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Citra (Single Hop Series) - Hermitage Brewing

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Citra (Single Hop Series)Citra (Single Hop Series)

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwilson01 on 04-18-2011

Citra is the most well received in our series of Single Hop beers. After taking Gold in 2011 and 2012 at the California Craft Brew Competition, and due to its high demand with our consumers, we decided to make this a year-round style. This IPA pours a dark amber in color with an off-white head. The hop aroma is floral, with citrus notes, while the malts have a toasted barley character with some caramel. Citra‘s hop flavor is resiny, with some citrus quality that is offset by toasty malt flavors with a touch of caramel. This is a moderately full bodied beer, with a bright carbonation, and a dry finish.
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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After becoming completely strung out on Widmer’s limited X-114 IPA, I started jonesing pretty bad for some more Citra hops when I stumbled upon this offering from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Co.

In true, well-crafted India Pale Ale fashion, Citra Hops, one of three single-hop IPAs Hermitage has cooked up, pours a tangerine-tinted gold and throws a nice inch-and-a-half head tightly packed with egg cream-colored foam. Citra Hops shows better retention than did its Citra sister, but doesn’t throw nearly as much lace up on the glass.

The nose is a nice balance of caramel malt and, of course, citrus. Upon first sip, the first thing I notice is the more aggressive bittering. Hermitage packed enough hops in here to blow the joint and the grapefruit sizzle sits on the tongue nearly, but not quite, crowding out the pineapple, lemon, and orange blossom notes.

All-in-all, this is a pretty good representation of this particular hop varietal. It would be interesting to do a vertical tasting with their single-hop Amarillo and Columbus offerings. At least this is a major step in the right direction after Hermitage’s horrible “Craptopia” series.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Bright orangey amber with a thick, sticky, white head. Floral, citrus, and pale malts in the nose, with a hint of solvent. Well-carbonated. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Citrus hops upfront, with notes of orange, grapefruit, rind, and pine with an oily and resiny edge followed by some astringency and soapiness. Faint malt sweetness in the back, but overall a dry beer with a lingering hop presence and ashy spiciness.

Although this is a hop-forward beer, a bit more malt balance would go a long way. The hop usage could use some dialing in too; getting some unwelcome flavors.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good sign of a copper and orange pour, off white head. Mild citra aroma, but pleasant. A little tropical and citrus, nice.

And here comes the diacetyl taste. Envelopes the hops, the whole beer pretty much. Not to rely on a lazy cliche, but it was slightly buttery. A buttery sauvignon blanc mixed with a mild citra single hopped ipa was what I was tasting. This beer was better just smelling it (which the buttery did not reveal itself in the nose).

Can't recommend this one at $5. Again, bought at Bevmo, so who knows. I just don't see myself buying any ipa's from these guys or Bevmo again, such a disappointing experience.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying the Single Hop Citra Series from Hermitage and quite honetly I was hoping for a bit more. This beer is not bad....good in fact....just was hoping for a bit more. The beer poured a cloudy copper with thick white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is powered by fresh hop that favors pine and spice. The taste is has a twang of bitter citrus throughout but there is a battle between a sweet malt and hop throught the beginning and middle, in which the malt loses iin the end and the bitterness lingers on the pallet. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a decent IPA....I wish I had some of the other single series available to compare....that would be cool.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from BevMo Sunnyvale. Man, everyone and their mother is brewing a Citra IPA these days. Especially their mothers. Mama Tick brews a DISGUSTING one...and I mean "disgusting" in the way that means "awesome!"

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a one-finger off-white head that has average retention.

Very nice aroma, earthy, resinous, and citrusy, with a caramel malt background and light toast.

The flavor has a substantial caramel malt base and a good hoppiness to it. Average malt and hop balance. Fairly resinous with lots of grapefruit. High bitterness level.

Medium-plus bodied with loads of hop resins and average carbonation.

