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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1,745
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.99%
 
 
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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unbelievable!! I have made the trek up to Kern River twice to get this after winning their lottery. As good as it is in the bottle, it is every more amazing on tap and fresh. One of the best.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Joe for sharing this growler!

Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a small soapy white head that shows good retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is full of juicy sweet citrus fruits - oranges and pineapples. Maybe a bit of floral pine but it's mostly the citrus hops. There is a light crisp pale malt presence as well.

The taste is more of the same with the massive juicy citrus hops dominating from the start. There's a solid bready malt backbone which gives way to a bitterness in the end, partly from citrus but also from a bit of resinous pine hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Extremely crisp with a slightly dry finish.

This is a great DIPA and has a ton of flavor but is insanely drinkable. Glad to have the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazy dark orange color. Two fingers of thick, creamy off-white head. Good retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

5.0 S: Big hop explosion like a fresh Hopslam, but without the malty backbone. Absolutely tons and tons of orange, apricot, candied mango, grapefruit and a host of other tropical fruits. Slightly yeasty, and you can tell the malts are there, but they get lost in the wonderful hops.

4.5 T: Again, the hops deliver. Grapefruit and pine take over in the taste. Moderate, but soft bitterness. Lots of orange, peach, and tropical fruit. Yeasty again, but barely noticeable compared to the other flavors. Malts give a touch of sweetness to balance and not much else.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body, not the shitty watery like many west coast IPAs. This is just how I like my DIPAs. Wonderfully creamy and a bit chewy.

5.0 D: I wasn't sure if this would live up to the hype, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is definitely an elite DIPA. I just wish it was a bit easier for me to get. No flaws and lots of great qualities.

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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in sample size at the 2011 Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a hazy golf with a dense white froth. Malty brown sugar and candied lemon hops on the nose with a piney accent. Flavor is lemon zest with a light pale malt note. I appreciate the hop focus without a syrupy malt profile but it also is allowing a soapy astringent note to come through. Solid bitterness but not really up to DIPA standards. A good beer but I'm not buying the hype here.

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

On tap at the T, 2010.

A: Great hazy peach orange with a fluffy cap of white foam on top.

S: Great fat citra hop aroma in the nose with just a tad of english muffin malts in the background

T: Super resiny, oily hops with a bit of skunk weed thrown in for good measure

M: Refreshing and sticky...leaves you BEGGING for another sip

O: One of the best double ipas I've had and absolutely the best expression of all that CITRA can offer the brewer. Fantastic.

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Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orange color with a touch of rustic brown and a pure as white snow color of a head

S - oniony, earthy, dank citra hops and a little bit of fruit leap out of the glass

T - sweet citrusy hops move on to a nice earthy, oniony presence. a little bit of caramel malt is hidden underneath, but you have to dig through the hop bombardment to find them. Ends with light citrus and more of the oniony earth notes.

M - medium bodied, smooth, matches the beer style well

D - overall, this is a solid DIPA. This beer showcases the citra hop very well as one might expect. I have been wanting to try this one for a while and was glad to get a chance.

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass:

A: Pours Golden yellow/orange, hazy, with nearly 2 fingers of white head, tight bubbles, great retention. Leaves lots of lacing.

S: This might be the most citrus-centered beer I've ever had. TONS of tangerine, mango, pineapple, and so on. Plenty of sweet malt that adds to the citrus depth. No alcohol in the nose. WOW.

T: I think I just died and woke up in hop-heaven! As with the nose, this is unlike any hop-forward beer I've ever had. The hop flavor is straight fresh-squeezed tropical fruit smoothie. The depth is amazing. First is moderate wave of pine bitterness with mango and maybe a touch of grapefruit. Quickly what follows is wave after wave of tangerine, mango, and pineapple. There are floral notes hidden in there as well. Moderate amount of sweet caramel malt balances out some of the bitterness while giving the hops a juicy quality. The hops mellow out from the middle to the finish as the citrus fades to the background with the floral notes and pine. Moderately bitter finish that's fairly dry.

