Citra Imperial India Pale Ale
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Citra Imperial India Pale AleCitra Imperial India Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
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Ranked #2,042
4.25 | pDev: 8.47%
Mikkeller ApS
Citra Imperial India Pale AleCitra Imperial India Pale Ale
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Photo of mntlover
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just happened to be in the beer shop when it was delivered best by 12/01/18 yeah hardly doubt that since its an IPA but should be wonderful now.

Pours a deep murky tangerine color with a nice fluffy thumb sized cream colored head that falls slowly and laces very well.

Aroma is wow very fruity tangerines, pineapples front and center mango, peaches and others underneath all mingled together. Juicy fruit bubble gum of IPA's. Malt base is nice sweet almost like honeysuckle. Not sure if I am just in the mood for this one but having a hard time remembering another IPA with this much tropical fruit notes, damn. Not really bitter smelling just fruity as hell.

Taste is well sadly a notch down from the nose, but considering the nose is near perfection a notch down is still very nice. Good malt base that is lightly sweet honey notes, good fruity notes tangerine, pineapple, mango the whole tropical Citra hop fruit thing going on. Fruity hops flavors but bitterness is also present with lingering herbal spice notes more so then the citrus bitterness that is hidden underneath. Good flavor, very good beer wouldn't mind kicking back a few of these but since I paid $7 for this bottle so don't see that happening.

Mouthfeel is nice approaching full and seems a little creamy even with the slightly peppy carbonation thanks to the oats I guess.

Overall really enjoying this one kind of sad that my glass keeps getting emptier, might have to pick up another couple of these even with that price tag just to see if my mouth was biased today.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Underdog, Dublin.
Dark bronze with speckles. 4
Honey, booze, and limeade. 3.75
Caramel, red grapefruit, red hots, and Cointreau. 3.5
Chalky end.
Medium, sticky, hot. 3.75

Smells stale. Citra can be delicate, but this ain’t. Burns, too. A bully. 3.75

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml can - last week, it was all the variably hopped session IPAs, and this week it's the variably hopped DIPAs. Good move, Alberta import agent.

This beer pours a dark, murky apricot amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered broken chainlink fence lace around the glass as it lazily blows off.

It smells of grainy and doughy caramel malt, thickly pith-strewn orange juice, some muddled tropical fruitiness, a small hard water flinty essence, and zingy leafy, piney, and perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and bready caramel malt, orange, lemon, and lime citrus rind, earthy yeast, damp Pez candies, and more testy leafy, grassy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly inert in its barely-there frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with maybe a soupcon of alcohol ingress taking things down a notch or so here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed fruitiness, lingering malt, and hovering booze making for familiar company.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough version of the style, as, once again, the Citra varietal has proven itself worthy of going solo in any sort of IPA. Big and juicy, and just a wee bit warming, which works oh so well on a September day that falls decidedly outside of the whole concept of 'Indian Summer'.

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Photo of kitch
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml can with a best before date of 15th November 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller tasting glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark golden orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Orange juice, lemon, pine and caramel with hints of mango.

Taste: Bittersweet tangy citrus fruit, orange rind, biscuit malt, toffee and hints of honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was nice and enjoyable to drink. Second favourite to Mosaic, and much better than the Cascade and Simcoe versions.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml can poured into a snifter.

Very hazy golden orange color which is almost NE like, the pour builds up very thick creamy off-white head that withstands with good retention before slowly subsiding to a long-lasting bubble patch atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot.

Very fruity and juicy Citra aromas of tropical, strong citrus, lime, lemon rind, passion fruit, melon, pineapple, lychee, earth, resin, and some spice. Malt is sweet candy-like, caramel, syrup, and bread.

The taste is nice with loads of tropical and fruity paradise of strong citrus, lime, lemon rind, passion fruit, melon, pineapple, lychee, earth, some spice, and persistent resiny bitterness. The overall flavor is intense with hop but same time being balance by malt with its sweet candy, caramel, syrup, bread, as well as some smoothness and sweetness. The end and aftertaste is wrapped up and lasting with upright bitterness and some fruitiness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and moderate to some lively carbonation through the palate, the feeling is crisp, well-rounded, and refreshing with a very dry finish.

Citra is always ones of my favorite hops when it comes to IPA. This one as well with alcohol perfectly concealed making it so drinkable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque golden color with webby head just creamy creamy creamy.

Aromas of citrus and Brett, dry hop.

Flavors are more of the same with addition of peach pit and chalk.

Feel is creamy for days, also nicely carbonated.

