Citra (Single Hop Series) | Hermitage Brewing

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Citra (Single Hop Series)Citra (Single Hop Series)
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Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States | website

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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41
Ratings:
134
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
27.67%
 
 
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Photo of CruisaC
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at an area BevMo while on vacation. I think it was $5-something for a 22oz bottle. Into a glass

Pours medium caramel with an inch or so of off white head. Above average lacing.

smells of sticky sweet hops and some malt. average overall and probably a little much. I almost get a stale whiff towards the end, not saying anything about this bottle's freshness, just a smell that reminds me of stale things

taste follows; a bit too strong, not very balanced

A bit slick and syrupy, but pretty good carbonation

Overall not something I'd buy again. I was interested to try some "single hops" type brews. I think I'd prefer a Kern River, but again you can't buy their Citra off the shelf at any BevMo

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
The beer sits in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a hazy looking amber color, but shows a clear, deeply red stained, dark copper hue when held up to the light. The head starts out at an almost three-finger thick, pale tan color that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells strongly hoppy with big candied citrus, dank tropical fruit notes, lots of lychee and a hint of pine / herbal character. The dank herbal hop character becomes more present after my firs assessment, but this still remains a hop fruit focused aroma; dank, tropical fruit does seem like quite an appropriate description of the aroma though.

A bit colder than I prefer, which accentuates a bitter herbal finish that intermingles with a crystal malt influenced sweet tea flavor and toasted grain character. The herbal notes have a dank quality to it that gets a bit more present as it warms up. It also has a pine sap edge that lingers on the palate along with the bitterness. The herbaceous & bitter side of the hop character definitely plays the more dominant role here in the flavor (the opposite of the nose). As the beer warms up though, the fruitiness becomes more prominent with a lush lychee note, a bright tangerine zest note. The malt character is actually fairly well tamed by the ample hop character; it perhaps is a bit more crystal malt focused than my Ideal IPA, but the hop character is interesting enough that I don’t mind much. The body is perhaps a touch more viscous than I would like, but it is still fairly quaffable for a beer of this size. As the beer warms up the alcohol can be perhaps a touch much with a spicy, slightly rough note towards the finish.

This certainly seems to be knocked a bit down due to its heritage, it is not nearly as bad as that, and there is certainly enough hop character to at least do a half-way decent job of distracting you from the heavier crystal malt useage. The Citra hop itself is a nice mix of herbal, fruit and danker hop notes that one likes to see in an IPA, and this is easily on par with the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 hop series.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy copper, perhaps dark copper, with off-white head. Nose has ripe tangerine & grapefruit, with general citrus character. Pine or spruce too. Palate brings forth plenty of tangy bitterness, with the tangerine and grapefruit in full force. Prickly & tingly pine also. Malt is there, but is held back considerably. Finish is long and hoppy bitter.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold/orage color. A small white head that sticks around with a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell of grapefruit and some caramel malts.

Not exactly what I was expecting from a citra ipa. Too heavy on the malt although there is a nice grapefruit rind finish.

A little bit stickier than normal. Good carbonation levels.

Not a horrible beer, but not good either and really expected a lot more from a citra beer especially after having the gloriousness that is Zombie Dust.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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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Photo of Supes
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a darker orangish red color. Maybe a pinky worth of head only to disappear quickly with small lacing.

Smell- You guessed it, Hops. Some citrus notes and lemon zest not much else.

Taste- One dimensional as expected coming from only one hop. A mixed bag of citrus and a little grains.

Mouthfeel- A little watery for my liking and the hops just sit on your palate long after the sip is gone. Gives me a dry mouth affect.

Overall- I wouldnt buy it again myself, but Im glad I tried it. I guess there is a reason why there are normilly more then one different kind of hop in the better brews.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good sign of a copper and orange pour, off white head. Mild citra aroma, but pleasant. A little tropical and citrus, nice.

And here comes the diacetyl taste. Envelopes the hops, the whole beer pretty much. Not to rely on a lazy cliche, but it was slightly buttery. A buttery sauvignon blanc mixed with a mild citra single hopped ipa was what I was tasting. This beer was better just smelling it (which the buttery did not reveal itself in the nose).

