Citra (IPA Is Dead)

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
3.89 | pDev: 9.25%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Citra (IPA Is Dead)Citra (IPA Is Dead)
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by TobiasGoth:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance A cloudy peach sky sits in the glass. No foam really but large globules lining the sides. The bottles’ bottom has no lees like in the Sorachi Ace’d version of this IPA.

Smell A gentle punch of elderberry, apricots and floral notes.

Taste Honey in abundance at first, then citrus and flowery notes. Rounding it up is butter and sweet flavors in harmony with balanced aroma and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel Incredible a body on this one too, big up to Brew Dog on this splendid 4-pack of IPAs. Medium body which is “sickly smooth” to quote Marcus. Carbonation perfecto!

An era or rather a 4-pack of fantastic IPAs have come to an end. It’s taken me the entire span (of a short lived) Swedish summer to go through the IPA is Dead-series. Perhaps unconsiously spaced out over time knowing I only had four dates with it.

The Citra was a beautiful ending to this series although the Nelson Sauvin is my personal favorite. Please keep sending more of the same this way Brew Dog!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper with a tint of orange; the liquid is a bit hazy. The three finger head is firm, warm white and airy. It leaves some lacing while very slowly sinking.

The smell is sweet and very hoppy with distinct notes of lemons, limes and grapefruit. Hints of kiwi and sweet oranges. Citric bitter flavours and exotic spices. Cat litter in the background.

The taste is very citric and sweet, reminding of orange juice with lots of new world hops. Grand bitterness, but it is not sharp or overwhelming. Some earthy notes and hints of oranges, lime and lemon. The aftertaste is bitter with a fine citric flavour, some mellow sweetness and a touch of caramel. The finish is citric.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is a little sticky.

A pleasant single hop IPA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer, in person, no less—very unusual for me.

Pours a deep and hazy, slightly bronze-tinged orange, with a frothing but subsiding head of off-white. Some lacing, although it's very ambivalent—sticking like crazy in some places, and not forming at all in others. The absolute lack of head retention is a bit of a let-down, but otherwise it looks ok.

Nose is sharp and hoppy, but oddly grassy as well, almost like some chinook got caught up in its business. There's a hint of the pleasant biting citric twang, but it's muddled, and less fragrant and fresh than many other citra-heavy brews I've had.

Taste is similar, in that the bitterness comes on strongly before petering out to a clipped grass organic finish. Lingering undertones of fresh orange peel, like they should, but it's all a bit muddled and fractured.

This is a shame, really—the other two I've had in the series have been good, and I certainly prefer Citra to Bramling Cross in general (although probably not Nelson Sauvin), but I've had much better beers that put Citra to better use.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Slowbeer, poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Has an orange appearance with a white head that starts of well, looking creamy and turns into an outside ring soon after.

Beautiful huge, sweet passionfruit smell first comes out and stays for a bit then a bit grassy after that and works as a bit of a spoiler. If that grassiness wasn't there, this would be off the charts! Some agitation brings back out the passionfruit.

Taste is sweet, some citrus flavour, some grapefruit and just a touch of the passionfruit that was there in the smell, coming in late.

Mouthfeel is good, plenty of bitterness that is consistent throughout.

This is a decent beer that could be great. Absolutely loved the passionfruit smell early. Beyond that it was a solid IPA that is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours 2cm of pale cream coloured head over a hazy, blood orange body. Very good head retention and spotty lacing. Quite a beautiful looking beer, really.

Smell - 4.0
Sweet malty aromas of biscuits and burnt sugar, resiny hop character suggesting of oranges and limes. A grassy, slightly tea-like note is there also.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity and caramelly malt backbone, moves on to citric hop flavours; bitter orange marmalade, lime, grapefruit and a definite floral character. Finishes dry with powerful bitterness, a slightly medicinal alcohol character and a suggestion of tea.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium bodied and a little syrupy with lively carbonation. In my opinion, less body would better highlight the hops.

Overall - 4.0
There is nothing quite so disappointing as to open a hoppy beer and find its hop character to be diminished beyond enjoyment. The first sniff of this beer's hoppy goodness filled me with unbridled joy, such is its freshness. This said, I tend to think that a series of 40IBU new world pilsners would actually be a better platform to showcase hops. It's certainly a hoppy beer, but the character of the hop is somewhat hidden behind the richness of the malt bill and the alcohol.

