Citra | Kern River Brewing Company

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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Reviews: 398 | Ratings: 1,745
Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a beautiful golden color. 2 fingers of foamy head with good retention.

S: Wonderful aroma of tropical fragrances, floral aromas, and just enough pine to let you know this is a West Coast style IPA.

T: A nice combination of fruity flavors with a delicious piney Hop residue on the back end.

F: Very smooth, easy drinking. High drinkability. Feel like you could crush this no problem.

O: This might be the best West Coast style IPA I've had. this has a lot more balance than many of the east coast style IPAs I've had. Bottom line, fantastic beer.

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Photo of fb4lfe
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best IPA I've ever had. I waited years to finally get a case of Citra and the wait was worth it. Scary drive to the brewery to pick up the case, but it was a fantastic trip. Numerous great beers but Citra stood out. Actually, they had "Hazy Citra" on tap and it was wonderful. If you get a chance to try it, don't pass it up.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Teku goblet.

Look- A deep murky orange with a little over a finger of thick white head. A small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell- Lots of strong citrus with an awesome touch of pineapple. Made me want to hurry for my first drink.

Taste- There was not as much fruit taste as the smell led me to believe. The hoppy taste really balanced everything and I tasted more malt around the middle of the pour. Absolutely delicious and extremely drinkable.

Feel- A full feel with little carbonation. Slightly dry but still very juicy.

Overall a phenomenal double IPA. Drinkable with just enough abv to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: bright glowing orange. Slight haze. Thick eggshell white bubbles

S: citra galore. Resin. Citrus pith. Notes of pineapple and mango peel.

T: great balance of tropical fruits and citrus zest. Goes into resinous pine and a floral arrangement.

F: soft decent body. Finished dry and crisp.

O: very well done. I do think it is a bit overly rated relatives to it's comps but none the less fantastic.

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Photo of Burculian
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I traveled 2 hours to grab a case of this after I learned about it from a friend. I had to make an advanced purchase online to be eligible for picking it up directly from KRBC. While there I grabbed a couple of pints from the tap.

My first reaction: holy moley! Smooth and extremely drinkable without harsh bitterness despite the hoppiness. It is everything you want in a double IPA. My only regret is that I didn't buy 5 more cases of it. I guess i'll just need to count down to the next release.

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Photo of rifleman_zach
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My local dealer hooked me up with this one. I am no stranger to whales but i honestly had never heard of this brew before my buddy mentioned it.

Poured into a stien, has an off-white head about 1 inch thick. Color is golden/amber with a haze. I dont know about others but there is just something about hazy IPAs that I love.

The nose is filled with powerful citrus and pineapple flavors. Very smooth up front for a DIPA.

The middle is smooth with great fruit notes throughout. Nice light malt profile pulling everything together.

The finish is nice and bitter full of hoppiness. Very juicy and only slightly dry.

I will definitely be getting more of this. Solid double IPA, one of my top 10!

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Photo of raspy22
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was such a highly rated beer, with a previous lottery system, and I was excited to have finally gotten it. I liked it but was a bit disappointed. Look was dark and clear. Smell was pretty weak in comparison to the other strong citra-dominant beers that are out there now. The taste was a lot more balanced between the citra tropical juiciness and the sharper piney bitterness. Was expecting the citra to be more prominent. Mouthfeel was like any other regular IPA. Not bad, but not good. Overall, it was a good beer, but did not live up to my expectations, especially since there are so many newly-popular hazy citra bombs out there now. Worth having, but won't make the tough effort to have again.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden yellow light white head about .5 inches
Smell: tropical fruit, big bitter hops, light malt and ethanol... Citra hop bomb
Taste: same as nose just more bitter and less floral
Feel: super dry and bitter

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light orange color with a soapy head. Aroma is dank and tropical, with herb and fruity scents.

In the taste, strong citrus and pineapple flavors with some resin and bitterness backing it up. Mango, orange, pine, onion, and herb. Bitter finish with a light malt profile. Full bodied ale. Overall, this is a solid double IPA.

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Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Juicier than west coast IPAs traditionally tend to be. Brings the malt backbone that is characteristic of West Coast IPAs, imparting additional caramel sweetness. Overall very solid, but for me at least, I prefer the newer trend of hazy, juicy IPAs coming out of places in New England, from Tired Hands, and, for example, from Monkish on the left coast.

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Photo of oldsailor
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While this is a great example of a good west-coast double IPA, I don't know that I agree with the consensus so far in that it's top 50 worthy. The flavor was solid, but nothing over the top like some others, and the mouthfeel was pretty standard for a high quality IPA. Glad I tried it, but won't be rushing out to get it again.

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Photo of gibgink
4.09/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very well made beer, but from talking with friends, the citrus profile falls off quickly. Well balanced with a small amount of citrus, but dominated by the dank/bittering hops.

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Photo of emyers
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date on the case 11/11/16.

Pours a cloudy pale gold color with a one-inch white head which dissipates into a fine lacing.

The nose is all citra hops with a big bouquet of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and orange peel. No real malt presence at all here. It doesn't bring the all-out assault of hops that some DIPAs do, but there is plenty of depth and nuance.

Taste is more of the same - tons of grapefruit and tropical fruit up front. Bittering hops hit soon after and linger through the finish. Very minimal hints of bready malt and a bit of yeast on the finish, but other than that this is all hops. Really well balanced flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium to light=bodied, dry and crisp on the palate. Doesn't get bogged down by heavy malts at all the way many high abv DIPAs do. About as easy to drink as a DIPA can be.

