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 kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an Alpine pint glass.

The beer pours a nice medium amber color, hues of copper and orange with a nice solid finger of slightly off white head, very soapy with a little frothiness that leaves behind good lacing and has nice retention. The aroma is potently hoppy, resinous pine, bright citrus with a really nice amount tropical fruit before some caramel malt and alcohol come out, very inviting. The flavors are nice, lots of tropical fruit straight away, sweet malt, sticky pine are right behind it, a bit of astringent alcohol comes out at the end with a little bit of citrus. This beer is pretty straight forward with the hop profile, strong fruit, mild pine and bits of bright citrus, the balance is a bit lacking and the elements aren't always complimentary, they sometimes seem to be fighting for attention, the maltiness is appropriate but I am a little put off by how boozy this IPA is. The body is nice and smooth, a bit creamy, coats the mouth well.

Verdict: A pretty good Imperial IPA from Pipeworks and probably the best hoppy beer I've tried from them to date. The fruit notes are really pleasant and the bitterness is spot on but the booziness and lack of cohesion is the difference between this being a good beer and a great beer.

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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 StoneTSR
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch # 280-81-82-83 – sometime between Dec. 18, 2013 and Dec. 20…so about six weeks old.

APPEARANCE: A relatively aggressive pour results in a quickly fading, quarter-inch head. Within 45 seconds it has slipped away, revealing a burnt orange, slightly hazy beer underneath a few wisps of foam on the surface. There is no lacing at all, as in a surprising lack of lacing. It is almost as if the beer is cleaning the glass on the way down (don’t worry, it was already very clean to begin with). There is absolutely zero lacing, kind of impressive.

SMELL: Unmistakably Citra hops on the nose. Grapefruit and lime lead the way with some other tropical fruits darting in and out. This is really a wonderful smelling beer, but as the head fades, the aroma quickly goes with it, leaving just a hint of its former self. Even after agitating it with a swirl a little of it comes back, but not all of it.

TASTE: Plenty of fruit flavors, again, Citra is the big hop, although it seems as though it is not the only one. A generic citrus (blend of lemon, lime, grapefruit maybe?) leads the way with a strong apricot and mango presence. This is like the fruit punch of Double IPAs, but the close belongs to citrus as the grapefruit comes through strong.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp, lively and exciting. The sparkle is very light, but tickles the tongue in a very pleasing way. Medium in body, leaning towards the lighter side, call it medium rare.

OVERALL: This is a really, really good beer. My only disappointment is with the smell and the head. I just wish they both stuck around a little longer and allowed me to fully enjoy both the sight and smell. While Citra is one of my favorite hops, it can be overwhelming, especially to a new IPA drinker and this was done in a very balanced, approachable way. Delicious.

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Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to blastbeats for this one!

Glowing anber/caramel body loaded with steady beading, a silky off-white head drenches the glass with lace... classic looking IIPA.

Lush tropical fruits melded with juicy citric notes... mango, pineapple... reminiscent of Sculpin in this regard I think. Lovely.

A smooth sense of bitterness keeps things dry without interfering with the fresh hop flavors... loads of bittersweet fruit with a touch of alcohol that mimics the bitter mouthfeel.

Great stuff. Thanks for the opportunity to give this one a try Evan!

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Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to Kevin_Young for this one.

Pours a dirty orange with hints of yellow, gobs of foam throughout the session. Very good plush fruit and easily drinkable though does sneak on you.

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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 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 EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, dark orange, with a two finger head that was off white and laced a ton. Aroma was undeniably Citra: big juicy citrus fruits, orange, mango, grapefruit, touches of caramel. Pretty spot on with the taste as well, boasting tons of citrus like orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple. Bitterness was medium, body was full with an oily creaminess, but not too heavy. Sipped pretty easy, finished cleanly on the palate. Couldn't really detect any booze.

Quite the nice nightlight of the Citra hop. I'll be savoring another bottle tomorrow...

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

Poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a good head.

Jumping out of the glass and jam packed with aromas of grapefruits, citrus, florals, hops and guava. Great depth with the citra hops.

Medium/full bodied with a very smooth feel. Balanced with very good flavors of guava, grapefruit, hops, and some tropical citrus.

Yea, this rocks. NvU with citra hops was always gonna be a winner, and it doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a hazed orange color with a large-bubbled white head. Spotty lace and not a whole lot of retention.

Nose is tropical as fuck with a smooth, candy-apple malt sweetness.

