Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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3.81/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
04-30-2014 01:56:41 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
04-23-2014 02:37:57 | More by Phyl21ca
3.79/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
04-18-2014 18:26:55 | More by polloenfuego
4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
04-08-2014 00:14:28 | More by TerryW
3.69/5 rDev -5.4%
(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.
04-06-2014 03:38:35 | More by Digimaika2
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-01-2014 02:08:10 | More by DenisKolkin
Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.