Impressive is the word of the day here. Very solid, I'd have it again.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very cloudy orange color with over three fingers worth of foamy white head that laces the glass. The nose is tropical fruit, a bit of citrus, and some breadiness. The flavor follows the nose as you get tropical fruit like mango, a little lemon, but more of a bready than the smell hints at. It's a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a decent amount of carbonation. This is an impressive beer showcasing Citra hops!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer in its smell and taste reminds me of Dogfish Head's 90 minutes, a unique beer. Mostly because you can noticed brown sugar and dark fruits notes in the taste which is not common in a dipa. This beer is balanced, insanely hopped but the malts are everywhere. The smell is a lot like a barleywine and the taste follows with the butterscotch but is more on the grapefruit and the floral sides. This beer has no boundaries. It's exquisite and I love it

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Photo of portwood
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell: mango, dank citrus, over-ripe pineapple, bready.
Taste: syrupy sweet, oily mouth feel, avg carbonation, candied citrus, big caramel, slightly boozy.
Finish: orange, avg bitterness, more caramel, piney dry.
(bottle BB 05/18/17)

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 5/18/17 ( right....)

Pours amber with 3 fingers of creamy beige colored head. Murks up a bit, great head retention & good lacing

S: Bready, a little mango, I wish a little more of what was on my nose was in the flavor

T: Much breadyness, a little lemon & mango up front, plus pineyness & woody hops. Cakeyness, mango, booze & caramel as this warms along with herbal & woody hops. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, much cakeyness & a little pear & pineapple, real late to the party

MF: Fairly chewy, carbonation is pronounced, I need more hops, skews way malty

Pretty good, not great. Hops are not that prominent & these guys need to get real on a BBD. I will note that for future reference. I had much higher hopes for this one, drank alright

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden ale with a modest white head. Lots of citrus on the nose, hints of flowers and mild fresh grains. a plush experience on the tongue, soft and smooth and rich with all manner of citrusy fruits, sweet and ripe. A bit too pricey to buy more than a couple, but a spot-on treat for Citra fans.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky golden yellow/orange with the frothiest three finger head of foam that lasts.

Citrus, stone fruit, resinous, and a subtle toasted malt sweetness.

Tropical and citrusy hops really take front stage. Dank and bitter hoppiness, slowly fades into a subtle sweetness.

Medium-bodied, heavy carbonation, dank, resinous, creamy smooth!

Overall, this brew is fantastic in both flavor and aroma, but also has a creamy smooth mouthfeel and a frothy head of foam that feels like sipping on a cloud.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour with best before on cap of 18/05/17. Look is cloudy, opaque orange. Aroma is classic Citra with dank, stone fruit and lots if citrus fruit and a hint of malty bread. Taste similar to aroma with mild bitterness and a sweet malt backbone that lingers on the tongue. Feel is thick and creamy. Not a ton of carbonation and alcohol well hidden for 8.9%

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Photo of mschrei
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like I may rate something under the average for a change. I'm a big Citra fan, but this seemed too malty without enough citrus. Slight tang on the aftertaste. Not bad, but not sure I'd buy it again.

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Photo of OleBruin
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy appearance. Citra smell. Almost creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. It seemed like the citra opens up as the beer warms. It's a must try for citra fans like myself.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

some of these mikkeller beers i thought i would never get to try, you know, one offs that would not be done again, distributed to wherever i was living, and i was sad about it. this was one of those. turns out the mikkeller bar in san francisco is the motherland for these types of beers, knew it would be, was real happy to see some of those on the menu. this was my first beer there. hazy in a nice looking chalice, orange glow to it, obviously some malt body, and a lasting two thirds inch of airy white foam. smells lovely, maybe not super super fresh or juicy, but its citra hops for sure. more bitterness than i expected, and pretty darn bold, nowhere near as delicate as i thought it might have been. there is plenty of crystal malt flavor and grain sturcture, lots for the hops to cling to, and plenty of oils too, especially for a citra beer, which always seem more fruity than oily, but this is a west coast style brew, save the slight yeast haze and bready backbone it has. another unique beer from mikkeller. wondering though if this keg has been around awhile and has faded, or if the recipe just isnt that expressive of citra. its obviously citra, but so many beers showcase its nuance more. this may be more about versatility, balance, and drinkability than nuance, and there isnt a hint of booze at all here. a nice start to a memorable afternoon at the bar here.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on August 10, 2015 in a Teku glass from a 330 ML bottle with a cap stamped 18/05/17. Look is cloudy gold, thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is floral, citrus fruit and a tiny hint of malt sweetness. Taste is a complex mix of juicy bitter citrus fruits and floral notes with some faint caramel malt notes. Feel is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation with a crisp creamy finish. Nice!

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Photo of laketang
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours heavy orange with large foam head

grapefruit and orange dominate, a little lemon zest and some funk (mikkeller)

all grapefruit orange all day

tangy citrus aftertaste hangs around till next sip repeat.

