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Old 09-02-2013, 05:29 AM   #1
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So I have recently been on a big citra hops kick. Zombie Dust really turned me onto the kick and I have noticed an unusual trend that I would like to know if anyone else has noticed about them. Of all 3 recent ALL citra hop batches (1 oz dry hopped) I have made, I am noticing that the hops citrus character immediately shines like crazy from the dry hop. The bad side to this is that as time goes on (normally within a few weeks) the character of the hops slowly turn from crazy bold citrus to more piney flavors. It is totally changing my beers and introducing a flavor I am not wanting at all. Would citra better be served with other citrusy hops to showcase the citrusy flavor than being alone? Maybe cut the dry hopping of citra in half so that the piney change is not so evident? Is anyone else noticing this change from citra? It seems wonderful as a flavoring and aromatic hop!

 
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
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I wonder if the different harvests might have something to do with it. I recently bought a pound of Citra and brewed Zombie Dust clone. It smells like sweat/body odor! I'm hoping it mellows out, but the Kern River Citra DIPA I brewed last year, was nothing like this.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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Citra does not go good long in the boil IMO.

Never added it before 7min left in the boil. It tends to get piney/catty at the 15-20 mark and im not even a fan of its bittering compounds.
Added at 5-0, whirlpool and dry hop really let it shine. Try doing a nuetral bittering hop like warrior or nugget to around 25-30IBu and hit it with a huge knock out (5min) of citra (2-3oz) and the same into whirlpool (Keep ~180 for 20-30min) and finish with 1.5-2oz on dry hop, this should give u a nice aromatic citrus/tropical fruit bomb with little piney/catty tones on the backend.

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Old 09-02-2013, 08:50 PM   #4
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I totally agree this year my citra beers are not what they were last year and last a shorter time for citrus flavor. I have been extremely happy doing all Mosaic batches this year and would suggest trying one.

 
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:05 PM   #5
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I wonder if the different harvests might have something to do with it. I recently bought a pound of Citra and brewed Zombie Dust clone. It smells like sweat/body odor! I'm hoping it mellows out, but the Kern River Citra DIPA I brewed last year, was nothing like this.
i've had the same experience, same brew, 2 different citra harvests. one was mango-pineapple, and one was overripe pineapple-sweaty gym bag. some white wines have that smell that's just on the edge between passionfruit and BO, i'm happy with it there but don't think i want it in my ipa

 
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:47 AM   #6
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What is mosaic? Sounds interesting...

 
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:01 PM   #7
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I've never gotten citrus flavors from Citra. It's a misnomer in my opinion
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:07 PM   #8
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What is mosaic? Sounds interesting...
Imagine citra & Simcoe had a love child. That's Mosaic. Not as fruity as Citra, not as catty as Simcoe.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:58 AM   #9
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Blasphemy! I've certainly never noticed that with my citra supply, but I'm just getting ready to break into a different batch. I love citra as a dry hop. Also a good citra/amarillo ale.

 
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:09 AM   #10
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Others have seemed to like some resent citra batches but I think the years past harvests were better also. A local brewery makes a honey citra ipa that was amazing in 2010/11 and since then it just isn't nearly as good imo.. maybe next year will be better again? A guys gotta hope

 
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