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Citra Extra Pale Ale - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 25
Gots: 63 | 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: 460 | Reviews: 82
Reviews by Sorcerer:
Photo of Sorcerer
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle. No bottling date evident. Timidly poured into a 22oz tulip glass yielded a generous head 2" head. Clear orange-copper-yellow color looks right for drinking.

Whiffs of wet plaster, fresh cut lumber, lawn mowing, drying paint, yep and grapefruit, promises a hop-tacular drinking experience ahead. Long lived droopy lacing that doesn't have that sedimentary (gulps) layer look

Pale ale with something extra spilled onto my thirsty tongue (parched from a long mountain bike ride) burst open with the anticipated piney hop flavinoids most agreeably and then developed most unexpectedly into a metallic reverberation, which was that bitterness shock with that APA lightness I like, then a thin (weak) sweet maltiness filling in all the short-lived blanks, before the final swallow, and the bitter remains of aftermath, not unlike a traditional IPA will leave behind.

Carbonation right where I like it (poured into a glass): very bubbly. Yet in my glass, after the pour, the beverage is quiet - then rebounds with tides of bubbles with each draft. Good to drink fast, slow, and in between. Good mouthfeel.

Overall a very good APA. I want another one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as impressive as I was lead to believe. This is an extremely malty, caramel-y, bready beer. I've brewed my own citra IPA. I've crushed citra hops in my hands and breathed them in, chewed on the pellets and savored their unique flavor. I can't taste the flavors that make Citra unique in this beer - juicy, tropical, fruit punch,e tc. It tastes like you could throw in almost any American hop and it would taste the same.

Not a bad beer overall, but nothing memorable about it that would make me pick it over anything else.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A darker orange and dark golden color comes out of the undated bottle. Mild thin head, not much in the way of lace or retention, but nothing detrimental going on. Mild citra hop aroma, nice, not over the top, even better as it warms up further.

Same in the taste, mild citrus and tropical notes. Toffee and caramel type of malt flavors. Not overly heavy, but maybe a bit bigger than in the extra pale ale's I prefer. Certainly doesn't deliver the massive hoppiness of some XPA's like Bruery, Jupiter, Drake's etc. . . maybe a lighter body and bolder use of the citra hop (like in Simtra) would allow this beer to shine even more, but as it is, its still a decent option, especially to smell moreso than taste.

Photo of PeterParker
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 camshew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting Pale Ale. Citra being the only hop used in this beer...IMO it could be showcased much better.

A - Golden Copper of you will. 2 inch head that leaves decent lacing throughout the Guinness Perfect Pint glass it's poured in.

S - Oranges, bready malt, bananas and human sweat. Not B.O. or onions but a weird sweatiness.

T - same as nose. Not BAD by any means but it's a odd hopiness.

M - Light, crisp on a hot summers day. I feel SNPA has a heavier mouthfeel. I like how easy drinking this is but the odd sweat in the hop flavor doesn't have me wanting more than 12oz. It lingers in the finish after a while which is why I'm glad I split this one. Otherwise the mouthfeel would be a 4 or better.

O - This is not a BAD beer. But let's be honest, when you see a Extra Pale Ale or any hoppy beer for that matter that is showcasing CITRA as the single and only hop used, a beer geek expects much, much more.

Photo of salcedo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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 Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finger and half of head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is light grapefruit and honey. Quite nice.
The taste starts off with mild bitterness moving to moderate bitterness. There’s a sweetness in the background that keeps the profile balanced.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It’s a single-hop ale showcasing Citra hops.

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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 flayedandskinned
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 3/26/13
Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA Glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent light orange with yellow highlights. The beer sports an off white, two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing behind as it recedes.

Aroma: Gotta love those citra hops; huge, vibrant aromas of kiwis, grapefruit, peach, lime juice, a hint green onions and some nice catty simcoe hop-isms. Underlying sweet, bready malts provide some balance to this hugely tropical nose.

Taste: Very tropical hops right away; notes of grapefruit, a little bit of passion fruit and light impressions of kiwi, before a very clean and brisk breadiness dries out the palate. The beer finishes off dry with hints of tropical fruit intermingled with light bread. There is a very assertive, lingering bitterness. I wish the hops were a bit more pungent.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin bodied for its style, I wish it was a little more full bodied. I feel that carbonation is a tad too soft.

Overall: This was a difficult beer for me to review because I could tell if I was drinking a slightly hoppy Pale Ale or a watered down IPA. It's marketed as a pale ale, yet it is 7% ABV, which by definition would make it an IPA. I feel like the aroma on the beer is amazing, but the actual flavor of the hops don't come through enough. Its a decent take on a glorified Zombie Dust clone, but overall it just doesn't make the cut.

Photo of GRG1313
2.11/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I write this review instead of using "Hads" to keep track of my tastings so that it can garner sufficient reviews to get a grade.

Pours a clear orange amber with gold highlights and a light pure white head. Nice looking although head fades fast.

Nose starts with an almost saison funkiness but goes to a bit of "smelly" oranges. No other way of putting it but smells a bit like "sweet sweat." Hints of body odor in my beer is not what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin but quickly forgotten with the giant assertive pine/bark/old bitter grapefruit skin flavor profile.

Flavors are big and bold but just singularly unattractive.

Finish is all bitter pine/earth/old grapefruit skin.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because of the big “Citra” on the label. Thought I’d give it a try while in CA. Taken from notes while in my hotel room in CA.

