Citra Dog - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 568
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 16
Gots: 93 | 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 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 inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Summer '13
Founders Doom glass

A: Slight chill haze. A lighter colored orange. Thin layer of bright white that faded quickly. Carbonation is fine.

S: Definitely smelling that Citra blast. Big fruity notes: orange and tangerine. Mango. Some sweet malts behind it. Doesn't smell overly bitter.

T: Bitterness right up front on the tip of the tongue. That grows on you during the sip and elongates. Again, delicious Citra hop fruitiness. Citrus, tropical fruit, juicy fruit bubble gum, etc. There is a little bit of sweet malt but or the most part this is a hop bomb. Finish is dry and bitter.

M: This is more medium bodied than their described "full". (658 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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 (905 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 quincybsilas
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a 22 oz. nonic glass

A- Poured a clear copper color, some visible carbonation, frothy white head left lots of chunky lace

S- Some pineapple, peach, and citrusy notes. Nice aroma, just not very strong

T- Huge pineapple, peach, mango, and citrusy hops. Some honey and wheat like notes. Very juicy and tropical, this highlights Citra hops very well.

M- Prickly carbonation, very dry, very refreshing, medium body.

O- Thirsty Dog really hit this IPA out of the park. One of the best IPAs and use of Citra hops (a personal favorite) that I have had. A very juicy and tropical fruit forward IPA with minimal bitterness. (638 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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 . (501 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh, this is a cool one. It starts with a cool label. Citra the super dog. It opens and pours to a pretty, clear yellow with a lot of lace. Very good. The aroma is good and strong and a little unusual. Those citra hops are showing.

The taste is as outstanding as it is original. I have never had an AIPA that had this much character but still was balanced and easy drinking. I might have under rated it.

It's bitter up front and continues into the aftertaste, but it is an unusual bitter. The things they did to make this single hop brew were worth the effort. (563 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (878 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 Squunk
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very big fan of IPA's and our server told us Thirsty Dog had come out with an entry in this category. Tried the Citra Dog and absolutely loved it. It reminded me of some of the Sierra Nevada brews like Ruthless Rye. Has a bit of a grapefruit note, but not overpowering. Overall this was a smooth IPA, which is a bit of a trick in itself. Has a hoppy bite without being harsh. Definitely recommend giving this beer a try. (420 characters)

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 hustlesworth
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- clear light amber with an amazing sticky off white head. Incredible amount of drippy lace.

S- pungent grapefruit aroma with a hint of pine and pitch tar. Subtle notes of lemon and mandarin lay over biscuit like malt.

T- loads of hop flavor without a whole lot of bitterness. Toasted grapefruit and pine tar with some burnt orange peel. Bready malt provides a solid backbone with a hint of sweetness.

MF- on the lighter side with zesty bubbles.

D- highly drinkable IPA. Thirsty dog kickin ass again. (509 characters)

Photo of Broman
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A pale amber color under a moderate bleached white head that dissipates rather quickly. Overall an inviting sight.

Smell- Very plain but aggressive citrus smell. As the head dissipates the smell does as well but at a much quicker rate.

Taste- As expected a very heavy citrus taste initially that lingers for a few seconds. An after taste of slight hops is welcome. Overall good flavor, but a bit watered down tasting.

Mouthfeel- Overall a light feel with a bit of a bitter bite to it. The flavors are more abundant the longer the beer is exposed to the mouth before swallowing.

Overall- generally a good beer I would drink again. It has a very inviting appearance to it and is backed up with an equally intriguing smell. The taste is a bit of a letdown in that it appears somewhat watered down. Overall an enjoyable beer. If it's around and you haven't had it, why not. (886 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 tastymug
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale amber with a white head.

Smell: Hoppy, sweet like citrus, and maybe grassy or like hay

Taste: Interesting taste with a strong hop presence and sweet as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and really very smooth.

Overall: I had this beer from cask at AleFest Columbus. Compared this to two other cask ales at the festival and this stomped the other two out of the competition. The flavor and hop presence were complementary and found this overall very drinkable. I’m going chance to say that I may have enjoyed this beer more due to this particular batch being cask-conditioned, I really think that added an extra element to the overall taste and mouthfeel. (684 characters)

Photo of JOhioBeer
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a beer that has "Citra" in its name....it didn't take advantage of the hop. it was nicely bittered and slightly floral, but they could have used cascade or any other "c" hop with simlar results. the name made the beer slightly disapointing, other then that it was a fair to good IPA. (287 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Busy Bee in Raleigh.

Honey gold pour with light 1/2 finger white head. No retention and no lacing. None.

Light pine and a whiff of butterscotch come to the nose. Grassy.

Larger pine flavor with an aggessive, but light spiciness. Pepper in the finish. Bit of diacetyl here? Maybe just too grassy.

Medium body, with a slight creaminess.

Decent drinker and I'd get it again. (402 characters)

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Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.