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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

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 04-21-2013)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

TheBrewo, Apr 12, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

larryarms847, May 19, 2014
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3.96/5  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.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.89/5  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.

buschbeer, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
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