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Karma Citra - Feral Brewing Co.

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Karma CitraKarma Citra

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 29
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brendan13 on 02-15-2011

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 29
Reviews by heygeebee:
Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From iPad notes.

On-tap at Pumphouse as part of Feral Takeover

Pours black, with a one finger head. Moderate lacing.

Aromas of roast malts, a little choc. Some hops, not too much.

Taste is definitely a black IPA, not a hoppy stout. Good hop balance drives a full bodied palate. Hops to the fore, then grapefruit, then choc then a little coffee.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for style.

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Good beer, well made, well balanced. A way in front of MG Before The Dawn in drinkability - comparison done same night. Sometimes Big Black Beasts of this style lose drinkability across a schooner, this one does not.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Boozecamel
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EazyR
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feral’s version of the American Black Ale pours cola brown with a single finger cream coloured head which really sticks to the wall of the glass.

The Karma Citra does not disappoint on the aroma front with a pleasing notes of citrusy hops and tropical fruits including passionfruit and mango, there is a definite organic, earthy character which grants the nose some depth and also a trace of fresh, unroasted coffee beans.

The flavour begins with delicate fruit notes, citrus and passionfruit, before transitioning to a roasty mid palate, the passionfruit of the citra hops weaving in and out of the dark malts up to the finish which is dry and earthy with a mild ground coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with a medium carbonation. Goes down smoothly, although the beer develops a slightly ashy consistency on the finish. All in all, a very competent ABA, easily sessionable, not quite as heavy as others I’ve tried.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spicelab
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 60mL tasting sample, so likely to be a bit off the mark.

Black, but certainly not light-swallowing. Resilient off-white head.

Smell is multi-layered and quirky. Musty aromas of used coffee grounds and supermarket bought iced coffee first (which despite the description are not at all offensive), followed by demure citrus hop tones which gradually become pungent. Mild sweet and smoky tobacco notes round things off nicely.

Taste is dominated by strong brewed coffee, cocoa and coconut. Don't pick up much flavour from the hops - but certainly detect the bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with a beautiful ethereal sweet finish.

Tremendously drinkable, a pity about that one small problem of supply. Come on Feral, you know you want to make this a fixture...

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Photo of serapheus
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foles
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this is session version of a black IPA - and I'm not saying that in a bad way. Not a truckload of hops, but still plenty (the interesting citra variety) in a smooth, mega drinkable, sort of way. Minimal roasty chocolate flavours, but the dark colour brings the hops out in a different way - which I love. What a wonderful beer style!

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on Tap at Sail and Anchor, Fremantle.

A - Pours a nice Mahogany colour witha nice Ivory cocloured head that retains and laces.

S - Nice balance pof Hop and malt

T - Nice and nutty up front before somne major hops kick in that is very well balanced my some caramel malt and smokey roast.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - The best Black IPA that I havbe tried

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Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown colour, but translucent and clear. Head is a wonderfully dense, beige affair, tight, small bubbles providing some great lace. Cracking look.

Smells surprisingly dark, with big roasty notes as well as dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Lovely floral smell though from the hops, slightly spicy but a big load of nectar as well. Dark, spicy, hoppy. Pretty darn beautiful.

Taste is an interesting IBA one. Plenty of sweetish dark malt with plenty of chocolate and a touch of dark caramel as well. Hops come through midway, floral and piney with a touch of light cumin spice as well. They stick around to provide some bitterness for the back, but that roasty grain is still there making for a nice dark/light balance. Not hugely hoppy though and I'd like more. Very pleasant beer though.

Nice body, very slick and smooth as it goes down. Not quite seamless, there is a slight kick towards the back, but nonetheless a beautiful feel.

Cracking drop, and a good idea by the impossibly loud beer geeks at Feral ale stars a few months back.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap as part of the Great Australian Beer SpecTapular at the Local Taphouse in February.

Pours a deep amber-brown colour, very clear, but certainly dark enough for an India Black Ale. Head is beautiful--gorgeous, even, a full bodied and creamy mesh on the top. Lacing leaves solid sheets down the inside of the glass. Looks phantastic with a 'ph'.

Nose is round and balanced--not the huge hop aroma I expected, but a very pleasant balance of citric spice and brown slightly toasted grains. Bit of carob aroma comes out of the confluence. Nice.

Taste is pleasantly nutty on the front, with a prominent bitterness that sharpens it to a refreshing point. Smooth body with length flavours. Lemon leaf organics noticeable, light astringency on the back. The hop bitterness is certainly pronounced here, but the dark body gives is a basis. Awesome.

Great brew, and a great example of the style. Shows what this style can be and what Feral can do. Great work.

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Photo of personpitch
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap. now in bottles tasting just as great..

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Photo of jjdunce
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of dansmcd
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red-brown with some ruby highlights. One finger of creamy, dense white head with great retention and webs of lace.

S - Tropical and citra hops, supported by sweet tiramisu and sponge cake. Beautiful nose.

T - Orange, chocolate and coffee. Great mix of fruity and roasted flavours.

M - Moderate slick body with medium carbonation.

O - A great example of this style. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of francisweizen
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Braunase
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle! Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma passionfruit, mango, citrus, fruity hops. Taste citrus and passionfruit up front with a mix of chocolate, coffee, toffee and roast to finish. Very nice.

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Karma Citra from Feral Brewing Co.
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