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

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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.

Added by emerge077 on 11-15-2012

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Photo of eppCOS
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic, big DIPA. Had it on tap at Odyssey Gastropub in Colorado Springs CO just last night (2.19.17) and it was fresh as hell. Looks and tastes like a proper DIPA, and the smell is heavenly (I thought; piney mango woods!). There's a bit of harsh finish due to the high ABV, but in a good kick-in-the-teeth Ninja way. I mean...after all it is part of their Ninja series. Definitely try it if you see it. My only mistake was having it early in the evening; everything else seemed way weaker and less interesting after that one... Delicious!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma is juicy with overripe fruit notes and dank hops. Taste starts quite sweet with dank, resiny hops and some fruity notes. Finish has a medium bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Medium plus body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a quite good DIPA but a bit harsh on the alcohol.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to find this extra in a trade! Pours a deep orange hazy with minimal white head. Mild citrus nose, taste is stronger citrus. Definitely get a little alcohol bite too. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy coppery-amber that's more orangey-amber when backlit. Thin wisp of a whitish head on top.

S: Surprised to note a strong scent of bread-doughy malt up front. After that is the fruit: grapefruit juice, oranges, some lemon, and tropical fruit.

T: Starts out with that sweet malt - at times I think caramel malt, other times it's more bread doughy or even sugar cookie dough. As for the hops (and the feel), it's definitely on the Juicy, NE-style side of things: grapefruit and grapefruit juice, pulpy orange juice and orange peel, a touch of pineapple and faint lemon on the aftertaste. Heat from the ABV is noted on the sides of the tongue, and as a drying effect on the aftertaste, but it's fairly well-hidden for 9.5%. . . .

M: A wee bit flat in feel; call it medium-to-full in heft, a bit on the syrupy side - which isn't much of a surprise for the style.

O: Very good stuff.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled fall 2014; drank 11/7/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange/red hue.

Big eggnog-colored head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap & mild grapefruit nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango, fresh soap & caramel flavors; a pleasant champagne bite on the lips. A nice balance between sweet, bitter & smooth; damn fine!!

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Photo of tigg924
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big citrus--lemon, tangerine, and dried apricot. Slightly bitter, medium carbonation, and medium bodied. Juicy, but not as juicy as some New England style IPAs. Makes for a tasty sipper. One that I will search for again.

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Photo of Buck89
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a cocktail glass (hotel beer). A slightly hazy golden amber color with a foamy white head. Nice lacing. Huge orange aromas with grapefruit pith, pineapple, resin, and pine. I got big pineapple on the front palate. This was followed by an earthy resiny note which shifted back to a bitter grapefruit. A slightly caramel-sweet malt presence but balanced. Medium bodied and and clean finish.

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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 Billolick
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, couldn't find any sort of bottling date info.

Pours lightly hazed, nice looking tiny bubble film, low sheeting and ample higher scattered lacing...nice looking brew..

Sniff reveals pinapple juice goodness.

Densly flavorfull offering...solid maple malt base...tropical fruity hooped up goodness riding on top...notes of more pinapple, vanilla, bananas...minty/lime infused hops...complex and thoroughly tasty and worth seeking out...more high quality suds from PW...go get some and enjoy

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Opaque orange color with good head and lacing.

S- Solid hop aroma from the Citra. Slight grapefruit.

T- Nice balance. Bready malt and bitter hops. You get a little bit of the booze, but it's not overpowering.

F- Thick for an IPA. Good carb level. Dry finish.

O- Very good IPA, but it's Pipeworks so I expect that.

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Photo of huntley101888
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. There was no bottling date on the bottle, but Pipeworks doesn't sit around, so I imagine it is fresh.

L - Hazy golden color. One finger thick off-white head fizzed out to a thin skim coat with buildup along the walls of the glass.
S - Lots of juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit, mango, slightly boozy. Smelling it makes my mouth water.
T - Bready, the grapefruit is present throughout and you're left with a fruity dry bitterness after you swallow. You can definitely taste the alcohol. Not surprising considering it's 9.5%.
F - Appropriate carbonation. Thick body, and as I mentioned, it leaves your mouth feeling dry; almost, dare I say, chalky. Throat is warmed by the alcohol.
O - I was excited to see that this arrived at my local beverage center. While I'm happy to have experienced this, at $11/bomber, this is a once in a blue moon occurrance for me (that and availability is scarce). Smell is fantastic, taste is well above average, but the mouthfeel drags the score down. I just can't get past how dry this is.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy bright orange with off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, candied orange peel. Taste is grapefruit and orange rind layered on a strong caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering resinous bitterness and candied citra for days.

