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Citra - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk at The Bow Bar and served by air pressure.

What a dance this plays on the tongue. Finely delicate yet super intense herby lychee greatness. So very appetising. Long firm persistent length.
Clear light golden colour with dense foam on top. Lovely silky medium body without any puppy fat or obtrusive malt anywhere.
Truly great. The citra hops are really singing here.

The rise of the great hoppy cask ale continues.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist. The label mentions that this ale is brewed solely with citra hops (in case the name didn't give it away).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale straw colour with medium carbonation; initially clear but hazy by the end of the pour due to the yeast in the bottle. Yields a huge head of white foam with a creamy texture and good retention; this eventually subsides to a thin surface layer. The aroma is amazing - a huge, spicy hit of citrus with grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange all discernible. Subtle malt and yeast lie hidden beneath the aromatic hops.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops with a pleasant bitter finish. Notes of grass and citrus, especially grapefruit. A dry, earthy yeast character in the background, and overtones of orange peel. Crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, spritzy and astringent, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of aromatic citrus hops....

Fantastic - if only I could drink this every day! An incredible aromatic hop character - stacks of delicious flavour. The aroma and bitterness are well balanced, with malt and yeast taking a definite back seat. Excellent - a must have.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pale golden color with thin, soapy head that has weak retention and almost no lacing.

S- Phenomenal. As the name implies, this beer is made using only Citra hops, and the hops are brilliantly displayed in the smell. Very strong citrus aromas. Lots of grapefruit and some other citrus notes. Also some decent pine scents.

T- A sweet, lightly malted opening that is quickly replaced with a grapefruit-heavy citrus flavor. Lots of sweet citrus flavors like tangerine and a strong grapefruit flavor that carries over into an awesome aftertaste.

M- Smooth and light bodied, pretty good.

O- Awesome beer. Really tasty, light and full of flavor without too much alcohol, which prevents some Imperial IPAs from being "session" beers. This is a really drinkable, delicious brew. Go try some!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Handpump halfpint goblet at the Rake.

A: Clear gold body with a soft white head that leaves tons of fine, sticky lace. Bright and beautiful.

S: Pure Citra: orange, grapefruit, lemon/lime. Lovely.

T: Citrusy, fruity hops start things off, and are joined by some lightly sweet pale malt. Solid hop bitterness cleans out the sweetness and makes for a great, crisp, even slightly minty finish. Delicious.

M: Smooth light body with moderate, fine carbonation.

O: Wonderful beer. This is the first English cask ale to impress me seriously, and it's not just because of the American hops. Oakham really knows how to deliver a serious hop kick in a low-ABV brew, balancing terrific flavor with moderate sweetness and bitterness alike. Fantastically drinkable; I wish I could get this in the US.


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4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy straw with a bit of a soapy head.

S - Nose is grapefruit and some other mixed fruitiness.

T - Big jiucy grapefruitiness up front, and a bready, biscuity middle. Maybe a hint of lemon and herbs. Finish is clean and shortlived.

M - Light and crisp, not too sweet and a smooth, mild carbonation.

D - Very, very drinkable. Not at all a big beer, but very clean, well balanced and tasty. Perfect session brew.

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Citra from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.