Fresh IIPA One Hop (Citra) | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Fresh IIPA One Hop (Citra)Fresh IIPA One Hop (Citra)
Fresh IIPA One Hop (Citra)Fresh IIPA One Hop (Citra)

Brewed by:
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 54
Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can served in a pint glass. Left a fair amount of beer in the bottom to try to trap sediment. Canned 052219, fresh by 072219.

This is a really ugly beer. It's an awful gray color. I made the "oh that's gross" sound and face when I poured it. I could imagine uglier beers, although I haven't seen many. I'm going to try to keep that out of my mind, and mostly keep my eyes closed for the rest of this review.

Smell is a lot of mango and tropical juice. Taste is mostly the same, but a little less bright -- maybe really ripe fruit. Some bitter hop finish that I can't place.

Mouthfeel is very dry, a little chalky. Overall, it's not a bad beer to drink in a dark room or maybe straight out of the can. But since I poured it in a glass, I can't give it good marks.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 05.22.19, fresh by 07.22.19, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours an incredibly turbid and dark brownish orange color with a thin layer of off white head that has no retention and yields a few spots of soapy lacing. The aroma is very nice, super tangy citrus and grapefruit, candied hop, very floral with a sweet yeast, light cereal grains and lingering resin. The flavors are good, really juicy and expressive citrus and tropical fruits, resinous pine and sappy hop oils, floral bouquet, sweet yeast and soft pale dough. The mouthfeel is good, coating and thick, heavier medium body that has a nice bubbly texture and a dry bite at the finish.

Verdict: A very good IIPA from Hubbard's Cave. It looks like hell, chicken broth or some other brown sludgy drink, but it sure does taste good and that's what counts. Juicy, resinous, refreshing and hits the spot without any signs of alcohol, even at 8.5% ABV. Drink Fresh!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 4.99. Canned 2/26/19. Served in a teku. Enjoyed 3/15/19.

Pours a hazy, deep amber with a generous off white head. The cap shrinks fairly quickly, leaving a few faint wisps across the surface, a light edging and no lacing aside from a wide, dense swath where the initial froth rested.

Smells sweet and juicy. Oranges, melon, pine flower and a little note of malt sweetness.

The flavors run the gamut of citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange are all there. Vaguely floral, a bit of pine and some cakey sweetness. There is only an occasionally a reminder of the abv so this is dangerously easy to drink.

Smooth medium body with lively carbonation. Grapefruit, citrus peel and lemon cake come together on the palate in the finish.

My first hoppy brew from Hubbard’s Cave does not at all disappoint. Fresh IIPA One Hop is a delightful illustration of why Citra is such a dominant hop in many top IPAs. I’d certainly spend the money again for more and likely will soon.

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Photo of EMV
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed medium golden juice bomb. Thick fluffy white head with outstanding lacing.

S: Citrus... citra hops with lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit. Lighter tropicals.

T/F: Light grain backbone. Strong citra hop presence leaning towards lemondrops, tangerine, and blood orange. Relatively modest bitterness. Milder tropical notes with some pineapple sneaking in but mostly citrus. Medium bodied... juicy/sticky on the tongue. A bit high on the ABV.

O: The problem is entirely me as I just don't like Citra hops enough for it to carry a beer. This is a great brew from Hubbard's Cave (aren't they all) but too much Citra for my taste, and less drinkable for me than their usual. If Citra is your thing you will adore this beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, Canned 100318 Fresh by 120318. Opaque pineapple juice colored ale is capped with a foamy white head. Zesty citrusy hop aroma with passion fruit, grapefruit, and melon coming to mind. Big tart passion fruit & grapefruit flavors with background notes of pineapple, kumquat, and a bit of melon. Fuller body, quite creamy, tart bitterness is moderate. This was good - easy drinking, nice flavors; no complaints from me.

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

Canned 072518.
Fresh By 092518.
Moderate pour yields 1/2 inch egg shell head over a murky body with scant lacing. Nose of citrus and slight tropical fruit. Taste mirrors nose with a strange bitterness which is slightly off putting. Murkiness isn't always a good thing for me, if at all. Okay to good feel and overall, I've had many IPAs like this and still can't recommend any.

