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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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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 17
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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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 29
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of talbotjf99
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SSS
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Cycle69
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of rappmann
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of heebes
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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 allergictomacros
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of MonnyJah
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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 BeerWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jotora
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of timiskin
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TerryW
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow under a large, long-lived and firm white head. Lots of chunky lace as you go. A handsomely good looking brew.

Deliciously sweet and fruity hops on the nose. Nice touch of caramel from malts. Nicely balanced hops and malt to taste. Gently bitter, fruity. Nice evenhanded grapefruit, sweet orange.

This is a really well put together beer. Nicely balanced all the way across. A pleasure to drink, very aromatic and tasty without being overpowering in any way.

This is one of my favorite breweries and I'm lucky enough that its just down the road.

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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BakaGaijin
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.