Citraquench'l | Heist Brewery

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Brewed by:
Heist Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sometimes listed as Citra-Quench!-Al or Citraquintial

IPA brewed with Citra. Flooded with the unmistakeable aroma and flavor of Citra hops. Big tropical fruit accompanied by a smooth, dry finish. Hazy on purpose, delicious by intent.

65 IBU

Added by dvmin98 on 03-20-2016

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Reviews by Bosoxfan20:
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blown away by this IPA. It is easily a top 5 IPA for me. Orange julius with a crap ton of hops is what it seems like to me. This beer stood out at a share that included many of the great NE and west coast hops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dvmin98
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap a Salud in Charlotte. Look is murky and juicy. Smell is all citra hops. Taste is juicy, fruity, sweaty and delicious. Feel is perfect. This is the best IPA in North and South Carolina. Congrats guys.

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Photo of calderondo
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, Citraquench'l can hold its own against any IPA out there. After wrecking my palate with the likes of Tree House and Trillium, I'm ecstatic to finally see a world class IPA coming out of Charlotte. This is the best IPA I've had from the South East to date, can't wait to see this canned regularly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost completely opaque super murky burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit (juicy), citrus/orange, tropical/papaya, and tropical/passionfruit hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of biscuit malts with moderate amounts of caramel + grainy sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit (juicy), citrus/orange, tropical/papaya, and tropical/passionfruit hops which contribute lots of flavor but only a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a hint of slickness in the finish.

O: Delicious juicy NE style IPA, probably the best one I have had brewed here in NC. Really enjoyable, easy to drink, and a beer that I would be happy to enjoy regularly if I could get my hands on it. It took quite a while to get my hands on this beer and it was well worth the wait and stood up to the hype/demand.

Huge thanks to David at Gate City Growlers (my local spot) for sharing this can to me!

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Photo of Drbeerme
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Exceptional beer from these guys. Certainly one of the best IPA's I have had, EVER. Can't wait for these guys start canning some of their hops. I hope for everyone's sake that the NE style IPA lives forever because this brewery has found its calling and I have found my preference.

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Photo of abb610
4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing beer!!! Ive been fortunate to have had plenty of beers in the last couple of years from Treehouse, Trullium and the other heavy hitters coming out of the Northeast. I have fallen in love with the style and have had quite the itch that has needed to be scratched with the availability of these beers in NC. Holy shit!! Heist has given me the fix that i have so needed. All of their NE style beers have been incredible but Citraquenchal has been the best of them all!! The smell is all late, tropical hop additions that create this "hop dust meets orange juice" aroma that makes me want to quit drinking any other liquids in my life. The color is somewhere between orange juice and grapefruit juice. Just looking at the beer makes my mouth salivate. The taste is exactly what i want in an ipa. Pure, clean, light orange juice that was dry hopped with finely ground hop fairy dust with hardly a hint of bitterness. Is this even beer or is this what liquid viagra tastes like? Its hard to believe the ibu's in this beer still fall into an ipa classification. We did a tasting along side of Treehouse Julius and Bright and Citraquenchal was the best. They were all similar but the finish on yhe Citraquenchal was superior. I am so thankful to be able to enjoy these beers without having to give up beers that I had to wait in line for and pay twice as much per oz for. Thank you Heist for making my dreams come true!! The only reason why there arent 5's across the board is because I know Heist has yet to make their best IPA yet and I am saving those 2 fives for the "perfect beer".

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Photo of lupercmda
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with about a 1 inch foamy head. Great head retention. Smells of grapefruit. Taste is of pineapple and grapefruit with a nice mildly dry finish with a nice mile bitterness. Best IPA I have had from NC.

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Photo of Jamato14
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is without a doubt the best IPA that I can think of in NC, if not the south. Extremely hazy, hoppy, orange juice is the best description for it. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beta614
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour is very murky. Just like orange juice. Small head. Nice Lacing.

Amazing taste. Stood out above Treehouse, Vail and Lawson at a share.

Seek this one out.

Eric / Heist is doing amazing things!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At this point I had 3 cans of this over the last 3 weeks and am blown away by just how good this lasted. Hazy straw color with a burst of citrus aroma. Taste is smooth, juicy, bright, and balanced. One of the best IPA's I have had recently.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayGreezy
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmcurran
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of RC_Saunders
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong citra aroma and low bitterness. Super fruity and extremely cloudy. Great beer, love heist. Definitely one of the best breweries in Charlotte

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An okay ipa, EXTREMELY cloudy with aggressively tart citrus aromas.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can.
Loads of hop aroma and flavor emanate from a cloudy yellow body. Very good head. Moderate bitterness.

Overall: This IPA is an excellent showcase for Citra hops.

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Photo of avas
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 9/23/16. Consumed 9/29/16.

A: Fits the stylistic bill. This one comes in a super hazy, medium orange-gold color with about a finger of pillowy white head, which slowly dissipates and leaves thick rings of lacing on the glass. It's very turbid and pretty much entirely opaque, with an OJ-like appearance that I rarely get outside of Tree House, Trillium, and a few others. Really really enticing.

S: Lots of citrus and some underlying dank qualities. Up front, I get orange, grapefruit, and loads of sweet melon. Underneath that is a grassy green hop note that kinda reminds me of some west coast IPAs. Overall, it's not an explosively aromatic beer, but as it warms, the aroma does begin to pop more. For a 7.1% beer, it's smells damn good.

T: Straight citrus juice up front. TONS of orange and a ruby red grapefruit. Hints of more tropical fruits--pineapple and a bit of mango--but mostly a sweet citrus bomb on the initial taste. On the finish, I get a really nice pithy, bitter grapefruit and orange flesh note that combines with the sweet OJ up front to balance it out. Maybe a hint of green hops underneath it all, but definitely not to the extent that I get it on the nose. This is a phenomenal showcase of Citra's flavor profile.

M: Smooth as can be. It's soft while still providing a bit of effervescence on the tongue. In terms of weight, it's medium; not at that creamy level of Tree House IPAs in this range, but it definitely has some heft. There's a wonderful smack of pithy, citrus peel bitterness that hints on the back of the taste and perfectly balances out the sweet citrus flavors.

O: Wow, what an awesome first impression of Heist. After drinking a ton of Tree House, Grimm, and other NE-style beers over the past few weeks, I feel confident in stating that this one stands up to the best. At 7.1%, it's right in my personal ABV sweet spot. It packs a ton of hop flavor while retaining a drinkability that would--for better or for worse--enable me to drink a few of these consecutively. I love the bitter/sweet balance on the finish and the soft, delicate carbonation. If they could amp up the aroma a bit (to bring out some of those sweet citrus notes even more) and add a bit more creaminess to the mouthfeel, this would be up there with Julius, Congress St, etc. for sure. As it stands now, though, it's not far behind!

P.S. As I sip this more, I'm noticing a ton of similarities on both the flavor/aroma profile and the mouthfeel to Trillium's Headroom... Of course, it's thinner and not nearly as intense on the nose, but definitely a Headroom-lite!

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Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Citraquench'l from Heist Brewery
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 251 ratings