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CPA: Citra Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales

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CPA: Citra Pale AleCPA: Citra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 66
Gots: 83 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: EricCioe on 04-11-2011

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Ratings: 604 | Reviews: 98
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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of zombie dust in aroma. Resin, pine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple emerge, adding with orange, lemon zest, and outreach. Really juicy fruit salad notes.

Flavor reveals a hint of grapefruit tartness, then bitter pith, which lingers into the moderately bitter, resiny finish. The toasted, bready malt doesn't lend much sweetness to counter. Muddled tropical fruit surfaces late.

If the flavoring hops were more citra-like, matching the aroma, this would be killer. Little more bitter than I prefer.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It has a soft yet bubbly texture and decent retention. Some lacing sticks to my glass, also. (3.75)

Smell: I pick up some decent tropical fruits, along with some slight grassiness. The nose in general doesn't seem remotely bitter. Letting it open up will reveal some confectioner's sugar notes, as well as defining some grapefruit hop qualities. Maybe it's a bit too heavily malted for my tastes, but it's a genuinely well-balanced pale ale. And I do mean 'balanced', not just 'LOTS OF MALT LOL'. (3.5)

Taste: Vibrant tropical fruit notes open it up. Mainly, I pick up melon, mango, pineapple, and guava. This beer has just the right amount of bitterness: it's subtle on the back end, helping to balance the beer's sweetness some, yet never ridiculous. Even still, the aforementioned sweetness is light on the crystal malt (THANK CRIPES) and heavier on crackery pale malt. Some finishing diacetyl is slightly annoying, otherwise this is a tasty pale ale. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at first, it dries out well post-swallow. There's a light lingering sweetness left, but it works well the flavor profile. Carbonation is rather gentle - luckily this beer is naturally dry enough to not render this problematic. (3.5)

Overall: It's not perfect, but damn is this enjoyable. It brings the fruity notes I like, keeps the bitterness low (but not zero), and isn't overloaded with malt sweetness. Basically, a great every day drinker...now if only I could somehow get Odd Side to distribute to MD... (3.75)

3.67/5: Well it shows off Citra nicely, that's for sure

Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed peach infused lighter golden with a nice half finger tight head atop.A good shot of ripe citrusy hops hit ya in the nose alone some deep caramel malts,a nice mix of the two.Starts out with a big splash of citrusy and grassy hops then a diacetyl butteriness comes in along with some toasted grain in the finish.Alot going on for a "smaller" beer,very sessionable and flavorful.

Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Pours a pale-amber, slightly orange color with a white head that sifts down to a thin cover within minute. Aroma, as expected, full of citrus hops, very, very heavy mango and pineapple, nearly a "tropical" smelling beer - very nice and inviting. The bitter aroma from the hops is present, but is cut down quite a bit by the sweetness from the citrus-side of things. The taste combats with a little more of a bitter edge than the nose would have you believe, but the citrus notes are still there, with the pineapple and mango now joined by maybe some tangerine. Bitterness has a spike in the middle, but still never gets too high or overwhelming, which is pretty much what you're looking for in an APA - hop presence, but not necessarily dominance. Medium body, slightly sticky, carbonated well.

Very solid APA from Odd Side Ales. I've only had three of their beers, but I've enjoyed them thoroughly - all very unique and well-crafted. I need to try more.

Photo of tomgetz
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you want to taste the essence of citra hops, this is the beer.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-tinged golden brown with one finger of off-white head. Head leaves some decent lacing. Smell is very nice citra hops, giving both citrus pulp and zest. Faint malt aroma. Taste also has nice juicy citrus as well as bitter citrus zest. Not as bitter as Zombie Dust. Just a very nice Citra flavor that is still hoppier than many APAs. Medium mouthfeel finishes with a subtle but lingering dry bitterness. Between this and the Pineapple IPA, Odd Side is making some solid hoppy beers. Very tasty.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's ok. One and done.

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, date stamped as bottled on 18 June 2013, poured into snifter.

Amber color with a modest cream-colored head. Clear. OK retention and decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Dominated by Citra hops. An inviting mix of of tropical fruits – including lemon, pineapple, orange and mango – and sweet malts with notes of grass and pine.

T: Starts off sweet with a fruity (hops) caramel (malt) mix, then a solid blast of fruity hops, with oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, and mangos. Very tasty. Fruity and mildly bitter Citra hop flavors linger on and on afterwards. .

Feel – Medium-light bodied; excellent carbonation level; semi-dry finish.

O: An exceptional APA, with a level of hop aroma and flavor that fit the IPA label, but with lower bitterness than an average IPA. Very fruity and surprisingly complex for a single-hop brew.

