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CPA: Citra Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales

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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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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger frothy, foamy, billowing, cream-colored head. Great retention and awesome rings of lacing down the glass. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles.

S – Grainy and caramel malt aromas with a nice dose of hops with orange, peach, mango, and grass notes. Pretty standard for a darker (more caramel malt) pale ale with Citra hops but pretty nice, too.

T – This is where this beer really takes off. It starts off sweet with caramel malt and a blast of fruit including oranges, peaches, pineapples, and mangos. As the taste continues, bitterness from these fruity hops picks up and takes with it grainy malt and earthy, grassy hop flavors. At the finish, all of the fruit flavors are still there under a blanket of resinous and somewhat spicy hop bitterness. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, mildly spicy, and dry finish. Bittersweet fruity Citra hop flavors linger for a fantastic amount of time.

O – This is a great pale ale. In all honesty, it may be creeping closer to an IPA rather than a pale ale, but a lot of beers these days fit that profile. It is loaded with hops but very drinkable at the same time with a smooth, bittersweet flavor rather than a tongue-blistering bitterness that a lot of hoppy beers try to accomplish these days. This is the first beer that I’ve had from Odd Side, and I’d love to try some more. I’ll be looking for them the next time I’m in Michigan. Thanks for the introduction, Jared!

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Photo of brewskis
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Flopjack
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A slightly hazy yellow-light gold body. Small head forms before quickly deflating to scattered thin foam.

S: Tropical fruits (guava really comes to mind), blood oranges, and grapefruit peel. I'm also picking up just a hint of wet paper.

T: Tropical fruit and sweet malt throughout. A little bit of citrus rind lies in the aftertaste. Quite nice.

M: Fairly light, of course. Finish is a little drying.

O: A very pleasant pale ale, and one I would gladly have again, although I expected a little bit more from my first Citra beer.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a cervoise.

Citra Pale Ale has a golden orange hue and an effervescent white froth. There are some small bubbles visible through the haze that replenish the head for the duration of my glass. A very nice, polished appearance.

The nose on this beer is a little bit light for what I would like. The citra hops are noticeable, with mango, pineapple, and tropical fruit notes coming across, but the intensity is simply not there. A bit of pale malt and honey come through in the back as well.

Each sip starts with a little bit of light malt sweetness. A burst of citra hop flavor releases a vibrant array of tropical fruit flavors - mango, pineapple, lychee, peach, and a bit of grapefruit. The juicy fruit notes blend with a bitterness that has more punch than the nose but still leaves me wanting more. The finish is slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is a little bit lighter than I want out of this beer. It is 5.75% so it is allowed to have a light body, but I would simply prefer this beer to amp up a little bit. The carbonation is mostly creamy with a slight bubbly feel.

Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking pale ale made with a great hop. Could I drink these all day at a hot BBQ? Yes. Would I go after this above some of the other great pale ales out there? No.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Lots of heavy lacing.

S - Aromas of bready malts and grapefruit peel.

T - Taste is tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple. The citrus fades into bready malts. The hops show up in the finish producing a nice piney bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is a great Pale Ale. Smooth and highly drinkable. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep yellow/orange. Pretty hazy. An off white head that leaves a lacing.

Smell: strong tropical fruit, slight hoppiness

Taste: strong tropical fruits and citrusy/tropical hops. Very dry malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter but strong fruity after taste. A little dry.

Overall. This is probably the tastiest pale ale I have had in a while and easy could be considered one of my favorites. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$2.19 bottle that was bottled with a half rubbed out date ... can't make out the month. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Odd label. Lime green background with purple trees in the foreground, with oranges and lemons on the ground. A hazy orange color with a few chunks floating around. Two fingers of head goes away pretty quickly, leaving a white film on top. Lacing is patchy.

Smell: Sweet, malty, but then fruity and herbal hops from the citra.

Taste: About what I expected. There's a really nice hop flavor that's balanced out very nicely by the malt. Quite dry. The citra is highlighted but it's not quite as potent as a beer like Zombie Dust is. This beer doesn't taste much like Zombie Dust, surprisingly, but they're both excellent beers in their own right.

Another great beer from Odd Side. To my surprise, less bitter than Simcoe Sensation, but has a very nice flavor -- drinkable as hell. Zombie Dust has a bit more "oomph", but having a local citra-centric beer is awesome. Must try.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle into glass

smell: lemon, hay, citrus, grapefruit, apple, pear

taste: very earthy bitterness, not getting a whole lot of malt, fruity finish, with notes of citrus, pear, grapefruit and lemon. bitterness lingers

mouthfeel: higher carbonation, sort of thinner body

overall: A bitter pale ale with some fruity notes and a smooth malt backbone, will seek this out again. Another fantastic Michigan brew.

