Citra | Kern River Brewing Company

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4.57 w/ 1,754 ratings

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Solomon420 on 02-13-2010

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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The one, the only! Being from Bakersfield, I feel so very priviledged to be so close to the origin of this sweet hop nectar! I've been told Citra is best tasted and judged on tap, so that is what I shall do for my review. Had this on tap today (2/23/14) at the source at KRBC. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a gorgeous golden orange color with a distinct cloud to it. It looks just as a proper Double IPA should.

Aroma - Unmatched. Just unmatched. Super big tropical fruits here: pineapple, mangos, sweet grapefruit. Every bit of citrusy aroma has been pulled out of the hops and makes you think you are smelling fresh squeezed tropical juice.

Taste - Exceeds the aroma. Big punch of bitterness right up front like that first bite of a morning bowl of grapefruit with hops sprinkled on top! The middle just opens up and builds upon the big tropical notes from the aroma. Sticky pineapple juice and grapefruit juice with a touch of mango. All the bitter citrus fruits you can think of come through and finish with a thorough coating of the mouth with hoppiness. You can taste with every mouthful just how well crafted and balanced the hops and malt are.

Overall - This is (to me) the pinnacle of how to perfectly marry floral and citrusy hops and a strong malt back into a perfect double IPA. The hype is real folks. This is the best DIPA I could ever ask to taste and probably will taste in my life. If you can get lucky enough to win in a future lottery for bottles, trade for, or make the trip up to KRBC to have this beer, it will not and can not disappoint!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been looking to try this beer for quite sometime. Looks slightly hazy with a nice frothy white head. Smells of citrus with follows in the taste with an amazing velvety mouthfeel. Not too bitter and alcohol is very well hidden. Unbelievably well balanced beer. SO happy to have had the chance to try this. Will definitely look for it again in the future.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think my scores for ASTMD speak for themselves. I had this on tap at Toronado's in San Diego... Poured beautifully into a glass with a little bit of head. The color/appearance was spectacular. It smelled wonderful as it tasted just as good.

It is probably one of my top 5... maybe top 3 beers. I recommend more breweries jump in and start using citra hops in their beers. I'm sure there will be a bevy of new beers coming out in the near future using citra hops and I can't wait!! Until that happens, Kern River has it spot on.

Cheers to Kern River!

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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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