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Citra Dog - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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86
very good

516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 63
Reviews by brewtus:
Photo of brewtus
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into tulip. Pours light orange with a two finger, fairly dense head. Smell is tons of citra hops, west coast style, lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, orange. Taste leads off with lots of tropical fruit, pine, slightly bready, some peppery spice on the back of the tongue, it finishes pretty bitter and dry. The taste of this is very good and I was pumped to see a citra focused beer from TD. Very refreshing, very west coast, very enjoyable. Get a six pack, no need to try just a single .

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic a dull brass color with a tightly formed lacey half finger white head atop.Aromas seem to be quite sweet and sugary with a big splash of citrusy hops,almost DIPAish in nature to me.Flavors are a citrusy bomb with big sugary sweetness along with caramel,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Wow this is as close to tasting like a DIPA at 6.5% as you can get in my opinion with it's sweetness and hops mixture.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What can be said stellar appearance when you look a the beer and the packaging, however they are jumping on the Citra bandwagon to no avail. First things first IPA is all about the balance between hop flavor, bitterness, and malt balance. This beer lacks cohesion but I'm still interested. The stats are right 95 IBUs, 6.5 abv, but taste it let it coast the palate, appears a beautiful pale copper orange hue slightly off white head leaves fine even bands of lacing no complaints. Nose has big citric notes with swelling herbaceous earthy hops exploding, after that it's minimal malt biscuit notes and pretty one dimensional. Flavor very dank citric and herbal hops providing thoughts of orange peel and marijuana...I'm not a smoker in that regards but the beer speaks for itself. Malts appear in the background a bit of biscuit malt dry finish for sure this beer is a hopheads beer, I enjoy some of the other Citra hopped beers a bit more like White Rajah and Zombie Dust just due to balance but this beer is a true hop assault. Mouthfeel is oily slick with hop resins abound carbonation carries you through the hop swamp carbonation works well at a comfortable level going down with each sip. Overall I'm proud to be drinking another Ohio brewed Citra based IPA!!!

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nearly pure white head almost a finger tall rests on a clear amber-hued brew. Retention is fair, while some spotty lacing clings to the glass most of the way down.
There's nothing that expressly shouts "Citra" to me in the hops profile. There's a bit of citrus and some sweetness along with it accompanied by a caramel/toffee malts note, but otherwise I get more pine-like bitterness than anything else. A hint floral as well with some rind and a slightly spicy aspect, it's rounded out by a light grassiness underneath. The well-rounded hops bouquet stands out a tad more in the nose than on the tongue.
The body is medium, with enough brightness and heft to make for a balanced feel, and enough crispness and smoothness to keep it rolling.

Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Small head. Almost nothing after a bit.

Smell - Not what I expected. A lot of grapefruit to the hop aroma. Doughy malts. Kinda musty.

Taste - Grapefruit hop again. Sweet malts, not too sweet. A little crackery. Bitter and grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Bitter in the finish.

Overall - I expected something more orangey and tropical. It's ok, but nothing really impressive.

Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Their doesn't seem to be any dating on the bottle but I picked up this six pack at a very reputable craft beer seller so i'm hoping it was relatively fresh, or as fresh as Ohio beer can be in Maine.

Color is great, light orange, medium head with great lacing.

So the label talks a big game about the massive amount of citrus and melon scent and taste. Maybe I've lost all sense of smell and taste but i'm not getting much of either. I hoped for Sculpin "like" aroma and i'm not getting it.

That said, this is still a very good IPA. i'd certainly buy this again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Good clarity with a light orange coloring and moderate show of carbonation. Buff 1 finger head has a whipped cream texture and is strong on the hold. Whispy, wavey, thinly spread lace with a lasting head coverage through most of the drink.

S: Sweet grapefruit, sticky pine resin, mango-orange, tropical fruit with a perfumy delivery and moderate amount of strength.

T: Fresh, wet, citron-line hints. nice. Sweet grains, followed by a semi-tart tropical fruitiness of mango-oganges. Citrus peel, sticky pine, grapefruit with some floral hops are lightly dry. Flowery coating, lightly dry stalky barley, with a farewell of dry oranges, greapefruit flower on the swallow.

M: sticky, lightly toasted, lightly dry with a feel good carbonation rate.

O: Overall has a good level of aroma and flavor with a balance of bittering hops, not just a one trick pony ipa but is balanced nicely between the 3 aspects. Sticky hop resins, nice citra hop profile, flavorful, yet easy and sessionable for multiples. I would keep this on hand for casual, enjoyable drinking when not reviewing. case worthy.

Photo of n2185
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Lot of grassy hops with some pine and grapefruit aromas. It's a very dry and earthy smelling beer.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are a lot of dry and earthy hop flavors. Pine, grasses, citrus rind, and some spicy herbs. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is light and a little sudsy feeling, but avoids being watery or oily.

O: A decent IPA overall with unique hop profile and is dry and drinkable.

Photo of screamking
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours a very light amber, with a small 1 finger white head. Great lacing. 3.75

Aroma-very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Some dank pine also seeping through. Truly a great smelling IPA. 4.25

Taste-lots of bitterness, grapefruit with its peel, overripe pineapple. Malts seem to be a little over whelmed with the hops. This beer is about the bitter punch you get on the front of the tongue, after that fades it has a tough time coming up with more flavor. 4.5

Feel-medium body, ABV is low and non existent, this whole reeks havoc on your palate, mucho bitter. 4

Overall-this has all of the flavors of a DIPA and is more bitter than most I've had recently. It packs a hell of a punch for $11 bucks a sixer and under 7 ABV. I am really digging this one, not sure if its a year round or a one off, but I need to get my hands on more. 4.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It has a golden body with two inches of white head.

