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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPAGreat Lakes Karma Citra IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 6.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This was also sold as Burt's Reserve Stache for Movember 2012.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 03-13-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Electros, Yesterday at 12:02 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bomber into nonic pint. can't find any sort of date code on the bottle

a: this seriously looks like hazy mango/peach juice... gave it an aggressive pour and there was a quarter-finger of head. i'm confused. but that's not to say this beer looks bad, it's just not what i expected

s: citra oh my goodness. an extremely vibrant and pungent melange of guava, mango, pineapple, orange, passionfruit, grapefruit, malt. feels like i am about to drink an alcoholic and carbonated version of some sort of tropical fruit juice. i'm blown away

t: mirrors the nose. a very bright punch of the aforementioned fruits with a subdued caramel/bread malt backbone and an appropriate moderate bitter pine character. i'm getting some sort of mandarin orange notes in here too. very citrusy and excellent

m: this beer is a bit watery and could use more body. i'd also like a little more carbonation as it's on the milder side of things

o: an unbelievably delicious beer with an explosive tropical fruit presence in both the nose and taste. a bit more malt flavour would add some balance, and the mouthfeel could use some work, but this is still a must-try super fruity brew

kevinlater, Sunday at 08:36 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

kinguy, Sep 07, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from bottle into lagunitas jar, lightly cloudy orange with very nice lacing to it.

S- grapefruit, limes, florals, cherry, a lovely citrus character very robust over a firm malt base.

T- similar lines to the aroma, complex ruby grapefruit, bready malts, white grapes, a bit cereally then loads of lime and lemon, as the citra drives through, moderate and coating bitterness, quite clean and zesty, leading to a balanced finish.

M- pleasant and refreshing, moderate carbonation and a zesty citrus bite to it. Satisfying and also quite sessionable and refreshing.

Very tasty and the beer gives a good platform for the citra hops to shine, complex and robust grapefruit, dry and intense florals, overall a quite robust and flavourful ipa, pretty strong balance between the elements and a solid ipa.

mick303, Sep 07, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -6%

Dna_Infinity, Aug 31, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

byronic, Aug 29, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

polloenfuego, Aug 29, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Karma Citra has firm foam, a slight haze, and a golden colour strikingly similar to that of a sunflower. I wonder if Garnett Gerry, the wonderfully talented illustrator whose work on the whole Tank Ten series I've absolutely adored, had the same thought when designing this label. Either way, the contents of the bottle are every bit as aesthetic on the inside as on the out.

Fitting to its name, Karma Citra has enough hoppiness in its bouquet to elevate hop-heads to a zen-like state, a lupulin induced nirvana where all is suddenly right with the world. It is forwardly fruity and simultaneously bitter; it smells like grapefruit rind, orange pith, lemon peel. There's also a pinch of matcha green tea powder and a few drops of pine serum.

Things stay very much the same on the palate. The flavour is full of roasted pineapple, caramelized grapefruit, and orange zest. There's lots of fruit flavour but it's predominantly dry (hence roasted) and/or candied (hence caramelized). And of course, first and foremost, it's citric. All this is complimented by a herbalness that smacks of thyme, pine, lemon myrtle and peppermint.

Though an undeniable hop-bomb, Karma Citra has enough grainy cereal malt to earn a spot on both sides of the fence - with this beer, the grass is always green (literally, owing to that everlasting presence of the hops). There's a reason the 6.6% alcohol and 65 IBU don't feel as towering as they actually are, and credit is due to an equally strong, albeit less apparent maltiness.

The Citra hop is characterized by its tropical and citrus fruit influence and, to be sure, Karma Citra has plenty of that. It is also, however, among the most well-rounded IPAs I've tried in some time; whatever you love about the style you're bound to find in this example. It's yet another solid offering from a brewery that seems lately to make nothing but. Be sure to buy a few!

biegaman, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

andrenaline, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

kelvarnsen, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of mtomlins
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours golden in color, cloudy with 2-3 fingers of persistent, cloudy off-white head. Nice lacing. Really nice nose, lots of citrus (oranges and grapefruit), pine and sweet caramel malts to round things out. The taste follows suit with big juicy hops up front with a great malt backbone (bread and biscuits) to balance things out. The finish id long, dry and clean and full of great bittering hop goodness. A really delicious IPA!

mtomlins, Aug 13, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Bomber from the LCBO. Pours a cloudy medium orange with a luxurious thick white head leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aromas of citrus and mango, some molasses with a touch of pine. Very creamy mouthfeel. Tastes are of orange peel, but not overly bitter. Almost creamsickle-like at times. Light caramel backbone especially on the swallow. Overall I am a growing fan of Citra hops and this one illustrates all of the good things that type of hop brings to the beer glass.

BeerWatcher, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Coronaeus, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

yancot, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

patre_tim, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon/apricot/peach/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of fruits - peach/apricot/grapefruit and some resiny hops. There is also some light malt and a touch of a herbal flavour.

Overall - Some great hoppy/fruity flavour. Another great IPA from this brewer. If this was available year round in a tall can at a $3 price point, it would be a staple in my fridge.

spinrsx, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 09, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

A - Pours with a thick, foamy head that lasts a good while. This beer has a beautiful hazy amber hue.

S - Citrus, primarily grapefruit, followed by some malty sweetness and some resin. Absolutely lovely smelling beer.

T - Like the smell, citrus, light malt sweetness and resin. A bit of pine as well. This is very tasty I really enjoy this. I find that the balance between the bitterness and sweetness is right where I like it. My palate really enjoys this beer.

M - Medium carbonation.

O - This is the best Canadian IPA that I have ever had. Really good stuff.

BakaGaijin, Aug 09, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

Cycle69, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Jerboat, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

KrisDLSmith, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bf_89, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

RedAleMan, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

EvanHarper, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

tbeckett, Aug 02, 2014
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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.