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

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9793) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
A clear golden IPA with a thin white head. In aroma, a sweet fruity malt with light floral hops, not bad. In mouth, a nice biscuit malt with good citrusy hops, menthol notes, grassy and smooth.Cask at Ontario Cask IPA Challenge, April 21, 2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rob6239 (621) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
On tap at volo in Toronto. Pours dark gold with huge hoppy aroma with pine and citrus overload. Strong bitter taste and intense hops mouth feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2012
In short: A blonde IPA with a solid malt backbone and a complex hop profile. Excellent
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed very fresh about 2 weeks after bottling. Bottle forwarded to me by blankboy, thanks a lot Paul
The look: Slightly cloudy blonde-orange body, many small particles, small white head
In long: Nose has some of the typical citra hops character, which for me translates into tropical fruits and some cat urine. Taste proposes a solid malt backbone that provides body without much flavor (nothing wrong with that in a generously hopped IPA) with a character that is white bread baguette and plain crackers. Then comes the generous hopping that offers more than what I usually get from single hop Citra IPA. Yes I got the topical fruits, the light cat urine presence but also dry pine-tree, orange peels, lemons, grapefruits, more… Somehow I though this was a little more boozy than it should be for a mere 6.8% brew. Bitterness level is only medium, which was perfect for the discreet malt backbone. This was a really good IPA. I’ll probably lose all credibility here but I actually liked this Ontario Citra IPA just as much as the super-hyped Kern River Citra from California I had a week before. Anyway, I told myself that I would stop after 3 beers yesterday but apparently I wasn’t listening.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10653) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 28, 2011
Appearance: Golden orange, thick white head. Aroma: beautifully hoppy, lemon, mango, lots of pine, smells great. Flavour: lots of pine and fresh wood, leafy, lots of mango and just phenomenal secondary hops. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5676) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2011
cask at Coles, Buffalo NY. Great aroma on this, citrusy hop driven. Flavor was citrusy bitterness, lemon, orange zest. Very nice IPA

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
Sample at the brewery. Pour slight hazy golden orange with off white head nice lace. Aroma citrus fruits, mango, pineapple. Taste quite powerful hopping but not overly bitter, terrific tropical and citrus flavor with a mild malt profile. MF medium chewy body mild carb. Really solid brew would love to see more of this one well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2279) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
Thanks to jerc for this. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a sizable frothy white head and great lacing. Aroma is great. Big citrus and orange, loads of citrus hops. Taste again is great for an Ontario IPA. Up front is the citrus hops and orange peel. Smooth, dry bitterness with a sweet citrus almost floral aftertaste that is so pleasant. This needs to be a regular brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
3rd annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge tasted blind. Bright golden pour. The aroma is really lovely. Tropical and fruity with a nice fresh resiny character. A little bit of pale malt sweetness. Lean bodied and perfectly fresh smelling. Orange/lemon and some other bright citrusy notes. Tropical and awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
Sample at Volo GLB tasting. Poured a medium yellow gold with decent off white foam. Aroma is jumping with very citric hops. Taste is sublime; big, chewy hops with an abundance of lemony sourness along with the bitter notes. Finishes better than most of the IPA’s on tap tonight. This is the winner.


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