CitruSinensis (OneHitter Series) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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CitruSinensis (OneHitter Series)CitruSinensis (OneHitter Series)

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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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 biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass. bottled on 6/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/piney hops, blood orange, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops, blood orange, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops, blood orange, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/2/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus, piney hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong tangerine citrus flavor that dominates. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is citrusy sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation swirling around in the glass, light amounts of tiny particles of sediment in suspension, and faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange zest, citrus/orange, and tropical/mango/pineapple hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of caramel + grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of lightly sweet caramel and grainy malts with a hint of honey. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/orange zest, and tropical/mango/pineapple hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Very fruity/citrusy in the hop profile as well as the addition of blood orange makes this a very refreshing and easy to drink APA - almost hoppy enough to be an IPA but not quite as full in the body. Alcohol is very well hidden as this almost seems like a sessionable brew, though I'm guessing that could get you into some trouble. Definitely worth grabbing, hope it becomes a regular for Lagunitas.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fruity and juicy. Handsome big pile of suds on the golden amber brew in the Wander snifter. Sharp on the tongue with an inviting spritzy mouthfeel. Some hoppy bitterness but it's hard to tell what's hop and what's citrus. But it makes for a tasty gulp with a big flavor.

A Pale Ale with 7.9% ABV? I'd be inclined to brew it with half the alcohol and see if the fruit and tanginess would give it enough oomph. On the other hand, maybe we need a blood orange malt liquor. Missed this one, but always pleased to see new Lagunitas efforts. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, cheerfully orange-tinged body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: With such a fruity, juicy, citrusy nose, I found it quite likable. Subdued bready malt tones and an overall though restrained sweet-scented quality to the aroma.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly grainy with a little golden syrup sweetness in the fore. Citrusy, it's got a lovely, juicy blood orange pop, but also a lemon-lime vibe and a backing of mango. Moderately bitter. Drying on the back half but still charmingly citrusy through the finish with some light, lingering resinous hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation, nearingly crisp.

Overall: Pleasantly simple, easy drinking with the extra added boost from the oranges for an overall citrusy, tropical taste.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with a thumb of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Grapefruit rind, oranges & plenty of them

T: Grapefruit, orange peel & pomelo & a little crackery & bready dryness up front. More grapefruit as this t warms, light crackery notes, a little pine mingles in along with some mango, Finishes with loads of grapefruit pith, dryness & a little lemon

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, great balance

Super drinkability, coupled with tons of flavor, will buy again & again as long as it is fresh!

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small head even with a vigorous pour. Some spots on the glass for lace. Cloudy with some suspended yeast clumps. Dark dirty gold color.

Semi-sweet pale malt starting aroma. There's a bit of toast to the nose. The hop is quite subdued--present but subtle.

I like the balance. All of the elements show up at the beginning and are there at the finish. It goes from leaning malt to leaning hop. I get a bit of stone fruit up front. The hop kicks in with some complexity--I note white pepper, all spice and light citrus rind. Smooth transition to the hop which leaves a decent aftertaste (with the stone fruit still present!). Body leans full; carbonation leans light.

Overall, very interesting and complex beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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 johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with some small floaties and a bubbly off white head that persists. Citrusy as promised with a hint of orange and some light earth mineral water and light sweet bread. Has somewhat of a bitter orange juice feel to it. Interesting beer, I'm glad I tried it, but I'd grab on e of their other beers before I grabbed this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The CitruSinensis is a decent and interesting IPA. The beer poured a nice golden color with white head that had white head that left some lace. The scent is common of citra based beer. The taste started as a nice citra beer but the blood orange took over and caused the beer to finish sweet. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent....didn't like the sweet finish thou.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bright but quite hazy orange to lemon colored yellow body color. Foamy and big controlled three finger solid white head, with fine bubbles even pinhead in it's creation. Good amount of carbonation, fast rising but not overly abundant either.

Bouquet hits of large orange and bitter zesty notes. A bit of a one note touch though with not much else going on, but a decent one it seems. No distinct malt character and hop angle seems buried and elusive. Fruity and juiced.

