Citra Bitter Monk | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian style double IPA with Brettanomyces. this ale is aged in french oak chardonnay barrels. Brewed with Apollo, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Dry hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. Triple fermented- First in the tank with a Belgian yeast, second in french oak chardonnay barrels with brett, and finally in the bottle with a third yeast for natural carbonation.

100 IBU

Added by sprucetip on 08-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#851
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
1,044
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
418
Gots:
133
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,044 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of Frudel
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #5 / Nov 2016
Slight pop at opening.
Golden liquid with a white head.
Absolutely delightful aromas coming to the nostrils, citrus, exotic fruits along with some funky brett notes.
Taste is complex while very very well balanced, I didn't know what to expect from this beer but wow it's amazing. Dry, bitter and just the right amount of funk.
One of the best Anchorage I've drank!

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Photo of goalie35
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #5 brewed in november 2016 so almost two years ago
Well, this is an amazing beast!

It pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a thin white head.

I could let my nose for hours in the glass as the overwhelming sense of beauty emanes from this nectar of gods. Amazingly complex, it shows some fruitiness: pineapple, citrus as grapefruit; a certain vinous character is a great addition to the mix and to finish the whole thing, the bretts notes permit to balance the whole things out.

The taste follows with an incredible complexity and balance.
The 100 ibus are there but so well put in the whole thing. Some spiciness is present from the yeast

The fine champagne-like carbonation goes well with the completely dry mouthfeel of the ale.

Is this the big brothers of all this new 'brut ipas' ? Anyway this is a marvelous things to drink. I am glad that I shared the bottle

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicholas_JD_11
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling gold with a moderate white foam settling to a uniform bubbly blanket with a moderate ridge.

Smell is bright french oak and white wine with lemon and grapefruit zest, grass, toasted seeds, and a slightly spicy peach funk.

Taste has a bit more phenolic Belgian yeast on the front end that resurfaces on the back end with a bitter Bretty bite. In the middle is tart lemon and orange, as well as wild floral herbs and grass. Unexpected accents of peppery spearmint and amaretto come out on the exhale. Very unique, but also a bit boozy as it warms.

The crisp, medium light body is tingly and prickly with a semi-dry finish.

This batch #4, December 2015 bottle was much better than the abominable Love Buzz Saison I bought around the same time.

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Photo of threeviews
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Teku 3.0 glass

A - Initial pour is relatively clear golden with a single, creamy, white finger head...moderate retention (4.5)

S - This is outrageous! The contribution from the Chardonnay barrel aging is quite prevealent as well as the hops (Simcoe and Citra). The Brett is also a big player in the aroma. (5.0)

T - A beautiful balance of hops, barrel and Brett. (5.0)

M - Medium mouthfeel that drinks well below its ABV (5.0)

O - Not only is it hard to source on the East Coast, this beer holds up very well. A gorgeous beer that is hard to find (~$15/bottle), but worth every penny. Gabe & Co. is one of the best breweries in The States. I hope everyone gets to try something from this brewery. (4.75)

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose is as the name says, bitter as the name says. The after taste is of a great peach smoothie either the best parts fading away softly. Great beer with a funky name and finish that makes the beer.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold in color with a small thumb's worth of white bubbly head. There is little lacing when the head breaks after about five minutes.

Aroma is citrus strong, with fruits such as peach or apricot also in the mix. The brett adds a nice funkiness to this all and makes for a nice nose.

The taste follows the nose with those citrus and stone fruit flavors coming through nicely. There is a slight sweetness that really makes the flavors pop. On the back is the brett, and it makes for a nice bitter finish that makes for a nice sip.

The feel is very nice, medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Almost feels like a mimosa in texture.

Wow, I'd call this one a winner. Yet to be disappointed by these folks. I wish I could get more of this.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peaches13
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
Batch #3 May 2015, consumed just over 2 years old

A: Slightly hazy golden/orange with a beautiful, dense, lasting head. Very active carbonation, perfect for the style.

S: Bright citrus and stone fruit. Brett funk is there, but it's in the background. Slightly sweet white wine melds the flavors together well.

T: More tannic and funky than the aroma. Slight sweetness balances well with moderate bitterness. Certainly doesn't taste like a 100 IBU beer. Peaches, mango, and citrus mix together to create a complex, but not muddled flavor.

M: The body is moderate to full with strong carbonation, spot on for what I'd like in the style.

O: I love this beer. It's one of the easiest drinking 9% beers I can think of. The balance is stunning. The complexity keeps things interesting. The mouthfeel is perfect. Anchorage continues to impress.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Straw color with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is grapefruit citrus without any hippiness. Taste is also a very pleasant grapefruit without any hoppiness.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a hazy yellow somewhat dark orange colored body with a half finger white foamy head that dies at a moderate pace, light somewhat foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell has some orange up front, somewhat grassy peppery lemon/citrus thing goin’ on in the background, light yeastiness comes forth after some warming. The taste is bittersweet through the previously noted flavors and an added hop note with some grapefruit coming in and punching my tastebuds, citrusy aftertaste, super dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium for the most part - hinging on a slight possibility to light, sessionable - maybe. Carbonation seems pretty good for the Belgian IPA style and for me as there’s an adequate harshness and yet its not overbearing whatsoever. Overall, this one is very well done and I would love to have it again with food or just sittin’ on my back porch as a summer sipper.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Citra Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,044 ratings