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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
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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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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Oddside Ales Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale a couple days ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of Citra Pale Ale, but I've never had the Bourbon barrel aged version before and i'm interested to see how this beer takes to being barrel aged, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty nice, it's very similar to the non barrel aged version, but this one has a barrel on it and it lets you know that it's a Pale Ale aged in Bourbon barrel, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a orange tinted gold color that took on more of a golden hue when held to to the light with a finger and a half of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that bordered on being on the higher side and it's followed by the hops being the first to show up and it imparts that signature citra hop profile that I was expecting with some juicy citrus and tropical fruit like aromas and it's followed by a light sweet malt and pale malt like aroma with a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the barrel which shows up on the slightly lighter side of medium and it imparts some nice caramel, bourbon and vanilla aromas, This beer had a very nice aroma, the combination of citra hop and bourbon barrel worked much better then I expected them to.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart those same great Citra hop aspects that they did in the aroma and there's also some light sweet malt and pale malt like flavors with a slight bit of doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the bourbon barrels which impart those same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's also a nice light butterscotch like flavor. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that lingers slightly into the aftertaste and it mixes with the bourbon barrel and Citra hop flavors. This was a very nice tasting beer, I have no complaints at all.

M- Pretty smooth, a little complex, a little crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of a Bourbon barrel aged IPA, I know Oddsides calls the base a Pale Ale, but it's pretty much right on the border of being an IPA in all aspects so I think it fits nicely into the category. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, a little complex, a little crisp, slightly creamy, not filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, it's a nice change to have a beer that has a nice bourbon barrel flavor without being a strong beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance between the citra hops and the bourbon barrels, they each showed up just the right amount and they work very nicely together and I wasn't expecting that. What I like the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't any off aspects or anything that I would change, it's great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again if they release it again, I got another bottle, but if i see anymore next time i go to the store I will get a few a more. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes bourbon barrel aged IPA's. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I wasn't a 100% sure how the citra hops would work with the bourbon barrels, but they turned out to be a good match that worked out way better then I expected. This is up there as one of the better Oddside beers I have had, oddsides does a great job at making bourbon barrel aged beer that have drinkability to them and that's something I don't see often and I appreciate Oddsides for filling in the gap. Great job guys, keep on making those great and creative beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of larryarms847
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is a hazy amber with a couple inches of beige head that clings to the sides.

S - I get some citra, cooked vegetables, and grapefruit.

T - The oak comes through in the taste. The citra is muted. It actually works well.

M - Medium

O - I am a big fan of CPA. The barrel aged version is not a disappointment. It is different and interesting.

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Huge thanks goes out to mjshearer1 for this surprise.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Smells like straight up orange with some light oak in the back. Also notes of tangerine and grapefruit.

T- The hops set in with some heavy citrus flavor and then the bitterness takes hold reacting with the oak in a strange but complementary way. Woody aftertaste. I don't get much bourbon flavor but I wasn't necessarily expecting much. The taste is very vibrant and bright. Ever so slightly astringent.

M- Sharp, tangy and dry. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Certainly unique and in a good way. I know I like this one, I just don't quite know what to make of it. The flavor profile is assertive, the aroma pleasant and the mouthfeel is prickly. This is the first I've had from these Odd Side guys and, from what I can tell, they're serious about messing around.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Founders KBS 2014 snifter. No bottling date, but I know that this only very recently came out, so there's no fear of staleness.

Nice opacity, mysterious, semi-translucent. I can see the logo on the other side of my glass and a bit of the lampshade against which I'm holding it. Golden yellow, some orange, coppery hues, hombre with a dark core lightening towards the periphery. The beer is unfiltered, but coming from a barrel, I'm even more surprise that any clearness exists at all. (Though, to be fair, the barrel presence in ANY Odd Side beer seems negligible.) Huge foam on the forced pour, two and a half fingers, thick and whipped-looking, but dissipates quickly. A thin layer of carbonation lingers in the middle, thickening at the edge of the glass. The bubbles join together playfully beneath the foam at the edges. The carbonation is evident and prevalent. Some lacing lingers. The viscosity that presents itself in the taste isn't evident in the appearance.