M: Medium to slightly full body, moderate to very slightly high carbonation. Extremely smooth, almost velvety texture that has a good deal of sticky hop resins. It seems like a contradiction, yet somehow it actually works. Alcohol does make a very slight appearance with a warming effect and a very light "burn" up front. Goes down easy.

O: The hype is definitely real here! Easily one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. It's like PtE on steroids. I really don't see any problems here other than maybe the hops fading too fast in the mouth and alcohol a touch more noticeable than the best. It's just a matter of preference/mood whether I want this mellow citrus-forward DIPA or pungent and balanced (hop-wise) bitter bomb. I loved Hill Farmstead Citra DIPA, but this might be better. World class for sure.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cuzco for sharing this, a longtime want.

A: Cloudy orange body with a frothy white head. Mediocre retention and lacing. Ok.

S: Surprisingly dull fruitiness. Peach, grapefruit, mango, and lots of sweet toasted malt. Good, not great.

T: Much better, with much more vibrancy to the hops and the malt providing balance rather han distraction. Very tasty.

M: Rich and creamy. Great.

O: Delicious, but disappointing.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prufrock for providing this beer in trade.
Nice creamy off white head forms atop a very bright brass colored beer with very good clarity. Just a couple bubbles lazily making their way to the top of the glass. Nice retention. Interesting in that there isn’t a ton of lacing, but what sticks does so in thick clumps that, hang on for dear life.
Thick aroma that hangs in your nostrils. Bright Fresh perfume. Some sharp citrus and a touch of green.
This is one of those beers where I think I may be sucking on the hop comes. (not a terrible thing to me) Just as the initial hop blast begins to subside, you get a smack of sweetness and fruit. Melon and mango primarily for me. A touch of pepper perhaps. The more I drink it, it seems like there may be some honey like notes in here. Starbucks sells a small bag of dried mango and this really reminds me of that. You get a slight warming effect late in the flavor from the abv. Not hot, just letting you know that you shouldn’t mess with it.
Carbonation was a touch light. Body was medium and it was a touch oily and slick on your tongue.
I think this is a perfect beer where I express that I prefer single IPA’s to doubles. This is clearly a very good beer and one that all hop heads should try. Of course, I would happily trade for another bottle and drink it again. But, there’s just a touch too much in it for me. A hint of the ABV and a hint of sweetness that I would prefer dialed back.
Still a very well built beer. Thanks Dan for making this available to me.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to pick a bottle of this up last week.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with an extremely thin cream colored head.

S: Huge citrus hops. Mango, grapefruit and a lot of pine. Really intense aroma. About as good as you're going to find smell-wise.

T: Peppery pine hops upfront with some mango and grapefruit juice. Some caramel malts balance the hops out and the beer finishes with a nice hit of hop resin. A really great DIPA.

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Photo of Holland
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ryan (Treebs) on this one once again.

A: pours a bright golden color with a big white head that gives way to covering lacing. It sticks to the edges with ease.

S: beautiful medley of citrus, sweet malt, bitterness, some melon.

T: melon is more prevalent here, but the citrus comes in along a bit of grassy flavor. Very nice. Also a good amount of sweet malt, but it's not overpowering.

M: medium body with medium to heavy carbonation make this beautiful and crisp, but it doesn't lack body. After a morning of working outside, it's exactly what I wanted.

O: beautiful DIPA with no ill effects from the hops. All the bitterness and smell and flavor are there, but none of the extra cat pee, onion, or garlic that can be present. Maybe that has to do with time, but this is still incredibly well balanced for my tastes. Drink it at room temperature!

