Citra Bomb - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mobius387 on 12-16-2012

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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated: 12/15/12
Not sure why it's taken so long (7 weeks) for this to show up locally when MKE is so close to Chicago. Apparently this was "aged on Citra" for 6 weeks prior to release, an unusual approach...

It pours a dark reddish orange into a tulip glass, a billowing head of foam that leaves behind drippy lacing. Good head retention, some coverage still after the first few sips.

Aroma is a little confusing, sweet caramel malt at first, with some floral sandalwood, and some canned pineapple sweetness. Doesn't smell much like a DIPA, caramel sweet like an English Barleywine or Strong Ale.

Taste is also a bit of a letdown, it's not a hop bomb as advertised. Some mild mannered green vegetation and indistinct fruit sweetness, like the leftover syrup from a fruit cocktail can. Astringent and bitter, vegetal leafy greens. Thin bodied, with a mild alcohol bite. Not terrible, just meh. Something seems to be missing here...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malts and peppery minty hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some tropical fruits and minty peppery hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low prickly carbonation.

Overall, an OK but not too exciting DIPA.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this because my girlfriend is blonde and jealous of "red ales." It was okay but not the highest quality IPA i've ever had. There are many other ones that one could drink instead. Consult this website for a complete list.

Photo of GilGarp
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Citra Bomb is a slightly hazy amber orange color with white head and some sticky lace.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh with nice citrusy notes.

Flavor is hoppy but too but has a bit of an aspirin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body and nicely carbonated. Not very bitter for an imperial IPA.

Overall it's an ok DIPA but not one worth getting again.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint on tap

A: Amber in color with a slight haze could be because it is so cold. Tight head with a creamy looking head

S: grass with some candy like melon smells and some bready malts

T: some of that bubble gummy sweet melon tastes and grassy with a huge dose of bitterness and malty

M: almost medium but slightly watery

O: This is a malt bomb with hints of sickly sweet melon tastes and a massive acidic bitterness on the finish very average beer

Photo of mobius387
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber to pint glass

appearance: dark brown with 1" white foamy head. fairly opaque/dark for a imperial IPA

aroma: not super pleasant. strong onions with the over hopped "sweaty sock" I have only otherwise smelled with founders devil dancer. not a good nose on this one

palate: medium bodied, medium carbonation, not very resinous/bitter for its category, decent

taste: much better than it smells, not super citrusy though which is what i expected. more of a balanced ipa flavor with some piney/grapefruity after taste. i like the taste, so its very drinkable

overall: not a bad brew by any means, and if someone offered it to me id drink it happily, but sprecher makes plenty of other beers that are worth my time more than this one. glad i got to try it tho.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
7.8% ABV, numbers on shoulder.

A - Deep amber in color, Citra Bomb pours rather heavy, suggesting it will be a fuller-bodied beer. Ivory foam rises like a mushroom cloud, blanketing the sides of the pint with globular lace.

S - Intense bold hop aroma explodes out of this beer but it's on the verge of being too much when the hops' volume changes to an unpleasant burnt rubber nose. Citra Bomb is resin and pine rich but has plenty of juicy tropical fruits as well. Deep mango and pineapple meet a green sun tea-like scent which is incredibly reminiscent of their recent release, Hopfuzion. Strong caramel malt falls behind providing a pleasing base.

T - Caramel malt and toasted Vienna notes coat the tongue rapidly but dissolve away to reveal the hoppiness which, again, reminds me of Hopfuzion with it's strong amount of tea-like characteristics of herbs and floral notes more than anything. Pine resin and tropical fruits are present, but seem fairly overshadowed.

M - Dry citrus tickles the back of the tongue with nice bitterness as this balanced, medium bodied and smooth double IPA finishes. Herbal tea notes linger on the palate moments after the beer is swallowed while a fair carbonation level keeps it a little more crisp.