A big, ripe acidity is the first thing that hits the nose, somewhere between cat urine and rotting fruit, but not so overpowering as to be unpleasant. The citra hops find themselves somewhere beneath the grip of the initial hops. They yield more pineapple than anything else, the sweet, acidic notes rather than their characteristic orange, banana, kiwi, and lime. The aggregate hop profile is a little abrasive, but interesting. For a sub-6% beer, the scent is pretty captivating, but there's no barrel. This is my third Odd Side BBA beer, and the trend of an absent barrel continues. Compared to regular Citra, I find the aroma toned down and only slightly sweeter.

When I smell hops, I expect to taste them, particularly the trending citra hop, but unfortunately the first feeling I get from the taste is disappointment. There's a burning synthetic taste, plasticky, transitioning into the (extremely mild) hop profile. The hops fade extremely quickly into the malt, which in turn fades extremely quickly into the barrel, which finishes the taste with a slight sweetness and then disappears completely. In all, the taste is incredibly ephemeral. There are notes of honey, a little lavender, some pungent cooking spices, but mostly it's bitterness, a biting, hot saucy bitterness that stands pervasive against the other flavors.

And then there's the barrel. The only barrel presence I get is some sweetness at the back end. What type of whiskey barrels do they use? How long are they in barrels? All the barrels appear to have done is destroy the rest of the ingredients.

The mouthfeel is bitter, bitter, bitter. Given the low alcohol content and the restraint of the hops, I'm very surprised at the bite with which Citra leaves me. The carbonation is also rather intense (I ask again, how long was this barrel aged?) and floods the back of the throat. Not an overly pleasant drinking experience, but toned-down enough to be quaffable, maybe even sessionable.

Given the price, I would try BBA Citra again on tap, but I don't think I would buy it again in bottle form. The barrel aging really does nothing for this beer, or perhaps this beer is too strong for the barrel again process that Odd Side puts it through. Regular Citra is a very good beer, year-round, and not restrained in its flavor profile. Grab a six pack of that instead.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a medium to deep orange color. fairly clear but just a touch of haze. a finger plus of a foamy white head that leaves a lacing on the sides and a little on the top.

Smell: good bourbony whiff up front. its not super alcoholic but it captures most of the flavor of bourbon. fruity notes try to peak through but are mostly stifled

Taste: opens up with mostly oaky and slightly bourbon flavors. back end is full of very lively and fairly juicy hops. mostly a sweet citrus. the fruit ends up over powering the bourbon quite nicely

Mouthfeel: pretty sticky, and perhaps the most refreshing bourbon barrel beer I have had

Overall: i wasn't so sure at first but i grew to really like this one. very unique take and turns out well. a great change from the onslaught of more and more bourbon in barrel aged beers. Adds to Oddsides barrel program with the most interesting and unique barrel aged beers

Photo of lochef81
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a hazy orange copper color with a small off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a delicious blend of citrus hops and rich bourbon barrel notes. There's a lot of alcohol on the nose as well as vanilla, oak, citrus, pineapple, and pine. The mouthfeel is smooth but coating. It leaves a pleasant and lasting flavor of hops and bourbon long after the sip. The flavor is a very nice blend of fresh tropical/citrus hops and rich bourbon barrel flavors. Caramel, vanilla, and oak intermingle with grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and mango. This is an interesting take on an ipa. I doubted whether it would work given that CPA is a citrus forward and in no way malty ale and that bba usually works best with maltier offerings, but Oddsides definitely made it work. This is worth a taste if for no other reason than to try something different.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy amber with stories-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Mostly citrus - orange, tangerine, & grapefruit. Light amount of vanilla and bourbon in the back of the aroma.