Photo of Brenden
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright and clear, this one is pretty much a straight amber color. It grows an off-white head that settles to a finger's height without dropping too much further, staying tight and creamy as well as managing some good lacing, in plenty of thick patching.
A nice, bright citra hops nose is offered with a malt addition that serves to balance and allow the hops bill to maintain key status. As such, there's a firm bitterness that's juicy, mild notes of pine and earth allowing tropical fruits to take the forefront.
The bitterness is at a standard level for the style, and it serves well. It's a nice, juicy sort of flavor with a balance from malts that doesn't take away from the hops. Citrus zest, light floral notes, and lemongrass make for good depth and a satisfying complexity.
A medium body that works well and leans light and bright, it might have a little more depth to it overall. It's semi-dry as some leaf pulls some dryness into the middle. Crispness is moderate and steady, as is smoothness.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Odd Side CPA is pretty good...not as good as other Citra hopped beer I've had tho. The beer poured a golden clear with white head that left a nice lace. The scent carried the typical citra combo of pine and citrus. The taste was ok....there is a slight twang that was present...and is typical of several brews produced in Michigan...Shorts has it too. Not sure if its the malt being used or what. The balance was decent....perhaps a bit heavy on the malt side as the citra hop couldn't fully come through. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good and I would have it again.

Photo of 33nickadams
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and see through. Little to no head and slight lacing. Smells tropical and peachy. Taste is tropical and peachy, slightly sweet and a touch of bitterness. Clean aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonated well. Overall, this is my favorite hop and it's good to see a brewer from Michigan using it exclusively in a beer. This is really a beer that anyone could enjoy. I would love to see this bottled and distributed.

Edit-5/4/13- Had the bottle version for the first time. I have to agree with a previous reviewer in saying that it has way too much crystal 60. Very caramely which almost overpowers the citra fruitiness. Very different from when I had it on tap.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Mostly clear deep golden body. Nice white head. Thin collar and some lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops. Toasty and bready malts. The slightest hint of diacetyl.

Taste - Citrus hops aren't as prominent. The bready and toasty malts are stronger. Surprisingly bitter. The diacetyl comes out a little here, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Normally I can't get past diacetyl. It was present, but light enough that I finished the beer.

Photo of alphaacid9000
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Bright golden color, very clear with moderate carbonation. Nice fluffy head with minimal lacing

Aroma - I think this bottle was getting on the older side - aroma was a little more subtle than when I last had it on draft. Aromas of resin, white grapefruit and pineapple

Flavor - Nice balance between the heavy hop flavor of Citra and the strong - but subtle - malt backbone.

Overal - Excellent and very session-able. Very nice pale/IPA worth seeking out -Fresh -

Photo of larryarms847
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is kind of murky rust yellow, not very enticing to be honest.

Immediate grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit explosion, smell is delicious, appearance definitely hid the beauty of this brew.

Very citrusy, grapefruit and slight pineapple notes dominate overall palate and finishes with a nice citra hop bitterness, marvelous!

Mouthfeel lacks carbonation, a bit flat for my taste.

Overall a great pale and one of my OddSide favorites.

Photo of Flopjack
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance : Caramel honey colored, Upon swirling in your glass you see the half finger white head bubble into the deep color of the beer, Good lacing

Smell : Grapefruit citrus, pungent sticky goodness

Taste : A citrus combination of orange and heavy grapefruit, coats your tongue with a resiny sticky goodness. Bitterness takes the wheel right after your initial taste settles.

Mouthfeel : Medium carbonation, Light-medium body weighed more towards light for me, Refreshing

Overall : Good Refreshing beer. I will absolutely put this beer in rotation with some of the other regulars. Find one.

Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at The Winchester. Hazy gold pour, layer of white. Laced a little.

Aroma, powerful floral hops. Citrus, some herbal pine.

Taste, some malt background. Mostly crisp citrus and herbal resin. Clean and refreshing.

Heavy side of light. Crisp carbonation. Drinks easy. A fine citra pale.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a .3l tulip from jermy as an extra in a pipeworks box he sent. Thanks!

Perfect out of the bottle into the glass. Light billowy top, generous lacing, brite burnt copper pour. Legs that go all the way up...

Excellent aroma as well - lemon grass, pepper and citrus pith. The whole experience really shapes up nicely until the taste which is a letdown with this much well-executed build-up.

Maybe this is a regional taste thing, but I prefer a whole lot *more* to my ales. I get that one note, when it's a great note, plays. But, and this may be me, when you've created a brew with an aroma full of subtle notes I expect that the taste will follow. This didn't. Taste's like citrus pith.

Nice, light with the only knock being the lack of crisp finish. The taste lingers long after the liquid is gone.

I can't drop the taste below 3.75 - but it also prevents me from raising the overall score any higher.

(208th)

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange, bright clarity, spotty halo of lacing, creamy cap of long-lasting dense white foam deflates into a puffy soufflé island in the center. A sticky collar forms around the edges as it sits.

Slight catty and resiny aroma, tangerines, florals, coarse milled grains.

Flavors of tangerine citrus, orange peel, underripe fruit, coarse pale malt, dry grassy botanical finish. LIght to medium level of bitterness, light bodied, pretty drinkable. Overall not that far off from local favorite Daisy Cutter with more citrus and lighter body. Thanks Joe for the growler!

Photo of docoman
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer, would be great summer time beer on hot day... refreshing. Almost seems like a blend of a mild IPA with APA since does have the citrus and hop characteristics to it, recommend trying.

Photo of buschbeer
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - This unassuming beer is amber with golden highlights. I achieved very little head with my pour. I only had a thin skim of white head.

