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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Photo of jm1229
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled opened on 8/26 and poured into my RR pint glass.

A- Liquid gold. About two fingers of off white head leave lots of lacing down the glass. Looks really great.

S- I could smell this form a mile away. A barrage of citra hops. Pineapple, mango, pine. Amazing. Smells just like a Nelson from Alpine and, well, that (up to this date) has been my favorite smelling beer ever.

T- Wow. Amazing. So juicy. Follows the nose with the mango, pineapple, orange, pine. It's like having a ripe fruit salad in Hawaii. What an amazing aftertaste. It just lingers forever.

M- So smooth. Perfect carbonation. Medium bodied. So creamy and chewy.

O- I really hate how hyped this beer was, and yet I understand it. It combines the best of west coast IPAs and, all in all, surpasses what other breweries do so well. The best double IPA I've ever had. I'd love to see this as a year-round beer, but we'll see. another amazing beer from Kern River.

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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 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 brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of cam

A-orange body with a white head of a round the edge

S-citra? Easily said. Done and done. Really doesn't smell that great

T-follows the Nose. Overly hoppywhich iisn't a bad thing. Nice hop bitterness to it

M-medium body and smooth

O-had side bby side with double dwisy and thought DD was better. Stikk a good Ipa, but has been bettered

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Photo of flannelman808
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a muddy golden color and has pretty solid head, lacing is ok.

S: One of the best smelling beers I have ever tried. So much fruit in the bouquet. Pineapple, tangerine, apricot, to name a few of them. I wish I could give this a 6 in smell.

T: Lots of fruity notes happening amidst a medium to light bodied beer. It's not over the top on the bitter side of the spectrum however it manages to have a nice dry finish. Very little malt flavor (munich?) enters the thought. Well done, one of the better DIPA's around.

M: Dry, a bit sticky.

O: Fantastic brew. This is what DIPA's are all about. Take note brewers.

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

A: Poured Dark Golden color with a one finger head. Good lacing.

S: Citrusy, a lot of kushy pineapple, mango, pine, very bright, floral hops.

T: As delightful as the nose with mango, pineapple at first and beautifully malted turned all the bright high notes into softer side of apricot and tangerine. Just as soon as you think its gonna be bitter it quickly takes a turn into sweetness! Wow.

M: Carbonated nicely, nice full bready body, creamy ending with a little of heat hints.

O: Just when I thought nothing better could be brewed. This shows up and blows my mind in its own way. Lived up to its expectations.

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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 GRG1313
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a nice white head (historically when only on tap it was cloudy orange with some particulates; clarity is as a result, I'm told in a change in brewing procedures for bottling).

Nose is as good as it gets. Huge assertive sweet fresh pineapple.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and very inviting. The balance is wonderful.

Flavors are just about perfect. Front palate is rich fresh honey that developes to green pepper, celery, salt, green herbs and finishes with a big grapefruit skin oil bitter character.

This beer deserves the hype and, for me, is the best Double IPA on the market, in my opinion, an opinion held since I first tasted it at the brewery and brought home several growlers.

(Truthfully, years past on tap only have been slightly better only because they have been a bit all around "brighter" which I like.) However, this new bottling is quite good and deserves the hype.

Drink fast - this is not one to hold.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a pretty clear golden amber color. Very nice and thick white head. Super sticky lacing.

Aroma is nice. Super citric and a bit piny. Juicy hop aroma with a bit of malt. Has that semi mildue aroma that some hoppy beers get though. Not too bad.

Taste is awesome. One of the best IPA's I've had. Nice maltiness with a super juicy citrus hoppyness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is extremely drinkable. Smooth and medium to low carb.

Overall super tasty. Wish I had more. Going to have to hit up the store by me who is suppose to get it tomorrow.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As always, a BIG thanks to Kim for holding these for me. You Rock!

A - Pours a golden amber with a two finger off white. There is a good amount of head retention to be had here, and the lacing is excellent...

S - Citra hops blast you in the face from first whiff. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, mango, and peaches. Scent is very inviting...

T - As with the smell Citra is prominate, and it's delicious. Tangerines, grapefruit, oranges, mango, and some sweet malt. Ends on smooth bitter note with some; you guessed it, Citra...

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on here. Not to much or to little. Prickles the tongue, but doesn't overwhelm. Finishes dry...

O - Probably one of the, if not the best DIPA I have had the chance to experience. Kern River comes through with a world class brew here. Definitely lives up to the hype...


