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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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90
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | 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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rappmann

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 16:38:47 | More by rappmann
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-08-2012 22:28:30 | More by allergictomacros
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 21:11:36 | More by heebes
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-20-2012 00:48:08 | More by hopsolutely
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-12-2013 19:19:15 | More by timiskin
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-03-2011 03:58:33 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-19-2012 13:36:42 | More by jrenihan
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-28-2013 21:51:20 | More by KeKeKumba
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 06:13:13 | More by wordemupg
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-03-2012 18:24:29 | More by Groulxsome
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KrizzlyBear

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-16-2014 22:00:16 | More by KrizzlyBear
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CanuckHophead

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2014 01:30:41 | More by CanuckHophead
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 19:22:00 | More by SebD
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 02:23:40 | More by peensteen
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 02:17:34 | More by liamt07
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gabedivision

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-04-2011 01:28:57 | More by gabedivision
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:53:46 | More by papat444
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-02-2014 00:22:17 | More by Rutager
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 15:55:20 | More by womencantsail
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-07-2014 04:31:05 | More by evil_liver
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-19-2012 12:30:23 | More by MattPS
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deonreds

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-10-2014 09:20:08 | More by deonreds
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

10-08-2012 00:05:54 | More by t0rin0
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-27-2014 00:53:08 | More by valianes
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-13-2013 04:12:57 | More by DaPan
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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.