Hop Profile: Citra - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hop Profile

Updated on March 27, 2016

Hop Profile: Citra

Citra is a relatively new hop on the scene (released in 2008 by Hop Breeding Company of Yakima, WA) and has since gained much attention for its unique tropical fruit flavors and aromas. These intense tropical notes make it the perfect candidate for a single hop IPA.

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company helped popularize the Citra hop when they used it as a dry hop in their Torpedo IPA in 2009. When Sierra Nevada first used Citra in Torpedo, there were only four acres of Citra hops, but today, there are about 140 acres dedicated to this hop variety. Citra's popularity is expanding more and more each year and shows no signs of slowing down.

  1. Origin

    Citra was developed by the Hop Breeding Company of Yakima, WA and released in 2008. Citra is a US origin, hybrid hop variety and is bred from a combination of Hallertau Mittelfruh, U.S Tettnanger, Bavarian, East Kent Golding, and Brewer’s Gold hops.

  2. Characteristics

    Citra Hops are known for high alpha acid content and strong tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Although Citra ranges in alpha acid content from 10 to 12%, it is typically used for flavoring and aroma. Unlike many US cultivated hops that lend grapefruit flavors, Citra provides its brew with mango, guava, and lychee fruit.

  3. Vital Statistics

    Typical Use: bittering and aroma Alpha Acid: 10-12% Country: USA Styles: American-style Pale Ales, IPA, and Double IPAs Favors: Melon, mango, peach, apricot, guava, and passion fruit Similar Hops: Falconer’s Flight and Nelson Sauvin