Beaktweaker Citrus IPA | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPABeaktweaker Citrus IPA

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 106
Photo of Parmesan
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a light straw gold color, with a small creamy white head that dissipates fairly quick but leaves some on top. No lacing on glass.

S: Citrus and some tropical fruit and pine. A bready malt and when it is colder notes of clove and grassy hops. The clove doesn't fit in well with the rest of the aroma.

T: Grassy earthy floral hops and lots of citrus and lemon pith. There is a strong lemon pith bitterness, that gets slight much on the palate.

F: Pretty light body with medium carbonation.

O: A creative take on an IPA that doesn't fully come together.

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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a medium to deep amber, medium haze.

The aroma is flora, clove from the black lemon, citrus and lemon zest, bready malts.

The flavor hits with a piney bitterness up front, onto clove, chewy bready malts in the middle, medium minus sweetness, with a medium bitterness on the finish of spicy resin and earthy.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fine-looking, fine-smelling IPA, but the lemon peel flavors are just weird. For me, they absolutely do not work, bringing a mouth-puckering bitterness that mixes poorly with the hops. I go between thinking it’s okay, and not wanting to drink it at all.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to screamforme for this one... Lots of citrus pith bitterness backed by an herbal earthiness that I find very interesting... The malts are a bit weird and seem a little discombobulated but I like this just fine... I love the earthiness... Almost reminds me of an organic patchouli aroma... Bitter, bitter, bitter.... Not aspirin like but more orange peel.... Glad i got to try this... Nice beer that seemed to really grow on me as it warmed and opened up....

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really great nose on this one. Lots of citrus and fruit with nice lacing as you drink. It isn't as balanced as I would like and the backend gets watered down a little, but still this is a great beer overall.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly opaque light amber with minimal head.

Nose stays true to the label with a lot of bright light citurs particularly lemon. Almost has elements of the enjoyable aspects of citrus laundry soap, but that is a terrible descriptor for a beer. Some caramel malts run underneath lending a deeper richer sweetness.

Interesting. Comes in initially with spicy pine and bittersweet lemon. Some more of that warm caramel surfaces briefly before diving back into the depths. Continues back into lemon and some orange bitters with the pine receding a bit before committing to a punishingly bitter finish. Sharp darts of carbonation dot the tongue alongside the buckling bitter with a crisp overall character.

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Photo of braker649er
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a satisfyingly complex beer that blazes trail in the citrus IPA realm by being less juicy and more exploratory of the spicy-bitter elements of citrus fruit rinds. Blend this with very perceptible pine from the hops and maybe some spicy notes from the rye malt, and we have a multilayered brew. I'm not sure I can claim a very nuanced palate yet, but even I enjoyed teasing out the layers in this. Major points for distinctiveness, in my book.

I wonder if the black lemon listed as an ingredient made a significant difference. I'm guessing it did.

Look: Solid, but the least impressive aspect for me. Golden, little head.
Smell: citrus, pine, some grass ... to me consistent with taste, but not as nuanced
Taste: This is where the spice and pine jumped in and told me this was more than a standard citrus IPA. Also some grassiness. Less sweet than I expected; still citrus
Feel: Solid, not syrupy, mostly smooth and thick but with some carbonated pep.
Overall: As above. If it's not obvious, I liked it very much.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a snifter at Elizabeth Station

a: clear deep gold, some bubbles, nice 1 finger of head with a little lacing
s: tropical and juicy grapefruit and sharp orange, then some interesting mineral notes that are a nice surprise
t & m: follows the nose...but more rind-like bitterness that lingers on the end, and on the front it is surprisingly smooth and kind of earthy in a way that really works well for me.

love this one...wish I could get it regularly, but I guess I'll have to save it for trips back to the PNW.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. 095 D-4 D658 is the date on the bottom. Not a clue what that means.

Pours clear, golden, with a smallish coarse white head and medium slow active carbonation. Smell is juicy, citrusy, slightly floral, slightly piney.

Taste is strong citrus rind. Strong citrus zest bitterness. Overpoweringly citrus bitterness. If you like that flavor, you will like that beer. But, it's overbalanced in that direction.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, not too bad, but you better like citrus rind bitterness.

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Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is hazy yellow in color and carries a large white head. Smells like the inside of the hop freezer at your local homebrew store on brew day -- fresh! Green and grassy. Flavor starts out mild but a couple of distinctive bitter notes pick up in the middle of the palate and linger there for a while. First I notice lemon peel. BITTER lemon peel. Not much fruit juice here. And second an intense, grainy, rye flavor. I would guess this is an 80 IBU beer, and with very little residual sugar to balance it out (their website claims 77. WYD?)

