Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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very good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: allergictomacros on 06-04-2011

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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours into an imperial nonic a dull lemon yellow with a very this wispy white head that is gone in a flash.Mild citrus fruits and iron mainly in the nose,a faint breadiness as well,just light in all aspects.The mouth feel is pretty flat and light,wow this beer is not doing much for me at this point.Flavors have citric tones but it's mild and short lasting,a bit of green apple-like tartness and crystal malt flavors in the finish.How is this rated this high?

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Cask on tap at Three Horseshoes pub outside Derby, UK. Was surprised to see a citra on. Cool deal. Like all citra dominant brews the aroma has that typical tropical fruit, dank citra smell love it. Taste was a bit bitter on the back end. Nice light mouthfeel given the low carbonation. Enjoyable brew that I'd have again.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist. The label mentions that this ale is brewed solely with citra hops (in case the name didn't give it away).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale straw colour with medium carbonation; initially clear but hazy by the end of the pour due to the yeast in the bottle. Yields a huge head of white foam with a creamy texture and good retention; this eventually subsides to a thin surface layer. The aroma is amazing - a huge, spicy hit of citrus with grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange all discernible. Subtle malt and yeast lie hidden beneath the aromatic hops.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops with a pleasant bitter finish. Notes of grass and citrus, especially grapefruit. A dry, earthy yeast character in the background, and overtones of orange peel. Crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, spritzy and astringent, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of aromatic citrus hops....

Fantastic - if only I could drink this every day! An incredible aromatic hop character - stacks of delicious flavour. The aroma and bitterness are well balanced, with malt and yeast taking a definite back seat. Excellent - a must have.

Photo of dwren89
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this one from the bottle into a pint glass, I was instantly hit with the strong aromas of the Citra hops-- lots of grapefruit and other citrus aroma. Other than that, though, this beer is just average I would say. If you're wondering what the Citra hop tastes/smells like on its own, this beer could be a great educational tool. As for its actualy use though, there are many other ales that utilize the Citra in unison with other hops that work on much deeper and more pleasing levels.

Appearance: hazy, light yellow color, virtually non existent head
Aroma: very pungent aroma, grapefruit overpowering,
Taste: tangy, fruity, grapefruit from the citra hops,
Mouthfeel: light body, tart finish like a grapefruit, medium finish,
Overal: pungent Citra taste, slightly astringent because of the palate drying qualities of the grapefruit. I probably wouldnt buy this again, but it was good to taste the Citra hop on its own.

Photo of gdkersey
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this while shopping around the local Waitrose in Cambridge.

A - slightly hazy, straw golden color. pure white head that quickly fades. solid lacing throughout

S - juicy hops, citrus, grapefruit

T - instant smack of big, hoppy citrus fruit. lemons, grapefruit. a lightly toasted malt balances the hops and smoothes out the beer, not leaving any harsh bitterness.

M - carbonation is spot on for style, not overly malty or astringent from hops

I was very surprised when I found a UK brewery using solely Citra hops. Oakham Ales is one of my favorite UK brewers, and this one does not disappoint. This beer could give top notch US Pale Ales a run for their money. Awesome beer!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows floral, grassy and spicy hops with biscuity malt underneath.
Similar flavours. More biscuity malt and spicy, grassy hops. Refreshing.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.
Very English despite the hop variety.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of Citra hops with green hoppy notes with some lemongrass notes and some weird grainy notes which don’t really fit that well. Taste is dominated by hoppy notes with some lemongrass and grapefruit and some weird grainy malt notes that more or less fits in the whole picture. Body is light with good carbonation. Well done even though I really don’t dig the malt profile.

