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Citra - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 1,221
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 655
Gots: 123 | 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 twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (2,158 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of carmike813
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 (507 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (606 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.55/5  rDev -40.7%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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 (683 characters)

Photo of Uncleserg
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Burnt copper, light haze despite best attempts to avoid any sentiment from entering.

Citra magic. Smoother than a lot of the citra beers out there.

I thought the smell was going to be the best part about this beer. It is funny, because everything but the citra hop is far backstage... but it does not matter.

Thick and sticky, really coats the flavor on you. Decent carbonation.

I can see why it took me so long to get a bottle of this. It fires on one cylinder... one fantastic cylinder. (538 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re-reviewing this one, given that my first offering was flat secondary to poor bottling. This is the freshest batch but interestingly made it out of the brewery without a batch number. Poured into a FFF Teku.

Looks more the part this time around! Opaque copper orange body with a large light-beige head with awesome retention and lacing.

Incredible citra aroma. Orange rind, lemon wedge, grapefruit pulp, pine needles, total citrus bomb. I expect this to be malty based on the ABV but the nose is all hops.

Bright juicy citrus hop flavor goes along with the notes, sweet citrus fruits and complemented by a generous malt backbone that balances surprisingly well. Bitterness on the back end is striking and lingering. Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant.

Really nice texture, crisp and easy to throw down, smooth, dry finish, medium bodied, fantastic for the DIPA style.

This lives up to the hype, especially for Citra lovers. So glad I got to try a good bottle this time. Seek this out, and do it aggressively, as it is awesome fresh and flies off the shelves when released. (1,085 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: cloudy orange, finger khaki head,
stunning lacing display

S: massive punch of peach, mango and papaya!

T: peach + mango, firm malt, aged oak/woody,
long sticky citrus hop monster finish

M: med/heavy mouth, big sticky/uber oily

O: THIS BEER IS INSANE! I know everyone has
favorites, but I really love the Double + IPAs with
amazing citrus hops.

WORLD CLASS; MUST HAVE!!! (381 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
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... (545 characters)

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this two days ago, enjoyed in a 3F teku glass. It was bottled 3 days prior, Batch #176.

Have been waiting to try this since I learned of Pipeworks, and I tend to gravitate toward the citrusy American Pales. This did not dissappoint.

A: Golden orange / reddish orange, about single finger head. A little lacing, but not too much as it is 9.5%.

S: Amazingly cirtusy aroma from the citra hops of course, Im sure the freshness helps out a lot. Can't seem to get enough of the smell!

T: An outstanding DIPA/IIPA taste, very well balanced, not too overly malty and brimming with bitterness

M: Just right leaves a nice lingering taste of the citra hops tat as it fades, begs you to take another sip

O: Im sold. Pipeworks can really make an unbelievable DIPA. I plan on getting another bottle or two before this ninja disappears. (837 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep, burnt orange color. Pours with about a finger of light head. Head has low retention throughout, maintaining on the edges of the glass. Very low carbonation active while drinking. Random lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Wow, simply a beautiful, bountiful aroma. Citra hops all the way, drenched in bright juicy hops, tangerines, mangos, oranges, pine needles, straw, and lime. The malt backbone adds depth with a caramelized malt sweetness. Really amazing, I want to live inside this glass.

Taste: The front is a clean hop profile of lime sweetness and tropical fruits. The body continues to be such a strong bouquet of Citra hops. The malty presence kicks in toward the back half and finish of the beer. It really comes on heavy and takes it to the palate. Much thicker and creamier then I expected. Through and through, an awesome Citra hopped DIPA.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a full on ride, beginning with a bright sweet hop presence and finishes with a ton of heavy malt.

Overall: Pipeworks just continues to kill it with this Ninja line. I missed Citra Ninja the first time around so I was pumped to get it this time and it did not disappoint. The malt presence comes on much more then I expected but it is done so well it only adds additional levels of depth to this brew. (1,312 characters)

Photo of SeanBond
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I wanted to do a quick review of this after having a second bottle, just because I came into the beer having certain expectations, and I wanted to make sure I got those out of the way.

First off, this beer smells amazing; fresh and fruity, the citra hops burst through. Definitely a good start.

