Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA
Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Karma Citra IPAGreat Lakes Karma Citra IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #103
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,286
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
139
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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPAGreat Lakes Karma Citra IPA
Notes: 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
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 139
Reviews by kevinlater:
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 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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Photo of kp2517
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of FRANKIE65
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MonnyJah
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

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 hoppychick
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 CantankerousCaveBear
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rukeli76
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Brewxer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 eberesford
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good example of an American style IPA citrusy, grapefruty, with slightly veiled tropical fruit malt sweetness.

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

Hoppy beer from a great Brewery!

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Photo of bixby1971
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of knowyourown
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JunctionCat
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 139 ratings