Black Citra Not So Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales
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4.51/5 rDev +19.9%
This pours a black cola color with cocoa colored foam.
It's similar to a hoppy porter with grapefruit dankness rounding it out. Like a green hoppy porter.
The aroma has a squeeze of fresh grapefruit mixed with some pine needles.
It's like a burst of grapefruit pine with a bitter finish and a touch of resin with a roast complexity underlying it all.
01-06-2014 02:46:57 | More by elNopalero
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
This was a very tasty surprise! I would almost classify it as a Citrus Stout, oddly enough a good Citrus Stout. Roasted malt backbone, with a sour citrusy goodness on the palate. Works strangely well together. Got in a mix a six today and definitely will be picking up a sixer of it this weekend. Yummy stuff, cheers!
03-01-2014 00:11:05 | More by RusImpStoLuv
4/5 rDev +6.4%
I picked up a bottle of Odd Side Ales Black Citra Not So Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of their Citra Pale Ale and I'm really interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- The label looks pretty nice with a dark version of their CPA label and the description is nice. It poured a nice dark brown color that was on the border of being black and it had some brown highlights when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, medium roasted malt and chocolate like aroma. Up next comes the Citra hops that impart that juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas with no single fruit sticking out the most. This beer has a pretty good aroma, it's got great balance between the roasted malts and the citra hops.
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a slight grainy, medium roasted malts, and a nice chocolate flavor. Up next comes the citra hops that impart lighter fruity flavor with citrus fruits seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of low bitterness with a roasted malt and light citrus hop aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, it would have been better if the citra hops stuck out a little more but I thought it was still pretty enjoyable.
M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and good example of the style. the dark malts seemed to work pretty well with the citra hops and for the most part the balance was pretty good. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see this being a nice session beer and It's a pretty nice fall time beer, I could see myself drinking more than a few of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the contrast between the roasted malts and the citra hops, it was pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance in the taste, the dark malts were just a little too overpowering and I think a little more citra hop flavors would make this really good. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's priced well and it would be nice to keep around in the fridge. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy Black Ales. All in All i was happy with this beer, it was just as advertised and it was very sessionable. I prefer CPA over this beer, just because I feel like it does a better job at representing the citrus hops, but this is still pretty good for what it is. This beer is right on the border of being a Black IPA and if it had a little more bitterness it would fit in the style nicely, but as it stands now I would call it a hoppy American Black Ale and I would put it right on the same level as Dark Horse's Reserve Special Black Ale. Good job guys I enjoyed this beer, keep up the good and creative work.
10-22-2013 03:44:34 | More by StoutHunter
Black Citra Not So Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.