Appearance – Pours into a hotel glass cup with a golden color, lots of carbonation can be seen, and a finger of off white head.

Smell – Grainy sweet malts and caramel first and foremost, then citrus such as grapefruit and tangerine.

Taste – Again more of a sweetness up front. Lots of the grainy malts as mentioned, bread, and toffee. There is some slight hoppiness to it, though not nearly as much citrus flavor form the Citra hops as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lower bodied, plentiful carbonation.

Overall – A decent single hop beer. Was not nearly as good as I was hoping.

Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of pure white foamy and bubbly head. Head dissipates after a few moments, leaving plenty of sticky lacing, to a slick of bubbles and a thin collar. Moderate carbonation, tiny bubbles floating slowly up every now and then.

After opening the bottle, the aroma hits my nose immediately, and is stronger after pouring it out into a glass. Dank fresh wet hops, herbal, pine and dare I say marijuana with freshly squeeze citrus, grapefruit and a bit of sweet orange. Very nice aroma for a low abv and ibu pale ale.

Taking a sip, nice hop flavor, fresh herbal, pine, grapefruit peel and pith. Good balance of bitterness and just enough pale malt present to make for a balanced flavor profile. Finishes dry, with only a light pine and grapefruit hop that's barely sticking around at the back of the tongue.

Light body with a clean crisp carbonation. Easy to drink as per the style and very enjoyable. A better beer than the Hopstar from Knee Deep that I didn't enjoy as much as this one.

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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 JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RB

Picked up this 22 at Home Brew Stuff a week or so ago, but have since found it at all the usual haunts (COOP, Brewers Haven, Bier Thirty Etc.).

Poured tonight into my CC Teku... Nice enough 1/2" white head... splotchy lacing atop a fairly clear orange brew.

Nose shows a nice tangerine zest hoppiness with good melon and other tropical fruity hops... very dry aroma with no real maltiness to help the hops bloom out of the glass.

Flavor is surprisingly tame... good hop presence, but is out of tune with the malts as there is only a dry crackery element to help with the hops...

Good drinkability, but just an above average brew... I wanted to like this one more.

3.75/3.75/3.5/4/3.5

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

A: deep gold and clear, few fingers of white foamy head eventually reduced to a film cap with some lace drying inside the glass

S: vague suggestions of sweet fruits - tropical and citric; rugged, rustic grain belt right behind

T: mellow malts and 45 IBU of bitterness let the Citra hop shine through - plenty of its trademark fruity citrus-ness

M: smooth and slick, subtle bitterness, clean-finishing

O: a great IPA for Citra fans - single hop action will reward fans!

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- copper color, decent size head

Smell- malt, hops

Taste- malt, slightly bitter hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I think I would have it again. Not one of the usual ones I would get but I definitely would drink it again.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep yellow to light orange with a two finger dense white head with decent retention
S: Smells dank and resinous with notes of citrus and a little bit of herbal aroma
T: slightly toasty malt and caramel with a nice blast of grapefruit and citrusy hops. aftertaste brings on more citrusy flavor and some more light malt
M: somewhat light but not overly so with good carbonation
O: a tasty beer that has a bit of a hop kick but doesn't kick you in the teeth

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

On draft at The Ginger Man, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a full herbal and peppery hop.

The taste likewise offered an herbal and peppery element with a supportive grainy pale malt.

The mouthfeel was spot on for the style with a full residual herbal ness.

Overall a tasty hop forward APA.

Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a solid slowly receding soapy white head that settles to a medium white cap with solid sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with minimal citrus and light toasted bready maltiness. Some minimal tropical fruit hop notes as well.

The tastes begin with a solid malty presence of light caramel that was not so apparent in the aroma. Pine and grapefruit bitter flavors and big breadiness back with the ever-present generic citrus hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is increasingly bitter and resiny but not overly so but more than expected.

Overall this is a decent APA but a bit too bitter, needed more hop flavor and aroma. The Citra hops are overshadowed a little by the solid malt backbone which could have been toned down a tad as well. This would have been better served as a 5-5.5% beer with much more late hop additions. Despite it's high Alpha acid content, Citra should be used as an aroma hop and not so much as a bittering as it comes across a bit too resiny and bitter making this taste much more like an IPA than an APA.

Photo of joecast
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What? Another citra beer? Thank you!
Looking at past reviews makes me think they have changed the beer a bit. This one is listed at 7%abv.

Great hop character here and very well balanced. Actually drinks like a sub 6% pale and pushes the limit of how much hops that malt can handle without crossing the line. Extra pale for sure!

Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and hoppy with a grapefruit and pineapple hop aroma. Toffee candy and a little mango aroma. Little bit of pine aroma.

Starts out a little sweet and woody. Medium level of bitterness. Basic pale ale flavor without much in the way of extra flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent beer. Citra doesn't do much for taste but it certainly add much to aroma.

Photo of natemort13
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear golden hued amber with an off white head that settles as a cap in my tulip. Nice retention and lacing thus far.

Nose is candied hops with some notes of banana. Might just be the intense citrus but I'm definitely getting some banana. Nice sweet bready presence underneath the citra hops. Some underlying lemon notes. Definitely one of the more interesting apa aromas i've experienced.

Taste follows the nose off the bat with that candied malty sweetness that verges on banana then takes a slightly bitter nose dive and finishes with some vegetal hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy thin and well carbonated but finishes watery.

Overall, super interesting fun nose that features the citra hop well with complementing pale malts. The taste just leaves a lot to be desired, like quite a few single hop ales. Fun experiment tho.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.