A surprisingly righteous Citra IPA. Actually becomes a little brutal to drink much of though, so I have to mark it down a touch there.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Arkansas (Liqour World in F'ville, AR)

Pours honey colored with a pinky of pearl colored head. Decent lacing & average head retention

S: lemons,leafy & herbal hops, pineapples & perfumy

T: Follows the nose, pears & breadyness, some leafy hop profile as well. Some pineapple as this warms, leafy hops, breadyness & pears, plus dryness. Finishes with leafy & dry hops, a touch of caramel & a modicum of pineyness

MF: Medum bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

I like this, but have never tasted some of these flavors in a citra hopped beer. Perhaps this is old, no freshness dating. Still, damn tasty & super drinkability!

Photo of CruisaC
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at an area BevMo while on vacation. I think it was $5-something for a 22oz bottle. Into a glass

Pours medium caramel with an inch or so of off white head. Above average lacing.

smells of sticky sweet hops and some malt. average overall and probably a little much. I almost get a stale whiff towards the end, not saying anything about this bottle's freshness, just a smell that reminds me of stale things

taste follows; a bit too strong, not very balanced

A bit slick and syrupy, but pretty good carbonation

Overall not something I'd buy again. I was interested to try some "single hops" type brews. I think I'd prefer a Kern River, but again you can't buy their Citra off the shelf at any BevMo

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden brown with a beautiful white head.

Smell- very floral, piney, hops are present but are balanced by the citrus smell.

Taste- a diffrent monster unlike any ipa I've had. Tons of citruis fruit, more than im used to. Pineapple and orange sweetness. It's followed by a nice hop piney presence. Sweet cotton candy sweetness and some hops in the aftertaste.

Overall- I will be having this some time soon and thanks to this brewery I cant spell I get the full effect from this hop.

Photo of bluetieman
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried 5/10 Mikkellers and this single hop beer is the best example that I've seen of the single hop style. I'm pretty harsh on IPAs and Tied House, but this one is definitely worth seeking out (hate to tell you what California beer on the other side of the Bay that this compares to...).

Photo of jmarsh123
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold/orage color. A small white head that sticks around with a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell of grapefruit and some caramel malts.

Not exactly what I was expecting from a citra ipa. Too heavy on the malt although there is a nice grapefruit rind finish.

A little bit stickier than normal. Good carbonation levels.

Not a horrible beer, but not good either and really expected a lot more from a citra beer especially after having the gloriousness that is Zombie Dust.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from Hermitage Brewing Co., acquired at the local beer store for something like $6.99.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery bronze colored body with over a finger of fluffy off-white head and some yeast sediment visible in the glass. Leaves behind some okay scattered lacing. Looks pretty good.

S - The smell is skunky and piney. Bready, earthy, yeast, with a good amount of caramel malt noticeable. Lightly spicy and peppery.

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter, herbal, grapefruit / piney hop presence. Caramel / bready malts. Some spicy / bready / peppery sort of rye presence in there also. Oak, wood, and toffee flavors are noticeable. I'm more than confident this beer is past it's prime, and is probably no longer a nice showcase for the Citra hops at play here. Minor alcohol content noticeable. The peppery rye presence is dominant at this point.

M - The feel is crisp, smooth, and mostly clean. Leaves behind some resinous bitter hop presence, but the hops are past their prime at this point. Bready and dry on the finish. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent single hop IPA, but I'm sure it would be much better when very fresh. Still, I would be interested to try others in this brewery's single hop series. The Mikkeller single hop series of beers that I had stood the test of time well; this beer, not so much. Like the Mikkeller Citra, this beer had lots of yeast clumps at the bottom of the bottle. Interesting to try, but I would be more interested in having it fresh.

Hermitage Brewing Citra (Single Hop Series) ---3.5/5

Photo of biggred1
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honey amber with cornsilk highlights when backlit and a creamy, eggshell head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. The nose is pure Citra, tropical fruity, dank and herbacious with a touch of caramel slathered toast. The flavors are nice, the high alpha Citra does what it does in so many beers, mainly deliver herbal tea, dank weed and tropical fruity flavors in pleasant harmony. The malt backbone is decent and balances perfectly with the hops. Creamy and full bodied, this is a nice drinking brew. This beer is really good, I can't wait to try more beers from Hermitage Brewing. Well done.

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed orange colored beer, small yellowish white head. This pretty much is the color I call IPA Orange.

Smell is sweet and hoppy as expected. Tropical fruit mostly papaya and pineapple. Scent of eucalyptus trees but no real pine.

