Citra
Kern River Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #5
ABV:
8%
Score:
100
Ranked #51
Avg:
4.61 | pDev: 8.89%
Reviews:
415
Ratings:
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Notes: A double IPA that is hazy pale in color with a strong pungent aroma that comes from large amounts of Citra hops.
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mhksuccess from California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Jul 02, 2013
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle generously shared by Doug. Thanks man! Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/11/2014. Must be about 2, 2.5 weeks old as this is from the previous release.

App- Clear caramel-amber body, with a nice 2-finger white head with good retention, not much lacing. Fairly typical of a DIPA.

Smell- Pineapple, a bit of grapefruit and lemon. Good malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar.

Flavour- Grapefruit with a hint of pineapple, caramel and toffee. Solid, even very good. The citra hops aren't bursting through the seams here. Not complex, not juicy, but certainly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, good carbonation, probably the best feature behind this beer. Fairly bitter, but not particularly resinous and it doesn't stick for a long time. Nice, palate drying finish.

Overall- This is a good Citra hopped DIPA. Technically, it's not single-hop Citra per the label. But King Sue, which is a single hop citra DIPA, wipes the floor, ceiling and all 4 walls with this beer. To me, this beer's popularity is borne at least partially from west-coast hype and scarcity. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer and I enjoyed it, but given what west coast traders are asking for this, I'd very much rather pay the asking price for Abner or Double Sunshine. As a side note for my west coast friends, you should spend the time you'd chase KRBC Citra on finding Citra Showers the next time Noble brews it. That is a very similar quality citra beer that reaches distribution.

Mar 12, 2014
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours an apricot orange color. Some good white froth and lacing
(S)- Big citrus of orange and pineapple. Slight dryness and pine but with a subtle sweetness behind it too
(T)- Candied pineapple and grapefruit-like citrus meets a piney yet sweet honey and orange profile. Some very subtle peach notes on the finish
(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Slightly dry, but a great citrus profile that is balanced so well with some bittnerness. What makes it special is it is not overly sweet
(O)- Honored to finally try this one. Superb citrus and body to it without being too bitter or sweet. Easily one of the top DIPAs I have ever had

Sep 10, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, slightly hazy with no visible cardio and a finger of white head.

Smells of pineapple, citrus and a hint of pine. A Caramel malty backbone follows.

Tastes of perfection in balance. Fruity and floral almost like a rose, lily of the valley. Caramel sweetness with a hint of bitterness like grapefruit pith.

Medium body with a little spritzy carbonation. Covers the abv.

Having on tap at Liquid Gold, San Francisco, Dec 30th, 2018. Amazing brew. The feel is powdery and amazing, the taste so soft yet defined so that it finishes quickly on the palate, leaving you craving the next sip.

Dec 31, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised by the haze, it's a nearly fully opaque orange-amber with a lighter gold around the bottom edge, topped with a large khaki foam that slowly settles to a thin film with a bubbly clinging collar.

Smell actually starts garlicky and biscuity, with some sharp yeast, orange zest and rind, lemon and pine.

Taste is tangy and almost spicy with a mix of allium and citrus, backed by a sting of pine and a biscuity rug with a Triple Sec finish.

This is definitely more old school, malty, bitter and pungent than the new haze class, but is also very citrusy and enjoyable. Body is moderately light with a bubbly light carbonation and a dry, prickly swallow.

Dec 07, 2017
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Golden wheat with a nice layer of head
S: Slight dankness, but fully of fruit
T: Big juicy citrus notes with a balanced malt underpinning
F: Super creamy and mellow
O: Gorgeous use of the citra and amarillo hops - this is an exceptionally balanced beer. Had this side by side with Double Sunshine and this was the overwhelming winner

