arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks to Hopseeker! Hazy orange-yellow pour with nice fluffy 3-4 fingers of white head, aroma brought notes of big tropical fruit with big pineapple, mango, touch of grapefruit, and passionfruit notes, hints of orange but a nice floral and pine note in there, hints of caramel and biscuit to back but this is all about the hops. Taste is nice fruity hops with some mango, pineapple, touch of biscuit and bread, slight floral and fruity notes, touch of slight spice, finishing fairly bitter but the sweetness of the hops counteracts it well. Nothing crazy or over the top but very well made.
sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large, white rocky head that lasts and leaves plenty of lace behind. Initial pour was a lightly hazy blond color. Final pour got a lot hazier. Nice fruity nose with notes of pineapple and citrus. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, lil oily on the palate, light resinous notes. Fruity hop flavors, citrus, tropical, melony notes with hints of pencil shavings, cedar and light peaches. Fairly juicy and enjoyable. Lightly sweet finish with a tame hop bite. Surprisingly tame for a west coast Dipa. Bomber from IrishBoy, thanks Richard!
bhensonb (12960) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by the guys at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy darkish gold. Mixed resin/citrus aroma. Smooth flavor that’s about the same. There’s lush fruitiness, and a large amount of hop. Extreme, but not burning, hop level in the finish. Excellent.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A bittersweet fruity (mangos + tropical fruits) IPA. Very good even if a bit sweet
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase and quickly sent to me by Alen, thanks a lot Alen
The look: Cloudy dark blonde ale topped by a medium white head with good retention
In long: Nose has plenty of mangos, some other tropical fruits, some cat urine (I get that from most IPAs that make heavy use of Citra) and some light notes of pine-tree. Taste is bready pale malts, residual sugars, a bit of bubblegum, dried fruits, tropical fruits. Bitterness level is only medium. Very tasty. Unfortunately the after-taste has a little too much residual sugars. As of this writing the two heavyweights of the “blonde Citra Double IPA” sub-genre is this one and the Hill Farmstead Double Citra. They both have a very similar flavor profile but I find that the Hill Farmstead is more aromatic, has a more pronounced fruitiness and feels a little less sweet. Still, this Ken River is a very good beer, almost excellent. Yet another top-rated Californian IPA, so I guess what you guys are saying is that they make great hoppy beers in California… no kidding… tell me something I don’t already know. Like how to behave like a responsible adult for instance.
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super Fresh Bottle. 420th rating, fitting beer. Enjoyed this beauty with my brother on Easter Sunday while watchin the Masters. Pours an ultra cloudy and hazy orange, lively carbonation, medium white head with tons of tiny bubbles. Soapy and thick lacing. Aromas of tangerine, fresh pine, tropical fruits, oak, cantalope melon, light notes of fresh baked biscuit, earthy and caramel malt. Taste is buttery tropical citrus infusion of kiwi, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and some cocconut milk. Perfect amount of bitter in the finish. Had some white oak jai lai characteristic but way juicier and more balanced. Not as sweet. Incredible.
Reynolds314 (2988) - Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DIPA heaven right here. Based on the aroma I was preparing to be dissapointed. Most IPAs that use copious amounts of citra have that huge tropical fruit aroma but this was muted. The taste more then made up for it though. Massive tropical fruits with medium sweetness and a sweet yet crisp finish. Love this hop and this beer.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very pleasant ipa. Thanks to shinbone! Big hop flavors, sweetness, and bitterness is abruptly perfectly.
Pailhead (6025) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of hopseeker via trade.
Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruits, peach, grapefruit, and a hint of lemon. It pours a hazy orangish-gold with some very fine sediment and a two finger creamy white head with decent retention and some soapy webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with moderate tropical fruits with some hints of sweet orange. The finish has moderate grapefruit, light orange peel, and a touch of pine. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall...I drank this following the 5th Anniversary. They are very similar and both dangerously drinkable, but the Citra has more bitterness/grapefruit in the finish than the 5th Anniversary...and because of that, I like it just a tad more. Kern River sure seems to make some incredibly "sessionable" IIPAs.
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Foggy orange with a billowy white head. Nose is pineapple, mango, white pepper and cannabis. Thick and juicy, hops adding spice and bite but not much bitterness. Taste is mango, candied grapefruit peel, blood orange and spruce. Hints of mint finishing with clam juice (?). Delicious.
Blairgus (3571) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
30 mar 2012, bottle. Yellow, faintly cloudy. Slightly sweet white grapefruit juice aroma. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. Grapefruit juice citrus. Not much malt but just a tad do its not too thin or bitter.
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