Citradelic Tangerine IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company

Citradelic Tangerine IPACitradelic Tangerine IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,078
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,697
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.42%
Reviews:
400
Ratings:
1,923
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New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Very Good
Citradelic Tangerine IPACitradelic Tangerine IPA
Notes: Tune in and hop out with New Belgium Citradelic. Set adrift on a kaleidoscopic wave of hoppiness brought to you by a mystical marriage of Citra hops and tangerine peel, which elevates each sip onto a plane of pure tropical, fruity pleasure. Citradelic’s namesake hop and fruit combine to jam with visions of additional hops like citrusy Mandarina Bavaria, tropical Azzaca, and fruity Galaxy for a colorful explosion that’s grounded by just a touch of malty sweetness. Bored by the status quo? Expand your palate with a pour of Citradelic.
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Calling this an IPA is a stretch. More of a pale ale taste as it's not bitter at all. It's a nice summer beer tho. Could use more tangerine tho. enjoy the carbonation.

Sep 05, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear amber. Low carbonation. Color doesn't seem quite right.

S: Lots of tangerine, juice and peel.

T: Barely any hops. The tangerine masks most of the flavor. The hops are a touch earthy. A bit herbal, and spicy. Tastes okay if you enjoy tangerine.

F: Clean finish. Light flavor.

O: I feel like I'd rather squeeze tangerine juice into a real IPA.

Aug 20, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can a friend left at the house

Nothing special about how it looks, but New Belgium beers always look great so I kinda take it for granted. It smells like orange peel, almost artificial how juicy and in-your-face the orange seems. The hops add some funk to the background of the scent. It tastes okay, the orange in the nose is muted but very much there, otherwise it's thin on flavor and character

Much better aromatics than actual taste. My burps taste better than the beer! If that doesn't tell you something's wrong..

Aug 02, 2020
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold with a fluffy head. Lots of rising bubbles. Tangerine smell, taste of tangerine (or orange) peel, mild hops, fresh and bright feel, very perfect for summer time.

Jul 22, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can pours a hazy orange color with a lasing head. Tropical fruit aromas that smell fresh. Tangerine, grapefruit flavors leaving me another sip. An OK summer time IPA.

Jul 04, 2020
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. 19 JUL 2020 printed on bottom of can, so this has another month left in it. Picked up from the grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - Pours 1-2 finger white soapy head with good retention and weak stick. Cloudy tangerine body. Well, it's certainly unique, so it gets points for that. 4.5

Smell - Tangerine. Go figure. But real tangerine, not some weird artificial version. Undertones of grass. Fresh and refreshing. 5

Taste - Grassy hop up front but the sharpness is taken away by the round, sweet tangerine character. 4

Mouthfeel - Plenty of soft, frothy effervescence when given even the slightest of swirls. Unfortunately, a little too astringent. 3

Overall - Would have been much better if not for the very pronounced astringent character that ruins an otherwise pretty enjoyable beer. 3.75

Jun 11, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, bright gold appearance with a large white head and very good lacing. Orange (cannot tell the aromatic difference between a plain ole orange and a tangerine unless they were side-by-side) and pine prevail in the aroma. Citrus is more dominant as the flavor develops and is rounded out by the notes of tropical fruit in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel leading to an average length finish.

Jun 07, 2020
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hoppydanknessOG from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been eyeing this beer for some time. I saw the label and I figured it had to be dank. I bought a six pack of cans from the local grocery store. It was 10.99 which is about typical around here in NC. Smell is fruity but not like a fresh orange but like the juice mandarin oranges are packed in when they can them. There is a ton of carbonation but it's silky and gorgeous, not too aggressive like an NA beer, which cuts through my stomach like a buzz saw. I was suprised by the taste, this isn't a dank, punch-in-the-face, hop forward IPA like I had hoped. This is more of a drinkable summer beer like a shandy or something. You get the mandarine orange or something like it on the initial taste. Then, as you swallow you get just the slightest whisper of hops to justify it being called an IPA. I was very suprised. I could drink a whole six pack of these and not even blink. They go down real smooth. Well done, New Belgium! Not bad.