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Photo of Lukie
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden orange hue with a solid 2 inch head that dissipitates into good lacing around the rims of the glass. Glints of rich marmalade in the light.

Aromas of tropical fruit, slight lemon and orange citrus. The fruit is a medley and hard to distinguish.

Bold citrus flavours, with Pomello, and under ripe pineapple. It has an almost musty flavour to it aswell.

Not as good as the Bramling X, which was more interesting, but a good IPA none-the-less. Given it effectively is the same price as the others, this would be the one to pass up on for seconds.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows lots of tropical fruit and pungent fresh hops.
Heaps of peach, orange blossom, mango, papaya, honey, resinous pine and caramel. Really nice.
Flavours are quite different, with none of the fruit, but a lot of pine, resin, crystal malt and a little alcohol. Pretty full-on, but not all that bitter. Very long-lasting finish, leaves you sucking your teeth for ages after each sip.
Feels rather thick.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours like the others in the series with a nice golden colour and a touch of hop haze. A dense, off-white head sticks around for a while and looks great.

Masses of tropical fruit aroma with a riot of mango, passionfruit, pineapple, peach and lime. Dense aroma with a bit of sweetness which is like a tinned fruit salad. Really, really good.

The flavour doesn't live up to the amazing highs of the aroma with the flavour lacking a bit of depth. The malt is nicely laid back and supports the bitterness well with the bitterness being very crisp without being harsh. The hop flavour starts well with some citrus notes but it quickly backs off through the midpalate and finish leaving just a trace of citrus. Good but not great.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Very good and it works well here.

A solid beer which feels like more than just a single hop IPA. I love what Citra has brought to the table here and this IPA is truly well crafted.

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Photo of moshiric
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark copper, a little cloudy. Medium size head with a little lacing.

S- slight citrus hop aroma, very slight fruit as well.

T- citrus is more prominent than hop bitterness. This is to be expected with the name.

M- good amount of carbonation. Quite refreshing for an IPA.

O- would definitely drink again. This is a perfect IPA for the summer. It is pretty well balanced.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours hazy deep golden with a compact off-white thick head that dissipates into decent lacings.

S: Surprisingly mild smell. Floral hops gives it a very citric smell. Grass and grapefruit. Very faint malt.

T: Sweet bready malt, with some caramell. Floral hops; grapefruit and oranges. A bit buttery.

M: Smooth, almost like cream. Medium body and carbonation. Aftertaste isn't that long, holds mostly sweetness.

O: Not too bad for an IPA, but compared with the other IPA Is Dead this is kind of a dissapointment - to "mainstream", the others are edgier.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Creamy two finger eggshell head on top of a dark orange, bright body. No visible carbonation. Great head retention with a full finger the whole way and some lacing.

S - Citrussy and grassy. Grapefruit and pineapple. Toasty malt backbone. Typical but fairly subdued.

T - Grapefruit and mango. Pinapple is prickly and obvious. Some nice sweet malt up front.

M - Prickly pineapple feel from the carbonation which is fairly cool. Light to medium body. Nice dry, bitter finish.

O/D - Standard IPA. Nice and fruity with a malt backbone for support. Well done.

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a murky orange,amber hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and some lacing here and there,the smell is very citrusy with hints of orange zest,grapefruit,mango and passionfruit aswell,it has a light bodied lightly sticky well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of passionfruit,orange zest,grapefruit,boiled candy and finished with a fruity,hoppy finish that isnt that bitter and very drinkable and could drink more than the one of cheers.

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Photo of rarbring
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy copper amber, an off-white head with very good lacing. Some curtains.

The smell is citric, lemon, grape-fruit, resin, pine needles, gooseberries.

The taste is rather sweet, toffee, brown bread, grape-fruit juice, lemon peel and seeds.

Medium carbonation, slightly coarse, a good body, a very dry finish.

This is IMHO, the best of the IPA is Dead series. But I still has this citric pine crush ...

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Photo of Trizzle
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last IPA is dead Single Hop of the night...

Appearance is a clear amber, mild chill haze, decent head hangs around - a rim and whispy clouds of bubbles. Good spots of lace on my wine glass. Perhaps a tad foamier and a bit more lace than the other 3.

