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 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 seeswo
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled something like 8-19-11. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Big fluffy white cap of head that sticks all over the sides of the glass. Big, inviting, juicy tropical hops in the nose, balanced slightly with a touch of malt sweetness. This is clearly not one of those dry hop bomb DIPAs - instead the nose brings you right in. Really, really nice. Taste is citric, tame hop bitterness. Tropical (not as crazy tropical as Jai Alai, though), juicy, with a reasonable amount of malt balance. Clearly more juicy hop flavor that bitterness, which is pretty low key and appears mostly in the finish. Not dry by any means, but the malt sweetness and body is medium relative to some sweet and heavy DIPAs. This is exactly the way I prefer my hoppy beers. I do feel like this might be better on tap and clearly freshness will be very important. Still really nice with big, juicy, tropical hop flavor. I could drink this constantly. Another great beer from what seems to be a place that makes some good ones.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler opened on the 4th of July thanks to my homie, Gorefiendus! Muchos gracis! Split with friends into tasting glasses.

A - Pours a hazy golden/copper color, white head, lots of bubbles here and there, good lacing/retention, nice cap on top. A really nice looking DIPA we have here.

S - Hops, dankness, floral notes, light citrus zest. Lots of stuff going on here, but overall, a lot of hops and citrus. Not as overwhelming and in-your-face as I was expecting, which I like. It's subtle yet you know it's all there...so good.

T - Similar to the nose. Dank hops, floral notes, lemon/lime zest, grapefruit. Not too powerful, just right. This is a monster, but very well done. Really enjoying the hops and citrus...nice! Citrus/bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, sticky on the palate, decently dry finish and very crisp and clean.

D - So so good, worthy of it's rank on here. I didn't think this one was going to be so good, but I was wrong. I drank several glasses out of the growler...probably a large majority of it. I want more!

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

Thanks for sharing this one Cam
From notes, 9-6-11

A - Clear orangey/amber body, a good-sized cream colored head.

S - Bit of citrus, very clear notes of pineapple, some light pungeance. Delightful

T - Citrus, pineapple, mango, light pungeance, some grass. Real good.

M - smooth, thick, real nice

O - This is a very good DIPA. Real nice.

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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 kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter. Thank DarthKostizer for the trade!

A- Light hazy orange. 2 finger off-white head with very good lacing that remains on the glass throughout.

S- Citrus bomb! Lots of orange, pineapple, mango with a bit of dank hop aroma.

T- Sweet malts balance out the amazing orange and pineapple that is present throughout. Nice citrus and pine hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium bodied and a very smooth/lacto-like creaminess. Finishes very light which makes it very easy to drink.

O- Was not disappointed at all. This is exactly what DIPA's should be. Perfect balance of sweet malts, tons of citrus, and just enough hop bitterness to round the beer out.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing West Coast IPA, this beer shoves Citra hops in your face on the nose and taste. It is so full of flavor, the taste will longer so long you forgot you haven't had another sip.

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Photo of xraided81
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with AutomaticBastard, good looking out bro!

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber

A: pours a nice deep golden color, with about a 1 inch head. Persistent head tightly packed bubble, get bigger toward the middle of the glass

S: Tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, guava, with the citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit fighting for the dominant aroma.

T: grapefruit rind, orange peel, pineapple, with very little malt character in the background. the taste is crisp and dry, unlike many double ipas on the market that leave a cloying sweetness in the tast. definetly has a bitter not sweet finish

M: med to light body, with a refreshing dryness.
as the taste is swished in my mouth it almost dissapears into a cotton candy like mouthfeel.

O: this beer was definetly worth the wait. it reminds me alot of the profile of alpine ipas, hop profile that smacks you right on the face with a bouquet of citrus and tropical aromas and flavors, without the sweetness and more of the bitter not sweet taste and body. great beer

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

Poured into my Stone imperial Glass. Unfiltered, dark, caramely orange, ish ....able. Two finger head settles nicely after a few minutes, leaving sticky sheets of bright white lace.

Smell is really green, leafy, freshly picked, citra hops. The malt bill is also at the forefront. Very sweet smelling beer. I can't wait to imbibe.

