Beaktweaker Citrus IPA | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPABeaktweaker Citrus IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by distantmantra on 08-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 25
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 Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rab53
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Rochefort10nh
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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 BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 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 Erik-P
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 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 bumchilly25
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 expecting...love 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 Rizzy17
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Beaktweaker Citrus IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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