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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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 03-13-2011

News of any new hop coming from the Yakima Valley perks the ears of IPA brewers everywhere, but, with Citra, things were different. The buzz was bigger. As Citra’s wave rolled across the land from the west coast we waited… and waited. Finally it crested, and a sample crashed into our pilot system. After brewing with it all the buzz made sense. Comments ranged from “Well that changes the game” to “It’s so good it feels like we’re cheating.” Today we procure as much as Citra as we can to bring you as much of this IPA as our little brewery can muster. All hail Citra!

65 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of heebes
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased the LCBO for just under $6.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A-Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. Dark gold color and unfiltered

S- Oodles of citra hops here. Hop bomb

T- Less hops then it smells. Either rather subdued hops compared to smell or super high level smell. I choose the latter. Had a nice hoppy bite to it but does not overpower by any stretch. A touch sugary

M- Dry and complex for a citra hop.

O- Very good. Compares to the best of the best in the nose department that's for sure. A bit more of a blend of hops you have an award winner. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with....... Fish and chips!

Enjoy

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a nice clear bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of huge floral hoppy notes of citrus with some leafy notes. Taste is dominated by the leafy and citrus hoppy notes with limited bitterness and some residual sugar notes clearly identifiable. Body is light with good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and love the aromatics and the balancing of the bitterness.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mtomlins
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 is long, dry and clean and full of great bittering hop goodness. A really delicious IPA!

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of gabedivision
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at the local LCBO; served slightly chilled. GLB makes a lot of excellent IPAs, and this one's name definitely seems to come up a lot in discussions of their best. This is my first time trying it, but I still felt it prudent to grab several bottles based on its strong reputation alone.

Pours a cloudy golden-blonde colour, capped off with a generous two-plus fingers of puffy, sparkling white head. Retention is very good; it slowly recedes into a denser, creamier cap over the next ten minutes or so, leaving an attractive doily pattern of lace behind during this gradual process. The fruity, zesty aroma showcases the Citra hop quite nicely - orange zest and grapefruit are very prominent, with a sizeable dose of peach, pineapple and pine resin. There also seems to be some grainy pale malts and honey sweetness, but it struggles to be detected amongst the cacophony of lovely hop notes.

Very tasty stuff, with a decidedly citrus-heavy flavour profile - lots of juicy orange and grapefruit, some lemon oil and pine needles, all atop a subtle backbone of bready malts. Light touch of honeyed sweetness. Apricot, pineapple and mango flavours also come through, but only briefly - it is a pithy, astringent grapefruit bitterness that dominates the palate toward the end, lingering long into a resiny aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels that gently prickle the palate, and a smooth, somewhat oily feel in the mouth.

Final Grade: 4.46, an impressive A grade. If you're in the mood for something hoppy, you can't really go wrong with these Tank Ten Series IPAs - and Karma Citra is widely regarded as one of the best of the bunch for good reason. I think I liked Lake Effect a bit more, but this is still an excellent IPA that shows off the citrusy, tropical fruit tendencies of its mother hop in an assertive, yet approachable fashion. One of the best West Coast IPAs in Ontario - a must-try, for sure.

Photo of SSS
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Golden yellow with a very slight chill haze
S- Oh Citra, let me count the ways you make life better! Citrus, peach, tropical fruit, just good stuff
M- The carbonation is a little more than I like, but it does cleanse the palat
T- Very clean malt undertone that allows the hops to shine through and become the main attraction.the bitterness is upfront and subtle and then mellows with a nice smooth aftertaste. That is all Citra!
O- Really nice beer, similar to 3 Floyds Zombie Dust in my opinion...highly recommend, and a must for Citra fans.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BakaGaijin
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.95 CDN. Good to see more of the Tank Ten beers available in the liquor store. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden color, with orange hues. 2 Fingers of fluffy and dense white head that lingers for a while. Lots of sticky lacing left behind. Beer is just sufficiently hazy to make the carbonation level indeterminable.

Smell - Plenty of juicy fruit aromas. Some grapefruit and passionfruit with and underlying pineapple and mango mixture. Nice big bold well-rounded aroma.