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

Sold out in less than 24 hours here in Bakersfield.

I had one bottle after cutting the grass in 95 degree weather. I couldn't properly evaluate the beer other than to notice it's freshness and subtlety. It is not your typical hop bomb. There is quite a fine balance and restrained finesse with the ingredients.

Better luck next time I hope.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to deadeye for this!

pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a nice inch plus of fluffy white head. nice lacing and retention.

lots of booze and bitterness with a faint hint of malt. not very complex on the nose. bits of citrus, mainly tangerine.

tropical fruit, with mango, pineapple, and tangerine coming to mind. lots of citra bitterness. grapefruit in the finish. malt body is there but the hops really take center stage.

great body. perfect mild to moderate carbonation. a bit chewy with a hint of resin on the teeth.

this is good but overhyped. glad i waited until this was bottled. nice 8% ABV for a DIPA, i would buy this again easily. however at the end of the day, i prefer the regular "just outstanding".

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

746th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
No date on bottle, but released on Friday, drank Monday. Pretty damn fresh

Thanks to BA Richbeer for picking one up for me.

App- Wonderful bright orange with some yellow streaks radiating out with a big puffy pillow top two finger head. Falls gracefully with a ton of cling and lace. Huge lacing on this one.

Smell- Huge amounts of fruit on the nose. Just a ton of bright vibrant fruits. Orange, pineapple, tangerine. Light and floral and balanced. Everything I've wanted my DIPA to be.

Taste- For a DIPA this is a very light beer. It was balanced by the floral hops and juicy citrus and had only a small bitter note. The juicy citrus melds everything together to create a such tasty beer. I can se why the rush to get a bottle.

Mouth- Medium bodied and bordering on a bit light to me. A paired medium carbonation with a floral fruit and a slight bitter residual flavor.

Drink- Well 5th Anniversary DIPA was good even with 2 months of fade to it and it was a bit bigger and more bitter. This was better. The best DIPA I have had.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Kern River Brewing Company
Kernville, CA

Thanks to Alucard4, DarthKostrizer, and MrVonzipper for sharing this!

Dark, clear amber. Thick, off-white, soapy head. Regular lacing down the glass.

Pungent and tropical aromas galore: pineapple, orange, and mango aromas from the hops are explosive as well as floral highlights. There's a touch of bready caramel and some slight pine--but this is certainly a showcase of hops. Wow!

The flavor is again filled with pungent tropical flavors: mango, orange, and some pineapple. There's a touch of pine, sticky marijuana, and just a hint of bready, cracker and caramel malts. Delicious!

Exceptionally full yet disappearing mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable.

One of the best DIPAs around.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with my wife, she is a major hophead.
A- Pours an orange gold color with a half finger white head that dissipates to a ring leaving some lacing on the glass.
S- The nose of this beer is fantastic, so much citrus, orange's, tangerine's, with a hint of sweetness.
T- The flavors of this beer really pronounce themselves throughout the beer as it warms, really picking up flavors of kumquats and other tart citrus flavors, a slight pine resin and a little heat in the finish.
M- Fairly medium body with a lingering hop bite, somewhat lightly carbed and wouldn't mind a tad more.
O- Hard to avoid the hype behind this beer and I won't say it lives up to it but I also won't say that it doesn't. Its without a doubt an awesome DIPA, that I wish was more available. My wife is hooked on it and ranks it in her top 5 favorites.

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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 snpub540
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been trying to get my hands on Citra for some time and I finally copped a bottle down the from my house.

Pours a very nice very clear amber hue with a fluffy off white head that had some great hang time. Definitely left some nice lacing on the glass the entire drink.

Aromas are just jumping out of the glass like crazy. There are piney notes, big tropical fruit like mango and pineapple and some citrus aromas as well. I have to say its perfect.

Taste again I have to say perfect. I have not had a more easyh to drink DIPA that packs this much flavor. Hops are in your face but not off-putting at all. Sweet upfront with bitterness all the way to the dry crisp end. There is nothing I don't like here.

Drinkability is perfect. Crisp and refreshing with full flavor, it's a win all the way. I need to get more of this while I can.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with Walows. Been dying to try this for ages but our Kern River fishing trip/beer journey has yet to pan out...

I popped the cap and the aroma instantly jumped out of the bottle... Smelled incredible. (Ditto on the pineapple express. Good call!) The color is gorgeous as well, a deep gold and crystal clear.

