Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA
Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPACitra Slicker Wet Hop IPA
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Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
American IPA
Ranked #312
Ranked #5,337
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Oct 30, 2022
Oct 02, 2014
Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPACitra Slicker Wet Hop IPA
Notes: Collaboration with Cloudburst Brewing

Each hop harvest, the big city brewers from Cloudburst Brewing make the trek from downtown Seattle over the Cascades to team up with the farm brewers from Bale Breaker to brew Citra® Slicker Wet Hop IPA, a fresh hop beer that was first brewed in 2014 with then-owner of Elysian Brewing, Dick Cantwell. While it takes the Cloudburst team over two hours to get to Bale Breaker, the hundreds of pounds of wet Citra® hops picked fresh from the fields travel just four minutes from farm to kettle. Heavily dry-hopped, while light in color and body, this beer is all about these fresh, farm-grown hops!
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane, WA, for $3.99.

Poured into a the glass, this was a clear golden amber color, with a thick and creamy looking off-white head. Lots of lace.

Tropical fruits and grapefruit-like hop aromas.

Slightly bitter grapefruity flavor up front, followed almost immediately by bright mango, peach and melon flavors. Lightly dry at the swallow, where a tart, spicy, rhindy bitterness returns.

Medium bodied, with a oily, resiny mouth feel.

Nice Citra hopped freshie. Old school WCIPA with a comparatively new school hop. I could drink this all day.
Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Clear golden amber brew with piles of fine-grained foam in the big Stout glass. Inviting slushy carbonation on the tongue. Modest aroma is more herbal with a whiff of evergreens. Starts with a touch of malty sweetness, and a mix of fruit and pine.

Resiny bitter aftertaste, and it does trail off into stemmy astringency. This would be an interesting hoppy brew if it wasn't so austere and just plain bitter without more aromatic rewards.. From the 16 oz can. Dated SEPT 28 21 and maybe the fresh hops just evaporated.
Dec 29, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by DOCRW from Washington

Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pint canned on 9.28.21, opened 10.31.21-Halloween!

Brewers notes: Each hop harvest, the big city brewers from Cloudburst Brewing make the trek from downtown Seattle over the Cascades to team up with the farm brewers from Bale Breaker to brew Citra® Slicker Wet Hop IPA, a fresh hop beer that was first brewed in 2014 with then-owner of Elysian Brewing, Dick Cantwell. While it takes the Cloudburst team over two hours to get to Bale Breaker, the hundreds of pounds of wet Citra® hops picked fresh from the fields travel just four minutes from farm to kettle. Heavily dry-hopped, while light in color and body, this beer is all about these fresh, farm-grown hops!

Can received by and poured into a teku from @snaotheus associated with Bif14

Clear golden liquid , active carbonation streams , one finger frothy white foam cap , settles to a pencil thick layer

Aroma is citrus orange

Taste is fresh, wet hop, orange citrus, earthy, pine finish

Sudsy mouthfeel , gentle hop bitterness nibbles on the finish

Good beer
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can from Uptown Market.

A clear light orange with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is bright and hoppy, with citrus, perfumey, floral hops, with a moderate gooseberry character. Minimal malt. The palate opens bright, clean, soft and redolent, with a blend of citrus, floral notes, gooseberry and mild melon. Shockingly, there's not a ton of fresh hop character. Drying, light , bitter on the finish.
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours a beautiful clear golden orange color with a creamy white head that provides ample lacing. Literally the definition of a WCIPA by its appearance in the glass. The nose is packed with Dan citrus notes, primarily ripe tangerine and a bit of grapefruit rind for bitterness.

The tangerine leads the taste, very dank and juicy, and the grapefruit rind is prominent on the finish, providing a welcome bitterness that works really well with the tangerine. Delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is medium and very dry. This is, for me, just about a perfect wet hop WCIPA. Fantastic stuff.
Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 4.05 by Scotchboy from Idaho

Oct 11, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16oz can served in a big snifter. Packaged SEP2821.

Pours a clear brassy gold with a medium sized head and a small amount of active carbonation. Smell is dank, honeysuckle, wet greens.

Taste is also dank, dark fruity, maybe honeydew. Moderate resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, very effervescent. Overall, nice beer.

Packaged SEP2922. Basically fits the description from last year, I think.
Oct 06, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by picoFarad from Oregon

Nov 19, 2020
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Oct 16, 2020
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Reviewed by redresonatedragon from Washington

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
An effervescent sip of roasted pineapple rising into a prickly pine bough, plenty of bitter linger balanced with an earthy sweet malt. I also love those garlicky undertones, this was one of this summer’s favorites for me
Oct 05, 2020
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can (canned 9/24/2020) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear golden/straw color with a 1-finger loose white head.

Aroma is somewhat muted hops, not the citrusy burst I was hoping for. There's Citra, but I'm also detecting some Simcoe and/or Centennial. According to Bale Breaker's description of this beer, I am mistaken about this.

Taste is a blend of clean pale malt and bright Citra hops. Plenty of citrus juice, orange and grapefruit with some lively pineapple acidity that tingles on the palate. Finishes nicely bitter but not resinous.