Starts out sweet and bitter with a strong eucalyptus taste. This is has a bit of a savory taste to it. The complexity of the scent isn't reflected in the taste. This is only an OK IPA by taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Worth the cash as a single hop example but just an OK IPA.

Photo of BrewThru_29
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a snifter. Beer looks great. Hazy, dirty copper color. Good head/lace. Smells like a pile of citra hops as advertised. Very fruity, floral smell. Nice! Taste is not as good as the nose. Its very unbalanced and the flavors of the malts dont blend well with the citra hop flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh. Overall, this beer looked better than it tasted, but it wasn't bad. Average IPA.

Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanx Chris!

(A)- Pours a slightly hazed amber orange color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- Good citrus meets subtle floral notes meets a good caramel malt base.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Great floral citrus and caramel malt.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a nice balance of hop, malt, and bitterness.

(O)- Its a solid single hopped beer, just nothing all that exciting; quite straightforward.

Photo of JackieTH
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey orange topped with a quarter inch of caramel colored foam. Good retention, nice lacing. Very attractive. Smells dank and fruity, almost candied. Dried Turkish apricots and orange marmalade. Taste: Very citric orange pith on the tongue, but too bright and zesty. Slightly spicy. Moderately bitter. Very unbalanced not necessarily bad of course but the body needs more substance to hold it all together. In the end it sort of leaves me a bit confused, but I'm still enjoying it.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hermitage Citra Hops (Single Hop) IPA

Pours a hazed orange color with a sizable head and lacing. Aroma of fragrant pine, spruce, herbs and lemony citrus. In the flavor, very piney, all due bitterness, resinous and hop forward. Caramel like malt body, but all it really does is cradle the hops. Mouthfeel has a nice hop bite and medium body, with a drying finish. Overall, a solid single hop brew, and citra hops prove great for aroma and resinous qualities.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A a clear burnished copper with a fluffy finger of eggshell white foam, leaving nice lacing. Ripe melon and cantalope, cereal sweet malts, a touch of caramel and a hint of pepe du chat. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and cloying, simple malts backed by a very mild hop bitterness. Almost a rye beer quality going on. Cant be too sure how fresh this is just picked it up at bevmo but i have seen them sitting around for a while - sculpin it is not.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, and tried alongside the Columbus Hops edition.

Pours a golden, coppery colour, with a firm and frothy head of off-white. Large bubbles form at the edges, leaving a web of cracked lace, but the majority of the head stays put nicely. Looks good.

Nose is fresh and citrussy, giving big bright lemon characters, with a sharper crispness that almost makes it like fresh lime zest. Extremely fresh and ripe. There's not a lot more to it, but it's a lovely hop, and this does a great job of showcasing its aroma.

Crisp and bitter on the palate, with a lingering nutty grain character that reminds me a little of Mikkeller. The fresh lemon characters don't really appear here—here the citrus is stinging grapefruit bitterness, and while it's not as forthright and oppressive as the Columbus bitterness on the other I tried, it still feels unbalanced.

Feel is lighter than it should be. Indeed, the lack of body could be the source of the imbalance.

Not a bad IPA by any means, but a rugged and raw one. The nose is gorgeous, at least, and the novelty of this hop means this version clearly wins out over the Columbus Hops.

Photo of juhl31
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-cloudy amber color with a light tan colored pillow-y head.

-smells pretty nice. some good citrus hops: orange and clementine. after the initial pour, a bit of a sting comes in as well

-the hop flavor is right at the front and then just kind of mellows out and doesn't leave a huge bitter bite. it is kind of nice because the malt sweetness comes into the middle and blends in with the citrus flavors

-mouthfeel is fine for me and pretty standard

-this beer is surprisingly drinkable for the hermitage beers, especially considering it was from BevMo which means:
A - it is probably not that fresh and
B - it definitely was not refrigerated

i would bet that fresh from a keg this stuff is pretty stellar. it goes to show you the wonderful powers of the citra hop

Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The head is an off white yellowish cream that leaves thin lacing on the glass as it recedes. The body is a coppery golden color that looks delicious.

The smell is a hop showcase, a blast of piney bitterness hits me right off the bat followed by a slight citrus and pineapple ,later on. If you homebrew and you have smelled straight citra hops out of the package, the scent of this beer is exactly that.

