Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPAGreat Lakes Karma Citra IPA
BA SCORE
4.23/5
Exceptional
Great Lakes Karma Citra IPAGreat Lakes Karma Citra IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
News of any new hop coming from the Yakima Valley perks the ears of IPA brewers everywhere, but, with Citra, things were different. The buzz was bigger. As Citra’s wave rolled across the land from the west coast we waited… and waited. Finally it crested, and a sample crashed into our pilot system. After brewing with it all the buzz made sense. Comments ranged from “Well that changes the game” to “It’s so good it feels like we’re cheating.” Today we procure as much as Citra as we can to bring you as much of this IPA as our little brewery can muster. All hail Citra!

65 IBU

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
138
pDev:
7.09%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 138
Photo of rapayn01
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 473 ml standard Canadian pint can. So far, this is one of the better IPAs I've had in Ottawa and BA had it listed among the top 100 Canadian beers at the time of purchase. I sought it out for that reason, actually. The hop was distinct and citrus, as you'd expect from the name. I'd drink it again, though I'm not sure it would be a top 100 beer in the US states of Michigan or Ohio. The competition there is fierce.

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Photo of LilSipper
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first Ontario beer I ever had, and it made me excited to move here. It's obviously citrus-y, but not disgustingly so. It's an appropriate late summer, early fall beer, and a fantastic prelude to Lake Effect, the next tank ten in the series. Of course, Great Lakes doesn't mess around.

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Photo of Jtee
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 473ml can served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Canned on date: 13.10.2017.

Look: The beer pours a slightly veiled amber with 3cm of moussy, off-white head that dissipates into a craggy cap in just short of 3 minutes. Good lacing and overall head.

Smell: Moderate strength and balanced. Hop-forward. Pronounced North American hops with notes of grapefruit, sweet orange, resinous pine, lychee, and pineapple.

Taste: Follows the aroma with medium-strong intensity and high bitterness. Again, notes of grapefruit, lychee, sweet orange, and resinous pine. Biscuity pale malts and a neutral fermentation profile provide a fabulous canvas for Citra to shine. The finish is long, strong, and very bitter with the hops still dominating.

Feel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Crisp with a bit of dryness and slight alcohol warming. Exceptional mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent, delicious, and juicy IPA by GLB. A testament to how a relatively simple beer can be absolutely delightful. Well worth a try for anyone who likes their beer hoppy.

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Photo of stotch
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased from LCBO, date on can reads September 7 2017, enjoyed on September 18 2017.

L: Pours a tropical orange gold with almost two fingers of head. Great retention and lacing throughout.
S: Lots of tropical fruit, primarily pineapple, mango, melon and grapefruit. Mild earthy hop presence is there as well.
T: Follows the nose with the tropical fruit flavours. There's a nice hop bitterness that I felt was missing in last year's version.
F: Medium body and medium to high carbonation.
O: Great Lakes' Tank Ten IPAs never let me down and this is no exception. Easily my go-to IPA during the fall season.

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Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the Tank X limited series.

Appearance - Pours a deep gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - Bitter citrus hops upfront followed by tropical fruits and the grapefruit peel. The earthy yeast and bready malts finish the brew off but mainly the citrus hops are the predominant flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the citrus hops.

Overall - Another stellar IPA from Great Lakes. The hop profile is done to a tee. Great Lakes continues to impress with the limited edition IPA's.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is fruity with some dank hop notes. Taste follows with grassy, slightly vegetal hops, some peaches, quite bitter on the finish. Medium to full bodied, quite smooth on the palate. Really good IPA overall.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden yellow with plenty tight white foam atop. The head takes its sweet time in settling and leaves behind a Persian carpet of lace around the glass.

Aromatics: Some dank barnyard - actually reminds my of wet and aged wooden fence posts from my grandfather's farm from back in the 70's. Deep and dark weeds, with some delightful honeysuckle smelling florals that tease the nostrils amongst the other

Taste: Starts out somewhere in the middle the malt grabbing you in with a quick come hither wink, then when you walk through the curtain it ramps up into a full hop party. Deep and earthy, but smooth in its flavour which reminds me of pine nettle and birch bark tea I made as a boy scout all those years ago. The citra has some good root bitter but is fairly well controlled with the malted barley. The sweeter caramel flavour just gliding above a burnt coffee surface.

Mouth: A good middle weight, with a great crisp carbonation. As it rolls about the palate is starts to smooth out, and ends with a spice tingle in the dank bitter linger.

