Citra Imperial India Pale Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Citra Imperial India Pale AleCitra Imperial India Pale Ale
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Citra Imperial India Pale AleCitra Imperial India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drmcleod10 on 04-10-2014

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#1,719
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
139
pDev:
8.49%
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Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a creamy yellow gold color. Not quite opaque but it's very cloudy. A bit lighter in color than the Simcoe version. Medium to large white head, rather rocky. It doesn't last terribly long, but there are some nice clumps of bubbles sticking to the walls of the glass. The aroma is bubblegum, pineapple, peach, strawberry, nectarine and a whole bunch of mango. Really nice expression of Citra. Much more sweet fruit flavors than acidic citrus. Mild, sweet pale malt background with a touch of caramel. The taste is similar. It's moderately bitter with a whole bunch of hop flavor. The hoppiness is a bit harsher; there's some pine resin and grapefruit rind getting into the mix. It's still quite gentle. Could be a little juicier. Mouthfeel is medium full, fairly smooth. Some lingering sweetness. Very nice beer with a whole bunch of tasty Citra flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When fresh, no hop character has the punch of Citra- bursting with the tangy and juicy goodness of tangerine that's laced with tropical fruit medley and a hint of fragrant and exotic grasses. And all that irresistible hop flavor manifests in Mikkeller's Citra Imperial India Pale Ale.

Golden-orange in color, the ale pours with a slight weight that causes the carbonation to separate from its body in what seems like slow-motion. As its bright color carries a modestly unfiltered head, a voluminous ivory-white head patiently builds on top. Its utmost retention and intricate lacing tells a charming beer story.

Its aromas bust with citrus hop character- tangerine and mandarin oranges leading the way with a pineapple-mango-apricot roundness that teases the olfactories with notions of Hawaiian punch. A malty backbone of caramel and biscuit is starchy enough to support the hops with a shortbread type of savoriness. As the first sip draws near, a whiff of chive and fresh-cut grass garners surprise.

As its caramel, biscuit and honied sweetness layers onto the palate, its bready sweetness invites a middle palate of high citrus and to a lesser extent, tropical fruit flavor. Vibrant red grapefruit, ripe tangerine, pineapple, apricot and mango are all represented in an array of fructose flavors that emerge with each sip. Finishing smoothly bitter with citrus peels and herbal chive and grass, a moderately spicy alcohol exacerbates the beer's hop bitterness and malty-dry taste.

Medium bodied, the imperial ale drinks much lighter as the sweetness turns to dryness quickly, leaving the resinous hop dryness and alcohol spice to tackle the finish with ease. Its ample carbonation provides a creamy and bready texture early but an arid weightlessness as the taste concludes.

Where no real surprises were had in the taste of Mikkeller's single-hopped Citra Imperial India Pale Ale, anyone who's familiar with the hop variety will find comfort in the taste here as the beer is well formulated, quality brewed and palate tested.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up today because I love Citra Hops.

A - Appearance is much like other Citra IPA's.. they look so appealing and juicy. This is an orange amber haze with a 3 finger white foam head with solid lacing

S - Smell is orange zest with tropical fruit flavors coming in on the nose. Surprisingly when I opened it, it smelled more piney but the beer was slightly too cold. As it got closer to 45 it really began to take on the citrus and tropical fruit blend of smell with mangos, pineapple and orange.

T - Taste follows the smell closely as it is just a tad too bitter for the smell. You definitely get the Citra hops with the orange dominating with hints of pineapple and mange on the finish. It's not as juicy as I was expecting but definitely a combo of bitter hoppy tastes with a sweet fruity finish

M - Mouthfeel is solid for this style. Medium bodied with a not too dry finish

O - Overall I had no expectations whatsoever when I bought this and threw it in my mixed 6er as it just arrived today. Overall I am pleased with this and can add this to the list of DIPA/IPA/APA citra brews that I love

It's no PsuedoSue or King Sue, but if it's available I will definitely pick this up. It's refreshing and easily drinkable for the 8.9% abv

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Photo of Jared14
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mmcurran
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Meyers1023
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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 SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Roland7792
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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 MuFugga
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcthfg
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of thorkelson
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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 larryarms847
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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 JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akward
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirBentham
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BKArmstrong
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Citra Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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