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.

Added by emerge077 on 11-15-2012

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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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Photo of Josh012012
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for me.. what set this one one apart from the many other IPA was its super balanced sweet honey like malt was not necessarily a perfect expression of the citra hop... it is for more of a nice well balanced beer with some Citra hops.more like a better version Of 90 min ipa... less like kern river citra or pseudo sue.

for whatever it's worth my bottle was also about a month old and it seemed to have more hop flavor at a warmer temperature

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Photo of aleigator
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to Charlie for the bottle!

Yields a clear, dark orange color, with a bubbly, slim head.

The aromas are much sweeter than I expected, with ripe peach and mango, accompanied by dough malts, crowned by a whiff of zingy lemon. Malts support the sun ripened fruit character by providing a distinct biscuit quality. The hops push even a little further, adding red apple peel to the nose, together with glazed tangerine.

Tastes of sweeter malts, balancing the more and more noteable fruity hops, evoking flavors of peach, orange and tangerine. Slightly prickly, juicy peaches get accompanied by grassy citrus, adding a little twist to the sappy hops. Drinks very smooth, with a well fitting carbonation, and a prominent resinous, honeyed impact, enhancing the luscious character of the brew. A distinct biscuity malt sweetness is the harbinger for a citraic, dry bitterness, leaving a slick, slightly fruity aftertaste back on the palate.

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

Really good with sweet citra hop taste. But, at over $10 a 22 oz bottle, it's hard to justify this over local neighbor Anti-Hero to me. 6 of those for $10, compares to over $30 for Citra. I just don't see it worth the price, even for a DIPA. Glad I tried it, but not worth the hassle of tracking it down. Not even sure it's better than Ninja vs Unicorn.

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

L - Deep orange with a thin white head. heavy lacing and syrupy legs
S - Candied orange peel, with a touch of musky dank
T - Dank up front, opening up to a bright citrus burst with sweeter malts and a soft bitterness to finish
F - A touch prickly and over-carbed. Heavier malt backbone

Overall, a solid DIPA. Softer hop bitterness which I prefer. Not as pronounced aroma as I would like, but sill very much worth tracking down

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a fresh bottle on Christmas Eve 2014. I was impressed, light and refreshing and less cloudy than a lot of their beers. I enjoyed it as I do most stuff by PW

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Photo of dknutsen
2/5  rDev -54%

A: Dark. Really dark. Burnt orange. The whole time I was thinking that this was a joke and that it was some sort of imperial amber or red ale. Did I mention this is dark?

S: There's some of that citra smell that we all know and love, and then there's the cereal. If Kellog's made hop cereal, I bet this is what it would smell like. My sense of foreboding about this ninja is increasing...

T: I'll be honest, not good. It's just so damn malty. It's like the first time you do homebrew and you taste the wort and you imagine how this could be a beer but you have to work at it because it's just malt. Sure, there's some citrus and fruit but it's buried DEEP in an underwater malt canyon with no hope of recovery.

M: thick and a little syrupy like you'd expect given the above. Of course it wouldn't matter if the mouthfeel was a full on erotic mouth massage, the mouthfeel can't make up for the taste.

O: I was so excited to try this beer, so excited to finally try some Pipeworks, and I really really wanted to like it. I'm into the Pipeworks "thing": the experimentation, the small batches and the crazy art and so on. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed with this beer and very confused about the high rating here. This is unlike any DIPA I've ever had, and not in the good way. I couldn't even finish it. It's just so absurdly malty. DISCLAIMER: it's possible my experience was partly ruined because I drank this with some friends right after drinking a phenomenal citra single hop (Revolution Citra Hero) but even ignoring that this would not ever be a beer I'd want to try again. Ever.

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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 macher0
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%

Thanks to brentlepping for the share.

This pours rich amber deep copper color with a minimal head. The nose is huge on the citrus. Major notes of pineapple, mango, orange peel and grapefruit. The taste amazingly follows the nose. No pine resin translation with a huge citrus profile which is very unique. A fairly large malt backbone. High carbonation, moderate body and full body.

This is definitely a double. I love the way the citrus nose translates to the taste. It's a little malt heavy for my absolute preference which is certainly a factor in my score but this is better than most top shelf DIPAs.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

22 oz bottle batch 535/536 ...just released this week FRESH

A- Hazy orange with thin white head
S- WOW, starts to hit you right away with tropical fruit. Mango, peach, nectarine, citrus.
T- Again, amazing. Citrus zest/peel. Juicy.
M- Thin to medium. Easy drinking.

O- This is one amazing IIPA (9.5%). If you like the tropical fruit juiciness, this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Sticker on the bottle says 09/05/14.

A- Pours a reddish amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Wonderful citrus hop aroma with a nice sweet malt backing.

T- Hop flavor comes in and is followed by a moderate bitterness plus that sweet malt really rounds everything out so well. Kind of reminds me of a hoppy red ale. Very smooth for the ABV as I would never guess this is 9.5%

M- Quite oily and slightly sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- What I admire about Pipeworks' IPAs is that they're somehow able to pack a whole lot of hop flavor into the beer without there being an abundant amount of bitterness. Outstanding.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.25/5  rDev -48.3%

Batch 503/504 (less than a month from the brew date)

So far from a world-class, top 250 beer it makes me sad. Malt bomb, none of that Citra deliciousness you want.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber, batch # dates this at Sept 4th or 5th.

A: Orange body, heavy haze.. 2 finger head with good retention.

S: Unmistakably Citra in the nose. Tropical fruit notes, a little bit of freshly cut grass. Some malt in there as well. The hop aroma isn't as intense as some of my favorite IIPAs, but it's nice.

T: Follows the nose, no surprises here. The 9.5% comes through a little bit.

M: Syrupy, a fair amount of heat from the high ABV.

O: I've been wanting to try this beer for a couple years now. It's a good double IPA, but doesn't hold a candle to another Citra hopped double IPA like Surly's Abrasive. I think it would be better if they brought the ABV down a bit to 8-9%. Hope this was just an off batch, would like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of NappyB
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%

Outsatanding Imperial IPA. I've had several great beers from Pipeworks and I'd have to say this is the best. All of their IPA's are definitely worth seeking out. Ultra smooth hoppiness and complexity. Absolutely as good as it gets !

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Citra from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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