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Citra Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Citra Single Hop IPACitra Single Hop IPA
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3.86/5
Very Good
207 Ratings
Citra Single Hop IPACitra Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gford217 on 06-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,212
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
207
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
Trade:
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Ratings: 207 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of quirkzoo
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

IPA's without dates scare me, especially overseas IPAs but this one is new in a store with decent turnover so I went for it, wish I hadn't.

Pours a very nice dirty orange color with a thick two finger white head that slowly recedes to a nice thick cap. The smell is very interesting, it reminds me of the street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Very sweet, with a palm sugar aroma that has a vegetal undertone, not very complex and not what I would expect from Citra hops. The taste was bitter up front and almost no flavor except for some alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was strange and flaccid. Overall I poured the second half down the drain, not worth it.

From looking at other reviews it seems as though my experience is in the minority, but if you find this beer, make sure it is fresh.

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Photo of CPditka
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Miamilice
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, the usual Danish-only label info on the label. No probs.

This beer pours a hazy dark golden colour, with two fingers of tight foamy, barely off-white head, which leaves an impressive array of complex droopy, fuzzy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet citrus hops, soft grainy malt, and a very understated alcohol edge. The taste is astringent citrus peel, more undervalued caramel graininess, and a still subtle, quiet booziness.

The bubbles are present, but not that pervasive, the body an agreeable medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with a melee of citrus hops and beleaguered bready, caramel malt.

Another decent single hop offering from Mikkeller - this time, the citrus comes out rather forcefully, with a lessened emphasis on the malt side of things. A bit plainly one-sided, and herbal, at times, but overall, pleasant enough to put back.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from the International Beer Shop, thanks to bluebetty for picking this up. Poured into a Great Divide Cervoise goblet.

Large bubbled off-white head of foam sits on top of an orange-amber coloured beer. Nice pillowy head that falls slowly and laces well.

Nice tropical fruit aroma backed with a little bit of an odd earthy smell that detracts a touch.

Tastes of grapefruit and plenty of it. Some malt backing comes in later to offset it a touch.

Decent bitterness throughout, not excessive however. Nice mredium body and easy to drink.

Mikkeller does the single hops well, not amazing, but good beers that you know will showcase the hop well and still be enjoyable.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single hop beers are always an interesting educational experience in picking out the various characteristics of the hops variety in blended hops beers. Nice malt backbone. A touch of honey sweetness subsumed within the moderately citric hops current running throughout the beer. Finish was just a touch astringent.

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Photo of bthomas
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bigteachey
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an excellent honey/copper wit ha slight haze. 3 full fingers of persistent off white head

S - smells like citra hops, good start. a great deal grassier than straight citras

T - Tastes exactly like citra hop flavors. Grassy and citrusy (not so much piny) Tangerine and grapefruit flavors are predominant with the bitterness coming through early on and not lingering.

M - Everything I want in an IPA. Hits the palette hard, carbonation is prominant, then clears out fast. No coating, no thickness. Just leaves behind a citrus grove, nothing else.

O - I think the concept of these single hop IPAs is genius as far as educating on the intricacies of the character of each hop. I've always had a place in my heart for citra and figured this would offer me the best oportunity to evaluate how well they convey the hop as the heart, soul, brain, and reprodcutive system of the beer. I think they did a great job with it. I look forward to trying other hop varieties in this style.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip
thanks to Mr Kennedy for sourcing this

A-- Poured a dark honey orange color. Quit hazy looking but a good hue to this. BIG, massive light brownish sandpaper looking head. Three fingers. Fades pretty quickly to a nice, thick collar. Good lacing left when the head recedes. Also good head retention when swirling this.

S-- Big malt backbone, followed by almost all tangerine nose. Slight notes of grapefruit peel.

T-- Carmel backbone followed by tangerine, orange marmalade, grapefruit, and pine.

M-- Low carbonation, medium body and quite oily. Bitterness is in the mid and back palate. Orange and grapefruit finish that is heavier than in the mouth.

O-- Not a bad IPA. Then again I do think Mikkeller does make good IPA's. Good balance to this and quite drinkable. Hop qualities do shine well through the backbone.