Overall: I think this is one of the first I have had with Citra hops, and I must say it was pretty good. I'm so use to having Simcoe based IPAs here on the west coast that it was nice to see something a bit different. It doesn't come with the more overt citrus nose to describe the strength of the bitter, so it is something I will have to mentally checklist for the next citra IPA I do. To see how/if the dank barnyard scent compares.

Pairing: I decent bitter, so a good savoury dish and/or spicy finger foods, Jalapeno poppers, roasted chick peas tossed with Indian spices, or a spinach deep with cayenne and fresh roasted hot peppers with restaurant style white corn tortillas chips to dip.

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this for years, thanks to BakaGaijin!

Pours some head, ring of retention leaves some lace. Light haze.

Light tropical aroma, comes through in the flavour as well. Restrained bitterness. I expected it to be a little more assertive, but this is just a really nice drinker.

Incredibly smooth body has a light acidity, with a drying finish.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Can
Canned on: Sept. 2016


A:
Pours a fairly clear light gold with an airy three fingers of bone white head that eventually rests at a half finger. Puffy “clouds” of lacing, good retention. (4)

S:
Grapefruit pith, lemon zest, toast, weed, faint touch of caramel. (4)

T:
Slick, citrus oil hops with a rich biscuity malt middle and a bright light of citrus and stonefruit at the end of the malt tunnel. Really simple, “together” sweet hop cone resin/toast flavor. (4.25)

M:
Slick, medium body, medium/fluffy carbonation, smooth, tapering finish. (4.25)

O:
Really tasty IPA from Ontario.
Nice looking, nice drinking, solid beer. This is a good-looking beer in the glass. Good color and lovely head. The aroma and flavor are both well-put-together melanges of sticky citra hops and a soft malt body. The beer in general is what I would call “together”. It is a mix of complementary flavors that becomes a single flavor, pretty much indivisible. The malt is much stronger than I would have guessed but the character of it is very good with the hop profile.
I'd definitely have this one again; well worth your time. (4.25)

As a lover of wordplay, I'm ashamed to say that I just now got the name. Har. Har. Almost took a point off for that haha

Thanks a ton, Steve! I was literally thinking about how I wanted to find a way to try this one the very day that you stealthily hooked me up.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - 4.5 | slightly hazy, golden amber colour , small creamy white head that persists

Smell - 5 | Mango, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, orange, a bit of sweet biscuity malt in the background

Taste - 5 | this follows the nose, but with pit of citrus pith and a more subdued malt presence . Finishes dry.

Feel - 5 | medium body with low carbonation and a creamy mouth feel.

Overall - 4.75

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No nose, no head.
That was my first introduction to this beer.
But how is the taste? Well, I can tell you that if you had Ransack the Universe, then you pretty well had this brew. Which is a good thing of course.
But I have read in a publication that this is the Canadian equivalent of Heady Topper. Not even close. No Canadian beer I have ever tasted can even come close and I have tried a few, seeing as I live Toronto.
Still, a great beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lovely IPA, with moderately hazy body and extensive white lacing. The nose is fruity, mango and pineapple and such, and the flavor is pleasantly restrained, with the fruit and a solid malt middle, fading to a mild bitter bite. Enjoyable and fun.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint at Bryden's.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, splotchy lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Citra hops. Juicy orange, dank, icing sugar malt. Not very surprising or different from other single hop Citra beers but well done.

T - Taste translates really well. Doesn't get too bitter like some other Citra beers. A bit more herbal and leafy, but with nice citrus and bready malt.

M - A bit gritty and grainy. Carbonation is upper end of moderate. Medium body.

D - Pretty good. Wish this was available year-round a la Zombie Dust. Easily crushed a pint watching MNF.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a nice clear bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of huge floral hoppy notes of citrus with some leafy notes. Taste is dominated by the leafy and citrus hoppy notes with limited bitterness and some residual sugar notes clearly identifiable. Body is light with good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and love the aromatics and the balancing of the bitterness.

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Photo of TerryW
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow under a large, long-lived and firm white head. Lots of chunky lace as you go. A handsomely good looking brew.

Deliciously sweet and fruity hops on the nose. Nice touch of caramel from malts. Nicely balanced hops and malt to taste. Gently bitter, fruity. Nice evenhanded grapefruit, sweet orange.

This is a really well put together beer. Nicely balanced all the way across. A pleasure to drink, very aromatic and tasty without being overpowering in any way.