T - Flavor is an interesting mix of citrus and bourbon. There is a nice amount of citrus in the start followed by bourbon and vanilla. The finish has a nice hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - This was definetly an interesting beer. Not something I would drink again, but glad I tried it.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pop a bottle each, pouring a brew of lazy, golden honey coloring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It puts up a two and a half finger tall head of soapy, crystalline tan bubbles, showing great retention. Lacing etches around the glass like freshly whipped egg whites. A column of chill haze cores through the center of the beer, but this fades quickly to reveal an absence of sediment. Carbonation is thorough and active. The aroma gives a sticky sweet cloy of citric and nectary hops atop a base malt of roasty caramel and toasted pale warmth. This is accompanied by a chorus of honey, buttery diacetyls of wet oak, graham crackers, coconut, skeletal shells of rummy and bourbon heat, sweet tart chalkiness, cooled cornbreadiness, artificial lemon cleaner, coppery metallics, white cake, tangerine and watermelon fruitiness, and a more sugary fruit punch cloy, especially with warmth. Our first impression is that this beer is exactly what is advertised, and it is beautifully executed, from the hoppy citric bite through to the barrel aging. As we sip, the taste begins with buttery diacetyls, gentle corny bourbon, soft ethanol burn, sticky and oily citric, grapefruity hoppiness, orange peel zest, cleansing vanilla, and stark oaked woodiness. The middle comes to a peak with a sweetening depth of citric and nectary hoppiness, with white sugar, chalky pale malts, chemical phenols, toasted caramel maltiness, lightly sweet honey-infused raspberry tea, freshly cut grassiness, and orangey fruitiness. The end comes through with the most intense vanilla and oaky barrel flavoring of the sip, with sweeps of metallic moss and dried autumn leafiness, citric, nectary, and bitter earthy hoppiness, fusel boozy burn, honeycomb sweetness, dewed moss, metallic yeastiness, and continued souring, zesty citric rind. The aftertaste breathes of bittering citric and lightly soapy hoppiness, hearty woody warmth, bourbon booziness, black pepper, chalk, gravel, dried mineral earthiness, straw, pumpkin seeds, toasty marshmallow sweetness, orange and lime pith, well ink, and dank muskiness. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation approaches high. Each sip foams up intensely, with excellent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and finishing pop. The mouth is thickly coated, but this evaporates away into a watery satiation and patchy astringent tickle. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back well.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer is its flavoring. Honestly, this is a fantastic beer. They take their already well-established, and highly regarded, base CPA and throw it into barrels, and this is exactly what you get. You get all the bittering exclusivity of the citric hops, against a washed pale malt frame, with the intense, yet masterfully balancing gentleness of the bourbon and the wood. Although it does seem rather unconventional (although it is becoming harder and harder to surprise people these days), they roll the dice a bit here by allowing such a robustness to seep out of the barrel, but they come out victorious. Comparing the taste to the nose reveals that the latter is a bit weaker and cheaper, but it still executes nonetheless. The feel helps things right along nicely, and effectively elevates this beer to the next level. We definitely had some high expectations for this beer going in, and are very pleased, and somewhat surprised by how much more we actually enjoyed the experience of indulging in it.

Photo of KFBR392
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky golden orange color. Light head on the pour which was lightly present on the edges of the glass. Average active carbonation.

Smell: Subdued tropical fruits on the front. Oak and a touch of caramel sweetness pop up on the body. Subtle vanilla picks up on the back end. Straw and hay grassiness rounds out the aroma.

Taste: A mixture of citrus fruits and molasses hits the palate first. Oak, pears, tangerines, tobacco, and prairie grass all mash together on the body. Rich, saturated fruit continues to open up on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Interesting mixture of light bitterness and rich saturated fruits. Carbonation is light.

Overall: This certainly is a unique brew with a lot going on, but I'm not sure I'm in love with it. I love the regular base beer from Oddside and this version is fun to contrast against it.

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy deep peachy orange color.

There is a beautiful Citra note of pineapple juice, orange peel, grapefruit, peaches, apricot. Nice sweetness of passionfruit. I sense a hint of oak barrel in the back, but mostly it is hops.

The front it again is Citra. Apricot, peaches, pineapple, tangerine, a bitter grapefruit peel. A light touch of sweetness and breadiness. Then onto this herbaceous and citrus peel Citra note, which is matched this interesting bourbon alcohol and oak.

The bourbon is actually very well hidden, although it sneaks under the palette gently. A well made Citra beer in the end and I cannot appreciate that enough.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, oak, light vanilla, light bourbon, and floral/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops, malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, bread, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/oak earthiness. Light amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, caramel, bread, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and floral/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, malt sweetness, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/hop/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged pale ale. All around good balance and complexity of bright hop, malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BBP
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Bourbon leads the nose, followed by sharp hops and muted malt. The flavor is very balanced between the tree, and a mixture of bourbon and hops make up the finish. The bourbon is a nice touch, but it seems to overpower the drink. Perhaps it's more suited for accompanying stronger ales, as it seems to mute the rest. It still drinks well, but some of the subtleties were lost on me.

Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

CPA is such a fine beer to begin with wasn't sure what to expect from BBCPA.

Poured a medium to dark amber color with a white head that lingered and left average lacing throughout. Smell was of slight bourbon hints with the grapefruit and tropical fruits aroma that was to be expected. Taste was bourbon notes up front followed by a muted fruit wallop which transitioned into the smooth hoppy finish.

