Citra | Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97.9%
Liked This Beer
4.57 w/ 1,754 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
kernriverbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A double IPA that is hazy pale in color with a strong pungent aroma that comes from large amounts of Citra hops.

Added by Solomon420 on 02-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#54
Reviews:
400
Ratings:
1,754
Liked:
1,718
Avg:
4.57/5
pDev:
8.97%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,156
Gots:
142
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 1,754 |  Reviews: 400
Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of blckout20
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Alpar
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.79/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a bottle courtesy of Dale.

A: Cloudy straw color with a thin white head. Great legs.

N: Lots of grapefruit. Lots of earth and pine. Very little malt.

T: Very citrusy. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Great malt base, but it has the stinging sugariness I associate with some underattenuation. Tons of earth and pine. Nice.

M: Medium bodied and quite sticky. Noticeable alcohol.

O: Quite good, but I wouldn’t kill myself for more.

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Photo of DrDownThere
3.8/5  rDev -16.8%

Photo of fureousangel
3.8/5  rDev -16.8%

Photo of Hallertau
3.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pepsican
3.82/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than expected caramel color pour with a nice sized pillowy head floating on top. Huge resinous pine hop notes are mixed well with some tropical fruit and more dank dank dank. Flavor is a bit more malt forward than I figured. Aggressively bitter finish, great carbonation for the style. Very nice.

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Photo of Straycorn
3.82/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of boredalready
3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

After reading all the great reviews and seeing all the hype, I wanted to love it but definitely didn't.

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Photo of Mfbda1daonly
3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.86/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tine802
3.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lawsonciv
3.88/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkeyePA
3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Psyko
3.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citra Double IPA

On tap at the KRBC Brew Pub and from lottery won bottle 10/26/13
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light orange/amber with a small 1 finger head.

S: Mango dominates the aroma. there is no alcohol in the smell.

T: Non-distinct tropical fruit flavors dominate the initial flavor profile. On the back end there is a dank resinous dry finish. This beer paired very well with the buffalo chicken sandwich served in the brewpub (highly recommended).This is a good DIPA beer.

M: The beer has a clean crisp mouthfeel and the finish is bitter crisp.

O: This beer is really good. The overall flavor is closer to Heady (drier) than Pliny (malty). Kinda over-hyped but a must try if available. The brewpub is a great place to visit with great food and staff. It is so worth the trip. Recommended.

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Photo of kingston2
3.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler.

A: Citra is a darker, autumnal with leafy, tobacco brown colors. Enough lighter hues lend to the yellow-brown leaves in fall aspect. A small head.

S: The citra nose is intoxicating, sweet with orange. Underneath the hops, caramel malts provide a surprising degree of balance.

T: The citra, as pleasant as the nose is, doesn't quite last. Hoppiness is present, a recurring theme. Citrusy orange flavors are rich and lush, well-balanced against the caramel biscuit malts. Citra starts out well but gets lost amongst the bolder double IPA flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp upfront, hoppier and varied in the finish. The citra nose is great.

D: A good beer, plenty flavorful with the citra leading the charge.

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3.92/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Kern River shaker pint (currently their only style of glassware available). This was one attractive beer: cloudy apricot-orange color with an inch or so of thick, foamy, white head that retained strongly, coating the glass with lacing. Nice aroma of citrus zest and underripe pineapple, for a fresh bottle, it wasn't really exploding with aroma as I had hoped, but it was still nice. The taste was good, nothing mind-blowing, pretty much average on the scale of IPAs or DIPAs. Good burst of hops, more bitter than fresh and juicy, citrus rind, underripe pineapple, herbal notes, grassy notes, bready malt base. Good, but nothing special or unique really. Smooth mouthfeel for a double, with just about no alcohol burn at all, though a little graininess lingered in the aftertaste. With all the hype this beer gets, I really expected something different, but it was really just a basic IPA, and offered nothing more than a typical local option. Still good, of course, just wackily overrated.

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3.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orange color with a touch of rustic brown and a pure as white snow color of a head

S - oniony, earthy, dank citra hops and a little bit of fruit leap out of the glass

T - sweet citrusy hops move on to a nice earthy, oniony presence. a little bit of caramel malt is hidden underneath, but you have to dig through the hop bombardment to find them. Ends with light citrus and more of the oniony earth notes.

M - medium bodied, smooth, matches the beer style well

D - overall, this is a solid DIPA. This beer showcases the citra hop very well as one might expect. I have been wanting to try this one for a while and was glad to get a chance.

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Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.9% out of 100 with 1,754 ratings
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