Taste is so much smoother than Centinneal Ninja (my only other experience in the Ninja series). If indeed the only difference is the hop varietel, it is a mind-blowingly large difference. Bitterness is really low and hop flavoring huge. Very smooth beer, the ABV tastes more like a 7%'er than 9.5. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. The malt base of this beer is perfect for citra - light and airy with just a little bit of biscuit. It is great to see these series' of single hop beers to compare different types of hops, but the more I have them the more I appreciate an expertly crafted blend of hop varietels. That said, if I could only use 1 hop in my next beer - citra is at the top of the list...I just love the bright tropical flavors it provides.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 109.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great citrus hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

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

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip: from batch 59.

It took me a bit longer to find this than expected, butit's worth the wait. CN pours a relatively dark, amber color with about 3/4 inch of off-white head. The nose is pretty strong: orange/orange peel, a bit of sweet booziness. I'm imagining what an empyu bottle of Grand Marnier might resemble after a few days. Down the hatch, there is a lot more here than the nose would suggest. Yes: bitter, orange/grapefruit flavors lead. It finishes with a fantastic carmel sweetness, balancing out the bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy.

Another solid offering from PW. I think I liked SH a bit more, but this is one to brag about.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split between several Red Hook sampler glasses.

Pours amber gold with a slight haze and medium head. Not terribly carbonated. Smell is very fruity, floral, some honeysuckle sweetness, but fairly mild.

Taste is a strong bitterness with a little straw. Floral, nicely balanced, long bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very dry and light. Quite pleasant. Overall, very good 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 Hamburgers
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #110. Pours slightly hazy, dark orange. One finger white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is pineapple and oranges. Somewhat floral. Flavor is mostly citrus and tropical fruit, pine and a kinda graininess. Heavy body with super creamy carbonation. Very bitter finish. Excellent balance between the high hops and heavy malts. Absolutely loved this beer.

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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 portia99
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (batch 393-394) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep copper colored body with medium clarity/slight haze. A thick two finger head of dense cream colored foam sits for several minutes and after dropping a bit leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Heavy, almost syrupy thick, hop aroma. Tons of grapefruit - quite juicy, notes of tropical fruits, background pine, a bit peachy and sweaty. Earthy and biscuity malt base, a touch of musti-ness, lightly caramelly, lightly yeasty.

T - Firm hop bitterness up front that fades to a musty and sweaty hop character and eventually to a smooth and somewhat sweet malty finish blended with citrus. The hop bitterness is only medium in intensity, a bit dirty and earthy in character up front. This fades quickly to a peachy-ness and then full force into a grapefruit juice assault. Mildly sweet malt base with caramel and maltose sweetness. Finishes with more grapefruity hoppiness that lingers forever.

M - Sticky, citrusy, fruity. Body is thick and a bit syrupy in feel and shows a lower/medium carbonation that is on the creamy side and just a bit tingly. Malty, caramelly, somewhat sweet base comes thru more as the beer warms a bit, but blends nicely with the citrus heavy hop profile - sorta like a sprinkling of sugar on a fresh grapefruit.

O - Very good DIPA...was on my wants list for a while. Very glad to try it and not any kind of disappointment. Thick syrupy hop character over a firm malt base that complements the hop profile and really brings out the citrus exceptionally well. Would love to get another couple of bottles of this somewhere down the road and enjoy this one 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 Sparty1224
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Been searching for this one for a while, so very pleased to finally get to try it. I've had and liked several of the more popular and highly rated DIPAs out there, so I know what I'm looking for. This one doesn't quite meet my expectations or the hype, but it's still pretty decent. In true Pipeworks tradition, this is a very big, boozy beer. Alcohol is not hidden very well. I think this bottle is only 5 days old, but the hops don't really "pop" like I thought they would. There's also a very malty, syrupy finish to the beer which I'm not fond of. This one reminds me most of Double Sunshine or Hopslam. Good beer, worth seeking out, but not a world-class DIPA in my book.

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

Pours an orange-amber hue,. A decent haziness, frothy whitish head atop sticks around and laces well throughout. Aromas are firm and vibrant citrus, showing good grapefruit, lemon, and some pithy rind. Florals, grass, a bit resiny. Grapefruit juice and rind meet lemon, florals, and grass. Not complex, but by the book with flavors that flow well and work well together. Middle shows a sustained fruity hop presence, big citrus, some bready malt, soap and florals meet some decent resiny dryness in the back. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, a solid beer!

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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 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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Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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