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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,750
Reviews:
398
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.99%
 
 
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3,157
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Ratings: 1,750 |  Reviews: 398
Photo of mklisz
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one inch dense white head. Opaque dull orange in color. Sticky lacing, excellent head retention.

Huge citrus/grapefruit aroma! Stray pine in there.

Hops overpower malt, no doubt about it. Great citrusy hop bite at the end of sip, pithy orange. Super drinkable at 8%abv

Smooth mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

One of the best DIPAs out that. Having said that, it's almost too over the top with the amount of bitterness it brings to the table. Definitely worth seeking out! Thanks ArchEnemyBrew!!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a moderately hazy orange/gold with a massive, billowing white head that retains well and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Huge pungent tropical fruit and citrus notes come cascading out of the glass! A massive punch of pineapple, followed by passion fruit, mango, mandarin orange, and a bit of bitter grapefruit zest. A touch of pale and caramel malt to round this out, but this is all about the hops as advertised!

T- The flavor features the passion fruit first and foremost, which is very different from other Citra hopped DIPAs. Perhaps the Amarillo brings that? Grapefruit surprisingly plays a strong secondary role, with some of the mandarin orange as well. A bit of pineapple and mango come through as it warms. Some biscuity malt backbone holds this together.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick for this style, with ample carbonation.

O- Overall this is a fantastic beer, and a great/unique representation of the style!

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

2010 release poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer has a bright yello/gold color to it, with no head. The beer has a citrus accent to the pine and hops smells of their regular IPA. On tasting, you get a very instant flavor of grapefruit, with the hops and floral flavors of their flagship IPA underneath for balance. There is a bit of a sour and bitter aftertaste, but again remains balanced. Despite the finish, the beer is still pretty easy to drink. Decent brew.

EDIT: Original scoring from above review was A:4, S:4, T:4, M:3.5, D:3.5 for a total score of B+/3.9. The current grade of my review is based on the review below of this year's release.

Tasted again, during the release weekend 2011, the beer was poured on-tap at Kern River Brewing Company into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy, bright orange-gold coloring with a thin film of head. Heavy nose of orange and lemon zest, hops, and basil. Heavy hops flavor all over the tongue, bitter and slightly sour. Citrus sweet flavors balance well, and don't overpower. The beer is smooth and robust in mouth, with heavy hop aftertaste. The finish is dry, and puckers the mouth, begging for a follow-up drink. Very enjoyable and pleasant to drink, it is delicious!

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Photo of BEER88
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jose for sending me this one from the heart of Sequoia National Forest. Shared with the Chicago crowd, served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of off-white foam that slowly dissipates to a chunky cap and leaves plenty of splotchy lacing. The body is a hazy, nearly opaque, golden peach color - I can just barely see my fingers through the glass. If the body glowed a bit more this would have been perfect.

S - Smells like a ton of hops! Is this really a single-hop DIPA, because it smells like there are bunch of things in here? Lots of fresh oranges, citrus rinds, notes of pine and dank earthiness, maybe a touch of chive in the periphery. The malt bill adds only the slightest bit of sugary support. When it's warm there's the slightest hint of alcohol.

T - The taste is nearly as good, with lots of juicy sugary citrus. It's still incredibly hop-forward but some of the complexity and depth has been smoothed out. Still, it's hands down quite delicious. The bitterness is surprisingly well-attenuated for the style - it's like that guy who makes a brief appearance at the party, but then cuts out long before it ends. I could actually have stood for a little more fierceness in this area. It's not quite at 4.5 level for me, but I bumped up some other areas a notch to compensate for the lower score here.

M - Nice enamel coating resins. Medium-thick body with more than a sufficient amount of heftiness. Low, softer carbonation, and a light dry finish. Very good, but not game-changing.

D - Once I opened this, I immediately regretted sharing it - I probably could have had it on my own (and then been falling-down drunk). This is up there with the most excellent Breakwater Maverick's for best DIPA of 2010, and was a little better than the fresh Dreadnaught we opened immediately afterward. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of IPAchris
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of aasher
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Managed to grab a growler of this through a recent trade. Thanks. Beer is yellow and light in color but completely hazy. Carbonation is moderate which is good since its a growler. There is a lot of lacing on the glass from the white head of small to medium bubbles. Looks nice.

From the first moment I started pouring this beer, the aroma knocked me down. Seriously, it is one of the best smelling beers I have ever smelled. Complex fruit salad of peaches and pineapple and mango. Its the citra hops that give it such a floral and complex aroma, I'm now thinking about making a line of air fresheners that use citra hops. Amazing.

