Citra | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial IPA hopped with so many, really just so many, pounds of Citra hops is one of our favorites to brew, mostly because it's one of our favorites to drink. Cheers! Drink early and often.

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Photo of Bartleby91
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy to have been able to get this one again. It is probably my favorite beer from the guys at pdubs.

The appearance is a really pretty hazy golden orange with a nice two finger head that lingered well.

The aroma is big juicy orange, pineapple, grapefruit, resiny herbaceous dankness and a hint of malt sweetness.

The taste follows the nose with a punch of citrus and tropical fruit along with a resiny bitterness. Some boozy sweetness as well.

The palate is medium plus with a big lingering dank bitterness and malt sweetness that mixes well.

Overall this is still one of the best dipas I've had and my favorite beer from pipeworks. Always such a treat to have such a great beer.

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Photo of carmike813
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poorer from a bomber into a tulip - nice frothy head with a consistent lacing. I got a slam of citra hops right off the bat when I drank with a silky mouthfeel. The aromas were beautiful citra floral hops that just made the taste explode.

This beer is tough to get and was worth the effort to get.

A- hazy orange glow with a perfect 1 1/2 head

S- citra hoppy floral bouquet

T- citra bomb of hops, bitter finish - just excellence

M- smooth at outset, sticky finish

One of the top DIPAs out there IMO

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Photo of OldRickSputin
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a TASSSTY beer!

Citra (no longer w/ Ninja) is basically the brew Pipeworks hangs their hat on. And thur should be damn proud! When I see this, I rip it from the shelf like a Wal-Mart shopper grabs TV's on Black Friday.

The smell is perfect.

Appearance is perfect.

Mouthfeel perfect.

Taste is perfect.

I believe this is the second beer I've given a score of 5's across the board.

Pipeworks is constantly producing really unique, great tasting beers. I'm lucky enough to live just a few minutes from the brewery, so I get to try everything they release. Almost all of them are "TITS" but Citra, in my opinion, is in a class of its own.

I see the "wants" to "got" ratio here at BA...good luck won't be disappointed- enjoy!

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Photo of mishtif
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this out of a bomber a week or so ago poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours a golden color with a slight ahze to it, Big citra nose to this beer. Taste real smooth a bit of pine, pineapple and grapefruit. hides the 9.5% very well, was not overwllemed by the booze in this one. left a small bite with the bitterenss at the end of this. over all one of the most solid DIPA's that i have had. I am a local to chicago and will continue to support Pipeworks. They will become the next "Big Brewer" here in chicago.

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Photo of mjw1200
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best new beers I have had In a while. I need to preface this by the statement that I am a citra hop whore, but this beer is elite. The floral smell is intense, lots of citrus. I was definitely salivating before drink one.

This beer was done right, not sweet just citrus, bitterness, fruit. It stacks up against the elite. Amazing aftertaste. Wish pipeworks was my next door neighbor.

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Photo of Pauken
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 week old and poured into a snifter. I may be a slight deviance here, but to me this is in the same category as SOS, Permanent Funeral, Heady, Pliny, or any top IIPA I've had. I also love Ninja vs Unicorn from them but this beats it out. Tons of citrus on the nose and in the taste, but not overboard. Balanced nicely.

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Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best double IPAs I've ever tasted especially do to the fact it was brewed with citra hops my favorite hops. I had batch 280 and understanding it was more than one month old but I still was in great shape. I'm not too into having my DIPAs super fresh so it worked great for me. The malt on this beer slightly reminded me of Heady Topper but in my opinion this beats the shit out of Heady Topper and Pliny in that matter. Would love to compare this to Kern River Citra (not Noble Ale Works Citra Showers because that brew was a little disappointing for me) Highly recommend this brew if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: cloudy orange, finger khaki head,
stunning lacing display

S: massive punch of peach, mango and papaya!

T: peach + mango, firm malt, aged oak/woody,
long sticky citrus hop monster finish

M: med/heavy mouth, big sticky/uber oily

O: THIS BEER IS INSANE! I know everyone has
favorites, but I really love the Double + IPAs with
amazing citrus hops.


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Photo of NappyB
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%

Outsatanding Imperial IPA. I've had several great beers from Pipeworks and I'd have to say this is the best. All of their IPA's are definitely worth seeking out. Ultra smooth hoppiness and complexity. Absolutely as good as it gets !

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a one-finger, white head that dissipates quickly. Very little carbonation.
A wonderful funky, citra bitter hop smell. Huge on the mango and grapefruit.
Great bitter citra hop that transitions into piney resin quickly. Also a big malty taste that works nearly perfectly with the resin.
The awesome bitter/malt combination results in a perfect dip a mouthfeel that simple makes your day instantly better. The citrus part of this beer keeps amazing mes as I continue drinking.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this two days ago, enjoyed in a 3F teku glass. It was bottled 3 days prior, Batch #176.

