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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Who doesn't love ninjas!? ... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger or so of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light leek, orange rind, light lemon rind, and sweet caramel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decent vein of pine resin running through the proceedings, all rivery and such. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, indeed. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 59

a: copper. medium sized frothy white head

s: predominantly citrus (shock!). grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine. Great aroma.

t: Starts with a citrusy hop wave (similar to aroma - grapefruit, mango, orange & tangerine). Midway through malts come in to join the hops through the finish. FInishes with a nice bit of bitterness.

m: medium body. moderate carbonation.

o: Great DIPA from Pipeworks. I have it a tad lower than NvU but this juicy, citrusy hop explosion makes for a great beer. Looking forward to having this again.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into FFF teku glass
Batch #54

Appearance: A light hazy orange/copper color. The full three finger head is a wonderful creamy white color reminiscent of a marshmallow fluff. It finally settles to a fluffy pillow on top of the beer. The lacing on this even before drinking is simply outstanding. There is a continual rising of carbonation bubbles meeting the collar and fighting for position in the collar.

Smell: A huge citrus aroma with lemon, grapefruit, orange, pineapple in an enormous juicy like aroma. Obviously citra hops take center stage in this one. It also smells surprisingly sweet and almost with a sticky candy like characteristic.

Taste: Very sweet at first and very tropical. Just like the nose actually with all the citrus fruits making themselves known but the grapefruit actually seems to step up the most. I also get some bready malts mid palate. There is an bitterness that sets in mid to late that lingers through the swallow. I am getting a bit of spice from the alcohol though I actually find this rather pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky with an oily feel. It does coat my mouth with the great citra hop bitterness. This is quite drinkable without the alcohol detracting at all.

Overall: Impressed with this DIPA and what makes it even better to me is that it is local for me. I really loved the way they used the citra hops in this to create one hell of a juicy, tropical and highly drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing stinks. First thing I smell is B.O. and maybe a cat litter box IMO. My wife doesn't smell it though. But hold onto your lugnuts!! Batch #59

The citra hops are definitely pronounced. Juicy, piney, grapefruit pith embrace the palate. No onion aftertaste, just nice and bitter. Gotta lave da bitta beer!

Kinda reminds me of the saying 'the stinkier the cheese, the better'. Barely taste the 9.5 ABV, but it provides fine comfort. When u can't find FFF Zombie Dust, this is your definite DIPA goto! I will be buying more!!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris & Alison. Thanks guys! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few fingers of lace. Hazed bronze body.

S - Heavy citrus and tropical fruit juiciness, with some light chive and onion dankness in the periphery. Sugary malts, with a light touch of biscuit as well. There's a faint hint of alcohol in there, but nothing excessive.

T - The taste is quite excellent, with tons of juicy citrus and fruity flavors. There's some mild herbal bitterness, so I'm guessing there must be a secondary hop as Citra is pretty low in alpha acids. Malt is more neutral and bready and very much in the background. I like that they managed to avoid making this overly sweet, as that's one of my major issues with Citra beers.

M - Smooth, medium body, lower carbonation, no alcohol heat, and a nice dry finish. Pretty much what I want from my DIPAs.

D - This was great. Looking forward to the next batch. Pipeworks' finest beer so far, and worth seeking out. Could easily crush a bottle of this on my own. These guys have been incredibly consistent on the hoppy front and this is a step up from their usual level.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a caramel-colored amber with golden hues topped by a slightly off-white two finger head. The nose is a huge blast of orange blossoms, pineapple, citrus rind, and some alcohol. Opens with pineapple, tangerine, and yuzu. The malt joins with the citrus flavors midpalate creating flavor that is reminiscent of caramel-covered orange. The citrus-caramel flavors give way to bitter grapefruit and citrus rind. A huge malt bill lends itself to a fairly full-bodied brew that is slick and silky on the palate, moderately carbonated. A citra hops bomb and another great addition to Pipeworks' lineup of excellent DIPA/IIIPA's.

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Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter shade of copper. Light haze. Forms a creamy, off-white head that reduces down to a thick, stable surface coating. Leaves some moderate lacing.