But the taste disappointed a bit. Don't get me wrong, it's a tasty beer, but I suppose with such high expectations it's only natural to be let down, just a little. The drinkability is incredibly high... I don't like the bit of glycerin in the mouthfeel, but otherwise the alcohol is very, very well-hidden.

Overall, it's a great beer.

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

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for the growler share and Alucard4 for picking it up.

Nice crystal clear amber color with a very nice off white frothy head with excellent retention and little lacing.

Wow!! As the growler top is popped the amazing fresh hops are prolific. You can smell this amazing explosive nose just holding the beer away from your head. Wonderful floral and light citrus notes. A slight sweetness. Also kind of smells like really good weed. (pineapple express would be the perfect name for this)

Flavor is amazing as well. Excellent balance and transition from hop forward to a nice light mild malt sweetness.

Light bodied, very fresh and crisp. Nice carbonation.

Overall IMO this beer, for the style deserves no less than a 5. Hands down the best IPA I've ever had. Crushes PtE!! Amazing nose, flavor and balance and so easy to drink it's crazy. Simply a perfect DIPA.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared with MrVonzipper

Look: Light orange/copper color with 1/2 head and good retention and some lacing

Smell: Amazing floral scent from the dry hopping. There are some wonderful fruits here as well. Pineapple and other island fruits

Taste: I feel like I just took an island hopping experience in Hawaii. The flavors are straight island fruits. Pineapple mango and banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Very crisp clean and fruity DIPA. Very easy drinkability with amazing flavors but the best part of this beer is the nose. This is hands down the best DIPA I have ever had.

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Photo of Rampage1
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First and foremost - a big thank you to Kyle the brewer for finally bottling this and making it a little more accessible for people to try what I consider my favorite overall beer I have ever had.

Appearance: This is one area where I think it is slightly different. The beer is a little more clear coming out of the bottle vs. a growler. A beautiful orange pretty clear with a white head that disappears pretty quick.

Smell: I love the way this beer smells. Its all tropical--pineapple,mango,peach,tangerines, and mandarin oranges. Has a little orange zest in the smell as well-- real strong on all tropical citrus notes. No real malt in the smell just pure hop bliss.

Taste: This is the most easy drinking double IPA you will ever have. When i first had this beer a year ago and change my initial thought was its decently bitter but now after having it numerous times I can say there is a nice malt backing to it to balance out all of those hops. In the front of the taste I get alot of oranges and tangerines followed by some slight pineapple on the finish. Definitely has some bitterness but it does seem pretty well balanced with a slight malt after taste. Pretty dry beer to me so it goes down really easy and quick for me. I could and have polished off a growler in a little over a hr and could not believe it was gone that quick. A easy drinker for me.

Mouthfeel: A little less carbonation than the draft version. It still has a nice mouthfeel but slightly less carbonation none the less.

Overall: I can't wait to get up to Kern for the next time Citra is available. Get a hold of me Kyle and I will just buy you a extra fermenter to keep this thing year around. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this beer. Wish it was closer to me. I have had so many of the IPA's and doubles and all the top tier one's and I can say this really lives up to the hype easily. I could pick this out of a line up blind folded with ease. Nothing compares. Keep up the great work Kyle. Can't to have some more of the 5th Anniversary beer this fall. Keep the great IPA's coming Kyle and I will keep drinking them.

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

Growler shared with Stupac2.

A-Pours clear light amber with an inch of fluffy off white head.

S-I can smell this from across the room. Intense citra hop fruit explosion! Purees strawberries, bittersweet citrus skins, mango...making me drool.

T/M-Soft and full bodired, with light, supportive carbonation. Initial tropical fruit hop flavors recede into tasty marijuana earthiness. The finish is dry, with light mouth coating tannic earthy hoppiness.

O-Not sure how much this lives up to the insane hype surrounding it, but it is one of the better Citra-centric beers I've had. Uses the aromatic properties of the hop to its full potential.

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

Pours a light gold. Actually kind of surprisingly light for a DIPA. The beer has a nice foamy head that sticks around. The aroma is pungent and hoppy. Tons of hops, no noticeable malt on the nose. The hops are citrusy and floral, there is some pineapple on the nose and just a hint of pine. The taste is pure hops but there is noticeable sweetness on the palette. This is actually less hop forward than I was expecting. The balance is good, not too sweet with a nice refreshing burst of hops.

The more I drink this down the more I love the hops. A nice, pleasant bitterness and a hop aroma that smells like what beer perfume would smell like it it were an awesome idea instead of a horrible one. I'd get this again, if only I could!

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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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Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
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