front. Fresh pineapple and tangerine, peach and mango aromas along with some pine compliment the grapefruit. The hops aromas are so fresh, complex and pungent. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone is present to provide a bit of balance.

T - Huge bitterness up front. The big juicy hop aroma from the nose is more subdued in the palate but the flavours are still there and are fresh. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange zeat are the dominant flaovurs along with some pine. The malt bill provides the slightest sweet caramel backbone but there is no question that this is a hop bomb.

M - Medium body with a nice chew and light carbonation. Sticky hop oils coat the tongue.

O - A remarkable DIPA, but not the 5/5 I was hoping for.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of chippo33
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

chippo33, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Cynic-ale, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So...I got a couple of 500ml bottles, filled today, the same day the Growler was opened, from tkunkel, as he was passing through Casper ( he BMd me asking if I wanted some of this beer called Citra. He saw it on my Wants List.) Hehe....thanks, Tom!. He didn't WANT anything in return but I gave him a bottle of something anyway....

I drank the first bottle with no intention of reviewing it. Now on to the second bottle:

A gorgeous cloudy dark orange colour, small but decent head of foam, and even some lacing. Kind of reminds me of a cask ale in appearance. Yep. Me likes.

The smell grabs my nose immediately. Loads of fruits well represented and actually very varied and hard for me to name but I'll do my best: Apricots, grapefruit, oranges, peach...could be more and man, the nose is strong and powerful and OH so inviting.

First sip, sort of, and the numerous fruits in the smell are ALL there! Beyond that, it has a dry hopped kind of bitterness that adds a welcome punch. Not much malt here but by golly, with all the fruitiness and dry hop type of bitterness, you'd *think* this would be a real palate destroyer but...it bloody well isn't! Remarkable.

The body is fairly light for the style and the carbonation is on the lower side as well. Not what *should* add up to a great mouthfeel but it is suiting me well enough and it's going to get a good score. Can't argue with what the mouth tells me. ;^)

Drinkability? This tasty son of a gun is hiding the abv like no other! No warming, no sign of it in the smell or taste. Man! This is one dangerously drinkable DIPA. From Kern River. Whom I've had beers from before and they all tickled me pink. Add Citra DIPA to *that* list as in, this is one of THE best beers in the US today!

Another super thanks again to Tom!!

Bitterbill, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big props to Jose for hooking me up here.

Pours a hazy dark honey gold with hints of orange. About two fingers of head rises, good sign with a growler, but it fades pretty quickly, Light lacing.

The aroma is kind of light but its nice. Good balance of light sweet citrus on the front with a pronounced but mellow hoppiness. The hops are present throughout, light pine.

The taste is super malty for an ipa, grapefruit, pineapple, light hop finish, a little pine on the very end.

The feel is ok, easy drinker.

Overall, this is interesting, tasty and easy to drink. However, not much of an ipa let alone a double ipa. Doesn't have a ton of hops, so that's a little of a let down. If it was just a bit more hoppy to balance out the malt it would be awesome.

jrallen34, May 22, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler split and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Big thanks to alcstradamus for kicking off our epic tasting with this growler!

A - Hazy apricot orange with a fluffy off-white head. Good retention and clingy, wispy lace coats the glass. Nice look beer!

S - Massive citrusy nose of grapefruit and pineapple with resiny notes and floral hop leaves. Light caramel and sweet sugar cookie backing with a nicely balanced level of maltiness. I like the citra hops a lot!

T - Low level or caramel and toffee malts have a decent backing to the overly citrusy pineapple and mango grapefruit hops. Very nice.

M - Medium-bodied and sweet-turned slowly bitter. A good feel and a smooth, lightly dry finish.

D - Nicely drinkable for a double IPA, no alcohol is present in this. It's smooth and balanced making it a great double. I like this a lot!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Axnjxn, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

bsuedekum, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a massive soapy white head leaving tons of sticky white lacing along the glass..

The aromas begin amazingly fruity and hoppy, no surprise, with lots of blood orange, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. As it warms there is a light touch of sweet honey maltiness and maybe a hint of pine in there as well.

The tastes begin with a light bready/honey sweet pale matinees immediately met by a lot of hop fruitiness. Same hop flavors as the aroma with pineapple, tangerine, blood orange and some juicy mango that I didn't get in the aroma. Medium bitterness at first, with some residual sweetness, and then lingering hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is a perfect balance of lingering moderate hop bitterness and juicy hop flavors. Dangerously drinkable, no alcohol detection what so ever except you can obvious tell with the thicker mouthfeel.

Overall I can say no wrong about this beer. It is a beautiful showcase of juicy hop flavors, not too bitter and resiny (or resiny at all for that matter). Great showcase of Citra and Amarillo citrusy hops in all their glory. I would have loved to have this like a week old as opposed to a month or so to really appreciate the hop showcase but this is just fine by me.

claspada, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many many thanks to tkunkel for getting me a growler of this. Thank you, Tom.

Pouring a mildly hazy copper, this beer is capped with a ridiculously thick and dense off-white head with exceptional retention and lacing. The color is a little darker than I'd like, but hot damn, this one looks beautiful!

The nose is a tropical fruit salad and exceptionally so. Mango, papaya, pineapple and passion fruit are all present and by the gobful. A light sweetness is present with some sugar and caramel, but that just enhances the fruity character of this beer. There's a moderate bitterness as well, very lemon zest in character with some grapefruit as well. Fantastic stuff.

Opening sour with a wonderful barnyard funk, this is everything I expect this beer to be. Oh wait, wrong beer. Opening with a fantastic hop character, this one is loaded up front with flavor hops with mango, papaya, some pineapple and a moderate citrus character, akin to tangerines that are almost completely ripe. With a moderate and clean bitterness, this beer is just outstanding. The bitterness has lemon peel and grapefruit characteristics and is very clean and smooth (but not as good as the Nelson I drank last night). The malt character I thought I'd picked up on the nose is mostly absent, there's just a touch caramel sweetness, tying all the components together. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is fantastic on the palate. While not a resin monster that some big DIPAs tend to be, this one is gentle and soothing on the palate with a great finish with great balance between bitterness and hop flavor. I would like a touch more bitterness. Exceptionally drinkable, this is a top notch DIPA that I am going to have to track down again, and often.

DefenCorps, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one inch dense white head. Opaque dull orange in color. Sticky lacing, excellent head retention.

Huge citrus/grapefruit aroma! Stray pine in there.

Hops overpower malt, no doubt about it. Great citrusy hop bite at the end of sip, pithy orange. Super drinkable at 8%abv

Smooth mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

One of the best DIPAs out that. Having said that, it's almost too over the top with the amount of bitterness it brings to the table. Definitely worth seeking out! Thanks ArchEnemyBrew!!

Duff27, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Lare453, Mar 18, 2014
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.