Citra Clencher | BuckleDown Brewing

Citra ClencherCitra Clencher
73 Ratings
Citra ClencherCitra Clencher

Brewed by:
BuckleDown Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gmendez1122 on 07-22-2014

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by NewGlarusFan:
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Served from tap in a tulip glass at Bigby's Pour House - Rolling Meadows.

Haven't had a chance to grab a BuckleDown brew since a bachelor party at Haymarket last summer, so I had to grab a pint here (and all the better, considering this one has 16 ratings without a single review...real helpful, guys...). It pours a mostly clear amber-brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light Sunny D, light leek, mild biscuit, and a few kisses of pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, the hops surprisingly not overpowering my tongue (a usual occurrence when it comes to Citra-heavy brews). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, nothing incredibly special or head-turning, but I'd drink another.

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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark hazy copper color with a 2 finger off-white head. The head slowly dissipates leaving a nice sticky lacing along the top.

Smell is a formidable burst of tropical fruits, citrus and citra hop aromas. Bit of alcohol undertones come through as well, but not distracting.

Taste was a bit of a disappointment here - it just didn't live up to the big smell. The hops are rather subdued and the tropical and citrus flavors are not very strong. Bit of a piney resinous aftertaste with mild bitterness. This is a very balanced brew between the hops and the malts, but given the smells I was expecting a bit more from the hops. The flavors hide the BAV well at first, but as it warms up, you start to get a boozy alcoholic taste coming through. Doesn't really cover that ABV all that much.

Moderate carbonation gives this brew a nice feel. There is some heft to the brew, but its still smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Nice offering from BuckleDown. Although I personally found the taste to be a bit disappointing, there is something to be said for a more reserved DIPA. Plenty of hop bombs to go around, but not as many like this. Even so, there is just something too reserved about the hop flavors.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Citra Clencher is alive and well at hay market. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that left a nice lace. The scent was a disappointment as the pine and citus flare from citra hop was lacking. The taste was evenly balanced with good pine like bitterness at the finish. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall ot is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slighty rusty copper with a plump head of creamy white foam.

Noticeable aroma of Citra hops, but not in your face. Orange, grapefruit, and slight tropical notes.

Grapefruit, guava, orange, and slightly resinous.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, resinous, bitter, citrusy and slightly tropical.

Overall, definitely not your average beer here, a few tweaks and I think BuckleDown could have something amazing.

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Photo of iamtimanderson
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft: Poured a pale blonde color ale with a light foamy head. Aroma of citrusy and light tropical hops is offset by some cereal malt notes. Taste is a mix of cereal notes with some light citrusy hops with light floral fruity notes. Body is average with good carbonation. Not bad but appears they are not getting as much flavours form Citra as I had expected.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce can dated 08/08/16 and stamped Citra on the bottom with the date.

Look- Pours a nearly transparent dark gold with a generous finger of white foam.

Smell- Very floral like a bouquet of flowers, along with passionfruit, grapefruit and a tease of malt in the back.

Taste- Once again I'm getting floral notes up front followed by grapefruit, pineapple, a hint of passionfruit and some malt in the finish.

Feel- Resiny hop oil with a bitter but somewhat slick finish. It must be that malt backbone?

Overall- Not quite what I expect in a Citra DIPA with the smell and taste leaning heavily floral, but a rather good beer nonetheless. A solid but not overpowering hop presence with a somewhat chewy and slick malt backbone make for a more balanced and very drinkable 8.1% DIPA. It's definitely worth a try!

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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheKhor
4.92/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Citra Clencher from BuckleDown Brewing
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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