January 29, 2018 1 min read

Type of Hop:Dual Use Hop
Used In
: India Pale Ale, American Ales, Amber
Flavors: Citrus, grapefruit, lime, tropical fruits
Alpha Acids: 11% - 15%
Substitutes: Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Mosaic


Unless you've been living under a rock, you've noticed a surge in juicy, citrus-y deliciousness in the form of New England IPAs. If you're loving this style and can't wait to brew your own, make friends with go-to Citra hops.

The smooth floral and citrus aroma of this hop, along with the high alpha acid content bring strong flavor and aroma to beer featuring Citra.

Citra was developed in Yakima, Washington in 2007 and is bred from Hallertauer, American Tettnanger and East Kent Goldings. Alpha acids weigh in at 11-13% and beta acids at 3.5-4.5.

Citra hops came on the scene just in time to both influence and ride the wave of a long-lived pale ale craft brewing trend in the U.S. 

Brewers find Citra to be a great utility player -- they are used in early and late additions, as well as dry hopping to impart both flavor and aroma. 

The aroma of Citrus hops is described as grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee. This hop is used in APAs and IPAs alike for an aromatic burst of citrus.

Some notable commercial beers featuring Citra hops are:

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath

Hill Farmstead's Double Citra

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