May 07, 2020
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly hazy amber, cream-colored head with good lacing.
Smell: Tons of tangerine/orange. Pineapple, juicy peach, hint of coconut. Some herbal hop aroma.
Taste: Orange with some other tropical fruit. Broad sweetness and herbal hop bitterness. Lingering orange aftertaste. Simple and delicious.
Feel: Medium-bodied, fizzy.
Overall: A really enjoyable beer with just the right amount of orange.

Apr 21, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

February 17th, 2016 - Coming in a little early for Spring drinking, the NB Citradelic is a bright and sunny beer with lots of pearls of carbonation on the side of the glass, and a light, obscuring haze. The aroma is light and springy with a touch of tangerine on the nose, followed by a light spritz of peach and nectarine. Although these are light notes, the aroma has a depth and heaviness to it like orange. That carbonation is intense in the flavor too, buzzing all the way to the aftertaste like Perrier water, bubbles colliding and coalescing at the top of my mouth. Here, the flavor is somewhat softer and has a slight citrus astringency but from the hops, giving it a pithy and gin like herbal freshness.

Apr 07, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft poured into a pint glass.
Appears hazy orange. Nice white head that dropped quickly. Light lacing.
Smells citrusy.
Tastes light malt, citrusy, orange.
Mouth feel is light medium.
Overall, yes I would drink again. It's a good example of a citric IPA.

Jan 04, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a medium to light, clear orange color with a milky white head. SRM of 9. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of tangerine, orange, pineapple, guava. Extremely tropical. Some flower. It's just huge aromas of orange flower. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with orange, tangerine, grapefruit, orange juice. But then it falls flat without a finish. Not bitter. Not really any malts. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Low-carbonation. Leaves a lingering orange flavor on the palate. (3.25)

Overall: It's definitely a tangerine-type IPA. Flat on flavor and lighter body. Not really my style. It's fruity, but otherwise an unimpressive IPA, that reminds me of a fruity near-shandy beer. Not what most IPA drinkers are looking for. East or West-coast, this one is unimpressive. (Final Rating: 3.29)

Nov 02, 2019
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LiquidSanity from Florida

2.41/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is unfortunately not a great beer. Is it adequate? Yes, but that's it. It's average, has no distinguishable note to separate it from the saturated market of IPAs, let alone citrus based IPAs. It falls flat on its face by attempting to provide this burst of flavor but it comes off as bland.

It has a great color, mild floral notes with the smell being bland. The lacing is minimal but discernible. Unfortunately it is boring. I prefer even a simple pale ale in comparison to this IPA. It just doesn't have anything unique to make it memorable.

Will I drink it again?

Maybe, if it is in the fridge of a friend's house or it's available at an open bar. Otherwise, I will pass should I have this to choose from among my choices of exquisite IPAs available in this market.

It is sadly not even average. It's mediocre. The Miami Dolphins of IPAs.

Drink once and never again. But do finish it to show respect as it is not terrible. A for effort. F for execution. Cheers!

Jul 21, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated BB SEP29/19, poured into IPA glass
Clear orangey sexy body, Decent head fades off soon
Smells tangeriney and lightly malty in a nice fresh aromatic invitation-various hop aromas dance around the citrus
Tastes exactly like expecting, and not too overdone in any way, light candy orange citrus into muffin malt, never getting too sweet or rich.
Light and clean, great mouthfeel in July , and I will have a few more! Nice 6% abv hides well.
Overall, this is still a great ipa, it may be my favorite NB brew.

Jul 20, 2019
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very mellow IPA. It’s a beautiful pour - golden, clear, large head that disappeared into strong lacing. Aroma is citrus and not much else. Taste is citrus and light crackers malt. In think the tangerine peel overpowers the tropical flavors of the Citra hops. I’d like more balance between the two. Overall, this is more of a standard “pale ale” and a good drinking beer.