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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
22oz
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 KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This drinks so smooth! Lots of dank hops like pine, herb, cannabis, floral and chive but no bitterness or astringency. The mid palate senses a stiff caramel backbone before this finishes with fruity apricot, honey, tangerines, grapefruit, mangoes and tropical fruit punch. Great use and dose of Citra!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey orange color, with an eggshell colored finger of fluffy head, nice lacing.

Floral hop notes, juicy citrus, and loads of tropical fruits.

The taste is bustling with tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, lots of citrus and floral hop notes. Sweet juicy citrus, and low bitterness.

Creamy, medium bodied, over all good feeling on the palate.

Big hop notes with low bitterness make this a great drinking DIPA!

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Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to epical8 for this guy. Very excited to try this!

Poured into my CBS snifter...

A: An effervescent golden orange, practically glows in the glass. Huge, pillowy two finger white head. Settles down to a quarter finger of thick, gobby blobs. Very good lacing.

S: Well hello Citra hops! Like an orange creamsicle. Loads of orange zest, pineapple, and some tangerine. Also hints of caramel malt and quite a bit of candied spice. Love, love, love it.

T: Candied orange, caramel malt, grapefruit rind, pineapple. Starts off with fairly aggressive citrus hops, then the malt seeps in and evens things out. Finish is smooth, but another fresh blast of hop oils keeps things interesting. Most notable is how light this is for a DIPA. Hops are assertive, but more sweet and spicy than overwhelmingly bitter.

M: This is the only part of the beer that doesn't quite stand up to the rest. Slightly thin and and lacking in complexity. Sweet and hoppy, but perhaps too smooth for its own good, especially for a DIPA.

O: Deserving of the hype. Didn't knock me off my feet right away, but over the entire experience, this greatly impressed me. One of the lightest and smoothest DIPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Without a trace of booze at 8.0%, this one is dangerously drinkable. Just a complete showcase for the Citra hop. Really like this.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to drabmuh for this bottle.

A: Almost clear dark yellow-orange in color. Forms a nice, big, fluffy, barely off-white head that leaves some sheets of lacing on the way down.

S: Unsurprisingly full of citrus and tropical fruits. Mango and passionfruit dominate, with notes of orange, pineapple, and a little caramel malt. Smells juicy.

T: Tastes much like the aroma. Starts with a light, juicy sweetness. Then lots of tropical fruit: passionfruit, mango, orange, tangerine, and mango. There is a very mild caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a surprisingly mild bitterness.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Smooth, slick, and a little chewy. Bitterness is less than one would expect on a DIPA.

O: A very good beer. Just packed full of Citra aroma and flavor, this beer needs to warm just a little to be fully appreciated. An appreciated it was.

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Photo of baybum
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz Bottle from TheHooch - Thanks again and enjoy the Cherry Rye!
Poured into a TH glass.

A - Hazy with a wonderful orange color with a perfect head. This is what an IPA should look like.

S - The aroma of hops from the bottle gets you excited to taste this beer. The citrus combines with the aroma of the hops to make you want to smell this over and over again.

T - For a DIPA this beer has very little bitterness to it. A sweetness fills your mouth that ends with a hop explosion. For me this is the style of DIPA that I crave for.

M - Full bodied. Very creamy and smooth drinking.

O - This is a great DIPA and one I wish was made more often and easier to find. A Top 5, absolutely. It is right there with the best IPAs I've ever had - Heady, Zombie, Abrassive, PtE.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Beer Advocate’s Toner
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 18, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 20, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Tony!