The flavor is great, this is a bitter IPA to be sure, the earthy pine flavor comes through very well. The malt inputs a slightly biscuit/bread flavor as well and minimal sweetness to the brew. The aftertaste sticks around for a while lingering with a solid bitter bite.

The mouthfeel is what I would expect from a single IPA, not too thin, not too thick. The amount of hops they must have put in here to overpower the malt so completely had to be a lot.

I like it overall, any IPA lover should try this guy to get a sense of what straight up citra hopping tastes like.

Photo of GuzzLah
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear orange with a fluffy head and nice lace. No bubbles.

S - mango, tangerine, very mild floral and a soft generic hoppyness. No cat pee. No dankness. Very soft malty note. Pleasant, but somewhat reserved, probably due to age.

T - is like the aroma with a relatively low sweetness. It has a firm bitterness that is balanced by a trace of sweetness. Enjoyable flavor.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Creamy. The bitterness lingers for a relatively long time and has a pleasant anesthetic quality without crawling down my throat and ruining my day.

O - as far as single hop Citra brews go, this one is refined without being wimpy. It avoids all the potentially negative aspects of Citra (according to me, but others like the rougher characteristics of Citra). I couldn't find a single thing wrong with this beer and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bevmo.

Pours hazy copper with a half inch head of white. Barely a trace on the surface after the fallout and a mere few dots of lacing after that.

Aromatics feature the Citra pretty nicely. Tropical fruit, dank kindbud, cracked garlic and pine sap. Light malt in the back. Not screamingly floral but not bad.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and a slightly syrupy chew.

Tangerine, grapefruit, and mango lead off the palate. A moderate bitterness steps forward along with some plump malt.

Finishes with lingering tropical fruit and slightly sweet malt.

Not a bad beer, just was hoping for more hops if I'm going for a single hop IPA from Cali. Certainly leaps and bounds above the Imp to the Ale from Hermitage which was horrid.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
The beer sits in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a hazy looking amber color, but shows a clear, deeply red stained, dark copper hue when held up to the light. The head starts out at an almost three-finger thick, pale tan color that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells strongly hoppy with big candied citrus, dank tropical fruit notes, lots of lychee and a hint of pine / herbal character. The dank herbal hop character becomes more present after my firs assessment, but this still remains a hop fruit focused aroma; dank, tropical fruit does seem like quite an appropriate description of the aroma though.

A bit colder than I prefer, which accentuates a bitter herbal finish that intermingles with a crystal malt influenced sweet tea flavor and toasted grain character. The herbal notes have a dank quality to it that gets a bit more present as it warms up. It also has a pine sap edge that lingers on the palate along with the bitterness. The herbaceous & bitter side of the hop character definitely plays the more dominant role here in the flavor (the opposite of the nose). As the beer warms up though, the fruitiness becomes more prominent with a lush lychee note, a bright tangerine zest note. The malt character is actually fairly well tamed by the ample hop character; it perhaps is a bit more crystal malt focused than my Ideal IPA, but the hop character is interesting enough that I don’t mind much. The body is perhaps a touch more viscous than I would like, but it is still fairly quaffable for a beer of this size. As the beer warms up the alcohol can be perhaps a touch much with a spicy, slightly rough note towards the finish.

This certainly seems to be knocked a bit down due to its heritage, it is not nearly as bad as that, and there is certainly enough hop character to at least do a half-way decent job of distracting you from the heavier crystal malt useage. The Citra hop itself is a nice mix of herbal, fruit and danker hop notes that one likes to see in an IPA, and this is easily on par with the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 hop series.

Photo of Supes
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a darker orangish red color. Maybe a pinky worth of head only to disappear quickly with small lacing.

Smell- You guessed it, Hops. Some citrus notes and lemon zest not much else.

Taste- One dimensional as expected coming from only one hop. A mixed bag of citrus and a little grains.

Mouthfeel- A little watery for my liking and the hops just sit on your palate long after the sip is gone. Gives me a dry mouth affect.

Overall- I wouldnt buy it again myself, but Im glad I tried it. I guess there is a reason why there are normilly more then one different kind of hop in the better brews.

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Citra (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.