Citra High
MadTree Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #117
Ranked #1,014
4.32 | pDev: 8.56%
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
Citra HighCitra High
Notes: Explore new worlds of flavor as two American hops collide to create waves of tropically dank flavors
Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 274 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orangeish color, slightly hazy and thick head. Has a pleasant citrus aroma that's not too strong. Has an excellent malty character and citrus taste. Not too hoppy and smooth. Overall a unique blend of malts and hops.
Twelve ounce can dated 03/31/2021. Thanks to JZeilinger for sharing.

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass canned on 3/31/21. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace with excellent retention. 4.25

Aroma is tangerine, papaya, mango, apricot, and grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste follows tangerine, papaya, mango, apricot, and grapefruit really well balanced. 4.25

Mouthfeel is pretty big, plenty of carbonation but fairly creamy, slightly sticky but not dry, and at 9.5% ABV really easy going down. 4.5

Overall this is a really nice DIPA, East meets West tropical with some bitterness, really nice. Thanks jzeilinger for this one. 4.25

Apr 17, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3-31-21.

A - Medium amber orange color with thick, creamy white head resting on top with very sticky foam and light carbonation.

S - Candied tropical citrus aroma.

T - Sticky tropical fruit flavor: Mango, passion fruit, citrus, and sweet grapefruit.

M - Full bodied and oily with light, creamy carbonation.

O - Rock solid.

Apr 06, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 1/11/19 (1 month ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours bright honey colored amber with sticky off white head. The head recedes slowly to a cap and leaves plenty of spotty lacing. The aroma is candied orange, tangerine, grapefruit and lemon. The taste is semisweet caramel with a firm hop bitterness and a vague citrus and piney flavor. A little alcohol is present in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. There is a decent stickiness to this beer that is to be expected in a DIPA. Overall, very good.

Edit: I drank my second can a day later and it was definitely better. The can that I originally reviewed was not quite down to fridge temp and it had a few rough edges. Scores were updated.

Feb 12, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a tulip. Canned 05/17/18.

Pours hazy amber with a big head and moderate carbonation. Smell is citra and resin.

Taste is fruity and bittersweet. Boozy.

Mouthfeel is thick -- maybe even luscious. Overall, very nice beer.

Jul 12, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this at the brewery. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a nice lace. The scent had citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a excellent beer.

Jul 05, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden sttaw with a thin, creamy, white head. Lots of lacing.
Great, candied citrus smell with melon, pineapple, citrus.
Taste follows nose with awesome malt balance. Slight spice, not overly dank.
This is an incredibly smooth character. One of the best beers i have had in a while!

Jun 24, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my frequent complaints about citra hopped AIPAs is that they could be sweeter (and thus have more alcohol). This one put that experiment to the test.

It pours a dirty golden with fine bubbles. The aroma is clean, for the most part, with a little funky hops undertone. The taste is very big - thick and sweet under a big bitter, with a very boozy, hoppy bitter aftertaste. It's almost too much.

So the experiment I wanted someone to try, yields a huge bomb of a brew. I swear I'm feeling dizzy off a few sips.


May 25, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In high celebration of the sexiest hop on the planet, the brewers at MadTree slather a strong and hoppy beer with the perfume, taste and bitterness of the Citra hops for a recipe that's sure to exude excellence.

Citra High pours a deep amber haze that's topped with a creamy off white froth. The promised scent of citronella brings tangerine, grapefruit and tropical scents to the forefront with a quick follow of herb, hemp and grass. Honey, caramel and cashew align for the malty sweet taste of graham cracker.

And then the hops explode on the middle palate as the sweetness starts to lift and the radiant character of Citra hops deliver a wallop of mandarin orange, clementine, red grapefruit, mango and passionfruit to the tastebuds. Fresh spruce, grass clippings and a collection of botanical herbs round the finish with lemon verbena, cannabis and sassafras fragrant spices in tow.

Medium bodied and trending dry and bitter as the taste moves along, the finish is crisp, clean and refreshing despite the beer's impressive strength. A long and bitter aftertaste is spicy, grassy and pleasantly dank for a session that suggests a high rate of drinkability and deceptively smooth.

Dec 04, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off white head. Deep honey in color. Nose is a piney resinous hoppy goodness. The taste hides the high Abv. Be very careful as this raft drinking ipa will lay you out quick.

Dec 03, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge beer that’s somehow easy on the palate and smooth throughout. Growler filled over the weekend and enjoyed on Wednesday.

Copper hue with a puffy head that subsided but never completely disappeared.

Zesty, spicy hops followed by an intense citrus and pine combo. Thick aroma with a loft of heft.

Taste is pith, earthy, spicy, grapefruit and orange zest. Citrusy and bitter but not pungent or fruit forward. Slightly sweet malt speaks to the weight of the beer - for all the hops slugging it out with your palate there is a sturdy malt backbone.

Thick and chewy but real easy drinking; finishes dry and crisp with a resinous coating.

