Your IPA Preference: Citrusy or Dank?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Tdizzle, Apr 15, 2015.


Citrusy or Dank

  1. Citrusy

    256 vote(s)
  2. Dank

    57 vote(s)
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  1. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Devotee (445) Dec 19, 2006 California

    I posted a poll a few weeks back asking if you preferred more citrus or pine character in your IPAs, and several users opined that my poll was flawed in that many hop varietals yield both of those flavor and aroma profiles. So… let's go for more contrast. Do you prefer citrusy, or dank?

    I love the bright, fresh aromas and flavors of citrus fruit and tropical fruits, but I prefer a more dank and sticky earthiness in my IPAs.
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  2. deford

    deford Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2013 California

    Dank...reminds me of High School....
  3. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,576) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
    Society Trader

    Gonna go with citrusy. Dank is a vague and hard-to-describe profile.
  4. Brian_Lynch

    Brian_Lynch Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2014 New York

    When it tastes of citrus rind it's dankish. So citrus dank for me.
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  5. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    ummmm, perfect balance of both
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  6. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Devotee (445) Dec 19, 2006 California

    I understand. I just like a musty, grassy, earthy, "green" quality in my hop profile. I don't smoke weed, but I used to quite a bit in high school and early in college, and I like an IPA that brings out the cannabis element of some hops. Nugget, Mosaic, and Simcoe, if I'm not mistaken? Correct me if I'm wrong. :slight_smile:
  7. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Devotee (445) Dec 19, 2006 California

    I just can't win...
  8. Brian_Lynch

    Brian_Lynch Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2014 New York

    Lol, sorry, 50% dank 50% complex citrus that's my story....
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  9. scuttlebutt21

    scuttlebutt21 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2014 California

    Both are quite nice. I love a good dank double IPA!
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  10. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Equal balance Citrus - Dank - Pine. Whereas no single component outweighs the other.

    I can think of a few that do this very well...
  11. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Devotee (445) Dec 19, 2006 California

    "Equal parts both" is not an option. Think of it this way: If you had to have only one IPA hop profile for a very long time -- let's say you're serving 20 years in prison for gay beastiality -- and you can only have one IPA style snuck in for you by your sketchy cousin, what type of IPA hop profile would you request?
  12. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Citrusy ... Deschutes Fresh Squeezed is a great example.
  13. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Dude...your poor cat.
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  14. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

  15. gatheredwaters

    gatheredwaters Initiate (0) May 1, 2014 Vermont

    I'd rather not think about it that way. Ever.
  16. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Devotee (445) Dec 19, 2006 California

    Sorry. Just trying to look at life from the viewpoint of people who respond to this post with "Both citrusy and dank." Life is black and white, folks; there is no "both."
  17. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    In that case, keep your bottled fruit juice and pass me a uber fresh Dreadnaught!

    I got into IPAs because they reminded of Dank weed. The citrus factor was just an added bonus.
    #17 RBassSFHOPit2ME, Apr 15, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2015
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  18. jojo2112

    jojo2112 Initiate (167) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Space Dust is an even better example...
  19. LordofWord

    LordofWord Initiate (83) Dec 15, 2014 Oregon

    Grapefruit Sculpin is an even citrusier example.
  20. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (3,080) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    You do have up to 10 fields in the polling option. I still don't think that would be enough.
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  21. Comparison_Ford

    Comparison_Ford Disciple (383) Apr 4, 2014 New York

    Citrus-dominant FTW.
  22. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (851) Jan 19, 2013 Canada (NB)

    I love a juicy, citrusy IPA. Nothing better IMHO.
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  23. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (160) Dec 6, 2014 California

    I don't think these are incompatible necessarily. Some beers, like Noble Ale Works, or some of El Segundo's Stuff, is both citrusy and dank.
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  24. cjamesb09

    cjamesb09 Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 Maryland

    Citrus for the most part. A dank flavor is great in certain ipas.
  25. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,500) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    Citrusy. I like IPAs that are insanely fruity, either citrus or tropical.
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  26. slipperysoup

    slipperysoup Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2014 Illinois

    You need some Yum Yum in your life.
  27. timotao

    timotao Disciple (303) Sep 16, 2013 New York

    They're not mutually exclusive.
    Is that worse than straight bestiality?
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  28. chrisjws

    chrisjws Savant (902) Dec 3, 2014 California

    I like both. I like pretty much all citrus and I tend to prefer that more often than not. I enjoy dank, but what I don't really enjoy is when it's overly oniony/garlic dank.
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  29. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2011 California

    That's why you shouldn't do polls. What were you trying to accomplish with such a poll?
  30. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (499) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    MMMMMMMMMMM Hop Tanker
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  31. StrappingYoungLad

    StrappingYoungLad Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2013 Indiana

    I like 'em as citrusy and juicy as possible. War Mullet and The Calling are prime examples.

    Not that I can't enjoy and appreciate a more piney or bitter profile. Just a definite preference.
  32. brentusaurus

    brentusaurus Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 California

    I love tropical fruit, but not super clean fruitiness, I need some of that muddy dankness in there.
  33. blockdude

    blockdude Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2014 California

    I think damp would be a more aptly title for the type of ipa you are describing. I feel I can't be a proper beer connoisseur when describing my beer as having "dank" qualities.
  34. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    I chose "Dank". Something about an Earthy/Resinous DIPA makes my Lupulin Bones Quiver! Yet my favorite IPA (Maine's Another One) does showcase both Citrus and Dank Aroma/Flavor Compounds.....
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  35. LakerLeith

    LakerLeith Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2013 California

    Voted citrusy, but wanted to vote for both.
    Honestly depends on my mood, and the weather/environment I'm drinking. (What I'm eating/not eating plays a role as well)
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  36. chuckpalka

    chuckpalka Initiate (176) Aug 29, 2006 Illinois

    If I have to choose one or the other it would be Dank although the word is not very appealing. Earthy would be a better choice (I think). I don't care for over the top citrus like a glass of grapefruit juice but a nice combination leaning toward the dank is preferred.
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  37. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Defender (604) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    I have to agree. For me, it's about 75/25 citrus to dank. If the citrus is over the top, I like more heat rather than the onion/garlic notes.
  38. Dogtirednj

    Dogtirednj Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Citrus. Love all that grapefruit, blood orange, lemony stuff. Currently obsessed with DuClaw Hop Continuum Blood Orange.
  39. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)

    I like both but i do lean towards the citrusy aspect.
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