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Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
87
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: allergictomacros on 06-04-2011)
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-20-2014 14:33:08 | More by bigox420
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 18:26:55 | More by polloenfuego
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-17-2014 13:23:27 | More by cfalovo97
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-10-2014 04:38:41 | More by RedAleMan
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-10-2014 02:02:34 | More by kwjd
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

04-08-2014 00:55:27 | More by WillAndSarah
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:14:28 | More by TerryW
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2014 19:56:18 | More by andrenaline
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:38:35 | More by Digimaika2
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Vanz

Australia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-05-2014 11:39:46 | More by Vanz
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-01-2014 20:18:05 | More by CwrwAmByth
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 02:08:10 | More by DenisKolkin
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-30-2014 20:37:33 | More by hopsolutely
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-30-2014 14:51:09 | More by tbeckett
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-28-2014 01:54:35 | More by Sammy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-24-2014 20:54:45 | More by peensteen
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-23-2014 06:00:26 | More by liamt07
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 23:33:51 | More by spinrsx
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-22-2014 20:25:39 | More by MJ63
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 18:36:08 | More by jrenihan
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-21-2014 03:23:10 | More by Bf_89
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 20:48:35 | More by biegaman
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-18-2014 03:28:10 | More by yancot
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doktorhops

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 13:31:43 | More by doktorhops
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magpieken

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-17-2014 16:35:54 | More by magpieken
Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.