Citra | Kern River Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of ChanChan
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kern River Citra DIPA
Got a hold of a three of these bottles from two different stores in the Kern River Citra Craze of 8/19/2011.

From 22 OZ Bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Beautiful orange color with a minimal haze. The head was white and fluffy. Lacing was great.

Aroma: Hops and more hops. This beer smells of fresh cut peaches, pineapple, and mango, It’s wonderful!

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation with a medium body feel.

Taste: Insanely hoppy but not bitter! Tthe drinkability is amazing.

Overall: Worth the hype! I heard about this beer not long ago so I was lucky to get a hold of it while it lasted.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this thanks to a very generous BA in a trade. Pours a hazy orange with a brilliantly forming two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. gorgeous pour. The smell is absurd. It is seriously like heaven. I have given 5's before for aroma. I have never smelled anything like this. Grapefruit, peach, lemon, orange, passion fruit, pineapple, pine, and pure deliciousness. I want to smell this all day long. Seriously.

Taste is great as well. Orange, Peach, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of pineapple, alcohol is barely noticeable. Not much pine, which is surprising coming from the left coast. The citrus here is seriously outrageous. It tastes like a grapefruit and a tangerine had wild porn star sex and created the most fabulous love baby ever. With a brew like this, docking points in any attribute is simply nitpicking. This could very well be my favorite beer. I'd say this and Alpine Nelson are neck-in-neck. Wildly good.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: A slight murky golden orange with an off white head.

Smell: Peach, Pineapple, floral hops, grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Almost the same as the aroma but the hops are a little more forward.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse with a dry finish.

Overall: The aroma had me going from the get go. I loved all the citrus in there. Well balanced and a great hop presence. So glad JoEBoBpr sent this to me. Cheers.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good friend acquired this in a trade and generously shared it at a low-key tasting. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer pours a dark gold. I can't think of another DIPA that pours this dark actually. It was almost the color and density of apple cider with all the cloudiness. A good sized white foam cap formed showing the carbonation had lasted the transcontinental voyage.

The smell is very nice with some toffee sweetness backing up a major dose of super tropical fruity hops. It is so tropical that it reminds me of candied mango.

The taste has a nice smooth sweet, toffee-ish base. Over the top, we get tons of citric hop flavor. This isn't really a complex beer, just sweet base and citra hops. I generally prefer a few layers of hops but I don't get that in this beer. The finish has a medium-low bitterness: IMO, it is too low.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability-wise, I think this is a very nice beer. The low bitterness makes it accessible but doesn't really move my taste buds to NEED another sip.

I love the Citra hop and this beer is a very good hommage to it.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber, white head, decent lacing.

Beautiful citrus aroma. Fresh mango, some orange and pine too. Just fresh, juicy, and lush.

Taste definitely has citrus, but there's more mango sweetness than citrus pungency. Good pine presence. More malt too, as the beer warms. Not as big on hops as many of the great dipas, but it contends with them.

A great beer.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw Naja's Place posting on facebook that they got Citra in on tap, so I made it over there to get me some before it all ran out.

The appearance is orangey-golden. Looks freaking delicious. The head is nice but quickly dies off, as is usual with most (D)IPAs. The smell is absolutely heavenly. Whereas sometimes Pliny smells like a pine tree, Citra has more of a --well-- citrusy aroma...and more flowery. It's definitely more complex.

Taste is amazing. The taste matches the smell: citrusy and flowery. The nice thing is the mouthfeel and drinkability. Mouthfeel is very light and easy to drink. I could easily have had another one of these.

In the DIPA land where Pliny is king, Citra is #2 and a near worthy contender. Even though their both DIPAs, they have subtle differences that really make them stand apart. It'd be interesting to taste the two side by side in a blind taste test. I'm glad to have experienced this and would not hesitate to buy it again. Cheers!

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass on 11/1/11; reviewed from notes. Shared with two friends. Thanks to Vanlingleipa for this amazing brew!

A- Copper-orange with a full, one finger, white head that lasted throughout and left a sticky lacing behind. Light penetration was complete.

S- Fruity: citrus, grapefruit, and mango.