S - I get some floral and citrus hops. I also get a metallic smell.

T - It has a metallic bitterness to it. The metallic taste fades quickly to leave a bitter citrus flavor.

M - Moderate with prickly carbonation.

O - This is the first IPA that I have seen from Thirsty Dog. It is decent, and I would drink it again , but it was not as good as I'd hoped.

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Amalak
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a 1/2 finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops as well as bready and biscuity malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell. It tastes a little citrusy with a moderate amount bitterness but the underlying flavors of bready and biscuity malts are also quite noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The maltiness of this beer makes it unique compared to other IPAs.

Photo of quincybsilas
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 of the best IPA's i've ever had. not too hopped. great smell, flavor. perfect pine, citrus character. gotta try on draft again to compare. great summer beer. bit pricey, but i'm cheap. comparable to headhunter and nano's citramax. aftertaste is a bit weak. tried hard to think of a flaw.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no freshness info) into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is a nice hazy honey color with about a finger of fluffy white head. It's thin and dissipates quickly, but does leave some nice lacing. The nose has that unmistakable aroma of citra hops: sweet oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and ripe peaches.

The beer has a body just on the light side of medium and has a nice, pleasant hop character that's not overly aggressive. You get some toast and marmalade flavors up front and then a nice wave of lemon and orange rind, but you can still taste that malt sweetness underneath. The finish is quite dry and leaves a lingering orange and lemon rind flavor behind. Very appetizing beer.

I am disappointed in this beer. Not that there's anything wrong with it, I'm disappointed I only bought a single and not a 6-pack (see what I did there?). I might have to rectify that tomorrow when I visit the beer store again. This is a nice IPA with some really good, fruity bitterness. That's the kind I like. It kind of reminds me of Schlafly's Tasmanian IPA, only with a bit more sweetness underneath and a touch more body.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Citra Dog last week for $1.99 at The lager Mill. I was looking for a beer to fill up my mixed 6 pack and since I'm a big fan of Citra hops I thought I would give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is a little cheesy, but it still looks ok and It's a little eye catching. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, there's not a single thing wrong with the way it looks.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of Citra hops upfront with some nice grapefruit aromas sticking out the most with some tropical and citrus fruit aromas showing up nicely in the background and there's also a slight piney and spicy hap aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart some grainy and bready malt aromas. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the Citra hop showed up nicely and there was just enough malts to bring good balance to the aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops with the citrus and fruity hops sticking out just slightly more than the piney and spicy hop flavors with grapefruit still sticking out the most, but not by much. Up next comes the malts that impart a grainy and bready malt flavor. On the finish comes a lower amount of high bitterness which is just a little to high and it had a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste with some bready malts and grapefruit flavors. This is a nice decent beer, but it just a little too bitter and it doesn't do the best job at showcasing how juicy and fruity Citra hops can be.

M- Not the smoothest, clean, crisp, dry, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it could be smoother and not as thick.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of the style, but it had some aspects to it that held it back from being as good as it could and that made it a little rough around the edges. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't as smooth as I would have liked and it was a little filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention. I think one or two would be enough for me, I think the lingering bitterness would start to get to me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, I thought they were both pretty good and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop aspect in the taste, it wasn't that bad, but it was a little too bitter and not as fruity and juicy as I would like. I don't think I would get this beer again, with Oddsides Citra Pale ALe being readily available I don't think I'll have the urge to revisit this one anytime soon. I don't think I would recommend this beer it's pretty forgettable as far as Citra hopped beers goes. All in all I wasn't that impressed with this beer, it wasn't a bad beer,but to me it didn't let those Citra hops shine as well as they could have. It's not my least favorite Thirsty Dog beer, but it certainly isn't ma favorite and I don't think it's that memorable, Better luck next times guys.

Photo of Ksoden1186
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found a single at D's six packs for $3.50. Into a pint glass.
A - Well off to a great start the color is a nice light amber brown, clear with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit leaving some decent lacing.
S - Well not in your face juicy hops but it does have a decent level of citrus and pineapple hops. Not much malt I can smell though.
T - Decent level of bitterness quite herbal and hoppy leaving a minty harsh twang on the tongue well after each sip. Somewhat balanced with mild crystal and sweet cracker malts but definitely bitter beer.
M - Medium bodied and the hops make it chewy.

Overall nothing I would track down again but recommended for hop lovers. Very bitter and herbal.

Photo of hail_seitan
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of BB1313
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden with a slight haze; small white head that fades quickly and leaves solid retention and decent lacing. The aromas aren't in your face, but they're pleasant. Lots of sweet and sticky fruits like pineapple and orange. There are some sweet malts in the mix as well. The bitterness seems to be the focus in the flavor department. Lots of pine sap and pine needles. Grapefruit is there as well. Good flavors, but lacks true depth, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium-bodied; active but subtle carbonation. Thin, but not too thin. Extremely easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's refreshing as well.

This is a nice IPA. It's definitely in the right direction for Thirsty Dog, as far as hops go. They meant well this one. I wish the flavors packed more of a punch, but it's good stuff nonetheless. Recommended.

Photo of moorerm04
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a 16oz tulip beautiful crystal clear copper color. Big soapy head that hangs around for a while. Drink after drink rings of lacing hang in the glass.

S- indicative of any all Citra beer, very dank like a damp basement or jungle, citrus. Grapefruit, mango. Pretty much what I love about citra hops!

T- for 95 Ibu's it doesn't have the lingering bitterness that I would expect. No astringency, citrus hop notes, fairly well balanced by a slightly sweet malt backbone. Think I may have enjoyed this beer had it been a touch drier.

O- solid representation of a single hop American IPA. I enjoy Citra hops but I haven't bought into the hype. I would recommend this beer for someone looking for a citra gateway beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.