The good news is that unlike many Washington IPAs the hop character in this beer is pretty interesting, not merely a Cascade bomb. The bad news is that this beer is as bitter and unbalanced as any of them. For me, not my favorite.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden amber in the wine glass. A quick flash of bubbles and a wispy mustache of foam. Strange musty odor, though eventually some citrus oils emerge. Prickly carbonation plus the acidic and rather hot mouthfeel.

The malt is pretty faint and doesn't make much of an impression. Just a slight sweetness and maybe a crackery sensation. The first taste is indeed rosemary. That's when I looked at the label to see this is actually brewed with citrus. The aftertaste is an intruiguing lime peel taste with a hint of citron. The rye does add a llittle spiciness which accentuates the hot peel and pith on the lips

This is an interesting reach into flavors that may not be very suited to beers. I blame Stone for their grapefruit concoction. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at QFC Market off East 45th St. in Seattle.

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Photo of cherche
2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle poured into stemless wine glass - bottle dated Feb 18 2014

A: golden, slightly hazy appearance. small, cotton white head. not much retention.

S: butter??? i am getting a buttery smell with minor notes of citrus and hops...strange.

T: okay, this is going to sound crazy but i am getting a rosemary, olive oil taste with that buttery taste I was smelling, almost like what i would taste with a lavash bread at a fancy restaurant...i guess you could call the rosemary taste piney but very unique and not like other ipas i have had that i would describe as piney.

M: heavier mouthfeel than the color or style would imply but in line with a beer that has strong butter smell/taste. pretty heavy.

O: not at all what i was black raven's trickster IPA and I generally enjoy IPAs with lots of citrus so i had very high hopes for this one...didnt meet those expectations and was just an odd beer all around. might have to try another time to see if i just got a bad bottle but definitely not going to make this a regular in my IPA lineup.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great golden color on the darker end and a good clear base. As the name implies has a strong, delicious citrus aroma and first initial taste. Actually smoother than you might think with such a strong citrus profile and rather sweet too. Doesn't linger on the tongue and finishes clean. Overall pretty tasty offering from BR once again.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, poured into a tulip. Bottle dated Jan 20, 2014, so this is quite fresh, and obviously not a summer seasonal, as I guess it was first characterized.

Citrus and hops, that's the recipe here, and that's the beer. The citrus presence is much more pronounced than in most other IPAs, although this does remind me of the very good Inversion from Deschutes. If you like that one, you'll like this one.

There's a lot of carbonation right at the beginning, which shows in the champagne like bubbles I got, and also in the mouth. Then there's a lot of citrusy aroma and taste throughout, and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Fairly full mouthfeel. Just a bit sweet. Tons of flavor!

The Black Raven brewers have another outstanding beer ... in my book, they're just a consistently great brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottle is dated 16 October 2013, so it's pretty fresh.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a strong effervescence. head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: lightly sweet with a strong citrus hop element. It's definitely an accurately-named beer.

Taste: big citrus and earthy hop flavors atop a slightly toasty, biscuity malt base. Bitterness is quite strong toward the end. Not bad, but I feel like it lacks finesse.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, well-integrated carbonation. Really surprising for the style. The burst of mouth-filling creaminess is quite satisfying!

Overall: a decent citrusy-earthy IPA with a really surprising creaminess. Good, but being spoiled for choice in this category, I probably won't be returning to it.

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Photo of MattLatuchie
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This had some nice aromas of citrus and minerals...pretty subtle nose. The palate was unique in that despite its citrusy core, this had a savory, creamy mushroom note. Found it really intriguing and definitely seemed more complex than your average APA.

We don't get this beer in Chicago, so thanks to Tom for sending this over to the Windy City. Yummy stuff.

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Photo of draheim
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (bottled 6/5/2013) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear straw color w/ a nice 1-finger head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is big fresh grapefruit and pine. Juicy and tropical, resinous, clean. Reminds me quite a lot of Pliny. Not bad at all for a 3-month-old IPA.

Taste follows nose. Lots of citrus and pine with just enough clean pale malt to hold it together. Grapefruit rind and lemon peel, with just a little rye spice. Crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Again, reminds me of Pliny. I'm not finding many flaws with this, style-wise. Nice bitterness without being over the top. Good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and thirst-quenching with a pretty dry finish. Something about the yeast strain gives this a nice soft mouthfeel, similar to AleSmith IPA.

Overall a very good IPA that I'd buy regularly if I could. Not sure why I didn't have very high expectations of this one, but whatever expectations I did have were shattered. Well done, Black Raven.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber, dated June 5, 2013.

