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Black Citra Not So Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales

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Black Citra Not So Pale AleBlack Citra Not So Pale Ale

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-31-2011

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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 19
Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We pour from the bottle into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows a deep shade of mahogany brown when held directly to light. A one finger head of light tan foam is produced, and this retains decently into a soapy, thicker film across the top of the liquid. Globular cords of lacing sit in its wake. No haze is noted, but finite sediment sits throughout. Carbonation appears to be medium. The aroma gives rich Graham cracker and warmed honey sweetness, salty pale malt wash, roasty chalked black and chocolate malts, sweetly soapy and citric hoppiness, lactic milkiness, fruitiness of apricot and pineapple, mineral, penicillin, soft plastic phenols, and a light black pepper booziness. Following through across the buds is a blend of clean citric hoppy bitterness over top of soy sauce saltiness, bitterly burnt coffee, black, and chocolate maltiness, pineapple, tangerine, and mango fruit sugars, cereal graininess, vegetal seaweed, coiny metallics, chalked ale yeastiness, coffee acidity, white sugar cloy, hazelnut sweetness, Styrofoam, and lingering smokiness of charcoal. The body is relatively light, and the carbonation is equally as muted. Each sip gives decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, leaving the mouth cooled, thinly oiled, and eventually chalky dry. Puck is minimal, but palpable. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks away nicely.

Overall, this beer has some nice flavor for your Midwestern black ale. It finds the right balance between smoked, deep maltiness, and hops from the sweeter side of the spectrum. This is one beer where temperature makes a huge difference. When colder, at fridge temps, the flavoring dominated, making the aroma seem condensed in comparison. To contrast, however, when the beer began to warm, there was a switch. The nose settled down, tightened, darkened, and became stickier, while the flavoring thinned down along with the feel. This was probably the least appealing thing about the beer, but we’re definitely being critical. Odd Side has produced a nice beverage for a style that we are always looking for more of. Easy to enjoy.

Photo of zhewitt98
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drk93TT
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is grapefruit and mango dominant initially, then very chocolatey and roasty. Notes of resin and pine contrast the chocolatey sweetness.

Flavor is sweet and chocolatey initially, fading to resiny and roasty bitterness in the finish. The fruity hop character pales, in comparison. Muted grapefruit and mango are overshadowed by the dark malt presence, and the combination reads as acetone. There's a bit of astringency that lingers.

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/20/14:
Pour is a very dark brown, appearing almost black. Head is light tan, and forms a decent fluffy head atop the pour. Eventually the head fades to a full film on the surface, and the edges provide copious lacing during the drink.

Nose is definitely roasted in nature up front, but also somewhat indistinct: get some cola, woodiness, light hints of root spices. Complimenting this is the scent of lemon and orange zest, and maybe a little grass as it warms.

The beer has a nice level of carbonation up front and a woody dry finish in the end. In between is a straightforward Black IPA. I get notes of coffee beans on the dark side, as well as a little bite, maybe ginger or sasparilla. There are also nice accents of citrus that never take over the dark feel of the whole beer.

I wished the citrus or tropical fruits came through a bit more. The accents I did get were interesting, and I wouldn't want them to overtake the "black" nature of the beer, but I think I'd enjoy it more if they were a little stronger.

Photo of J2A2
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of km02600
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clager
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible. Tastes similar to Citra with citrus undertones and good hoppiness. The dark color is not as evident in the flavor as you might expect.

Photo of bricitro
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of webmanspidey
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe12pk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of st9647v3
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nuggetz
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Syracuse12
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Supergenious
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Black Citra Not So Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
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