Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA - Great Lakes Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
12-08-2012 16:38:47 | More by rappmann
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
06-08-2012 22:28:30 | More by allergictomacros
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
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!
11-08-2012 21:11:36 | More by heebes
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
08-11-2014 15:48:51 | More by BeerWatcher
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
08-09-2014 00:56:07 | More by BakaGaijin
4.31/5 rDev +3.6%
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!
08-13-2014 19:01:42 | More by mtomlins
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-19-2012 13:36:42 | More by jrenihan
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-31-2012 06:13:13 | More by wordemupg
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
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
05-25-2014 01:30:41 | More by CanuckHophead
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-10-2012 19:22:00 | More by SebD
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Hazy golden orange, decent white head with some lace on the glass. Smell is all citrus, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, nice malting and honey. Taste is hoppy, firm bitterness throughout, dry, loads of citrus fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, very nice stuff. Mouthfeel is good, oily and resinous, medium carbonation and nice body overall. Great citrusy IPA, easy drinking and so very enjoyable.
06-26-2011 02:23:40 | More by peensteen
Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.