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Citra Extra Pale Ale - Knee Deep Brewing Company

Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%


Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-18-2011)
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Reviews by NWer:
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NWer

Washington

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into bottom of pint glass.
Aggressive head. Nice clear bronze. Head fades slowly leaving nice lace.
Nose very citric.
Taste overpowers with lemon zest. Very aggressive West Coast citrus up front with a nice malt backbone.
Aftertaste leaves a malty smoothness feel that is very pleasant.
Not at all what I expected peeking at the other reviews. A totally different experience that from others I know and respect.
To each his own. I liked this beer a lot and am very glad I snagged a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:32:47 | More by NWer
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danxbar

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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BeerBaron238

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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful orange to light copper hue. Persistent creamy white head. Smell: Citrus hop aroma, with grassy finish. Grapefruit and lemon. Taste: Citrus and hop bitterness dominate. Very well balanced. Malt present enough just to balance only. Grassy hints in the finish. Mouthfeel: Effervescent and dry. Head adds creamy texture throughout. Overall: So very refreshing. A well made Pale showcasing the amazing Citra hop. Could drink this all day, everyday.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:47:14 | More by BeerBaron238
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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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California

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California

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California

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California

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magictacosinus

California

2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. Not sure who brought this, but thanks! Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is unfortunately forgotten, but I do remember this being between 3-4 weeks old.

Pours a sunset orange amber color with a fizzy off-white head that rises about a finger high before pathetically dying down within a few minutes. Slightly cloudy, but overall looks like a modest, simple pale ale of a beer. It does retain some oily qualities, as well as some slight sticky lacing at the sides of the glass, which is slightly appealing. Not the most life changing looking beer of its kind, but it does have some charm.

I wish I could say the same for the aroma, however! This starts off fine, with some strong pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and passion fruit. Other light tropical notes predominate, but it's a little too faded to make out. Then, the flavor nosedives into a cooked malty, buttery texture that is distracting from the actual hop and malt profile that the brewery perhaps intended. Contains some brief vegetal green pepper notes, as well as light garlic cloves. This is common (at times) with Citra, but I believe something is a bit off here. Is it a diacetyl issue? Is the yeast slightly temperamental? No clue, but this is super citrusy, Cascade-like fruit notes that I typically don't go after Citra hopped beers to try, and it lacks a charming sweetness to back it up. Disjointed.

The aroma was a bit off, but the flavor may be even worse. Other than the brief tropical notes, as well as the onion/garlic savory combo that I picked up in the aroma, this displays mainly nothing but grapefruit, orange rinds, and pine. Normally, and especially when consuming a beer this young, this would be that much of big deal, but then the buttery texture returns in the aftertaste - with a vengeance. This is definitely plagued by diacetyl issues, and it suffers for it. The hops do nothing to cover it up, and the lightly sweetened, seemingly brittle malt profile doesn't back it up either. Luckily, there's no serious acidic or astringent issues at play, and the yeast seems to be what's holding everything together, but this is one step away from falling apart. This is pretty well carbonated, however, and it was relatively easy to drink. Not the worst, but very forgettable.

This is made from the same guys that brought Simtra to the table? Man, what a shame. Even if they had solved those buttery issues in the beer, it would have done nothing to completely save it from faded citrus and sweet malt qualities that are plaguing this beer. I know there's a great pale ale in here somewhere, but there's just not much to work with. Having this after a good amount of exposure to Zombie Dust really shows you that these kinds of beers aren't easy to make. Hopefully future experiments from the brewery will be progressively more palatable and stable.

Serving type: bottle

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.