T- Slightly bitter with the full range of the fruits present in the aroma.

M- Medium with ample carbonation.

O- Honestly, I wasn't sure if it would live up to the hype, but it did! The only disappointment I have is that I couldn't get two bottles.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone I.R.S. tulip. A finger and a half of big frothy white head. Beautiful dark golden color. The smell. Where do I begin? Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, pine and sweet malt are all present. Top 5 noses on an IPA I can remember. Citrus and more citrus on the palate. Medium dry. 3/4 of the way to super bitter. The finish lingers drying out my tongue. The mouthfeel is very creamy, I wish there was a bit more prickling my tongue. Holy crap I love this beer.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/25/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head that leaves nice lacing around glass.

S: The nose is phenomenal, so much fresh fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, and fresh mangoes. Could smell all the fruity hops as soon as I cracked the bottle. Hints of malt and alcohol, but barely detectable beneath all of the delicious hops.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as the nose but still quite hop forward. An assortment of both tropical and citrus hop flavors that mingle so well together that they are hard to separate from one another. A nice malt backbone to bring some balance to the moderate hop bitterness. Only a touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: Really smooth medium body with low-moderate carbonation, somewhat resinous feel and a semi-dry finish.

O: Excellent DIPA, really delicious and extremely high drinkability. The hop profile is near perfect. I really wish that this was available year round!

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Photo of beertooth
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this tasty beverine.

This beer pours a cloudy golden liquid with a nice pocked up sticky layer of off white head.

The nose is soapy, dank, and cheesy with tons of grapefruit and other citrus.

The Taste follows with blasts of dank, soapy hops. Some mellow sweet malts are poking through, but the hops are killing it here. This is a serious grapefruit bomb. Tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation.

A damn tasty DIPA for sure. Thanks again to Alex for bringing this over to Joe's.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep orange with a fairly small head, but some pretty wicked sticky lacing is left when I swirl the brew around in my glass.

Aroma is naturally all citrus and some piney hops. I am getting a lot of pineapple and grapefruit in particular, and there is some resin there to back it up. This is definitely one of the top couple best beers I have ever smelled.

Taste is similar with sweet citrus fruits and a solid dose of piney resin bitterness that really doesn't set up until the finish. Hints of sweet malts are in the background for support, but the hops clearly steal the show.

Medium in body with a pretty sticky texture and just the right amount of prickly carbonation dances across my tongue with each sip. It's a good thing I don't live anywhere near Kern River, I'd be living there while this is on tap.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought from the brewery and brought to my house. Consumed with friends this past Tuesday. Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Hazy orange color with a finger width of pillowy head. There is lots of lacing, and a nice ring settles to the top of the beer as I drink it.

S - Orange, pineapple, citrus, guava. All of the tropical fruits are covered. There's a tiny bit of sweetness and just a touch of pine on the finish. As the beer opens up, just a bit of boozy/peppery smell comes out too.

T - Lots of citrus hops with a touch of pine. Definitely hope forward with the pine lingering. It follows the nose very well. And just like the smell, as the beer opens, it becomes a tad bit peppery, and just a slight boozy finish.

M - A rather light mouthfeel, which is different for a DIPA. There is ample carbonation, maybe a tad too much. My tongue is lift a bit prickly.

D - Uhhhmmm, yeah. This is definitely drinkable. Not the best DIPA I've ever had, but solid, and I'd never pass on it.

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Photo of mikul93
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Pours a rich orange/gold with a nice eggshell head with nice lacing. Pretty beer.

S Holy smokes! Wonderful floral hop smell with pine and malt all married so well together. This is a fantastic smelling beer!

T Just like the nose. Hopes, pine, citrus, malt all balanced together. Slight bitterness at the end. Every sip of beer I can't help but exclaim "Damn that's good!" This is a world class brew.

M Medium body, crisp and refreshing.

O I've tried all the top tier DIPA's out there and this is , hands down, the best I have ever had. In my top 3 overall. It's a shame that it's availability is so limited.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber split with my brother a day after the release.

