Citraholic - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 29
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 04-23-2012

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Reviews by RaulMondesi:
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got rained out during my trip to Beachwood: closed on Mondays. Ok, a bottle from the local spot will have to do.

Smells like my baby mama when she comes home from Burke Williams - this thang is money. Taste is pretty solid, but kind of like said baby mama a few hours after coming home from the day spa - things are a bit toned down. That being said, this dang sucker still has plenty of citrus pep in its step.

Get on it my minions.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MiScusi
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Will review from my bottle since the presentation wasn't very good when poured at BWBBQ-LB. Pours a medium yellow color, sorta dull probably due to a slight haze from dry hop, but glad it's on the more yellow side. Great head formation which floats atop the beer like a thinner version of beaten egg whites. The first aroma that bursts forward is an earthy/dank thing. More of a green character than a citrus or berry. Flavor is a spicy/earthy/green hop flavor with lots of bitterness that feels resinous. Bitterness hits you very quickly and lingers longer than I can remember of any beers I've had in the last couple years. Great lacing left on my (clean) glass. Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. For me it's close to perfect for a 7.1ABV beer. I think the hop resins are helping hold up the body. In terms of Citra-forward beers, this one closer to Toppling Goliath PseudoSue (more 'green' character) than a Kern River Citra (more Mango/fruits).

EDIT: As beer warms up you do get a citrus rind flavor but nothing of that sorts in the aroma

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Citrus. Orange. Grapefruit. Lightly toasted malt.

Taste - Grapefruit. A little musty. Cracker malt. Not very sweet. Mild grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tasty IPA. As the name describes, it's citrusy.

Photo of dvmin98
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit rind. Super declicious. To me, Beachwood can do no wrong. Another strong offering. DO NOT PASS THIS UP.

Photo of JonCaytion
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Citraholic is exactly what it sounds like, CITRA HOPS!

Photo of Nugganooch
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beachwood BBQ – Long Beach, CA
05/02/2014 – Full Pint

Also recently had in bottle

A: Lightly burnished golden orange body. A splash of hop haze produces a nice glow in the glass when light struck. Has a finger width of bone white soapy suds on top that like to cling to the glass with every possible chance.

S: Ccccitra!!! Grapefruit, orange, pine, lemon-lime, and gooseberry on the nose. Super fruity and aromatic. Smells terribly fresh with some lightly clipped herbs on the trail end. Not much malt to be noted. Just all sugary sweet citrus.

T: Flavors bring a mass of citrus, mango, and orange with pink grapefruit. Some light tropical floras as well but not necessarily dank weed. Lots of mango here. Has a touch of green onion too with a distinctive gooseberry note. Light malt base of just some sugary resins and a wisp of caramel cream. Surprisingly mellow on the actual perceived bitterness. This one is about the balance. Alcohol is making an appearance but it’s fairly well incorporated. Very dry with a long lasting linger. Another great IPA from Beachwood. I found lots more gooseberry drinking this from the bottle. Both were great however.

M: Medium body leaning towards the lighter side of fullness. Even carb gives a nice lush feel in the mouth. Light bitterness with some sugary residues. Very dry in the finish with that long hoppy lasting linger.

D: Citraholic is a great IPA and its not even Beachwood’s best. Can’t really go wrong here with all the Citrus goodness. Nicely balanced and very refreshing. I think I may have enjoyed the bottle even more but perhaps because it was a bit more isolated. Anywho…a must try from them for sure.

Photo of One1Asterisk
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Citra IPA. Great juicy flavors with a solid bitter punch.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Opens up with a solid grapefruit and citrus aroma along with plenty of pine. A mild bread note, maybe some floral qualities, too. The flavor has a decent bitterness and pine flavor, but the citrus and floral notes are not quite as intense. A bit of bread/malt sweetness in there as well.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.10.14

A - Pours a medium-light orange with a small off-white head with good retention.

