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Citra | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

Added by emerge077 on 11-15-2012

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Photo of RMelyon
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you've ever enjoyed a Citra hopped beer before, you'd be hard pressed to say it's better than this one. One that comes to mind is FFF Permanent Funeral. I've blind tasted this with that, and with everyone I've done it with, Pipeworks comes out on top.

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Photo of Auracom
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old review from notes: 8 oz. into a FFF Rastal on December 20th, 2013.

A - Deeper burnt-orange coloring, hugely frothy 4 finger head, tons of lacing and retention, slight legs.

S - Pineapple juice, ginger, orange marmalade, touch of mint, a hint of alcohol solvency, melon, passion fruit.

T - Plentiful pine, to a depth that I don't really experience outside of west coast stuff. Sap and lemon pour the the entry to mid-palate. Nuanced malt backing of white bread does just enough to keep everything in check. Very long bitter finish.

M - Low to medium carbonation, heavy body for the style. Quite dry.

D - Akin to FFF Perm Funeral among other tropical bombs. It had been quite a while since I'd experienced a solid Citra offering and this was a welcome treat.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 StoneTSR
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best double IPAs I've ever tasted especially do to the fact it was brewed with citra hops my favorite hops. I had batch 280 and understanding it was more than one month old but I still was in great shape. I'm not too into having my DIPAs super fresh so it worked great for me. The malt on this beer slightly reminded me of Heady Topper but in my opinion this beats the shit out of Heady Topper and Pliny in that matter. Would love to compare this to Kern River Citra (not Noble Ale Works Citra Showers because that brew was a little disappointing for me) Highly recommend this brew if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Acquired via trade with MattLatuchie. Pours a dark orange with a thick off-white head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma jumps out of the glass - lots of earthy, tropical fruit, citrusy hops with some bready notes. The malt really comes out on the palate with chewy, resinous, bitter hops throughout. Finishes dry with a slight, peppery kick. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a quality DIPA and great showcase for this very popular hop.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Fusebuddy in a very hoppy trade. Consumed on 1/6/14 Batch #280-81-82-83

Pours a golden orange, 1 finger head bubbly head that didnt last long. Smells so good. Orange, Grapefruit, Mango, Pineapple. Sweetness, doesn't smell bitter. The taste is actually bitter though, grapefruit bitter, rind, lemon. This tastes good I'm just curious where the rest of the fruit went that was in the nose. Not very carbonated, thin mouthfeel, goes down easy, leaving a faint bitterness behind. It drinks well for the high ABV, but i was kind of let down by the taste afer the initial aroma.

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

Batch #280-81-82-83. Pours a hazy, orangish-golden color with a large white head that goes down rather quickly. Scent is extraordinary... very fresh tropical fruits...mango, guava, and pineapple. A hint of melon as well. Just a little bit of citrus, but mostly tropical fruits. Such a nice aroma! Taste is just as it smells... the citra hops are REALLY shining with this beer. I love IPAs that hide the malt profile, and this beer hides it well. Just hops here. Tropical hops and tons of them! Not overly bitter, but just the right amount of bitterness. Actually, it's amazing how light the bitterness is of this beer for not having a malty taste to it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and juicy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer has something going on. I haven't hear anything about this beer...all I know is it is the real deal. Such great flavors, while keeping the malt profile down for a big DIPA. Wish I could get this locally.

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Photo of vic21234
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Finally getting to try this one, I believe I've had every other hop variant in this line.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a half finger of white colored head which fades to the sides of the glass slowly. Some lacing is apparent. Typical Pipeworks DIPA look.

S- As expected, tons of citrus aroma on the nose. I get sweet mango, orange, and pineapple. This is a great smelling and very aromatic beer.

T- The smell carries over into the taste. Initially I get lots of orange and mango hop but some resinous dry flavors come about also. Very nice beer.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, hoppy, bitter with a dry finish. Definitely easy drinking for 9.5%.

Another great DIPA by Pipeworks, and this is probably my favorite of the single hop line from them.

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Photo of brewskis
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to have finally tried this. Pours a dark orange color with a two finger off white head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation. Smells of tons of juicy hops. An onslaught of mango, as well as pineapple, guava, papaya, grapefruit, orange, and a candied sweetness. A slight dank quality to it. As it warms, a butterscotch note comes out from the malt. If there was an air freshener that smelled like this, I would buy it on the spot…smells amazing. Taste is just as good. Starts with lots of mango, papaya, and grapefruit, but also has a nice sweetness and butterscotch flavor to accompany it. The finish is wonderful. Tropical and citrus fruits galore. Papaya, guava, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit rind, a slight herbal (almost piney) note, a "cat piss" quality, along with a candied sweetness that gives the fruits a juicy quality to them. Slightly dry on the finish. A slight abrasiveness to it, but with the sweetness it is not overbearing at all. High medium body with a creamy, yet oily mouthfeel. The nice, sweet malt balance, along with the amazingly complex and juicy hop profile make this double ipa stand out. If you are a citra hop fan, seek this out. There aren’t many dipas that capture the complexity and deliciousness of the citra hop quite like this one. This is another exceptional double ipa from Pipeworks.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #280-81-82-83 printed on the label. Another in the line up of Pipeworks' former Ninja series of single hop beers. Sad to have seen the Ninja go, but such is life and beer. Expectations are great as always.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of beautiful sudsy soapy creamy fluffy off-white head on top of a luscious juicy bright orange colored body. Thin sticky scattered strands of lacing. Looks like a godly nectar, if I ever did see one.

