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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: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10640) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9765) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8395) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
On-tap at Volo. Big citrus, orangey. Very tasty and great job with citra, via early addition of citra to hopper, avoiding any off-notes.Orange coloured body.Above average mouthfeel.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 2011-05-13. crisp golden amber body with a small wite head. 3+ Lovely hoppy aroma, modest citrus melange, modest leafy green hop character. 7+ Flavour is similar with a modest citrus and leafy green hop profile throughout. Smooth average to light bodied palate. 3+ Went back for two more of these and it seemed like each sample was slightly different. Quite enjoyable but didn’t knock my socks off like it did on tap. 7+/3+/7+/3+/16 - 3.6 Volo IPA Cask Challenge

2011-03-11. Hazy orange amber with a modest white head. 3+ Lovely hoppy aroma, modest citrus melange grows by the sniff, light alcohol. Not as assertive as some but it is persistent and keeps checking in as you drink your way through the glass. 8+ The flavour has a similar hop profile, lovely citrus, sort of tangerine like character, mild hop bitterness throughout, light alcohol, lingering citrus in the finish and aftertaste. Average plus bodied palate. YOWZA! It probably doesn’t have the depth of character that some others do but this just makes a marvelous first impression and continues to ingratiate itself as you go on. Eminently drinkable. I opened a bottle at home the next night and was please to find it of similarly high quality. MORE PLEASE! 8+/4/8/3/17+ - 4.2 Great Lakes Tap Takeover at Volo, Toronto

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6373) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 25, 2011
On tap at Volo
Aroma very fresh citrus hop profile. Touch of candy.7+
Appearance hazed amber with medium top.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied ale. Chewy malty with long stretch of neat alpha hop notes. Good and fairly drinkable but I would not call this great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 March 12, 2011 - Great Lakes Tap Take-over at Volo. Draught. Murky yellow-orange with a fairly large creamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma - ooooh, nice! - catnip, catty, pungent, maybe a bit of spruce - citra! 8+ ... Taste - follows, light grain, citrus, and pungent and robust - unlike the Johnny Simcoe, this one may be better tasting than smelling - not much alcohol either - nice balance, too. Solid body, astringent, decent carbonation, a fairly long dry pungent catty finish - yumm. More, please.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (5966) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
Draught at Volo. Pours a cloudy orange-copper with a small diminishing white head. Aroma: Oh wow, I love this, it’s amazing! Just lots and lots of lovely hops galore. Flavour’s just as great, again with lots of lovely hops -- it’s so flavourful. Nice, somewhat long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Hands down the beer of the night and quite possibly Great Lakes’ best beer yet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5944) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5644) - 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


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