Like most west coast IPAs this is not a malt bomb. It is relatively light on the tongue, lots of carbonation stimulates the midpalate and focuses your attention on the fruitish flavors of this beer. It doesn't start out too bitter but it gets you there pretty quickly. Bitterness definitely grows over the course of the beer, no aftertaste though, just lingers. Drinkability is high, not as high as a few other DIPAs but its up there. Its a great example and experiment in the potential hops have on the overall character of a beer. I would recommend this in a heartbeat and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ShanePB
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle courtesy of smarcoly, I can't thank you enough for this. Split with my buddy Nick for a video review and poured into two globe glasses.

A: Gorgeous bright orange, light copper colored body with a small and dense white head. Retention is good and leaves a thin coating across the surface along with some thick bubbles around the edges. Some patches of lace are left behind, too.

S: Freshly peeled citrus fruits with flesh, oils and all. Orange, lemon, pink grapefruit and mango are evident up front. It's literally bursting with amazing hop notes that are all citrusy in nature. It doesn't smell like a bitter hop bomb, either - very balanced and juicy.

T: This is just phenomenal. As with the nose, this is all about the citrus fruits. Orange peels start things off, followed by hints of mango and lemon. The finish and into the linger is nothing but wonderfully juicy pink grapefruit. Fleshy in the finish and very oily and somewhat sticky in the linger. Amazing.

M: Medium-bodied, very balanced carbonation, not over the top yet not understated. Fairly creamy and sticky, finishes perhaps a touch dry but the citrus fruits even this out quickly.

This is, hands down, my favorite beer that falls under any part of the IPA family. It's so well balanced with the hops and bitterness that you're able to enjoy these qualities at the, essentially, perfect proportions. Citrusy, juicy, hoppy, bitter and insanely crafted. It doesn't get much better than this, folks.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:poured a bright orange in color with golden yellow highlights and a finge of head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was plenty of grassy piney hops on the aroma with citrus, caramel, sweetness from the malts, and a bit of pineapple fruit.

T: the piney grassy hops were very good and had a good balance between the sweetness from the malts. It did have citrus, caramel, and pineapple flavor accents as well.

M: the brew was mediumin body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney grassy hoppy, mild fruity, and bitter bite finish.

O: it was definitely a good beer but not a great DIPA in my book. I thought the aroma was better than the taste but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to get my hands on a bottle of this beer. Poured in to CBS Snifter glass.

A - Poured a hazy medium orange colour with a slight yellow glow around the edges of the glass. Two fingers of thick off-white head formed and receded to about a half inch with good retention. Good lacing.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma up front. Fresh pineapple and tangerine, peach and mango aromas along with some pine compliment the grapefruit. The hops aromas are so fresh, complex and pungent. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone is present to provide a bit of balance.

T - Huge bitterness up front. The big juicy hop aroma from the nose is more subdued in the palate but the flavours are still there and are fresh. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange zeat are the dominant flaovurs along with some pine. The malt bill provides the slightest sweet caramel backbone but there is no question that this is a hop bomb.

M - Medium body with a nice chew and light carbonation. Sticky hop oils coat the tongue.

O - A remarkable DIPA, but not the 5/5 I was hoping for.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could smell the Citra all the way in Orange County as a keg was tapped at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Served in a large snifter, on to the beer:

You can call this faded orange colored beer magnificent, and it's not just about the lovely white rings the foam leaves sticking to the glass. It is about how the Citra hops are skillfully used in this beer. The nose demonstates this with massive fresh citrus and tropical aromas, like passionfruit, pineapple, mango, and orange. Simply vibrant and alive.

There's little to frown about in the taste unless you're looking for just a tiny more intensity from those little green flowers. It's balanced, but showcases the Citra hops. Sweeter citrus and tropical fruits are highlights in this reel, and if that doesn't make it, the oily mouthfeel and buried 8% ABV, along with the pleasant aftertaste of sweet grapefruit and a snap of resin will. Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable too; forget the fancy glassware, throw this in a one liter mug.

I have seen the future, and you can catch a glimpse of the future in this beer. One could argue that this is "futuristic Pliny". Funny what playing with different hop breeds and creating a new one can do. Whoever said genetically modifying crops is bad doesn't understand how biology works, let alone had a taste of this nectar.

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Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 1,750 ratings.
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