I love this one and if you like the real heave citrus taste so will you

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Photo of drmeto
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

-pours a cloudy deep orange with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-lemons,oranges,tangerines,grapefruit,peaches,pineapple,mango,passionfruit,white grapes
-Follows the nose
-moderate bitterniss for a DIPA
-finishes very dry
-medium carbonation
-full body
-slight alcohol warming
An absolute Citra Juice Bomb.
First Mikkeller Beer to really Wow me.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33 cl can purchased at Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop in Copenhagen. I've now tried a bunch of the Mikkeller single hop series and this is the best one I've had. Not too malty like many of the others and the Citra really shines. Very good.

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Photo of babaracas
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque but radiant yellow-orange with one finger of dense creamy white foam, settles to a thin ring, delicate lace down the glass. Smell: over the top massive citra blast and nothing else... fruit loops, mango orange and pineapple juice blend, whole grapefruit, slightly weedy. Taste: sugared dried mango, tangerine juice, leafy flavors providing some needed bitterness, note of candied lime peel. Malt backing is pretty much non existent except as sugary pale coming off as part of the juicy citrus and tropical fruit. Sugary slightly pulpy orange juice feel. Fantastic!

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Photo of T-34-85
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very unique look to this DIPA. It is very cloudy and completely opaque, looking like a melted creamcicle

Aroma is thoroughly dank and citrusy, and is very pleasant.

The taste also has a complex dank flavor with an upfront sweetness common to DIPA's, and a moderate level of bitterness that is well suited to the beer's overall experience and yields a citrusy rind like flavor.

Good carbonation level and mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a great beer with a solid citrus character, and is the best looking beer I have ever seen. Awesome.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a thick looking and turgid orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells like a classic Citra-hopped IPA- really fruity and tropical, an unbelievably citrus forward, with no malt aspect at all.

This basically tastes like hop-enchanced, alcoholic orange juice. It's unbelievably fruity, and "thick" tasting. Orange, apricot and pineapple galore, with some stone fruit, and a little bit of pine. I'm not really getting a lot of malt character.

This is pretty thick and pulpy in feel, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is excellent, much better than I expected.

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Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Senor Pacheco for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Sampled with him previously and now reviewing my bottle.

A- Pours from the tall 12oz bottle into a tulip with a strangely hazy almost murky-pulpy body. A massive thick creamy white head peaks at over two fingers. Great head retention as a thick pillow seems to stay around forever. Huge sheets and webs of lacing everywhere.

S- Juicy and pungent. Pretty much stone fruit juice and citrus meeting together to produce a fruity bouquet of tangerines, oranges, satsuma mandarin, nectarine, melon and mango. Hints of grainy bread and caramel but hops are about ninety percent of it.

T- Stays true to the aroma but the bitterness really works well here. Being a Double IPA I like when brewers can combine a semi-aggressive bitterness with the juicy and citrus hop flavors; that is all here. As above you can pretty much list off citrus and stone fruits and find them in here but for me the big ones are piney mango, cantaloupe/melon, tangerines and oranges. In the taste a ripe dankness comes along with all of this. Base grains are there as a support to the hops with a medium sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied and perhaps on the lighter side of things for the style but it suits the flavors better than a thick body would. High, crisp carbonation sets off a creamy and frothy consistency. Finishes with a moderately high bitterness; a perfect way for it all to end.

Dank, juicy and citrus hops swarm the taste buds with a pungent high strength. One of the best things to me is keeping that edgy citrus rind high bitterness around with them. A lot of brewers just go for juice bombs and smoothness. This combines the smooth fruity hop flavors with a great bitter finish.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice fresh Mikkeller DIPA. Again with this 'Indian' Pale Ale listing?

A - Pour from a 330ml into a snifter is REALLY hazy light orange. It kinda looks like powdery fruit juice. Nevertheless, a nice a color. A creamy white/yellowish head retains very well as a thin+full cap, bits of lace left throughout.

S - Nice scents of, you guessed it, Citra hops. Decent strength. Lots of leafy and earthy grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit, some mint. Some sugary malt backing.

T - Bitterness builds up a little more here with plenty of lemon, orange, tangerine and mango, more intense herbal hop and piny resin coming through. Malt flavors are more distinct here as well with honey and biscuit tones.

M - Creamy and somewhat heavy feeling, medium-high hop bitterness that is nicely cushioned by malts. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, some alcohol there. Definitely has a 'big IPA' feel to it. One bottle of this is plenty for me.

O - Quite good. Compared to the Citra-variety Hill Farmstead IPA/DIPAs, this felt maybe not quite as put together but also a little less restrained, showing off its ABV and bitterness a little more. Good intense flavors and showcases Citra well.

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Citra Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 142 ratings