Have been waiting to try this since I learned of Pipeworks, and I tend to gravitate toward the citrusy American Pales. This did not dissappoint.

A: Golden orange / reddish orange, about single finger head. A little lacing, but not too much as it is 9.5%.

S: Amazingly cirtusy aroma from the citra hops of course, Im sure the freshness helps out a lot. Can't seem to get enough of the smell!

T: An outstanding DIPA/IIPA taste, very well balanced, not too overly malty and brimming with bitterness

M: Just right leaves a nice lingering taste of the citra hops tat as it fades, begs you to take another sip

O: Im sold. Pipeworks can really make an unbelievable DIPA. I plan on getting another bottle or two before this ninja disappears.

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Photo of beardown2489
4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pipeworks - Citra Ninja
Batch 177 as fresh as you can get it!

A - Golden Orange with a slight haze to it. Just enough to know its unfiltered. 2 finger head with limited lacing. 4.5

S - Tropical explosion. Ripe, nectary fruits like mango and probably other fruits I've never had. Smells like a juice I want on sunday morning. This beer has one of the best scents I've ever experienced. Impressed me just as much as my first experience with Sucks. That's high praise. 5.0

T - Right on the front of the tongue is an immediate bitterness. As the tongue reacts, the tropical flavors kick in and resonate for quit some time. I love beers that linger. Not really a malty beer. This is all about showcasing the hops. So ya, its not complex, but did you expect that from a beer called Citra Ninja? 5.0

M - Dry beer up front and leaves you looking for that next sip. The juicy hop resin lingers and makes me want to pick it up again. Is it funny that beer has expanded my taste for foods I hated, growing up? 4.5

Overall this is an awesome beer. Pipeworks showing off again. They know what they are doing. They have showed they want to do every style well. In a market filled with too many DIPAs, this is a DIPA that lives up to hype an is worth the search. 4.75

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a gorgeous golden orange. Scent is explosive, with pine, pine, pine, and a bit of citrus. Texture is dense and (in a good way) oily, Taste echoes the scent. Despite the high ABV, I tasted no alcohol. Man, I'm embarrassed how I chugged this. This is a preposterously good beer.

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Photo of Rope
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Burnt copper, light haze despite best attempts to avoid any sentiment from entering.

Citra magic. Smoother than a lot of the citra beers out there.

I thought the smell was going to be the best part about this beer. It is funny, because everything but the citra hop is far backstage... but it does not matter.

Thick and sticky, really coats the flavor on you. Decent carbonation.

I can see why it took me so long to get a bottle of this. It fires on one cylinder... one fantastic cylinder.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is holy Citra. Possible most aggressive Citra aroma I've smelled. I mean it slaps you with a fat d***. And the flavor is a deep throat of Citra flavor. Solidly bitter with a subtly sweet and boozy background. Finish is long long lingering Citra with just a tickling warmth in the belly. Fantastic brew!!

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; unknown bottling date but presumed fresh - Batch "280-81-82-83"; drank out of a hotel glass over an hour or so

A: 3/3 - deep orange with a brownish hue in certain lights; impressive clarity for a hop bomb (can both read and see through); initial frothy white head resolved into subtle glass lacing; light-to-moderate carbonation

S: 11/12 - lots of tropical citrus cum dank notes just pouring out of the glass; unable to detect any malt or alcohol notes - just incredible citrus aroma!

T: 19/20 - initial slap of bitterness on the front of the tongue quickly evolves into a tropical fruit - papaya, pineapple and mango - delight; as the flavor profiles develops, some of the dank, piney qualities of Citra appear; little malts and some alcohol provide balance; finishes dry with a pleasant aftertaste that invites sip after sip - close to perfect DIPA profile for me

M: 5/5 - full-bodied with thick hop oils and alcohol coating the tongue; appropriate carbonation for an imperial IPA - again, perfect

O: 19/20 - this ranks with FFF's Zombie Dust for me as one of the best Citra beers (never had Kern River or Lawson's among other highly-touted Citra-centric offerings); in addition to that it's a pretty perfect DIPA that again ranks up there with some of the best - Stone's Enjoy By, Surly Abrasive and The Alchemist's Heady Topper; just a total delight to drink that fires on all cylinders and showcases one of the best hop varietals on the market; and, for $10.99/bomber, it's a total steal; I'd drink the shit out of this one if it was distributed in my market

TOTAL - 47/50

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Photo of RMelyon
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you've ever enjoyed a Citra hopped beer before, you'd be hard pressed to say it's better than this one. One that comes to mind is FFF Permanent Funeral. I've blind tasted this with that, and with everyone I've done it with, Pipeworks comes out on top.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rust orange in appearance and absolutely stunningly bright orange in direct sunlight, nothing more inviting in an IPA for me.

