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Citra - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

841 Ratings
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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 576
Gots: 74 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Imperial IPA hopped with so many, really just so many, pounds of Citra hops is one of our favorites to brew, mostly because it's one of our favorites to drink. Cheers! Drink early and often.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-15-2012)
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1.75/5  rDev -60.6%

Maxwell1226, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.53/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Hazy body. Doesn't pour with much head at all. Just a slight welling of bubbles at the end. No head. Some lacing, but that's all.

Smell - Citrus and grapefruit hop. Very malty. Buttery, too, which is the only thing I can smell after a while.

Taste - Much hoppier here, but fairly abrasive. Orange hop. Tons of caramel malt, but it dries out quickly with a boozy bite. Very bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy, harsh, a little sweet. Very dry.

Overall - How is this rated well at all? My bottle is fresh, but tastes old.

Alieniloquium, Aug 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -38.1%

Jens_Hauser, Jul 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -38.1%

coz, May 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -38.1%

beefsquatch, May 22, 2014
Photo of klipper
3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

klipper, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

bcerv-ca, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MrDave
3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

MrDave, May 15, 2014
Photo of Halfbrother83
3.29/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Much darker than what I'm used to seeing from a DIPA... Deep, dark amber... almost red-hued, with a frothy head that quickly fades into a light lacing.

S: Loads of citrusy fruits: grapefruit, mango, passionfruit. Detecting something else... I don't know what... almost onion-y in scent.

T: I get way more pine than fruit, some honey, and a bready malt backbone that feels a little off balance to me. Finish is long and bitter.

M: Heavier than most DIPAs I've had, moderate carbonation.

O: Like most other Pipeworks beers I've tried, this wouldn't stack up as a favorite, and I find myself wondering how this beer, like so many of their offerings, garners so much word of mouth. Not a bad beer by any means, but I've yet to try a Pipeworks beer that I'd consider to be "World Class", Citra Ninja included.

Halfbrother83, May 28, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.33/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The coloring was orange but it took a reddish hue in low light so that the two colors had a sunset appearance. The head was thick and foamy with a good white color.

The scent is very creamy, with resinous piney hops and a butterscotch aroma. There is some fruity scents like grapefruit and tangerines.

My first impression of the taste was buttered popcorn with an actual butter taste and a bready malty underpinning. There is then a floral hop flavor that ends the taste.

No one else in my tasting group picked up on the buttery taste and I know that my palate doesn't do well with large doses of Citra. All I can be is honest in my personal taste and I did not receive this well.

KYGunner, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.36/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange/copper. Head is off-white and drops to a small cap in short order. Some sheet of lacing stick in clumps and rings. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Citra and caramel and biscuity malts. Tropical fruit. Some mango and passionfruit with cooked and caramelized malt sweetness. Some tangerine as well. Touches of orange. Something like a fruit smoothies. Touches of toasted malt. Very bready. Undercooked dough. Maybe even some banana.

Taste: Big bready malt layered over a load of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, and a touch of peach. Seriously a smoothies. Bready malts carry some lingering caramel sweetness. Cooked and caramelized malt sugars. Some backing pine needle bitterness. Warming pushes a bit more caramelized sweetness Pithy.

Mouthfeel: Fuller side of medium body. Moderate carbonation with a lingering dryness on the back. Smooth until then.

Overall: The beer equivalent of Beverly Hills Ninja.

In the end it's solid, but it's no ninja movie. A more subtly use of Citra yes, but it loses some of that Citra magic as a result. Nice to drink, but there are better Citra-centered beers on the market.

Goblinmunkey7, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of popery
3.46/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to 316nuts. Pours a deep reddish amber. This almost looks like an imperial red ale. It's somewhat cloudy. The head is medium to small and off-white. Bubbles fade to not much after a minute. The aroma has a lot of caramel malt with some solid citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, white grape, peach, mint. Some spice. Doughy, caramely malt. Mild booze. A little bubblegum. Taste is sweet, but the caramel malt character is restrained. Medium to medium-high bitterness. Good hop flavor. More of the same mix of citrus, tropical and other fruit notes. The mixture of bitter and sweet gets in the way of the hop complexity a bit. It just gets a bit harsh in the finish. Some alcohol heat but it's mostly hidden. Normal carbonation. A bit heavy. Hop oily. Just a little cloying, at least for my taste. This doesn't fit my preferences in the style, but I can appreciate why others like it.

popery, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

huskermike12, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

largadeer, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Andywhite85, May 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Mirrorful, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

drewone, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

yourefragile, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

sully11277, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

NooseJustice, May 05, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT 6FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Batch 175

A - It pours bronze in color with golden highlights. A normal pour yielded a half glass of beige head.

S - I get a caramel, almost candy corn smell at first. Then I get some nostril piercing citrus.

T - The taste is loaded with bitterness. It is like biting into a grapefruit and chasing it with a fistful of pine needles. However, I do get some sips that have a fleeting candy-like sweetness.

M - Medium

O - I don't know about this beer. It is pretty bitter like a west coast ipa, but that sweetness that comes in every now and then is not good. It almost tastes like it is old, but it was bottled July 26. I'm going to assume this is a bad batch because this candy corn flavor and aroma can't be intentional.

buschbeer, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of d5001986
3.65/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy bronze, with large, foamy light-tan head.

S: Tropical. Lots of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. A bit of pine as well.

T: Resinous pine up front, along with a hefty maltiness that provides a spicy bite. There is also some pineapple, grapefruit, and floral. A moderately bitter finish along with what I could swear is a trace of ammonia.

M: Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Provides a spicy burn.

O: I was quite underwhelmed with this offering, especially given the hype surrounding it. I feel it's too malty, a tad too bitter, and there is that ever so slight ammonia taste - I did have my wife try some and she didn't notice it - Oh well, just not my cup of tea I guess.

d5001986, May 29, 2014
Photo of bmwats
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a foam buildup around the rim. Nothing really in terms of lacing.

S: Really hoppy, with a little honey.

T: Bitter, but hearty and subdued hops. Slightly sweet balance. Not much else.

M: Steely with something of an effervescent, soda water sort of texture, despite meager carbonation.

D: Bitterness dictates a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Light head and no real lacing. Hoppy with some sweet tone in the nose. Hops almost overwhelm, with a aftertaste something accustom to what I assume licking a copper pot might be like. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.69/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jeff...thank you kindly for the opportunity.

Pours a dark rusty trombone orange/red with a short lived cap and no lacing.

Scents of mango, chive, and big syrupy sweetness.

Fleshy apricot-mango-peachy nectar delights all over the front of the tongue. Lightly chive-y and herbal through the middle with little bitterness to smooth things out. The finish is cloyingly sweet and lingers...only here, after some time, does any semblence of bitterness show itself. Drying sandpaper quality tries in vain to cloak the sugars and pungent fruit sweetness, but to no avail.

There's something here that just doesn't fully jive. A beautiful girl up front with a funky trunk as she walks past.

BarrytheBear, May 15, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

acurtis, May 31, 2014
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Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.