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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Sammy, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.5%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

biegaman, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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

liamt07, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 28, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

wordemupg, May 31, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

tbeckett, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

andrenaline, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Rutager, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

jrenihan, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ThePorterSorter, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

peensteen, Jun 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

joemcgrath27, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

patre_tim, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

papat444, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

augustgarage, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

allergictomacros, Jun 08, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

SebD, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

deonreds, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

hopsolutely, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from bottle into lagunitas jar, lightly cloudy orange with very nice lacing to it.

S- grapefruit, limes, florals, cherry, a lovely citrus character very robust over a firm malt base.

T- similar lines to the aroma, complex ruby grapefruit, bready malts, white grapes, a bit cereally then loads of lime and lemon, as the citra drives through, moderate and coating bitterness, quite clean and zesty, leading to a balanced finish.

M- pleasant and refreshing, moderate carbonation and a zesty citrus bite to it. Satisfying and also quite sessionable and refreshing.

Very tasty and the beer gives a good platform for the citra hops to shine, complex and robust grapefruit, dry and intense florals, overall a quite robust and flavourful ipa, pretty strong balance between the elements and a solid ipa.

mick303, Sep 07, 2014
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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.