Pours a glowing copper orange that is slightly see-through. You see very little carbonation climbing to the top. A nice 2 finger head is formed atop. Extremely tight bubbles that last for quite some time. Thin lacing is left behind, but there's a lot of it.

Smell is intoxicating. I love how simple this beer is. Just loaded to the brim with Citra hops. Nice tropical notes, but just ultra ripe Citra. You can smell it from a good 2 feet away. Absolutely incredible.

Taste follows the outstanding smell. Full of juicy tropical fruits followed by the even juicier Citra hops. I usually like complexities, but this is so one dimensional and I am absolutely blown away by it.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side. Low carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

When I had this on tap at the release I liked it, but didn't love it. Sitting down with the bottle though I am now a complete believer of the hype. This will be a hard DIPA to top, but I look forward to trying to find one that does. Well done KRBC.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brownish copper color with a fluffy off-white head that keeps a healthy cap, lacing the glass nicely as it goes down.

N- Huge bitter grapefruit aromas with elements of the rind, pith, and flesh. Juicy citrus accents with soft pineapple and tropical fruit gummy bears underneath. Just a hint of toasted grain way in the back. Floral, herbal fumes start to appear as the beer warms.

T- Clean, sweet toasted grain provides a thick base for the hoppy goodness that ensues. A firm bitterness cuts the sweet malt with notes of herbs, grass, pine resin, and grapefruit rind. Dry biscuity malt emerges from the bitterness, while juicy citrus and tropical fruit keep the mouth watering through the mid palate. The finish is long and fairly dry with lingering grain and a lasting grassy, herbal, piney bitterness that leaves you with fresh hop breath.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy and sticky. Moderate carbonation and a semidry finish.

D- Overall, a solid DIPA. I much prefer the bottle version of this to the growler. Always a treat to have, and I look forward to the next batch if I can't get my hands on any more this round.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a bomber of this brew from a trade. Big thanks for that! Love those DIPA's. Let's see how this measures up!

Appearance: Pours a light-golden, not so pale coloring. Frothy, white head of about an inch thick and provides impressive lacing all the way down. Big thumbs up that gives this a perfect 5

Smell: Sweet honey, Explosive hop aromas are strongly noticed in the first few checks of the aroma. Pineapple, Lemon, almost lime-like and passion fruit are totally breaking through. Another check also reveals some agave-like syrup. However, light.

Taste: First few sips reveal a hop-explosion. Pineapple, pine, grapefruit and lemon zest all come together to bring forth a palate overload. Some bitterness, but it all comes to perfect balance. Some light, malt sweetness also comes into play, more on the back burner. Some orange or naval zest comes into play. Finishes about the same, all the way through. Perfect hop balance.

Feel: Medium body, buttery finish. Delicious and everything comes to balance in it's own perfect way. Medium carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was excited and ready and actually prepared this at the perfect serving temperature, and boy was it worth it! Instantly, my palate was pushed to the limit and up against the wall for hoppiness explosion. From start to finish, this brew did not disappoint. Everything was in balance and together. Next time I come across this, I will dive on it and would recommend to anyone in their right mind! Cheers!

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this growler thanks to route66pubs. Thanks a ton, man! Shared with my roomate and another BA on Christmas day. Served into my town hall snifter:

A - Dark amber and slightly brownish with golden tints throughout. Pour reveals a fluffy white crisp head that turns into a nice foam ring around the edges and murky cloudy foam in the middle. Lacing retention is very good.

S - Awesome! Nice citra smells. Dank stank that is a bit musty. Pine and bitterness. Very good.

T - Nice citrus tones and hoppyness. Not as bitter as I was expecting. Tastes a bit bready and malty. Pretty damn good, but I bet it is just awesome on-tap.

M - Nice and smooth. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty carbonated and a bit thicker. Nice.

D - Way too easy for 8%. I'm really happy to have had the opportunity to try this elusive brew. I'm really glad to drink this beer but I'm thinking that it would be just a bit better on-tap. Thanks again, Scott! Merry Christmas!

