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Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 5.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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 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 oberon
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
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? (460 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (532 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 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 wl0307
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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…!! (2,367 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 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 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 avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers! (800 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (608 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 MacQ32
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super light, fairly watery glowing yellow (almost neonish) with a nice finger of bubbly but dense white head, ok retention, very nice lacing.

S - Lots citrusy wet hops and sweet tropical fruits, almost a little musky with some faint sweet caramel malts. Lemon, mango, pineapple come to mind - maybe a little sweeter.

T - Slightly dry hops for the first split second, quick transition into lighter sweet fruits like pears, pineapple, mango, not dry at all after the initial hit. Finish is slightly bitter and grainy. Aftertaste is mellow and does not overstay its welcome.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation yet leaves a thickish feeling on your tongue. Definitely an easy drinker.

O - A really tasty, simple, not too bold/in your face session pale ale. I dig it. (780 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
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.. (840 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and light golden to yellow colour with a foamy white head that is about half a centimetre tall and stays the same for upwards of a few minutes.

Citrus, some bitter hops and a touch of pine. There is also a well balanced grapefruit aroma that isn’t overly bitter and this is coupled with an orange and lemon citrus smell that is very appealing.

Bitter citrus and grapefruit combination, although this isn’t quite as bitter as I was expecting which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There is also a nice fruity flavour to it with some orange and lemon, more citrus and a touch of lime for good measure.

Light medium in body, maybe just a little thinner than I would have like but not really much of a complaint. It is quite bitter and juicy with a smooth, crisp finish and mild carbonation that make for a refreshing beer.

Very enjoyable indeed and not at all what I had been expecting. A great grapefruit bitterness that isn’t too strong and with a nice look and feel to it. The smell was great though.

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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 mick303
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, freshness date. Poured a rather small head with less than great retention. Colour is a pale straw gold. Lacing is pretty good.

Smell: pungent citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit sweetness, lychee, bready malt, really juicy. Not a ton of bitterness but really active and rich fruity citrus notes. Some nuttiness and complexity as well.

Taste has a bready maltiness leading to pronounced hop bitterness. Dry grapefruit, really dry. Subtle fruitiness, lemon peel, some almond nuttiness, grapefruit, florals. Finish is chalky dry and quite crisp, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is notably really dry. Light body with moderate carbonation. Quite refreshing, easy to drink.

A nice light IPA, bitterness isn't overplayed and balance is quite solid. Quite a nice complex citrus character. Good flavour and nice characters coming through on the hops, enjoyable and well structured. I think I would prefer more body on it. (936 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 allergictomacros
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (433 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)

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