Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA - Great Lakes Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
08-28-2014 22:35:56 | More by biegaman
4.31/5 rDev +3.9%
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
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
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
4/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-10-2014 01:06:31 | More by spinrsx
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
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
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
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
Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
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