S - Smell is of fresh juicy citrusy hops - pine, grapefruit, mango, papaya, tangerines, & blood orange. Smells super juicy, fresh, and tropical. Trademark creaminess & soapiness. Just the right amount of bready malt backbone, and some coiny metallics on the finish.

T - Taste is of fresh juicy citrus fruits - grapefruit, mango, pine, blood oranges, lemon. Dry bready malt, subtle caramel presence, faintly metallic, and mild alcohol warmth on the end. Again, tastes very juicy, fresh, & tropical.

M - Feel goes down smooth, sticky, and creamy, just like all the others. Sticky, resinous hop bitterness is extremely long lasting on the palate.

Overall, Pipeworks, how I love thee. These guys have proven themselves to be exceptional DIPA brewers, and this installment of their single hop beers is no exception. Still, I'm sad to see the Ninja's name revoked from the label.

Pipeworks Citra ---4.5/5

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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 MNishCT77
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; unknown bottling date but presumed fresh - Batch "280-81-82-83"; drank out of a hotel glass over an hour or so

A: 3/3 - deep orange with a brownish hue in certain lights; impressive clarity for a hop bomb (can both read and see through); initial frothy white head resolved into subtle glass lacing; light-to-moderate carbonation

S: 11/12 - lots of tropical citrus cum dank notes just pouring out of the glass; unable to detect any malt or alcohol notes - just incredible citrus aroma!

T: 19/20 - initial slap of bitterness on the front of the tongue quickly evolves into a tropical fruit - papaya, pineapple and mango - delight; as the flavor profiles develops, some of the dank, piney qualities of Citra appear; little malts and some alcohol provide balance; finishes dry with a pleasant aftertaste that invites sip after sip - close to perfect DIPA profile for me

M: 5/5 - full-bodied with thick hop oils and alcohol coating the tongue; appropriate carbonation for an imperial IPA - again, perfect

O: 19/20 - this ranks with FFF's Zombie Dust for me as one of the best Citra beers (never had Kern River or Lawson's among other highly-touted Citra-centric offerings); in addition to that it's a pretty perfect DIPA that again ranks up there with some of the best - Stone's Enjoy By, Surly Abrasive and The Alchemist's Heady Topper; just a total delight to drink that fires on all cylinders and showcases one of the best hop varietals on the market; and, for $10.99/bomber, it's a total steal; I'd drink the shit out of this one if it was distributed in my market

TOTAL - 47/50

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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 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 KYGunner
3.36/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of carmike813
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poorer from a bomber into a tulip - nice frothy head with a consistent lacing. I got a slam of citra hops right off the bat when I drank with a silky mouthfeel. The aromas were beautiful citra floral hops that just made the taste explode.

This beer is tough to get and was worth the effort to get.

A- hazy orange glow with a perfect 1 1/2 head

S- citra hoppy floral bouquet

T- citra bomb of hops, bitter finish - just excellence

M- smooth at outset, sticky finish

One of the top DIPAs out there IMO

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Photo of nataku00
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from batch 176 poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark orange/copper with a little haze and three fingers of off white head of mostly larger bubbles. Head leaves light lacing as it dissipates.

Nose is sweet citrus, orange and grapefruit, pineapple, light pine. Not much malt in this as the hops really come through.

Blast of bitterness on first taste, bitter citrus peel and pine, with some sweeter tropical pineapple and mango and herbal hops mid tongue. A bit of alcohol sweetness with some caramel malt. Dry lingering finish of bitter citrus peel.

Medium body with good carbonation, very sharp on the tongue and really dries it out. A bit of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat after a sip but otherwise easy to drink.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy dark amber with a big 2 finger off white head

Smells awesome, tons of citrus, mainly pineapple with hints of orange grapefruit and mango. Malt has a nice sweet caramel smell that works perfectly with the candy like yeast typical to pipeworks.

Taste is awesome, lots of bitterness upfront but it does not interfere with the flavor. Lots of citrus, more pineapple, orange and lots of mango. More candy like yeast along with caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is awesome, medium body, lots of bitterness upfront. And some good carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome ipa. Awesome hop aromas and flavors.

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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 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 buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank 2 bottle of this over the weekend and it is not a consistent beer
the first bottle was not as good as the second it was a little malty and tasted old even though it was fresh
the second bottle was complete different had nice hop smell
and not the piney hop bite but had a little tangerine citrus hops on the back end and it was definitely enjoyable as far as so much hype on this beer it is not worthy of it
and i would say it is over-rated although the second bottle was a nice drink
would not want to go through the effort to try get it again when there are some many worthy beers of this style out there
was nice to try but would just say it was good and leave it at that

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Photo of Uncleserg
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thx Rare_Man for the trade! This was my 2nd time having this brew. Bomber poured into a Bruery tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy, very dark orange with BIG head ;-). Aroma of citrus and loads of tropical fruit. Taste is light bitter. Citrus and pineapple and tropical fruits. Wow this is good. Full bodied with a thick and sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a super long finish. Overall, awesome. I could absolutely drink this everyday.

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Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.