Phenomenally well done beer and arguably one of the best examples of a west-coast style DIPA out there.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to try this one...thanks Jason!

A: Pillowy white head that holds on forever over a deep golden slightly cloudy beer. A little chill haze but filtered.
S: Wonderful balance of light malt and hops. The citra really shines here; a little ethanol is hidden by big citrus.
T: At first it seems like a lot of other West Coasters...a little ethanol, lovely malt balance but big and surprisingly resinous. I was not expecting how dank it is given the name. More lemon rind with a bit of stonefruit at the beginning that yields to more pine that sticks around for days. Kind of a perfect finish.
M: Light for how much flavor is packed in here; not thin at all but so balanced...carbonation is way in the background and lets the sticky lupulin come through.
O: So stoked to finally try this legend and I'm not disappointed. Like many folks my tastes have changed a lot in the last year or two with the prevalence of North East IPAs, but this one will stand the test of time no matter what the fad. Easy to drink and packed with all the flavors you could want from an IPA.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA.

Light caramel in color. Small head. Smell is very tropical and fruity. Taste is similar. Nice hop bitterness to finish. Spot on mouthfeel.

Overall, excellent DIPA. Not the hazy juice bombs of the east coast but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of jhavs
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 22oz. bottle poured into a fluted snifter.

Pours a golden straw color with a thick foamy white head, the head takes its time to settle and lacing clings all over the glass. Ever so slight haze.

The aroma is bright fresh hoppy citrus, noticeable from the bottle before the pour. Grapefruit and orange zest, slight spicy lemon and a faint tropical fruit aroma. The malt is noticeable as well with a bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste is bright citrus hops with a bit of earthy resins. Bitter, but nicely balanced by an ample malt backing. Slight tropical fruit and pine also find their way into the mix.

Medium body, smooth, dry bitterness lingers. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a great all around DIPA. Classic flavors with amped up citrus aroma and taste.

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

Slightly hazy orange brew with a white head that leaves lacing everywhere. The aroma is amazing with oranges and mangoes with a brightness reminiscent of lemon. There is detectable sweetness and a nice pine in there as well. The taste starts sweet upfront with fruit and sweet malt but changes to an aggressive pine bitterness that then backs off as the sweetness returns to balance it out. This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Thomson805
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pinnacle of the west coast ipa. Absolutely delicious. Only downfall is there's almost no carbonation. Flavor, scent and look are all perfection. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on this, buy as much as you can!

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Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On-tap at the brewery, served in a pint glass.

Brilliantly clear apricot body topped by faint magnolia foam. Fine lacing; below average retention.

Pungent hop notes - very citrus forward as you would expect - largely grapefruit with hints of satsuma mandarin as well. Any tropical or floral notes are restrained at best. Solid aroma.

The base beer is perfectly crafted to showcase the hops - a sweet palate entry quickly gives way to citrus. Moderate but pure and lasting bitterness leads into a medium-dry finish. Hints of candied ginger and Meyer lemon zest as the beer warms slightly.

Well carbonated, and while the alcohol adds some heft to the body, the ABV is frighteningly well disguised, making this one of the most drinkable double-IPAs around.

Surprisingly simple, but expressive - just about faultless.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer, delicious, great taste, smelled great. Lucky to have this a few times. Probably the best west coast IPA I have ever had. Great hop taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wouldnt say this comes anywhere near being super impressed with the appearance here, it is cloudy. I realize thats all the rage on the other coast, but sorry, I find that to be maybe not a flaw, but certainly something that would prevent a 'perfect' appearance score if you will. Now, that is about the only "flaw" we will speak of during the review of this beer.

The aroma was one of the first to really kick that citra aroma up a notch into your nose. This was kind of the standard bearer for citra smells, all those citrus and tropical bouquets.

Its not just citrus notes though, there is some woody pine flavors in the taste/mouthfeel that supplement the plentiful fruit notes. Definitely a soft touch though bitterness wise, this isn't one of those 100ibu bitter bombs with little flavor and lots of crystal malt, oh no.

Excellent 1st tier world class ipa if you ask me.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Hazy golden orange with a little transparency. Two fingers of slightly off-white head.

S - Overly ripe peach and mango. Sweet malts which border on sugary.

T - classic West Coasr garlic and onion with the aforementioned sweet malts. A wet hop bitterness with dirty, earthy dankness with a small amount of the peach and mango from the aroma. The finish has some doughy and bready malts which aren't ideal for the end.

F - Full-bodied with moments of being syrupy. No alcohol presence. Not exactly easy to slug down with sweet notes and (at some times) a resinous feel.

O - Maybe I'm spoiled by New England DIPAs, but I think the reputation preceded Kern River Citra on this one. While it's a classic example of a big boy West Coast DIPA, that's just not how I prefer my DIPAs these days. It is most comparable to a Stone RuinTen, but I would prefer that over this.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was an absolutely phenomenal west coast IPA. The nose was absolutely incredible. Tons of pineapple and other tropical fruits. The carb was on point, and the color was beautiful. My only gripe is that it was pretty resinous and piney with a strong bite on the finish. For a big hop head, this would be incredible. For me, it was a little overpowering.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a taster glass. More citrus / less pine than what I consider to be a prototypical West Coast style IPA. I bit sweeter than I would have preferred.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kern River Brewing Co

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, passion fruit and mango, backed with citrus, lots of orange, a little grapefruit, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Juicy, citrus, orange and grapefruit, tropical fruit, passion fruit and mango, biscuity malt backbone, and light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, dangerously drinkable.

O: Fantastic well balanced brew. They got all the best stuff out of those hops.

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