Citra Extra Pale Ale - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

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very good

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 28
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-18-2011

A single hop, West Coast style American Pale Ale with intense hop flavor and aromas. This is a citrus bomb that has grapefruit and passion fruit aromas with citrus lime flavors.
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Ratings: 488 | Reviews: 92
Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus, tropical fruit, maybe a little kinda herbal dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lime, and a hint of orange, tropical fruit, passion fruit, peach, light herbal notes, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid hoppy pale ale. I dig it.

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

Major caveat with this review, I ordered this beer online and upon arrival the brewed on date was January 5, 2015. So this is a little over 5 month old hoppy beer. Certainly not great conditions :).

Appearance: foamy white head. Little more head than usual, which I attribute to the age. Beer is straw yellow.

Smell: cracking bottle I get a nice whiff of tropical citrus and pine. Nice, but gone in a second. Pouring into a glass, there is limited odor.

Taste: citrus, pine, resin, bit of stone fruit and ending with malty cracker, white bread. Pretty muted citra flavor. Hops have faded and the malt stands out a lot. Might be the extra pale ale which would have more malt balance anyways and a combo of the citra notes fading slowly.

Feel: medium body. Very drinkable.

Overall: I'm going to give this higher marks than the actual taste because I don't want to penalize a beer for simply being old. There is a nice core beer here and I'm sure fresh this could be a treat.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Bottled 1/28/15. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours golden orange with three fingers of fluffy white head. Nice, thick retention, including a wide halo which leaves large swaths of lace.

Smells of muted citrus peel, overripe fruit, grass and some vague sugar. Meh.

Taste is much less vibrant than I'd hoped. Musty, old citrus, grass, mild cracker and a little bread. Rather dull, with very vague Citra character.

Medium body, slightly chalky with abundant carbonation. Finishes with old orange peel, grass and a bit of cracker.

My experience with Citra Extra Pale Ale is underwhelming compared to what I know Knee Deep is capable of. I don't regret trying it but am kicking myself for paying so much without checking the date first...

Photo of mattcrill
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light apricot and pear notes up front. A bit of pine needle character as it warms. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Really hazy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair. Effervescence noted.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front. More apricot and melon flavors. A bit of citrus and mandarin orange. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: An easy drinking, hop assertive pale ale. Looks a little scary but overall is enjoyable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Medium white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Pungent. Orange and tropical fruit hop. Toasty malt.

Taste - Really nice hop flavor. Not over the top. Tropical fruit. Hefty biscuit and toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Simple and delicious beer.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” dense white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big citrus and tropical fruit aromas,
T: A rich creamy texture fills the mouth and then gives way to rich malt and light biscuit followed by a symphony of citrus, light fruit, tropical fruit and light malt flavors and an assertive bitter finish. The hop flavors and bitterness linger.
F: Very creamy soft on the palate with medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big, refreshing citrusy American pale Ale loaded with tropical fruit flavors.

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

Good brew, goes down easy and is refreshing.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 03/14/15

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and golden in color with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent retention before breaking down to an island of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing that clings well.

Smell - Enticing aroma with loads of citrus backed by a bit of pine dank. Hints of caramel.

Taste - A bit more mellow than the nose leads one to believe. Citrusy with a touch of pith and pine bitterness. Caramel malt undertone that plays hard to get. A faint stone pit nuttiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth delivery, going down nicely with a refreshing finish.

Overall - Delivers on the promise of a citrus forward brew, but not much complexity, though as a single hop not much was expected. Incredibly drinkable, but for the price I'd just as soon pick up a sixer of Lags New Dogtown and call it a day.

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

Pours into an impy nonic a deep burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy white slow to settle white head atop.Aromas are some what muted with leafy hops and a iron-like German lager style to it,a bit of citrus comes thru more as it sits.This a dry APA on all fronts,a crisper dry toasted malt base up against a herbal and citric hops profile,easy going down.

Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Delicious fruity hoppy aroma with predominant strong notes of passion fruit which is hard to differentiate from the real fruit. Hints of caramels, mango, grapefruit and bread. Not very complex, but the passion fruit was incredible.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, resin, lemongrass, passion fruit, a bit of toasted malts and muffled caramel, spices, American yeast, pine, green mango, green pears, melon, pineapple core, grass and lime. Dry aftertaste with a rounded but long lasting bitterness. It sure feels bitter than its 45 IBUs, especially considering its body, nothing wasted here. Passed the sneeze test.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is well hidden.
Beefed up APA with good fruit complexity. Really a well done citrus bomb, balanced and intense but not harsh. Also with a superb real passion fruit assertive nose. If it was easily available, this would certainly a regular. Resist well over time, no lame excuses for being extra fresh.

Photo of PeterParker
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head and good lacing.

Nose is intensely pungent. Big astringency with orange, lemon, and mango. Kind of smells like a bag of hops with a touch of malty sweetness added.

Taste follows smell. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate at the front. On the back end there is a dry pine that is very nice followed by the sweetness from the malt.

The body is medium and the carbonation seems to be at the right level. Extremely dry piney aftertaste lingers.

Very good for just a pale ale. Citra is one of the best hops out there and this showcases them well.

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mission Pizza. Nice light golden body. Slight citrus aroma. Flavor seems much more resiny than fruity. Not as much of that citra flavor I’m used to from a beer using the citra hop, but still a darn good brew.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a nonic pint glass.

A- Poured a see-through golden orange-amber color with a big 1-plus F head, off white in color with staying power. Light steady bubbles, heavy lacing.

S-Mostly grapefruit with other citrus and malt backbone. Pleasant.

T-Pale malts make their way behind hefty citrus flavor. Grapefruit rind. Not sweet.

M- Silky smooth feel. Dry hop tang and finish. Puckery and sharp. A touch of pale malt sweetness.

