Black Citra Not So Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales
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3.74/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-16-2013 19:38:10 | More by andrewjraab
3.81/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-27-2013 01:30:05 | More by joe1510
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
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-19-2013 05:11:53 | More by superspak
Black Citra Not So Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.