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Citra (Single Hop Series) | Hermitage Brewing

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Citra (Single Hop Series)Citra (Single Hop Series)

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Citra is the most well received in our series of Single Hop beers. After taking Gold in 2011 and 2012 at the California Craft Brew Competition, and due to its high demand with our consumers, we decided to make this a year-round style. This IPA pours a dark amber in color with an off-white head. The hop aroma is floral, with citrus notes, while the malts have a toasted barley character with some caramel. Citra‘s hop flavor is resiny, with some citrus quality that is offset by toasty malt flavors with a touch of caramel. This is a moderately full bodied beer, with a bright carbonation, and a dry finish.

Added by dwilson01 on 04-18-2011

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4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker orange, good white head and some nice cling lace.

S - Rich citrus hops, some apricot.

T - Nice bitter citrus/apricot/orange peel, aftertaste is mainly bitter orange peel. Some earth pine back there as well.

M - Smooth then some small bubble fizz, strong aftertaste.

O - Overall this is a good ipa with a nice aftertaste. Being only one hop addition, this is a fairly rich ipa in the hop arena. I did not like hermitage DIPA hoptopia, but this is much different then that stuff. Make this recipe into a DIPA!

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4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It had a small white head atop its golden slightly murky liquid, that later stuck to the side of the cup. It had a strong citrus aroma that was very pleasant to the nose. It had a medium slightly sticky mouth feel. It was still and easy to drink and would definitely get it again.

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4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried 5/10 Mikkellers and this single hop beer is the best example that I've seen of the single hop style. I'm pretty harsh on IPAs and Tied House, but this one is definitely worth seeking out (hate to tell you what California beer on the other side of the Bay that this compares to...).

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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The head is an off white yellowish cream that leaves thin lacing on the glass as it recedes. The body is a coppery golden color that looks delicious.

The smell is a hop showcase, a blast of piney bitterness hits me right off the bat followed by a slight citrus and pineapple ,later on. If you homebrew and you have smelled straight citra hops out of the package, the scent of this beer is exactly that.

The flavor is great, this is a bitter IPA to be sure, the earthy pine flavor comes through very well. The malt inputs a slightly biscuit/bread flavor as well and minimal sweetness to the brew. The aftertaste sticks around for a while lingering with a solid bitter bite.

The mouthfeel is what I would expect from a single IPA, not too thin, not too thick. The amount of hops they must have put in here to overpower the malt so completely had to be a lot.

I like it overall, any IPA lover should try this guy to get a sense of what straight up citra hopping tastes like.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from BevMo served in a snifter glass.

I purchases all three of the Hermitage Single Hop IPAs and this is my first one...

Pours a copper to golden amber color with about one finger of off white head that quickly fades into a thin layer, just enough to leave lacing on the glass.

Aroma is incredible. I'm getting pineapple, mandarin, and grapefruit eloquently dancing around in my nose. This is my favorite part of this beer hands down...I could just live in that aroma!

Taste...definitely a West Coast IPA...hops are the star all the way. I might get a hint of malt, but the hops beat it into submission. Resinous grapefruit will dominate your palate and slap the back of your tongue on the way down.

Light to medium mouth feel...Ledium (yeah I just coined a new word, what?). This finishes dry and with all the bitterness it leaves your palate parched and you need water (granite water that has had barley, hops, and yeast added to it).

Overall, I would recommend this beer to IPA lovers. The Citra hop is beautifully displayed in all its glory. However, if you don't like IPAs and especially West Coast Style IPAs steer clear of this one.

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4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 in pint glass. Purchased at BevMo in Emeryville, CA.

A - cloudy, orangy, lunar eclipse color. very cloudy. nice brown-tinted, warm head. Kinda looks like an amateur homebrew.

S- nice lemony, citrusy smell, touch of pineapple. Malt bill comes through.

T - aggressive bitter IPA with balls. Citra is strong, but certainly lacks a smooth character. Malt is lighter than aroma predicts. Clean, quick, dry finish.

M - nicely carbonated. I think its slightly "Sticky".

O - A really nice aggressive brew. Not for the faint at heart, but a great summer brew in my opinion.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden brown with a beautiful white head.

Smell- very floral, piney, hops are present but are balanced by the citrus smell.

Taste- a diffrent monster unlike any ipa I've had. Tons of citruis fruit, more than im used to. Pineapple and orange sweetness. It's followed by a nice hop piney presence. Sweet cotton candy sweetness and some hops in the aftertaste.

Overall- I will be having this some time soon and thanks to this brewery I cant spell I get the full effect from this hop.

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4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying the Single Hop Citra Series from Hermitage and quite honetly I was hoping for a bit more. This beer is not bad....good in fact....just was hoping for a bit more. The beer poured a cloudy copper with thick white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is powered by fresh hop that favors pine and spice. The taste is has a twang of bitter citrus throughout but there is a battle between a sweet malt and hop throught the beginning and middle, in which the malt loses iin the end and the bitterness lingers on the pallet. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a decent IPA....I wish I had some of the other single series available to compare....that would be cool.

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4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooo.... CITRA!

Pours a reddish amber ... I was expecting orange, but okay. Uncontainable three to five inch white foam head. Each glass had its own gigantic frothy topping. Pretty, but wearisome.

Smells like pineapple, unidentifiable citrus with definite lemon and orange/tangelo notes. Nice. All hops in the aroma.

The flavor is more mellow than I expected ... actually, a bit disappointing. The aroma ended up showcasing the hop to a much greater extent. There is more lemon than expected, and a bit of a watery, astringent/dry aftertaste. The citrus and pineapple bouquet is good, decent, but somewhat muted.

Nice bubbly mouthfeel.

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4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear orange with a fluffy head and nice lace. No bubbles.

S - mango, tangerine, very mild floral and a soft generic hoppyness. No cat pee. No dankness. Very soft malty note. Pleasant, but somewhat reserved, probably due to age.

T - is like the aroma with a relatively low sweetness. It has a firm bitterness that is balanced by a trace of sweetness. Enjoyable flavor.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Creamy. The bitterness lingers for a relatively long time and has a pleasant anesthetic quality without crawling down my throat and ruining my day.

O - as far as single hop Citra brews go, this one is refined without being wimpy. It avoids all the potentially negative aspects of Citra (according to me, but others like the rougher characteristics of Citra). I couldn't find a single thing wrong with this beer and enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Citra (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
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