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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

57 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 6.7%
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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Reviews by allergictomacros:
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at Burgerbar in Toronto.

Clear amber with a soft off white head. Nose is slight musty, grapefruit, husky grain and a boozy tinge. Big juicy grapefruit flavour and sharp resinous body. Mouth feel itself is soft with barely-there carbonation. Hints of apple and bright fruitiness. Solid bitterness doesn't detract from excellent drink ability.

allergictomacros, Jun 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

beerhunter13, Nov 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Dalia, Dec 03, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

On-tap at Volo. I hope this is brewed again, a good application of this hop. Orange colour and orange aromas and orange citrus taste, the hop was put early in the boil and it hit the spot without any funkiness or off notes at all. Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Mar 13, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

Courtesy of northyorksammy (thanks!). ABV on this batch is 7%. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Lightly hazy amber liquid with a delicate ivory head that recedes to a slick and collar. Decent lacing, and viscous legs.

Aroma is clean and brisk with a touch of pale malt with an indistinct fruitiness (dragon fruit?).

Surprisingly herbaceous palate entry with a moderate but lasting bitterness. Some fruit arrives briefly (pineapple?), but the finish is more on the spicy side, with notes of scallion, chives, and dandelion greens. Nicely balanced with malt. More fruit (tangelo?) comes through as the beer warms.

Medium-light bodied, with low yet sufficient carbonation. Very slightly oily (in a good way).

Single hop beers are perhaps more educational than they are delicious, though I enjoyed this one in any case. Overall this has some marked similarities to Torpedo, though with a greater purity of expression.

augustgarage, Jun 05, 2011
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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%

Dna_Infinity, Aug 31, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

Bomber from the brewery, under the guise of Burts Reserve Stache.

Pours coppery orange with a massive foamy tan / orange hue head. Nose is bright with grapefruit, citrus, oily hops galore: fantastic. Taste is rich with the hops, but quickly diminished by the balancing caramel malt. Pineapple, citrus, pear, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied.

Overall, the absolute best beer from Great Lakes I've tried and quite frankly the best Ontario made IPA. Why this isn't their flagship beer and readily available is shockingly confounding. Get this beauty into LCBO Great Lakes! Incredible beer!

heebes, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Rutager, Jun 02, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Tasting notes from 5/27/11
Project X Bottle obtained from the brewery. Very fresh.
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass. IBU = 70. ABV = 7%.

A - Medium yellow/amber colour with one finger of foamy cream-coloured head.

S - Big nose of tropical fruit and citrus up front with some pine. Grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, orange rind, tangerine. A good bitterness and a slight sweet caramel backbone. Definitely a hop-forward IPA with a very robust and inviting nose.

T - Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, pineapple. A nice bitterness that dominates but doesn't seem unbalanced despite only a very slight caramel sweetness from the malts.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, May 28, 2011
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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%

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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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

Under the guise of Burt's Private Stache. Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: Creamy 3 finger, totally hazy, good lacing that completely merges with the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruit, citrus, lemon, fresh and inviting.

Taste: Bit of sweet caramel, citrus rinds, grapefruit, good flavor from start to finish, actually gets fuller as it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Real full body, medium carbonation, astringency felt more in the aftertaste.

Overall: A home run for me. Doesn't re-invent the IPA but is still pretty tasty.

papat444, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

patre_tim, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

RedAleMan, Aug 03, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

On tap at Volo, Great Lakes/Mike Lackey feature. Into a tulip.

Poured a somewhat tangerine-orange, heavy webbed lace leaving a collar and some mild retention behind. Nose has some tangerine, tropical fruits, mango and some mild pine. Lots of hops, can smell the bitterness emanating from this. Taste follows, clearly hop forward with some more tangerine and mango. Lots of fruits going on here, difficult to pick out them with precision. Mouthfeel was fairly standard I thought, and the drinkability is hindered by a bit of a lack of balance. I'd definitely revisit this one however, solid stuff Great Lakes. 4 4 4 4 4

EDIT: Had again from a Project X bottle. More orange, tangerine and mandarin orange in the nose than I can recall initially; super juicy. Tropical, and some otherwise similar to the nose in terms of orange and tangerine mixes with a light alcoholic note. Bitterness, even at 70 IBUs isn't terribly noticeable. Very juicy and tropical, a nice use of the Citra hop. Very enjoyable. 45 45 4 4 45

liamt07, Mar 14, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured on cask at Coles in downtown buffalo.

Poured a deep yellowish orange, with a thin lace head, some nice alcohol legs and sticky slime around the glass. WOW, Citra, WOW! Big deep apple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit and cat piss. Big citrus fruits all around, big marijuana like floral scents also. Tart citrus fruits aggressively attack the tongue, overwhelming hop presence. Finishes smooth with slight lemon bitterness. Light to medium bodied, sticky and slimy going down. This is a fantastic IPA, if you like citra hops you will love this beer, i sure did.

gabedivision, Dec 04, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, citrus) and some faint bready malts. Very nice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice tropical flavor, some piney resin, light caramel and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Definitely one of the best IPA's in Ontario right now. I hope they start brewing this regularly.

SebD, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

kinguy, Sep 07, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

byronic, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

The pour is a clear golden color with a finger of white head. Light grass notes along with citrus peel and pine. A touch of pineapple along with some pale maltiness. A bit of candied citrus peel along with some grapefruit peel, pine, and grass. Sweetness from pale malt and a little bit of caramel.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +6%

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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

EvanHarper, Aug 02, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Beer is cloudy orange. Medium sized white head. Great retention and lacing.

Nose is full of juicy citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange stick out. A very sticky smell, if you permit the synaesthesia.

Following the nose, taste has a great citrus flavour. Grapefruit, lemon and orange. Very juicy. Fairly bitter. A bit of a caramel malt backing, but definitelty a hop focused beer.

Great feel. Medium bodied, moderate natural carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, very good indeed. Between a 4 and 4.5 for taste for me.

jrenihan, Jun 19, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

polloenfuego, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

evil_liver, May 07, 2014
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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.