A: Pours a straw colored body with a fully translucent body. Bright white fizzy head builds up quick and fades just as fast. Solid retention, little lacing.

S: Pine cone is strong in nose. A bit of orange juice mixed with some pineapple and lemon. Everything is a bit faint.

T: Strongest taste after the initial pine on the palate is a dominant lemon bomb. More sweet pineapple and orange juice finishes and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The taste is stronger on the palate than the nose suggests.

M: Surprisingly light body. Medium carbonation. Oily. Crisp. Clean. Refreshing.

O: Black Raven continues to kill it, and this one is no exception. I am so glad I have a connection that allows me to continue to try all of their stuff. One of the most underrated breweries in the PNW in my opinion. This one was packed pull of sweet citrus, but balanced by a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger, slightly off-white head with great retention and massive lacing. Nice aroma of piney, somewhat herbal hops, orange and lemon, light sweet malt. Flavor is very refreshing and lemony. Orange, lemon, grapefruit fruit and rind, an intense pine flavor like biting into a pine needle, light sweet malt; finishes with lemon and piney hops. Medium creamy bodied. I've used "piney hops" in reviews many times, but this was remarkable. Unusually fresh juice citrus too. I'm in awe, this is excellent and now in my top 5 IPAs of all time despite having a modest malt component to the flavor. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, split, hilliards can-pint

Pale straw-urine body, nice frothy white head. Smells of fresh citrus peel, lemon zest, lime, grapefruit. Tastes a bit "herbal" in the 502 Initiative sense - lemon zest, loads of citrus, tangerine, lime leaf. Nice stuff - would drink this a lot if regularly available.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light orangish color with a medium white cap, some chill haze and light lacing

S: Light pine needle smell with some juicy tropical fruits on the nose with tradional lemon and orange zest

T: Citrus upfront; some mango, orange peel and minimal lemon zest. There is a bittering presence early to mid taste which sordove lingers on.

M: Mouthfeel was rather clean with a hint of oil, but mainly dry and pretty refreshing

O: A good IPA and was happy I was able to try. A balanced IPA leaning a little to the hop end

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap awhile ago. Picked up some bottles to try on 6.12.12.

A - Pours a clear, straw color with a fluffy white head that fades to a film and leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Very citrusyy, some pine as well.

T - Strong citrus with a solid pine backbone.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Citrus smell and some pine flavors, very good batch. I enjoyed it much more this time around.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for sharing, review from written notes.

Into a mini pint glass, it pours a light pale golden orange, considerably transparent, with a thin ring of foam around the edges. Rising carb trails visible around the edges.

Pungent hoppy aroma, orange peel and grapefruit zest, a little bit dank and cheesy in the west coast tradition.

Moderately bitter hop flavors, grapefruit rind and floral with plenty of citrus zest indeed. Balanced nicely with mild pale malt and a light feel overall. A nice west coast IPA that doesn't go too crazy. A bomber solo would be no problem.

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Photo of beertunes
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Janet L. for the hookup on this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a slightly hazy, light golden yellow color with just a thin cap of white head, that quickly settled into just a rim, and had very low retention and no lacing.

There was a powerful hop aroma on the nose. Citrus, pine and floral notes dominated with a bit of a weed tone in the background. No noticeable malt or grain in the scent however. In the flavor profile the story was pretty much the same. Not much malt or grain presence, but a ton of hops. Lots of citrus (having orange peel in the beer will do that) upfront, with pine and floral hop aspects being the foundation flavors.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but was very crisp and overall pretty nice. Drinkability was very good, bordering on excellent, this was the rare IPA where I thought "I could easily drink another 22 of this right now". Overall, a very nice beer that I though compared very favorably to the much vaunted Pliny the Elder. And at only 6.5% ABV, you won't get wrecked with this beer. A must try if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Latona Pub in Seattle, WA. August 18th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a deep orange color with a hint of amber. A nice thick head of foam formed initially before breaking down into a thin cap covering the surface of the beer.

S: There is a wonderful aroma of grapefruit, orange peel and lemon with strong pine notes and a hint of rye floating around in the background.

T: There is an initial hit of the citrus fruits in this beer (orange, lemon and grapefruit) which is followed by the bitter pine of the hops. As this beer was brewed with rye, you can really taste alongside the pine notes at the end.

M: Medium carbonation and a very nice, slightly oily mouth feel. The alcohol was well masked.

O: I've been to Black Raven once, and we had to leave before trying any of their beers. I encountered their Iron Brewer contribution at Beveridge during Seattle Beer Week, but that wasn't probably the best way to be introduced to them. This was a great way, though. Really nice summer IPA, I hope they end up making this again.

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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