O- I love big bitter hop bombs but this beer is proof at 45 ibu that a good hoppy brew does not have to be 80-plus ibu. It has full hop flavor with body.

Photo of cfalls
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fades fast, not leaving much lacing.

Nice tropical fruit smell comes out of the bottle, but is somehow less noticeable once poured.

Given the smell, the taste was a little disappointing. Tropical fruit still there, but a little too sweet for me, and just a hint of an onion flavor that I don't expect from Citra. My bottle was 3.5 months old, which might be a factor here. Hoppy for an APA -- could pass for an IPA.

Typical mouthfeel for the style.

Photo of sgameroz
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really good for a pale ale.

Photo of E1337JERK
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little piney on the nose great taste tho one of the best pale ales ive not as good as zombie but up there for sure

Photo of Omnium
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange with a two finger fluffy white head.
Awesome aroma with a load of mango citrus some light malts
Flavor follows up nicely with lots of fruit some sweet malt balancing get It out mild bitterness.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange gold color. The head formed is thin and loose but maintains well through the session.
Plenty of citrus and tropical notes, some malts but this is about hops.
The taste is hoppy with citrus and tropical fruits just like in the nose. Also the beer has a big malty taste too with a biscuit or bready finish.
Drinks assertive.
I like this one.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing running down the sides.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—passion fruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell except that the tropical fruit flavors are a little stronger and there are additional hints of lemon/lime citrus. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this APA to be very easy to drink and quite tasty with all of the tropical fruit and citrusy flavors. In some aspects, I would almost consider this to be refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

This is as it says it is: a Citra brew. A hazy apricot with a nice white head. The aroma is subdued, but the citrus does come to the fore. Some sweetness detected, can't flesh out if it is malt or part of the hop profile. The flavor is a bit more complex. The citrus profile is sweeter than beers with nods to lemon or grapefruit. More of orange and lemon, but the flesh, not the peel. What my damn inarticulate palate cannot discern is if this is the meaning of this hops featuring in this beer, or if it is the expert hand of malt balance to add that touch of sweet. Finishes with a nice resin-syrup. Maybe I'm thinking Meyer Lemon? Regardless, a well done feature of Citra. I am a fan.

Photo of salcedo
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a glass.

Aroma: Malt and oranges
Appearance: Creamy head, nice lacing on the glass. Color is a dark yellow or orange. Significant chill haze, but to me that means it is real, unfiltered beer.
Flavor: Initial sweetness, followed by nice bitter bite. Strong citrus flavor combines sweetness of tangerine with the bitterness of grapefruit. There's a hint of grass in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Well carbonated
Overall: Very tasty beer, would be about perfect if they can get rid of the grass flavors.

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep apricot orange, with a slight haze and a bit of murky quality. Head is a good creamy three fingers but with little retention, leaving a big bubbled thin puck and minimal lacing.

Nice aroma. Bouquet has a good tropical note and some fresh ripped grain. Some dry grain quality and almost powdery a bit though on the malt sensations. Light biscuit as well. Pretty solid and good.

Palate comes through very rich and juicy. Big hop forward tropical notes of citrus, and a bit of apricot and melon like fruit. Mild biscuity finish with some malt presence and sweetness as well. Clean pale ale quality, without a large hop overkill. Mouthfeel is good with almost some chewy property making the hop angle come out even better.

Considerably well hopped, but sticking to pale ale roots. Good clean and solid brew.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow orange body, topped by four level fingers of bubbly off-white foam. Thorough lacing.

Aroma has notes of pine and lemon.

Big sweet beginning. Bits of fruit. Big building bitter bite.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

A good but not outstanding pale ale.

Photo of camshew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Golden orange and clear. Thin head gives way to gentle lacing.

S: Grapefruit, tropical fruit, grains

T: Nothing incredibly unique about this offering, but it was tasty. The citra comes through (although not as much as one may expect), and it has a pleasant bready, malty backbone.

M: Clean and soft.

O: Somewhat mild in flavor and bitterness compared to other Knee Deep offerings, but I enjoyed it for what it was. It met my expectations.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We split a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It glows a hazy, burnt sienna coloring, sporting a one finger head of foamy, soapy white bubbles. Retention is nice, leaving tails of wispy lacing as it eventually descends into a film. A surprisingly thick haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is otherwise found. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma gloriously showcases the star single hop: Citra. We entertain notes of lemon and ginger tea, pale and caramel malt body, zesty grapefruit and tutti-frutti nectary hops, white flour, cantaloupe and honeydew melon, synthetic citric cleaner, rubber cement, tin, apricot jelly, moldy white pear, and smoked toffee sugars. The taste gives much what you’d expect, but with much more salt and much more malt. It opens with thick, nearly overpowering caramel malts, flambéed banana, white wine vinegar, resinous and oily floral and citric hops, chemical perfumes, granular white sugar, and pear syrups, but contracts to a finish of chlorine, sea salt, plastic wrap, vinyl plastics, basement must, green apple acetylaldehydes, more bitter herbal hoppiness, paper towels, and Sprite sugariness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives okay slurp and smack, with lesser cream or froth than one would hope. The mouth is left prickled and somewhat coated, but predominantly astringent and chalked. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, this drinks more like a double IPA than a single hop pale ale. The malt bill is just so darn heavy with caramel. This makes for a much heavier body than expected, but clears the way for an otherwise clean-drinking and finishing beverage. While you don’t really ease into this one as nicely as the premier pale ales, the basicity in the single-hopping is nice. You just, unfortunately, don’t get enough robustness to tell the full story of the citra hop, and the beer is left ultimately standard. Knee Deep has proven what they can do with hops time and time again, but here they seem to be jumping aboard the gimmick train and offering an underdone product.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.