Karma Citra | Feral Brewing Co.

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Karma CitraKarma Citra

Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co.

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 02-15-2011

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by foles:
Photo of foles
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this is session version of a black IPA - and I'm not saying that in a bad way. Not a truckload of hops, but still plenty (the interesting citra variety) in a smooth, mega drinkable, sort of way. Minimal roasty chocolate flavours, but the dark colour brings the hops out in a different way - which I love. What a wonderful beer style!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Boozecamel
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EazyR
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feral’s version of the American Black Ale pours cola brown with a single finger cream coloured head which really sticks to the wall of the glass.

The Karma Citra does not disappoint on the aroma front with a pleasing notes of citrusy hops and tropical fruits including passionfruit and mango, there is a definite organic, earthy character which grants the nose some depth and also a trace of fresh, unroasted coffee beans.

The flavour begins with delicate fruit notes, citrus and passionfruit, before transitioning to a roasty mid palate, the passionfruit of the citra hops weaving in and out of the dark malts up to the finish which is dry and earthy with a mild ground coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with a medium carbonation. Goes down smoothly, although the beer develops a slightly ashy consistency on the finish. All in all, a very competent ABA, easily sessionable, not quite as heavy as others I’ve tried.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DerekCarruth
2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spicelab
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 60mL tasting sample, so likely to be a bit off the mark.

Black, but certainly not light-swallowing. Resilient off-white head.

Smell is multi-layered and quirky. Musty aromas of used coffee grounds and supermarket bought iced coffee first (which despite the description are not at all offensive), followed by demure citrus hop tones which gradually become pungent. Mild sweet and smoky tobacco notes round things off nicely.

Taste is dominated by strong brewed coffee, cocoa and coconut. Don't pick up much flavour from the hops - but certainly detect the bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with a beautiful ethereal sweet finish.

Tremendously drinkable, a pity about that one small problem of supply. Come on Feral, you know you want to make this a fixture...

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Photo of sirob
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of serapheus
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eric5bellies
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on Tap at Sail and Anchor, Fremantle.

A - Pours a nice Mahogany colour witha nice Ivory cocloured head that retains and laces.

S - Nice balance pof Hop and malt

T - Nice and nutty up front before somne major hops kick in that is very well balanced my some caramel malt and smokey roast.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - The best Black IPA that I havbe tried

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Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ajax85
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Benjo87
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a nice fluffy slightly tanned coloured head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - citra hops upfront, definite malt presence, slight coffee undertones. Smells of a nice balance between hops and malt.

Taste - Nice balance as the nose indicated. Starts off like a nice IPA, and finishes like a porter. To, me it's exactly what the beer advertises. A smooth brew with big tropical and citrus notes, with chocolate and toffee undertones. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown colour, but translucent and clear. Head is a wonderfully dense, beige affair, tight, small bubbles providing some great lace. Cracking look.

Smells surprisingly dark, with big roasty notes as well as dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Lovely floral smell though from the hops, slightly spicy but a big load of nectar as well. Dark, spicy, hoppy. Pretty darn beautiful.

Taste is an interesting IBA one. Plenty of sweetish dark malt with plenty of chocolate and a touch of dark caramel as well. Hops come through midway, floral and piney with a touch of light cumin spice as well. They stick around to provide some bitterness for the back, but that roasty grain is still there making for a nice dark/light balance. Not hugely hoppy though and I'd like more. Very pleasant beer though.

Nice body, very slick and smooth as it goes down. Not quite seamless, there is a slight kick towards the back, but nonetheless a beautiful feel.

Cracking drop, and a good idea by the impossibly loud beer geeks at Feral ale stars a few months back.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap as part of the Great Australian Beer SpecTapular at the Local Taphouse in February.

Pours a deep amber-brown colour, very clear, but certainly dark enough for an India Black Ale. Head is beautiful--gorgeous, even, a full bodied and creamy mesh on the top. Lacing leaves solid sheets down the inside of the glass. Looks phantastic with a 'ph'.

Nose is round and balanced--not the huge hop aroma I expected, but a very pleasant balance of citric spice and brown slightly toasted grains. Bit of carob aroma comes out of the confluence. Nice.

Taste is pleasantly nutty on the front, with a prominent bitterness that sharpens it to a refreshing point. Smooth body with length flavours. Lemon leaf organics noticeable, light astringency on the back. The hop bitterness is certainly pronounced here, but the dark body gives is a basis. Awesome.

Great brew, and a great example of the style. Shows what this style can be and what Feral can do. Great work.

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Photo of personpitch
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap. now in bottles tasting just as great..

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Photo of jjdunce
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of hopnerd
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Photo of dansmcd
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red-brown with some ruby highlights. One finger of creamy, dense white head with great retention and webs of lace.

S - Tropical and citra hops, supported by sweet tiramisu and sponge cake. Beautiful nose.

T - Orange, chocolate and coffee. Great mix of fruity and roasted flavours.

M - Moderate slick body with medium carbonation.

O - A great example of this style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feral’s latest offing (which to me is just a shortened version of the word “offering” because, you know, I’m lazy and all that) appears to be a Cascadian Dark Ale in a similar vein as their most superb (and so far my favourite of the style) Karma Chameleon, only that was 10% ABV and this one is 5.9% which begs the question: Why didn’t they bottle the awesome sauce that is Karma Chameleon? Over to you Feral.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pitch brown/black body with a rather boisterous fluffy 1 inch khaki head that soon drops back to a respectable 1 cm. Some light spider webbing on the side of the glass. Pretty spot on looks-wise. 9/10.

S: Pineapple and guava hop notes stamp their authority on my olfactory senses like that biker in Terminator 2 extinguishing a cigar on Arnie’s chest. Like the beer-drinking Terminator that I am I whiff on unabated. Hints of toffee and chocolate linger on in the background but damn are those hops sexy, too bad malt, another time perhaps. 9/10.

T: The flavour was always going to be a let-down after that superlative hop aroma - those tropical pineapple/guava characters step back from the palate and let espresso malts and sharp herbal hops battle it out over my taste buds, which is a bit of a shame because I was looking forward to more pineapple/guava. Ultimately the herbal hop bitter note carries through to the after taste and slays the dragon that is espresso. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium, bodied with a sharp, dense carbonation. That carbonation really brings out the bitter notes somewhat. 7/10.

D: Compared to Karma Chameleon this is definitely the lessor brew of the two, however compared to other Black IPAs the balance is almost there but the tropical hop notes were lost from the aroma to the taste, and there needed to be a bit more hop flavours rather than hop bitterness (which all comes down to when the hops were added during the whole fermentation process - my money is on during the boil of the wort rather than a dry hop addition, but unless someone from Feral reads my blog we may never know). Still I did enjoy this and would seek it again on tap. 7/10.

Food match: The Korean classic that is Bulgogi would go a treat with this brew don’t forget a side dish of pajeori ;-)

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Karma Citra from Feral Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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