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Photo of tarheels86
3.28/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Toronado SD for SDBW. Pours a bright, low haze, light orange. Small, white head. Nose is heavier butterscotch, vanilla, some vodka, mango, parmesan cheese. Taste is boozy/white alcohol/vodka, butterscotch. Palate is thick, chewy, oily. A bit sticky/syrupy. Not what I was expecting.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
On tap at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pours a cloudy orange color with big white head. The lacing is insane.
AROMA:
Huge mango and passion fruit smells more like juice than beer
FLAVOR:
Orange and sugar cookies to start, then candied orange peel, the tropical flavors to finish.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body but finishes a bit thin. That is my biggest complaint.
DRINKABILITY:
Extremely drinkable but this tastes more like a soda than beer. I find it hard to believe that there is any alcohol in there.

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Photo of teamizm
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to the KRBC for bringing a growler and a keg to the Pour House in Paso Robles for the FW14 after party.

A - Pours a beautiful light golden, apricot color. About 2 finder foamy head that disappears a bit and leaves some nice lacing.

S - just a nose full of citrus notes and hops. Really get a lot of grapefruit and oranges, some tangerines as well.

T - Citrus and hops, but man is this a balanced DIPA. At no time does it taste like a 8% DIPA. Pine, citrus, hops, all very very refreshing.

M - Decent carbonation, medium body, with a nce little tang to it.

D - off the chain. I could sit on a lawn chair in the So Cal heat and just drink this all day long. It is unbelievably drinkable for a DIPA.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a box from BA Tieman today expecting some Pliny or something similar and pulled this baby out. Thanks again, Dan!

Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - Really nice golden color with an awesome soapy, bright white head on top. Nice lacing as well.

S - smells of delicious garlic, some cat piss, fresh cut grass.... basically it's a bold, bright, fresh citra BOMB! Really nice.

T - as the nose predicted but 50x more intense and delicious. Bitter hops, malty balance, and all the citra you can handle. It's about 10 degrees out right now but it's spring time in this glass. Really awesome.

M - extremely smooth considering the nice bite this has. Creamy and the perfect amount of body as it goes down.

O - this beer has a A+ and it's easy to understand why. One of the best I've tasted in my life.

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Photo of biggied
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber with a half inch head that dissipates to a fine lacing after about 1 minute.

S - Citrus, pine, grass and spice with a slightly mustiness.

T - Grapefruit, bittersweet orange, lemon peel, pine, ginger and slight floral characteristics with a bold and distinct hoppiness.

M - Nicely carbonated, refreshing and crisp.

O - A really impressive offering. Hoppy, complex and throughly enjoyable. I can't wait to get the opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of dougfur
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice thick head, pretty creamy. The smell is strong, tropical hops, as is the taste. Nice level of bitterness. It has good body, feels nice in the mouth, there's really not much fault to find in this beer. It's one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. I feel like my ratings above might be too tough on it and if you get the chance to try this one, do it. Absolutely outstanding! Thanks to the citra fairy in CA!

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Photo of kaips1
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a fresh bottle thanks to vacax

this is the legendary Citra, it poured a nice pale amberish color with a solid frothy 2 finger head, there is lots of lacing left around the glass. the nose is intoxicating and you can smell it from the first crack of the bottle. this beer is a take the west coast version of zombie dust from the smell. the flavors on my tongue remind me again of the dust but a little more grassy, not bad but slightly grassy. the mouthfeel is good not too much carbonation but its definitely enough, with the dry end of the taste that makes you want another sip. overall this is a good beer no doubt, dont know if it deserve the hype its got but its a good beer. drinkability is very high i could see tons of these bottles getting polished off in no time. thanks kern river

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AleWatcher for sharing his growler.

Pours a clear copper/ golden color with a large fluffy white head. As the head fades, it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is definitely Citra, pineapple, orange, tropical fruit with a nice bready malt backbone.

The taste is hops forward. Pineapple, orange, mango, and other tropical fruits are followed by a maltier backbone than expected. The finish is on the dry side with some lingering pine bitterness. I was expecting more tropical flavor and a little lighter malt backbone, but this is still very nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I would like slightly more carbonation,but this could be due to the fact that it was a growler shipped from California.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, but I expected more. It is not as spectacular as the hype would suggest.

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Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 1,740 ratings.
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