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Photo of sneth019
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep cloudy marmalade hue, tall rocky off-white head with intense retention.

Spicy leafy notes with grapefruit rind on the nose, while lemon and tangerine float in the background. Very faint grainy malt present.

Sweet cakey malt is immediately eclipsed by puckering citrus and herbal hop notes, building in intensity towards the finish with a more pith and rind character. Grapefruit rind assertively lingers on in the aftertaste.

On the fuller side of medium-bodied, slippery and full texture, with low yet still present carbonation.

A decent showcase for the Citra hop varietal, yet overall and overly lop-sided IPA. For those craving a hop fix or to check out what the Citra has to offer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/2/12

A dark amber with a solid long lasting three fingers of creme colored foam that leaves lots of lace well down the glass

S toffee, citrus, some guava but then again I've been smelling guava in everything lately but tropical nonetheless

T what I smell really, tropical fruits and a little toffee, its straight forward but good

M entry is smooth and silky but then it turns to foam, nice aftertaste lingers faintly

O solid stuff but nothing to put it with the mind-blowers, good for sure and worth trying

solid stuff for sure and I can't wait to plow my way through all the new Mikkeller brews that just entered my neck of the woods

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Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of danieelol
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure of the age on this one. Bottle cap reads 20/10/13 which is optimistic by anyone's standards.

Pours a nice colour. Orange/tangerine. Healthy head, lacing etc.

Nose is funky malt first off. Almost the hydroponics of Cantillon somehow. Pretty damn malty base beer with flashes of citrus dripping through. Certainly a nice nose but not one which is particularly IPA-esque.

Taste is very well balanced and has more of a leafy than citrus character.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The bitterness does mount so that is good.

I mean yer, it's actually very enjoyable to drink this. But it has two drawbacks. It doesn't really showcase or isolate Citra all that well. Also it's fairly pricy. Nevertheless still recommended as it's quite delicious.

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Photo of
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle drank from a duvel glass

Pours clear and burnt orange with a crisp and oily large white head, excellent retention.

Passionfruit is dominate on the nose, mandarins aswell. Bananas and pineapple are also noted. Delicious.

A lot less hop character on the palate, I feel the maltiness makes the beer a little sweet. Caramel and mandarin are present, and a little more passionfruit. The finish has a light, simple bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great, light, crisp and very easy to drink. This is one of those beers that I wish I could buy by the 6pack.

This is easily the best Mikkeller single hop beer I've tried so far, very refreshing. My only qualm is that I feel it's missing some hop character on the palate, perhaps that's down the hop variety.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the Mikkeller single hop series.

Poured into a tulip glass, this has a thick foamy head with good retention. Body is a hazy light coppery amber.

Smells subtly of tangerine over a sweet malt base with a little brown sugar.

Predominant taste is orange, which combines with the malty base beer in different ways on the palate. Nicely acidic in the front palate, tastes of slightly bitter orange peel and malt, then a bit more refined sweet orange juice mid palate, which develops into a long finish with orange zest volatiles at the end giving this a dry and bitter ending, which becomes more grapefruit rind in bitterness.

Body is medium and nicely carbonated to produce a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a good expression of Citra hops, but the base beer is a bit toomalty.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with the orange label (different than the picture). This one pours an interesting orange with some reddish hue to it and a one finger soapy off white head. The aromas are very citrusy with a moderate amount of sticky sweet malt. I don't think that it's as fresh as I originally thought. The flavors are pretty malty with a slight citrus hop character with a slightly dry and bitter finish. It is what it is. It drinks light and the flavors aren't bad, just not awe inspiring. This is pretty similar to the rest of their single hop series, superior hop varietal or not.

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Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange hue which leaves a very frothy three finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is lemon zest,grapefruit,dandylions and piney hops,the mouthfeel is abit light and just under medium bodied but very sessionable and has tastes of orange zest,grapefruit,piney citrus hops with also floral hops aswell its like a combination of both and the finish is nice and bitter and overall its nice but not my favourite single hop cheers.

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Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 207 ratings
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