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 Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw and light golden color, thumbnail length head and nice sudsy and sticky lace that clings to the glass.
In the nose, one is immediately hit with citrus fruit, followed by a toasted bread backbone that fades in and out.
In addition to the citrus taste, that hints at tropical fruit, there is surprisingly a slightly tart lemony and overripe sour grape quality. The palate and finish feel dry and white wine like. There is slight bitterness from the hops, mostly on the backend; it feels herbal, almost garlicky.
Medium to light bodied and pretty crisp on the tongue. Overall, the tartness was a bit surprising for me and perhaps overdone. However, it is a decent and refreshing brew, although it doesn't quite feel like an APA.

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Photo of LouZ
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice copper with foamy head, and smelled of a juicy mix of citrus, hops, and bready malt, but the enjoyment wore thinner with every sip. Eventually the blood orange begins to overpower and I just honestly got tired of it.

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Photo of Terptwerp
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Golden orange with a decent head

Smell: Nice orange smell

Taste: Tart citrus, almost like a sour. The body is not big enough for the tartness. Very strong aftertaste.

Feel: Slightly light

Overall: Glad I tried it, but was hoping that I would like it more. Not terrible, but I will not go out of my way to buy more.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale yellow with a nice white head to it that leaves some white lacing do. The side of it.

S: Slightly piney with a slight amount of orange to it, has a slightly bitter smell to it.

T: Has a piney bitter orange taste all in one, it is actually pretty good.

F: High carbonation for this beer but it does well making it a really good beer to drink.

O: A really good beer actually I'm kinda sad this is a one hitter beer :(

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Photo of thebeers
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear, pale orange-gold color with some floaties visible and a few fingers of soapy, bright white head that leaves decent lacing. Pretty.

It's got orange, yellow cake and grape skins in the nose. Definite blood orange up front in the taste with a mild bitterness behind and just a touch of malt. The blood orange continues into a lingering aftertaste as well. Medium bodied, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and a slight prickliness.

This definitely delivers on the blood orange, but there's nothing here that really wows. Was happy for the chance to try it, but if they brew it again, I think I'll pass.

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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 righthereisay
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks: OK. Nice head. good lacing. Color ain't great but everything else is.

Smells: Hoppy, citrus, and malty....getting excited....

Tastes awesome. Nice wheat / hop / citrus combo. Only issues is too much bloody orange at tne end.

Feels: Great feel. Smooth, nice body, again a little too much bloody orange. Maybe decrease that a bit and this beer goes overall another .5 up.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden-orange with a thick, white foamy head. Good head retention, with excellent lacing left behind. Blood orange, wheat, and pine hop notes in the aroma. Taste follows in the footsteps of the aroma with pine hop notes opening and closing the flavor profile. Nice blood orange notes in the middle and aftertaste - which lasts a while. Feel is smooth, mouth coating, and thick. Overall, an excellent APA for those who enjoy a little bit of blood orange/citrus in their beer. Maybe a bit overwhelming in terms of cooling off or enjoying one on a hot day in the summer.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Barons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $2.17
Purchased: April 22, 2016
Consumed: April 22, 2016
Misc.: Born on Feb. 15, 2016 at 12:11 a.m. PT; Reviewing this as an APA despite it being 7.9 pct.

Not sure why it has taken so long to pull the trigger on this one, but I picked it up today. Looking forward to it because Lagunitas is one of my favorite breweries (top 5 with my overall rating) and I’m digging this one-hitter series. Don’t know much about this one in particular, but still expecting it to be good.

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled sharp, juicy citrusy notes from the beginning with tropical notes coming in late. Specifically got tangerine, blood orange, red grapefruit, nectarine, peach, lemon zest, lime, passion fruit, pineapple, caramel sweetness that is normal to Lagunitas beers and some danky pine. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste arguably was better with first mouthful. Can’t believe how juicy this is, getting blood orange, nectarine, sweetened iced tea with lemon, red grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, watered down pulpy orange juice, apricot (more than peach), stone fruit and some caramel sweetness. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a very nice American Pale Ale. I’m pretty sure if I would have reviewed this as an IPA, the ratings wouldn’t have been as good. Reminding me somewhat of a Maine Company beer. Would like to see a collab there. (Overall - 4.25)

4.18 | 93 | A-

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Pale Ale with citrus-steroids...the pale ale provides backbone to carry the fruit to the finish line. A frothy, dense head with clear amber color. It's the aroma that gives the game away, real orange - just think of slicing a whole fresh fruit in half and giving it a good sniff. Taste is well, beer with orange, but done very well indeed. Highly recommended. We bought two bottles for the tasting and we're off to find a sixer before they're gone.

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with visible sediment. The head is medium sized and white. The aroma is a big hop smell with some citrus. The taste is hops and more hops with citrus blended in nicely.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly pale cloudy yellow-orange body, fine carbonation, coarse white head that leaves blankets of lace. Smell is fresh, bright citrus juice, grapefruit and orange primarily, with odd whiffs of burnt grain. Flavor continues this juicy trend, although at times it can seem watered down. It also has a great tang/sour quality, as if it were venturing into wild ale territory. Quite delicious. Mild malt presence, not much obvious hops presence either, either in flavor or bitterness. Light body with fine carbonation; paired with the tang it is quite drinkable.
The tang was unexpected and very enjoyable, but beyond that this is a pretty standard, but tasty, beer. The juiciness only carried it up to the point where it became watered down, at which point it was revealed that there wasn't much else to this thing. A bit of grain, a touch of hops, that's all. Still, the juiciness carried it farther than a lot of other beers get.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a one finger sturdy white head. Heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is big dank hops, grapefruit, and orange peel.

