Citra - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
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rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.12%
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Gots: 126 | FT: 9
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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 Jaycase
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 59

a: copper. medium sized frothy white head

s: predominantly citrus (shock!). grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine. Great aroma.

t: Starts with a citrusy hop wave (similar to aroma - grapefruit, mango, orange & tangerine). Midway through malts come in to join the hops through the finish. FInishes with a nice bit of bitterness.

m: medium body. moderate carbonation.

o: Great DIPA from Pipeworks. I have it a tad lower than NvU but this juicy, citrusy hop explosion makes for a great beer. Looking forward to having this again. (540 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,806 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to blastbeats for this one!

Glowing anber/caramel body loaded with steady beading, a silky off-white head drenches the glass with lace... classic looking IIPA.

Lush tropical fruits melded with juicy citric notes... mango, pineapple... reminiscent of Sculpin in this regard I think. Lovely.

A smooth sense of bitterness keeps things dry without interfering with the fresh hop flavors... loads of bittersweet fruit with a touch of alcohol that mimics the bitter mouthfeel.

Great stuff. Thanks for the opportunity to give this one a try Evan! (554 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

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. (185 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into FFF teku glass
Batch #54

Appearance: A light hazy orange/copper color. The full three finger head is a wonderful creamy white color reminiscent of a marshmallow fluff. It finally settles to a fluffy pillow on top of the beer. The lacing on this even before drinking is simply outstanding. There is a continual rising of carbonation bubbles meeting the collar and fighting for position in the collar.

Smell: A huge citrus aroma with lemon, grapefruit, orange, pineapple in an enormous juicy like aroma. Obviously citra hops take center stage in this one. It also smells surprisingly sweet and almost with a sticky candy like characteristic.

Taste: Very sweet at first and very tropical. Just like the nose actually with all the citrus fruits making themselves known but the grapefruit actually seems to step up the most. I also get some bready malts mid palate. There is an bitterness that sets in mid to late that lingers through the swallow. I am getting a bit of spice from the alcohol though I actually find this rather pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky with an oily feel. It does coat my mouth with the great citra hop bitterness. This is quite drinkable without the alcohol detracting at all.

Overall: Impressed with this DIPA and what makes it even better to me is that it is local for me. I really loved the way they used the citra hops in this to create one hell of a juicy, tropical and highly drinkable DIPA. (1,460 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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 KDawg
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a good head.

Jumping out of the glass and jam packed with aromas of grapefruits, citrus, florals, hops and guava. Great depth with the citra hops.

Medium/full bodied with a very smooth feel. Balanced with very good flavors of guava, grapefruit, hops, and some tropical citrus.

Yea, this rocks. NvU with citra hops was always gonna be a winner, and it doesn't disappoint. (442 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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 cnbrown313
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from my local Binny's (excited to see Pipeworks in the suburbs now!) and poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours clear, golden brown with a generous off-white head. Leaves a lot of lacing as the head recedes too.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Maybe a little bit of brown sugar smell too.

T - The Citra hops provide an intense grapefruit and blood orange flavor right away as you take a sip. I was most surprised though, by how well balanced this beer was. The malt profile is tasty as well and tastes almost like sweet caramel. I was expecting an all out hop bomb, but that wasn't the case. It was also pretty easy to drink and there was very little alcohol presence for 9.5% ABV

M - Medium bodied for a DIPA.

O - This is another great DIPA offering from Pipeworks, just like "Ninja vs Unicorn," but obviously with an emphasis on the Citra hops. Well done! (883 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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 ChiPool
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip: from batch 59.

It took me a bit longer to find this than expected, butit's worth the wait. CN pours a relatively dark, amber color with about 3/4 inch of off-white head. The nose is pretty strong: orange/orange peel, a bit of sweet booziness. I'm imagining what an empyu bottle of Grand Marnier might resemble after a few days. Down the hatch, there is a lot more here than the nose would suggest. Yes: bitter, orange/grapefruit flavors lead. It finishes with a fantastic carmel sweetness, balancing out the bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy.

Another solid offering from PW. I think I liked SH a bit more, but this is one to brag about. (675 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split between several Red Hook sampler glasses.

Pours amber gold with a slight haze and medium head. Not terribly carbonated. Smell is very fruity, floral, some honeysuckle sweetness, but fairly mild.

Taste is a strong bitterness with a little straw. Floral, nicely balanced, long bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very dry and light. Quite pleasant. Overall, very good beer. (399 characters)

Photo of Hamburgers
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #110. Pours slightly hazy, dark orange. One finger white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is pineapple and oranges. Somewhat floral. Flavor is mostly citrus and tropical fruit, pine and a kinda graininess. Heavy body with super creamy carbonation. Very bitter finish. Excellent balance between the high hops and heavy malts. Absolutely loved this beer. (353 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (batch 393-394) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep copper colored body with medium clarity/slight haze. A thick two finger head of dense cream colored foam sits for several minutes and after dropping a bit leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Heavy, almost syrupy thick, hop aroma. Tons of grapefruit - quite juicy, notes of tropical fruits, background pine, a bit peachy and sweaty. Earthy and biscuity malt base, a touch of musti-ness, lightly caramelly, lightly yeasty.