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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 Greywulfken
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A top Citra DIPA, and a top DIPA in general. Big citrus on the nose, supported with lots of orange on the tongue; darker undercurrents round off the briskness, something like the citric version of dank... Has a thick body with ample carbonation, sweet with orange fruity flesh; pinpoints of bitterness are bright and sharp. Deep golden amber body, opaque and apricot-colored. A fluffy off-white head, a couple of fingers high, left trails down the glass and persisted until near the end. Superior drink.

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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 BSiegs
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber-ish gold in color with moderate clarity. Two fingers of airy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is as powerful as I've ever smelled in a citra hopped beer. Huge notes of grapefruit, other citrus, tropical fruit, and a touch of malt. The taste follows with the citrus and fruity character coming through. A nice malt backbone, with the hops lingering on the aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth, balanced, and a moderate bitterness on the finish. Really phenomenal.

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Photo of cfalls
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - amber (too dark?), not much haze (poured gently as directed on bottle), one-finger head sticks around

S - tons of juicy citra excellence, with just a little malt (think carrot cake)

T - quite sweet, and a little malty for me, but balanced with enough hops, which follow the nose with tons of tropical fruit, and a bitter off-dry finish

F - medium to thick body, medium carbonation, not much burn for 9.5% but that's still too much

O - never thought I'd like a sweet malty IPA this much -- just can't say no to all that tropical goodness

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Photo of nidetzg
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Reddish amber color, white lacing
S: True to typical Pipeworks wiazrdry, this beer smells straight up like citrus. If you were to blindfold someone and hold this up to their nose they may not even be able to tell this was beer. Amazing as always. Maybe a little bit of caramel in there as well.
T: Tastes like it smells, but with a bitter citrus aftertaste comparable to Grapefruit Sculpin. Love the front hit of citrus but not as fond of the bitter citrus at the end.
F: Low medium carbonation, a little slick.
O: Another great beer from Pipeworks. Could be a little smoother on the back end but overall an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Great looking IPA. Deep honey gold body with 3 fingers of bone white head. Great retention and lace.

S - Warm pine, honey, and resiny wax.

T - Bread crust center with peppery rye and sharp resiny edges. Rosemary, orange zest, and pumpernickel bread through the finish.

M - Medium-full body. Relatively low carbonation.

O - A solid, piney DIPA with a bread backbone and a resiny finish.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours deep clean amber with thin white head that lasts for awhile. Aroma full of dark fruit and citrus. Clean powerful taste, dark fruit sweetness with malt and piney hops. Very similar to the other Ninja brews, but with a deep fruity taste. Medium slick mouthfeel. Yum.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was received in a recent trade.

It pours a dark clear reddish color, bright but dark at the same time- that clearly makes no sense. There's a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, caramel malt, bready malt, and a touch of booze.

Like most of the Ninja series, this is a seriously high octane beer- it doesn't pull any punches. There's clearly an overload of Citra hops here- so much orange, grapefruit and pineapple, with a big malt backbone- caramelly and bready. It's not boozy, per se- but you can definitely tell it's got some weight behind it.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and very juicy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Probably the best I've had from this series, great stuff.

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Photo of BeerKarmaNYC
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first time drinking one of the single hopped Ninja's from Pipeworks.

Poured a pretty orange/amber white a white head into a stemless wine glass. Smell was heavy on the citrus, leaning towards grapefruit. The taste followed the nose, malt sweetness wasn't overbearing and it had just enough bitterness to be super drinkable. Overall I would go out of my way to drink this again along with any of the other hoppy beers from Pipeworks

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on December 26, 2015. Look is hazy orange with a thin white head and lingering lacing. Smell is orange blossom, bitter citrus, melon, stone fruit, fresh cut pine with pale and caramel malt aromas. Taste is mango, tangerine, peach, pineapple, pine resin with buttery caramel and brown sugar malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a bitter dry finish.

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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 cavedave
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a just slightly cloudy peach color with a huge and thick white head that only grudgingly relaxes to lasting cap and thick slathers of lace.

Smell is clementine aroma, neutral sweet, citrus zest, caramel malt, and I get hints of peach as I sip. Medium strength bouquet that is full strength enticing.

Taste is similar to aroma, sort of, but is unexpectedly caramel malt heavy, neutral sweet light, and finishes with more herbal bitter than anticipated. Fruit in the form of grapefruit pith, bitter orange, and lemon notes is matched by the herbal bitter notes. Full strength flavor that is a palate attack for sure.

This beer works because it has a light body, perfect medium carb.,perfect medium viscosity, and a finish that goes ahead and cranks some resiny bitter, but doesn't build up, and it stays clean.

Heavy duty beer that does that dry hopping with different hops than in the boil thing I love so it has a degree of compexity that just adds to its other strengths of being delicious, refreshing, and potent. Recommended.

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