Citrus IPA | Funk Brewing Company

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Citrus IPACitrus IPA

Brewed by:
Funk Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this day and age, there are seemingly infinite varieties of flavor compounds and aromatic properties available in the different breeds of hops that exist. Among them all, there is an undeniable “profile” that sticks out as most desirable by American IPA drinkers; that of the Citrusy hops of Washington and Oregon. “Citrus” is certainly not our only IPA… but it was our first, and we wanted to make a statement. We at Funk Brewing Company believe in balance, complexity, and artistic brewing instead of “extreme beers”. That’s why we sought out to synthesize a beer that was masterfully crafted to accentuate a massive American Citrus hop profile while retaining our standards for balance, and sophistication. Through various test batches, water profile manipulation, and uncommon hopping techniques, we found a way to offer you what we feel is the epitome of the American Citrus hop in a glass. The utilization of Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, and an experimental hop we like to call “LemonBomb”, give “Citrus” huge flavors and aromas of grapefruit, blood orange, pine, passionfruit, mango, and pink guava, balanced by a clean malt bill of Belgium’s finest pilsner malt and our neutral American yeast. This will forever and always be our go-to IPA and we hope it becomes yours as well.

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Photo of Beerfed
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, at brewery.

Appearance - light lacing and light colors

Nose - Slight citrus fragrence.

Taste - full IPA flavor with grapefruit taste.

Feel - slightly sweet.

Overall - good hometown IPA. Friendly brewery with involved brewermeisters happy to to discuss variety of brews.

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Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Finally getting to try something from this brewery. A 3 week old can poured into a pint appears a hazy pale golden color with 2 fingers white head comprised of large bubbles.

The aroma has a neutral sort of citrus character that is not immediately identifiable yet its zesty, pithy and pulpy. A touch of grass but otherwise pleasant smelling.

Taste has some citrus upfront along with a seemingly artificial sweetness. The collective experience here feels like if you took a grapefruit and started eating it with splenda or some other sugar substitute on it but the more you sip on it, the more a grassy bitterness comes out.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Overall its not a bad brew, I just dont care for its awkward sweetness.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 7/6/16 into a tumbler. Pours a hazy golden bronze with a thin finger of white head that left windshield lacing. Nose was great, but mute. Tangerine, mango, and other citrus fruits. But I just wanted it to be more prominent. Taste is as advertised, a pleasurable citrus-heavy IPA. Didn't get the same level of grapefruit that I find in grapefruit sculpin. Finish was light, very clean and just a hint of astringency with limited bitterness. Mouthfeel was thinner, carbonation on the higher side. A tasty beer, that I'd love to revisit.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 8/3/16, so not even 2 weeks old. might be my freshest ever ipa.

having said that, appearance was a bit off putting. murky almost watery orange juice color. head was a thin ring with a faint covering which eventually disappeared altogether. no lacing.

aroma was quite pleasant, a clean fresh citrus & hop aroma.

hops seemed almost muted. there was some citrus, but not a strong grapefruit presence.

mouth was a little above medium.

Overall, nothing special. Was expecting a lot more from an ipa this fresh. just not to my palates liking i guess.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: Slightly under a month old.

Look: A hazy bright orange color with golden hues. Has a little bit of that unfiltered juicy look to it. But your gotta pour out the whole can to really see what I mean. Love it..
Smell: Tons of grapefruit, mangoes, citrus, marijuana, dankness, tropical fruits. Tons of Mosaic hops.
Taste: Follows the nose with a juicy hop explosion. Bitterness is there but not harsh and getting tons of grapefruit juice coming through.
Feel: Medium body

Just a damn fine IPA, and a great beer! If I can get this more regularly it would be my definitive goTo IPA
O and I think the "LemonBomb" hops are LemonDrop hops.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass - clear, amber, frothy white head with great retention and a bit of spotty lacing. Pretty beer.

Nose, flavor, and feel are all above decent but nothing exceptional here. Nice, west coast style IPA base, dank and citrusy hops with the grapefruit obviously forward. It's fresh, a bit subdued and not overly biting. Nothing exceptional but definitely worth trying and I'd gladly have it again.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden-straw color with a one finger, milk-white head and extensive lacing. It smells of lemon, orange, pear, and other tropical fruit. There is not much pine. This is a fruity IPA with a burst of tropical flavors: orange, pineapple, and mango, followed by grapefruit, pine, and a nice bitter hoppy finish. It is dry and refreshing. This ale is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. At 6.9% it is very easy to drink more than one. Overall, Citrus IPA delivers on its name. If you want a hop bomb, then it probably isn't for you. If you like fruit, you'll enjoy this one a lot.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This by far is one of the best tasting American IPAs, I have ever had. Love the lemon bomb hops. That alone separates this bad boy from your typical IPA. Had it on tap as well as pour from the can. Both were tasty ! The pour was a nice two fingers of white "love "/ foam. The aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit,orange/blood orange , passion fruit and mango light up the glass or can ! Great gold color from the can and from the tap. A fantastic product from a solid brewery in little Emmaus Pa, according to the can. PA craft breweries are really starting to establish themselves and this go to IPA is one of the products , leading the way. Outstanding product !
BTW, their Double IPA just hit the streets in 4 packs of the 16oz pounders ! It is being well received by the masses !!

