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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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Reviews: 99
Hads: 680
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 24.02%
Wants: 70
Gots: 94 | FT: 6
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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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 680
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Copper color, slight haziness, a small, compact white head, and mild lacing.

S - Fat pine and citrus, with a subtle grass and floral notes, and wild hop elements.

T - Lands with more big citrus pith and grass. Middle comes in with more grapefruit and fleshy pitted fruits, closing with a subtle bitter bite that fades out. Malt is present only to keep things from going hard into the bitter territory.

M - Solid carbonation and clean, brisk feel, and almost no build.

O - A highly drinkable homage to one of the elemental hop varietals. An excellent summer brew, and a nice choice whenever you want something to tip back.

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Photo of barnabasdog
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- thick two finger foamy head with good retention, golden apricot color, little visibility

S- hops, grapefruit, malt lemon, slight spices

T- tons of hops up front, citrus fruits grapefruit pineapple lemon, malts, caramel,

M-medium heavy body, thick and syrupy, nice carbonation, dry finish

O- really love this beer! Hoppy and refreshing with a Belgium sour feel

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Photo of RobWilson
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of obvious citra characteristics. Makes the color, smell, and taste perfect. There are a few citra-heavy beers out there and this is a great example of a regular-strength beer that isn't over-the-top.

There is definitely a strong, dry finish to this beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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 lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a crystal clear copper color with a light white head that leaves a nice film and lacing. The aroma is very dank. Hoppy citrus and tropical fruit notes abound. The mouthfeel is very smooth and light, quite easily drinkable. The flavor follows the nose with lots of tangerine, pineapple, pine, and grapefruit notes. The malt is minimal but just enough to make this enjoyable. This is a good beer. It seems closer to an ipa than an apa. Great after work refresher.

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Photo of Boozermurfin
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - looks like beer. This category doesn't make much sense to me.

S - tropical sweetness. Really impressed by this citra hop. I've heard if some pickup a little cat piss smell and I must admit on my first sniff I got it. But after that it was wonderful.

T - more citrus than tropical as expected. A little grapefruit some orange. Very balanced with a lingering sweetness to match the smell. Hopheads might think the hop flavor is too subtle but I really enjoyed it.

M - average. A little thin but no issues here.

O - wasn't that impressed my first bottle. Tried again a few months later and ensured it was fresh. Very delicious. Highly recommended pretty easy drinking ale.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This pours a light caramel tan color with thin soapy foam.

The aroma starts out citrus inspired, with notes of candied orange and tangerine.

The beer opens as it warms, with papaya and jolly rancher notes emerging.

It has a lightly pleasing hop bite with some tropical fruit candy, tangerine peel, and a touch of pineapple. Yum.

Previously (on tap):
This is a clear golden in appearance. There is a sharp floral-pine aroma that is just wonderful. Tastes fantastic-it’s crisp, with a chewy pine finish to it and a nice dose of piney resin that lingers around after closing time. Is it citra hops doing all this and if so where can I get another pint? Mmmmm.

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Photo of centurian62
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.


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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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 ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the awesome Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Tasted 12 November 2013. Reviewed from notes.

First time I had it the appearance was off, I think due to it being the initial pour from a new keg. Had it again a couple days later, and it was a lot better. A clear pale amber orange. Brought with 1 finger of dense small-bubble whitish head; good retention, leaves excellent lacing as I drink it.

Smell is a burst of bright citra hops. Orange and grapefruit, with an unobtrusive base that's apparent mostly from the lack of emptiness. The initial smell is awesome, but it fades as I drink it

Taste is clean and crisp, fading to slightly bitter. It gets a little muddy in the finish, but mostly it's a dry grainy clarity. Slowly declines to a medium mildly bitter pale ale.

Feel is the low point. Kinda, with not enough carbonation. The first pour I had looked like swamp water, and this feels like it, too.

This beer reminds me a little of PseudoSue and Zombie Dust. It can't come close to those two masterpieces, but it's pretty darn good. I find myself liking it less as I drink it, though.

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Photo of MCain04
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Pelagic for this extra! A little over 3 months old, 12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau tulip.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber body with a pure white fluffy head, great retention and lacing.

Smell is zesty, orange, piney, a little sweet, was probably more aromatic when fresh.

Taste is good citra flavor hops of lemon, orange, piney, with a light malt backbone, moderate bitterness, lingering taste is bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, dry finish, moderate carbonation, very refreshing.

Very refreshing and enjoyable APA that is a great change of pace from big malty boozy brews that dominate the market these days. Easy to throw back a few of these without feeling to much palate fatigue or getting too buzzed. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -5.1%
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 jbaker67
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly clear orange pour from bottle with sixteenth inch of white head. Grapefruit and lemon citrus aroma that’s fragrant. Average to soft carbonation, finish on the dry side but not too shabby. Taste is decent blend of juicy citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and orange, some tropical fruits too. Decent bitter malt finish. Great pale ale with a potent citrus hop presence.

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Photo of guityler83
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A two finger tall, tan head formed as it was poured into a english style pint glass. Great head retension, it left behind a nice thick coating of lacing on the edge of the glass as it fell. The beer color, a slightly hazy light fall orange to darker yellow color.

S: Moderately floral tropical mango and berry aroma. A mild fresh bread scent comes out when swirling the glass.

T: Tropicall fruit hop bitterness flavor that follows you from begining to end. The mango, strawberry and mellon flavors consistent with the aroma. A nice moderate amount of toasty, bread crust malt character that balances the beer out. Clean fermentaion, no off flavors. The hop flavors seem abit muted or dulled, maybe need a fresher example to get the full affect but tastey non the less.

M: Nice dry finish and moderate carbonation. Clean finish with no harshness or lingering hop tannins.

O: A clean refreshing CPA with the tropical hop aroma/flavor you'd expect from citra and a malt backbone to support it. The store I got this from was shelf only so I'd like to find a cold stored example but a solid beer in all.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citras should be their own category, imho, because it's really hard to screw this up.

Seriously, what can I say? A big, giant rush of mangos and oranges against a standard APA background. No off nodes. Easy, and easy with the sort of hop profile that makes easiness taste grand. Only, unlike Zombie Dust, Psuedosue, and the really exceptional citras, this one doesn't do anything to set itself apart.

You ever see the movie "Repo Man?" You know how all the products in that movie are in white packages, with a sans-serif font listing the product. So instead of a red bottle marked "Heinz," you'd get a white bottle marked "Ketchup." This is the white bottle of "Citra Pale Ale." Good stuff, but boilerplate for the hop profile.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light brown color. Pours with about half a finger of head which subsided to the edges of the glass. Sticky random lacing on the sides of the glass with each drink. Average carbonation active while drinking.

Smell: A pleasant bouquet of citra hops greet the drinker which mixes incredibly well with a rounded sweet caramel malt aroma. Mangos, orange peel, kiwis, gum drops, and cane sugar all explode out of the glass.

Taste: A lot of the same characteristics in the aroma show up here. Candy sweet hops dance around on the palate with tropical fruit tones which all stay grounded and balanced with a syrupy sweet malt backbone. The hops continue to be very active long after drinking. Slight dryness left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy going, nice malt presence felt.

Overall: An excellent APA. The citra hops give a distinct hoppiness to this beer yet a very solid malt backbone keeps it in the APA category. Easy drinking and light, a great summer pale ale.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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CPA: Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
91 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.