Upon taking a sip, your mouth will be blown away by the citra hops. Seriously, I've seen this compared to Zombie Dust a few times, and there's no comparison; Zombie Dust is a smoother, more balanced APA/IPA (depending on your definition), whereas Citra Ninja is an in your face citra bomb finishing off in a cleansing, bitter taste. If citra hops are your thing, get this beer; once it starts to heat up you'll taste the 9.5% ABV a little more, but you'll be too busy running through a forest of citra hops with the other Citra Ninjas to care. (840 characters)

Photo of beardown2489
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pipeworks - Citra Ninja
Batch 177 as fresh as you can get it!

A - Golden Orange with a slight haze to it. Just enough to know its unfiltered. 2 finger head with limited lacing. 4.5

S - Tropical explosion. Ripe, nectary fruits like mango and probably other fruits I've never had. Smells like a juice I want on sunday morning. This beer has one of the best scents I've ever experienced. Impressed me just as much as my first experience with Sucks. That's high praise. 5.0

T - Right on the front of the tongue is an immediate bitterness. As the tongue reacts, the tropical flavors kick in and resonate for quit some time. I love beers that linger. Not really a malty beer. This is all about showcasing the hops. So ya, its not complex, but did you expect that from a beer called Citra Ninja? 5.0

M - Dry beer up front and leaves you looking for that next sip. The juicy hop resin lingers and makes me want to pick it up again. Is it funny that beer has expanded my taste for foods I hated, growing up? 4.5

Overall this is an awesome beer. Pipeworks showing off again. They know what they are doing. They have showed they want to do every style well. In a market filled with too many DIPAs, this is a DIPA that lives up to hype an is worth the search. 4.75
CHEERS (1,264 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-amber hue,. A decent haziness, frothy whitish head atop sticks around and laces well throughout. Aromas are firm and vibrant citrus, showing good grapefruit, lemon, and some pithy rind. Florals, grass, a bit resiny. Grapefruit juice and rind meet lemon, florals, and grass. Not complex, but by the book with flavors that flow well and work well together. Middle shows a sustained fruity hop presence, big citrus, some bready malt, soap and florals meet some decent resiny dryness in the back. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, a solid beer! (552 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep & cloudy honey color with a super fine one finger ecru head. Lacing is extraordinary.

Nose is floral and tropical with piney grapefruit and pineapple notes: there is a hint of malty sweetness lurking beneath. Citra hops are highlighted here, and there is a juiciness to the aroma that entices the first sip.

Taste is full, bitter and slightly sharp, but in a good way. Flavors of grapefruit rind are prominent. Carbonation consists of many tiny bubbles that keeps things lively. Relatively smooth for 9.5% but there is a touch of heat in the chest. There is some acidity going on here but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is the heavy side of medium, with the flavors starting out coating the top of the palate with the malts that are necessary to balance out this hop bomb, then the hop bitterness reaches the sides and resides there as if it has a lease. A touch of heat is detectable but not detracting.

Overall, my first impression of Pipeworks is a positive one, and Citra Ninja is a fine example of a 2IPA spotlighting the delightful citra hop. With my palate being horribly spoiled to other citra hop masterpieces created in Vermont (Lawson's Double Sunshine and Hill Farmstead Double citra), the bar is set incredibly high. Citra Ninja is an excellent 2IPA, but falls short of the hand crafted micro batch excellence that share the coveted "world class" BA rating. (1,383 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (2,174 characters)

Photo of atomic
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip.

Seems this beer has become pipeworks' new bad boy. I've heard this likened to a Zombie Dust on steroids. So lets see....

Smells about right. Zombie dust on steroids does seem appropriate here.

Taste. Very good. Certainly worth the praise it gets. Citra hops showcased very well, the usual grapefruit up front, floral and bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel. A lot more carbonation on this one compared to ZD. CO2 bubbles bombard your tongue.

Overall, Pipeworks has a winner IMO. Much better than Ninja Vs Unicorn if you ask me. Now if only they bottled in 6pks, till then, this, like all their beers, is a bit on the pricey side of things when you consider beers like Hop Stoopid, ZD, Gubna, etc... But I get it, PW is still a new brewery and I don't mind supporting them until their bills are paid off! (845 characters)

Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.