May 19, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orange with a huge head that lingers, and incredible lacing for an IPA. Flavor is straight citrus, tangerine and a mild bitter finish that seems just right. Probably the best citrus IPA I have found. Very easy and pleasant to drink with a meal or on it’s own.

Jan 25, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very mild on the citrus, but a very warm and easy to drink IPA. I'd love more distinct tangerine flavor, and a lot of the citrusy flavor comes from the hops. I only get tangerine on the aftertaste and it's as much pith as fruit in character. These are my only reservations, otherwise it is a solid beer that I'd love to pound down in the summer.

Jan 06, 2019
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RoadLizard from New York

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice coper orange color and gives a moderate head that laces down as you drink it. Mouthfeel is a little creamy and not overly carbonated. Initial flavors of citrus, some pine and grapefruit are followed by a hint of sweetness keeping everything in check. This is a balanced beer and never tastes too bitter at all. I like it! The alcohol content is manageable too so you can have a few of these and still function. For those that like this style I can recommened it easily. They did a good job with this beer and Id buy it again.

Dec 24, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. Best buy date of 12/23/18.
Look is clear orange. Nose is Citrus and hops. Taste is citrus, hop, tangerine and a little malt. Feel is light. Overall an easy and pleasurable drink. Would drink again but probably not seek out.

Nov 06, 2018
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with an "enjoy by" date printed on the label. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: It develops a one and a half finger head that stays around for a while and leaves little lacing. It's a slightly hazy, gold color.

Smell: The aroma is strong and hoppy. There's fresh grapefruit, orange, tangerine, citrus peel and that's pretty much it.

Taste: It has a very balanced flavor profile with a hoppy, grapefruit and tangerine character at the beginning and a malty sweetness towards the end that's quite pleasant as it keeps the bitterness in check.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Just as advertised, the tangerine is quite present in both the aroma and the flavor. A nice, fruity and balanced IPA that presents a strong hop presence without being overly bitter.

Oct 27, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first citrus pronounced beers I have ever tasted. It stays well balanced and does not try to over do in any category, I feel like Sidecar is the better option for this one but this can still match up in the flavor category.

Oct 06, 2018
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MaddenDalyBrokaw from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear Amber pour with modest head. Aromas of malt and tangerine, no surprise there, but it's pretty modest. Tastes come in waves, malt then citrus then trailing piny bitterness. I was somewhat meh on this beer when I first started drinking, but am now starting to think this is the perfect summer beer.

Sep 18, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.12/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can, dated 10/21/18. Pours hazy copper gold with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is chemical fruits and caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet biscuit malt with some sugary artificial fruit and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, not so good.

Sep 15, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Mostly clear, golden color with thick foam head, good lacing on glass
Smell - Strong tangerine aroma as if you freshly sliced one. Not much else there. Fairly sweet.
Taste - Wow quite an attack of orange on the palate. Not quite orange juice, but the tangerine flavor is overtaking anything else. Hop bitterness only comes in at the very end and in aftertaste but this isn't really bitter. Some malt to balance but i don't want more malt, the only problem i have is too strongly tangerine flavored. Just a bit too much. Carbonation medium. Fairly drinkable for an IPA but its not a flavor profile i want more than one of. The more i drink it the more it reminds me of a citronella candle....

Overall, quite interesting, never had one of these before. Not for me but that being said enjoyable and a decent product.
Grade is B+

Sep 15, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium haze and amber in color. Nice clingy head that dissolves relatively quickly. Strong on the nose with tangerine, pineapple, lemon and pomegranate. Underwhelming on the palate. Malty base on the front palate with slight hints of pineapple, tangerine and melon on the back. Light to medium feel, with a nice palate coating finish. Nice summer beer that you can slam.

Aug 31, 2018
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