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BrewDog IPA Is Dead - Citra

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The Pacific North West of America is home to the Citra hop. America is not just about cheer leaders, a silly version of football, elastic top jeans and cheeseburgers. They grow remarkable hops and Citra is a killer example of this, embodying all that is good about American hops and then some. A relatively new hop on the block, it may even seduce you into thinking the American Dream is not just a catch phrase to sell movies and elect Presidents. Fearfully hard to resist, this beer is loaded with brash citrus, grapefruit orange, hints of resinous pine and touches of black currant. Devilishly moreish. I am a little bit too obsessed with this beer for my own good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2011

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, orange - citrus, grapefruit notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, deep citrus - orange, pine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110518]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 7, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy and slight grapefruity. Bitter and slight citric. Sweet, fruity and lingering citrusy. Bitter and medium dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
Bottled. Amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of lemon, straw, hops, and malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of hops, and lemon, leading to a very bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours golden with a slight haze and an off-white head. Very fresh hop aroma – loads of citrus and peach. Medium body, sweet and fruity base with these amazing Citra hops, again tropical fruits. Not overly bitter in the finish. 050411

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20476) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Draught at Ørsted Ølbar. Hazy orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops, pine needles and citrus peel. Fruity flavour of hops, grass and citrus peel with notes of pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 7, 2011
Bottled@Kaisla, Helsinki. Hazy amber colour, small white head. Aroma is very fruity, mildly caramelly as well as some slight sweet maltyness. Flavour is caramel, quite bitter hops as well as some fruity and floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19185) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Bottled. </i< Cloudy pale amber, brief head. Citric sweet tangerine aroma. Mid sweet with rounded mouthfeel and above medium body. Sweet tangerine, pears and winegum. A little sticky. Really bitter finish. The fruitiest in the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16245)
- Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2011
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity fresh hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2011
2011-07-18, courtesy of Philippe (Bov), bb 04-02-12, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Hazy light amber color; medium sized creamy head. The aroma is not your typical lemony Citra hop, but something more strange, with flowers (carnation), some citrus fruits, tropical fruits, light manure too. The mouthfeel is lean (more than the 3 sisters) and the mouthfeel dry; decent toffee flavor, with strong bitterness; the hopping brings a lot of oils, some resins, and a pleasant citrus fruitiness; dry and long final, with traces of fruits. Good, but the underlying Ale has too much character and it shades the hop.

2011-07-13, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 6-4-7-3-13=33
Amber color with a red hue; creamy head. The aroma is mild, caramel, brown sugar, some hop, some fresh grass. Medium body; there is a strong caramel flavor, with minimal residual sweetness, strong hopping; but in the final there are more caramelly notes than aromatic hop. The final is strong, persistent, with a light trace of mint.
It may be considered a bit boring, for sure less interesting than the bottled version (when it already performed below expectations).

2011-06-30, bottle from Havnens, Vejle, 8-3-7-4-14=36
Cloudy light amber color, with medium sized head. Strong citrusy aroma, although not the strongest Citra around, with cedar fruit above all. The mouthfeel seems less dry than the Nelson Sauvin (tasted side to side), bearing a quite good flavor of caramel and toffee, but that is somehow too strong and characterial (earthy) and therefore screens the hop; good bitterness level, but less excitement in the final than the Nelson Sauvin; there is a mild manure character all the way through (somehow also in the other 3 sisters).
Although it’s a good beer, I’m much more partisan for clean single hop beers, that allow the hop to develop completely, like the wonderful Häffner Bräu Hopfenstopfer Citra Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
19th February 2011
Hazy amber beer, little white head. Crispy palate. Orange and orange marmalade. Trace of grapefruit. Minerally sharpness. Gets a little sweeter toward the semi dry finish. Refreshing fruity IPA.

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