Mouthfeel is balanced, medium bodied, with a good clean finish. Fresh water.

Overall a solid fresh hop IPA. Perhaps not my favorite from the season, but certainly worth trying.
Oct 04, 2020
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Look: Aggressive pour yields a nice, light orange-copper with a 2-finger head that subsides to 1-finger with good lacing
Aroma: Whoa – awesome. Orange, grapefruit, watermelon, slight grass/almost lemongrass, hints of pineapple with bready notes in the background
Taste: Huge citrus fruit medley with immense up-front herbal and grassiness that screams wet hops. Good, solid crackery malt backbone and dry to very dry finish – damn this is good
Mouthfeel: Great, almost perfect to me for what it is – smooth, slightly oily from the wet hops but not too slick (pun intended) or lingering
Overall: A winner here. I’ve been pumped to try this for a couple years now and it did not disappoint. One if the best fresh hop/wet hop beers I’ve had this year (and ever) and that coming from the land of the spoils for this type of beer (wet/fresh hopped). I just burped while finishing my notes and it tasted like pure lemon/grapefruit/orange peel. Outstanding.
May 30, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a bit of visible carbonation along with faint hints of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries and limes are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by the flavors of fresh hops, particularly those of gooseberries. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes fresh and I liked all the aromas and flavors of gooseberries from the Citra hops.

Serving type: can
Jan 17, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Crowler from Growler Guys. Clear, bright golden pour, soft foamy white head. Full, heady hoppy aroma and taste, light resiny notes. Clean and crisp. Pretty damn good.
Jan 07, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Roadking1979 from Indiana

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by smithj4 from New York

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by MjBrewhouse from Idaho

Nov 07, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Quite a dank imperial IPA with good flavors and aromas. No date printed on can. Pours a darker golden color with a little fluffy white head and scant lingering lacing. Smells of strong ripe fruity hops, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. Also some strong piney hops, malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, good depth and balance, very nice strong bitter bite. Faint sweeter malt backbone in the distance. Smooth, slightly sticky, mild mouthfeel that coated the palate, good carbonation. An enjoyable beer.
Nov 03, 2019
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Rated by Nova69 from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Very good beer, nice citra flavor and hop....not a beer I could do multiple one after the other, but a nice afternoon beer
Oct 22, 2019
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look- Gold, clear, above average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Dank, citrus, slightly resin.

Taste- Dank, earthy, citrus, prickly, resin.

Look- Thin body, average carbonation, astringent finish.
Oct 18, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
pretty special stuff right here, done in collaboration with the now famous cloudburst, its a a citra focused wet hop brew, and its one of my favorites in the category so far this fall, and its been a great year for wet hop beer, living in the northwest now! its a killer beer, and i while i have been critical of citra as a varietal in single hop contexts before, i think that doesnt really apply when its wet hops, this seems pretty full spectrum to me, a little more vegetal and green than citra normally is, and a little more assertive and oily as well, this is quite robust for a hop i usually associate as having a somewhat softer range. i get a few different notes off it in nose and taste too, although its still obviously citra. oddly some ripe peach in this, floral honey, hash oil, and fresh lemon zest. there is some bitterness here, but its predictably light. the body has some weight from the oiliness, but the malt is basic, maybe a little honey malt, but its all pale barley to me, fermented close to dry. the intensity of the aroma makes my mouth water, the flavor delivers on the promise of citra glory, and every sip of the pint is fully appreciated. really fantastic specimen here, but i expected that with these two breweries getting together! dont miss this while its around!
Oct 16, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of mildly caramel malt, citrus hops, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and a spot of dankness. Flavor is pale malt with a little biscuit, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, light pine. Starts somewhat mild, but the hops build in flavor and intensity into a nice citrus rind and lightly dank bitter finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. It's been a while since I had a new Bale Breaker IPA and it's worth the wait. Good fresh hop character, the hops seem a little more complex than straight Citra, but that hop's character is dominant. Lots of herbal flavor and and does taste fresh. Another reason to love this time of year.
Oct 06, 2019
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
16oz can poured into 11oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with an inch of fluffy, white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

A huge blast of hops came out of the can, extremely hoptastical. Just a light bit of grain showed through for a touch of contrast.

Same on the tongue, a freight train of hops, with just enough malt to give nice support.

The body was medium-light, smooth, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was great, you could easily knock back a few of these.

Overall, a great example of Fresh Hop magic. A must try if you see it.
Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 4 by cherche from Washington

Dec 06, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by jakecattleco from California

Oct 18, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by rab53 from Washington

Oct 17, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Oct 09, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by DamienI from Washington

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by EdwardAbbey from Washington

Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by Minnesota_beer_guy from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by Adamostella from Washington

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Hop_God from California

Oct 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Topped by a nice, creamy white head--holy curtains Batman!--the body is a clear amber-gold.

Smell is spicy with black pepper, herbs, pine, cracker, and spiced orange.

Taste is cracker, grapefruit, pine, with hints of wood and rug, leaning bitter.

Crisp with a nice froth, it's a little prickly, yet smooth, with a semi-dry finish.
Oct 11, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by HopBroker from Washington

Nov 15, 2016
Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 58 ratings