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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

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 106
Reviews by evil_liver:
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Can
Canned on: Sept. 2016

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)

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

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)

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

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 beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Dalia
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of talbotjf99
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Skaterdude97
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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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3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
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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3.92/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of heebes
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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 GJKerr
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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!


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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of irishkyle21
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtomlins
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the guise of Burt's Private Stache. Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: Creamy 3 finger, totally hazy, good lacing that completely merges with the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruit, citrus, lemon, fresh and inviting.

Taste: Bit of sweet caramel, citrus rinds, grapefruit, good flavor from start to finish, actually gets fuller as it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Real full body, medium carbonation, astringency felt more in the aftertaste.

Overall: A home run for me. Doesn't re-invent the IPA but is still pretty tasty.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel gold and super hazy, topped with a massive 6 finger off white head. No visible carbonation.

Smells of onions, pine and citrus.

Tastes of onions, pine and citrus, with a light sweetness.

Light, slightly nectarous body, low carbonation.

Had for my 2nd time Oct 21st, 2016, in New Hamburg, ON. Well done brew!

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

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon/apricot/peach/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of fruits - peach/apricot/grapefruit and some resiny hops. There is also some light malt and a touch of a herbal flavour.

Overall - Some great hoppy/fruity flavour. Another great IPA from this brewer. If this was available year round in a tall can at a $3 price point, it would be a staple in my fridge.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
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