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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPAGreat Lakes Karma Citra IPA
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4.23/5
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129 Ratings
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

Added by Sammy on 03-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,876
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
129
pDev:
7.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
29
Trade:
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Burgerbar in Toronto.

Clear amber with a soft off white head. Nose is slight musty, grapefruit, husky grain and a boozy tinge. Big juicy grapefruit flavour and sharp resinous body. Mouth feel itself is soft with barely-there carbonation. Hints of apple and bright fruitiness. Solid bitterness doesn't detract from excellent drink ability.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Dalia
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of talbotjf99
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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 preeper
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Volo. I hope this is brewed again, a good application of this hop. Orange colour and orange aromas and orange citrus taste, the hop was put early in the boil and it hit the spot without any funkiness or off notes at all. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of northyorksammy (thanks!). ABV on this batch is 7%. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Lightly hazy amber liquid with a delicate ivory head that recedes to a slick and collar. Decent lacing, and viscous legs.

Aroma is clean and brisk with a touch of pale malt with an indistinct fruitiness (dragon fruit?).

Surprisingly herbaceous palate entry with a moderate but lasting bitterness. Some fruit arrives briefly (pineapple?), but the finish is more on the spicy side, with notes of scallion, chives, and dandelion greens. Nicely balanced with malt. More fruit (tangelo?) comes through as the beer warms.

Medium-light bodied, with low yet sufficient carbonation. Very slightly oily (in a good way).

Single hop beers are perhaps more educational than they are delicious, though I enjoyed this one in any case. Overall this has some marked similarities to Torpedo, though with a greater purity of expression.

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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 Dna_Infinity
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LanceH
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heebes
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the brewery, under the guise of Burts Reserve Stache.

Pours coppery orange with a massive foamy tan / orange hue head. Nose is bright with grapefruit, citrus, oily hops galore: fantastic. Taste is rich with the hops, but quickly diminished by the balancing caramel malt. Pineapple, citrus, pear, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied.

Overall, the absolute best beer from Great Lakes I've tried and quite frankly the best Ontario made IPA. Why this isn't their flagship beer and readily available is shockingly confounding. Get this beauty into LCBO Great Lakes! Incredible beer!

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 GJKerr
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 StormAles
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 5/27/11
Project X Bottle obtained from the brewery. Very fresh.
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass. IBU = 70. ABV = 7%.

A - Medium yellow/amber colour with one finger of foamy cream-coloured head.

S - Big nose of tropical fruit and citrus up front with some pine. Grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, orange rind, tangerine. A good bitterness and a slight sweet caramel backbone. Definitely a hop-forward IPA with a very robust and inviting nose.

T - Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, pineapple. A nice bitterness that dominates but doesn't seem unbalanced despite only a very slight caramel sweetness from the malts.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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