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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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very good

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 169
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-31-2011

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 169
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Odd Side this past weekend. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a single-finger off-white head and some good lacing. The nose brings forward heavy roast and a bit of chocolate. Mild tropical notes and pine behind that.

Flavor is comprised mostly of the roasted malts and chocolate, though the hops are certainly apparent. Behind the roast is some tropical fruit and light notes of pine tree.

Light-medium body with a very dry finish. Not as good as the regular CPA, but still tasty.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy nearly opaque reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA style. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of this beer....had higher expectations. It poured a opaque black with offwhite head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries faint pine and bitterness. The taste is somewhat smokey and weird....it is very strange and I am not a overly huge fan. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Nope....won't go buying this one again.....would try it on tap though....just to see if it is better.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is very dark with some ruby highlights. I got a tiny amount of tan head.

S - At first I just noticed a citrus aroma with a little roasted malt. As it warmed I got a coffee aroma.

T - As with the smell, I got a bunch of citrus at first with a little roasted malt. Once it warmed the coffee taste became apparent.

M - Medium

O - I didn't care for it until it warmed up and released some of the coffee aroma and taste. It is a good beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. No ingredients or specs per the website or bottle. Pours out to a clear light black, forming a modest light tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. Modest layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The nose is great...classic black IPA. Lots of citrusy hops with a nicely balanced roast . Mouthfeel is prickly throughout with a medium hop and roast acidity, with a medium light body...a little watery towards the finish.. The taste begins with the citrusy hops...papaya and mango, then some roast malt...like black patent. French Roast in the finish, tart hop acidity and pine in the aftertaste. Bitterness is medium firm. I would ballpark it in the 60-70 IBU range.

A nice black IPA, but it needs more body and base malt. I much prefer Founders over this, and Heavy Seas is probably the next best in my book. Worth a try.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours cola with frothy head, sticky lacing, light retention

faint chocolate and roasted malt. nose was weak

citrus hop and sweet dark chocolate up front. some roasted malt and sweet citrus fruit emerge. some bitterness and stickiness through the finish

light body, mild carbonation

overall good for a lower ABV black citra.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$1.99 Single
Kap N' Keg - Traverse City, MI

Black Citra is coffee black with good clarity. When the glass is filled it looks like black coffee with a dense milk chocolate head that rose to a couple fingers in height and leaves almost solid lacing as it recedes to a thick ring. A good looking beer without a doubt.

Roast and cold coffee lead the way with a roast nuttiness bringing up the rear. The coffee is sweet and with cream while the roastiness is moderate. Maybe this beer is a little older than it should be because the hop profile is rather buried with some soft citric notes and a touch of pine. To be perfectly honest I'm not a big fan of black IPAs so I'm ok with the hops being buried and the malt profile taking control.

The roast isn't as expressive in the flavor but is present throughout. The coffee with cream and sugar appears mid palate along with a brief nuttiness. Mild citric and pine hoppiness cleans things up on the finish leaving a soft bitterness. The flavor is good but in comparison to the aroma is a little muddled.

The body has a solid weight with a rather lazy carbonation, which works. Roast and hop bitterness both remain after the swallow but never rise above the low threshold. Drinkability is pretty high.

This is a better beer than I thought it would be. I can't see myself liking citra when used in a beer with roast and coffee notes but it's so subtle in Black Citra that it makes for a nice accompaniment.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Bottled 8/26/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a dark cola black brown with almost two fingers of sand hued head. The foam lingers before settling to a thin layer across the surface and a halo that leaves some large patches of lace.

Smells of pine, citrus zest, orange and a little vague coffee. A decent mix of citrusy hops and roasty malt.

Taste follows the nose. Mandarines, orange peel, grapefruit, heavily roasted malt, coffee, pine, faint cocoa and a little burnt caramel. No discernible alcohol so this is all flavor and goes down quite easily.

Fullish, almost creamy body with softly active carbonation. Citrus and roast linger in the mildly bitter finish.

Oddside has brewed a softer, fruitier hop profile for Black Citra than I typical find in American black ales. This is a great example of an easy drinking black ale with a nice citrusy hop profile and a sturdier body than the abv might lead you to believe. Good stuff.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 (or $2.29) single poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Mostly black with some ruby tints on the side of the glass. Reasonable amount of lacing. Head falls to about half an inch and lingers.

Smell: A sort of peach or mango aroma is the most significant one as far as hoppy smells in this brew. Pretty sweet on the nose. There's a very faint roast character, but with eyes closed not knowing what this beer is, chances are you wouldn't guess it's a black pale ale.

Taste/feel: First thing I noticed was the huge feel. It's a surprisingly big bodied beer, and it tends to foam up in your mouth on each sip. There's then that slightly juicy peach/mango sort of flavor on the middle of the tongue. The finish is, again, that faint roastiness. The dark character of this beer that I was expecting really isn't there, which is surprising as well as disappointing.

A decent beer, but Odd Side has done so much better. There's a nice peach/mango thing going on in this beer, which would be nice in a pale ale or IPA, but it's as if this beer was dyed black with food coloring. I guess that's sort of impressive that they hid the roastiness that well? For me, I wanted it. Additionally, the way Black CPA foams up on my tongue was kind of interesting at first, but it just got to the point where it felt like I was eating foam off of a float. Well, that's not true... I love it in that case, just not so much in a beer.

