Citra Extra Pale Ale - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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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
03-10-2014 08:36:24 | More by magictacosinus
4.04/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber poured into Delirium Tremens snifter
A: A slight cloudy copper color with a bright white head that dissipated after about a minute to a cluster of medium and large bubbles.
S: Nice tropical and grapefruit aromas with a slight piney dank character to it but not as much as Simcoe brews but it is there. Nice smelling brew.
T: Nice and malty with a slight pungent maybe papaya tropical fruit taste up front and finishes with a pine and citrus character. Nice and juicy finish that makes you want more from it lingering so long.
M: Nice juiciness from the hops and resin goodness. Sweet maltiness is complemented nicely from the low IBUs but assertive hop taste and aromas.
O: Bought this to get an idea of what CItra is all about and I like. Will buy this again and completely enjoying this.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 03:26:22 | More by MarioM
Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.