Nov 28, 2015
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younger35 from Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to dgb3 for generously sending this growler my way. I've had the Citra Hop exactly one time from a homebrewed IPA and it was bomb.com. Drank from my Surly AHA Rally pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a burnt sort of orange with a light bit of chill haze and a perfect one finger creamy off-white head. A decent cap and collar remains along with plenty of thick rich lacing.
Smell- Not as pungent as you'd expect from a big DIPA but it is somewhat fruity. Some papaya, peach and apricot all join the fruit party but I'd just like it to be more intense. The malt is very noticeable as well as there is a bit of a biscuit/caramel malt tinge. Definitely not the typical west coast IPA type smell. Not bad by any means, just not as interesting as I was expecting.
Taste- Hmmm... interesting. Very malty and lightly sweet with a bit of a orange marmalade like thing going on. Maybe some grapefruit and papaya but nothing in the realm of really fruity or citrusy. I get a touch of pine every now and again as well. The malt could be the dominate characteristic in this beer though as some toffee/caramel is evident right from the get go. A grainy sort of toast is present as well. The 8% is hidden extremely well though. I wouldn't guess this beer was over 4-5%.
Mouthfeel- Nice full body with a soft biting carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer.
Drinkability- If I was to take a drink of this beer (not knowing what it was) and was told to guess what it was, NO WAY I'd say a Double IPA. Maybe I'm just too used to the big brash hoppy IPA's but for some reason this beer just didn't do it for me. I had big hopes too considering how good Kern River's Just Outstanding IPA was and how good the homebrewed Citra IPA was that I had. Oh well, can't love every beer but it was still great to try. Thanks much Dan!

May 25, 2010
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pixieskid from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Aug 26, 2013
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cincysig from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Nov 17, 2013
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donovanneb from California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Jan 06, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Sep 07, 2013
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Clownoisseur from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aug 02, 2016
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kingsuecac from Iowa

4/5  rDev -13.2%

Sep 05, 2014
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snpub540 from California

4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been trying to get my hands on Citra for some time and I finally copped a bottle down the from my house.

Pours a very nice very clear amber hue with a fluffy off white head that had some great hang time. Definitely left some nice lacing on the glass the entire drink.

Aromas are just jumping out of the glass like crazy. There are piney notes, big tropical fruit like mango and pineapple and some citrus aromas as well. I have to say its perfect.

Taste again I have to say perfect. I have not had a more easyh to drink DIPA that packs this much flavor. Hops are in your face but not off-putting at all. Sweet upfront with bitterness all the way to the dry crisp end. There is nothing I don't like here.

Drinkability is perfect. Crisp and refreshing with full flavor, it's a win all the way. I need to get more of this while I can.

Aug 22, 2011
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to alcstradamus for the chance to sample this one.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy cider orange gold. Three fingers of eggshell hued head recede slowly leaving thick gobs of lace.

The aroma is full on juicy citrus. Loads of mango, grapefruit and pineapple.

The flavor is a super resinous hop blast. Citrus is all over my tongue. Dry bitter finish. Light hints of malt.

Medium body mild carbonation.

Overall a decent DIPA. Nothing epic.

Aug 19, 2010
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draheim from Washington

4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (no dates, but this is fresh, 2011) poured into a tulip. Thanks again sleepyhead for this totally unexpected gift from the gods!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a fluffy 2-finger head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is a tropical burst. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange. There's also a nice malty aroma and slight booze in the background, all combining wonderfully.

Taste is seriously delicious and hoppy, but there's a good malt base there too. Tastes like an imperial Two Hearted. Alcohol is definitely present, but it works as an ingredient that adds to the flavor profile.

This one definitely lives up to the hype, and it's in the same league with Pliny or anything I've had from Alpine. If only this beer were available year-round, locally. Feeling very fortunate right now that I got a chance to try this.

Sep 10, 2011
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Cyclone8 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Jan 27, 2014
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Polvo626 from California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

Mar 11, 2014
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SoleBriety from California

4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 31, 2015
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ajperez1 from California

4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is truly a delicious beer. Everything about it is outstanding. I tried the lottery to try to buy this beer but no dice this year. I'll keep trying. It's really worth it!

Apr 15, 2015
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A darker filtered orange with an sizable ivory head settling down to a wisp and a wide band that climbs the glass and leaves a couple narrow partial bands of lace.

S: Malt Bomb, medicinal pine, and citrus syrup.

T: Follows the nose, there’s an unexpected clove note in there too. Pretty strong. Bitter And resinous like the West coast doubles of old.

F: Heavier weight, malty and sticky and a good stomach full. Right carbonation. Off-dry with a drier and bitter finish.

O: If you like’em malty this is well done. Overall I personally would not put it at number five however. A bit of hype.

Jun 19, 2020
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Lenny1203 from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.5%

Nov 15, 2011
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TKEbeerman from Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Nov 12, 2013
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Twal from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Jun 23, 2012
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djre4orm from Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

Jun 13, 2013
Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
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