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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

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (371) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
I’ve enjoyed about 8 bottles of this stuff in the last few weeks, so I figured I should finally get around to rating it. Pour is hazy dark gold with a creamy white cap that sticks to the glass. Nose is a pure Citra bomb: tons of grapefruit/citrus, tropical fruit and pine, with nice bready malt in the background. If possible this stuff tastes even better than it smells. Nice chewy, bready malt, a perfect balance between sweet and bitter, tons of exotic hop notes, and a lingering bitter finish. Another great Tank Ten product from these guys.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheKeywork (44) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
The smell and colour lend to a bitter punch off the top. Disappointingly the body waters out at the end. Decent taste but the finish can't keep up. Still a decent beer. Cut the abv down to 4% and this would be a real winner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6273) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
En fût. Verre de 7 oz dégusté chez Vices & Versa (Montréal, QC) au coût de 6,75$. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de pin. Apparence: La couleur est orangée opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’orange avec une pointe de pin et d’ananas. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’orange en arrière goût. (Rating #6209)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OOKPIKABLE (157) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Pours golden with 3 fingers of dense off-white head. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit. Tastes of same, with a little berry thrown in. Somewhat oily mouthfeel with a lingering sour hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A very nice IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (151) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
650 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orangish colour with over two fingers of head. Average retention with lots of lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, green pepper.

Flavours: Mild grapefruit, flour, yeast, bit of pine.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy.

Overall: The aroma was really great with this one but I was underwhelmed by the flavour. I was expecting a bit more hops and pine and I’m not a hop head. Anyway, this is a good solid IPA but not a great one in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (419) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
Big floral citrus aroma. Golden and clear with a slightly rose gold hue, white dense head. Bitterness develops slowly, veggie/leafy flavour, some slight earthiness, medium bodied and fairly easy to drink. Lots of hops in this one, I’ll be drinking it again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle: Poured a nice clear bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of huge floral hoppy notes of citrus with some leafy notes. Taste is dominated by the leafy and citrus hoppy notes with limited bitterness and some residual sugar notes clearly identifiable. Body is light with good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and love the aromatics and the balancing of the bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregorymconway (215) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
650ml bottle from the LCBO. After trying the new session IPA Amsterdam put out another beer showcasing some Citra. Hazy orangey-light light amber body with a creamy head lacing extravagant white lacing. Tropical fruits are present, some pineapple, pear, and orange juice. A little bit earthy, decaying leaves as well, some cereal in the back although it is obviously hop forward with little malt presense in the aroma. Thin bodied and light. Lively carbonation with a grapefruit rind finish whch is quite long.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3248) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
On tap at Brothers Beer Bistro (Ottawa, ON). Hazy amber body with a thin white creamy head. Fresh hoppy aroma with citrusy and mango hints. Its sharp hoppy taste carries herbal and grapefruit notes. Ends with a long bitter finish. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
GLB has definitely arrived, this pint was as good as I could ever hope Stone IPA to be with delicious layers of citrus and no excessively acerbic leafy bitterness. Nice gently hazy gold color. I look forward to having again. At Thirsty and Miserable.


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