S - Citrus, bitter rind, some ropical fruits as well.

T - Orange peel, lemon, grassy.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Solid ipa but not the citra punch I was hoping for.

Photo of SourNotes
2.46/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - slightly hazy but looks like a beer
Smell - American Goulash and Lemon juice
Taste - canned vegetables, lemon, some pine and cleaning solution
Mouthfeel - pretty much standard issue, no slick oiliness, not overcarbed or anything like that, not sticky. just standard fair.
overall - tastes like mixing some American goulash with an ipa.
not good

Photo of kborning
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon citrus nose and taste. Very good

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/30/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of xhuskr
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on more than one occasion. Draft and bottle..last was hear we go;
L: Nice color with a hint of chill haze and pours beautifully...inviting to toss it down
S: like it says..Citra/citrus...not sweet, but well balanced with the nice hop bite you'd want
T:mmmmouthfeel is mmmm Easy going down..perhaps too easy to have one too many. Like aroma, you get the nice citrus flavors up front..perhaps a bit of breadiness as well...
F: smooth and inviting
O: another one please..I have one bottle left..will be gone this week for sure!

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Beachwood Long Beach. Very pleased to see this on tap as it was in the "coming soon" section of the site this morning. Nice surprise.

A: Bright yellow gold with an inch of soapy white froth. Great color and clarity. Nice retention and thick sheets of lacing.

S: Bright tropical aromatics are redolent of mango, passion fruit, and pineapple. The citrus presence is vibrant and effulgent. Notes of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit waft from the glass with the slightest disturbance. Malt is not evident. Outstanding. Reminds me a bit of Sculpin in its prime.

T: Smooth upper moderate bitterness up front (and throughout) with a fruit explosion. Orange blends with mango, gooseberry, tangerine, and grapefruit. There's a shadow of malt that lends some saltine cracker. No alcohol is evident. The finish is very dry and very clean with much hop fruitiness.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp, sticky, and very dry.

Overall: A killer IPA. Really bright, fresh, and dry with big tropical and citrus notes. Probably my favorite Beachwood beer yet.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%

Pour is mostly clear amber in color with an off white head and some larger bubbles. Nose is heavy citra hop, light bready dough notes, a faint touch of sweet malt, and that musky melon and tropical fruit aroma of the citra. Taste is a bit more doughy, strong melon rind, some fruitier mango, very heavily bittered through the finish, less sweet than the nose. Light body, very clean feel, well carbonated.

Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with an impressive three fingers of foam; nice stickage and stringy lacing

Smell: Sugar-sprinkled pink grapefruit, cantaloupe, lemon chiffon and a hint of mango

Taste: A touch of cracker malt and the breezes of the tropics take over, bringing a fruit salad of pink grapefruit, cantaloupe and mango; bright and floral through the finish with lemon chiffon flavors lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A superlative citra IPA; I could smell it all day and never tire of it

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Far Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same but the tropical fruit aromas don't come across in the taste. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My name is DoubleJ, and I am a Citraholic. "Hi DouleJ!" I see my collegues have gathered at Beachwood Brewing for treatment, as a pint of Citraholic is one possible cure. On to the beer:

Pale orange colored and topped with a small head which retains well. A few bits of lacing cling around. The aroma,'s vibrant, filled of many fruit aroma, such as cantaloupe, orange, pineapple, and a lining of pine. It's an IPA that's one way, full of hops and just a little of noticeable base malt. In taste, that vibrant aroma is merely good as a flavor. There's a thin cracker-like malt which serves as a canvas for cantaloupe, orange, and mango flavors. It's not very bitter either and rather smooth.

I like Citraholic. However, my "disease" has not been cured.

