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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Just in time for the holidays Sprecher Brewing Company is releasing its first Imperial IPA, CitraBomb. The Imperial IPA style was developed and made popular by West Coast (U.S.) brewers. This style is most often characterized by a gold or copper color, citrus hop character, big malt body and lingering bitterness. What makes Sprecher’s CitraBomb a rare treat is the addition of coveted Simcoe and Citra hop cones. The small 40 barrel batch was created using the recipe for Sprecher IPA2 – a beer known for its balanced malt body and lingering hop finish—which was aged and dry hopped with a blend of hops. Brewmaster Craig Burge then transferred this brew onto 100 pounds each of Simcoe and Citra hop cones to age for an additional six weeks. According to Burge, “Dry hopping with fresh cones adds flavor and aroma. In addition to the big green, grapefruit, fresh resin nose and flavor, there is some nectarine in the nose.” Sprecher’s CitraBomb Imperial IPA is a hop head’s delight. CitraBomb is being packaged exclusively in 22 ounce bottles and draught. Due to the small batch size, most of this Imperial IPA will be distributed in Wisconsin. Until supplies run out it will be available at the Sprecher Gift Shop, 701 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, WI. The Imperial IPA style was developed and made popular by west coast American brewers. This style is most often characterized by a gold or copper color, citrus hop character, big malt body and lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Orange pour into pint glass. Nice light beige head. Dissipating head revealed huge lemon citrus of course. Initial sip is tart and foamy. Lemony citrus overwhelms the palate. A sipper for sure. I had to share this to finish it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1363) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malts and peppery minty hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some tropical fruits and minty peppery hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low prickly carbonation.

Overall, an OK but not too exciting DIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2013
I had this on tap at the Tap House. I was blasted with an up front orange and tropical fruit bouquet that was matched in intensity by the taste. There is enough of a malt background to really hold this beer together. This is a very tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Not much going on. Sweet tropical citrus fruits over cardboard-y lager smell. Taste is decently bitter, refreshing, slightly sweet from the hops. Eh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6417) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, resin), with notes of soured fruit (kumquat, etc.), butter, scented soap, cotton candy, celery. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pretty typical Sprecher-quality beer...clunky, jumbled, aimless, off-notes, homebrew-ish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
twindadplus2 (611) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Hazy coppery red color with a small, tight beige head. Dry pine aroma with a hint of hay and cereal malt. Something in the initial taste just doesn’t sit right, almost a cardboard, vegetal flavor. It settles down into the pine and citrus hops and a malty finish but that first taste just ruins the flavor profile. It’s a pity because that’s really the only flaw in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
bigtelephone (1) - - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
A great taste of hops with a citrus after taste. Amazing color and a great beer to share over a nice long meal or a fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewsconsin (11) - - JAN 21, 2013
What I really like about this beer is that it is out of Sprecher’s normal mode of traditional or German-style brews. It is completely unlike the rest of their brand and even comes in a different bottle. Citra Bomb has a strong malt backbone with a moderately high level of bitterness. Good hop flavor with decent aroma really make the beer fit the IPA style, though it is kind of a tweener between IPA and Imperia and I am not sure the hos came through as much in the aroma as I would expect for 100lbs. At $6.99/bomber it might be a little much for me to buy again anytime soon, but I am glad to see Sprecher putting out some new and fun stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (8153) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
650ml bottle. Amber pour. Hay, cereal, and sliht maralade in the scent. Flavor is very candy like, like marzipan, almondy, vegetal, medium to high bitterness. Dry hopping with fresh hops for 6 weeks is just overkill and it doens’t help this one at all. If it were a few weeks and dried hops it would have made a huge difference in the hop presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1467) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bomber from Ray’s in Tosa. Pours a coppery orange with a foamy white head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has dank malts and faint fruit. Taste is of bitter citrus, pale malts, some sugar and some earthiness. Thick and rough. Finishes dank and bitter with some sweetness. There is some simcoe, but not getting any citra - should’ve done an additional dry hopping - and not significantly different than their iipa.

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