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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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Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by EricCioe on 04-11-2011

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No date. Clear orange amber with a small ring of white head. Odd bubble gum (phenolic) aroma that was not expected. Rest of nose is composed of a hint of orange and overly strong malt presence. Was expecting more of the citrus/tropical/juicy notes with CITRA in the name of the beer, pale ale or not, and this was lacking. A bit of a spicy malt note (rye?) as well. Bit heavier and sweeter than I expected, but some dryness comes through in the mouthfeel as well to salvage... Oddside indeed, not quite sure what I was expecting, but this was a very unusual interpretation of CITRA IMO. Nothing was particularly off (though some muddled notes in the nose), but not necessarily a winner to me.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

MFG 03/8/15
My first bottle had a ton of sediment and was very noticeably gross! Held my second bottle up to the light and tipped it sideways before opening. Looked like a lava lamp with black sludge rolling around in it. Put that one back in the fridge to settle. Third time is the charm, right? This is the one I will be reviewing.

Poured carefully into teku. Perfect white 1" collar of foam. Golden in color with a tiny bit of visible dusting of sediment, slightly clouding the glass. The nose was pleasant in both bottles that I opened(still smelled fresh hops). The taste just wasn't the same. Fairly bland. The only substantial flavor was the bitterness on the back end. Nice mouthfeel w/mid-high carbonation. I would like to try this on draft or fresh(how citra should be enjoyed). I want to give this a fair shake so I will edit my review upon trying this again. Not very enjoyable. Enough so to where I will not be drinking the rest.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Six pack of cans. Two weeks old.

Easily the weakest Citra beer I've ever had. It barely tastes like beer. Low malt character. Semi-sweet. Watery body. Low bitterness. Light aroma. Mild citrus flavor. No tropical flavor or aroma. If it didn't say Citra on the can, I don't think I'd know it was made with Citra.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 03/21/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and unbranded standard silver pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired from the very generous Surlytheduff in a trade. Expectations are high. I believe this is my first beer from Odd Side.

Served cold, straight from a cooler. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream, good froth, nice thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent copper-gold. Nice vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Little lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: A bit soapy - which has me worried. Too long in primary, perhaps. Tropical fruits, including pineapple and mango. Banana. Floral character. It's not my preferred hop character, lacking citrusy, nectary, and oily hops, but I could see where it might appeal to others. Pale malts lend a sweetness to it. This isn't what I expect from a citra hop brew, but I'll go with it. Lightly bready and grainy. Redolent of candied fruit, and I'm not sure that's a good thing here. A mild strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Oily hop character is lovely here. Candied mango, banana, and pineapple comes through - better than the aroma, but still not ideal for my personal preferences. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. The pale malt body is a bit bready and grainy, but not as much as I expected given the aroma. Sweet, but not cloying. Some pink grapefruit comes through. The candied character bothers me. Overall, it's fairly balanced. Built well for a pale ale; there's lots of flavour here. They just aren't the flavours I want from the style.

Mf: Oily, smooth, and wet. Good carbonation. Good body. Fairly refreshing. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: There's a lot going on here considering it's a pale ale, and I respect that. But it mixes a lot of flavours I don't care for in a pale ale - candied sweetness, tropical fruit, banana, pineapple - and as a result I like it a lot less than I should. It's drinkable, and I appreciate what they're bringing to the style. I applaud their efforts to venture into different territory than your run of the mill west coast citrus bomb, but this just isn't doing it for me. Looking forward to trying more beers from Odd Side; they seem to be forging new ground.

Thanks again to Surlytheduff for giving me the opportunity to try this.

High C+

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Photo of thegerm87
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No date. Required review - doesn't burst with juiciness like advertised. Mild spice and dull malt backbone. Lightly bitter, oily, grassy/spicy hoppiness.

