C!tra | Liberty Brewing

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Brewed by:
Liberty Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mulder1010 on 04-17-2012

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Teku.

Old gold colour, white foam on top fades quickly to half a finger and leaves a little lacing.

Smells more dank to start with then when I've had this previously. Still lots of grapefruit and pineapple as the dankness recedes. Fruit salad mix there as well. Still its the best smelling hoppy beer from this hemisphere.

Grapefruit taste with a little orange and pineapple. Decent amount of malt coming through as well.

Full bodied. Seems to interchange between bitter and sweet very well. Certainly doesn't give away its higher abv much.

Always a joy to drink. Liberty do hoppy pale ales and the various derivations very well. Could easily demolish this in 15 mins or could sit on it and appreciate the lovely aroma for far longer.

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Photo of nztayls
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Marc280
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't get the head and retention that other people are saying they had.... I'd say it has a light copper colour, but the real thing that gets me I'd the smell. I live it! Very strong (plesent) hops aroma. The hops provide the perfect balance to the alcohol (9%). There is a delicious citrus flavour, and all over I think my new favourite beer!

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Photo of spicelab
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Hashigo Zake

Unlike my last bottle, this has a crazy brown-green yeasty gunk in the neck. Will it affect the beer?

Lightish apricot, moderately hazed, with a large but not especially firm white head. Falls over a couple of minutes with specks of lace to a raised ring.

If ever fruit salad was an apt description, this aroma is it. Succulent tropical fruits abound. Guava, passionfruit, melons, candied lemon and grapefruit. The fruitiness is leavened by a perfumy floral bite and garlicky sweatiness. Some yeasty doughiness in there, which seems to impart sweetness - struggling to identify where the malt's at at this point. Plain wild. You don't want to stop smelling it.

More syrupy, juicy tropical hops, blunted somewhat by a strong herbal bitterness. Orange and grapefruit come through almost completely intact.

Medium bodied, with relatively discreet carbonation and mild boozy buzziness across the palate. Falls into moderate back-palate bitterness. Given its presence everywhere else, it's almost reserved and unexceptional for a IIPA

Scorching stuff. A benchmark charismatic IIPA. Nuff said.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChuckTom
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy pale amber (9) with thick 2 finger white foam that reduces to a good cap; good lace. Grapefruit nose at first turns to grassy hop then slightly earthy hop the longer the beer sits in the glass. Grapefruit juice with subtle caramel foundation, some tropical fruit (mango), with bitter hop finish. Medium lite mouthfeel with zippy medium plus carbonation, and a little warming. Overall outstanding, nice blend of citrus/tropical flavors and even a little alcohol bite in the bitter linger. Well done.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mulder1010
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my GF for bringing back some Liberty for me on her last trip to Auckland.

750 ML bottle with the very odd ZORK bottle cap. Supposed to be resealable. OK

A-- Poured a hazy,dark orange copper color. Two finger white head that dropped to film and held it's own well through drinking. Good head retention through swirling and good spotty lacing.

S-- Flat out insane. Big fruit salad notes. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange marmalade. Very similar to Zombie Dust in the nose but a bigger carmel bodied nose. Very powerful nose.

T-- Ripe bitter orange, grapefruit and pine. Slightly sweet and well balanced.

M-- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very well balanced. Slightly oily in the mouth and does finish dry. Not overly sweet and not overly bitter. Just well done.

O-- 9%? Really. Drank more like a 6% beer. Well hidden ABV and just a remarkable beer. On par with the best US DIPA's. Not a lot of hype as this is a hard bottle to catch unless in NZ but there should be.

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Photo of SAChubb
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crikey! This is quite something.

Pale copper colour, with a fairly pungent, grassy hops aroma. The flavour is dominated by an intense green tea astringency, but with the benefit of plenty of tropical fruit, citrus, passionfruit, pine resin and pale malt flavours making it a complex brew with plenty of impact. The balance of the astringency and the sweet fruitiness makes you keep coming back for more, despite the full hops assault on the taste buds.


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Photo of lisagirl
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of life_of_agony
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dansmcd
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ADZA
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A massive thanks goes out to MrKennedy for this Bday present your the man and ive never heard of this before so its more than a pleasant suprise and pours a murky apricot hue which leaves a nice creamy two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is wow wow wow i never give anything a score this high usually for smell unless it really stands out and this one clearly does with aromas of pineapple,orange orchard,freshly torn lemon leaves,mandarins,lychee,bubblegum and mangoes it really is a beautiful use of the hop,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and could be a little thicker and the taste is fruit salad,pineapple,oranges,mangoes,sherbet,bubblegum,kiwi fruit and finished with a nice lime bitterness and overall i really like this drop and have to go and shake up my local to see if they can get it in and am very interested to try the rest of their range as this is something you have to try even if just for the smell cheers.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBadger0289
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of heygeebee
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No BB.

With many thanks to mulder1010. Most generous.

Pours a one finger dense off white head, which fades quickly. Gold body. Further note on 'appearance' is some green/grey yeasty sludge attached to the underside of the Zork cork. Took a little ingenuity to remove from inside of neck of bottle.

Sweet-ish aromas of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple but then some... amazing aromas for a single hop.

Taste is citrus and oh so smooth, not particularly hop dominated. Good malt backbone, balance is everything!!! Complex and integrated. Interesting sweet aftertaste notes linger

Mouthfeel just right smooth medium bodied. Does not indicate a 9% and I could myself damage on this stuff.

Well made beer! Especially given use of single hop. I think Citra suits single hops IPAs a whole lot better than some other hops I have found - Liberty onto a winner here.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danieelol
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Platinum Liquor.

Pours a chrome colour with nice head and real nice looking lacing.

Smell is potently citric. Lots of guava and tropical flavours ride out on a great malt backdrop. Very well integrated, reminiscent of highly regarded (and fresh) US (D)IPAs. The hop profile reminded me a little bit of Stone's Enjoy By, but I actually think it's better balanced in this beer.

Taste is kinda like...a big citrus bomb...an eminently drinkable tangello and orange, with more tropical flavour. Exceedingly crushable. Goes down like a tropical nectar. Often I complain about sweetness in beers- there's a sweetness to it but it seems perfectly poised- it's present at the front but largely gone by the back, which make it more drinkable. Also the sweetness excellently balances the moderate and not unpleasant alcohol, and hop bitterness. Decently bodied, clash of tropical fruits, malt and bitterness.

This would have to be the best Southern Hemisphere DIPA I've had by a substantial margin. This could compete against the big boys. Alcohol is excellently concealed also.

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bright golden hue with a slight hop haze. Tight offwhite head. Good head retention.

Intensely hoppy aroma. Quite citrusy but also a ton of earthy notes. Good.

Massive bitterness and malt. Nice citrus. Lots of alcohol. Well built.

Medium full body with moderate carb. Good.

A very good IIPA. The hips are a little smart but it works well.

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C!tra from Liberty Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 23 ratings