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CitruSinensis | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took some fresh Sanguinello blood oranges, juiced 'em, concentrated that juice (without heat) and threw it into a wheatier version of our New Dogtown Pale Ale. The end result? A refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!

The man bent over his guitar, a shearsman of sorts. The day was green. They said, 'You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are.' The man replied, 'Things as they are / Are changed upon the blue guitar.' And they said then, 'But play, you must, a tune beyond us, yet ourselves, a tune upon the blue guitar of things exactly as they are.' He sighs, I cannot bring a world quite round, although I patch it as I can. I sing a hero's head, large eye and bearded bronze, but not a man, although I patch him as I can and reach through him almost to man. If to serenade almost to man is to miss, by that, things as they are, say it is the serenade of a man that plays a blue guitar..." These, the words of the Conjurer-in-Chief; Wallace Stevens, describe in perfect detail the work of a brewer as he sits to write a new recipe. Perfection is the goal, to fill a desire for a perfect beer. Yet the instrument of his mind and that of the brewhouse and yeast are the fallible tools at hand. And so he patches it as he can. A little hop here, a little citrus there, a yeast to marry the two, the worty substrate of reality calling the key and time signature. The beer that comes will be the beer we drink, the beer whose story we will tell here. The brewer does what he can and imagines a world quite round. Conjurer-in-Chief Stevens concludes; "Exceeding music must take the place of empty heaven and its hymns." What does it all have to do with beer?

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Ratings: 1,649 |  Reviews: 337
Reviews by DeFaz:
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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't recall having a fruity hoppy beer that I enjoyed as much as this one, with the exception of maybe Grapefruit Sculpin (although this is almost as good). The smell is incredible--there's a huge orange flavor, and the taste has both a burst of orange/grapefruit and hops. This is a big, big beer, but it goes down incredible easy. It is quite acidic, but it's incredibly refreshing.

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Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery. Clear with small chucks of sediment floating around, I guess this is the extra pulp version. Great looking head as expected. Has that trademark Lagunitas hoppy IPA nose with a dose of extra blood orange zest in the nose. Very citrus forward, bitterness is there but lets a bit of fruity sweetness through. Very crisp and somewhat refreshing. A huge Pale Ale at 7.9% ... get it goes with the theme.

Worth a try regardless if you are into pot themes for beer names, this beer does not move even a smidgen of what a Lagunitas beer tastes like. Good drinking all around.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brewing Company "CitruSinensis"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "086 8 2 2731 2046"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: What a horrible hot and humid day it is here. Mucky is the word. My clothes are sticking to me and a bead of sweat just ran down my back and straight through my ass crack. I feel like I'm in New Orleans. Hopefully this CitruSinensis will bring me some relief. It's a clear deep gold except for the sediment floating around. It doesn't appear to be yeast, and might in fact be fruit pulp but I don't know. It doesn't hurt the appearance though, and in fact gives it an interesting quality. It looks beautiful, and the creamy cap of bright white foam above it doesn't hurt either. In the nose it's citrus-hoppy. It's pretty bright without being overwhelming - nice. I'd guess all of the usual suspects, Amarillo, Citra, maybe Cascade,and maybe Mandarina Bavaria. Who knows, and who cares? It's nice. On to the flavor... more of the same but with a bit of a sweet edge from the malt, and a touch of acidity. It finishes dry, citrusy, hoppy, and firmly bitter. Wow, I just noticed this is 7.5% ABV, it doesn't seem like it. I don't particularly notice any wheat to the malt, it's just a straightforward golden maltiness. Nor do I detect any blood orange juice specifically (it's listed on the label), but it's got some definite orange to it, but also some other fruitiness as well... some mild grapefruit, apple, berry... I'm not sure. Wow, it's really nice, and it does seem to be hitting the spot. The glass has beautiful lacing left behind, and I've still got some foam on the surface, it's broken and thin, but more than just a collar. In the mouth it's medium-light in body, or at least it appears to be, perhaps because of the light acidity. A delicate crispness livens it as well. Overall, this is one of the best summer beers I've ever had. It's not just fruity, but hoppy as well. It's very nicely rounded and balanced even at 7.5% which is pretty amazing. Man I wish I'd bought more of these. This is the perfect beer for a summer party when everyone else is drinking crap and you've got a sixer of these stashed in a cooler in the trunk of your car. Excellent! Worth seeking out.
Review# 5,986

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that settles into a thinner creamy layer.

Smell: A very juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of blood orange and citrus hops. Upfront scent of blood orange juice. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, mango, apricot, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Slight hints of pine. Sweet hints of sugar. Malt hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. A very solid juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a very juicy and fairly sweet hop forward taste with big notes of blood orange and citrus hops. Big taste of fresh blood orange juice. Citrus hop notes of mango, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and lemon. Light notes of pine and grass. Bitterness is moderate. Soft malt notes of grains, cracker, and yeast. Sweet notes of sugar as well. A very good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and smooth.