This is one of my favorite breweries and I'm lucky enough that its just down the road.

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Photo of SSS
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Golden yellow with a very slight chill haze
S- Oh Citra, let me count the ways you make life better! Citrus, peach, tropical fruit, just good stuff
M- The carbonation is a little more than I like, but it does cleanse the palat
T- Very clean malt undertone that allows the hops to shine through and become the main attraction.the bitterness is upfront and subtle and then mellows with a nice smooth aftertaste. That is all Citra!
O- Really nice beer, similar to 3 Floyds Zombie Dust in my opinion...highly recommend, and a must for Citra fans.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.95 CDN. Good to see more of the Tank Ten beers available in the liquor store. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden color, with orange hues. 2 Fingers of fluffy and dense white head that lingers for a while. Lots of sticky lacing left behind. Beer is just sufficiently hazy to make the carbonation level indeterminable.

Smell - Plenty of juicy fruit aromas. Some grapefruit and passionfruit with and underlying pineapple and mango mixture. Nice big bold well-rounded aroma.

Taste - Lots of juicy flavors too. Grapefruit and passionfruit dominate with some sweet ripe pineapple too. Oranges in the mix too. Underlying bitterness to the whole beer is fairly substantial. Pretty damn good overall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth well carbonated and full bodied. the bitterness makes this a bit of a tongue zinger. Good feel for an IPA though.

Overall - One of the better IPA's I've had, for me not quite on par with Lake Effect, but certainly another great creation from the amazing Tank ten. Definitely worth a shot, and priced alright as far as bombers go.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased the LCBO for just under $6.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A-Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. Dark gold color and unfiltered

S- Oodles of citra hops here. Hop bomb

T- Less hops then it smells. Either rather subdued hops compared to smell or super high level smell. I choose the latter. Had a nice hoppy bite to it but does not overpower by any stretch. A touch sugary

M- Dry and complex for a citra hop.

O- Very good. Compares to the best of the best in the nose department that's for sure. A bit more of a blend of hops you have an award winner. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with....... Fish and chips!

Enjoy

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at the local LCBO; served slightly chilled. GLB makes a lot of excellent IPAs, and this one's name definitely seems to come up a lot in discussions of their best. This is my first time trying it, but I still felt it prudent to grab several bottles based on its strong reputation alone.

Pours a cloudy golden-blonde colour, capped off with a generous two-plus fingers of puffy, sparkling white head. Retention is very good; it slowly recedes into a denser, creamier cap over the next ten minutes or so, leaving an attractive doily pattern of lace behind during this gradual process. The fruity, zesty aroma showcases the Citra hop quite nicely - orange zest and grapefruit are very prominent, with a sizeable dose of peach, pineapple and pine resin. There also seems to be some grainy pale malts and honey sweetness, but it struggles to be detected amongst the cacophony of lovely hop notes.

Very tasty stuff, with a decidedly citrus-heavy flavour profile - lots of juicy orange and grapefruit, some lemon oil and pine needles, all atop a subtle backbone of bready malts. Light touch of honeyed sweetness. Apricot, pineapple and mango flavours also come through, but only briefly - it is a pithy, astringent grapefruit bitterness that dominates the palate toward the end, lingering long into a resiny aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels that gently prickle the palate, and a smooth, somewhat oily feel in the mouth.

Final Grade: 4.46, an impressive A grade. If you're in the mood for something hoppy, you can't really go wrong with these Tank Ten Series IPAs - and Karma Citra is widely regarded as one of the best of the bunch for good reason. I think I liked Lake Effect a bit more, but this is still an excellent IPA that shows off the citrusy, tropical fruit tendencies of its mother hop in an assertive, yet approachable fashion. One of the best West Coast IPAs in Ontario - a must-try, for sure.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a beguiling hazed orange with a compact, very long lasting head. Foam drapes the glass on the way down. Orange oil, lemon rind and grapefruit hop aromas dominate the nose. A bit of biscuity malt in the back. A wall of Citra in the first sip, lots of orange, lemon, apricot, grapefruit, tropical fruit, celery and other hop flavors mingle in a sublime interplay. A firm malt balast keeps things in check. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with carbonation. Moderate bitterness and citrus in the long finish.

