Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 5.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
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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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden with a lasting white head. Aroma of citrus with grassy and floral notes, and a touch of bready malt. malty and fruity flavour with a lovely bitterness in the finish. (177 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cold from 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug. I know this one isn't meant to be drank cold, but its frigging roasting today and I need refreshment and have got this one in the cupboard.

L) Light golden, clear, very fizzy, thin white head. Actually looks like a pilsner. Which is good in this weather.

S) Wow. I love single-hop beers, they help you identify the aromas and taste profile of the hops. Ok, this one has Citra hops that reek of dried herbs; primarily basil, a bit of oregano.

T) Not quite as fragrant as the nose suggests. This has mid-level bitterness, but without overkill in the aftertaste. A definite sweet fruity edge to give balance. Really good.

F) Light, fizzy and refreshing. Just a subtle bitterness in the aftertaste to remind you this is an ale and not a lager.

O) Lives up to its hype / good reviews. Fantastic balance and all at a relatively low ABV. Will buy it again if I see it. (934 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Citra from Oakham is decent. Not much malt to balance the strong grapefruit taste. The beer poured golden clear with white head that is leaving some lacing. The scent and taste is dominated by grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is pretty good. (297 characters)

Photo of LazyHank
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 probably too drunk to appreciate it. (187 characters)

Photo of CStang67
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
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 (503 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.3/5  rDev +8%

A: Gold body with a nice white head.
S: Very perfumey. Loads of elderflower.
T: Has the illusion of grapefruit but I get mainly honey and elderflower, and lots of. Has a slight white bread finish but otherwise nice and cleansing. Gets better as it warms. Just a touch of spice. Both mild punchy.
O: Much better bottled than on cask. (332 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of vinicole
4.1/5  rDev +3%

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. (335 characters)

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (322 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale amber with thin white head which fades to a thin cap. Not much lacing.

S - Weed, Freshly cut grass, lemon and lime, slight pine

T - Starts with a rich lychee and red grape taste, ends with piny bitterness and herbal notes

M - medium to high carbonation. Sharp finish (281 characters)

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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! (293 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,659 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear straw colour with a smooth, creamy, white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Lovely light Citra aroma. Lemony and tropical. Touches of sharpness.

Mild malt with a sharp, citrussy hop character. Moderate bitterness. Very crisp and simple.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A really solid beer. Excellent flavour and crispness. (350 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear pale gold. Compact white cap quickly recedes, living just a smattering of lace behind. Restrained fruity, citrusy hops and bready, nutty malts in the nose. Grapefruit, lemony, lychee hops upfront quickly get overtaken by maltiness and a fruity English yeast character. Some buttery diacetyl is perceptable in the back. The mouthfeel is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Light bitterness and hop fruitiness in the short finish.

This is a nice English Pale Ale but a bit anemic in the hop department and the hop flavors tend to stand in contrast a bit with that English yeast character. Still quite nice and worth a try. (637 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

Poured clear straw gold with a small finger's worth of head. The head broke fast but left fantastic lacing behind. The smell was hops - citrus and pine up front, with malts and slight sweetness at the end. Taste was interesting in that up front it was very much an APA but on the tail with the malts and sweetness it reminded me very much of British bitters or strong ales. The carbonation was medium as was the body and there was a loose/slick feel to the beer.

Overall, not bad. A fine session ale in my books. (554 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear. Very, very pale yellow under a coarse white head. Settles to a full cap. Lots of fine ad very active carbonation. A very lively looking beer. Simple and elegant looking.

Appetizing nose. Distinctive hop aroma, pine, a hint of citrus. Fruity, grainy and earthy. Quite nice.

Taste is simple and clean. Sturdy, solid grain and hops. Soft, fulsome fruit. A very good mouthful. Nicely balanced, a well put together beer. Slightly sharp and lemony, nice gentle sparkle from the carbonation.

I enjoyed this one for its simplicity. Straight forward and honest. Proper ingredients, no crap poking its nose through. A very enjoyable quaff. (647 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Crystal clear straw coloured with a thin and soapy head that recedes quickly to a ring and leaves nice lacing.

(3.75) S: Grains, honey, pine, grapefruit pith, nuts, and even some banana. Fruit flavours are bold and quite diverse.

(3.75) T: Grapefruit, pine, cereal grains, faint honey, some nut elements. Very similar to aroma with a nice taste profile that has a mellow hop flavour that translates to a modest bitterness with a bit of dryness in the finish.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy with a pleasing oily coating.

(3.5) D: This is a nice low ABV APA with crisp and hoppy flavour. (629 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle from LCBO for $4.95 CDN served well-chilled into an Alexander's Keith's pint glass.

Appearance- Crystal clear, weak straw gold color. a dense frothy 1 finger head is poured but doesn't really stick around. Some trace spidery lacing left around the glass.

Smell - Big cohesive nose with the earthy but also slightly sweet aromas of sticky pine and spruce with just a hint of citrus and grapefruit.