S: Aromatic and full of Citra hops. I guess no one should be surprised when I say this one is full citrus aroma. Mostly orange, with lemon to a lesser extent. Mango and tropical fruit play a role as well. Smells like candy.

T: Quite similar to the aroma. Fairly sweet, to the point of almost being candy-like with the sweetness coming from both the malts and in perception from the Citra hops. Orange, grapefruit, mango, and fruit salad, with a touch of lemon. A bit of alcoholic spice on the back end.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Sweet, but not at all cloying. Moderate bitterness.

O: Overall, a very good beer; one of the best DIPAs I've come across recently. And typically I do not care for the sweeter DIPAs, but, for obvious reasons, this one just works.

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Photo of Treebs
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle served in a Bell's tulip. Batch # 54.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a light yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin film and ring that leaves soapy lace down the glass.

S: Big bursts of citrus. Orange flesh, lemon peel, and sticky grapefruit. Some sweet bread malts and a touch of bitter resin on the tail end. This smells ridiculously good.

T: More grapefruit in the taste than the smell. Orange and lemon peel with some alcohol bite to it. There is a definite warming, but the booze and warmth doesn't detract from the overall flavor profile. Some light bready malts with a little bitter green as well.

M: Medium bodied with a sticky and slightly oily mouthfeel, but it is surprising light on the finish with a high drinkability.

O: This is by far the best thing Pipeworks has pumped out. We all know hops are in their wheelhouse, but their use of the Citra hops really shined in this. Juicy, citrusy and pleasantly sweet. I'm sure I speaking for everyone that's tried when I say this has to be bottled on a consistent base.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from my local Binny's (excited to see Pipeworks in the suburbs now!) and poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours clear, golden brown with a generous off-white head. Leaves a lot of lacing as the head recedes too.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Maybe a little bit of brown sugar smell too.

T - The Citra hops provide an intense grapefruit and blood orange flavor right away as you take a sip. I was most surprised though, by how well balanced this beer was. The malt profile is tasty as well and tastes almost like sweet caramel. I was expecting an all out hop bomb, but that wasn't the case. It was also pretty easy to drink and there was very little alcohol presence for 9.5% ABV

M - Medium bodied for a DIPA.

O - This is another great DIPA offering from Pipeworks, just like "Ninja vs Unicorn," but obviously with an emphasis on the Citra hops. Well done!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2" off-white head. Huge waves and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- biscuit, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine and spice.

T- grapefruit and pineapple right off the bat with caramel and toffee. Big citrus and pine bitterness with slight spice at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Really creamy and smooth.

O- spoiler alert! Pipeworks made another amazing dipa. Fairly malty but has amazing citrus flavors to balance.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a foam buildup around the rim. Nothing really in terms of lacing.

S: Really hoppy, with a little honey.

T: Bitter, but hearty and subdued hops. Slightly sweet balance. Not much else.

M: Steely with something of an effervescent, soda water sort of texture, despite meager carbonation.

D: Bitterness dictates a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Light head and no real lacing. Hoppy with some sweet tone in the nose. Hops almost overwhelm, with a aftertaste something accustom to what I assume licking a copper pot might be like. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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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 emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright saturated orange with slowly rising trails of carbonation, a thick head of white foam that has a meringue-like texture sits on the surface, slowly coating the glass with sheets of lacing. Lasting retention, looks really nice.

Aroma is bursting with sweet tangerine, bitter orange peel, hints of tropical mango earthiness. Despite the hop onslaught, some pale malt bleeds through underneath also.

Flavor is slightly less intense, but still a very concentrated citrus burst, orange and tangerine, bitter rinds and pith certainly. Middle has some hints of pale malt and green botanicals, a moderate hop bitterness but never truly palate-destroying which is nice. Medium bodied, never too sweet or bitter, nicely balanced and drinkable. It reminds me of a tweaked Double Daisy Cutter with a little more body and heavier citrus presence. Really good stuff, and I hope this gets put into regular rotation alongside Ninja vs. Unicorn.

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