Taste - Lots of juicy flavors too. Grapefruit and passionfruit dominate with some sweet ripe pineapple too. Oranges in the mix too. Underlying bitterness to the whole beer is fairly substantial. Pretty damn good overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth well carbonated and full bodied. the bitterness makes this a bit of a tongue zinger. Good feel for an IPA though.

Overall - One of the better IPA's I've had, for me not quite on par with Lake Effect, but certainly another great creation from the amazing Tank ten. Definitely worth a shot, and priced alright as far as bombers go.

Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of CanuckHophead
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in Snifter on tap at Milos craft beer emporium

Appearance - Tangerine, crystal clear definitely a filtered beer, poured a finger and a half of head with decent lacing.

Nose - Wow, this smells amazing. Citrus up front, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, pine, resin, slight toffee smell. Can't wait to taste.

Taste - Man this is helluva good beer. Very hop forward. Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, pine resin, then the Malts bring up the back just enough to sweeten the hop bitterness out but not to take away from the hop forward ness. Left with a slight crisp hop bitterness. Feels like pine resin sitting in the back of the throat, man this is a good IPA.

Overall - I think this is one of the best Canadian IPAs I've had. Is place it right behind Central city's Red Racer. Definitely try it if you have the chance, it's a shame GLB doesn't brew this year round. Cheers

Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/5/12 bottle sent out by liamt07 Cheers dude

A hazy orange copper that glows, lots of tiny bubbles struggling to make their way to the thick looking liquid, a thick inch of dense foam sits around for a few minuets leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S I might believe this was juice if I was blind folded, big tropical notes sweet orange, mango, tangerine, and pineapple come out strong with a little grapefruit. There's not much cat tinkle this hops known for its a tropical fruit blast and I'm digging it

T not a complete hop runaway with a little caramel malt and some lemon rind and pine coming out, not quite the tropical fruit blast I could smell but still solid

M fairly full bodied and the tiny bubbles cream it up a little, mild bite for 70 IBU's and a piney rind finish lingers

O this ones hitting all the right buttons this evening, smells near perfect, feels great and solid flavor. What more do you need?

When I think about it I've had plenty of Citra centric beers lately and this is one of the better uses of the hop I've encountered. I'd love to drink this again but somehow doubt I'll get the chance, for now I'll just thank liamt07 again for sending me one.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a beguiling hazed orange with a compact, very long lasting head. Foam drapes the glass on the way down. Orange oil, lemon rind and grapefruit hop aromas dominate the nose. A bit of biscuity malt in the back. A wall of Citra in the first sip, lots of orange, lemon, apricot, grapefruit, tropical fruit, celery and other hop flavors mingle in a sublime interplay. A firm malt balast keeps things in check. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with carbonation. Moderate bitterness and citrus in the long finish.

This is a fantastic IPA and an excellent showcase of this fine hop. Lots of hop complexity and very hop forward. A must try.

Photo of kevinlater
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a: this seriously looks like semi-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. guava, mango, peach, pineapple, orange, passionfruit and grapefruit dancing around a floral, biscuity malt backbone. feels like i am about to drink an alcoholic and carbonated version of some sort of tropical fruit juice

t: mirrors the nose. a very bright punch of the aforementioned fruits with a subdued biscuit flavours and a moderate bitter burnt onion-pine character. i'm getting some sort of mandarin orange notes in here too

m: medium-minus carbonation & mouthfeel

o: a great tropical-citrusy IPA with lively aromas and flavours

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

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!

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rappmann
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Indie Ale House. Reviewed from notes

A - Poured a nice golden colour with a perfect finger and a half of white head. Dissipates rather quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S - Mango, sweet pineapple, grapefruit the citra is pouring out of this beer.

T - Hops all over your palate. All of the great tropical notes from the nose as well as this hop resinous take over when drinking. The bitterness stays on the palate for a long time. Truly a great tasting IPA.

M - Light mouthfeel, really easy drinking 6.6% beer. Again, the hops really coat the tongue, its so great.

O - My favourite of the GLB beers, and the best IPA out of Ontario in my opinion. I liken it to Zombie Dust, which is also a single hop citra beer. I look forward to it again and again and again. Also note that out of the bottle, this beer is really good, but not as hop forward as the pint I had on tap.

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.