Citra Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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

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Ratings:
206
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Local Option.

Appearance: As with the other Mikkeller single hops, this has a full golden caramel color with a dollop of creamy white foam on top. Hazy. A healthy amount of lace coats the glass.

Smell: A fair amount of caramel and biscuity sweetness seems to overhwhelm the mango and citrus hop aroma. Was this not dry hopped (or not dry hopped enough)?

Taste: The flavor starts out with a caramel and honey sweetness with some biscuity malt flavor as well. The mango, pineapple, and citrus flavor that I would expect is actually a little bit subdued, with some sticky pine hoppiness taking away from the fruit flavor. The finish has a lingering bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, although this does not have as light of a feel as some of the others. The carbonation edges in the direction of creamy, and there is a soft graininess to the feel. After a few minutes, this begins to lose its carbonation quickly, which is unfortunate.

Overall: This was fairly disappointing. Lately Citra hops have been all the craze, and for good reason. I have been seeking out anything with Citra in it, and this was the worst one I have had so far. Not to say that this was a terrible beer overall, but rather that the execution of the hops was not up to snuff.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "8231103" on the cap, not really sure what this indicates.

pours out a rather cloudy deep golden orange color, somewhat amber. big, frothy off white head, maybe 2 fingers. some very nice thick retention and lots of nice lace stick to the glass.

i was expecting a citrus assault on the nose, but to my surprise this is a pretty balanced smelling IPA. pretty metallic at first. a lighter grapefruit citrus melds with a biscuity malt, slight fruity esters and a hint of resin.

no real hop flavors shine here, a bit of a letdown. theres a little resinous grapefruit, maybe a hint of pine. also kind of a woody hop character is noticable. biscuity caramel malt balances things out. bitterness throughout but definatly nothing kicking your teeth in.

heavier side of medium bodied with a slight resinous, sticky feel.

citra hops, the new variety on the market that seems to be all the rage. ive really enjoyed this hop in all the beers ive had it in (ithaca-13, torpedo, etc.), but this didnt do it for me. hardly any of the wonderful characteristics of this hop shine in this beer, too balanced. perhaps this was better fresher? the chinook and cascade single hop beers from the last batch were much better than this. kind of a letdown...

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass- pours a hazy orange/brown color with two fingers of head that stay for a somewhat unnervingly long time with puffy lacing.

The smell is definitely citrus- lemon, grapefruit, and resin. Good, but nowhere near as inviting as some of the great IPAs.

The taste is sweet throughout- definitely some piney resin up front followed by lemon, then grapefruit and then it gives way to malt sweetness with a little residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little too syrupy. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a little sticky. This is an interesting beer but not one I'd seek out (I just saw it and decided to give it a whirl).

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With likely the most exciting hop variety to sprout in quite some time, and knowing the quality of Mikkeller beers; this beer created quite some excitement and great anticipation.

Pouring and expected similar appearance to others in the Single Hop series, the beer carries a dense and rich look of deep amber, rusty copper, and with a medium haze. Very froathy in its head coat, the off-white foam proves stubborn, as well does the lace of intricate patterns behind. A very hearty IPA.

Fruity, malty, and citrusy, the nose of Citra is pretty well balanced, but not with the punch of Citra hops as I know them. Richly malted, the nose is of fruitcake, caramel, bread crust, and a spicy earthy scent of hops (citrusy of course, but not with as much confidence as expected).

Flavors are balanced where hop dominance is needed. Densely malted with caramel, toffee, bread crust, and sweet breads coupled with esters of cherries, apples, and white raisons all give a sweeter, heartier, and fruitier flavor to the base beer. Citra hops have a moderate flavor of red grapefruit that simply seem muted in taste and result in only a balanced bitterness to the malt in finish. Balanced and non-descript, the beer's flavor doesn't carry the education in Citra hops for which I had hoped.

Malty rich textures give a creamy and bready mouthfeel to start that holds onto its body until deep into the mid palate. A very late and only moderate dryness of trailing malts, alcohol warmth, and hop dryness lead to a malty-dry IPA that prefers more malt richness over crisp and refreshment.

Although this, as with all other single hop series beers, are all very tasty and well built beers, the Citra hops are very tame and somewhat of a let down after tasting beers like Three Floyds Zombie Dust and Widmer X-114 IPA.

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Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It is hazy semi-opaque and has a caramel color. Decent foamy tan/white head.

S. Extremely strong fruity scent. Kind of pear, but more citrus.

T. This has a Sprite kind of taste to it. Fruity like a jollyrancher. Some citrus. A feel of banana. Very unique taste. A bit of a malty feel.

M. Smooth and full bodied.

O. For an IPA, not my kind of style that I prefer. A bit too fruity and smooth without enough bite.

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Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of jvillefan
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very musty brownish orange with a very solid ivory two finger head.

S: Citra. That about sums it up.

T: Very bitter on the front end of the beer. Then citrusy fruits begin to emerge like grapefruit and a little bit of orange. Not a lot of malt to back up the hops though.

M: Very good. Fills the mouth well and has excellent carbonation.

O: A good beer but probably not worth the price ($5.19).

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a lot cloudier than I would have expected. Head is large, but falls somewhat quickly. Character on this is okay. Seems a bit twiggy and too bright. Slightly salty acidic citrus bite to it. This is decent, but I would hope for a bit more from the Citra hop. Nice to try, but wouldn't keep it on a regular rotation. (Especially considering the price).

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a fading head.
Nose shows passion fruit, lychee, peach, pineapple and grapefruit. Some soft clean malt underneath.
Tropical fruit carries through as a flavour, with lots of grapefruit too. Fairly sharp bitterness. Could use more crystal malt.
Carbonation is a bit high.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a thick, foamy head and active carbonation. Eventually, the head recedes, leaving very little lacing on the glass. It has kind of a murky, light rust color. Bright smelling. Notes of butter, cheese and lemon. Taste is mildly fruity and lightly piney with a mildly astringent aftertaste. Malts are pronounced, which is unsurprising given that this was probably hanging around the shop for a good long time. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, the carbonation adding a good amount of bite. This is actually quite drinkable for its likely age, and is probably a good bit better fresh.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8231103 on the cap
The last of the Single hop series that I have for now. I’ll pick up a few more if/when I see them.

I consider Citra the crack of hop varieties at this point, so I am quite interested in trying this version.

Upon pouring the beer, I am shocked that the aroma is quite muted. Some of the distinct malt aromas from the Mikkeller series but not a huge fresh hop nose. Some fruit, thought of berries.

Visually, very similar to all the others, great creamy head with insane retention. The same amber color as the others. Rings, of lace. Looks great.

Flavor is actually pretty nice. Very fruity as expected. I think the fruity notes do mix well with the malt/caramel notes. Ends with a pithy grapefruit Peel bitterness. Have to admit it’s growing on me more as I slowly drain the glass.
Mouth feel is a little course and dry. Carbonation is almost prickly.
Interesting and not bad, but certainly not the fresh explosion that you dream of when thinking of Citra IPA’s.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.81 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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