Overall: A very good twist on a West Coast style Pale Ale. Huge citrus flavor with a moderate body and bitterness.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle - now this is a hard one to pronounce, which I'm guessing is half the point.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of sparse inkblot pattern lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of pungent citrus esters (blood orange, lemon, red grapefruit, and lime), dank pine needles, a put-upon grainy caramel malt sweetness, some mild hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is sharply citric fruit, once again - muddled mandarin orange and aged lemon most prominent - a bready and somewhat crackery caramel malt, fading pine resin notes, a still steadfast wet stoney thing, and further leafy, damp grassy, and sort of perfumed floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back in their gentle and sometimes coddling frothiness, the body a solid middleweight (perhaps punching above its weight class), and mostly smooth, even as all that fruity hop, um, goodness swirls about. It finishes off-dry, but only in the sense of citrus fruit inherencies that aren't quite up to their bittering alter egos.

Yeah, this shit is dope, so much so that I actually regret procuring only the single bottle - even if hitting a whole sixer of this would put one in a world o' hurt (props to the essentially hidden near 8 points of wowee sauce!). Complex citrus, uninterested malt, and some 'healthy' greens, for your consideration.

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Photo of drepreciado
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The chunks of orange at the bottom were pretty big and added an off putting flavor

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Photo of BB1313
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy light golden with a fluffy white head; great retention and nice lacing. Nice floral notes. Lots of obvious citrus notes. Some fresh grass in the mix. The flavors are sweet, but refreshing. Very citric. Lots of lemon and lime. Orange juice is there. Nice use of blood oranges. Bready malts are there, but take a backseat. Bitterness is there, but it's not aggressive at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. Fun to drink.

This is a nice clean brew. Crisp and refreshing. Great summer beer. Well done.

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Photo of CB_Michigan
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall, I thought this was a decent beer. As others have stated, it's cloudy, golden-orange, and pours without much of a head. Aromas are very nice, a great blend of citrus, a bit of pine, and some slight hoppy funkiness. Orange is fairly prominent, but in a pleasing way. Taste leaves a bit to be desired, however. It's nice and hoppy, but the orange barely comes through. For me, there's a lingering sourness that tastes more like orange rind than the flesh of the fruit; I'm not really getting any sweetness. It's a weird combination that doesn't quite work. Definitely drinkable, but still somewhat disappointing given how much I like Lagunitas.

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Photo of hoopadoopa
2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Looks really cool, with tons of stuff floating around. Some might object, but I like it.
Smells sweet/bitter/sour, IPA-ish, maybe grapefruit juice.
Tastes too much like a screwdriver (OJ + vodka). I don't like screwdrivers because they make me think of rotten fruit. It doesn't taste much like any traditional pale ale, be it American, British, or Belgian.
Feels like really strong orange drink plus booze and some mild carbonation.
Overall, this was not just gross, but also expensive. I don't know why this has so many positive reviews. I suspect that most Lagunitas fans haven't really explored what else is out there (this is based more on conversations with actual Lagunitas fans than on the beer's bafflingly high score).

All that said, Lagunitas makes the best IPA that you'll find at many a SoCal gas station after 1:00 AM, and their High Westified Rye Ale is an unbeatable value at less than 15 bucks per 22. Unless you're experimenting with extra money, steer clear of this offering.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with my F-W Imperial Nonic glass
First noted on 06/24/2015

A: The pour is a pale golden caramel body with some minimal haze and quite a bit of pulpy debris floating about the glass. The head is a tall soapy looking dirty white foam that retains for a few swift minutes. Patchy swaths of lace seem to decorate my glass after every sip.

S: Holy lemon drops! This is one juicy mother. It’s tangy and tart with orange juice and lemon mixed together. Almost reminds me of a lemon candy or cough drops even. A little sugary with some grainy wheat malt detected underneath but holy hell this is one pulpy puncher. Some light grassy florals there as well but mostly getting an electric lemonade here. Has a great lemony orange citrus mix up to it.

T: The flavor is an intense super citrus blaster that really quenches the palate. I am getting not all just blood orange here rather also seems to be some crazy lemon hops at play delivering an uppercut of scrubbing bitterness to it. Seriously tastes like a lemon cough drop would but in a good way. Intense yet refreshing much like lemonade. I get some complementing florals with apricot, mango, and melon. Lightly sugary with perhaps a bit of wheat malt in the mix and a kick of alcohol spice at the finish. Rather impressive on first engagement. Probably the most citrus forward beer I have come across yet.

M: Moderate to lighter body with a crisp texture and a biting amounts of hop bitterness to it. The citrus produces a nice tangy piquant tartness and the finish is dry with some residual hop oils and malt candied sugars that linger about.

D: This is one massive pale. Intense and in your face with the citrus yet built within a very drinkable balance overall. This one leaves quite the impression with you, love or hate. I for one loved the intensity. Favorite release of 2015 so far.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had to go into some of the boxes under a display, but I found myself a six-pack of this at my local Trig's grocer. Bottled on date suggests it's only a month old. Poured right from the fridge into my pint glass.

L: Pours a golden amber with about an inch of white head that dissipates after a bit and leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Very clear, apart from all of the particulate floating in it...blood orange?

S: Very juicy citrus aroma on this one: orange, for the most part. There's cracker malt tones underneath and just a suggestion of pine hops. Nice, assertive bouquet.