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Photo of brewskis
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light, golden orange color with almost no head retention. Leaves a thin ring of lacing. Smell is expected knowing this is exclusively citra. Notes of pineapple, dank tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, light pine as well as some light grain and carmel. Smell is not very pungent like other citra beers, but still get light notes of all of these. Taste starts with grapefruit, various tropical fruits like papaya. The middle brings a light sweetness, as well as notes of grain. The finish continues the sweet grain notes, as well as more citra hop qualities: more grapefruit, papaya, and lemon. This grain quality is a little too strong and really interferes with the hop qualities that should be a little more pungent in flavor. Almost get a banana like taste in the finish, as well as a metallic flavor. Light body with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. This could be an older bottle, but I am not that impressed with this. The malt bill was a little too much and the citra hop qualities were a little toned down.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a can in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I wanna say I've heard good things about this beer, but it could have been any number of Citra-centric things. Whatever. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises melon, light white grape, very light ruby red grapefruit, and some light biscuit. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit rind, wet grass, lettuce, and a hint of caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this beer didn't really do very much for me. The Citra hop phenomenon continues to baffle me, as most of the paragons of its use just underwhelm me at best, with very little of the vaunted fruit aspects ever coming through. They sorta do here, but it's all just grassy and meh for me. *shrug*

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Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NJB145 for this extra in a recent trade. Going light tonight after too much bourbon county last night...actually, not too much, just not enough food. I thought the mushroom burger was a burger with mushroom, not an actual mushroom burger, good, but not enough substance...but I digress. 12 oz. bottle, my first taste of Odd Side.

Pour is light orange with rollicking carbonation. First up the nose is pale malts, back up by pungent orange, sharp peach. Nothing demure about this pale up front.

CPA: Citra Pale Ale is like Seether's Careless Whisper: underneath, it's still a gussied-up pop song. Plenty of pale malt that's been upgraded with the much-advertised citra: those bitter oranges again, mixed with grapefruit guts, an almost wine-like sharpness, with an ending of karate-chop bitterness. Nicely oily. One & done, but I won't complain while I'm drinking it.

Bit heavy on the bitterness without enough flavor to set it off: like an Al Sharpton loop. Not far from being something special, this one is just pretty good for me as is.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor. Poured orange-amber with off-white head that settles into a cap and spots the sides with some lacing. Aroma is tropical (pineapple, mango), citrus (lemon, orange), slight bread. Taste is candied tropical fruit and grainy sweetness followed by citrus peel and floral bitterness. Medium bodied, slick and oily texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this when I was back in Michigan a few summers ago @ Hopcat. Also had the bourbon barrel version. Anyways, Nice yellow pour, soft 1/3" white head. Aroma wasn't huge on the citra hop, nice but not the best showcase for it. Just hints of those citra notes.

Lightly toasted pale malts thankfully don't get in the way, and a little more orange and grapefruit goodness comes out compared to the aroma. Tended to have a more grassy and floral edge to it than juicy fruit and citrus forward taste, still, no off flavors and it was better than your average pale ale all the way around.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at hopcat CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-hazy yellow with white head that quickly disapates. Good carbonation.

S-citra hops for sure. Very inviting

T-does not live up to the nose. Watery citra hops

M- medium body and smooth

O-OK. Drinkable but will pass on later

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a boulevard smokestack glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color with an off-white head that leaves a really nice sticky lacing and frothy retention.

S: Strong wafts that resemble ruby red grapefruit juice, backed by hops. Smells bitter, and even a bit tart. Sweetness of orange and grapefruit.

T: The strong hoppiness from the nose fades drastically in the taste. More sweet than anything. Citrus and pineapple in the taste, which is nice, but I was definitely expecting more hop.

M: Smooth. Moderate Carbonation. Creamy. Very drinkable.

O: It certainly didn't light my world on fire - in fact the taste really let me down after the nice nose and appearance. It's possible this just wasnt fresh enough to retain all the hop taste, but I was left wanting a little bit more.

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Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on 3/21/13

Thanks to Tee2Grn for this extra.

A: Pours a translucent amber with 1.5 fingers width of white head which dissipates down at a moderate rate. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) along with some dank resinous notes. Tangerine and citrus rind. Really nice aroma.

T: Lots of sweetness on the tongue, sweet malts are the most prominent flavor. Not nearly the hop explosion that the nose was. There are subtle citrus notes and some mild bitterness. Not bad, but a pretty big disappointment compared to the nose.

M/D: Pretty smooth, carbonation on the lower end, a bit too low. A somewhat drying finish. Average drinkability.

O: Overall, a pretty good citra pale ale, but nothing that makes it stands out. Real nice nose but the hop profile doesnt shine through on the palate. Worth a drink but not something Id go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at slap shotz in Detroit airport.
A: golden orange body, carbonation, +1 finger white foam head, lots of lacing
S: Citra hop so sweet citrus fruits,
M: medium light body
T: tropical fruits, citrus, light malt that feels watery (but not a bad thing)
O: hope to try more

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden amber. Forms about a half inch of foamy white head. Some light lacing.

