20th Anniversary Citracado IPA
Stone Brewing

20th Anniversary Citracado IPA20th Anniversary Citracado IPA
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IPA - Imperial
4.11 | pDev: 7.3%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
20th Anniversary Citracado IPA20th Anniversary Citracado IPA
Notes: For 20 years our passion for brewing and our obsession with hops have challenged traditional styles and expectations for beer. So it’s only fitting we commemorate this momentous occasion by crafting a liquid ode to bold brewing that satisfies your hop thirst and pays homage to our flagship San Diego brewery, located on Citracado Parkway (which itself pays homage to the citrus and avocado agricultural history of the region).

“Citracado” also teases the two key ingredients of this beer. “Citra” refers both to the juicy gem of a hop and its citrusy (and tropical) aromas and flavors. “Cado” inspired us to utilize wonderful, native avocado flower honey. Combine the two and the result pours like silk and abounds with enough hops to match our excitement for reaching this 20-year milestone. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, as always, strive to live up to the reasons for your loyalty!
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Translucent bronze – somewhat darker than expected - and visible carbonation a bit on the low side. Forms a finger's worth of off-white head with good retention.

S: Tangerine-forward citrus, tropical fruits, and grapefruit. Plus pineapple and papaya. Biscuit sweet malt body, but no caramel on the nose - so it works better for me than I was afraid of. Not a huge nose perhaps, but nice.

T: Taste bitter orange, grapefruit pith, and pineapple. Lesser notes of dank and melon. A pretty nice combo, actually. A substantial sweetness from the malt body, but between the lack of caramel malts and that the whole thing is dried out from the honey, the flavors each play in their own sandbox well. Markedly bitter in the hang, with residual dank and oranges with some typical-of-Stone naked alpha acids.

M: Body on the heavy side for style. Alcohol present but integrated. Good carbonation sensation.

O: A big malty backbone on what I’m guessing is a big IPA, but the hops manage to not only stand up to it but still dominate the drink. Good beer from Stone again.

Aug 04, 2019
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MackT from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, orangy look. Minimal head. From a 22oz. bottle. Was bottled 13 months prior, fridge kept.
Nice aroma, citra hop n' cado flower honey play off each other. Goes to the sweeter side, the mouthfeel is a tad more "thicker" than I would like. But regardless, it works.
After giving initial taste test review. The real appreciation is in the casual "drinking" the taste will come later. I like it, you may too.

Jul 25, 2017
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Mindsculptor from Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This thing is a changeling. The taste is constantly shifting from citrus, to melon, to tropical fruit and over again with a subtle honey in the background. Incredibly beer.

Jul 07, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow, color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves a very nice medium size island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus/pine notes. The taste is very very nice, hoppy, very nice touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, with a very nice slight dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew.

Apr 02, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a Creature Comforts glass. Bottled August 2016.

Pours with a hazy, copper/orange body. The head is moderate in size with good retention and ample soapy lacing.

Aroma: dank and fruity, with alcohol esters and hints of orange, grapefruit, melon, pine, yeast and biscuits.

Flavor: pungent and complex; moderately bitter for style. Largely follows the aroma but less dank, with suggestions of orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Little pine. Well hidden alcohol.

Feel: full, smooth body; medium carbonation; dry finish.

Overall: a well crafted DIPA from Stone. Strongly flavored but reasonably well balanced,

Mar 22, 2017
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Caj1 from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange-bronze, cream-colored frothy head. Crystal clear.

Big hit of Citra hops on the nose, same as the tongue. Sweet without being cloying. Good malt to hops balance. Goes down smooth.

It's fine. I wish I could have it again.

Mar 14, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kegged summer 2016; drank 9/26/16 on draft @ Village Tap.

See-through dull orange appearance.

Minimal white head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus, mango & cane sugar notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Mango & cane sugar flavors; no booze heat. Simple & sweet; enjoyable.

Feb 28, 2017
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark bronze with a frothy, long lasting head. Lots of sheets and ridges of lace coat the glass on the way down. Floral, pineapple, tropical fruit hops mix with herbal honey notes in the aroma. Citrus, passionfruit, mango, pineapple, grapefruit hops mix with sweet honey notes and biscuity malts in the taste. Moderate carbonation and a medium to full body in the finish. Moderate to high bitterness, hop fruityness and some honey sweetness in the very long finish.

A fantastic DIPA. Very complex and Citra heavy hop profile balanced by a delicous honey addition. Try this if you get the chance.

Feb 16, 2017
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Biggtriksta from New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured between gently and mildly-aggressive. Very little head on top of the beer. The beer itself is a nice hazy amber color with a little bit of light coming through the glass.