Can't recommend this one at $5. Again, bought at Bevmo, so who knows. I just don't see myself buying any ipa's from these guys or Bevmo again, such a disappointing experience.

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Photo of Overlord
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After becoming completely strung out on Widmer’s limited X-114 IPA, I started jonesing pretty bad for some more Citra hops when I stumbled upon this offering from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Co.

In true, well-crafted India Pale Ale fashion, Citra Hops, one of three single-hop IPAs Hermitage has cooked up, pours a tangerine-tinted gold and throws a nice inch-and-a-half head tightly packed with egg cream-colored foam. Citra Hops shows better retention than did its Citra sister, but doesn’t throw nearly as much lace up on the glass.

The nose is a nice balance of caramel malt and, of course, citrus. Upon first sip, the first thing I notice is the more aggressive bittering. Hermitage packed enough hops in here to blow the joint and the grapefruit sizzle sits on the tongue nearly, but not quite, crowding out the pineapple, lemon, and orange blossom notes.

All-in-all, this is a pretty good representation of this particular hop varietal. It would be interesting to do a vertical tasting with their single-hop Amarillo and Columbus offerings. At least this is a major step in the right direction after Hermitage’s horrible “Craptopia” series.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A a clear burnished copper with a fluffy finger of eggshell white foam, leaving nice lacing. Ripe melon and cantalope, cereal sweet malts, a touch of caramel and a hint of pepe du chat. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and cloying, simple malts backed by a very mild hop bitterness. Almost a rye beer quality going on. Cant be too sure how fresh this is just picked it up at bevmo but i have seen them sitting around for a while - sculpin it is not.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium-white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is very tropical...with nice pineapple, melon, and grapefruit aromas. A bit of papaya as well. There is a faint aroma of cat piss. Taste is not quite as good as it smells however. This is by far the best IPA from Hermitage though (that I've had thus far). Taste is initially bitter hops, followed by tropical pineapple, melon, papaya, and mango. Bitter grapefruit finishes this taste, along with piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I promised myself I would never ever buy another beer from Hermitage...their beers are AWFUL! But this one keeps me optimistic. A solid IPA IMO.

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Photo of JCAles
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from BevMo Sunnyvale. Man, everyone and their mother is brewing a Citra IPA these days. Especially their mothers. Mama Tick brews a DISGUSTING one...and I mean "disgusting" in the way that means "awesome!"

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a one-finger off-white head that has average retention.

Very nice aroma, earthy, resinous, and citrusy, with a caramel malt background and light toast.

The flavor has a substantial caramel malt base and a good hoppiness to it. Average malt and hop balance. Fairly resinous with lots of grapefruit. High bitterness level.

Medium-plus bodied with loads of hop resins and average carbonation.

A surprisingly righteous Citra IPA. Actually becomes a little brutal to drink much of though, so I have to mark it down a touch there.

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Photo of bluetieman
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, and tried alongside the Columbus Hops edition.

Pours a golden, coppery colour, with a firm and frothy head of off-white. Large bubbles form at the edges, leaving a web of cracked lace, but the majority of the head stays put nicely. Looks good.

Nose is fresh and citrussy, giving big bright lemon characters, with a sharper crispness that almost makes it like fresh lime zest. Extremely fresh and ripe. There's not a lot more to it, but it's a lovely hop, and this does a great job of showcasing its aroma.

Crisp and bitter on the palate, with a lingering nutty grain character that reminds me a little of Mikkeller. The fresh lemon characters don't really appear here—here the citrus is stinging grapefruit bitterness, and while it's not as forthright and oppressive as the Columbus bitterness on the other I tried, it still feels unbalanced.

Feel is lighter than it should be. Indeed, the lack of body could be the source of the imbalance.

Not a bad IPA by any means, but a rugged and raw one. The nose is gorgeous, at least, and the novelty of this hop means this version clearly wins out over the Columbus Hops.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Citra (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
3.65 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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