20th Anniversary Citracado IPA
Stone Brewing

20th Anniversary Citracado IPA20th Anniversary Citracado IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.3%
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
642
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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Reviews by deebo:
Photo of deebo
3.01/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Snifter on tap at WOB-USF in Tampa. Smell is heavy on distinct citra with a hint of floral honey. Taste is less citra than the aroma with more sweet malt and a boozy bite. Mouthfeel is light bodied with slight bitterness but high alcohol flavor. Overall a better smelling beer than drinking. Surprisingly boozy.

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Photo of anon
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always look forward to Stone's anniversary brews and this milestone one was a must have. Residing in the region this brew was inspired, you can't help but feel a connection.

This one pours smoothly; A very deep copper, almost garnet hue. Creamy, off-white head stands finger-width, receding to a ring of foam around the glass. Not much lace sticking around. Aroma is citra-hop forward, along with pine, citrus zest, honey, caramel, grass. Deep floral and herbal notes.

Pine resin, lemon peel, orange, grass, citra hop bitterness up front on taste. I'm honestly not too familiar with the avocado flower honey aspect of this brew, but there is a definite floral and earthy touch to this one, reminiscent of hibiscus IPAs I've had. Hints of prickly pear and guava, even. Malt backbone is present and balances this brew out real well; bread dough, crackers, caramel, butterscotch and lemon candy. Touches of peppermint, honey and hops hops hops round things out.

Surprisingly light on its feet for an ABV of 9%; which, by the way, is masked quite nicely. Smooth and easy drinking. Bitter bite gives way to a clean, slightly sweet finish that leaves you wanting more. 22oz is not enough.

Cheers to Stone for reaching this landmark and cheers to all who enjoy what this brewery stands for: True Craft.

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Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

F**king incredible....

Most beautiful beer I've ever seen... What a looker... Burnished bronze...pillowy head...she's a beaut, Clark... A beaut...

Litter box cat piss hops boom off this thing... Disturbing and wonderful...

Bright...Citrusy... Floral... F!×king incredible... F=%k....bad motherf*\ker right here... It's stupid...

Feel like I'm on Candid Camera drinking this... It's stupid... Other beers should be embarassed by this...

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone snifter glass.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy brown to Amber body with medium bubbles to it. Head is off-white maybe two fingers off the body and pretty thick at first. Disappears after two or three sips.

Smell: Malty scent is is very appetizing. Comes off sweet like honey.

Taste: Walnuts and pecans infused with malts and a smooth dose of hops. Brew is sweet, but more of the citrus side...straight pink grapefruit and more floral feel which is very satisfying.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation and very sticky.

Overall: Great brew, hopefully Stone keeps it around for a while. I love their anniversary beers and this one delivers like the mailman. Salud!

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Photo of Mdog
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Clear dark amber, big head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pine.

Taste: Sweet, tropical fruit flavors with a sweet caramel-like flavor (which after reading the bottle is almost definitely the avacado honey). Moderate bitterness, very nice comibination of fruit and caramel.

Overall: Man, I really liked this beer! I like my DIPA's a bit on the sweet side, so the mysterious caramel/honey flavor of this beer made it stand out big time. Citra hops are also a favorite, so the combination is pretty awesome. Highly recommended!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh my goodness. If you like IPAs, and if you really like Double IPAs, this is it. A BLAST of hops that smoothes out with a nice balance of malts and yeasts. The bitterness is perfect. Honey as it warms. Classic amber pour. Beautiful layering. STONE!! 9.0% ABV

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Photo of Biggtriksta
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Ruby tinted amber with 1+ fingers of creamy head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Candied orange, mango, honey, passion fruit, grapefruit zest, and pine resin.

Taste
Candied orange and grapefruit pith. Light mango and passion fruit. Notes of aloe vera and eucalyptus. Firm honey and caramel maltiness. Finishes with grapefruit pith, pine resin, and some onion.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, oily, semi-dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Citra forward and bitter with a firm maltiness. Tastes and looks very "Red IPA-ish."

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Photo of darin2z
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanK252
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, floral notes, toasty, crackery and bready malt, citrus, spicy, and caramel sweetness,

T: Tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit, citrus, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, watermelon jolly rancher, spicy, slightly toasty crackery bready malt, caramel sweetness, and just a hint of honey.

M: A little on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, dangerously drinkable, holds its % well.

O: Came into this one with tempered expectations. Had heard some people in my area saying it wasn't that great. Boy were they wrong. What a wonderful beer!

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Photo of heygeebee
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 :-(

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

Photo of gopens44
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From this crystal clear caramel coloured beer under an anxious beige head, this thing Is a raging good time. The nose is perfectly balanced with caramel malt sweetness and tropical fruit fun, which carried over identically to the taste. Plenty of grapefruit bitterness that hardly leaves much aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable. Mark it up as a win for Stone.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of willardt09
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdm168
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDizzle
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffwise
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rootscipio
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DudMan
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

20th Anniversary Citracado IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 642 ratings