T - The taste is grapefruit rind, lemon, blood orange and tangerine with strong earthy hops. The finish has more bitter grapefruit rind.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - A solid beer that is extremely drinkable at 7.9% ABV.

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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 Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a substantial amount of moderately sized sediment. There's a solid inch of tightly packed off white resting on top. Aroma is honestly fairly tame blood orange juice. I taste very distinct, judiciously used blood orange and light malt in harmony. The malt leaves a sort of British dark malt coppery finish. The mouth is fairly smooth and yet somehow...slippery?! The texture is a bit odd here.

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Photo of moundbz
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale and not much head, I didn't get much smell either, very tingy on the tongue with an aftertaste that wasn't for me. Sorry definitely a "one-hitter for me"

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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 ajm5108
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does pretty much exactly what it sets out to do, which is to take a fairly standard pale ale (malt bill presents notes of dry cracker & light pepper) & jazz it up with some citrus notes. Not sure if blood orange is the specific thing it calls to mind, but it certainly packs a tropical punch. The hops add a bit of a kick at the end but for the most part it isn't very bitter, definitely more east coast style

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Photo of SFNC
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Citrusinensis (say that three times fast!) pours an attractive clear gold with a modest white head and smell of citrus and light pine. The tastes is citrus forward, lightly sweet from a medium malt base and a tad thin in the mouth. Nice, but unspectacular.

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Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear straw color, with some sediment when not decanted
S-lots of orange citrus, lime, and pine
T-more citrus, pine, sweet orange flavor in the finish
M-medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation
T-pretty solid brew, not sure I would call it a pale ale, but tasty none the less

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Photo of fx20736
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, March 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Gold, thick white head, nice lacing

Smell: Sugared citrus rind

Taste: oranges

Feel: lively

Overall: delicious

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Photo of scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at THG.

A: Served a clear dark golden with a big foamy off-white head. Very greasy lace left down the glass. Head slowly faded to a thick and lasting collar.
S: Candy nose, tons of blood orange, and there's an almost a strawberry-like note. Smells perfumey and awesome.
T: Fresh and juicy blood orange flavors taste just like I'm eating the fruit. Flavors are complete with bitter blood orange pith taste. Wheat backbone adds a grainy crisp quality to support the juicy and bitter orange. There's a candy-like sweetness in the finish, and blood orange lingers in the aftertaste. Toasted biscuit wheat flavor poke through the citrus.
M: Medium body, slick and greasy hop mouthfeel but light enough to still kinda be a pale ale.
O: An awesome beer. Best blood orange one I've had. Not something I could drink every day, but for what it is, they've completely hit the mark. Super fresh near flawless for what it is.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 4/2/16

A: Medium gold with some hints of light orange - clear with a light chill haze - pours with a medium sized, frothy off-white head, fades to a few wisps and a small collar, leaves minimal lacing

S: Multiple layers of citrus, but also weird - orange and some grapefruit flesh - the addition of blood orange does not really smell like blood orange, it's more like a vaguely sour, lemony weirdness - some pale malts, light bread - definitely would not guess this is above 5%

T: Lots of citrus, hard to distinguish the hops from the blood orange - orange and grapefruit flesh, citrus zest, floral citrus - straight-up under-ripe orange, grapefruits, with a touch of tart lemon and berries - herbal notes and some light, peppery flavors - medium bitterness - light sweetness - pale malts, light bread, booze is not detectable

M: Medium body, smooth, lightly oily, medium carbonation

O: This fails to clear my sinuses... or sinensis... whatever

This is a fresh bottle, so I have to assume that the lightly sour, lightly tart lemon weirdness is intentional. This does not have the juicy orange flesh and raspberry that I expected to taste from blood oranges. It's not bad, but it's not great.

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Photo of Chris585
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hard one for me. Look is light golden and a little frothy head. Lots of carbonation. Maybe too much. Smell is hops and a little sour notes. Taste: prickly carbonation. Slight alcohol burn. More blood orange flavor than malt or hops. I think this beer has too much non hop bittering flavor for me. Not a fan. Price was more than normal for lagunitas in my area and for this beer I expected more malt which I found hardly none. Some people like the fruit and zing but I think it's too much here. I bought a six pack and it took me two weeks to finish. Not unbearable but not to my Liking for a pale ale. Here's my main gripe: so take a good pale ale you like. Maybe a malt and piney one. Next leave your glass sitting on the deck for a few moments. Next your crazy friend walks by your beer and squeezes a ruby red grapefruit (blood orange) into your beer. And not just a quick squeeze, a five minute bashing. It all sits on top. You taste it over anything else. It doesn't suck, it just made your great beer an ok beer.

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Photo of Butznutz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into tulip glass, nice amber hue. Smell was sour citrus with little hop profile....not very appealing. Taste was better than smell but the blood orange was very subtle. The beer packed little sweetness that I was expecting given the description; instead it drank more like a sour ale. It was palatable but I was a bit let down

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CitruSinensis (OneHitter Series) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,425 ratings.
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