Citra | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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.

Added by emerge077 on 11-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,362
Reviews:
140
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.51%
 
 
Wants:
619
Gots:
144
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Maciejone
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryannel24
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Jae61
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of oskinker
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Hopsiam14
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 wolfpac255
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tertullian007
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Petegrieco
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roland7792
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of phizzle
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,362 ratings.
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