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Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

CwrwAmByth, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
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.

DenisKolkin, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

hopsolutely, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

tbeckett, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sammy, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

peensteen, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +2.6%

liamt07, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

spinrsx, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +2.6%

MJ63, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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!

jrenihan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Bf_89
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Bf_89, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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!

biegaman, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

yancot, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

doktorhops, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

magpieken, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of charlatan
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%

Half pint from 'spoons Counting House in Glasgow. This was a straw coloured beer with the standard uninspiring 'spoons mottled head. Godd job appearances don't matter very much! The nose is sweet and citric with orange and grapefruit to the fore. It statrts somewhat sweetly reflecting the nose and then the sweetness slowly drops out until the finish is almost minty. The main hoppy flavour is wonderful throughout. This is a very pleasant beer indeed and eminently quaffable for such a hoppy beer. Recommended!

charlatan, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Hanglow, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle: a solid brown 500mL bottle with a stylish label with a cute hop on it. A good package.

Appearance: pours light golden in colour with plenty of fine carbonation. A one-finger fluffy head bursts up and dissipates pretty quickly with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: a great aroma of citrus hops - grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime. Enticing and refreshing.

Taste: some pale malts come in to join the citrus on the palate. Not as intense or complex as the aroma.

Aftertaste: plenty of bitterness from the hops, still those sweet malts hanging about. Quite nice.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with fine carbonation. Pretty much on key.

Overall: a very nice and complex ale thanks to the multitude of different citrus hop flavours. It's nice to see a beer that specialises rather than having some of everything. As usual for a British beer it is held back slightly by the equivalent cost of AU$95 a case, but hey - it's probably worth this.

SmashPants, Jan 31, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%

BBD 4/1/14. Yellow golden pour with a slight haze. Nice head and lacing that lasts a bit. Wonderful nose of the citra hop against a slight sweetness. Light medium body and well carbonated. Grapefruit flavor dominates the profile, but in a low key fashion. This is not a grapefruit bomb, but is a nice, somewhat delicate, presentation of citra. It begins with grapefruit, then effervesces into a nice tartness over a very low key bitterness. The finish is crisp, a bit dry and ends with a lingering soft tartness and bitterness. Quite nice!!

tillmac62, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

JSOBB, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

xShoWTeKx, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

leitmotif, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Westvleteren12, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

nmann08, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of tmzl
3/5  rDev -23.1%

tmzl, Nov 16, 2013
Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.