Citra - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.41/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle batch #109 (I would guess it is about 3 weeks old now) poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today, 4/22/2013.
Aroma: A lot of grapefruit and mango such that tropical fruits is an appropriate catch-all term here, accompanied by faint hints of cat piss. I had a cat when I was a kid so I know exactly what that smells like. But otherwise it's a big nose full of tropical citrus. Just what I was expecting from a beer called Citra Ninja.
Colour: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a fluffy, bubbly 2cm white head that actually builds up for half a minute or so, then recedes gracefully into a moderately thin collar and very small traces of film on the surface. The lacing is solid, but not particularly inspiring. The appearance is rather appetizing and invites the quaff.
Flavour: Dang, this is pretty nice. Delicious sweet breadiness, a small amount of toffee that is accompanied by a grapefruity sweet and bitter dichotomy. It's a nice mix of sweet and bitter with the sweetness weighed more at the beginning and the bitterness kicking in at the end. Somehow for a single hop beer, I get a nice complexity of both sweet and bitter that is quite refreshing to drink.
Mouthfeel: A medium bodied brew that is well carbonated- comes with a good fizz on the tongue. Resinous brew that coats the mouth yet is refreshing and wet e.g. opposite of dry. Aftertaste is a nice citrus bitterness and even a touch of sweetness. Hides its 9.5% well, no heat at all. A true pleasure to quaff.
Overall: Excellent example of a single hop beer. Delicious as hell. I'd call it a single hop version of Surly Abrasive- just as bitter but focused on a single hop's contribution- in this case, the Citra. The Abrasive has the floral, earthy and pine hoppiness in addition to the citrus. However, despite being a more mono-hop beer, this is just as quaffable and delicious to drink as the Abrasive. And it's certainly a big brother version of Zombie Dust (though Permanent Funeral is the eldest brother) though Zombie Dust doesn't leave the palate stinging like this one. Perhaps this beer can stand as an example of "less is more" in terms of the variety of hops being used.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 01:26:40 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Acquired in a trade with wesside89
A- Deep gold with orange hues. Looks dense and hazy from the bottle conditioning. Beautiful
S- Juicy Citra hops abound. Tangerine, orange, apricot, mango and a touch of honey
T- Bright flavors of the nose explode out of the gate before the bitterness sets in late. Not quite as dank as hoped it would be. Probably due to some age on this one.
M- Creamy, mid to full body. Soft on the tongue. Very little alcohol detected. Perfectly bottle conditioned DIPA
O- Really well done. Not a "wow" beer for me, but solid. Need to try again even fresher.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 03:50:16 | More by Bosoxfan20
4.4/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From 02/11/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross, another big want of mine. 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.
a - Pours a deep, murky dark orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation.
s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, grains, wheat, floral hops, and light bready malts. Nice nose, loads of citra which I love.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, tropical fruits, fresh fruity malts, grains, wheat, floral hops, lemon zest, and pineapples. Awesome taste, even better than the nose. Lot of citra again but more tropical fruits too, which I love.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness and pretty easy to drink. Creamy mouthfeel. Very good.
o - Overall I loved this one; I love citra hops and this did not disappoint. Ton of oranges, citrus, and torpical fruits, and no bitterness which makes it easy to drink. Top notch, would love to have it again.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 21:29:25 | More by mdfb79
4.19/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Batch # 280-81-82-83 – sometime between Dec. 18, 2013 and Dec. 20…so about six weeks old.
APPEARANCE: A relatively aggressive pour results in a quickly fading, quarter-inch head. Within 45 seconds it has slipped away, revealing a burnt orange, slightly hazy beer underneath a few wisps of foam on the surface. There is no lacing at all, as in a surprising lack of lacing. It is almost as if the beer is cleaning the glass on the way down (don’t worry, it was already very clean to begin with). There is absolutely zero lacing, kind of impressive.
SMELL: Unmistakably Citra hops on the nose. Grapefruit and lime lead the way with some other tropical fruits darting in and out. This is really a wonderful smelling beer, but as the head fades, the aroma quickly goes with it, leaving just a hint of its former self. Even after agitating it with a swirl a little of it comes back, but not all of it.
TASTE: Plenty of fruit flavors, again, Citra is the big hop, although it seems as though it is not the only one. A generic citrus (blend of lemon, lime, grapefruit maybe?) leads the way with a strong apricot and mango presence. This is like the fruit punch of Double IPAs, but the close belongs to citrus as the grapefruit comes through strong.
MOUTHFEEL: Crisp, lively and exciting. The sparkle is very light, but tickles the tongue in a very pleasing way. Medium in body, leaning towards the lighter side, call it medium rare.
OVERALL: This is a really, really good beer. My only disappointment is with the smell and the head. I just wish they both stuck around a little longer and allowed me to fully enjoy both the sight and smell. While Citra is one of my favorite hops, it can be overwhelming, especially to a new IPA drinker and this was done in a very balanced, approachable way. Delicious.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 07:49:19 | More by StoneTSR
Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.