T: Cracker malt flavor at the outset, followed immediately by some bright orange flavor. This taste comes in as tart, though there is more a sense of sweetness in the middle and back. The middle sees a bit of a rise in the tartness/acidity, but it's balanced nicely by the malts. The back end has more of the bright orange hop notes, bready malts, and a lingering flavor of apricot. Tasty business.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied--this one is tart and crisp. There's a nice level of carbonation going on, but I wouldn't characterize any part of the feel as creamy. This one finishes on the bright side, with just a little bit of stick to keep those hop flavors on the tongue.

O: Very nice new pale ale from Lagunitas: this one drinks very easy, but it brings a lot of flavor. It reminiscent in many ways to NG Moon Man. It you enjoy your pale ales on the citrusy side, this is one you should definitely check out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stuck smack-dab between American pale ale and IPA, Lagunitas new and tantalizing citrus-laden ale packs a wallop of the classic tropical, citrus and herbaceous character but with a super-charged orange demeanor.

Its peach and golden hues are saturated with orange juice-like haze. Its nearly mousey structured head carries the mouthwatering goodness of vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, passionfruit and a hint of cannabis. But once its bready-sweet taste slathers on the tongue, its saturation is like fructose and angel food cake.

On the middle, its sweetness begins to relax and its bready, wheaten body lightens just enough to let the hops and blood orange additions do their work. The dense juiciness of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, apricot, passionfruit and nectarine seem to show no bounds as the beer intensifies with bitter resins and fruit pectin deeper and deeper into the session.

The beer's medium-bodied feel retains its bready sweetness to prop up the hops and fruit, giving it the balance of imperial ale but crisp and refreshing like drier IPA. Its finish is spruce, gin-like and with an undertow of fresh grass clippings, chive and botanical dankness.

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Photo of emount91
1.71/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

did not enjoy this one at all, tons of sediment and "floaties" when poured into a Glass. weird head that dissipates in some places and retains in others, no lacing. smell was decent, smelled very floral and citrusy, but also smelled of metal/tin. taste was not good and did not follow the smell, almost zero sweetness and all bitterness, especially from the Blood Orange flavor. but it wasn't the west coast hop-bomb bitterness that we all love. not sure if something was wrong with the bottle I got, but this one eventually got drain-poured for me.

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Photo of jbfoley
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First Blood Orange I had was a Wit by Refuge Brewery of Temecula, California. Small brewery and I wondered why none of the larger breweries ran with this idea. Lagunitas does a great job, pushing the citrus forward. Far prefer this to Grapefruit Sculpin....juicy, good mouthfeel. A great stand alone citrus ale. Wish they'd do more than one month of this.

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Photo of OleBruin
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is very juice forward, if that makes any sense. I see and taste the blood orange pulp in the glass. There is a lot of tartness and it is definitely moving into beermosa territory, but sans sweetness. I realize that Crimson Snapper (Pipeworks) added honey to round out their superior citra hops version. Glad I tried, but definitely missing the hops.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light orange with an eggshell white head that sticks around and laces the glass as you drink. The smell has the citrus from the both the hops as well as the tart notes from the blood orange. The taste was terrific with light tropical fruit notes coming through and then being complimented by the tart but clean finish from the blood orange. Really enjoyed this one and will be trying to find another sixer soon.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, citrus juice, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, blood orange, and blood orange juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great blood orange aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of snohojimbo
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one hitter must have been a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win it! Just a great brew, so very refreshing when cold on a hot summer day. Love it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated bottle.

Gold in color with flakes of sediment, a white spongy head, and plenty of tattered lacing. Juicy, tropical fruit in the nose and pithy. Medium bodied and a bit resiny and tacky. Bitter orange pith with ripe citrus on the palate. Plenty of orange as promised. Finishes with juicy, bitter orange and resiny hops in the back.

A great beer to try but the bitter pith keeps drinkability down. Tasting fresh though which is rare for a beer found on NH shelves.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer that cost me $12.99. Bright orange color, good head and a constant swirling of a ton of floating debris. It doesn't look gross but it does look strange. Aroma is heavy citrus, oranges, hops. Flavor is exactly the same, hoppy Lagunitas beer with lots of orange. Good stuff.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like fruit forward hops, but did not enjoy the citrus add to this beer. Tasted artificial somehow and overpowered the pale ale

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a clear slight orange tinged medium golden with a half finger bone white head atop that settles nicely.Sharp citrus notes in the nose,quite zesty.Juicy citric hops up front on the palate with more sharpness in the back end, mildly sweet biscuit dough holds up well to the big citrusy hops.A good mix of sweet juicy and bitter hops here,just enough balance of both.A fine beer.

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Photo of don1481
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance : beautiful deep amber coloring, translucent. Thin white head quickly dissipates.

Smell: oh the citrus here. Lots and lots of citrus. Not getting any of the blood orange just yet.

Taste: And there's the blood orange! This balances the hops in the pale ale quite nicely. Well executed taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp.

Overall: I'm not a pale ale drinker usually, but this is very nice. I'd get more if available.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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CitruSinensis from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,649 ratings