Palate continues the notes of what is hinted on the aroma. Mid palate fills with classic orange fruit flavors and feel. Zesty, oily, bitter peel, a bit of warm juicy orange fruit sweetness all over. Finishes that way also. Bitter rind and sticky finish. Malt sweetness or character? All the bitterness from this is overtaken by fruit and oils, with hardly and discerning hop character.

So where is the beer like parts to this as it hints with a little bit of boiled hop bitterness, but comes off more than drinking amped up orange juice fruit beer. Decent but I expected more.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours near clear, lighter amber., eggshell and lasting head, leaves nice low sheeting.

Citric hop nose with oranges, limes and lite pepper.

Hopped up and tropical. More oranges, more lime, more deliciousness

Worth seeking out, over tropical, vanilla and caramel malts smooth out the finish.

Go get some.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, resin-y hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, strong resin-y hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium orangey golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma as advertised, lemon citrus with some orange notes, light tropical fruit; little malt influence. Wow, this is really different. Flavor is dominated by blood orange with complex citrus hops, light tropical fruit, neutral malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I'm not sure how they pulled this one off. The blood orange is so dominant that this should taste like a fruit beer, but instead is a unique orange infused hoppy pale ale with remarkable balance. The first taste is a moment of confused citrus, but all the citrus quickly comes together, supported by a malt base that seem to have little flavor of its own, but really holds this together. I'm not a fan of tart beer and this should not be something on my A list, but it now is. I love when something new and unusual arrives that pushes the envelope, but manages to be really tasty as well. Lagunitas is an amazing brewery. To my surprise, I really love this beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Not picking up huge citrus notes, but they're there poking around in the background. Pale golden, with wispy head and streaky lacing. Citrus aroma (OK, there it is), taste brings some crispness and a nice hops bite. Decent pale ale.

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a crystal clear light orange color.

The aroma hits of a theme of a big sticky resinous dank quality, a bit of burnt rubber. There's also some sugary orange candy and bready malt.

The flavor follows with that sticky resinous dank quality throughout, some sugar coated orange gum drop flavor, a medium bready malt. The finish is crisp and clean with some lingering bitterness and dank. The beer drinks more like an IPA, instead of the "Pale Ale" that the label suggests or the 7.9% DIPA ABV.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just no big deal. Like blood orange, but this seemed too much "in your face", and had a lingering bitterness that was unpleasant not complementary.
Still love Lagunitas.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually like to commit to a six pack of something I have never tried before, but in my eyes Lagunitas can do (almost) no wrong. And I'm not regretting my decision at all. Really nice mix of hops and citrusy orange without being too over the top. I see the ratings are all over the place, but I'm a huge fan.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the COOP... picked up last week and finally getting to the bottle tonight.. Pours a mostly clear light orange with an okay white head and lacing.. Nose shows orange juice and zest.. beer notes are relatively quiet.. cracker pale malt.. Flavor is pithy citrus zest and the same juicy elements as the aroma.. Bitter as expected and just sorta juicy with little standard "beer" actually tying things together.. Medium body with a burning acidic carbonation... I know I will be in the minority, but I don't care for this one at all.


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

Typical, well crafted pale ale from Lagunitas. There's pleny of hoppy goodness in this beer, and it pairs well with the blood orange flavor in this delicious beer. The finish is quite dry, with just enough sweet tropical fruit to keep the bitterness in check. You'd never guess the abv. is nearly 8% in this beer; it's THAT drinkable. After just one sip, I knew I needed a growler fill.

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Photo of Zorro
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangish amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of citrus and spice. Strong scent of tangerine. Scent of pine board and black pepper. Scents of lime and Curaçao triple sec. Fainter scent of peaches and kaffir lime. fairly sweet smelling.

Starts out dry and slightly sour with a lot of citrus taste. Moderate on the bitterness scale. Mildly sweet but it keeps hammering your taste buds with citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall good beer. Tastes like a stronger version of Grapefruit Sculpin in a good way.

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