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C!tra - Liberty Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

14 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 4.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Liberty Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mulder1010 on 04-17-2012)
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Photo of MrKennedy
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Teku.

Old gold colour, white foam on top fades quickly to half a finger and leaves a little lacing.

Smells more dank to start with then when I've had this previously. Still lots of grapefruit and pineapple as the dankness recedes. Fruit salad mix there as well. Still its the best smelling hoppy beer from this hemisphere.

Grapefruit taste with a little orange and pineapple. Decent amount of malt coming through as well.

Full bodied. Seems to interchange between bitter and sweet very well. Certainly doesn't give away its higher abv much.

Always a joy to drink. Liberty do hoppy pale ales and the various derivations very well. Could easily demolish this in 15 mins or could sit on it and appreciate the lovely aroma for far longer.

MrKennedy, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of nztayls
4/5  rDev -6.1%

nztayls, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 31, 2014
Photo of spicelab
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Hashigo Zake

Unlike my last bottle, this has a crazy brown-green yeasty gunk in the neck. Will it affect the beer?

Lightish apricot, moderately hazed, with a large but not especially firm white head. Falls over a couple of minutes with specks of lace to a raised ring.

If ever fruit salad was an apt description, this aroma is it. Succulent tropical fruits abound. Guava, passionfruit, melons, candied lemon and grapefruit. The fruitiness is leavened by a perfumy floral bite and garlicky sweatiness. Some yeasty doughiness in there, which seems to impart sweetness - struggling to identify where the malt's at at this point. Plain wild. You don't want to stop smelling it.

More syrupy, juicy tropical hops, blunted somewhat by a strong herbal bitterness. Orange and grapefruit come through almost completely intact.

Medium bodied, with relatively discreet carbonation and mild boozy buzziness across the palate. Falls into moderate back-palate bitterness. Given its presence everywhere else, it's almost reserved and unexceptional for a IIPA

Scorching stuff. A benchmark charismatic IIPA. Nuff said.

spicelab, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

eric5bellies, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my GF for bringing back some Liberty for me on her last trip to Auckland.

750 ML bottle with the very odd ZORK bottle cap. Supposed to be resealable. OK

A-- Poured a hazy,dark orange copper color. Two finger white head that dropped to film and held it's own well through drinking. Good head retention through swirling and good spotty lacing.

S-- Flat out insane. Big fruit salad notes. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange marmalade. Very similar to Zombie Dust in the nose but a bigger carmel bodied nose. Very powerful nose.

T-- Ripe bitter orange, grapefruit and pine. Slightly sweet and well balanced.

M-- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very well balanced. Slightly oily in the mouth and does finish dry. Not overly sweet and not overly bitter. Just well done.

O-- 9%? Really. Drank more like a 6% beer. Well hidden ABV and just a remarkable beer. On par with the best US DIPA's. Not a lot of hype as this is a hard bottle to catch unless in NZ but there should be.

mulder1010, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of SAChubb
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crikey! This is quite something.

Pale copper colour, with a fairly pungent, grassy hops aroma. The flavour is dominated by an intense green tea astringency, but with the benefit of plenty of tropical fruit, citrus, passionfruit, pine resin and pale malt flavours making it a complex brew with plenty of impact. The balance of the astringency and the sweet fruitiness makes you keep coming back for more, despite the full hops assault on the taste buds.

Impressive.

SAChubb, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of lisagirl
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

lisagirl, May 12, 2013
Photo of dansmcd
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

dansmcd, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A massive thanks goes out to MrKennedy for this Bday present your the man and ive never heard of this before so its more than a pleasant suprise and pours a murky apricot hue which leaves a nice creamy two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is wow wow wow i never give anything a score this high usually for smell unless it really stands out and this one clearly does with aromas of pineapple,orange orchard,freshly torn lemon leaves,mandarins,lychee,bubblegum and mangoes it really is a beautiful use of the hop,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and could be a little thicker and the taste is fruit salad,pineapple,oranges,mangoes,sherbet,bubblegum,kiwi fruit and finished with a nice lime bitterness and overall i really like this drop and have to go and shake up my local to see if they can get it in and am very interested to try the rest of their range as this is something you have to try even if just for the smell cheers.

ADZA, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of TheBadger0289
4/5  rDev -6.1%

TheBadger0289, May 11, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No BB.

With many thanks to mulder1010. Most generous.

Pours a one finger dense off white head, which fades quickly. Gold body. Further note on 'appearance' is some green/grey yeasty sludge attached to the underside of the Zork cork. Took a little ingenuity to remove from inside of neck of bottle.

Sweet-ish aromas of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple but then some... amazing aromas for a single hop.

Taste is citrus and oh so smooth, not particularly hop dominated. Good malt backbone, balance is everything!!! Complex and integrated. Interesting sweet aftertaste notes linger

Mouthfeel just right smooth medium bodied. Does not indicate a 9% and I could myself damage on this stuff.

Well made beer! Especially given use of single hop. I think Citra suits single hops IPAs a whole lot better than some other hops I have found - Liberty onto a winner here.

heygeebee, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Platinum Liquor.

Pours a chrome colour with nice head and real nice looking lacing.

Smell is potently citric. Lots of guava and tropical flavours ride out on a great malt backdrop. Very well integrated, reminiscent of highly regarded (and fresh) US (D)IPAs. The hop profile reminded me a little bit of Stone's Enjoy By, but I actually think it's better balanced in this beer.

Taste is kinda like...a big citrus bomb...an eminently drinkable tangello and orange, with more tropical flavour. Exceedingly crushable. Goes down like a tropical nectar. Often I complain about sweetness in beers- there's a sweetness to it but it seems perfectly poised- it's present at the front but largely gone by the back, which make it more drinkable. Also the sweetness excellently balances the moderate and not unpleasant alcohol, and hop bitterness. Decently bodied, clash of tropical fruits, malt and bitterness.

This would have to be the best Southern Hemisphere DIPA I've had by a substantial margin. This could compete against the big boys. Alcohol is excellently concealed also.

danieelol, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bright golden hue with a slight hop haze. Tight offwhite head. Good head retention.

Intensely hoppy aroma. Quite citrusy but also a ton of earthy notes. Good.

Massive bitterness and malt. Nice citrus. Lots of alcohol. Well built.

Medium full body with moderate carb. Good.

A very good IIPA. The hips are a little smart but it works well.

dgilks, Sep 20, 2012
C!tra from Liberty Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.