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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Reviews: 281 | Ratings: 1,425
Photo of mmmbeer89
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very citrusy but i'm not complaining, I like IPA's that have a citrus flavor to balance them out. I only had one but more than that would probably be too much citrus, so i recommend this in small doses.

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Photo of jtwhicker
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle. Worth mentioning this is my first go at this beer.
Great scent and smell of citrus. Light evascent hear that pours thick and continues in a crowned head.
Light hop front with acidity cloaked by the citrus blood orange you'd expect. Will try on draft soon.

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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 DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 release.

A clear light copper with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is a surprisingly muted blend of pine and citrus with a little minty, spruce-like hop character also present. The citrus is very juicy - blood oranges, some Valencia oranges are present. Malt is absent, though a little bit of alcohol is noticeable. The palate opens with bitter and sour orange juice, closer in intensity to an all-natural Tang than a glass of freshly squeezed OJ(doesn't smell artificial in any way). The juice gives way to some hop character - pine is present - as well as a mild honey and sugar-like sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish, along with a little sweetness and a pith-like bitterness. Carbonation is a little higher than i'd like, making this foam a little in the mouth. All told, a solid effort.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a clear pale gold with a large sustaining head. The aroma offers up crisp pineapple, lemon peel, orange peel, and grapefruit peel. It really is citrus bomb on the nose, but the underripe pineapple does mix things up. The flavor has all the same citrus components, with some added tropical notes of mango and papaya. I could mostly smell citrus peel, but the orange juice does come through more in the flavor. The mouthfeel is light and highly effervescent. Overall this was a spectacular citrus forward beer doing just what the name implied.

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Photo of gopens44
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sexy white head, great lacing and a hazy golden body. Starts off well but tapers a bit in the nose as I get a strong and lovely grapefruit thing but no depth. Taste has more dimension but still lacks a balancing backbone as all I'm really getting is a slightly sour / tart grapefruit bitterness and taste. Finish is nondescript bitter with a little sacharin sweetness on exit.

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Photo of Tommo
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Its hard to say, the other beers we were drinking were horrible, so this stood out as much better by comparison. Wonderful hop aroma on the nose, and overall nice bittering hops. Pretty light for 8 percent. easy drinking

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Photo of tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hoppy American Pale Ale. The sweetness of the blood orange really balances out the alpha acids. It is a nice lighter and crushable brew from Lagunitas.

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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 rjd722
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A beautiful light golden with a slight orange hue and two-finger white foam head. Great retention and decent lacing, the bubbles are continuously rising up on this one.

Aroma: Grassy with big hoppy citrus overtones, mostly orange and some grapefruit. Bready malts coming through as well.

Taste: Matches the aroma, but what really caught me by surprise was how salty it seemed to be. Not in a bad way, I just wasn't expecting it and it's certainly much more different than other APAs I've had. I love the wheaty base to this brew.

Feel: Smooth, low carbonation, and very drinkable. As someone else mentioned, it does kind of feel like a gose/APA lovechild.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a calm golden color, with a head which dissipates quite quickly. There is also quite a bit of lacing.

Smells like citrus (no surprise there), exotic fruits, and some floral undertones.

Taste is quite subtle, with a fair amount of citra. However, I consider the taste's defining characteristic to be its saliferous nature - which I really haven't experienced in a beer of this type. Hell, it almost tastes like a fresh-brewed APA had a bastard-son with a gose.

Mouthfeel is light, with little carbonation.

I'm really torn on this, and am sort of dissapointed that I did not pick up a full six-pack as it's going take a while for me to decide whether the oddity of this beer works for me, or if it's too far out there. In the meantime, I'll take the wishy-washy route and limit my verdict to 'interesting, but not fantastic'.

I ended up giving this a 3.45, which is a rating I don't feel good about as I am most certainly going to raise it or lower it once I've pondered on it for a while.

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

2016 one hitter series, 12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A - Golden orange, clear, one and half finger fluffy white head. Very visible carbonation. Excellent retention.

S - Heavy orange/grapefruit, citrus. Little bit of dank hops.

T - Blood orange. Borderline salty. Grassy, bready. A bitter tangy finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, feel is a touch above medium, with a bitter finish.

O - Another interesting, solid offering from Lagunitas. If you like wheat and citrus, this will work.

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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 babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with a bit of sediment in suspension, fluffy white head settles in a couple of minutes, spray of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: biscuit, sweet orange, grapefruit, lightly floral. Taste: biscuity, touch of caramel, grapefruit rind. I'll buy the blood orange (sweet orange with a distinct tangerine-like bitterness) it's quite prevalent here. Finish is semi-drying, a bit sticky, citrus is prominent. This is good, yes. I don't know if blood orange, or, for that matter, tangerine, needs to be an addition to an IPA as these flavors seem achievable with hops alone, but this is one of the best citrus fruited IPAs I've had (bonus that it's flavored with juice, not "natural flavors" bs).

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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours oddly clear, and almost bright yellow. It is definitely pale in body. The head is a full inch of fuzzy white phone that has decent retention. The nose is very big and has tons of zesty hops and spicy citrus spunk. With first sip I'm quickly taken by the mix of sharp hops and bitter and slightly soured citrus notes. This comes off like an odd mix between a IPA, a wheat beer and a weak sour. A little sour bitter feel builds on the tongue as you continue to drink. I can't say that this is something I would buy again if it were a regular.