S: I'm getting a strong malt presence in the nose. Some hoppiness, but I was hoping for more Citra to be honest. Some honey, maybe some grapefruit/mango. Mostly malt sweetness.

T: Tastes very much like it smells. More on the malty side than the hoppy side. I did notice this was bottled about 4 months ago, and I wonder if some of the hops have faded. Sweet and slightly bready.

F: It's got a decent body on it. I am getting a little bit of heat from the alcohol. Actually, there is a slight hint of hoppiness towards the backend.

O: I am thinking that this beer sat too long. It's not nearly as hoppy as I was anticipating. Regardless, it's still on par with some of the more sweet, malty IPA's that I have had.

Jan 24, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 7/29/16, had 9/11/16.

Pours an amber/orange, lightly hazy, with a half inch head and a fair amount of loose. soapy lacing. Smell is citrus hops- orange, grapefruit, malt, melon, some pine, light yeast, brown sugar. Taste follows the nose on the orange and grapefruit, some lemon, the melon is a bit stronger than the nose, malt, some caramel, brown sugar, light pine. Good amount of bitterness throughout, a sweet note on the finish. Smooth, solid body, well carbonated.

Another well done DIPA from Stone. Hops and malt are well balanced, Citra hops are bursting with flavor. Very enjoyable offering.

Jan 16, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 10-1-16 for $5.99. Bottled on 8-28-16. Stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured copper orange with a very nice white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is citrusy goodness.

Taste is citrusy and piney goodness blending nicely with a huge honey malt base. Moderate bitterness left in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall another excellent DIPA from Stone. Congrats on 20 years! Hopefully i can enjoy you another 20!

Jan 01, 2017
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heygeebee from Australia

3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hmmm. An Imperial IPA that certainly looks and smells the part. Nice head, pale gold body, lots of peach and apricots on nose.
And the taste.... Well, it's a Bazooka of, Erm, nothingness.... It does have a deep taste, but it's almost like it tastes of nothing, so it's all in the alcohol and body, and not in the taste.
Shame, bought 'fresh' here, but already dead :-(

Dec 16, 2016
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of a dirty penny, frothy off white head that clings to the glass. Aroma is tropical fruits, pine resins and of course Stones signature hops. Flavors blend nicely. Thick, oily mouthful. Definitely a slippery. Another terrific offering from Stone.

Dec 05, 2016
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in a growler in Avondale and could not have been more satisfied. The hazy amber color, the pleasant aroma, and the excellent taste helped get me through a Sunday that my Falcons had decided to take off.

Dec 04, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 28th August 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper amber colour with a huge four finger off white head that had excellent retention and left great lacing.

Aroma: Dank pine, caramel malt with citrusy mandarin, grapefruit and orange zest. Some tropical mango and peaches appear as it warms.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit bitterness, orange zest, lemon and pine with some light malt caramel and breadiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: It’s not bad, but I tried Stone’s 5th and 10th Anniversary IPAs over the past week and enjoyed them both slightly more than this 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA.

Nov 29, 2016
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doktorhops from Australia

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #750!!! The big SEVEN FIVE OH, and if you had to ask me which brewer most fires up my salivary glands when I hear its name uttered it would have to be: Stone... or Mikkeller... or Founders, Deschutes, Victory, Weihenstephaner... anyway you get the picture: My salivary glands are often fired up. In any case this 9% ABV Double IPA brewed with Citra hops and avocado flower honey seemed a fitting beer to give the nod for such an auspicious milestone (the next big one is #1,000 and I’ll probably be 40 by then... hmmm, 40th birthday idea formulating... nope it’s gone, oh well - skydive it is then).

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy deep sepia-orange body with a 1 centimetre wheat-coloured head that slowly drops back to a thin spotty blanket. Carbonation looks quite dense/creamy and that to me equals good times ahead. 8/10.

S: Stone once again fails to disappoint with a bold aroma of peppery spice and pine needles that is as fresh and bracing as a northwest coastal breeze. Slight earthy tones mingle with an additional orange note to create a little piece of West Coast bliss-in-a-glass. Honeyed sweetness gradually comes through as well. Damn near perfect aroma if you love your West Coast IPAs. 9/10.

T: Honey! Honey! Honey! At least enough honey to keep Winnie the Pooh entertained for days. It’s good though because it comes through at first as a subtle note on the roof of your mouth but it’s enough to be noticed without over-straying into cloying territory. The rest is quite as expected: Piney/orange/pepper/earthy hops with a hint of a biscuit malt base. Hefty herbal bitterness in the aftertaste is a minor criticism though. 9/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with hop oils (obvs!), some chewy character that I suspect is honey-related, and a light but quite dense and creamy carbonation. Nice. 8/10.