Black CPA is a reasonably good beer from Odd Side, but your pupils won't dilate. I don't know what the age of this beer is (date is gone for some reason), but hops tend to fade, not malt.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice brown tending towards black. almost opaque but some clarity. small tan head that doesn't stick around at all

Smell: lighter roasted malts and citra

Taste: opens up and stays consistently roasted malts, not super strong but forever present. citra plays along nicely in the background

Mouthfeel: some bitterness and pretty light

Overall: I usually can't drink a whole black hoppy beer but this one was actually pleasant, affirms my choice to get my hands on every new odd side beer i can

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Photo of lochef81
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my first experience with Oddside Ales and unfortunately it was not a good one. Tried this on a friend's advice and was quite disappointed. The ale starts well, pouring a handsome cola color with a slight head and decent lacing. The aroma is hoppy but with a sweet malt note as well. Not unpleasant but there is something a little bit off about the nose. It has that slightly ammonia-y aroma that ipas sometimes have but in combination with the maltiness it seems very out of place and disconjointed. The flavor of the ale follows suit. It is sweet with a very bitter finish. Nice notes of coffee and toffee in the malt and pine In the hoppy finish but at the end of it all; this one just seems off. The flavors don't mesh and there is definitely a note that is just off in the whole spectrum of tastes. This is definitely not a bad beer but it is also definitely not one that I will return to.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OddSide Citra Not So Pale Ale.

OddSide made a damn fine Citra pale ale. And I can only imagine this one to be even better given the fact that the malts have been turned up. I wanted this one for some time, and finally found a single of it. With all that hooplah said, let us see what we get.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a deep, though not completely impenetrable black witg a two finger nearly-mocha colored head that has a long life ahead of if. Head retention is second to only a few brews I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Carbonation is impossible to get a read on due to the depth of the beer.

Smell - The hop presence is very, very floral. Almost smells like a fresh bouque of flowers. The one I brought to your moms house last night. Some tropical fruit juices that of which K cannot distinguish and a nose hair burning level of alcohol amongst a large whiff of the beers. Nothjng leading to the blackness is detectable here.

Taste - Once again very floral and fruit juice forward. That bouque is about to do some work on your sister now. Tropical fruits of the mango variety comes through after the flowers. BUT, I don't taste a single hint of what gives this beer its nearly black coloration as the malt levels are kept to a low, nearly unnoticable level. Hell if it wouldn't have promised it on the front of the bottle I wouldn't have brought it up in the taste category. Ten minutes later after letting it warm, I still can't pick up any sign of roasted ANYTHING. Still tastes good, just expected something a wee bit different than this.

Feel - After taking my sweet ass time, I am finally ready to rate this category. Beer sits medium bodied with a very low level of carbonation. The roast aspects becomes more apparent and you pick it up in all aspects of the feel. Flower power also amps up just a touch. Beers swallows on a roasty note, though easily.

Overall - Well it didn't live up to everything it promised in every category, but it was still a solid beer nontheless. Drink this one a few degrees cooler than room temoerature and maybe you'll get different results than I did. Was really just a blackened, and weaker on the flavor version of their Citra Pale Ale. As always, give it a shot and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, no bottling date.

L- Dark, dark brown/black, tiny amount of light coming through, light brown head.

S- Light mango, citrus, and light roast.Even though there is no bottling date the aroma would lead me to believe it's not too old as the roast hasn't overshadowed the hops yet.

T- Similar to aroma with a light bitterness.

F- Lighter side of medium, very easy drinking.

O- Very nice almost sessionable black hoppy pale, all the flavor of the original but with that added light roasted note. Definitely pick some up if you know it's fresh.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black with a foamy and bubbly khacki head - lacing is aplenty and head retains to a thin cap that resembles cake batter.

S - Malts, piney, citrus, fruity in the back layers.

T - Heavy malt forward quickly matched by the hop presence. Anise, citrus peel, dry bitter taste lingers on the palate.

O - Solid Black IPA - with a nice balance of malts and hops. I would get it again.

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Photo of clager
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
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 (no strong coffee or chocolate flavor). One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of guityler83
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A opaque black color with only the slightest bit of browning around the top where the light can pass through. The head formed was slight, a finger tall, and fell quickly leaving only a dusting on top and a thin coating of lacing on the side of the snifter.

S: Tropical melon and mango hop aroma is moderate but bright and distinct. There is a nice subtle roasted coffee coffee aroma that comes through after a few minutes.

T: Strong coffee and caramel/toffee malt character on the first sip. Bitterness is moderate and the mango, tropical berry flavors are present but just supporting roles to the malt flavors in the beer. The flavors clash slightly for me, but others might enjoy them more.

M: Clean dry finish with a slight bit of roasty astringancy after the beer is gone. Moderate carbonation, not as drinkable as the normal CPA from Odd Side.

O: The strong roasted coffee flavor is nice in this beer but when you combine it with citra you get a confusing flavor profile. I think i'll stick to the CPA or get a stout but still glad I tried it.

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of barnabasdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A- very dark cola color, nice head with good lacing and some retention
S- citrus, roasted malt, classic citra hop aroma
T- bitter hops up front with some coffee, chocolate, citrus notes, sweet malt finish
M- medium light body, medium carbonation, syrupy
O- a different take on the citra pale ale. Feels like a stout mixed with a citra pale. Solid ale once again by Oddside.

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Black Citra Not So Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.