Citra - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,060
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 578
Gots: 92 | FT: 7
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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,060 ratings.