Not to sweet, not to bitter, a great beer indeed. I'm just not sure that I prefer the bourbon treatment as it seemed to take away from the up front citrus explosion that the regular version of CPA offers. Props to Odd Side for thinking out of the box and bringing a different offering to the table.

Photo of Brandegee
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a four-pack and have tried a couple. The first pour retained the head very well. The second quickly faded to almost nothing. Barrel aging can go very wrong, even with high-gravity stout, so the fact this is quite drinkable is a credit to Odd Side. Unfortunately, I don't think it has the appeal or balance of the un-BBA Citra, and could probably have benefited from a complete dissociation from that beer. it stands well apart in lots of ways.

What's interesting about the beer is that it retains the syrupy mouthfeel of a hopped pale ale but the BBA treatment clouds the hop flavor profile. There's definitely a cognitive dissonance here: the mouthfeel screams malt but the flavor is a little like a DIPA with some definite woody notes. I don't think I'll drop $10+ on a 4-pack of this, but it's an interesting experiment and I credit Odd Side for bottling a type of beer I've never tried before.

I'm with whoever said they'd like to try this on tap, and I think this could make for an interesting cask-conditioned ale.

Photo of Alextricity
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$3.49 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A very hazy yellow/orange color with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing. A semi-aggressive pour got the beer perfectly in the glass with about a two finger head. Looks fantastic in the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with some definite barrel characteristics. I get a woody sort of aroma with vanilla, and just a trace of bourbon. From the barrel though, I mostly get that woodiness more than anything else.

Taste/feel: Mouthfeel of this one is about what I'd expect -- very mellow in carbonation and pretty smooth. The taste is much different than I remember their Citra Pale Ale being -- this could easily have been called something else and I'd not think it was THAT beer. First of all, there's quite a decent bit of bourbon barrel character here, but again, it mostly provides an oaky barrel sort of flavor. Outside of that, there are spicy and fruity hops, and a very nice malt finish that works well with that oak character. Slightly bitter on the finish with a lingering bourbon barrel flavor, but pretty mild overall. Given the low ABV, this is definitely not a "big" beer, and it doesn't really drink like one either.

This is probably the first and only time I'll have a beer where I prefer the original to the BBA version. Then again, I've always felt like BBA'ing works far better for stouts than it does any other style, though I'm open to anything (hence the reason I got this beer). To further my point though, their BBA Mayan Mocha stout is a great beer that I liked quite a bit more than the regular Mayan Mocha. Still, if you just love the character BBA'ing adds to a beer, you should be pleased with this one. It's definitely tasty and interesting, but it's probably not something I'd personally go out of the way to seek out again. I appreciate the barreling, but it has more barrel flavor than bourbon flavors -- which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but at $3.49 a single, I expected more. They could have just aged this beer on wood chips and probably gotten a nearly identical flavor.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i dont think enough breweries aim this high, and while the beer doesnt really age well, loses some of the citra punch to the barrel, and isnt as good as it sounds like it should be, its awesome beer. its brilliantly creative, well executed, and on an entirely different level than most ever even try for. thats the good. the bad is that the bright beauty fruity fun of the citra hops is largely absent, and in its place is sweet bourbon flavors of charred oak and honey. absolutely on the sweeter side for a pale ale, and for such a fun hop, i dont get enough of it. i will say though, that the barrel component really makes this unique. theres enough distinctly hopped pales out there, but to age on in a nice bourbon barrel as an experiment, thats the bomb. a balance is found between light pale malt, juicy hops in high proportion, and the always mellowing aspect of time on oak. this is my first beer from odd side ( i think), and its a complete winner. more citra in the dry hop phase may make it pop a little more, but who am i to critique this one of a kind brew?

Photo of cheesy26
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Doesn't really work for me.

Photo of MacQ32
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy golden color with a decen color of near white head, ok retention but fantastic lacing

S - definitely woody/oaky but a bit boozy. Some citrusy sweetness peaks through

T - Moslty light oaky bourbony flavor with a nice light citrusy sweet pale flavor

M - lightish bodied, great drinkability

Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy gold with a finger foamy white head little lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malt fresh citrus juice, hints of oak and bourbon.
T - Rather complex, woody, earthy sweet malt, orange marmalade, lemon zest, papaya.
M - A tad chewy, medium feel.
O - Really unique and complex, good stuff.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.