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Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Two fingers worth of active bone white colored froth with a bit of a rocky top comprised of big chunky bubbles... Solid retention... Turns a bit more lush and creamier as it settles a bit ultimately leaving a slightly lopsided, mostly creamy veil of lacing and a moderate collar... The color is a moderate mix of amber and honey... There is a distinct murky haziness about... A slight to moderate bit of brisk carbonation rises randomly throughout... A slight bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - True to its name, citrus goodness is at the forefront of the aroma... Sweet oranges... Pineapple... Grapefruit... Assorted other tropical fruits... This sits atop a solid malt base comprised of biscuit and graham crackers... Spot on for the style and rather enjoyable...

T - Much of the citrus sweetness alluded to on the nose vanishes and is replaced by a more traditional hop presence that is both piney and resinous... It's assertive but not overpowering... Just a touch of grapefruit... The malt base takes on more of a sweet pie crust dynamic... Again, text book for the style and rather enjoyable...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light to moderate carbonation... A bit sticky... A bit fizzy on the finish...

O - A very solid and very respectable American IPA... Great can design... All from a little brewery from not too far away that I never new existed... There may be a wee bit of local grade inflation overall, but this is a very good beer none the less... I'll have zero problem working through the rest of my supply and can safely recommend with good conscience for any hop head...

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really fresh can. White head with some lace. Golden orange color.

Very citrusy. This one lives up to its name. Tons of grapefruit, mango, and papaya. Big tropical fruit bomb.

Medium bodied. Not bitter or sticky.

A very nice ipa. I could drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of mschrei
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually followed up a Pipeworks Crimson Snapper with this. Considering I thought Snapper was Citrusinesis on steroids, I was afraid this one was going to pale by comparison. It doesn't. Creamy head accompanies dark orange color. Strong tart citrus notes blend with strong hops on both nose and taste. Very well balanced, extremely refreshing and crisp for an India Pale Ale.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 03/12/16 notes. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass at The Office in Montclair, NJ.

Pours a somewhat transparent bright orange color with one inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Tons of juicy, citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, grapefruit, and light resin. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good IPA; first Funk beer and I like it. Worth checking out.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours orange Amber body with small white head with excellent retention and lacing
S: sweet, citrus smelling beer with some floral notes
T: nice, subtle citrus notes with a floral finish; pretty, nice balanced hoppiness
M: medium bodied and fairly smooth; pretty crisp and refreshing
D: nice M&T combo; pretty good IPA

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Photo of Antg8989
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drink this from the can to ensure it keeps it's bursting character. Foamy head that diminishes at an average pace. Very citrusy on the nose. Taste is citrusy hops with a nice malty background which stays just as far back as it needs to be. Feel is a little thin for me. Moderate carbonation. Overall, very drinkable - can definitely knock some of these back, especially in the summer.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz into tulip. No date.

L. Dark copper with full haze. This 2 finger head that lasted long and sticky lacing.
S. A nice blend of pine/grapefruit and mango/tropical. Nice sweet and alcohol smell especially t the end.
T. Some nice earthy notes that go with the tropical fruit notes. Ripe melons and mango.
F. Medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Ale brewed with grapefruit juice. from can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: A good rush of mid-size effervesce within a cloudy orange colored body. A frumpy, off white head is one finger high with a very good rate of retention. Full sheet coating of lace.

S: Moderate good dose of fresh grapefruit juice, semi dry pulp, and some soft flowery citrus. Soft semi-dry tropical flair. Average duration factor, soft stalky barley notes on the finish.

T: Semi dry citrus for flavor, flowery hops are more dominant then the infused grapefruit juice. Good level of bitterness, softly toasted orange peel, some soft flowery pine hops on the close, Nicely bitter, grainy, with a lingering piney-dry citrus bitterness.

M: Crisp and tight mouthful from the sharply toned carbonation with a mid-range body and bittering factor that lingers.

