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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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
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.04%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
27
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 39
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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Photo of t0rin0
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a clear golden color with a finger of white head. Light grass notes along with citrus peel and pine. A touch of pineapple along with some pale maltiness. A bit of candied citrus peel along with some grapefruit peel, pine, and grass. Sweetness from pale malt and a little bit of caramel.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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 liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo, Great Lakes/Mike Lackey feature. Into a tulip.

Poured a somewhat tangerine-orange, heavy webbed lace leaving a collar and some mild retention behind. Nose has some tangerine, tropical fruits, mango and some mild pine. Lots of hops, can smell the bitterness emanating from this. Taste follows, clearly hop forward with some more tangerine and mango. Lots of fruits going on here, difficult to pick out them with precision. Mouthfeel was fairly standard I thought, and the drinkability is hindered by a bit of a lack of balance. I'd definitely revisit this one however, solid stuff Great Lakes. 4 4 4 4 4

EDIT: Had again from a Project X bottle. More orange, tangerine and mandarin orange in the nose than I can recall initially; super juicy. Tropical, and some otherwise similar to the nose in terms of orange and tangerine mixes with a light alcoholic note. Bitterness, even at 70 IBUs isn't terribly noticeable. Very juicy and tropical, a nice use of the Citra hop. Very enjoyable. 45 45 4 4 45

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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 Derek
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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 biegaman
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

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 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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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/5/12 bottle sent out by liamt07 Cheers dude

A hazy orange copper that glows, lots of tiny bubbles struggling to make their way to the thick looking liquid, a thick inch of dense foam sits around for a few minuets leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S I might believe this was juice if I was blind folded, big tropical notes sweet orange, mango, tangerine, and pineapple come out strong with a little grapefruit. There's not much cat tinkle this hops known for its a tropical fruit blast and I'm digging it

T not a complete hop runaway with a little caramel malt and some lemon rind and pine coming out, not quite the tropical fruit blast I could smell but still solid

M fairly full bodied and the tiny bubbles cream it up a little, mild bite for 70 IBU's and a piney rind finish lingers

O this ones hitting all the right buttons this evening, smells near perfect, feels great and solid flavor. What more do you need?

When I think about it I've had plenty of Citra centric beers lately and this is one of the better uses of the hop I've encountered. I'd love to drink this again but somehow doubt I'll get the chance, for now I'll just thank liamt07 again for sending me one.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dgilks
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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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Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is cloudy orange. Medium sized white head. Great retention and lacing.

Nose is full of juicy citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange stick out. A very sticky smell, if you permit the synaesthesia.

Following the nose, taste has a great citrus flavour. Grapefruit, lemon and orange. Very juicy. Fairly bitter. A bit of a caramel malt backing, but definitelty a hop focused beer.

Great feel. Medium bodied, moderate natural carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, very good indeed. Between a 4 and 4.5 for taste for me.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whatup14
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tom10101
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCimpi
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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