Citra Dreams
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Citra DreamsCitra Dreams
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,485
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,214
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
80
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Month-old can poured into a tulip.

Very standard -- but attractive -- yellow-gold body, fully opaque but not murky. Finger of initial head that's initially creamy but quickly becomes fizzy and falls to barely a film. A few swirls resuscitates some nice foam. Almost zero lacing, save for a spot or two. Zero stickiness to this one at 7%.

Aroma is certainly Citra-forward but a bready, doughy, yeastiness is almost as strong. Possibly more tropical than citrus, even a little stone fruit, but it's all somewhat nondescript. Grassy and floral, with a strong mineral element. A deceptive waft of green dankness at the end. The overall profile improves meaningfully as it warms. Still, I wish there was more fruit and sweet floral elements (and/or dankness) to help balance out the overly strong grassiness and breadiness.

Similar experience on the tongue -- really grassy and green, bordering on astringent and chalky, with a heavy bready malt vibe. I definitely get grapefruit and lemon peal, and the bitterness is fairly pronounced (though some of that is probably the astringency). Almost zero residual sweetness -- this thing is dry. Pithy and green finish.

Feel is soft but thin. Feels perhaps over-carbonated.

Had this beer on a camping trip with a friend and really enjoyed it. Might have been the surroundings and company, as on a more focused revisit, I'm decidedly less impressed.

Sep 18, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy yellow with a very nice head
smell nice citrus orange, pineapple, light tangerine
taste Tropical/citrus hop juice with very low bitterness
feel Normal carbonation, light bodied.
excellent beer perfect for the summer or honestly any time of the year

Sep 06, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the Whole Foods on the UWS. Pours hazy pale gold with a flash of white head, smell is musty muted dank hops and overripe orange flesh, candied orange peel, taste is orange creamsicle, tangerine flesh, orange rind, hints of melon, orange zest lingers on the palate, feel is medium bodied and creamy. A zesty tangerine creamsicle treat!

Sep 05, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy tangerine with average foaminess, not much lacing.
Smell: Crushed orange rind and sour graininess.
Taste: Mango and papaya, some citrus notes; slight malty aftertaste. Pine resin is in there too.
Feel: Normal carbonation, light bodied.
Overall: Good overall, not too bitter though.

Aug 23, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap into a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass at the Urban Hamlet restaurant in Bronxville, NY.
A: Pours an opaque, light yellow-orange (think lightly aged brass) color with one to one and a half finger, off-white head, long term, half finger retention, and moderate rings of sticky lacing.
S: Aromas of melon, orange creamsicle, papaya, lime, and honeysuckle predominate.
T: Semisweet to semidry with palate basically following the nose closely; lots and lots of cream (not sure if its a taste or mouthfeel, honestly). Bitterness appropriately understated.
M: Medium to almost full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy with an unusually crisp finish.
O: Citra Dreams was an unexpected delight. An olfactory and flavor melange, blissfully creamy and smooth. Kudos!

Jul 30, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice lighter style IPA with a lot of citrus flavor. Pours a hazy yellow - a pretty look overall, especially on a hot summer day. The smell is not the most appealing, but does have some nice citrus notes. The taste is nice, very citrus-forward but with some other less acidic fruit elements too. The feel is on the lighter side, very smooth-drinking but not a ton of body to it to enjoy while it's in your mouth. But for the money, this is a solid poolside crusher that has a nice amount of flavor packed into it.

Jul 17, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving on tap at Sabatinis in Exeter PA this lunchtime.

Looks great in the small goblet. Very hazy dull orange body. Good size white head persists leaving layers of lacing.

Mixed fruit aroma.

Nice taste here. Mostly citrus as you would expect, but there are some melon notes as well.

Mouth between medium and full. Finish quite tingly.

Overall, good choice for a quick lunchtime drink. Abv invisible.

Jul 11, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: citrus, melon, and vanilla;

T: non-descript citrus, melon, and vanilla; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: wasn't expecting vanilla; is this a milk shake IPA? label doesn't say so, but that'what it seems like to me; definitely not the Citra bomb I was expecting;

Apr 24, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/29/20...pours cloudy gold with very little foam. Thick. lemon forward citrus nose. Juicy. Pine and resin filled flavor. Oily. Closes with a touch of melon tartness. Creamy mouthfeel. Quite good.

Mar 29, 2020
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer falls right in between the super-premium $5 cans of NEIPA and the cheaper $2.50 cans from big breweries, both in price and quality/flavor. It isn't Treehouse, but it still delivers some nice citra hops on the nose and taste, with somewhat undefined citrus and tropical notes. I'd prefer this over the numerous disappointing $5/can versions out there from average (maybe below average) brewers. Not something I'd seek out, but something I'd pick up again if I saw it fresh.

