Aroma Profile: Citra has an intense citrus aroma with grapefruit, lime, passion fruit, gooseberry and melon all coming through. Some of these aromas can be quite subtle and beautiful, while others pack a severe taste bud punch! Of course, this all depends on the beer and your other choice of ingredients, but Citra’s aroma will typically shine through most other hop aromas
Alpha Acid: 11-15%
Beta Acid: 3-4.5%
Total Oil: 1.5-3 mL/100g
Citra was developed in 2007 by the Hop Breeding Company. It is a hop from across the pond, hence its extensive use in American Ales. It features a high total oil and alpha acid content with a low co-humulone percentage. Since its release in 2007, it has become one of the top ten aroma varieties for craft brewers across the world. This is thanks to its distinct citrus flavours with some lovely hints of tropical fruit flavours as well.
Citra is a very sought after hop by brewers across the world. Most use it for its intense citrus flavour and aroma. With lime, grapefruit, passion fruit, gooseberry and lychee notes, this hop can add a tremendous amount of taste and smell to any craft beer. It has become a firm favourite for craft brewers because it provides some beautiful flavours and allows them to play with this flavour. It has become a very recognisable hop since its release, so brewers can be pretty sure that a beer with Citra in will be a favourite by their customers. Also, thanks to its reasonably high acid content, it is an excellent choice for American Ales, IPAs, and Pales.
Supply of Citra hops have been limited since it was first released, due to Citra’s popularity, but we usually have a decent supply and always a lot of love for this hop! We realised that this hop would be a firm favourite with our customers, so we work hard to ensure we can supply it. The exquisite taste of any beer with this hop in it has become very familiar around the world now, so Citra offers a safe and secure way of crafting a very drinkable beer. If your next brew needs an intense citrus flavour or some subtle notes of tropical fruit, Citra is the ideal choice!