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Kama Citra (Høst Citra) - Beer Here

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Kama Citra (Høst Citra)Kama Citra (Høst Citra)

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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 43
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 06-30-2011

Pale malt, caramalt, Citra hops, yeast, water.
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Dark mahogany pour with two finger off-white head with decent retention and great lacing. Earthy, toasty, malty, citric nose with hints of dark bread, toffee, chocolate, orange rind, candy sugar, and pineapple. The taste follows suit with lots of bitter, piney, citrus hops, nicely balanced with a solid caramel malt backbone. Loads of sweet brown bread with hints of blood orange, grapefruit, toffee, and tobacco. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a heavy, bitter finish. A very unique, hoppy interpretation of a brown ale and I'm not sure it works. Not a bad beer, but not one I'm likely to have again...

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bigsquirrel
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of alphagnome
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, borderline black, body that allows little to no light to penetrate. Huge, cream-colored head with the best retention I've seen in awhile. Plenty of lacing.

For the style, this one is a head-scratcher. Sweet caramel malt provides a backbone to a rather potent wintergreen and grass hop presence but it doesn't really remind me of the citra hop. A light peat character is also noticeable. This one is interesting and pleasant enough.

Bitterness is dealt with swiftly right up front - it's not potent, however. Just as quickly, sweetness kicks in with plenty of nuttiness. Caramel and roasted malts and, of course, plenty or earthy hoppiness. Lingering in the back of every sip, you'll get a bit of tart raisin. Very interesting concoction.

Medium bodied and carbonated. Finishes pretty clean but it's pretty dry.

I'll be honest, when I grabbed this on a whim, I thought I had grabbed an IPA. Boy was I surprised when I started sipping... Silly me. I'm not typically a fan of brown ales, but, thankfully this one is a unique take on the style and I'm glad I mistakenly snagged it. HOWEVER, I'm not sure I would grab it again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a fading head. Nose shows lots of sweet malt and tropical fruit confectionery. Very sweet smelling. Some resinous notes too. The sweetness follows as a flavour, both in the copious crystal malt notes and as tropical fruit characters. Some pine shows too, followed by a bitterness that plays second fiddle to the malt. Body feels a bit thick, while the carbonation could be higher to cut through the sweetness. A very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the name alone, I thought this was going to be an ipa. Definitely not though lol

Pours a nice deep brown with a creamy beige head leaving nice lace and good retention. Citrus and pine are there with some tropical notes, but you can't hide that this is still a brown ale. Plenty of nutty, almost sugary notes with some roast and bakers chocolate. Taste has a nice bitterness to it, with piny hop notes. Chocolate and sweet nuttiness and caramel. It has a pretty good feel, somewhat light, carbonation isn't too heavy.

All in all, it's pretty good. Nice brown ale qualities with some nice, albeit somewhat subtle, ipa notes.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to being jet black) in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of notes hops; the smell of citrus becomes a little weaker as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of chocolate malts along hints of roasted malts and a very slight amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Using citra hops in a brown ale might seem like a far-fetched idea, but the citrusy aromas and flavors don't over power the beer so it still tastes like a brown ale with some unique complexities.

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Photo of spicelab
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer. Into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Dark bronze with a towering sudsy tan head. Retention and lacing are great.

Tropical and sweet citrus. Pineapple, tangerine and melons. Coffee is relatively mild, but gives the hops a nice sharp pungent edge. Some caramel and toasted malts tieing it together. Very nice.

Much more pronounced coffee notes. The coffee character is quite refined, with an appealing roastiness and body that in conjunction with the malt lends an almost syrupy character to the hops. Variable flavours with each sip, at times subtle, at times punchy. Good stuff

Medium bodied. Just a touch scratchy in the mouth. I want to attribute this to the coffee but not sure if that's fair. Nice mild lingering bitterness.

I think the use of coffee in IPAs has legs. This is the second I've tried after Seedy Goat which was very nice also. Perhaps a flood of dodgy examples will hit the market and change my mind.

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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Shaker glass @ Animal Bar (Madrid). Dark copper color, ruby to the light. Beige & creamy crown shows fairly good retention. Toasted & floral aromas mixed with very subtle chocolate hues. Toasted malts & crispy bitterness at first sip rounded by chocolate notes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Dry bitter finish. Sweet/bitter cocoa on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden in a well balanced, no flat beer.

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Photo of hopkrid
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joecast
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Robust deep mahogany. Bright ruby tinge when held to light. Fluffy lightly tanned head last and lasts.

Seriously good mint leaf and floral aroma. Light honey malt fills the cracks and rounds out the nose nicely. Dark malt hardly make n appearance.

Bitterness hits at just the right level. Considerable without being overwhelming. Hops are absolutely full on but handled nicely by the malt. Finishes with mx of mint (I get that from citra) and a bit of coffee to let you know it's not an ipa (in case you can't see it).

Only criticism I can give is that it's just a bit heavy. But for a 7% beer that's not really a bad thing. Another comment I have is I don't care who calls this a brown ale, it's a black ipa and a damn good one.

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Photo of rarbring
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brew is clouded brown with a red hue, a deep tan head with some lacing and curtains.

The smell is herbal, lemon, grass, spices, herbs.

The taste starts with hard bread, the quite much peel; grape-fruit and lemon.

Medium high carbonation, a soft foamy feeling with a good body, a sharp dry bitter finish.

Slightly unbalanced to the bitter side, but lots of good things as well.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts with moderate aromas of coffee and citrus/lemon hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of lightly roasted chocolate malts with some hints of cocoa. There are lighter notes of coffee with some light to moderate flavors of citrus/lemon hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Good amounts of complexity to the flavors and aromas of this beer and the citra hops do not compete with the flavors of this brown ale - kind of a unique pairing of hops and malts but I think it came off quite successfully. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheBeard89
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cvm4
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark, murky brown with a tan two finger head. Great lacing.

S - Very hoppy... Citrus & bready malts.

T - Definitely can't hide the brown ale. Lots of hoppiness & citrus along with light roasted malts.

M - Medium bodied & medium carbonation. Dry feel & pretty refreshing.

O - Mixing beer styles can be iffy. This is a great mix.

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Photo of APB
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of aussiebeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RockAZ
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citra gives this old brown ale recipe an interesting twist, tangy fruit followed by a crisper mouthfeel than one usually gets from such a dark brown ale. I don't review many beers, only about 1 in 50 that I try, or maybe even less than that since I don't think it fair to review on a 2 oz pour. So this big bottle came my way, pleasantly surprised at the mixup in styles, and I recommend you at least try it if you get the chance.

This would be great with food like hamburger or steak and fries, BBQ,; it is snappy enough to cleanse the palate and the brown malts would complement meat well.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bark
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is dark red-brown (50 EBC), the liquid is clear. The four finger firm compact head is pale brown. It sinks very slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is hoppy and citric. Some sweet bready roasted flavours. Lots of candy-like bitterness. Hints of beef stock, gooseberries and toffee.

The taste is quite dry. Lots of bitter-tart citric (lemon) flavours. Chocolate and hints of fruit candy. Some nuts and toasted bread in the background. Light to medium body. The aftertaste brings growing bitter and alcoholic flavours. The finish is all bitterness and alcohol, reminding of a DIPA.

The carbonation is quite strong. The small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is a little thick and dry.

A little unbalanced and too much alcohol. The finish borders on being astringent.

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Kama Citra (Høst Citra) from Beer Here
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