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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale AleBourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale

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very good

22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 27.78%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 04-21-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 179
Reviews by MasterfulIdiot:
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4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ikea snifter. The liquid is a cloudy darkish orange with lots of little lines of bubbles rising up the sides of the glass. The pour produces a huge off-white head that leaves a truly incredible amount of lace on the glass. Really beautiful.

Aroma mostly smells like hops, with orangey citrus being the main note, but there's a bit of a sour tinge to it. There's a subtle bit of blue cheese (not sure if I'm crazy for smelling that) and a tinge of vanilla. It's definitely interesting.

Taste starts out with a bit of the sourness from the aroma, and then the citrus from the hops really kicks in mid-palate, to the point where it almost tastes like it could be orange juice, then a little bit of vanilla comes up on the swallow and mixes in with the oranges on the aftertaste. The hop presence on this beer alone is notable - there's an incredible amount of citrus with almost no bitterness and it somehow never feels even remotely overpowering. Not much barrel character at first, but it gets more noticeable as it warms and adds a nice complexity to an already nice beer. I think the slight tinge of sweetness from the barrel plays really well against the citrus from the hops, and it all comes together shockingly smoothly.

Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy! The body itself is on the thin side, but there are lots of tiny bubbles that aren't prickly, and make it feel a little bit thicker than it actually is. Really well-matched to the flavor - they've got the citrus AND the vanilla, and the light body AND creamy mouthfeel to match!

Overall, really well-done, interesting, and unusual beer! They somehow have it both ways with the hops and the bourbon - neither are quite strong, but they're both noticeable and well-placed. And the low ABV is a really nice kicker! I wish I could drink this all the time, but thanks to niner99 for including it as an extra!

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Poured from a 120z bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a murky rust brown color, not all that pleasing to the eyes.

Smells a little funky. Definite citrus, obviously from the citra hops, but the slightest hint of whiskey gives it a funky smell, reminiscent of a Long Island iced tea.

Taste is a bit disappointing, though not horribly disappointing as I'm only slightly a fan of OddSides CPA to begin with. Tastes exactly as it smells, like CPA but with a whiskey mixing with fruit funk.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, heavy, slight whiskey, stale fruit, not too appealing.

Overall I'm just a little let down that their BA-CPA is a total flop.

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Bottle shared by stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a golden yellow/color, with a small half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like orange, pineapple, bourbon, and a small amount of oak. This also smells a tiny bit tart if you really focus.

The only barrel I'm really getting out of this is the straightforward bourbon flavor, which melds really well with the juicy hop flavors of this single hop Citra pale ale. There is a tiny bit of oak. Only mildly bitter, mostly just juicy. Almost like you dropped a very small shot of bourbon into a fairly solid Citra pale ale. The mild tartness noted in the aroma is not at all present in the taste.

Light bodied, which makes sense given the lower ABV. Low carbonation. Very drinkable, easy going bourbon barrel aged beer here.

This worked really well, despite my misgivings. It'll never be my favorite style of beer, but it's got a lot of uniqueness to it.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.