Citra Dog - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 564
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 16
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beer2day on 03-12-2012

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing more than an OK offering from Thirsty Dog. Try if offered, but don't go out of your way to seek. The citra notes are subdued by what I can only perceive as a lack of overall balance. (190 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one finger thick creamy white head, settles to a thin ring, splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: grassy, tangerine, light biscuit. Taste: grapefruit, orange peel, grassy, dried sugared mango note, more sugary pale malt. Body is really cut by the bitterness, thinning out and finishing a bit chalky. Decent but easily the most disappointing citra IPA I've had. (386 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, amber pour with a lacy head.
Funky, skunky, super hoppy, citrus aroma.
Tastes are that of citrus his, sweet, funky pine and bubble gum taste.
Mouth feel is really bitter. Pleasant bitter!
This is a really good modern IPA! WELL done Indianapolis! (260 characters)

Photo of M_chav
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Cool name/branding, Citra IPAs get my excited. but this left me questioning a lot. Big bitterness through and through, not a particularly pretty pour, murky brown. The beer itself is heavy and malty, and still bitter. kinda rough. No bottled on date, it's possible this may just be an old bottle(?) I hope. Not my Jam (322 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was terrible. Bottom of bottle may have shown a Julian date: 4130, which I'm afraid indicates it's a year old.

Cloudy orange, frothy foam, looks nice enough.

Smell is all gross wet grains, silage, moldy bread.

Taste is sweet then bitter. Caramel malt and dandelion green bitterness. Bleh. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Nothing special, would have to try a fresh sample to re-rate. (397 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; copper colored; 2+ finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: catty;

T: catty as well, although there are tropical fruit and citrus notes in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not the Citra notes I expected; (312 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, light to medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/4 of an inch thick with good lacing. Aromas of citrus, floral, dank pine hops followed by some biscuit malty mild sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same, with nice citrusy, grapefruit, resinous, piney, floral hop flavors upfront that give way to some biscuity, bready, mild malt sweetness. The hop flavor certainly does dominate, but this beer is not overly bitter. The other aforementioned aspects of the hop profile have quite a nice presence. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and creamy and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes clean with a bit of a dry aftertaste. Very drinkable and refreshing on this very warm spring night here in Cleveland.

Eric (1,015 characters)

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

couldn't find a date code, and i suspect this was an older bottle, because i am not getting any of those beautiful citrus notes you'd expect from citra. nice malt body, though. (176 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into brandy glass

A - A golden dandelion body with a fantastically frothy white head. Ample lacing.

S - Characteristic Citra hop smell. The mix of bright citrus, fresh flowers, dank hemp, and onion. Not overpowering, but still crisp and pleasant.

T - Much like the smell, the vitrus, floral, dank, and savory flavors complement a light, biscuity malt backbone. The balance is superb, as the honey notes from the malt perfectly accent the citrus and flower from the hops. The finish has a refined bitterness and citrus.

M - The mouthfeel is creamy and bready. Carbonation is spot-on.

O - With a relative abundance of citra hop brews out there, this one is quite good. I have never had Zombie Dust, but this is probably the second best I have sampled after Tree House Eureka. I had a Citra Mantra immediately following the Citra Dog and the Thirsty Dog was the far superior ale. Glad I picked this up on my trip to Asheville! (954 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle. Loght golden body with a big pungent sweet resin aroma. Lots of citrus flavor, but I also get a hint of onion taste. Not really digging the savory flavors or the hint of onion. Maybe this would be a good beer to cook with. Not one of the better citra hop examples (278 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Second beer of the day. Here goes:

A: Not very good. Murky but light orange. Pours a tiny head with very little lacing. Not much carbonation apparent.

S: OK, not great, though. Huge floral and grassy smells; also a lot of citrus. However, I'm missing that tropical sensation that I get from other citra-hopped beers.

T: Not bad. Taste follows the flowery smell, which is a good thing. Grassy hops linger at the back of the tongue long after consumption. Very little malt.

F: Bad. Far too watery; not carbonation. Just bad for the style, IMO.

O: OK beer. Will not get again, though - certainly no Zombie Dust killer, which is what was advertised at the store. (680 characters)

Photo of Buzaglod
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's has a nice Amber/cider look. Very mild smell, nothing too distinct. Taste is not hoppy enough for an ipa, on the watery side. Overall a pretty weak feel, disappointed with the hops concentration. Could be a good session beer (229 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brassy golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange over the top of a light aroma of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready, caramel, and biscuit malts with a light amount of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange hops with just a hint of herbal hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Though not indicated by the ABV, this beer drinks more like a DIPA than an IPA with the higher levels of sweetness and bitterness present. Enjoyable. (1,077 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Bradaplast for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Dark gold and extremely hazy. Forms a finger's worth of dense white head with great retention over quite a bit of small bubble visible carbonation.

S: Citrus (peeled oranges), tropical fruits, and bready malts. A nice nose, but not as bit of an aroma as I expected for a Citra-forward beer.

T: Citrus rind, grapefruit, some tropical fruit (mostly mango), and chewy bready malts with a touch of caramel character. There's a good punch of bitterness, and some leftover resin sap on grapefruit rind in the hang. Not quite the big fruity hop profile I was hoping for. Subjectively, this might taste a bit old; unfortunately, I see no dating on the bottle.

M: Medium to slightly heavy body, good carbonation sensation, and an average alcohol presence.

O: Not my favorite, but drinkable. I'm curious as to how old this bottle is - I received it very recently in a trade (and I believe he thought it was fresh)…I would certainly be willing to give another go-round with a (known) very fresh bottle. As it is though, edges towards more mediocre than I'd hoped. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Ksoden1186
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Very smiler to Zombie Dust. If you can't find ZD, and even in Indiana it is next to impossible, you should definitely pick this up.

