Citra is currently one of the most sought after hops among craft and home brewers for their intense citrus aroma and flavor. Grapefruit and lime aromas along with gooseberry, passion fruit, and lychee notes. Currently one of the top choices for late hop additions or dry hopping when you want to make that ultimate hop bomb IPA or Pale Ale. Citra also has a fairly high alpha acid content making it a good choice for bittering IPAs, Pales, and American Ales. Supply has been limited in the industry but MoreBeer! loved this hop from day one and bought a lot of it years ago on contract.
Whole cone hops are typically the preffered format for dry hopping as they maintain contact with the beer by floating, they are easier to remove than pellets and they add a unique character to the beer. Adding whole cone hops directly to the mash tun is also a great way to add some extra hop flavor and to clarify your wort as it filters through the flowers.
Alpha Acids: 11.0 13.0%
Beta Acids: 3.5 4.5%
Alpha-Beta Ratio: 2.4 – 3.7
Cohumulone: (% of alpha acids): 22 24%
Total Oils in mls per 100 grams dried: 2.2 2.8
Storage(% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 68° F): 75%
Similar Hop Varieties: Simcoe, Mosaic