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Citra Dog - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 613
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 31.91%
Wants: 19
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
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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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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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.


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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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with great head and great lacing. Like the name says, it smells very citrusy. Citrus hops but with a good malt backbone but the bitter aftertaste draws it back slightly. Medium body but with great medium carbonation. Pretty good citra ups!

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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.

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Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very hazy, orange amber, half inch dense head

S: malty with subtle Citra hop aroma

T: follows the nose, and I get a hint of mint as well. There is a slight harsh edge to the bitterness, but not so much to be unpleasant

M: very pleasant medium body, strong fine carbonation, creates a persisting tingle on the front half of the tongue

O: a solid Citra hopped offering that makes its own unique statement with the hop. I would probably buy this infrequently if it were available in Chicago, but it’s good enough that I’ll seek out another 6 pack if I get back to Cleveland

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

A - Pours a hazy orange. Thin white head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Light amount of citrus and hops. Really underwhelming.

T - Nice balance of citrus and bitter hops. The citrus dominates with the hops not very strong. Very smooth IPA.

M - Medium carbonation with a light mouthfeel.

O - Very easy drinking IPA. Would be nice beer for the summer months.

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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.

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Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A light, slightly hazy orange.

S - I was a little disappointed here. The smell isn't overwhelming, actually a bit underwhelming and reminds me of white wine with some subtle citrus and spice notes.

T - There is the citra hop. There is a nice balance of bitterness with the grapefeuit and citrus flavors. The hops aren't incredibly strong or as strong as I'd prefer for an IPA, but smooth and balanced regardless.

M - Very light and drinkable.

O - A decent beer, but overall I am disappointed. This drinks more like a pale ale and the nose was not nearly what it could be.

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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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours clear gold with one finger of white sudsy head, medium lacing.
S - Big Pine, grapefruit, fresh bread malt.
T - Very assertive bitterness, lots of grapefruit and pine, mild bready and crackery malt underneath.
M - Too bitter, what the heck.
O - The taste is too bitter to really be enjoyable the best parts of the citra hop are sorely missed in this brew.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small head that clings to the glass. Smell features the hops and the grapefruit flavor that they deliver. The taste is all about the grapefruit again, with pine flavor in there too. The malt adds a little balance but doesn't add much in terms of flavor. If you're expecting a beer with orange and lemon flavors, this certainly won't bring that, and the name "Citra Dog" seems a bit misleading. However, the strong grapefruit flavor is nice if you're into that (I'm ambivalent). The mouthfeel is thin for an IPA and the beer goes down very easily for it being a fairly potent brew. Overall, this is a nice brew. The suggested temperature is 37 degrees, and I drank it at around that temperature, but I wonder if there might be more complexity when it warms up a bit.

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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.

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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.

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Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.