This is a fantastic IPA and an excellent showcase of this fine hop. Lots of hop complexity and very hop forward. A must try.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017 batch - canned mid september, consumed about 3 days after canning. loads of vibrant tropical fruit (mango and a bit of pineapple) with a resinous bitterness and a great medium mouthfeel. starting to become one of my favourite IPAs of theirs
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oct. 2016 batch - decent citrusy aroma. relatively low hop presence in the taste, very sweet.. big disappointment. hopefully the other 2 cans i bought aren't as bad?
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bomber into nonic pint. can't find any sort of date code on the bottle

a: this seriously looks like semi-hazy mango/peach juice... gave it an aggressive pour and there was a quarter-finger of head. i'm confused. but that's not to say this beer looks bad, it's just not what i expected

s: citra oh my goodness. guava, mango, peach, pineapple, orange, passionfruit and grapefruit dancing around a floral, biscuity malt backbone. feels like i am about to drink an alcoholic and carbonated version of some sort of tropical fruit juice

t: mirrors the nose. a very bright punch of the aforementioned fruits with a subdued biscuit flavours and a moderate bitter burnt onion-pine character. i'm getting some sort of mandarin orange notes in here too

m: medium-minus carbonation & mouthfeel

o: a great tropical-citrusy IPA with lively aromas and flavours

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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from bottle into lagunitas jar, lightly cloudy orange with very nice lacing to it.

S- grapefruit, limes, florals, cherry, a lovely citrus character very robust over a firm malt base.

T- similar lines to the aroma, complex ruby grapefruit, bready malts, white grapes, a bit cereally then loads of lime and lemon, as the citra drives through, moderate and coating bitterness, quite clean and zesty, leading to a balanced finish.

M- pleasant and refreshing, moderate carbonation and a zesty citrus bite to it. Satisfying and also quite sessionable and refreshing.

Very tasty and the beer gives a good platform for the citra hops to shine, complex and robust grapefruit, dry and intense florals, overall a quite robust and flavourful ipa, pretty strong balance between the elements and a solid ipa.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A go to for Ontario craft beer drinkers. This "classic" IPA is loaded with flavor.

Look is nice clear orange gold with a thumb and a half of head. Quick break and not a lot of lacing.

Smell tells you this is clearly a Citra beer. There is also a nice fruitiness to it and some malts.

Taste is lead by the Citra hops, bitter citrus pith and then some nice tropical fruitiness.

Feel is medium and the carbonation is spot on. Finish is bitter and dry...just like you want.

A nice beer that checks all the boxes for a fine afternoon quaff. Good value too, and fresh...

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Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Karma Citra has firm foam, a slight haze, and a golden colour strikingly similar to that of a sunflower. I wonder if Garnett Gerry, the wonderfully talented illustrator whose work on the whole Tank Ten series I've absolutely adored, had the same thought when designing this label. Either way, the contents of the bottle are every bit as aesthetic on the inside as on the out.

Fitting to its name, Karma Citra has enough hoppiness in its bouquet to elevate hop-heads to a zen-like state, a lupulin induced nirvana where all is suddenly right with the world. It is forwardly fruity and simultaneously bitter; it smells like grapefruit rind, orange pith, lemon peel. There's also a pinch of matcha green tea powder and a few drops of pine serum.

Things stay very much the same on the palate. The flavour is full of roasted pineapple, caramelized grapefruit, and orange zest. There's lots of fruit flavour but it's predominantly dry (hence roasted) and/or candied (hence caramelized). And of course, first and foremost, it's citric. All this is complimented by a herbalness that smacks of thyme, pine, lemon myrtle and peppermint.

Though an undeniable hop-bomb, Karma Citra has enough grainy cereal malt to earn a spot on both sides of the fence - with this beer, the grass is always green (literally, owing to that everlasting presence of the hops). There's a reason the 6.6% alcohol and 65 IBU don't feel as towering as they actually are, and credit is due to an equally strong, albeit less apparent maltiness.

The Citra hop is characterized by its tropical and citrus fruit influence and, to be sure, Karma Citra has plenty of that. It is also, however, among the most well-rounded IPAs I've tried in some time; whatever you love about the style you're bound to find in this example. It's yet another solid offering from a brewery that seems lately to make nothing but. Be sure to buy a few!

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Photo of mtomlins
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color, cloudy with 2-3 fingers of persistent, cloudy off-white head. Nice lacing. Really nice nose, lots of citrus (oranges and grapefruit), pine and sweet caramel malts to round things out. The taste follows suit with big juicy hops up front with a great malt backbone (bread and biscuits) to balance things out. The finish is long, dry and clean and full of great bittering hop goodness. A really delicious IPA!

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 138 ratings