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Old 10-27-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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Default Citra Curiosity/Fear

I have an ounce of Citra that was given to me by a fellow brewer. "Try it, it is such a great hop", he says. Then I read this...
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/whoa-citra-154505/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/citr...3/#post1967369
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/citr...7/#post2755083
These, along with several other posts from reputable posters in this forum have me very concerned about using Citra. I plan to use Ed Worts's Haus Pale Ale as a base, and use the following hop additions...
.75 Centennial 50
.25 Citra at 15 10 5 and 0 giving me 41 IBU's

Any suggestions on using this schedule or Citra, would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:30 AM   #2
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Some people absolutely love the tropical fruit flavor given by citra. I do not.

I made an all-citra APA and it screamed MANGO at me. I ended up dryhopping with cascade, and it was better but still had a real Juicy Fruit gum flavor to it that I didn't get into.

It's definitely got a tropical fruit flavor and aroma that blends well with other hops, but I'm not a fan of it on its own.

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:34 AM   #3
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I think it's delicious. It does have to be used in moderation/combination with other hops or else it is overpowering. I've never detected a "catty" taste or aroma though

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:59 AM   #4
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I love it. Perfect for a summer IPA, the one I did being entirely hopped with Citra. It was around 6.5%, with some vienna and crystal 20 on the bill. If you do use it, remember to dry hop; it's aroma is probably its best quality.

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Old 10-27-2011, 02:07 AM   #5
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made an all Citra IPA with 4 oz of Citra and we loved it. very citrusy for sure, but we like that. Also we split the batch and did a half batch of it on Pineapple for a Pineapple Citra IPA, man that was a Citrus Explosion of awesome.

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Old 10-27-2011, 02:53 AM   #6
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I really like what it does, but in small doses. I use 10-12 oz of hops in a 10 gallon batch, and .5 - 1 of that will be Citra. Then I usually dryhop with .5 oz of Citra and similar amount of something else.

I get a mango / tropical flavor out it, and find that just a touch of it is good.

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I like citra a lot and haven't got the catty or other flavors others talk about. Tropical, yes, and a lot of citrus also. I think it has a lot to do with when you add it. Here is an all citra ipa I did with 8.75 oz in a 5g batch: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/3-fl...56/index9.html

So far it seems like it has been a hit with everyone that has made it.

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Old 10-27-2011, 05:14 AM   #8
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Add me to the Citra fanboi list. Perhaps more importantly, my wife is a big fan of Citra. Bought a couple of pounds of pellets last winter that I've been husbanding along, almost time for the 2011 buy.

I've never picked up any negative notes from it, but I do only use it for late additions and particularly for dry hopping. The favorite house brew is a quite hoppy IPA using Chinook for bittering, Cascade for middle addition, and Citra at flameout and dry hopping. Even peeps that don't actually like beer (ie: BMC drinkers) love it. I have to brew a batch every couple of weeks to keep some on tap - it can actually be a problem!

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I would only use it early in the boil, don't care for the Tropical punch.

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HMMM... I will take it off your hands if you want, lol... Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA uses Citra, maybe sore some of that and see what you think, also, I think Widmer Bros has an IPA using Citra that might give you an idea of what to expect. Ultimately it is your taste that will decide, but they are super popular right now, right along with Simcoe.

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