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Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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87
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allergictomacros on 06-04-2011

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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 50
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MacQ32
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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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 jpro
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz single from CBX... Citra in big letters caught my attention. Poured into a shaped imperial pint glass -

A: Pours a pale, straw gold, with a wispy head of white foam; no retention or lace.

S: Citrus rind; lightly pungent hop aroma; bready.

T: Light citrus zest; lemon rind; bread crust; a nice blend of lighter hop and malt flavors.

M: Medium-bodied; light to medium carbonation; has a pretty nice bitter finish - slightly puckering.

O: A nice ale at 4.6% - drinkable and a nice warm weather brew. Definitely nothing crazy - kind of a traditional pale ale with a newer hop variety.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.29/5  rDev +10%
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…!!

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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 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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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 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 mick303
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.