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Citra Double IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Citra Double IPACitra Double IPA

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1,206 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 2,616
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 Lare453
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Lare453, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:poured a bright orange in color with golden yellow highlights and a finge of head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was plenty of grassy piney hops on the aroma with citrus, caramel, sweetness from the malts, and a bit of pineapple fruit.

T: the piney grassy hops were very good and had a good balance between the sweetness from the malts. It did have citrus, caramel, and pineapple flavor accents as well.

M: the brew was mediumin body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney grassy hoppy, mild fruity, and bitter bite finish.

O: it was definitely a good beer but not a great DIPA in my book. I thought the aroma was better than the taste but that's just my opinion.

Gobzilla, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in sample size at the 2011 Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a hazy golf with a dense white froth. Malty brown sugar and candied lemon hops on the nose with a piney accent. Flavor is lemon zest with a light pale malt note. I appreciate the hop focus without a syrupy malt profile but it also is allowing a soapy astringent note to come through. Solid bitterness but not really up to DIPA standards. A good beer but I'm not buying the hype here.

illidurit, May 16, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the T, 2010.

A: Great hazy peach orange with a fluffy cap of white foam on top.

S: Great fat citra hop aroma in the nose with just a tad of english muffin malts in the background

T: Super resiny, oily hops with a bit of skunk weed thrown in for good measure

M: Refreshing and sticky...leaves you BEGGING for another sip

O: One of the best double ipas I've had and absolutely the best expression of all that CITRA can offer the brewer. Fantastic.

francisweizen, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of KevinGordon
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

KevinGordon, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
5/5  rDev +9.2%

IPAchris, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of popery
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic beer and among the best DIPAs that I've ever tried. I had a few glasses of this beer and was just blown away. I really didn't expect it to live up to the hype, but I was happily wrong on that score. It has easily the best Citra flavor in the 10 or so Citra IPAs I've tried so far. It was all very bright floral and tangerine notes. The beer is quite well made. Just enough light malt sweetness to carry the hops. Finishes mildly dry and refreshing. Little to no harshly bitter notes, just tons of incredible hops. The hop flavors seem fresh and interesting. There's practically none of the blandly bitter notes that drown out all of the delicacy in so many other (D)IPAs. Mouthfeel was light and fairly smooth for all of the hops. No booze presence. The beer looks good - a bright, hazy yellow-orange body with a good white head. This is a very easy beer to like and makes me want to make the long drive down to Kernville.

popery, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of tectactoe
4.83/5  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!

tectactoe, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

whartontallboy, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and reviewed from notes. Poured into a Kate The Great tulip.

A - Poured a clear dark golden copper honey hue with a one finger white head that leaves a sudsy blanket and side lacing.

S - Super, super dank citra hops and light malty sweetness. Aroma is very enticing.

T - Not quite as dank more light, flavourful citrus and grapefruit with super faint tropical notes. A touch more malt sweetness than I had expected.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome, silky, velvety DIPA. Top notch.

O - Overall this is a stellar DIPA, but, I didnt really think it lived up to the hype. Maybe I'm just spoiled by what Hill Farmstead offers

rudzud, Nov 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

BGsWo22, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

746th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz
No date on bottle, but released on Friday, drank Monday. Pretty damn fresh

Thanks to BA Richbeer for picking one up for me.

App- Wonderful bright orange with some yellow streaks radiating out with a big puffy pillow top two finger head. Falls gracefully with a ton of cling and lace. Huge lacing on this one.

Smell- Huge amounts of fruit on the nose. Just a ton of bright vibrant fruits. Orange, pineapple, tangerine. Light and floral and balanced. Everything I've wanted my DIPA to be.

Taste- For a DIPA this is a very light beer. It was balanced by the floral hops and juicy citrus and had only a small bitter note. The juicy citrus melds everything together to create a such tasty beer. I can se why the rush to get a bottle.

Mouth- Medium bodied and bordering on a bit light to me. A paired medium carbonation with a floral fruit and a slight bitter residual flavor.

Drink- Well 5th Anniversary DIPA was good even with 2 months of fade to it and it was a bit bigger and more bitter. This was better. The best DIPA I have had.

FosterJM, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to splax23 for forwarding on this bottle in a recent trade, jazzed to try another beer from Kern. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is clean, refined, filtered, yellow, orange. But the best part of the pour was popping the cap & getting sludged with the beautiful smell that rolled out of the bottle like a warm front in January. Damn. Brilliant tropical fruit hops in the nose, pineapple & mango rising. One of the best smelling hoppy brews ever.

If Kern River Citra tasted as good as it smelled it might be sitting at the right hand of God. It doesn't. The heavenly tropics give way to sub-heavenly cut with a heavy dose of citrus. Mango & pineapple again. Hop bitterness flows into the middle after the fruitiness, balancing it nicely. Sparse caramel malt, then the beer is just gone. Unbelievably clean finish with only a faint linger of hops. Wild. Luscious. Could have drunk this bomber by myself, the next one I get I'll hide from my wife (just kidding sweetie!).

Citra didn't disappoint, this is a top-shelf IIPA.

maximum12, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

eawolff99, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of mynie
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.

mynie, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey orange color, with an eggshell colored finger of fluffy head, nice lacing.

Floral hop notes, juicy citrus, and loads of tropical fruits.

The taste is bustling with tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, lots of citrus and floral hop notes. Sweet juicy citrus, and low bitterness.

Creamy, medium bodied, over all good feeling on the palate.

Big hop notes with low bitterness make this a great drinking DIPA!

EgadBananas, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
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!

cpetrone84, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
Photo of Reagan1984
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.

Reagan1984, Sep 05, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

smartassboiler, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BMart, May 08, 2013
Citra Double IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.