O - I'd be lying if I said I didn't think this was a beefier version of Sprecher's wet-hopped Hopfuzion. There's plenty of power behind the hops but they aren't showcased in a such a way that makes their abundant fruity nuances (especially with the Citra variety) shine with vibrancy. Citra Bomb is much more herbal, suggesting a tea blend with a mound of honey dribbled in. It's bitter but not quite the bitter one might expect from a double IPA. At nearly 8%, this beer rides a fine line between what one might expect from a "standard" American IPA and what people are looking for in a double. Certainly not a poor beer but it doesn't stand up to the name "Citra Bomb" either.

Photo of Zorro
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale nearing brown. Small white colored head.

Smells strongly of hops and malt. Scents of honeysuckle and cherry cough syrup with a strong tea scent. Cherry and grapefruit scents, the cherry is a surprise.

Starts out sweet with a savory taste and a stout amount of bitterness. Bittersweet flavor and not much else. Little bit of toffee and butterscotch in this. Taste isn't as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall not really worth comparing to a good example of the style. I can't recommend you buy this.

Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a growler bought the same day at the brewery:

Pours hazed copper/amber with a thin head that becomes a swirl. Trailing lace sticks, especially as it progresses.

The smell is of pepper/spice, some grapefruit with caramelized bread.

The taste is of grapefruit, black pepper, some malt sweetness in the middle for balance. Finishes bitter and spicy.

While not exactly chewy or creamy, it does slide down the throat smoothly. The alcohol is well-covered.

I don't know about a citra "bomb", but it has have enough of that hop goodness to be pleasantly hoppy. A nice, bitter brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange color, almost deep gold, with a white head and plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is herbal as well as citrusy, having floral, pine and grapefruit notes.

The taste is full on high alpha hops with big time citrus and bitterness going on. Almost a palate wrecker, because this is a seriously hoppy brew. Quite enjoyable and a quick hop fix for sure.

Overall, this is a solid double IPA. It looks light in color, but there is a lot of flavor packed into this beast. A hop head's thirst quencher.

Photo of guityler83
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange marmalade to copper colored, mostly clear maybe a slight haze. Some large bubbles that rest on top of the off white head.

S: Tropical fruit paradise! think gummy lifesavers. strawberry, melon, pineapple, pine with a slight bit of alcohol. This is the highlight of this beer and this hop variety.

T: Very harsh on the first sip. Bitterness has the candy like flavor, but like the candy was 2 years old. As its sipped more it becomes more drinkable. Musty, dank and cat pee flavors from the Citra come through heavily. I detect a little bit of carmel also.

M: Sticky, dry and hop astringent

O: While I thoroughly enjoy'd the rad thrash metal label of this beer and there attempt to step outside their traditional german beir repertuar, the beer fell short... I think Citra might just be suited for Aroma and dry hopping additions instead of bittering & flavoring. If you'd like to see what a full citra beer taste like check this out otherwise id check out one of sprecher's other awesome beers (Black Bavarian!!)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz on tap poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance- A hazy orange yellowish color with a half finger of bright white head that stays with it and leaves imense lacing.

Smell- Lots of Juicy citrus with definite pine notes.

Taste- Earthy hops at the front of the tongue with a mellow citrus and pine finish. With a name like Citra Bomb, I was wanting and expecting a lot more citrus in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with very little carbonation. For what you would expect this should be a little more carbonated to give a much crisper finish.

Overall- The Citra Bomb just misses the mark in a few key areas. Definitly needs more citrus hop to balance the earthy hops and more carbonation to create an easier drinking DIPA.

Photo of CIBoy10
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look- Draught at Loosa Brews in Tuscaloosa, AL. Nice light orange with great head and lacing.

Smell - Citrusy and DANK. Very earthy.

Taste - Hop bomb engage. So so so dank early on (think Stone Enjoy By 2.14.15). Fades to heavy citric bitterness that lasts throughout the finish. After I while I really wanted more balance though.

Feel - Crisp enough. Feels like a DIPA. So stringent and pungent it really starts to wear on you.

Overall - I like it. It's like a souped up Stone Enjoy By. Should be called DANK BOMB. With that being said it lacks all semblance of balance and will punish you. I mean punish you. I won't lie it destroyed both my palate and digestive system.

Citra Bomb from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.