Citra Bomb | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mobius387 on 12-16-2012

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by xnicknj:
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malts and peppery minty hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some tropical fruits and minty peppery hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low prickly carbonation.

Overall, an OK but not too exciting DIPA.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A brilliant gold pour crowned by a clingy 2” sudsy white foam collar. S: Herby, grassy, some citrus. T: The palate starts malty, then the citrusy, herby hops hold forth and guide you to a lingering drying finish with citrus rind bitter notes. Improves as it warms. Lingering herbal, citrusy bitterness. F: Very smooth and creamy. Medium full body, just on the low side of medium carbonation O: Very well done and worth repeating

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this because my girlfriend is blonde and jealous of "red ales." It was okay but not the highest quality IPA i've ever had. There are many other ones that one could drink instead. Consult this website for a complete list.

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Photo of timc100
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GilGarp
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Citra Bomb is a slightly hazy amber orange color with white head and some sticky lace.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh with nice citrusy notes.

Flavor is hoppy but too but has a bit of an aspirin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body and nicely carbonated. Not very bitter for an imperial IPA.

Overall it's an ok DIPA but not one worth getting again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint on tap

A: Amber in color with a slight haze could be because it is so cold. Tight head with a creamy looking head

S: grass with some candy like melon smells and some bready malts

T: some of that bubble gummy sweet melon tastes and grassy with a huge dose of bitterness and malty

M: almost medium but slightly watery

O: This is a malt bomb with hints of sickly sweet melon tastes and a massive acidic bitterness on the finish very average beer

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Photo of eliz108
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mobius387
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber to pint glass

appearance: dark brown with 1" white foamy head. fairly opaque/dark for a imperial IPA

aroma: not super pleasant. strong onions with the over hopped "sweaty sock" I have only otherwise smelled with founders devil dancer. not a good nose on this one

palate: medium bodied, medium carbonation, not very resinous/bitter for its category, decent

taste: much better than it smells, not super citrusy though which is what i expected. more of a balanced ipa flavor with some piney/grapefruity after taste. i like the taste, so its very drinkable

overall: not a bad brew by any means, and if someone offered it to me id drink it happily, but sprecher makes plenty of other beers that are worth my time more than this one. glad i got to try it tho.

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Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated: 12/15/12
Not sure why it's taken so long (7 weeks) for this to show up locally when MKE is so close to Chicago. Apparently this was "aged on Citra" for 6 weeks prior to release, an unusual approach...

It pours a dark reddish orange into a tulip glass, a billowing head of foam that leaves behind drippy lacing. Good head retention, some coverage still after the first few sips.

Aroma is a little confusing, sweet caramel malt at first, with some floral sandalwood, and some canned pineapple sweetness. Doesn't smell much like a DIPA, caramel sweet like an English Barleywine or Strong Ale.

Taste is also a bit of a letdown, it's not a hop bomb as advertised. Some mild mannered green vegetation and indistinct fruit sweetness, like the leftover syrup from a fruit cocktail can. Astringent and bitter, vegetal leafy greens. Thin bodied, with a mild alcohol bite. Not terrible, just meh. Something seems to be missing here...

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
7.8% ABV, numbers on shoulder.

A - Deep amber in color, Citra Bomb pours rather heavy, suggesting it will be a fuller-bodied beer. Ivory foam rises like a mushroom cloud, blanketing the sides of the pint with globular lace.

S - Intense bold hop aroma explodes out of this beer but it's on the verge of being too much when the hops' volume changes to an unpleasant burnt rubber nose. Citra Bomb is resin and pine rich but has plenty of juicy tropical fruits as well. Deep mango and pineapple meet a green sun tea-like scent which is incredibly reminiscent of their recent release, Hopfuzion. Strong caramel malt falls behind providing a pleasing base.

T - Caramel malt and toasted Vienna notes coat the tongue rapidly but dissolve away to reveal the hoppiness which, again, reminds me of Hopfuzion with it's strong amount of tea-like characteristics of herbs and floral notes more than anything. Pine resin and tropical fruits are present, but seem fairly overshadowed.

M - Dry citrus tickles the back of the tongue with nice bitterness as this balanced, medium bodied and smooth double IPA finishes. Herbal tea notes linger on the palate moments after the beer is swallowed while a fair carbonation level keeps it a little more crisp.

O - I'd be lying if I said I didn't think this was a beefier version of Sprecher's wet-hopped Hopfuzion. There's plenty of power behind the hops but they aren't showcased in a such a way that makes their abundant fruity nuances (especially with the Citra variety) shine with vibrancy. Citra Bomb is much more herbal, suggesting a tea blend with a mound of honey dribbled in. It's bitter but not quite the bitter one might expect from a double IPA. At nearly 8%, this beer rides a fine line between what one might expect from a "standard" American IPA and what people are looking for in a double. Certainly not a poor beer but it doesn't stand up to the name "Citra Bomb" either.

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Photo of ALLISON01
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of atomicskier1889
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GonGolfn
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew26
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale nearing brown. Small white colored head.

Smells strongly of hops and malt. Scents of honeysuckle and cherry cough syrup with a strong tea scent. Cherry and grapefruit scents, the cherry is a surprise.

Starts out sweet with a savory taste and a stout amount of bitterness. Bittersweet flavor and not much else. Little bit of toffee and butterscotch in this. Taste isn't as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall not really worth comparing to a good example of the style. I can't recommend you buy this.

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Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a growler bought the same day at the brewery:

Pours hazed copper/amber with a thin head that becomes a swirl. Trailing lace sticks, especially as it progresses.

The smell is of pepper/spice, some grapefruit with caramelized bread.

The taste is of grapefruit, black pepper, some malt sweetness in the middle for balance. Finishes bitter and spicy.

While not exactly chewy or creamy, it does slide down the throat smoothly. The alcohol is well-covered.

I don't know about a citra "bomb", but it has have enough of that hop goodness to be pleasantly hoppy. A nice, bitter brew.

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Citra Bomb from Sprecher Brewing Company
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