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Citra - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 1,238
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 656
Gots: 124 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-15-2012

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 109.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of 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 with a great citrus hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stealth-like precision, silent but deadly, ruthless and invisible- these are all things that ninjas are... but this beer is none of those. Its brash and in your face with the most wonderful and enduring flavors imaginable in beer.

Like any well-built IPA would, the ale rises with a tall column of copper and amber. Its expected haze speaks to its unadulterated and non-filtered character. Its highly structural foam stance is ivory in color and is unwavering in its retention and intricate lacing.

Highly aromatic with a burst of dripping ripe citrus fruit. The scent is of the richest blood oranges, tangerines and ruby red grapefruits that are bursting with sweetness. A pep of tart tropical fruit juice is somewhat of pineapple, apricot and mango. Lightly herbal with modest chive and grass notes, the ale's malty nose supports the herbs while giving a candied scent to its fruitier notes. The culmination of caramel malt and rich fruit allows a dulling tinge of butterscotch to rise from its depths.

Its taste is an exact replica of its aromas. The malty upstart is moderately of caramel and butterscotch, but then the citrusy dominance rolls in at middle palate. All those citrus, tropical and light apple and lemon character causes nearly teeth churning effects to taste. Finishing with elegant herbal character of chive, onion, and slight catty character offers up an earthy tone to accompany all that straight forward caramel and citrus dialogue.

Creamy and medium-bodied to start, the beer does quick work with its extra sweetness and excessive carbonation to fuel a drying finish with smooth citrusy bitterness. Yet, all that is cut short with the slightly full effect of butter to coat the mouth. The ale still achieves a dryish finish with semi-crispness and semi-cleanliness.

It slices, it dices, ... it goulians! It is the ninja of citrus that the name suggests. But I need it to be drier, crisper and cleaner in order to contend with the heaviest of hitters in the grouping. I'll sure hand it to Pipeworks though- I've never had this big of a beer that focuses on Citra character to this extent. It's an absolute treasure in that regard.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright saturated orange with slowly rising trails of carbonation, a thick head of white foam that has a meringue-like texture sits on the surface, slowly coating the glass with sheets of lacing. Lasting retention, looks really nice.

Aroma is bursting with sweet tangerine, bitter orange peel, hints of tropical mango earthiness. Despite the hop onslaught, some pale malt bleeds through underneath also.

Flavor is slightly less intense, but still a very concentrated citrus burst, orange and tangerine, bitter rinds and pith certainly. Middle has some hints of pale malt and green botanicals, a moderate hop bitterness but never truly palate-destroying which is nice. Medium bodied, never too sweet or bitter, nicely balanced and drinkable. It reminds me of a tweaked Double Daisy Cutter with a little more body and heavier citrus presence. Really good stuff, and I hope this gets put into regular rotation alongside Ninja vs. Unicorn.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Who doesn't love ninjas!? ... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger or so of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light leek, orange rind, light lemon rind, and sweet caramel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decent vein of pine resin running through the proceedings, all rivery and such. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, indeed. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris & Alison. Thanks guys! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few fingers of lace. Hazed bronze body.

S - Heavy citrus and tropical fruit juiciness, with some light chive and onion dankness in the periphery. Sugary malts, with a light touch of biscuit as well. There's a faint hint of alcohol in there, but nothing excessive.

T - The taste is quite excellent, with tons of juicy citrus and fruity flavors. There's some mild herbal bitterness, so I'm guessing there must be a secondary hop as Citra is pretty low in alpha acids. Malt is more neutral and bready and very much in the background. I like that they managed to avoid making this overly sweet, as that's one of my major issues with Citra beers.

M - Smooth, medium body, lower carbonation, no alcohol heat, and a nice dry finish. Pretty much what I want from my DIPAs.

D - This was great. Looking forward to the next batch. Pipeworks' finest beer so far, and worth seeking out. Could easily crush a bottle of this on my own. These guys have been incredibly consistent on the hoppy front and this is a step up from their usual level.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Batch #109. Bottled on ???
Poured in to tulip.

A - Slightly hazy golden orange with half a finger of dirty white head.

S - Massive fresh tropical fruit aroma of mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Some honey sweetness in the background.