Mar 23, 2020
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

COD 01/16/20 Light orange pour with moderate haziness. World class head volume and lacing. Quite outstanding retention.

Outstanding nose of orange, pineapple, light tangerine and a hint of biscuit malt.

Light medium body with a soft palate that is a tad thin. Normal carbonation level that yields a bit of effervescence in the middle and a subdued prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding due to a relative lack of complexity. It delivers the characteristics of the citra hop but lacks contrast. Flavors present as per the nose in quite subdued intensity but take on a much heavier than implied rind aspect. This provides a world class bitterness that needs a bit of balance and contrast from a heartier malt bill induced sweetness. That said, this beer showcases the citra hop and does so in outstanding fashion.

Feb 27, 2020
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into the Avery Barrel Glass.

Look: Pours an opaque, pale yellow-orange. A foamy one-finger off-white head disappears quickly into a crescent moon ring around the glass. Some minimal spotty lacing can be seen clinging to the glass.
Smell: Orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, peach, papaya. A hint of grapefruit.
Taste: Follows the nose. Tropical/citrus hop juice with very low bitterness.
Feel: On the light side of medium bodied. Thinner than I was expecting. Persistent, prickly carbonation with tight bubbles.
Overall: Great hop juice, very low bitterness. Lightweight mouthfeel is a bit strange considering the look of it, but not a dealbreaker.

Jan 20, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow with a flash in the pan head. The aroma is of gooseberry, mango and lime - all sorts of Citra goodness. Malts are restrained in the back. The taste is an aggressive mix of tropical fruit hops with a touch of balancing cookie dough malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some hop cotton mouth. The finish is highly bitter with lots of lingering Citra fruitiness.

A great IPA showcasing a delicious ‘performer’ hop. I recommend it.

Jan 10, 2020
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hophugger from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank You, Captain Lawrence, for this. A true, dank, stinky IPA. The haziness abounds and gets me excited to drink it. Aroma is awesome with orange and pineapple. Taste is ripe pineapple and lots of stinky citrus, an amazing beer. A feel good beer that balances well ans provides the dankness of a good NE IPA. Citrus abounds, even on the back end and I will seek this beer out for as long as I live...Great Job !!!!

Jan 08, 2020
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rorjets from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into an IPA style glass. Opaque pale yellow body with a one fingered white head. Some lacing. Citrusy on the nose, with a bit of grapefruit , apricot, and plum. You can taste of citra hops fruitiness and bitterness (doubled dry hopped). A bit fizzy mouth feel. A very good NEIPA.

Dec 30, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can with a BB date stamp of 14 November 2019.
Pours with a cloudy, pale golden body with a decent white head.
This is a, bold, juicy IPA dominated by citrus and light herbal notes from the Citra hops. Moderately bitter for style with medium-light carbonation in a medium-full body.

Dec 26, 2019
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a hazy milky yellow with a inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The nose is lots of Citra. Tangerine, orange, pineapple, lime and some fruity candy. The taste if more of the Citra hop fruit flavors. Orange, tangerine, papaya and pineapple. Some lime towards the end with a bit of doughy malts and tangerine. Medium to slightly heavy body with a bit of a dry mouthfeel.

Dec 23, 2019
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Citra taste is there however, the big thick juiciness isn't. Solid beer but, could use some improvement. Also am getting some dry hop mouthfeel with some dry bitterness as well.

Dec 07, 2019
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Kendo from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is murky golden-yellow, with a small whitish head on top.

S: Pineapple-orange juice, with some additional tropical fruit (melon, papaya).

T: Pretty much follows the nose: pineapple-orange juice, a touch of ripe peaches, and tropical fruit. Finishes with a surprising bitterness that shows up out of nowhere.

M: Medium in heft, juicy in feel - though with a decent "bite" of fine carbonation.

O: Solid. I'd get this again (and it was reasonably priced - I believe I paid $12.49 for the 4-pack).

Dec 01, 2019
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beerloserLI from New York

3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A murky off-yellow/vanilla color on the pour with a non-sustaining white head. Hops and fruit on the nose but not very floral. The drinking hits with decent fruity and tangy hop notes upfront. The fruit notes are a bit muddled and don't really pop out that much. Tones of melon, tangerine, and grape. A moderate mouth feel that drinks juicy and dry. The feel is also a bit powdery at times and adds a sort of cheap feel to it.

Overall, pretty average at best stuff.

Nov 13, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery and now reviewed from a 1/2 growler.

Nice looking medium hazed amber, with a moderate cap and leaving medium bubble strands of lacing on the glass.

Plush with notes of melon and smokey lime on the nose.

Tasty NEIPA from the captain....more melon, ripe pineapple, again a hint of smoke and limes....mighty fine stuff..they are about start canning this nectar next month....go get some

Oct 26, 2019
Citra Dreams from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 80 ratings