Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.7/5 rDev +20.5%
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..
12-27-2012 13:51:26 | More by mdagnew
4.55/5 rDev +16.7%
A - Pours a hazy straw with a bit of a soapy head.
S - Nose is grapefruit and some other mixed fruitiness.
T - Big jiucy grapefruitiness up front, and a bready, biscuity middle. Maybe a hint of lemon and herbs. Finish is clean and shortlived.
M - Light and crisp, not too sweet and a smooth, mild carbonation.
D - Very, very drinkable. Not at all a big beer, but very clean, well balanced and tasty. Perfect session brew.
06-04-2011 23:08:31 | More by allergictomacros
United Kingdom (England)
4.53/5 rDev +16.2%
Sourced from B&M Bargains, Baguley.
Pours a pale luminous straw coloured beer, thin white head with limited, ill defined lacing. Homogenous carbonation.
Lovely piney aroma, fair touch of spice undercut with citrus and lychee and a trace of farmyard.
Drinking the beer - initially a sharp bitterness immediately followed by waves of classic citra zesty grapefruit and gooseberry, tropical lychee and papaya flavours dancing over the tongue, some herbacous notes, malt is clean but neutral and very much takes a back seat, the astringent bitterness keeps banging on in. This is a eulogy to the citra hop and as such the minimal malt is well judged, allowing the characteristics of the hop to reign unrestrained.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it is clean and crisp, carbonation is medium and consistent.
Considering this quality is available at B&M Bargains for a mere £1.69, overall this beer deserves plaudits for bringing top notch, affordable and challenging beer to the masses, dont miss out.
11-25-2012 19:42:38 | More by tenesmus
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
11-10-2011 23:11:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
Drunk at The Bow Bar and served by air pressure.
What a dance this plays on the tongue. Finely delicate yet super intense herby lychee greatness. So very appetising. Long firm persistent length.
Clear light golden colour with dense foam on top. Lovely silky medium body without any puppy fat or obtrusive malt anywhere.
Truly great. The citra hops are really singing here.
The rise of the great hoppy cask ale continues.
12-18-2011 15:34:58 | More by Zimbo
United Kingdom (England)
4.48/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
04-07-2012 00:12:02 | More by EmperorBevis
United Kingdom (England)
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
A- Pale golden color with thin, soapy head that has weak retention and almost no lacing.
S- Phenomenal. As the name implies, this beer is made using only Citra hops, and the hops are brilliantly displayed in the smell. Very strong citrus aromas. Lots of grapefruit and some other citrus notes. Also some decent pine scents.
T- A sweet, lightly malted opening that is quickly replaced with a grapefruit-heavy citrus flavor. Lots of sweet citrus flavors like tangerine and a strong grapefruit flavor that carries over into an awesome aftertaste.
M- Smooth and light bodied, pretty good.
O- Awesome beer. Really tasty, light and full of flavor without too much alcohol, which prevents some Imperial IPAs from being "session" beers. This is a really drinkable, delicious brew. Go try some!
10-30-2011 15:36:53 | More by IPA4LIFE
4.4/5 rDev +12.8%
Handpump halfpint goblet at the Rake.
A: Clear gold body with a soft white head that leaves tons of fine, sticky lace. Bright and beautiful.
S: Pure Citra: orange, grapefruit, lemon/lime. Lovely.
T: Citrusy, fruity hops start things off, and are joined by some lightly sweet pale malt. Solid hop bitterness cleans out the sweetness and makes for a great, crisp, even slightly minty finish. Delicious.
M: Smooth light body with moderate, fine carbonation.
O: Wonderful beer. This is the first English cask ale to impress me seriously, and it's not just because of the American hops. Oakham really knows how to deliver a serious hop kick in a low-ABV brew, balancing terrific flavor with moderate sweetness and bitterness alike. Fantastically drinkable; I wish I could get this in the US.
06-16-2011 01:26:21 | More by woosterbill
4.39/5 rDev +12.6%
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: 4.39, 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.
06-22-2014 06:56:57 | More by thehyperduck
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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!
12-25-2011 16:38:36 | More by gdkersey
4.33/5 rDev +11%
Burnished gold with loose but sticky froth that cathedrals. Candied lemon peel nose with some must and undertones of melon and fresh country loaf.
Angel food cake malts with some mango, then big pink grapefruit hops hit.
Lemonhedz finish and twisting waves of lingering bitterness. Soft, some chew, light to medium.
Yup, this is how to do Citra. Just enough sweet and fruit to balance and the most intricate bitter leave I've tasted in a long time. Add some wheat for cream in the body and Bob's your uncle.
Incredibly well put together. Stand this next to any Citra beer from the US. Oakham wins again.
09-01-2012 17:14:12 | More by StJamesGate
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
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
08-01-2013 23:25:38 | More by M_C_Hampton
United Kingdom (England)
4.29/5 rDev +10%
Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 15/05/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: The beer label describes this beer as a “single variety beer using only Citra hops”; Oakham Ales was “the first UK Brewery to commercially brew with CITRA back in 2009 and such were it’s unique qualities it quickly became a permanent fixture”. This is “A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish”. Also, it has won two Gold in International Beer Challenge 2011 and 2012.
A: pours a super pale golden hue with attenuated carbonation and a thin foamy white head.
S: this is the very first time I would totally agree with what’s printed on a beer label, re. the aroma – upfront comes waves of exotic fruity hops, featuring white grapefruits, unripened lychees, pungent but juicy sweet gooseberries, and green guavas, edged by acidic note as of fresh limes. Malts are in an absolutely secondary place, providing a noticeable layer of sweetness overall.
T: surprisingly smooth yet refreshing, the swallow of gorgeous, juicy mixed-tropical fruits and citruses fill the palates with endless joy in the liquidy hops almost as in a cold soup… The almost… clean hop bitterness develops simultaneously at a parallel level to the hop flavour and aroma, lending just a reasonably dry-ish palate in the very end of each sip. Grapefruit-zest-like undertones are accentuated in the long, zingy finish. Malts? As far as I’m concerned, they’re all melted in the hop juice as well!
M&O: for a Hop Head drinker, this would be definitely one of the most joyful things to happen at the end of a long, hard/boring working day. I wouldn’t so readily compare it with the same brewery multiple award-winning JHB, or other English Golden Ale classics like Dark Star’s Hophead, Rooster’s Yankee, etc. This is a single-varietal hop beer to showcase how much this wonderful new hop variety can deliver on top of very few other complicating/compromising elements. The result is a light-bodied, satisfyingly hoppy, absolutely thirst-quenching, reasonably complex Golden Ale or APA or “Intercontinental blahblahbah”… however one likes to label it. It is just wonderful. And I dare not imagine how long I’d spend in a pub if I bumped into it freshly on cask…!!
06-02-2013 20:42:52 | More by wl0307
Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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