Citra (Single Hop Series) - Hermitage Brewing

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 119
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of SDtastentune
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker orange, good white head and some nice cling lace.

S - Rich citrus hops, some apricot.

T - Nice bitter citrus/apricot/orange peel, aftertaste is mainly bitter orange peel. Some earth pine back there as well.

M - Smooth then some small bubble fizz, strong aftertaste.

O - Overall this is a good ipa with a nice aftertaste. Being only one hop addition, this is a fairly rich ipa in the hop arena. I did not like hermitage DIPA hoptopia, but this is much different then that stuff. Make this recipe into a DIPA! (523 characters)

Photo of pcents
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It had a small white head atop its golden slightly murky liquid, that later stuck to the side of the cup. It had a strong citrus aroma that was very pleasant to the nose. It had a medium slightly sticky mouth feel. It was still and easy to drink and would definitely get it again. (306 characters)

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...). (292 characters)

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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of JCAles
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from BevMo served in a snifter glass.

I purchases all three of the Hermitage Single Hop IPAs and this is my first one...

Pours a copper to golden amber color with about one finger of off white head that quickly fades into a thin layer, just enough to leave lacing on the glass.

Aroma is incredible. I'm getting pineapple, mandarin, and grapefruit eloquently dancing around in my nose. This is my favorite part of this beer hands down...I could just live in that aroma!

Taste...definitely a West Coast IPA...hops are the star all the way. I might get a hint of malt, but the hops beat it into submission. Resinous grapefruit will dominate your palate and slap the back of your tongue on the way down.

Light to medium mouth feel...Ledium (yeah I just coined a new word, what?). This finishes dry and with all the bitterness it leaves your palate parched and you need water (granite water that has had barley, hops, and yeast added to it).

Overall, I would recommend this beer to IPA lovers. The Citra hop is beautifully displayed in all its glory. However, if you don't like IPAs and especially West Coast Style IPAs steer clear of this one. (1,157 characters)

Photo of lechroy
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 in pint glass. Purchased at BevMo in Emeryville, CA.

A - cloudy, orangy, lunar eclipse color. very cloudy. nice brown-tinted, warm head. Kinda looks like an amateur homebrew.

S- nice lemony, citrusy smell, touch of pineapple. Malt bill comes through.

T - aggressive bitter IPA with balls. Citra is strong, but certainly lacks a smooth character. Malt is lighter than aroma predicts. Clean, quick, dry finish.

M - nicely carbonated. I think its slightly "Sticky".

O - A really nice aggressive brew. Not for the faint at heart, but a great summer brew in my opinion. (584 characters)

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. (495 characters)

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. (700 characters)

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

Oooo.... CITRA!

Pours a reddish amber ... I was expecting orange, but okay. Uncontainable three to five inch white foam head. Each glass had its own gigantic frothy topping. Pretty, but wearisome.

Smells like pineapple, unidentifiable citrus with definite lemon and orange/tangelo notes. Nice. All hops in the aroma.

The flavor is more mellow than I expected ... actually, a bit disappointing. The aroma ended up showcasing the hop to a much greater extent. There is more lemon than expected, and a bit of a watery, astringent/dry aftertaste. The citrus and pineapple bouquet is good, decent, but somewhat muted.

Nice bubbly mouthfeel. (639 characters)

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. (868 characters)

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. (603 characters)

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! (648 characters)

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. (458 characters)

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. (755 characters)

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. (2,114 characters)

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. (1,163 characters)

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. (1,156 characters)

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. (781 characters)

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 (766 characters)

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium-white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is very tropical...with nice pineapple, melon, and grapefruit aromas. A bit of papaya as well. There is a faint aroma of cat piss. Taste is not quite as good as it smells however. This is by far the best IPA from Hermitage though (that I've had thus far). Taste is initially bitter hops, followed by tropical pineapple, melon, papaya, and mango. Bitter grapefruit finishes this taste, along with piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I promised myself I would never ever buy another beer from Hermitage...their beers are AWFUL! But this one keeps me optimistic. A solid IPA IMO. (731 characters)

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. (397 characters)

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. (492 characters)

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 (1,656 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy copper, perhaps dark copper, with off-white head. Nose has ripe tangerine & grapefruit, with general citrus character. Pine or spruce too. Palate brings forth plenty of tangy bitterness, with the tangerine and grapefruit in full force. Prickly & tingly pine also. Malt is there, but is held back considerably. Finish is long and hoppy bitter. (366 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I picked this bottle up from a local Binny's I thought it was a new beer from Hinterland. Not quite...

A: Hazy dark orange amber in color. Forms a large, stable, off-white head that leave a copious amount of lacing on the way down.

S: The aroma is very pleasant, with a sweet, juicy, citrus forward character. Mandarin, mango, passionfruit, and orange.

T: Damn! How can the aroma and flavor be so divergent? The taste is harsh and disjointed. Bitter and metallic with a good dose of caramel malts. There is a slight orange sweetness, but mostly the hops are just harsh and abrasive, showing little more than an unpleasant and unrelenting bitterness. I am a fan of both strong bitterness and heavy hops, but I also appreciate flavor and balance and this beer has neither of those.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Aggressive bitter to the point of astringent with a harsh, tannic quality.

O: Well, it doesn't look bad and it smells pretty good, but the taste is far from spectacular. (1,001 characters)

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Citra (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
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