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Great Lakes Brewing Karma Citra

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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1140) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
22 oz bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours hazy orange-golden with a medium white head that fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of lemon and grapefruit rind, with resin, mango, grass and pale malts. The flavour is balanced between moderate citric-tropical hops on the one hand and moderate pale malts on the other. The finish is long and hoppy with lingering hops. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice citra IPA. Reasonably complex yet refreshing--great for summer. 2014-08-30

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1735) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
This is a citrus bomb. All orange. Pours a cloudy orange. Aromas and flavors of orange. Very smooth and extremely drinkable. One of the better ipas I’ve had in awhile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
650mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Nose is full of piney and citrus hops, a noticeable astringency, and a thin crackery malt backing. Flavour is a piney and citrus hop blast, with medium astringency, and a thin but sufficient crackery malt backing. Very hoppy, dry and highly drinkable. Exactly how I like my IPAs. Wonderful stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ketail (81) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
Bu le 21 août 2014 en bouteille. Œil: jaune voilée avec superbe mousse. Arôme: pamplemousse, floral/herbal. Goût: fruits tropicaux, résineux. Note: 4/5

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (1999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
Bomber from the LCBO. Clear slightly dull pineapple pour with an off white head that froths almost over the glass. Slightly musty, but still pleasant, lemon rind, passion fruit, bit of tangerine, malt is present but takes a supporting role. some grass. Moderate body and carbonation, smooth on the palate, easy to drink, booze is present but not overwhelming and warms a bit on the finish as everything dries out and becomes nice and bitter. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (224) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Very nice citrus/spicy aroma with light malt. Not overly complex, but citra hops with a nice backdrop. Hazy yellow with very long lasting foamy white head. Tastes great too, upfront orange peel, finishes with orange juice, peel, light malt and a minerality/spicyness. Pretty great single hop IPA, if you like citra. Medium carbonation and body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (542) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
650ml bottle. Hazy golden body, medium white, dense, creamy head with excellent retention. Citra aroma at its best: peaches, pineapple, apricots, camp flowers, a touch of hot spices. Taste of sweet caramel malt upfront, followed by a nice herbal bitter kick, and finishes with exotic juice. Aromatic without the excessive amount of bitterness. Gets better when warms up.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1253) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Robe couleur laiton, tirant sur l’orangé, avec une petite mousse blanche qui recouvre le liquide. En nez, le citra est très apparent, avec ses notes à la fois de fruits tropicaux et de conifères. Avec joie, ce sont les mêmes tons que l’on retrouve en bouche, dans cette IPA de facture assez classique, pas nécessairement très amère pour rien, mais qui explose de saveurs houblonnées très franches et balancées à la perfection avec le sucré des malts. Probablement la meilleure de ce genre provenant du Canada anglais.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (159) - - AUG 10, 2014
Bomber from the LCBO. Pours a cloudy medium orange with a luxurious thick white head leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aromas of citrus and mango, some molasses with a touch of pine. Very creamy mouthfeel. Tastes are of orange peel, but not overly bitter. Almost creamsickle-like at times. Light caramel backbone especially on the swallow. Overall I am a growing fan of Citra hops and this one illustrates all of the good things that type of hop brings to the beer glass.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinsenn (1066) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle from Castro’s Lounge. Cloudy amber. Fantastic citrus candy aroma. Terrific sweet fruity citrus taste up front. Hoppy bitter finish, but not too bitter. Very well-balanced IPA. Full somewhat sticky body. Great!


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