S - My nostrils are filled with fresh citrus. This is great coming from a pale ale.

T - The taste is loaded with fresh citrus, as well. I get hints of some caramel malt.

M - Moderate with mild carbonation.

O - This ranks right up there with Three Floyd's pale ales. This beer is delicious. I have searched for bottles every time I have been in Michigan. Finally, I scored some. I could drink this stuff everyday.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dank like Willie Nelson's tour bus, Raul is feeling this. Now, the main man usually isn't into the more "grassy" offerings, but this is a bell that Raul would like to toll. (Does that make sense?)

Great, just good things. Pure like you wish your daughter was, and all around exceptional like your cousin in grad school.

Yep!

Photo of centurian62
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After finally getting a taste for IPA's and Pale Ales last summer, I have been frantically trying every one I can find. I have been going to some local stores that sell singles and grabbing as many different ones as possible. Last Friday I had the great fortune of grabbing an Odd Side Ales Citra Pale Ale, and the misfortune of grabbing some others.

After cracking the bottle open, I could smell that this one was going to be good. The citrus and hop bouquet was as balanced as it was aromatic! After pouring it from the bottle to the pint glass, I gave it another spin and smell and was in love! The first sip was an adventure into a world that made me giddy! The citrus balanced with the hops made for an incredible flavor! What a fantastic beer! This one goes right up to the top of my list of great ones!

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (nice extra, thanks man!). Assuming it's Julian dating on the bottom of the bottle- bottled 9/24/13 (2673). Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours hazy orange gold with a half finger of white head. Recedes to thin wisps on the surface with a healthy halo that laces nicely.

Smells of bright tangerines, a little melon, strawberry and sweet bread.

Taste follows to nose for the most part. A nice pop of tangy oranges up front with paypaya, bitter citrus rind, berries, melon, sugar-dusted biscuit and a hint of pine. Quite a nice blend.

Semi-slick, light-to-medium feel with appropriately healthy carbonation. Lightly bitter pine and pleasantly sweet fruit aftertaste. This stuff is very easy to drink.

I'm not much of a Pale Ale drinker but this isn't terribly far below Zombie Dust in being one that I'll happily down any time. A smooth, highly quaffable and thouroughly enjoyable brew.

Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great pour - golden, hazy with an excellent white head with equally impressive lacing. Nose is chock full of since sharp grapefruit that leads into the same happiness on the tongue, only fading when a touch of sweetness finishes on the otherwise dry tongue. Awesome creation, and great design of a single hop pale.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Odd Side Ales Citra Pale Ale last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer on draft a couple times and I thought it was a very good Pale Ale and since Odd Side just started bottling this I thought I would pick one up and give it a proper review and I'm, interested to see how the bottled version holds up against it on draft, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks good and the colors grab my attention. It poured a slightly orange golden color that took on more of an orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of hops that impart some floral aromas, but it's the citrus and tropical fruit aromas that stick out the most and impart a heavy grapefruit and orange rind aromas with some pineapple and mangos in the background. The malts barely stick out and impart a light sweet grainy aroma. This beer had a really good aroma it was super fruity and juicy and dominated by the citrus hops, I really enjoyed it and I think people would easily think this was brewed with fruits, but it's just the citra hops doing what they do best.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that was just the right amount and it was followed by loads of hops that impart tons of fruit flavors with some nice grapefruit and orange flavors showing up with a little bit of tropical fruits in the background. I don't really pick up any malts and there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness, with a sweet and fruity aftertaste. This beer tastes very good, it's dominated by citra hops that impart loads of great fruity flavors, I really enjoyed it.

M- Smooth, clean, refreshing, a little dry on the finish, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel, it worked well with this beer and it was fairly true to style.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and I thought it wasn't a traditional example of a Pale Ale, but it still was a good example of an American Pale ale, just not a traditional one since it wasn't nearly as balanced. This beer has very good drinkability, it was smooth, refreshing, it had just the right amount of bitterness, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these without getting bored with it and I think this would be an Awesome Pale Ale to enjoy during the summer and while playing some disc golf, I find it to be pretty sessionable. What I liked the most about this beer was how bright and fruit the hop profile was, the citra hops just dominated the flavor and aroma in the best way possible. What I liked the least about this beer was that it didn't have a bottling date, other than that there wasn't anything at all that was wrong with it. I would for sure buy this beer again, once Odd Sides starts making a little more of it I can see keeping some of this in the fridge all summer, it just might be my go to Pale Ale for this summer. I recommend this beer to just about anyone, if you like citrus hops than there's a good chance you will like this beer. All in all I was really happy with this beer, I thought it was just about as good as it was on draft, it seems just a little brighter and it looked a little better on draft, but other than that it was pretty much the same. This is just a great beer all around and I'm pretty sure this is my new favorite American Pale Ale, I think I will be drinking a lot of this in the upcoming months. I have only had a couple Odd Side beers but so far I pretty impressed and I think this brewery has some promise, good job guys, if this beer is an indicator for things to come than I see nothing but good things come and I can't wait to try more of their brews.

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CPA: Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
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