Taste...is...well...de...wait for it...lightful. Delightful. Honey soaked hop cone. I believe I used that same description for Abrasive, and although they are not the same, it still is a very good description of Citra.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Nicely carbonated. The bubbles sort of dance on my tongue. Full bodied, but not cloyingly syrupy. Bright, refreshing, etc.

I have honestly had a really good week of drinking great DIPAs. Heady Topper, Abrasive, Pliny the Elder, to name a few. This beer is right up there with all three of those. I still put Abrasive at the top of my DIPA list, but this would probably have to be a close second. Great beer. Thanks to Tucson25 for sending me this fantastic brew.

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

22oz bomber poured into a CBS sniffter

Appearance : slightly hazey orange color. Very impressive fluffy white head stands tall with plenty of retention. Lots of sticky lacing clings on to my glass

Smell : aroma is just outstanding (see what I did there) lots of pineapple and orange peel smells exactly like I thought it would. Very inviting aromas with muted evergreen notes, the citrus really dominates

Taste : the flavor really follows the nose . Lots of pineapple and orange peel flavor with very mild bitterness. Very drinkable dipa spanish is slightly sweet and dry

Mouthfeel :medium to light bodied brew that has very pleasant and carbonation. Slightly sticky

Overall : this beer really delivers a citra punch. I'm glad I sought this one out and would recommend this beer to any hop head

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours that hazy peach color that tells me its a winner-- (just say no to clear beers)-- smells like the tasting pours at my favorite brewery, HF. Taste is hop deliciousness, piney, very mild citrus, and an interesting finish, ummmm- nutmeg? Yes, there are a lot of maybe better new-comers to the DIPA market, but this is still a fantastic beer!

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Photo of callmescraps
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to see this on-tap at the Goat. I have been wanting to try a citra-only IPA/DIPA. The fact that it's a Kern brew is just the icing on the cake.

Appearance- A very cloudy gold. Almost an apple cider color. An inch of very thick, soapy head. It laces beautifully.

Smell- Just awesome. One of the best smelling beers I can remember. Those citra hops really bring it on the nose. Tons of tropical fruits. Mango, apricot, tangerine. A hint of pot-like dank. Tons of pineapple. Just great stuff.

Taste- Follows the nose. There is a ton of tropical fruit. It's grapefruit as fuck. It's downright tart. However, it gets a little muddled. Just so much fruit going on. The finish is somewhat herbal and a little off-putting. More resin than I would prefer.

Mouthfeel- It's just too creamy for my tastes. It's pretty thick. Don't always love the unfiltered.

Drinkability- Excellent. I had one and really wanted another. No hint of the 8%.

This is a very good beer. I am very excited about citra, and hop to see it appearing in all sorts of IPAs soon. I love the tropical fruits. Just a giant grapefruit bomb, and I do LOVE grapefruit.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice and clear orange. A nice bit of white head. Smells like Citra up the wazoo. Hops but not too much bitterness. Tastes similar. Incredibly crisp and hoppy, not too bitter. The taste of this beer is as clean as I could ever expect. Smooth but low carbonation. Overall top notch

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

Huge thanks to Dearthvader for sending this growler. I've been looking to try this for quite some time. Shared with exitmusic00.

A- Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy two finger head which leaves a few lines of lacing.

S- Ripe oranges, mangos, peaches, pineapple, apricots and a bit of biscuit malt. I just love the smell of citra hops.

T- Juicy tropical and citrus hops including orange, mango, peach, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit and lemon as well as some biscuit malt.

M- Medium carbonation and medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. No bitterness or sign of the 8%. I could have consumed this growler by myself, it was so drinkable.

O- A great IPA, and another amazing one from Kern. Not sure if this is as good as Zombie Dust IMO, but I would be a very happy man to have this available to me on a consistent basis. Thanks again Brian!

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

Thanks to jophish17 for sharing this last Friday. Poured a lovely peach color into a tulip glass. White 1/4" fluffy head...quite a super looking glass of ale. Unbelievable dank aroma on this one- subtle pine, white pepper, spearmint, peach with big tropical fruit notes. Very soft and delicate up front then the mango and peach start shining. A hint of bitter navel orange rind, finishing dry with a long lasting hop flavor. Not much malt detected, which I don't mind with an IPA like this. Very, very nice CA DIPA!

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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 cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to PeaceLoveBear for this one!