Nov 23, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/9/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy deep golden with a fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some sweet sticky fruit along with some mild hints of caramel. Sweet malts are there. Hints of grapefruit and orange. The flavors have a nice amount of citrus. More grapefruit and orange. Malts do their thing. Solid bitterness. Subtle alcohol warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA. Maybe I was personally expecting the citra hops to come off as more intense due to this being a highly regarded example of the style, but it's still a nice use of hops. Nice citrus flavors. It's nothing too crazy, but it's still enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all.

Nov 20, 2017
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tjwarren from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sorry. I couldn’t find anything wrong. Fresh, raw, bitter. This is a Heady Topper clone. I find Heady to be a tad more herbal and a little heavier on grapefruit but this is extremely enjoyable. So drinkable. It just disappears at 9.5% and 120ibu. Fantastic.

Nov 16, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives hazy with a deep amber almost burnt orange color; the head fades to a film but leaves plenty of sticky lacing

Smell: Pineapple and grapefruit, with a discernible impact from the alcohol in the aroma

Taste: Pineapple and grapefruit forward with citrusy bitterness building; assertively bitter, after the swallow, with some boozy biscuit elements in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A little boozier than I like but all crafted in a west coast way

Nov 01, 2017
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m1k3g3tz from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my absolute favorite DIPA ... cans are good, growler fills from the local store better, fills from the brewery are best.
wish this was a year-round brew ...

Sep 18, 2016
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful honey orange with a thick white head that last forever and laces great. Smell is boozy, dank and tropical hop. Taste is citrus, tropical, juicy and dank. Velvet smooth, coating, alcohol heat definitely there and slightly dry. This was as good as you can get for me on a high abv IPA. I'm not a fan of the booze with hops but this is as well done as you can get for me.

Sep 09, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down the best IPA I've had this summer. A whopper of hoppy, citrus flavor. Beautiful color. Perfect foam and body. It's tropical. It's citrus. It's hoppy. It's juicy. It's fresh (at least mine was). Slight notes of alcohol are present, but at 10.20 percent I believe they are quite well hidden. I would've guessed it was in the 7 percent range. A wonderful presentation of the citra hop.

Aug 12, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a huge citrusy and hoppy DIPA that has a strong malt backbone to handle all of the citra. A big body that coats the palate. I definitely prefer this over the Galaxy High although both are very good beers. I can't wait to try more Mad Tree brews

Jun 18, 2016
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brenlinn from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another killer in the MadTree "high" series. Right up there with Galaxy and Mosaic. I would put this beer up against any other IPA out there. Rich color, thick foam full of citrus smell. Great job

May 30, 2016
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Nordbier from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another juicy hop bomb from MadTree.

A - Opaque. Not orange juice cloudy, but a pleasantly myopic, dark, golden hue.

S - Huge, sweet, juicy aroma.

T - Taste follows the aroma more or less. The excellent hop notes sit astride a somewhat disappointing, cloying malt backbone.

M - Mouthfeel is the only place where this beer falters in my opinion. The sweetness of the malt leaves something of an unpleasant, cloying aftertaste that somehow manages to overwhelm the bitterness of the beer's hoppy finish.

O - Excellent DIPA. I look forward to seeing this series continued and refined.

Nov 12, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer has a lot of citra on the nose. The citra practically overwhelms the Simcoe but I have no issue with that. The malt bill works extremely well with this beer giving it a sweet finish to go along with a subdued bitterness. I couldn't taste the alcohol in this making it scary drinkable.

Nov 02, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-review. The first time I had it the beer was fairly old. 6/1/16 stamped can this time

It is a cloudy/foggy gold with a white foamy head. Decent lacing. Great retention.

Surprise, lots of citrus. Smells stongly of ripe tropical fruit, but there I would say it is actually malt forward. Very grainy. It smells like a mash tun before hopping.

Tastes much the same. Passion fruit, musty melon, red grapefruit, and mandarin orange up front. Definitely spicey and popping. Some subtle bittering. I really like the malt base, which seems to take over to an exten. The alcohol is fairly noticeable. Not as boozy as Galaxy high though. I guess at almost 11% that is expected.

Nice body. A tad sticky. Still easy drinking for a big beer though. This is where it is better than Galaxy.

Excellent beer. I still think I like Galaxy High more, but this one seems to go down easier.

Nov 01, 2015
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goldenbooter from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Imperial IPA. Lighter in color. Nice head that dissolves quickly. Sweeter taste than its counterpart in Galaxy High. Smells of citrus. Doesn't feel that it is a 10.2% beer.

Oct 06, 2015
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Realbeerguy from Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at GABF 2015

Golden Cooper pour, nice aroma and great citra hop flavor. I love the well blended malty backbone that complements the Citra hops citrusy/piney finish. Also very drinkable for an 10.2%-er!

Oct 01, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber with golden highlights. It is topped with several inches of sticky, off-white head.

I get different smells from the can and the glass. The can gives of aromas of tropical fruity goodness. The glass smell more dank and serious.

There is a lot of tropical and citrus fruit with a resinous finish.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a beer that I loved on tap and really liked canned. Of course, this is not a fresh can, so take that for what it's worth. Regardless, it is a great IPA.

Jul 03, 2015
Citra High from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 274 ratings