Photo of JohnQVD
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best-before date: 01 Apr 2014

Pale gold color with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving a little foam at the top. Smell is lemon and a touch of grass. Taste is lemony and very slightly bitter. Dry finish with a light lingering bitterness. Feel is light with light carbonation. Overall this is pretty good, but I feel like it could stand to be a bit heavier and could use a bit more supporting maltiness.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful citric with floral notes aroma, multi stage taste that laves a very pleasant aftertaste. It may seem bitter at first, but by the time you finish the bottle it turns into something more light and fruity. Very refreshing and the low ABV makes it ideal for summer days, would buy again!

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle: BBD 12 Jun 2013. Poured into a Uk pint sleeve after working all evening at a beer festival and not drinking on 2 May 2013.

Misty golden body with a thin white head.

Citra by name, citrus by nature: grapefruit, lemon without the cheek sucking sourness. I don't normally like this style of beer but this quenched my thirst nicely and it fitted the bill for what I needed at the time. Golden, citrusy flavoured beers have had some crap scores from me over the years, but this one hit the spot.

Refreshing and pleasant.

Photo of ssmack
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cleaar medium golden yellow colour with half an inch of white head that disappeared to a ring. Not a lot of carbonation and only a bit of lacing.

Mellow grapefruit aroma like a fresh winter day.

The taste is much stronger than the aroma. Sharp grapefruit taste then a short appearance of malt flavour like a lemon cake. You are left with a sharp bitter aftertaste like falvanized stell in the middle and back of the palette.

Medium feel with low carbonation.

Very good ale. The aroma is on the weak side but the taste is great. This bottle may have been a bit past its prime.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from my duvel tulip

A - Pours a light cloudy straw colour with a one fingered head that retains well.

S - Heaps of grapefruit and hop

T - Plenty of citrus grapefruit, falls a little flat after the initial hop flavours.

M - Light to medium body with minimal carbonantion, needs more.

O - Just imagine yourself sitting outside an english country pub on a summers night. This beer fits the bill perfectly. Lacks in some areas, but still has plenty on offer.

Photo of vinicole
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Light yellow and somewhat watery in appearance.
The citra hop has a lovely aroma which this beer uses to the full.
The grapefruit comes through strongly followed by the milder but more florid lychee. Bitterness is not as sharp as expected which leads to a smooth finish.
Not much body and lightly carbonated.
I enjoyed the experience.

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, grapefruit, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste grass, corn, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some apricot, ginger, and some breads/grains.

Overall - A little watery and more of pilsner like taste than an APA. A decent brew, but for this price point I was expecting more. Ontario has better APA's at half the price.

Photo of LazyHank
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, smells and tastes of elderflower. Strong bitter finish. Nice. Wrote this one off after my first bottle some time ago. In hindsight I was probation too drunk to appreciate it.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A:poured from a 568 ml bottle into a glass, golden colored with a tight white head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: a fruity bubblegum hop smell, quite interesting, sweet smelling, mango, pineapple

T: bitter sweet with a good hop malt balance, fruity flavors follow the smell, lighter than expected

M: medium bodied with good carbonation

O: west coast hop flavor in Blighty, I wish I could get this in the States because it is an excellent brew, flavors remind me of top notch Cali DIPA but toned down with lower body and alcohol content

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy lemon barley looking body with lazy lopsided big bubbled white head.

Real cutting aroma, real strike of hops, pine and old fashioned.

Dry driving taste real tart fruit tastes hops a real clear and present taste hinting at a sweetness that never appears subtle honey factors all with a tangy zing.

Good solid chewy mouthfeel, lively but fitting carbonation.

Blimey this stuff is good.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec. 17 2014. I've been hearing good things about this one, so I was sure to slip a bottle into my basket while beer shopping in London. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an attractive, translucent golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger of frothy, loose white head. Decent retention, with a wide collar and plenty of lacing left to cling to the glass as it slowly recedes into a soapy cap. As expected the hops are the primary focus of the aroma - lots of citrusy lemon pith and grapefruit, as well as wet spruce, pine resin, lychee and apricot.