Photo of VictoriousSecret
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolute phenomenal West Coast Style IPA. The color is a very light, straw like color. The nose/smell is overwhelmingly citrusy (grapefruit/lemon), which a plays a big part in what makes this brew so great. The taste is even better than the smell. No malt backbone, whatsoever. All hop. Huge taste of clean grapefruit rind, lemon, tropical. Mouth feel is right on par as well. Very light bodied (very low gravity) and smooth. Overall this brew is a 100... One of the best IPA's I've ever had, and I've had my fair share of IPA's living in San Diego for the past 7 years... If you see a Beachwood brew, buy it. You won't regret it.

Photo of rawfish
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/29/14. Two Days old! Murky gold pour forms a smallish finger of lace which reduces to a film but not after a long lasting retention Leaves a few rings of lacing on the glass.

I could smell Citra as soon as the first hiss of carbonation escaped from prying off the cap. Hops impart a citrus and soft tropical aroma that is very appealing. Yellow citrus with creamy melons, pineapple and mangoes. Some underlying bright herbaceous notes flutter about as well. Just a bit more power would be great, I want this to jump out of the glass and grab me by the face.

Bready malts, caramel sweetness and some crusty French bread with a side of honey provide a load bearing backbone for the hops. The other hops in the mix provide most of the flavor, just a bit of warm pink citrus then linking dark tropical mangoes and passion fruit. The finish is a abrasive and spicy pine thanks to the Warrior and Columbus in there. Fortunately the Citra is mostly for aroma and is unable to add its catty/herbaceous pungency in much volume. Bitterness is rather high and is clean with a lasting pine and spicy herbaceous tone.

Medium body but the carbonation is soft and smooth. Alcohol is felt but not tasted and the finish is very drying.

Beautiful use of Citra hops, the aroma was brilliant. Easy to drink, fills a medley of hop flavors but not really sticking to any one for too long. Possibly my favorite Beachwood IPA yet. Bottle more of this please.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a filled to the brim 64 oz growler of this yesterday, 4/28/12.

A: Crystal clear golden hued IPA. Smallish off-white head that leaves a trace of lacing in the pint glass as the liquid goes down the gullet.

S: Citra-centric aromas, i.e. heavy citrus and mango with some coniferous wafts mixed in.

T: Uniquely hoppy flavors begin their assault on the palate. The bitterness is somewhat offset by the malt backbone. A pleasure to quaff...slowly.

M: This is where Citraholic really excels: it finishes smooth and clean and the carbonation is perfect, less than 24 hours (or 1440 minutes as stated on the growler) after filled. On the website, it says it's double dry-hopped. You can tell.

O: I've tried the Melrose IPA and that was a more classic West Coast-style IPA. While I personally preferred that, Citraholic is unique, and a pleasure to quaff and savor. This IPA is a tribute to the diversity and beauty of hops.

Beachwood BBQ makes amazing beers, has the best of guest beer and pub food that puts other places to shame. If you live in Long Beach or Seal Beach: Congratulations!

Photo of trojans4200
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time submitting a review. Loved it thought it was very close to a Pliney the elder. 2 thumbs up

Photo of brewmastercat
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Love this beer because it is not all citra.
I love all of Beachwood's IPAs.
Citrusy, grassy, floral, bitter, crisp.
Mouthfeel is perfect for an IPA, the bubbles fade away and it turns into a creamy hoppy beer.
Hop flavor sits on your tongue long after the beer is done and there are multiple nuances! Love it! Keep it up!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head, leaves excellent true lace. Very nice head retention as well.

S: Mango and grapefruit, not as aromatic as I thought'd it be, but a nice fragrance.

T: White grapefruit and mango, lemon zest. Definitely Citra, it's that flavour, a bit one-dimensional overall. Very limited malt flavour. Big hop notes, full-flavoured brew.

M: Soft carbonation, medium-bodied, dry and easy drinking.

O: A nice IPA, not wowing, but a drinkable good pint. Big Citra fans will certainly enjoy this.

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, orange, pine, little herbal, hint of malt

T-grapefruit, orange, mango, light malt, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid Citra IPA, decent flavor and easy drinking

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Citraholic from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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