(I'll have to admit though, that after it warms a bit that nasty bitterness calms down and I upped the taste number from 3.5 to 3.75.

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

Really wanted to like this.
Pours hazy, good citrus and bright grapefruit / orange on the nose
Alcohol heat peaks through on the palate.
Feel is heavier bodied

Overall if they shaved 1.5% and got this more in the 7% range it would be exceptional. As it is, a bit hot and not enjoyable in a 16oz can format.

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Photo of ktr5010
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy. Off color yellow with hints of brown. Small white head.
S - Very citrusy and tropical. No surprise with citra hops.
T - Drier than expected. Almost want to say tart. Very delicious and hides the 8.5% well.
F - Citrus coating ends in bitter notes. Long lasting.
O - Really good. Love the can format.
Side note, this beer should not be retired.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best by 6/11/18.

This one pours a super murky brown-ish/dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing. This looks incredibly unappetizing, and most likely oxidized to hell.

This smells very muddled, with caramel malt, stale hops, pine, and grapefruit.

I can tell there's a fairly decent IPA somewhere in here, but this has just turned bad. I normally wouldn't review something like this, but since I'm drinking it before the best by date, I will anyway. Something shouldn't oxidize this badly in the matter of months.

This is kind of muddled and flabby, and not all that drinkable. There's a normal level of carbonation.

I was excited to try my first beer from Hubbard's Cave, but it's definitely a mess.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My first from Hubbard's Cave. And I may have avoided them as I am a malt-head and their series of IIPAs does not cater to a PLM (People Like Me.) But I'm glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Because Citra really hit the spot after exercising. The hops were aromatic, tropical and refreshing... and the alcohol deadened the pain (of playing tennis against young people.)

Had at The Beer Temple and kegged on 2-7-18 (three weeks ago.) It was fresh, fresh, fresh. It Looked pretty in the snifter, too. But Citra's really concentrated crystal-clear aroma said "drink me." I did. But the Taste was not up to the aroma's promise; but, refreshing is good enough. At the finish, I got a slightly chalky substance... noticeable, not bad.

Have again? Possibly. But only because I now think Citra bombs might be the way to refresh a PLM and avoid the bitter hops.

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

Bottled 2/7. Looks like cloudy orange juice with creamy head and lacing. Smell is straight citrus with slight bitterness underneath. Taste is citrusy, mildly dank. Sweet, juicy, mouth watering feel. Well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of darktronica
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draft at the Hubbard's Cave and Une Annee taproom. Murky and opaque like peach juice. A bit too over the top on the whatevers, resulting in a chalky, banana and citrus smoothie with vanilla. I've had some really great IPAs in this series, but this one doesn't quite hit the mark.

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Photo of eppie82
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Unne Anne/Hubbard's Cave Brewery in Niles, IL.

Nice cloudy appearance but didn't get too much citra on the nose. Taste also was overly sweet and not quite as citrusy as expected. Actually it was quite malty. The let down was that it was overly bitter as well. Feel was medium.

I don't know if this beer had passed it's prime already, but it was quite malty and bitter. Would not necessarily order again if 3-4 weeks past brewed on date (which this was past).

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Photo of agreenman19
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - candied orange evening sunset glow. Big, course bubbles in the head. Fragile. You can see the beer through it like shining a flashlight through your palm.

S - heavy dose of sugary hops. Toasted bread and grain. Dark orange and pineapple.

T - surprisingly hoppy and grassy, given the aroma. Bright orange candy hops leap out of the glass and assault the back of the mouth with bitterness. Dry, cardboardy earthiness and a tingling lemon. Miled acetone towards the end. Really quite bitter!

F - the coarse bubbles are a bit distracting as my lips enter the drink, but those quickly subside. Initial feel is smooth and thick, but after passing the liquid around in my mouth a bit foams it up good.

O - it's strong and to the point. A bit too hoppy and the flavors can taste a bit stale, but it's by no means a bad beer. Not the sugary juice bomb I was expecting.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 750 ml bottle on July 14, 2017. Fresh By 01.21.19 tasted in Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on December 9, 2018.

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Fresh IIPA One Hop (Citra) from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 54 ratings