T - A big bitterness up front that is complimented by fresh mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and pine flavours. A perfect amount of honey sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body, creamy. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The citra ninja is a beautiful offering from pipeworks. The beer poured a clear rich copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent was typical of citra beers orange peel citrus mixed with pine and touch of spice. The taste follows the scent. The m outhfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall...YUMMY!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 54
(Served in a Teku)

A- This beer pours a clear deep copper glow with a wall of microbubbles gliding to the surface and a sticky beige cream that that last and last.

S- The big juicy green hops have a bright citrus with a slight mint hint to them that comes through even during the pour.

T- The big juicy dry citrus hops flavor has some woody hop flavors to and a nice pineapple weed hop flavor in the finish. There is a gentle bitterness in the slightly dry finish and only a full pineapple weed pungency lingers. There is a soft slightly sweet pale malt flavor underneath that offers nice support.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a nice gentle fizz that boost the hops in the finish and no real alcohol heat is noticed.

O- This beer is a full hop bomb with only a slight bitterness and leans just a touch toward the dry side making it very drinkable and having a wonderful hop complexity. The depth seeps to grow as it opens up and it is very drinkable, especially for such a big beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.25/5  rDev -48%

Batch 503/504 (less than a month from the brew date)

So far from a world-class, top 250 beer it makes me sad. Malt bomb, none of that Citra deliciousness you want.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku. Dark hazy orange, with a finger of slightly off white head.
Smell was equal parts pine and tropical fruit, Peach, Apricot and maybe some melon. Nothing jumped out.
Taste was slightly muted. Definitely picking up on the tropical hop flavor, but there wasn't really any malt to balance it out.
Mouthfeel was great. I though it was spot on with body and carbonation level. Really bone dry.
I feel this is a slight let down partly due to my expectations, partly due to the flavor being a little unbalanced. I was really looking for maybe a touch a sweetness to bring everything up a few notches. Perhaps this beer was too fresh? I would definitely recommend trying it if you have the chance.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a hazed orange color with a large-bubbled white head. Spotty lace and not a whole lot of retention.

Nose is tropical as fuck with a smooth, candy-apple malt sweetness.

Taste is so much smoother than Centinneal Ninja (my only other experience in the Ninja series). If indeed the only difference is the hop varietel, it is a mind-blowingly large difference. Bitterness is really low and hop flavoring huge. Very smooth beer, the ABV tastes more like a 7%'er than 9.5. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. The malt base of this beer is perfect for citra - light and airy with just a little bit of biscuit. It is great to see these series' of single hop beers to compare different types of hops, but the more I have them the more I appreciate an expertly crafted blend of hop varietels. That said, if I could only use 1 hop in my next beer - citra is at the top of the list...I just love the bright tropical flavors it provides.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Sticker on the bottle says 09/05/14.

A- Pours a reddish amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Wonderful citrus hop aroma with a nice sweet malt backing.

T- Hop flavor comes in and is followed by a moderate bitterness plus that sweet malt really rounds everything out so well. Kind of reminds me of a hoppy red ale. Very smooth for the ABV as I would never guess this is 9.5%

M- Quite oily and slightly sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- What I admire about Pipeworks' IPAs is that they're somehow able to pack a whole lot of hop flavor into the beer without there being an abundant amount of bitterness. Outstanding.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

. poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 4/5/2013.

Appearance: orangeish yellow bodied beer with 2 finger of of white head that drops to a thin cap. Spotty lace.

Smell: Huge oranges and tropical fruits, a little grapefruit noted too. Hint of bready malts; really nice.

Taste: Mild hop bitterness with big hop flavors of oranges and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and lemon are supporting cast in the citrus profile of this beer. Lots of tropical fruits, especially the pineapple; hint of mango. The malt profile is practically nonexistant just a hint of breadiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonatioin. This is sooo darn drinkable its drinks at 5% abv. Its seriously almost like a session DIPA.

Overall: This is definately the best DIPA that pipeworks has ever brewed. Its just as good as the World class DIPA that are overhyped. Pipeworks brews amazing hoppy beers. I have tried Ninja vs Unicorn and Unicorns revenge already...Citra ninja wins out as the best!

