Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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87
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: allergictomacros on 06-04-2011)
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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Ivegotmule
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mick_cooper
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of adityashekhar
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wl0307
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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…!!

Photo of eric5bellies
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.85/5  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 mungus
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -4.3%
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 +5.9%
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.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered, slightly hazed & radioactive yellow. Good head/lacing.

Smell is lots of citrus. Yeasty, lemon rind, lemon jelly. Some golden ale-style malt. Lots of tropcal fruits. Taste is more lemon; lemon jelly crystals.

Mouthfeel is sweet with a satisfying transition to dry and bitter.

Great beer, reminiscent of and readily on par with Little Creatures Pale Ale.

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of pelicon
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mdagnew
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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 tenesmus
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of crnipeter
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Viceroy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.