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 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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Photo of CotterEU
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer. Looks amazing. Almost amber colored, but super orange colored. The smell is citra. Amazing. Taste is super boozy in the finish. A lot of citrus notes in it, but the booze cuts through in the end. Nice bitterness and citrus.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/8/15 - Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber given to me by snaotheus.

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is all about the Citra hop - lots of citrus fruit goodness. Flavor is very good - a nice balance of citrus fruit and pith to balance the caramel malt backbone. Finish is bitter and lingering. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and quite a bit of hop resins. Overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We break into a bomber, pouring into our Crooked Stave snifters. It shows up a deep, burning orange coloring, sporting a one finger head of creamy, wispy white bubbles. This retains decently before receding into thin cracks of lacing around our glasses. A dense chill haze is noted, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma offers buttery caramel and pale maltiness, intense hoppiness of citrus and melon fruitiness brushed with mild soapiness, light plastic phenols, mineral water, steel, coconut husk, plastic drinking straws, VHS tape cardboard boxes, brown sugar, sharp rubbing alcohol booziness, red rock dustiness, and simple syrup. The taste comes as quite a surprise, as the nose, albeit intense, held a bit more sweetness to it. The flavoring is incredibly bitter, awakening the senses from the very first sip. Notes include bittering herbal, grapefruity citric, and nectary fruity hoppiness, salted caramel and hotly roasted pale and amber grain, dusty vinyl, cloying pineapple syrups and sugars, drying fresh rosemary slickness, perfumed floral chemicals, fusel booziness, green acorns, damp basement mustiness, cement lick, vegetal bitterness of raw Brussel sprouts, and Crisco oiliness. The body is on the full side of medium, and the carbonation is robust. Each sip gives hearty slurp and smack, with bright pop to linger on the end of the tongue. The mouth is left cold and dried with a modest stickiness. The abv is big, but approachable, and the beer drinks back on the quick side.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the transition from nose to taste. The aromatics set this flowery, fresh, zesty stage, to only be decimated by lemony, grapefruity, and herbal bitterness of the hoppy onslaught. Negatives for this guy, to nitpick, would be that it does fall under that “malt bomb”, “heavy” descriptive umbrella when it comes to DIPAs. This is often necessary to bolster the amount of added hops, but does make it easy for critics to hone in on. The “NvU” series has been fun to be a part of, and while we haven’t had anything purely from the unicorn camp, it seems we prefer the inter-collaboration and friendliness of when the two meet. Citra is certainly worthy of its praise, and should be sampled by any hop enthusiast.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. poured from bottle to IPA glass

Golden-orange pour. Clear with high carbonation. Half finger head.

Smell was great. Citrus fruits and all that citra hop

Taste went along exceptionally with the nose. The citra hops appear in a fury, and go hand in hand with grapefruit, orange, and peach. Just the right amount of malt.

Medium body with heavy carbonation. Couldn't fee the 9.5% abv

This was a very good beer, from a brewery and am beginning to seek out.

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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 Dolphinsmarlins1
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great brew I received in a trade recently. Awesome color accented with a wreck-your-palate-like taste. Wicked hoppy and aromatic. Wish this brewery distributed to my state.

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Photo of ARoman
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. The aroma is initially a strong herb and grass presence that fades into fruit stripe gum and other bright, sweet juicy tangerine and grapefruit notes with some mango. Late in the drink, the aroma turns to caramel as the fruit fades. It pours a brilliant amber with a slightly off-white, big foam head that has good retention and lace. The taste is a blend of Medium fruity sweet and a high, waxy bitter end with a light touch of sour. The texture is that of a heavy oil with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium full, bitter grapefruit rind and grass body with light notes of toast interspersed. The finish is crisp with a strong bitter pine and fruit crescendo that's quick to clean leaving a fresh pine and spice along with a light bitter waxiness that lingers lightly and isn't cloying. The aftertaste is long but light with notes of bread crust and wax.

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

My first taste of Pipework, and I can't say that I'm not impressed. Very similar flavor profile to Zombie Dust, although much more in-your-face. Juicy citrus notes with astringent bitterness all the way through.

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Photo of McAndrew
3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was from Batch 623-626 1/31/15
Most likely was past it's best by date and this may be a reflection of how quickly these type high octane dipa's can drop off. I would put money on it that a fresh one of these would be fantastic

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