O: A great can design with the promise of loads of citrus and grapefruit juice that delivers on the bitterness factor, but doesn't come off as juicy or complicated as one would of thought. The flavor was strongly bitter, though wished it was brighter, more wet, and ultimately lacked the wow factor. Mid to high B offering, which is not bad, makes for a good drinker in multiples but failed to see the outstanding quality and praise this beer received. Didn't find a best by date on the can, so cannot comment of possible age but the hops were certainly out in full force, just not as tasty as i wished for.

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Photo of Geaton
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect example of where IPAs are heading. Only issue with it is its too similar to ballast point grapefruit sculpin. Needs something to take it to the next level. God job though

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Photo of GregA135
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 12/30/15

It's pretty awesome to only live 5 minutes from Funk Brewing!

Poured a golden orange color with a nice white head.
I loved what I smelled! Cracked open the can, smells of Citrus, Blood Orange, Tropical Fruit and Grapefruit filled my glass. This IPA was juicy! You could really taste the grapefruit, citrus flavors, and tropical fruits. This was super easy to drink and very smooth.
I wish I grabbed more! If you are ever in the Allentown/Emmaus area, definitely stop by Funk Brewing!

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus goodness. Taste is grapefruit, light malts, medium bitterness, lots of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Very fruity. Lemon lime orange Clementine tangerine, delicious.

The official description for this beer, while wordy, is pretty spot on. Otherwise, a well-made, refreshing beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pinkish-orange amber with a one finger white head that recedes moderately and doesn't leave lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus hops, and resiny hops. Taste follows the nose with grapefruit juice, piney and resiny hops, and a bitter finish. Medium body and medium body, with a bitter finish that isn't overwhelming.
Well done, grapefruit forward, citrus IPA. The grapefruit comes through in hop and juice form, and is never overshadowed. It drinks much better cold than at a warmer temp. It's more delicate and fruity than you'd get from most IPA's.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have been working on winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, which has led to the exclusion of my beloved AIPAs & DIPAs as well as my giving short shrift to what really matters - The CANQuest (tm). For today, at least, things are back on track!

From the CAN: "The utilization of citrusy Ameri[CAN] hops gives 'Citrus' huge flavors and aromas of grapefruit, blood orange, and pine. This will forever and always be our go-to IPA and we hope it becomes yours as well. Enjoy it and more of our creations straight from the source at our taproom, 19 S 6th St. Emmaus PA. Cheers!"; "Do Not Age [-] Drink Fresh".

I Crack!ed the CAN open and began a slow, gentle pour that raised two fingers of fluffy. foamy, off-white head with moderate retention. Falling, it left a whole buncha sticky lacing for me to try and remove later, potentially with a jackhammer from the looks of it. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and so the Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus stopped by for a taste. I, too, wanted a taste, but first, a sniff. It smelled very much of grapefruit, but not much else. I especially could not smell anything like pine. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely grapefruit, but not as bitter or as intense as Grapefruit Sculpin. Frankly, I kind of liked this better for its restraint. It was very drinkable as a result and easily half of the glass had disappeared before I realized it. Finish was dry, certainly, as to be expected from a citrus-laden AIPA, but it was also not gaspingly dry, which is what made it so easy to drink. I think that it would be a great beer from the cooler on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is a hazy, orangeish gold wih a sort of soapy egg white head. It doesn't last long, but leaves a slight film and some spotty lacing.

Smells very citrusy with just a hint spiceyness and some green hops. The fuit is mixed tropical. Not just grapefruit.

There is red grapefruit up front that gives it a sweet and sour punch, but it is not dominating the flavor. There is also orange, mango, pineapple, and some honey sweet light bready malts with a firm bitterness and some lingering pine and grains. Aweosme.

It is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Easy drinking, sort of crisp finish without being dry. Nice amount of resin.

This is outstanding. Everything an IPA should be. It is basicslly a restrained DIPA. I would crush a 6 pack of this. Very vibrant and refreshing flavors that are not as rough/harsh as Sculpin.

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Photo of thebeers
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy pink-and-brown-tinted orange color; you can almost pick out the grapefruit juice mixed in when pouring. Even with a fairly vigorous pour there's only a modest finger of bright white head, but it's lasting and leaves behind impressively thick lacing. Strong aroma of sweet grapefruit and pine. Tastes like grapefruit juice mixed into a piney, West Coast IPA. It's got a thick and what I'm going to describe as "cloudy" mouthfeel -- pretty unique among the beers I've tried before. There's a decent malt backbone and strong hop bitterness on the backend. I know that juicy IPAs are all the rage right now, but honestly, this tastes like a fine IPA that somebody effed with by mixing in grapefruit juice.

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is grapefruit juice. The taste follows with grapefruit juice and grapefruit peel. Get this instead of grapefruit sculpin

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