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Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head.

S: Sweet citrus, tangerine, pineapple, light pine resin, apricot, a hint of cracker malt.

T: Taste is a bit drier, with some mild marmalade, grass, slightly sweet graininess, grapefruit pith.

M: Light-bodied but with a little heft, light carbonation.

O: Pretty nice pale ale. Not the best citra beer I've ever had, but tasty.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack the top and pour a brew of darker goldenrod into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a one and a half finger head of creamy whitish bubbles, showing great retention. Thick sheets and spots of lacing are left around the glass. Carbonation appears to be active with, interestingly, different sized bubbles rising to the top. A chill haze is noted, with large wet chunks of yeasty sediment floating about. The aroma is fresh and fruity, with grapefruity hops giving sweetness, pucker, and light zest, tangerine and peachy fleshiness, muddier pale malts, cotton freshness, clover honey, and light plastic sandwich bag bite. The grain bill shows more adjuncty metallics with warmth, while the hops take on a sweeter more nectary vibe, with a more floral bouquet. Our first impression is that the grain sits very much at the forefront, but does allow enough room for the hops to really shine through the center of the sip. The sip opens with bittered plastic phenols, wheaty, pale, and somewhat Belgian malty fullness, syrupy citric hop heaviness, limey zing, mineral, and musky depth. Moving to the peak is textured grapefruit hoppiness, leaving the mouth slimy and tingly. Otherwise the buds are occupied by raw pales and barley, and fresh green grassiness. We finish with washing notes of floured breadiness, mild adjuncty metallics, pineapple and cantaloupe juiciness, sliced cucumber, fresh herbal mint leaf, and all the sweetness of those citric and nectary hops, with all of the bite left in the middle. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze spiciness, big citric and soapy hops, unwashed pale maltiness, black pepper, gravel, lemon zestiness, and echoes of grassy bitterness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left bittered and puckered, with light initial cooling coat. The booze and hops add slickness, but ultimately give astringency down the hard palate. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its freshness. At first the hops seemed to take a backseat to the malt bill, but with warmth things generously opened up. The hops came much more forward with bright zest, sweetness, and heaviness to match that formidable grain. They also were able to keep their independence, all while striking a nice balance. The nose was comparatively muted, but not by much. This is a tasty beer, and certainly a sleeper in the local scene.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but released recently. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, lemon zest, passionfruit, peach, tangerine, floral, honey, and floral earthiness. Excellent aromas with great balance of tropical/citrus notes with a good malt balance; and nice strength. Taste of pineapple, lemon zest, passionfruit, peach, tangerine, floral, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of tropical bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, passionfruit, lemon zest, peach, tangerine, light pine, floral, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of tropical/citrus hop flavors; with a nice moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish; with nice robustness of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with smooth, lightly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pale ale! Great balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
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 robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ppohio for this one. Poured super cold from the bottle a murky honey'd copper to a sun king shaped pint with a wisp of a short lasting white head leaving minimal lace.

Aroma of graham crackers (?) and subtle tropical fruits, a bit of an odd aroma - not particularly off, just different.

hmmm... not at all what I was expecting from this beer. Citra ? I'm getting graham crackers and to be honest, that's all i am getting. graham cracker crust to be more precise - graham cracker crust on a really good cheesecake - & maybe a little burnt.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy smooth, no bitters whatsoever.


Edit: the wife says she's getting the grapefruit others are mentioning, maybe I'm just plain wrong on this one.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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 mhksuccess
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass
nice light color and you can smell the citra hops during the pour
swirl in glass reveals great heavy citra hop smell

taste is light crisp and smooth with a nice grapefruit back end to it
as I drink the citra hops taste is strong through out
at 5.75% alcohol this is a great way to start the day/night out drinking
overall is a great beer and the price makes it an excellent value
would seek it out again and find myself in the backyard bbq during the summer drinking a few of these

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Photo of alphaacid9000
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -

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Photo of hackmann
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: burnt orange body with a one finger bone white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing. Make sure to get that little bit of sediment off the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: pink grapefruit big time with a touch of fruit in the back

Flavors: nice citrus flavors up front, grapefruit, lemon rind; under the citrus I am picking up pear, apple and a little pineapple swirling around, a touch of pine and white grapefruit on the finish along with a touch of pineapple, the pineapple note is very settle.