Taste - The bitterness from the citra hops obviosuly shines through here and dominates but there are moments where the steady malt flavors sweep in and make an appearance. Pretty tasty overall, but less intense than i expected. Although at the same time there is quite a bit of flavor for a 4.6% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and quaffable like a pilsener, with a slightly soft texture and medium crbonation. Very nice feel on this.

Overall - Very impressive APA offering, that I would be tempted to enjoy again and again, however at $5 per bottle, I could get two cans of something every so slightly inferior for the same price. In the end I'm glad I grab a bottle and if it ever dropped into the low $3 range I would considered repeating the purchase, but at this time it isn't quite worth it. (1,215 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB Dec 17, 2014.

The beer is clear golden, with a smallish white head. Head fades steadily.

The nose is fruity, mainly tropical scents (lychee is the strongest) but with some grapefruit as well. Quite pungent.

Nice flavour. The hops are strong enough to give a strong taste, but the low ABV makes it an easy drinking, refreshing beer. Lychee, lemon, grapefruit. Not much in the way of malt, just a slight bready background. Moderately bitter.

Light bodied, low to moderate carbonation level. A bit oily.

Overall, very nice stuff. It is too bad spring is so slow in arriving this year, because this would be a great beer for a nice day outside. In any event, it is tasting pretty good inside as well! (708 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hops can't affect a beer's colour but Citra shares a resemblance to lemon fruit in its appearance just as the hops for which it's named and brewed exclusively with do in aroma and taste. A happy and simple looking pale ale, it is so clean you'd think it was just sterilized and then polished. There's not much head but there's some.

The bouquet of this beer - in all seriousness - provides the same guava, gooseberry, and lychee aromas of a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. It smells vividly like tropical and citrus fruits. In addition to the above three there's also an abundance of grapefruit, peach, lemon, and cantaloupe flavours - it's as if the glass were hosting a summit of the world's fruits.

What makes Citra so delicious is simple: it uses an absurd amount of deliciously fruity Citra hops. Part and parcel with that, however, is the fact the brewery also opted to use the cleanest, lightest possible malt bill, allowing all these citric and tropical flavours to be properly showcased without the interruption of anything obstructively sweet or toasty.

The only peep from the grain is a small amount of (very pleasant) biscuity flavour, and it's mostly confined to the aftertaste. Besides that, there's enough imitation of citrusy tartness, pithiness, zest, and acidity that few will notice. Notwithstanding, the body is there; this has the fruity qualities to refresh but also the maltiness to replenishing on a hot summer day.

When confronted with those (specifically woman and wine drinkers) who claim they "just don't like beer" most good-intentioned beer advocates point to sweet fruit beers. No. A super quenching, light-bodied ale virtually free of bitterness and over-the-top brimming with *suggestive* tropical fruitiness like this one is just the key. I guarantee a better conversion rate.

Oakham Ales has every right to put a giant hop cone as the face of this beer - hops are, after all, in the aroma, taste, feel, and name of it. But where does this small Cambridgeshire brewery get off breaking with tradition? Who do they think they are making a forwardly hoppy pale ale reminiscent of ripe citrus and tropical fruits? I'll tell you what I think they are: bloody brilliant! (2,205 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer once before, I got it because I saw the label and instantly went "I want one!". I remember it being a reasonably good ale, not as hop-driven as I was expecting but nonetheless good [boy was I wrong past-tense self].

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A nice hazy jonquil body with a minimal white head, an insanely light yellow colour for any ale.

S: Wafting aromas of bold passion-fruit and cannabis with some pine and citrus characters, mostly lemon, which altogether presents a heady hop mix that is most welcome in any pale ale.

T: The flavour is a bit of an interesting diversion from the aroma. Whereas I was expecting a hop onslaught I'm presented with a balanced malt/hop affair. Lemon shines in the hops, with a sweet malt middle giving the whole thing a lemon-candy slant and a strong tea flavoured acidic bitter finish. It's a real page turner this brew! I'm especially impressed by the rich tea tannins towards the end making it taste a bit like an IPA, at 4.6% ABV.

M: Mid to light bodied with a typical near-flat English pub carbonation.

D: This beer epitomises why English real ales are THE SHIT! It's got sessionability in spades, like any good English brew they always know how to make a tasty below full-strength beer. I'm impressed in particular with this brew by the dichotomy between the lemon and the tea flavours, at one stage in this [almost a] pint review I thought I was drinking a lemon-flavoured Nestea only to realise it was a tasty English brew, nuff said.

Food match: Scones, lots of scones. (1,562 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half pint from 'spoons Counting House in Glasgow. This was a straw coloured beer with the standard uninspiring 'spoons mottled head. Godd job appearances don't matter very much! The nose is sweet and citric with orange and grapefruit to the fore. It statrts somewhat sweetly reflecting the nose and then the sweetness slowly drops out until the finish is almost minty. The main hoppy flavour is wonderful throughout. This is a very pleasant beer indeed and eminently quaffable for such a hoppy beer. Recommended! (512 characters)

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Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.