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Citra Dog - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 580
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 17
Gots: 100 | 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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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 580
Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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!!! (1,266 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, slight pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and minimal astringent bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of hop flavor with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,384 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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. (848 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thirsty Dog
Citra Dog

LOOK: Pours a light golden orange with a dense head consisting of tiny bubbles. Really retains well and leaves rings of lace on the pint.

AROMA: Citrus, pine, a bit of pineapple. A bit of herb.

TASTE: Firm bitterness with lots of earth, pine and dirty citrus notes. Some mango and lemon are in the flavor profile as well, cut early by intense bitterness stinging the palate. This pale ale is trademark citra all the way.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp and refreshing. It also coats the palate with hop oils, this is a hopped up ale for certain. Doesn't hold the carbonation well, which makes for a slicker than standard feel.

OVERALL: Another great American IPA featuring the Citra hop, which has become increasingly popular due to its intense tropical flavor and solid bittering properties. One of the best beers made by Thirsty Dog to hit the market in quite some time. (920 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a somewhat murky, brown-orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, malt, pine, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of hops, a good shot of pine, some light citrus (grapefruit), malt, and the aforementioned bready quality. There's a strong hops bitterness to this (a bit much in my estimation) that throws it off kilter. Still, a pretty good flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven IPA in many respects. Citra Dog is worth a shot, but there are better examples of the style out there. (659 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep golden, finger creamy white head, nice lacing. Aroma is dank citrus, tropical hops, slight bready, caramel malt. Taste slight bitter, ripe tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, bit of caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the low end of medium body, lowish carbonation, slight bitter hop bite lingers. Overall good, easy drinking pleasant ipa. (346 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a frothy, lingering cream head.

A huge punch of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and toasted malt form the initial aroma. Resin and pine add complexity. Tropical and citrus fruit dominate.

Flavor is more malt focused, with lightly sweet caramel malt contrasted by underpinnings of citrus fruit, becoming resiny and bitter at the bready, toasted finish. Grapefruit and tangerine dominate the fruit character, with complex notes of tropical fruit adding intrigue.

Body is moderate to a touch full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of hop astringency.

Great flavoring and aroma hop character, though I wish the fruit were dominant, rather than resin. It's too bitter for my liking, and the astringency detracts a bit. (764 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (743 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 StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (3,554 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at flip side in Hudson. Served in a pint. Minimal white head. Light lacing. Little retention clear light copper color. Aroma is citra: sweet orange, orange blossom and a light bit of pale malt, but its fairly light. Taste is also fairly "citra-forward" sweet, a bit malty, some orange and a touch of grapefruit. Lighter body. Heavier carbonation. Mild bitterness. A decent brew. Not the best expression of the hop, but user friendly and easy to drink. (458 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright light peachy color with extreme clarity and a shimmering head of white.

Ah... a showcase of the finest Citra! Maybe a little mild in the poignancy, but the aromas are right. Mango, orange, lemon/lime, and pink grapefruit. Malts are pale, lightly sweet, and mercy mild. Fruity nose, all thanks to the single hop. Great stuff, so far.

Citra Dog pulses with both tropical/citrus fruit notes and tangy leafiness. A rounder fleshy flavor conjures up notes of tart peach and balsa wood. Mild bitterness, which cuts down on the idea of hoppiness, but this beer has a wallop of hop flavors. Candy-like in taste, but not sweet. Not dry, either. Malts keep things supple while the hops supply the acidic tang. Tart berry notes, not forgotten. Great combination of flavors going on.

Remarkably light, despite featuring more languidity than carbonation. A purist might consider this almost syrupy, but the body doesn't stretch that far. In my opinion, a tad above watery. Nothing exceptional in feel, but the rest of the beer's qualities are standout.

A wonderful single-hop IPA with all of the nuances of good Citra hopping. (1,132 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$2.75 bottle from Abe's.

Got to love a beer with Krypto on the label.

Golden orange body that glows on the outside, chill haze at the center. Three fingers of micro-bubbly pure white foam. No initial lacing.

Huge inviting aroma of grapefruit, orange, mango, and assorted other citrus.

Small malt footprints. An orchard of juicy fruit. Big bitter bite that lingers on and on. I might still taste this in the morning. And like it.

Light-medium mouthfeel with tickles he tongue.

Really like this. Will look for this again. (525 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Amalak
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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)

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Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.