Citrus on the nose, orange rind, grapefruit, lemon and a good smack of pine. Solid malt background.

Initial pleasant sweetish malt up front, quickly dominated by a generous mouthful of pine and citrus. Reasonably bitter and quite peppery. Straight forward American style IPA.

Smooth with moderate carb.

Compared to the Nelson Sauvin, this is lacking in nuance and curioso factor but is still pretty good.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very good IPA. I am not the greatest lover of this style but Brewdog makes a great beer with this ale.

Poured in a tasting glass from La Trappe the beer looks ok, golden fluid with a nice head. Super good smell, this invites you to get into this beer. Tasted some banana far away and citrus of course.

A fresh and crispy beer.

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 438. Best before 4 February 2012.

A: Golden-orange, with a big white head on top. Clouds of bubbles in the glass. Quite clear. Good lacing.

S: A wonderful, wonderful hoppy scent absolutely full of pine -- I can smell it from a foot or two away. Grapefruit citrus dances in the background, leaving no doubt that this is an American hop. Most akin to Cascade hops, but far more piney (though this perhaps due to the amount of, rather than any innate quality of, the hops).

T: This is my style of IPA -- strong, citrusy, full of flavour and power. I would perhaps have chosen different malts for my ideal (American) IPA, but no matter. Citra is quite good; dryingly bitter on the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't particularly a factor in the taste, though it is noticeable. Quite nice.

M: Full, substantial, malty-pleasant, well-balanced. Yum.

D: My favourite IPA is Dead variant, Citra comes recommended to all devotees of American IPA. Would love to have again.

Notes: "IPA is Dead is a one off small batch, limited edition brew. Using the same base 7.5% beer, a baby version of our Hardcore, we slam a mouth puckering 75 IBUs on top of a base of Marris Otter, Crystal Malt and Caramalt before throwing dizzying amounts of hops at these beers."

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of heygeebee
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Taphouse

Pours a hazy one-finger amber, with russet hue.

Aromas of tinned mandarins.

Taste is intially soft mandarins, quite alcoholic, then some pine comes thru as it warsm.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, gets a little sticky after a while.

Overall, sweet but good, starts to get a little cloying toward the end.
Marked down on overall, at $13 (yep, $13) a small serve, it doesn't deliver.

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Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Feb 2012.

A - Hazy copper body with a decent, relatively loosely-bubbled head that dissipates down to wafer-thin cover and decent lacing.

S - Very pleasant citrusy, resinous pine notes with some fruity aromas.

T - Similar to the aromas, citrusy, resinous pine opening with some grapefruit type notes. Good balance of sweet and bitter.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth with a lingering balanced finish.

O - Overall, extremely pleasant one, would be nice to see this one brewed on a more regular basis.

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Photo of NATOuk
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large 'bubble', or brandy-style glass. It pours a hazy orange colour with a good white head settling back to a ring around the glass with good lacing

Wow. As a hophead this is absolutely divine. There are many aromas such as tangy citrus, mango/passionfruit and maybe just a hint of pine resin. The overall aroma is less resinous and more fruity than I expected but it's beautifully strong and inviting.

The start feels syrupy with a biscuity malt and fruity sweetness of tangy citrus and tropical fruit with some grassy notes. As this dies down a medium to strong bitterness develops and coats the back of the mouth. Classic American hop taste, it's fascinating to taste this famous hop in isolation and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

Feels thick and syrupy in the mouth with a medium carbonation. I think the mouthfeel is perfect as the thicker consistency really coats the mouth and the carbonation provides just the right level of acidity.

I have heard lots about the Citra hop and have always wanted to taste it in isolation and thanks to Brewdog my wishes have come true. This is a wonderfully aromatic beer with a sweet fruity yet bitter taste to die for. This is a beer to sit back, pour into a wide glass and simply savour everything it has to give in terms of aroma and taste. If you like American IPA this delivers in spades. If only this were a 'year round' beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Shaker glass. (From my notes). Light orangish amber color. Chill haze. Yellowish,medium bubbled, froth. Fairly good retention. Intense hops & citrics both in flavors & aromas. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Texture is oily but light. A very refreshing beer been missed before finish it.

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Photo of Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citra (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 31 ratings