Citra Extra Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-18-2011

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.5/5  rDev -61%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber body.

S: Smells of stale, oxidized hops that remind me of a pumpkin ale.

T: Tastes slightly better than the nose implies, but it's still stale citrus with a rustic, oxidized component. Overly malty.

O: Quite frankly, terrible. It's probably old, but it's not bottle dated, so I'm giving up on this brewery. If I wanted shitty beer, I could get it for a lot less than $7 a bomber. I'd just buy some SNPA and leave it in my car trunk for 6 months. Screw these guys.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.74/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear golden orangish color with good carbonation leaving a medium white cap and nice lacing

S: Overly malty with toasted bread and light caramel and citrus

T: Immediate big malty presence of light caramel, Earthy and big breadiness back with citrus and what seems to be old faded hops

M: Medium bodied, sticky, well caronated but heavy

O: Not so impressive

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.86/5  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.

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Photo of Naugled
3/5  rDev -22.1%

It might have been just the bottle I had but the beer tasted old and stale. The hop aroma upon opening was spot on, but after that it was a disappointment. Hops tasted oxidized and unpleasant. If I have a chance to try a fresh bottle I'll rewrite this review, but the bottle I had was OK at best

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
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...

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Photo of balls_mcgee
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks great, smells decent, taste.. not too great. Tastes very slightly of citrus but flatlines quite quickly. Decent I suppose, but I'm not really a fan.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to an oily film. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, slight tropical fruit, and a Band-Aid aroma. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and some pretty herbal hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is not exactly bad, but doesn’t really show off the Citra hop in a good way.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/17/2011

On tap at Churchill's.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a finger of white froth.

S: Aromatic tangerine meets grainy malt with notes of bread and caramel. The nose is dry with a decent amount of orange pith.

T: Bready, grainy malt with little sweetness, blending with faint tangerine and orange notes. Bitterness is at a moderate level. Finishes dry and bitter with citrus rind.

M: Upper light body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A solid single hop pale ale. Not exactly bursting with flavor or aroma, but there are worse things than tending toward insipidity.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seriously spicy light brew. Nice foam on a golden amber pour with a touch of orange. Sprightly on the tongue and a rather oily mouthfeel. Smells like grapefruit with a little coffee. Nicely sudsy with every new pour.

Sweet and grainy. I'm not sure I like this kind of citrusy flavor. Seems like a hint of mold in the woodwork. Otherwise, it's loads of overripe grapefruit. Maybe some tangerine peel. Quite drinkable, though it gets plenty bitter. Sharp yet fruity. Intensely spicy and hot in the mouth.

From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little too dark to qualify as a pale ale was my first thought. Mild white head disappears quickly and leaves few traces. Citra aroma was pretty mild I thought. Comes out better as it warms.

Soft citrus and tropical notes on the tongue. Way too much crystal malt I suspect, too much woody toffee and caramel notes dwarfing the single hopped citra. Makes me wish the mouthfeel was drier.

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Photo of lochef81
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This Apa pours a surprisingly dark copper color with an ample off white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is bursting with grapefruit and pineapple with a significant malty under current. Flavor is unfortunately not as nice as the nose. It seems muddled and stale with a very buttery quality. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. This was just okay. Won't be buying it again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of clake
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber dated 7/28/15 into tulip glass. Appearance is a clear, deep orange with really nice lacing. Smell is very bright tropical with a hint of breadlines. This particular bottle goes down hill from appearance and smell. Hints of citrus is there but there's a bit of a metallic presence that is overpowering everything else to the point that it becomes a distraction. Moderately carbonated with a wet finish. Very well could be an oxidation problem with this. Definitely potential to be a solid beer without the off putting metallic taste going on. I will give this another go if I see it again. (Edited 8/30/15: same bottle date purchased at a different store. Still getting the metallic, copper like flavor.)

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split two ways. The first whiff off the bottle was nice, super hops. The appearance was orange, soapy head, laces. Aroma in the glass was more of that citra hoppiness, I think I like that super fruity aroma. Flavor was odd, very bitter but then backed by this strange malt that threw the whole thing off, peanuts.

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1.5 finger creamy lush head that fades slowly, nice sticky foamy lacing too, a clear nectar orange color.

Nose starts with big toasted grains, a cereal cracker, like a saltine cracker, big grainy flour, mild mineral notes from some yeast things, a little citrus peel, zest, with touch s of orange, candied orange peel, and a little apricot even, not what I was expecting at all for a Citra pale.

Taste brings mineral water out front, weird again, some grainy toasted malts, cereal grains with more cracker like saltine or wheat cracker, etc. Then hops, but not a ton of flavor, hop water, with a little orange peel, candied orange and candied apricot, not much actual orange juice or tangerine, etc, little pink grapefruit note, pith mostly, etc. Finish is bitter rind like, fair bitterness but not a ton, a little sticky but somewhat dry.

Mouth is med bod, decent fluffy carb, hint of booze note.

Overall eh, it shouldn't be old, although there's no date I bought this at the same time as all the other Knee Deep beers and those were pretty good, not old. This one seems old or very much missing hte point of a citra beer, not very enjoyable in pretty much any category.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no date. A golden hue with cloud white lacing. Wonderful coniferous aroma and petroleum fumes. Very hop forward with a barely detectable malt backbone. Slightly off kilter and imbalanced with a too bitter aftertaste. Citra is a wonderful hop variety, and Knee Deep is well on its way to brewing a stellar single hop XPA.

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Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a clear goldenish amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is decent. Lots o tropical fruit, grain, and an almost candy-like scent.

The flavor is good, a pleasant bitterness, nice tropical hops, a better than average pale ale.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. "Extra Pale Ale". Huh, tell me again why this isn't just called an IPA?

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and silken off-white head, which leaves some low-lying cloud cover lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of dank pine resin, zippy red grapefruit and blood orange citrus rind, a prominent earthy flintiness, muddled, yet still exotic tropical fruit, crackery caramel malt, and some further leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy pale and caramel malt, a less dank pine cone and needle astringency, sort of pithy mixed domestic citrus, waning wet stone path notes, an equally understated tropical fruitiness, and more leafy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are nicely rendered in their come-hither and fluffy frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, even the heady hops barely making a dent here. It finishes off-dry, the green hoppy acridity, the still good to go, but not particularly engaging fruitiness, and checked-out malt configuring themselves thusly.

Like the few other examples of this 'augmented' style that I've come across, Knee Deep's version comes across as a merely thinned out IPA, the hops large and in charge, while the malt duly wavers. Maybe I'm just a proponent of balance (see Session IPAs for a treatise in the other direction), but fucking with the boundaries of a single ingredient isn't always what it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of CEnterPound
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper color with almost little head and no retention. Lacing is non-existent.

S - Here we go! Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, passion fruit. Lots of tropical citrus here.

T - Follows the nose pretty well, but everything seems a bit muted. Still tropical fruit, but malt is more prominent. Nicely balanced, I just wish the flavors were brighter.

M - Carb is good, and it leaves the mouth somewhat sticky and sweet. Pretty nice.

O - I like this beer. Nice and hoppy, but by no means a hop bomb (to me anyways). It would be nice if the flavor was a bit more vibrant, but overall I could drink this all day no problem.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.