Citra by Kern River Brewing

Tasting: May 15, 2014
Style: Double IPA
Beer #: 538

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Citra

I reached legal drinking age in 1981. Since then, I’ve always had an interest in craft (or alternative) beer. However, there was a very long period of time in the early 1990’s when I began to lose interest in beer and turned my attention to amassing a pretty good wine collection.

My craft beer interest was somewhat rekindled about seven years ago and the catalyst was Ruination by Stone Brewing. It was exciting and followed the experience by launching a quest to see if craft beer had truly taken the next step. Armed with the top one-hundred beer list I printed off the internet I went to the local store. Looking back – I was a “newbie” and I’m sure I embarrassed myself as it went something like this…

”Yes, do you sell anything from this brewery, Three Floyds? No? How about this Kentucky Breakfast Stout? No? Can you order me some of this Pliny the Elder”? It didn’t take long to figure out that I couldn’t get what I wanted when I wanted.

I’m a collector. I have a collector mentality. I need to find the elusive. I wanted the (then) best IPA’s on the list – Pliny the Elder by Russian River, Dreadnaught by Three Floyds and Citra by Kern Brewing. Well, I’ve had Pliny the Elder on numerous occasions but to date no Dreadnaught and no Citra. Since these beers aren’t available in any states close to New Jersey – I had to find a place to buy or trade for these labels. Citra? It took years but with a recent trade (beta.beerexchange.lo) that mission is now accomplished as I pour it into my over-sized brandy glass.

Citra is a hop variety, so as you’d expect the hop is the main attraction in this cloudy orange ale. Those hops deliver a floral aroma and deliver a nice blast of tropical fruit – mango and dominant pineapple right out of the gate. Hops aren’t as resinous as say a Heady Topper but they are beautifully executed in Citra. I get some nice earthy grapefruit on the finish. Nicely balanced off by sticky sweet malts. All in all this has lived up to expectations. It’s not elite class – but worth 94 points in my book nonetheless.

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