I took a trip up north last week for some much-needed R’n’R. I didn’t really have much planned on this trip, but I did know that I wanted to stop into Kern River Brewing Company for lunch on the way. And of course while I’m there I had to have a beer. This is the one I chose.
The beer poured a lovely orange-to-amber color. Small bubbles floated lazily to the surface for the duration of the beer. Head was a steady 1/4 inch of creamy foam, leaving behind a close-knit net of bubbles lacing the side of the glass.
I was surprised how muted the nose on this was when I first received my beer. A sweet pine scent was the first thing I picked up, with a tangerine backbone behind it. Even sweeter hints of pineapple and lemon were present, but I really had to stick my nose in the glass to find them.
The taste was the exact opposite of the nose. It began with an orange/tangerine flavor, but that seemed like a front for the pine that lurks just behind it. This transition of flavors is rather flawless though and adds a subtle complex that adds to the experience. A mild herbal bite finishes things off (this must be the rye that I didn’t even know was in the beer until I sat down to write this review).
Mouthfeel is light-to-mediumish and sticky. It goes down relatively smooth, but leaves hop residue around your entire mouth.
I shouldn’t be surprised that the people behind Citra were able to make such a delicious DIPA. Even though it’s a large beer at no point did it feel in your face or excessive. The blend of citrus and pine with a touch of that spicy rye had me coming back for more after each sip.
Overall: 8.5 out of 10
As a DOUBLE IPA: 8 out of 10
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