S: Caramel malts and Citra hops. Orange. Light sweetness.

T: Starts off with a light sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, caramel malts. Mild bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: Pretty good beer. Paired well with both jerk chicken and a salad. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Alchemist Wili Becher glass. No date.

Appearance- Slightly hazy amber with quick half-finger white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Definantly grapefruit with reasonably strong bready malts up front. Some banana, pineaple, and peach notes as well.

Taste- Light orange and tangerine up front, fades into that bready malt, and finishes with a nice piney bitterness. Thats about it.

Mouthfeel- Great medium body with medium carb. Lighter and refreshing. Very easy to drink.

Overall- Not a pale that truly stands out, but still a nice refreshing, easy to drink beer with solid hop notes.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottling date, given to me by David. So probably about 3-4 weeks old at this point. Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 11/1/2013.

Pours a fairly dark amber body, dark for a pale ale, with a nice white head that slowly dissipates into a thick film on top. Looks good. Some lacing here and there, nothing special.

Smells grapefruity balanced out by a biscuity and bready sweetness. Mostly grapefruits with a dab of pine. Kind of one dimensional.

Tastes grapefruity and dank, but a bit more biscuity and bready than I prefer. There isn't that juicy flavour that comes with Hill Farmstead pale ales or TG pseudoSue. This is closer to Zombie Dust than the others. This is kind of a fairly lesser executed Zombie Dust really.

Medium bodied, resinous. A bit bitter on the back end with a bit of pine. No heat, pretty drinkable.

Standard citra pale ale offering, comes nowhere near Zombie Dust or pseudoSue. Still, this is a great deal for the price and if you live in Michigan, this is a decent and reasonably priced substitute for when you're all out of Zombie Dust.

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Photo of joe1510
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Odd Side - Grand Haven, MI

Odd Side's Citra Pale ale has a little chill haze but is bright golden with hints of tarnished copper. The pure white head reaches a finger's width in height and shows good retention. Drink lines remain behind with each pull. A good looking beer, the head sticks around forever.

Tropical hoppiness precedes grapefruit pith and a touch of herbals. I always get a mild but noticeable lactic quality from Citra and this beer is no different. The malts are pale with crackery and biscuity sweetness, which isn't much. Orange and weed open up when the beer warms slightly.

The flavor characteristics are the same but not as vibrant. Soft tropical fruitiness runs throughout, mostly mango, while grapefruit pith and light herbals with a touch of earthiness. There is a little more caramel than in the nose but the malt profile is still mostly biscuity.

The body rolls through nicely with moderate weight and an appreciated softness. There's a touch of bitterness on the finish that's pretty mellow. The drinkability is pretty high on this guy, refreshing and easy to put away.

Citra is a damn fine pale from Odd Side. I've always preferred it on draft but it's certainly worth picking up a sixer here and there. Bright nose, good flavor, and drinkability make this one to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz (bottled 9/10/2015) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw w/ a sudsy white head.

Arom is juicy orange citrus.

Taste is likewise citrusy but not especially acidic or bitter. Pale neutral malt allows the Citra hops to shine. Moderate bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied.

Overall a nice Citra-centric pale ale.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at sidetrack bar and grill which is in the historic depot town of ypsilanti, MI.

It was a bit dark for an APA. The board at the bar had it labled as an IPA, which seemed incorrect from both taste and smell. It was an easy drinking APA that I would drink again. Flavor was hop forward but very balanced with a nice malt backbone. Certainly wasn't a memorable beer, but a beer that I would drink again if I saw iton tap. Never heard of Odd Side Ales before, but I may go back to sidetrack and try their pineapple IPA.

EDIT: I've updated my review giving higher marks for both smell and overall. Maybe getting the chance to drink this at my house and out of the bottle changed it for me, but the smell on this is fantastic!

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Photo of PauI
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Citra Pale Ale by Odd Side leads you along the beach, humming a hoppy-sweet summer tune. The smooth quarter to six trail session keeps things steady and illuminating as you pick your way through the caramel-colored sand, while the unexpected lake breeze tosses a bitter spray upon your snout – you smile and don’t mind, ‘cause it’s summer.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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CPA: Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
90 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.