Citra High
MadTree Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #122
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,032
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
276
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MadTree Brewing
 
Ohio, United States
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SCORE
95
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Citra HighCitra High
Notes: Explore new worlds of flavor as two American hops collide to create waves of tropically dank flavors
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 276 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. Nice golden-amber color with a couple fingers of creamy white head. The beer is slightly clear with just a touch of haze. The nose really cranks out those wonderful citrus notes of oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and over-ripe peaches.

Medium-full body with a very smooth, creamy feel and a wallop of a hoppy bite. Brief biscuity notes up front with a hint of marmalade before the hops take over. Tons of grapefruit, mandarin orange, and rye-like pepperiness march across your palate, but there's plenty of malt to provide balance and body. The beer has quite a nice feel to it, coating your mouth with all that oily, hoppy goodness and providing a lasting finish. I get no booziness at all with this beer, but I do get loads of hops and a return of that marmalade-like sweetness on the finish. Very dry and appetizing, yet extremely drinkable.

I find that the body of Citra single-hop beers tends to be a bit on the thin side (Zombie Dust excluded, of course). None of that here. This stuff is like concentrated Zombie Dust. I'm surprised I don't see bits of hop leaf floating around the glass (and I wouldn't object if I did). I just wish MadTree would start canning their IIPAs like Galaxy High and THIS. I would love to be able to share them with my trading partners in something other than a growler. This is a really, really good IIPA.

Oct 27, 2014
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

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

Finally in cans; dated 4/27/15, consumed 4/30. The citrusy nose signals serious hops ahead, but they aren't there. It's not terribly hoppy, and the finish is smooth and drops off the table. Given that it clocks in at 10.2% that could be scary by the end of a 4-pack.

May 01, 2015
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

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

Exceptional DIPA. The alcohol bite, although not overpowering, is noticeable. The brew bursts with flavor and aroma. I have not yet tried their Galaxy High, but am now eager with anticipation. Mad Tree continues to show it is one of the preeminent brewers in the region.

May 08, 2015
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Chris33 from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

canned on 4/27, drinking 4/30.
If danky grapefruit wasn't a flavor or a scent... it is now. This stuff is delicious.

May 01, 2015
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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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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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jeremy3311 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 22, 2015
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Steve_Trick from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 19, 2015
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 15, 2018
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PassMeAZima from Kentucky

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

May 08, 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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glass_house from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 29, 2018
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09robejo from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%

Dec 12, 2014
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Zekenyce from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 23, 2015
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paulish from New York

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

Jul 12, 2018
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Enochase04 from Ohio

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

May 12, 2015
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AFchino from Ohio

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

Oct 24, 2015
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look - golden Amber hazy color with a sticky tan head and lacing, just like the Galaxy!
Smell - a lot of citrus hops and a great malt backbone... Orange, grapefruit and slight lemon
Taste - just like the smell. Great citrus bitter hops and a malty balance. Has a tart bitterness to it. So Dank!
Feel - medium full body with a medium light crisp carbonation
Overall - really enjoy this beer, incredible. Great balance!

Oct 13, 2014
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knicks19947 from New York

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

Jun 29, 2015
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Gaddabble from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 17, 2018
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wellsnb from Ohio

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

Sep 08, 2016
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RBuckley73 from Nevada

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

May 25, 2015
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devilfluff from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 09, 2015
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Sinzanasti from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 09, 2015
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TheOakKing from New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 01, 2015
Citra High from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 276 ratings