A-pours a dirty murky brown liquid with dark orange edges with a fair amount of dirty white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S-the nose has this buttery dough with caramel malt base up front, same as the just outstanding IPA, tons of hops take ever, lots of bitter pine, citrus hops galore, big in the nose.

T-the taste has a very light doughy flavor, notes of caramel, syrupy pine, tons of citrus in the back, grapefruit mostly, moderate bitterness that is quite pleasant and doesn't linger or sting the back of the tongue.

M-medium bodied, a little syrupy, creamy up front with lots of carbonation giving it a somewhat grainy feel in the back.

D-this has a big balance of malt and hop, the citrus comes in nicely and the bitterness is moderate. not as huge as I thought this was going to be nor as hoppy. the balance was very nice and I actually really enjoy this buttery dough flavor their IPA's have had. Very solid IPA, not Pliny but darn good!

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

A- Golden color with a nice white head that retains well. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Hop resins, citrus (yah think?), lots of orange citrus with some bitter grapefruit smells. Really nice nose.

T- Bitter up front, lots of citrus in the middle of the beer. drys out nicely, leaving a slight bitter finish.

M- nice light to med body, drys out nicely.

O-- Great beer, like drinking a bitter hoppy orange juice

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

A big thanks goes out to einhorn and PasoPourHouse for making this available to all of the BAs at the Firestone 14 After Party at The Pour House in Paso Robles, CA. Shawn, thanks again for hosting this event!

12oz. pour into a tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orange-banana body with a sticky, white crown. Thin streams of carbonation can be seen rising along the edges. Tons of lacing! While I'm not a big fan of the opaque body, this looks great otherwise.

Smell: Big-time orange and tangerine, followed by a touch of pine. Very sweet and citrus-y. Gorgeous display of Citra hops!

Taste: Orange, lemon, and tangerine once again dominate. Herbal and dry pine components are also detectable. Deliciously fruity and sweet without a whole lot of bitterness. Beautiful!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very balanced. Bitterness is low, especially for a west coast double IPA, but not surprising given the exclusive Citra hop bill. Very smooth.

Drinkability: While I'm not a huge fan of Citra hops, I can't imagine a beer that displays the attributes of Citra hops better. Delightfully sweet and citrus-y all the way through. Props to the guys at Kern River. This is impressive!

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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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Photo of smanson56
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Even when poured from a bottle a little over 60 days old. This is a great beer lots of nice hops in the nose and the taste surely follows the nose. With nothing but citra hops the taste is superb. The mouthfeel is good. This is a great DIPA and I like to try a really fresh bottle.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional DIPA that I was pleasantly surprised didn't have an overwhelming boozy taste to it. Instead I got bright hops and an extremely drinkable brew from Kern River. Wish it wasn't so hard to come by, but very glad to check this off my beer bucket list!

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 11/8/14

Beautiful golden orange colored ale with small amount of white head that quickly went away. It has a bouquet of citrus pine. A bit of a gripping bitterness but overall stays smooth. Flavor follows with a bright, crisp citrus, resinous note. You can feel the amount of hops used to make this beer. As the beer warms I start to notice some more pineapple and tropical aroma and in the taste. Overall a great use of 2 of my favorite hops, and something you should try to get once. But from my experience I feel I can find something similar that is much easier to get. And I understand that this is "2 months old" at my time of drinking it. Still a great beer, get over yourself. If a beer is considered ruined if not drank in the first week it's not a great beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this growler.

A - Orange-yellow-amber colored beer with a forthy white head that has really nice retention. Some good, sticky lace on the sides.

S - Citra, the hops we all crave now. Great tropical fruit, almost jammy, not any real bitterness, at least the resiny kind that you get from lots of DIPAs. Smells very nice, quite light.

T - Taste is really good, but really, this is almost all citra hops, not getting much of a malt backbone here at all. Almost juice like in its taste, with tropical citrus hops being the only thing I'm getting. Good stuff, but I want a bit more fuller flavor.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, quite smooth.

O - Really great beer, easy to get down, probably a great DIPA to introduce people to if they need to try DIPAs. Not my favorite by a long shot, as I like them to get slightly more bitter and have a little more malt backbone, but this is a great beer nontheless.

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Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 1,732 ratings.
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