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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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 613
Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of dark golden coin coloring. It holds a two finger head of soapy, khaki colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Thick sheets of cratered lacing are left around the glasses as it recedes as a slower pace. No haze or sediment cuts clarity, and carbonation appears to be light and slow. The aroma gives surprisingly vigorous pale, chalky, rye, and lightly wheaty grain base, with piney, citric, and herbal hop varietals, burnt rubbers, foamy plastics, light clove spice sweetness, dandelion and sunflower leafiness, faint alcohols, green bark resins, and light adjuncty grain. Our first impression is that there is nice hoppiness throughout, but the grain becomes quite gritty by the end, taking a bit away from the overall picture. As we sip, the taste opens with rye, amber, and pale maltiness, metallic tins, chalky yeast, brightly citric hops, cornbread stuffing, acorn nuttiness, walnut shell, floral leafiness, and tannic lemon teas. The middle comes to a peak with dandelion flower blossom bitterness, dirty unfiltered wheaty airs, alcohols, gravel, mineral, chalked yeastiness, and cedar. The end comes with bright boozy wash, steely rye and straw bite, bittered pistachio nuttiness, honeycomb sweetness, sweaty saltiness, toffee sugars, distant caramel malt toast, and citric, resiny, and floral hops. The aftertaste breathes of booziness, apricot and peach fruitiness, oily hop resins, green grassiness, wheat and pale malts, rock salt, light pilsner malt bitterness, newspaper inkiness, herbal and citric hoppiness, and bittered pine bark. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is light. Each sip confers decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with nicer finishing pop. The mouth is left wet, satiated, and softly coated, with eventual drip into light toasty dryness and warmth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring, and its aroma. These remained pretty equal and comparable throughout, with freshness of hops, and surprising grit, graininess, and depth to the malt bill. The latter, at times, overshadowed the supposed citric hop showcase, giving somewhat of an unbalanced end and after to the tasting. The feel was also rather lackluster, offering little in the way of creaminess or redeeming refreshment. That said, this guy shows pleasant drinkability and goes down easily without much harsh complaining. This may not be the citra bomb you have been waiting for, but it won’t put your palate to sleep.

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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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, mellow yellow with a small 1/4 head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Straight Citra hops, some malts, added sugars, pine and lemon.

Taste - Much like the smell, straight forward shot of citra hops mixed in with some sugars and malts near the finish. Some lemon, pineapple, mango and oranges make up the flavor. Caramel malts round this drink out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet fruity hops bitter the tongue. Palate gets more hops, some sugars and caramel malts. The aftertaste is bitter and piney.

Overall - A nice beer, nothing super balanced or even multiple flavored, just straight up Citra hops, some sugars and malts mixed into a nice 6.5% easy to enjoy beer. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of moorerm04
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Looks nice golden yellow body, slight haze, small frothy white head which retained throughout.

Smell was all about sweet fruity hops. Very inviting.

Taste was what you would expect from the smell, mostly grapefruity hops, a fresh and sparkling beverage indeed.

Mouhtful was slightly off putting in that the grapefruit taste never left the mouth. I had to take a 15 minute break to take care of "stuff", and the grapefruit did not diminsh one bit. Now, I like grapefruit, but can imaging it would take some serious palate cleansing before moving on to something different. Mouth was a bit dry as well.

Having said that, overall a very tasty beer for the summer months. Thank you Thirsty Dog.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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".

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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