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Citra (Single Hop Series) - Hermitage Brewing

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 28.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 126
Photo of Hurlshot
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a keg of this from the brewery. They are awesome there, always willing to talk beer. They hooked me up with a handle too! The citra IPA is an easy drinking one, not too bitter but still a good hoppy flavor. Great look and smell, with a fairly smooth finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Surf 'N' Suds Beer Festival held at Carpenteria State Beach in Carpenteria, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid display of Citra hops in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of emyers
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a thin white head.

Smell: when I read single hop citra IPA, I expect a lot of tropical hops, citrus, etc. instead I get yeast and sour malt...which is a massive let down. Now that I think of it this is among the most disappointed in the smell of a beer that I've ever been. It doesn't smell like citra hops...or any hops for that matter.

Taste: not nearly as bad as the smell, but unfortunately that's pretty much the most positive thing I can say about it. I still don't get any hop flavor, there is a decent bready malt backbone and some bittering hops on the finish. Almost decent nondescript American pale ale type flavor, like something I would expect from a pseudo-craft brewery like shock top. Not entirely unpleasant, but I definitely would not seek it out again, and I am deeply upset that this exists under the guise of single hop citra IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, a little too heavy for the style but not too bad.

Overall: Looking at other reviews, I almost feel like I got a bad bottle...that being said I get no indication of infection, oxidation, etc. just a sub-par IPA with very little hop presence

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Photo of JackieTH
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of stunna12
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a IPA, India Pale le, it has a lot more Hops. This beer smells citrusy. It has a taste of tangerines. It has a small white head. The color is brown amber. There is not a bitter taste as you drink it and has a dry finish. This beer has a medium hold against the glass. I personally like the bottle with its label.

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Photo of pcents
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of juhl31
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of lechroy
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange, opaque with lots of head and decent lacing. Pale malt aroma followed by toasty malt, a bit syrupy, with light and floral hops and bitterness. This was more malty than I bargained for. Bready, yeasty, bitter. This is more viscous than most IPAs, the flavor disappears fast and bitterness lingers, but not too harshly.

I had higher hopes for the Citra version of Hermitages' single hops series. With Sculpin and Aroma Coma leading the way in floral, citrusy hops, how could the Citra hops version not live up to the hype? Well, I think I underestimated Hermitage's ability to screw up a style in which they have so many fine examples. I'm done, Hermitage. Sayanora Tied House. You managed to sucker me into buying three bombers because you are the only ones who did a single hop series, congratulations. Never again.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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!

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of CruisaC
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Citra (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.