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Photo of popery
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to LSMroz, batch 175 bottled 7/26/13 so exactly four weeks old, pretty fresh. Heavy orange color, great head. Aroma is super pungent hops, smells good. The flavor is very hoppy but it has this candy sweetness to it and the slightest hint of aspirin. Its not bad but it is astringent. Overall, it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Thanks to Kevin_Young for this one.

Pours a dirty orange with hints of yellow, gobs of foam throughout the session. Very good plush fruit and easily drinkable though does sneak on you.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don’t review quite as much as I used to, but needed to here for two reasons…
1) A shout out and thanks to Masterski for sending this my way. An unexpected delight!
2) The beer is awesome.

A nice cap of light tan foam sits atop the pint glass and fades to some sudsy lace. A orange/amber color that is exactly the color of the sweater I am now wearing.

Aroma is fantasic. Tropical burst with some freshly cut grass and chive. Just awesome. A hint of the juicy notes to come.

Juicy, juicy, tropical and wonderful. The chives and grass are evident in the flavor as well. Some nice herbal notes and a wonderful finish. Thought about white pepper now and again. A slight sense of the raised abv.

Slick and juicy.

Great beer sent by a great BA member. I am going to milk this 22oz bomber for all it’s worth. Well done Piperworks.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, dark orange, with a two finger head that was off white and laced a ton. Aroma was undeniably Citra: big juicy citrus fruits, orange, mango, grapefruit, touches of caramel. Pretty spot on with the taste as well, boasting tons of citrus like orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple. Bitterness was medium, body was full with an oily creaminess, but not too heavy. Sipped pretty easy, finished cleanly on the palate. Couldn't really detect any booze.

Quite the nice nightlight of the Citra hop. I'll be savoring another bottle tomorrow...

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really happy to finally get my hands on this one.

A: Pours a dark caramel color with a fluffy one finger cream colored head that shows good retention before settling down. Moderate lacing.

S: Mango, pineapple and guava right away with just a touch of caramel. A big blanket of pine and slightly spicy malt lurk in the background. Smell is pretty fantastic.

T: Huge amounts of sticky pine resin mixed with light pineapple and mango. There's a bit of caramel sweetness in the middle, but the finish is nothing but glorious pine resin. Mouthfeel is near perfect. I wouldn't call this the best Citra out there, but I really like this one a lot.

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Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter shade of copper. Light haze. Forms a creamy, off-white head that reduces down to a thick, stable surface coating. Leaves some moderate lacing.

S: Aromatic and full of Citra hops. I guess no one should be surprised when I say this one is full citrus aroma. Mostly orange, with lemon to a lesser extent. Mango and tropical fruit play a role as well. Smells like candy.

T: Quite similar to the aroma. Fairly sweet, to the point of almost being candy-like with the sweetness coming from both the malts and in perception from the Citra hops. Orange, grapefruit, mango, and fruit salad, with a touch of lemon. A bit of alcoholic spice on the back end.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Sweet, but not at all cloying. Moderate bitterness.

O: Overall, a very good beer; one of the best DIPAs I've come across recently. And typically I do not care for the sweeter DIPAs, but, for obvious reasons, this one just works.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with thin white head that leaves some ropy lacing. Nose is citra heaven, tons of tropical and mango aromas with some grapefruit rind and some resinous qualities towards the end. Flavor is full flavored and has a malt bill that holds up the boat loads of hops. Lots of tropical fruit up front and a building bitterness that packs a hoppy punch all the way through the finish. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall, another delicious beer from the previously known as Ninja series.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Hugonaut13!

A very sticky dark copper in color. Thin khaki head. Sticky lined lacing down the glass.

Melon, citrus (grapefruit), and some mild pine and dank marijuana in the aroma. Those are all good things.

The flavor translates well--impressive, just like the aroma with moderate bitterness. The melon and grapefruit flavors rise above the marijuana and pine notes. The flavors, unfortunately, seemed to come apart somewhat as the beer warmed, with more harsh alcohol present on the finish. That being said, it wasn't distracting, but my initial sniffs and sips were better than the ones following.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An excellent DIPA. Would drink again.

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Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.