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white, rocky head. A few light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good layered, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Wow. First whiff reminded me of an Alpine IPA, specifically Bad Boy or Duet. Got mango, tropical, pineapple, Citra, floral, Amarillo, light resin, grapefruit pulp, nectarine, passion fruit, wet pine, sugary caramel and red grapefruit. Delicious. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste wasn’t as potent as the smell, which would be hard to live up to anyway. Got toned down tropical, mango, pineapple, grapefruit pulp, bitter nectarine rind, Citra, some resin, caramel, peach, apricot, slight Juicy Fruit gum, light passion fruit, juice orange, floral and Amarillo. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, juicy, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was really, really good. However, I’ve got yesterday’s Hopslam as the wee favorite between the two. Glad I got to try this though. (Overall - 4.25)

4.36 | 97 | A

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler with the members of Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Emerged from its vessel as a hazy golden orange-colored liquid with a hint of carbonation and firm, bubbly white head that transformed into an abundance of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Nose is quite citrus-forward as expected, but with more depth than I had originally anticipated. A hint of catbox is present, as well as mild pine and resinous notes. Aroma is somewhat pungent and a bit lacking, but not crazy for a DIPA.

T - Heaps of bitter citrus hops with a hint of catbox quality in the middle. Overall, this packs a seriously aggressive hop bite with plenty of citrus fruit and some resin and pine for good measure. There is also an oily perfumy character present. Finishes with a sweet, grainy malt character and some residual spiciness in the finish.

M - Texture is quite oily and softly carbonated overall, with perhaps a subtle prickle on the tongue. Finishes with assertive hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Complex for a DIPA, especially considering this was brewed with a single hop variety. While there is an abundance of citrus hops, there is definitely more happening beneath the surface.

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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 LeeEvolved
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a delicious DIPA. Thanks to hefman for trading one to me all the way from Cali. I think I need a few more to be sure just how amazing they are...

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy copper, near white head leaves fast. Some spotty lace.

S - Still prety cold, so smell is somewhat faint. Citrus notes and malt come in pretty heavy, though.

T - When they said it is a close as you can come to chewing on a hop vine, they weren't kidding. Big time citrus, a little tropical fruit, almost a little spicy feel, and of course lots of sweet malt.

M - Medium to full body, good carb, nice even balance.

D - It's a pretty darned good beer.

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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

Growler

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 Roguer
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big, fluffy white head. Brew is cloudy and deep orange, deeply translucent, with gold and amber highlights and hints of red. Head retention is excellent, and lacing is sticky and thick.

Huge citrus and tropical fruit aroma (think: Enjoy By). Ruby red grapefruit and tangerine; apricots; peaches; mangos. Floral with a bit of honey. Subtle biscuity malt in the background. Absolutely superb nose.

Flavor is drier and earthier than the nose. First, a hint of citrus peel; slightly resinous hops. Then, the fruit really kicks in mid-palate: juicier citrus and tropical fruit. Final third of the hop flavors returns a mix of resin, pine, and tropical fruit, with a lasting (but pleasant) citrus peel aftertaste.

Overall flavor is surprisingly balanced and even subtle; it's not over the top, especially when compared to the aroma. Amarillo is more dominant than the Citra, IMO; it's more balanaced overall, and I don't get any dank flavors. Malt backbone is virtually nonexistent as a flavor, yet there's enough there that the hop flavors don't come across as unbalanced.

Nice, medium mouthfeel, perfect and lively in the mouth (not DIPA syrup). Minimum sting, absolutely no alcohol presence. Juicy throughout, but a fairly dry finish. Excellent.

This beer isn't really perfect in many respects, but it's damn close across the board. The only thing that I think couldn't be improved is the appearance; it just looks great. The aroma is fantastic. The taste and mouthfeel are superb, but perhaps imperfect for my particular tastes; they're certainly not flawed in any way.

A very drinkable beer; IMO, a slightly better, less citrus peel on the lasting aftertaste would bump it up yet another notch. Really a fantastic DIPA that you should thank the stars if you can get your hands on it.

Thanks to JayORear for this gift!

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

10 oz pours at Encinitas Ale House for SDBW. Pours a hazy golden orange with amazing nose. Tropical, bitter front end and oh so smooth finish. Hides its abv well. Overall, less tropical and more hoopy aggressive than HF Double Citra but amazingly balanced. I could (and did) sit and drink this all day....

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Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
4.56 out of 5 based on 1,745 ratings.
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