T - Firm hop bitterness up front that fades to a musty and sweaty hop character and eventually to a smooth and somewhat sweet malty finish blended with citrus. The hop bitterness is only medium in intensity, a bit dirty and earthy in character up front. This fades quickly to a peachy-ness and then full force into a grapefruit juice assault. Mildly sweet malt base with caramel and maltose sweetness. Finishes with more grapefruity hoppiness that lingers forever.

M - Sticky, citrusy, fruity. Body is thick and a bit syrupy in feel and shows a lower/medium carbonation that is on the creamy side and just a bit tingly. Malty, caramelly, somewhat sweet base comes thru more as the beer warms a bit, but blends nicely with the citrus heavy hop profile - sorta like a sprinkling of sugar on a fresh grapefruit.

O - Very good DIPA...was on my wants list for a while. Very glad to try it and not any kind of disappointment. Thick syrupy hop character over a firm malt base that complements the hop profile and really brings out the citrus exceptionally well. Would love to get another couple of bottles of this somewhere down the road and enjoy this one again. (1,666 characters)

Photo of Sparty1224
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Been searching for this one for a while, so very pleased to finally get to try it. I've had and liked several of the more popular and highly rated DIPAs out there, so I know what I'm looking for. This one doesn't quite meet my expectations or the hype, but it's still pretty decent. In true Pipeworks tradition, this is a very big, boozy beer. Alcohol is not hidden very well. I think this bottle is only 5 days old, but the hops don't really "pop" like I thought they would. There's also a very malty, syrupy finish to the beer which I'm not fond of. This one reminds me most of Double Sunshine or Hopslam. Good beer, worth seeking out, but not a world-class DIPA in my book. (676 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 kawilliams81
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2" off-white head. Huge waves and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- biscuit, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine and spice.

T- grapefruit and pineapple right off the bat with caramel and toffee. Big citrus and pine bitterness with slight spice at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Really creamy and smooth.

O- spoiler alert! Pipeworks made another amazing dipa. Fairly malty but has amazing citrus flavors to balance. (526 characters)

Photo of csparace
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The burbs don't sell out of this as quickly as downtown so I was lucky enough to grab one. I should have grabbed two. I'll be back tomorrow to check if they have any left.

Appearance (3.5) – Pours from a bomber into a Matilda glass. Hazy light Arnold Palmer. Color and hue are pretty nice. Pours with virtually no head. Slight amounts of carbonation rising to the top. No real lacing.

Smell (4.25) – Hello citra hops. I'm definitely not wondering why they're called citra. Its beautifully overwhelming and I honestly don't care that there's nothing else going on.

Taste (4.25) - This comes off right away as a well balanced beer. The grapefruit and lemon content is not overwhelming at all. The crunch of the hops is balanced well with malts. The finish looses a little bit of the fruitiness. The 9.5% is invisible.

Mouthfeel (4.5) – I think that carbonation is crucial in the mouthfeel and this delivers. Then the balance goes to create an overall tremendously refreshing beer. Its not the lightest beer in the world though, so you take a good bit more time with it.

Overall (4.5) – If you like citra (and who doesn't?) then you're going to love this beer. It's a little less in your face than say Zombie Dust, however, I think the balance is really what makes this beer. Its really surprising how bad the appearance was.

Beers like this are why Pipeworks is exploding. Next time I see this beer on the shelf I will definitely grab at least one. Definitely get this one and drink it fresh. (1,509 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber from batch #406-407.

A: deep copper with orange hues; fairly translucent for a pipeworks beer; light, frothy head

S: intense guava and pine/pineapple; sugary sweetness; dank hops abound

T: intense and hop-forward: syrupy peaches, pine sap, and pineapple juice; lots of tropical fruits and citrus rind; a very sweet, sticky beer with substantial but not overwhelming bitterness

M: sticky and viscous; full-bodied, dry, and heavy

O: really tasty stuff, but the thickness, sweetness, and overall heft of this beer wore me down about halfway through the bomber. had this one before and loved it, but now i 'only' liked it. looking forward to the next batch (669 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (938 characters)

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. (742 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep orange with a thin white head. heavy lacing and syrupy legs
S - Candied orange peel, with a touch of musky dank
T - Dank up front, opening up to a bright citrus burst with sweeter malts and a soft bitterness to finish
F - A touch prickly and over-carbed. Heavier malt backbone

Overall, a solid DIPA. Softer hop bitterness which I prefer. Not as pronounced aroma as I would like, but sill very much worth tracking down (431 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a caramel-colored amber with golden hues topped by a slightly off-white two finger head. The nose is a huge blast of orange blossoms, pineapple, citrus rind, and some alcohol. Opens with pineapple, tangerine, and yuzu. The malt joins with the citrus flavors midpalate creating flavor that is reminiscent of caramel-covered orange. The citrus-caramel flavors give way to bitter grapefruit and citrus rind. A huge malt bill lends itself to a fairly full-bodied brew that is slick and silky on the palate, moderately carbonated. A citra hops bomb and another great addition to Pipeworks' lineup of excellent DIPA/IIIPA's. (722 characters)

Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.