Mouthfeel: mild-moderate carbonation, somewhat oily from the hops, medium to medium-full body, sweet-bitter pink grapefruit like feel on the front and mid with a touch of white grapefruit like bitterness on the finish and aftertaste along with a little pine like note – this makes for a dry finish.

To the Point: a tasty whatever you want to call it - pale ale or IPA. If some IPAs are too strong for you but, you like citrus, maybe this pale ale would do the trick. Come to think of it this could be a good introductory ale before trying a full bodied IPA.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: average, pours a golden yellow with nearly no head that dicipates to simply of paper thin head that covers. Adequate lacing on the glass.

Smell: This is my second bottle (not in the same session). The first from the same sixer about two weeks ago had much more flora citra aroma. This bottle has the same citra aroma however it is simply less powerful. -that will teach me to drink a sixer this slow!

Taste: spicy grapefruit

Mouth Feel: a nice bite that tingles on your tongue

Mouthfeel: tingly effervescents

i would buy this again but consume it when fresher

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Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Mitchster
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. no ingredients per the website or label other than Citra hops. Pours out to a clear burnt orange, forming a tall white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. No sediment in bottle. The aroma is nice with pungent hops...mostly skunky MJ, a touch fo pine, then grapefruit. I like it. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium body. The taste is great as well...skunky MJ, with a touch of apricot in the middle, balanced by a touch of toasty malts, nice firm malt body, well balanced residual sweetness and a pleasant medium bitterness. For all practical purposes this is an IPA. No off flavors or aromas.

One of the best pale ales/IPAs I've had from a Michigan brewery. Exceptional. Easy to drink yet pungent and refreshing. I would definitely buy this again and recommend you try it if you want a pale ale with a little more Oooomph.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A normal pour creates a 1-finger, off-white head. The clean, golden body sports moderate carbonation. The head shows good retention, and there are some awesome rings left on the glass.

S- Clean and fresh at first. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate the initial aroma profile. I'm a sucker for that tropical fruit thing. With some warmth, the grapefruit zest and pith begIn to take over.

T- It's quite hoppy at first. There's a real of grapefruit. It gets sweet with pineapple characteristics. There's a little more balance through the middle with some biscuit-like malts. A slight spice in the finish. More grapefruit and malt with warmth.

M- Medium body. Moderate-heavy carbonation. Hoppy tingle. Clean, dry finish.

O- This beer stradles the APA/IPA line for me, not that I could call it a negative. I'd pick this up when I'm looking for a hoppy fix without an ABV overload.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy burnt orange with two fingers of creamy off white foam. Nice retention and very sticky lace.

S: Citrus notes, orange rind, resinous hop notes.

T: Citrus zest, resinous hop profile, a bit oily, balanced and smooth finish.

O: Real nice offering from Odd Side - glad they started to bottle and I'll be interested to see what is next.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brillant crystal clear gold color with a one finger very slightly offwhite head that head good retention and decent lacing.

S - Wow. Huge citris and floral aromas upfront. There is also a very nice caramel background scent. Very pleasant smelling beer

T - Much like the smell. Grapefruit and lemon are right in your face upfront, but are balanced quite nicely with caramel and malt flavors. There is also a bit of a floral taste. All this is followed by a slightly piney aftertaste.

M - Light to Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Almost silky feeling in the mouth

O - Great APA. I love the Citra hops they used in the beer and they were balanced quite nicely with the caramel malts. Wasnt so hoppy that I thought I was drinking an IPA either. Nicely done. Will definately seek this out anytime I am near Michigan.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I heard a lot of Buzz about this beer, so I was excited when my friends at the Liquor Cabinet in St. Joseph had it in stock. Props to Odd Side for putting the date clearly on the side of the bottle. The reviewed bottle was dated 3/21/13. The beer poured a nice orange-copper color with high white head. The pint glass was almost unable to hold the head. In the aroma, I detected notes of pine and sweet citrus. The aroma is far from being passive. In the initial taste, one gets a burst of pineapple, orange, pine, and mild malt. At the back end, one detects notes of orange rind. The bitter resin occupies the aftertaste, following the beer right down the esophagus. The bitter grassy notes linger on the roof of the mouth and the sides of the cheeks. Though the beer had a massive head, the carbonation was muted. A reasonably thick texture allows the taste to linger nicely. This is a very good APA that I imagine would be even better on tap.

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