D: What a massive beer to review for 750! Not nearly as big in ABV as most of my milestone bruviews, but the quantity is plentiful in a bomber, and I’m certainly feeling it towards the end. This is one of those beers that I would be curious to age however I bought the last bottle at my LCB [Local Craft Boutique] so there’ll be none of that... though I do imagine the honey will add more complexity as the hops fade and in 2-3 yrs (cellared correctly) it will be interesting/wow. 9/10.

Food match: This is an intriguing beer to match - honey and hops, bittersweet harmony in a glass, a tough one: Filipino lechon kawali with fresh chilli.

Nov 21, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, empire glass. Well balanced between malt, citrus forward hops, and touch of sweetness. Easy beer to drink at the abv.

Nov 15, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is the star, make no mistake. The hops just burst beautifully in the aroma, along with the honey sweetness to contrast. The taste is more piney than smell, and much more sweet in the finish. Easily drinkable given the hops

Nov 07, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into tulip. Bottled 8/19/16.

A: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a very oily, greasy, and dense tan head that faded into a fuzzy film and thick collar. Sticky wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge dank, citrus, and sweet tropical citra notes dominate the nose. Scent overall is very resinous, floral, bright, and perfumey. The nose is sweet overall with floral hints of honey, and I get a touch of crackery malt backbone as well.
T: Follows the nose with sweet, perfumey, and floral flavors of topical fruit nectars and sweet citrus juice. The hops are also very dank, resinous, and tingly from all the fresh hop oils. The finish is sweet but thankfully a bit drying, with a lingering citrus bitterness that sticks around into the aftertaste along with some peppery herbal spice.
M: Body is on the fuller side with a thick, sticky, resinous, and oily mouthfeel that lightens up in the finish. Carbonation is smooth and foamy. Sweet and tingly.
O: A heavy, greasy, resinous, big monster of a dipa with delicious citra hop flavor complemented by the sweet honey. I liked the floral honey essence and fresh tingly mouthfeel. Not as dry as my favorite dipa’s, but the alcohol in this is well hidden and the mouthfeel is smooth.

Nov 05, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost an Arrogant Bastard variant. Malty with a dry finish. A sweet honey aroma. Beautiful dark clear amber with a one finger white head. A very good beer but an average Stone Brewing beer.

Nov 05, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 31.99 / Anniversary 4 pack. Bottled 8/28/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours an opaque brownish orange with a finger and a half cap of dense manilla head. That thick head gradually fades to some clumpy retention and a modest crown that leaves a few sparce islands of lace.

Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine and caramel. As it reaches room temperature I get additional hints of peach and mandarin.

Flavors of pine, some rye-like spice, orange peel, grapefruit, flower petals, honey wheat bread, a roasty, toasted note and a slight slap of alcohol. As in the nose this warms well, with peach and citrus coming through more as the chill wears off.

Medium full feel with fairly subtle carbonation. Finishes with some mandarin peel, peach fuzz and a little honey wheat toast.

After 20 years if experimentation with hops Stone continues to find new ingredients to try in their IPAs. The floral sweetness mixes pretty well with the citrus forward hopping. It may not be my favorite work from them but it was enjoyable enough that I'll likely have some more before it disappears.

Nov 04, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burgundy copper with three fingers of khaki head. Very nice. Great lacing, as well as head retention. Aroma notes are a blast of citrus and honey. The flavor profile is on the sweet side, with an opening chorus of floral, and citrus hops. Honey takes away a verse before breaking back into a chorus of floral and citrus hops. Despite the IPA name and hop presence, this beer is not very bitter, nor is it difficult to drink. Mouth feel is filling, with a medium-thick consistency. Very well done. Overall, it's a fantastic beer that proves both easy to drink, and also easy to sip and savor. All categories contribute to an all around savory beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Nov 02, 2016
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ABabbidge from Kansas

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark orange cloudy color. Thin head.

S: A little pine. A lot of grapefruit.

T & F: Similar to the nose. A lot of pine and earthy hops up front. A lot of citrus and grapefruit as well. Finishes dry and bitter.

O: Pretty solid IPA. Not much else to say.

Oct 31, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with about a finger of white head. Smells of pine up front, citrus, and of malts. Tastes of citrus up front, melding into the malty backbone and finishing with pine hops bitterness. Feel is a little creamy, rolls about the tongue nicely. Overall excellent way for Stone to celebrate 20 years.

Oct 30, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange / light amber color with a 1/4" head. Thick foam covers the surface.

Smell: mild earthy aroma rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemons, some pine, and earthy hops. Nice bitterness levels. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish.

Overall: This is a really flavorful beer that is very satisfying.

Oct 28, 2016
20th Anniversary Citracado IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 644 ratings