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Photo of donspublic
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Changing review after having in bottle
Poured from tap into shaker, nice 1 finger head head, lingers a while, nice lacing. Clear slightly hazy golden in the glass, not hazy, but not crystal clear. Has that signature Lagunitas malt profile on the nose, and lots of citrus. Initial caramel sweetness on the front end, middle of this beer is a citrus explosion. Finishes with a pretty predominate citrus pith bitterness. I have to say I am a sucker for blood orange and this puppy delivers. Great orange taste down to a pith finish. This beer is better than I remember it being last year. Probably the best blood orange IPA out there

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Photo of TH28
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2/15/16 bottle date. Appearance: Light golden with a thick white foam head. While it’s relatively clear, it’s a snow globe of what I’m guessing is pulp material. Not all that inviting. Aroma: Punch in the face of citrus and tropical fruit hippiness. Aroma: Fresh pressed orange juice with a touch of acidic tartness. Light malt sweetness behind the orange juice, and a sharp citric bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth apparent. Finish: Dry, with a citric bitterness and touch of acidity. Overall: A citrus bomb from start to finish. Great aroma and flavor all the way through. OJ adds some acidity and tartness to balance the citrus flavor. The one thing I don’t understand is why they don’t filter the pulp out. You can still get the flavor without it, and it is offsetting on the appearance.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear yellow color with 1 finger of white fluffy head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of lime zest, lime juice, blood orange, grapefruit pith, and a straw/ wheat aroma.

Taste is clean and crisp. Not very bitter; pleasantly citrusy. Blood orange is definitely present. Starts off (briefly) like a standard west coast IPA. Some grapefruit and pine, but it switches quickly away from bitter hop character to more of a bitter citrus rind and juice taste. An almost green tea like bitterness exist also that finishes the sip. A pretty light malt backbone exists.

Overall, this is a decent beer. A little strange. I wish there was a bit more malt sweetness or less fruit pith bitterness to make the beer a bit more balanced. I see it pairing well with shrimp tacos with mango salsa. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of Gatch
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Horseshoe Pub in Hudson. Filtered! Pooh pooh! An easy drinking, tasty Pale but lacking in character. Nothing really stood out. There's some citrus and proper hop bite for an APA but overall pretty average.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a flat yellow-gold, with a thin white head. Quickly dissipates and doesn't leave any lacing. The clarity is totally translucent.

Aroma: pops a little bit, the tartness from the blood orange is definitely present, along with lots of lemon and some tropical fruit.

Taste: wowzers, there is tons of tartness here for a pale. Super-duper blood orange flavor, along with zero malt whatsoever, and lots of lemony, tropical flavor. There's no doubt about it, this beer is dedicated to citrus, and it nails it.

Feel: moderately carbonated, with a light body.

Overall: this brew was super good, and super cheap, as is the case with most Lagunitas beers. Excellent bargain for a beer I would happily drink any day of the week. Seek and destroy!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The body of the beer was clear, pale golden, possessed fine carbonation bubbles, and formed a two finger thick head. This is about as picture perfect as a beer gets. I was expecting a citrus assault based on the formula of the beer, due to the inclusion of blood orange juice. This beer did not smell very citric to me, the way that Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin or Terrapin Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA did. The aroma was mostly typical for a pale ale, with just a touch of citrus, that could very well be mistaken for more hops. The taste is where the orange juice showed up in a big way. There was a concentrated orange sourness at the beginning of each sip. The sourness gave way to orange pith bitterness mid palette, and the finish was a long drawn out taste of blood orange. This tasted simply fabulous to me. The body was medium dense, and the ABV was absolutely invisible. This could easily be mistaken for a sub 5% ABV session ale. After that lackluster smell, I was not expecting a beer this good. Well done Lagunitas.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, some mango and pineapple on the nose with just a hint of grass; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more citrus fruits.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 34816. Pours light tan with a great orange hue and one finger of bright white head. The smell is strong orange and other bright citrus with a little hop resin. Taste follows the smell with a great, thick, oily punch of orange and hops. There is lingering bitterness at the end. This is a really great beer I look for every year.

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Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lovely 6 pack. Try 6. However, I'm a tad below other BA's in my review.

A: Pours a hazed (clear gold with particulate) - honey orange in body with moderate amounts of visible sediment, and a bit of carbonation sparking some nice highlights.
The beer had a 1.5 finger tall dense foamy beige head but reduces to too little and little lace. (After premature eruption, orange kills heads).

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus and orange zest, orange pulp, and brassy, bright tropical/mango/pineapple hops over top of light caramel malts. Smell is best part.

T: Upfront there is orange juice - fresh squeezed but from an over ripe, soft orange. on top of sweet caramel malts with honey. Then it's all orange hops, with a slightly sour, slightly cidery edge which I also find in their high ABV IPAs.

M: Medium bodied with heavier carbonation. Crisp upfront with a hint of dryness in the finish, slightly prickily/sour, and an orange juice cloy/ coating - that I can do without.

O: Too fruity/citrusy in the hop profile with the addition of blood orange make this beer too fruity and sweet for my palate.

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Photo of Pauken
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm generally a big fan of citrus dominant IPA's, citrus from the hops that is. I don't mind some of the more recent experimentation with adding citrus in other ways but this beer has a little too much blood orange in it for me. It dominates the hops on my palate. Still enjoyable and love the OneHitter Series.

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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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