An abundance of citrus punishes the nostrils at first whiff, though not entirely brewed with Citra hops, they definitely highlight this hop spectacularly.

My oh my! Instantly floored by this delightful IPA. Citrus, hops, bitter, perfectly balanced. The high ABV ain't bad either!

Mouthfeel is bitter with hop deliciousness and well carbonated all balanced perfectly.

Overall, this is absolutely everything I look for in an IPA, hands down the best Illinois born IIPA!

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion this is the best smelling beer I have ever had. The taste is truly a perfect example at a DIPA showcasing citra hops. Find it, drink it, enjoy it! This one's definitely in my top 5 from any brewer and probably #1 from PW. I can only thank Pipeworks for releasing it this time along with "Square Grouper" & "N.vs.U" Cans, this has allowed me to find it all over the place. Craft beer life is doing well in the Chicagoland area!!!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Acquired via trade with MattLatuchie. Pours a dark orange with a thick off-white head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma jumps out of the glass - lots of earthy, tropical fruit, citrusy hops with some bready notes. The malt really comes out on the palate with chewy, resinous, bitter hops throughout. Finishes dry with a slight, peppery kick. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a quality DIPA and great showcase for this very popular hop.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Batch #109. Bottled on ???
Poured in to tulip.

A - Slightly hazy golden orange with half a finger of dirty white head.

S - Massive fresh tropical fruit aroma of mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Some honey sweetness in the background.

T - A big bitterness up front that is complimented by fresh mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and pine flavours. A perfect amount of honey sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body, creamy. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of MCain04
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re-reviewing this one, given that my first offering was flat secondary to poor bottling. This is the freshest batch but interestingly made it out of the brewery without a batch number. Poured into a FFF Teku.

Looks more the part this time around! Opaque copper orange body with a large light-beige head with awesome retention and lacing.

Incredible citra aroma. Orange rind, lemon wedge, grapefruit pulp, pine needles, total citrus bomb. I expect this to be malty based on the ABV but the nose is all hops.

Bright juicy citrus hop flavor goes along with the notes, sweet citrus fruits and complemented by a generous malt backbone that balances surprisingly well. Bitterness on the back end is striking and lingering. Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant.

Really nice texture, crisp and easy to throw down, smooth, dry finish, medium bodied, fantastic for the DIPA style.

This lives up to the hype, especially for Citra lovers. So glad I got to try a good bottle this time. Seek this out, and do it aggressively, as it is awesome fresh and flies off the shelves when released.

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Photo of atomic
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip.

Seems this beer has become pipeworks' new bad boy. I've heard this likened to a Zombie Dust on steroids. So lets see....

Smells about right. Zombie dust on steroids does seem appropriate here.

Taste. Very good. Certainly worth the praise it gets. Citra hops showcased very well, the usual grapefruit up front, floral and bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel. A lot more carbonation on this one compared to ZD. CO2 bubbles bombard your tongue.

Overall, Pipeworks has a winner IMO. Much better than Ninja Vs Unicorn if you ask me. Now if only they bottled in 6pks, till then, this, like all their beers, is a bit on the pricey side of things when you consider beers like Hop Stoopid, ZD, Gubna, etc... But I get it, PW is still a new brewery and I don't mind supporting them until their bills are paid off!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a clear dark orange with a 1 finger head that settles to a nice cap.
S - A big grapefruit aroma prepares you for your first sip.
T - Very juicy, lots of citrus flavor.
M - A little sticky but not as much as some DIPA's.
O - Outstanding beer, wish I'd purchased more bombers. Yes, the east and west coasts have outstanding IPA's and DIPA's, but don't overlook the Midwest. We can hold our own.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I wanted to do a quick review of this after having a second bottle, just because I came into the beer having certain expectations, and I wanted to make sure I got those out of the way.

First off, this beer smells amazing; fresh and fruity, the citra hops burst through. Definitely a good start.

Upon taking a sip, your mouth will be blown away by the citra hops. Seriously, I've seen this compared to Zombie Dust a few times, and there's no comparison; Zombie Dust is a smoother, more balanced APA/IPA (depending on your definition), whereas Citra Ninja is an in your face citra bomb finishing off in a cleansing, bitter taste. If citra hops are your thing, get this beer; once it starts to heat up you'll taste the 9.5% ABV a little more, but you'll be too busy running through a forest of citra hops with the other Citra Ninjas to care.

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