Pours a nice golden hue, about a finger of head, and leaves a nice lacing on glass.

Aroma is very nice. Citrus and just a bit of piney bitterness.

Hoppy taste right off the bat with some wonderful citrus notes. Smooth and very drinkable. A wonderful, thick mouth feel.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, and a wonderful substitute for ZD. (476 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pretty enough and has no date on the btotle. SO when I was decideing to review this beer or no, I decide yes because the brewer could have put the date on and I would not have bought it had I thought it was old or past it's drinking window. For a nose there is some caramel, a bit of cracker and biscuity malt, no fruit at all. I can reach in my imagination because of what is written on the label for some orange or some stone fruits but no. Cool herbal. Taste is just ok and nothing more. If I stretch my mind out I could say a bti of tartness and fruit juiciness. It's malt forward. caramel biscuit and dry cracker. No fruit a bit of herbal and some slickness int eh mouthfeel. This had a medium mouthfeel. I would not buy this again especically not without a date on it. (780 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz Flying Dog tulip. Pours a dark yellow, with a two inch white head, that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell pine, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, and papaya.

Taste follows well, with grapefruit, apricot, and papaya being most dominant, but not to overpowering.

Body is on the lighter side, plenty of life, a little dry, and goes down very easy.

Overall this is very nice IPA that I would purchase often if distributed in NH. (437 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear golden color, with a moderate tight white head that fades quickly, with minor lacing.

S - Some lemon and citrus, a bit of grass and vegetal notes.

T - The fruit notes are in front, but mild. They are definitely there, but do not rise up and slap you in the face. Solid malt sweetness in the middle, which turns hard toward a long bitter tail.

M - Crisp, but with drying that builds. Moderate carbonation helps but does not eliminate it.

O - A very good, but not spectacular, IPA. It may be Citra, but it seemed like it needed something else to punch up the hops in the open. There is plenty of hop character, but the distinctive fruit seems a touch muted, even though the beer seemed bright and fresh otherwise. (725 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a nice lemony sweetness mixed with a hoppy bitterness. A grape undertone. Almost like a roasted nut burnt feel to it. Medium to light bodied. Carbonated. It's a generally fine IPA. Long finish.

It has a dull copper color with a ton of little bubbles coming up throughout. Basically clear. It has a big foamy white head and it has a good amount of lacing. Beautiful, intense hoppy scent. (395 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light amber with a massive head and lacing that retains very well. The nose is a blend of tropical citrus notes and grapefruit over a toasted malt background sweetness. Almost medium bodied with a slick texture approaching creamy. Slightly above average carbonation level with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is a well balanced blend of citra hop flavor and bitterness over an underlying toasted malt sweetness. It begins with the citrus flavors, progresses to a citrus and grapefruit rind bitterness that is mellowed by a toasted sweetness. Quite nice. Nice smooth finish that leads as slightly sweet then flows into a nice citrus bitterness that lingers just the right amount along with a bit of tartness. This dog can hunt. (765 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pleasant golden-amber, with voluminous head of white suds. Thick and heavy, but sloppy lace.

Nose is, not surprisingly, citrus hops with some tropical notes. Delicious!

Taste is bitter up front, with the citrus/grapefruit hops all the way. Tropical and pine notes arrive later and near the finish, with remains slightly bitter. Overall, a delightful and delicious IPA. (378 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A bit of murky orange, and a little chestnut brown towards the top, even lighter yellow body where the glass gets more narrow at the bottom. An array of hues, but a bit cloudy. Nice slow rising carbonation that meets a fluffy big white four finger tall head. Big clumpy retention, island pucks and valleys.

Solid nose. Some light tropical fruits and a good amount of bready malts. Slightly toasty also.
There's also some interesting pickle and salty brine character to this it seems.

Palate has a good solid hop coating and oils. Flavors though give more to malt toast and lots of baked bread on the finish. Some good bitterness and hints of tropical fruit, and some punch pineapple a little bit also.

Overall a pretty easy going IPA, nothing amazing but nothing ordinary either. (848 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a teku glass

Very interesting brew. Definitely Not what I was expecting but not a terrible beer. Aroma was somewhat off with very little floral hop aroma. I smell the said mango flavor that the label proclaims, however it is not present in the taste. I actually thought the beer was old and oxidized at first but I double checked the date to make sure. Mouthfeel is ok...not much of a party in my mouth as some of the other citra IPAs I have had. Lacing is present in the glass and the brew has a nice head that dissipates slowly. Overall not the best brew but not the worst either. Is it worth a try? Sure why not.

Cheers! (657 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner. Serve in a tapered 8 oz glass.

A- Pours a murky dark amber, almost brown, color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before slinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Pungent C-hop aroma brings notes of tangerine, orange and grapefruit.

T- Aggressively bitter hops sink their teeth in and don't let go. Almost too much bitterness to discern any flavor that was hinted toward in the nose. The bitterness lingers and lingers and I'm still struggling to find anything else. As the palate acclimates, things become more tolerable but I still wouldn't say it has high drinkability.

M- Very sharp and dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- The taste just does not follow through on what's shown in the aroma. (893 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours hazy amber, with a modest off-white head.

Aroma: a load of Citra hops yet some bready malts are also apparent.

Flavor: Follows aroma: fruity and herbal, with a substantial hop hit starting towards the finish. Despite a moment of rather high bitterness, this diminishes nicely in the aftertaste. Surprising complexity for a single hop brew.

O: recommended for hop heads. (425 characters)

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Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.