While a backbone of pale malt and orchard fruit sweetness remains present, you'd forgive someone for missing it amongst the staggering array of fruity hop notes. Lychee, pear and mango sweetness greet the palate, with citrusy notes of grapefruit and lemon following soon after. Tangy, with a tart, astringent, grapefruity finish that doesn't linger; fairly dry aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with relatively limp carbonation that is somewhat atypical of the style; a petty complaint about an otherwise fabulous hoppy session ale.

Final Grade: 4.38, an awesome A grade. Oakham's Citra is a fabulous British interpretation of one of my favourite light American styles. This is a pricy brew in our neck of the woods with limited availability (which means it probably isn't a realistic session option for most Ontario BAs), but it's still well worth the effort of tracking down a bottle or three. Great stuff that I hope to return to again at some point in the future, as it's quenching my thirst on this hot, early summer's night quite flawlessly.

Photo of mdagnew
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a nice pale golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. Sparse carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy and slightly tropical fruits (grapefruits, ripe mangoes, kiwi fruit, pear), quite rubbery, some vegetal traces, pine, sea salt, some soapiness, grassy hops, light herbal notes, white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, citrus and grassy hop bitterness, light biscuit malts, light floral notes, good fruitiness (gooseberries, grapefruit, light pineapple,), light honey sweetness, herbal notes, quite perfumed, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - An excellent and very sessionable brew... highly recommended..

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale golden yellow in color with some light hints of visible carbonation and some hints of medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film over the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citra hops - citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/lime.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly fruity pale malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by some moderate flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit, and citrus/lime hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a really enjoyable session beer - I like that it still tastes like an English beer but with the addition of American hops. Very easy to drink and one I would gladly have again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly pale, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, light, white surface coating of head and a steady flow of carbonation throughout. Aromas of tangy citrus and tropical fruit forward, with heavy doses of grapefruit, lemon zest, berry sweetness, moss, grass, and a slightly sour/tangy melon characteristic. Pretty unique and interesting nose. Flavors are more of the tangy sweet forward, but this time with a heavy resinous character in the backbone. Berries and grapefruit blend for a tart and sweet overtone, with a biscuit backbone. The body is light and extremely effervesced, with a short-lived grapefruit and cracker aftertaste. There are some legit tart grapefruit notes lingering into that aftertaste. Wow. The finish is dry and light, and the increased carbonation cleans up the palate for the most part. Just a little of the resin and tart linger around. Solid brew.

Photo of k3ve
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

very fresh and tasty ipa, not too hoppy.

Photo of CStang67
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE: Clear golden color with good thick white head the settled to pencil thin and lasted most the way through the beer. AROMA: Hop forward with citra playing the star role. Citrus and herb notes supported by some malt. TASTE: Hoppy flavor upfront again with the Citrus notes and some floral notes. Malt flavors support the overall beer on the back of the palate. PALATE: A Light bodied beer with low carbonation. Finish is dry and refreshing. OVERALL: A good English take of an American style IPA

Photo of crnipeter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is quite disappointing due to the poorly formed short-lived loose white head atop of clear pale-golden body .

Aroma is a showcase of fruity Citra hops: grapefruit, pineapple and mango - perhaps many more, with restrained malt background exhibiting faint biscuity character.

Balance is entirely towards the grapefruity hops and accompanying bitterness
lingering into the dry finish.

Body is medium-light but not thin as there is a slight creamy, fluffy sensation
probably imparted by wheat listed among the ingredients.

Overall, a burst of clean juicy bitterness (500 ml, BB 09-15-2013, into tulip).

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a somewhat cloudy texture. Not much head or lacing.

S: A great aroma of citrus, hops, and malt. Noticeable the second you open the bottle.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: Lots of citrus, a decent amount of hops, and some malt in the finish. Not quite the classical APA flavor (a bit more malt than usual), but a sweet, well rounded flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: A good example of an American style done right by a British brewery. Drinkable.

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Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
87 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.