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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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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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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 616
Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden orange color with a bright white fluffy head, good amount of carbonation, good head retention, beer is clear, some lacing.

A: Guava, grapefruit, citrus peel, very pungent, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose with guava, grapefruit, citrus peel, garlic/onion taste, moderate amount of bitterness, good amount of malts to balance it, drinks more like an IPA than an APA, very tasty.

M: Light/medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: I will say that I enjoy citra hops, so I am partial to any beer made with them, this is very good better aroma than taste, but overall a solid APA that I would probably drink more often if Knee Deep would put dates on their bottles.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into IPA glass. It pours a golden-honey color with a humongous, snow-white head and lacing. It looks like a snow cone. It smells of lemon-grass, orange peel, caramel, and floral hops. This ale has a strong malt backbone with an IBU of only 45. I was somewhat surprised that the first taste I experienced was the caramel, followed by the citrus, and finishing with a dry hoppy bitterness. It's medium-bodied, with pleasant carbonation and an ABV of 7% which makes it easily drinkable. Overall, it's well-crafted and enjoyable. It would be great with seafood or asian cuisine. I think there are better APA's but I wouldn't turn Citra down.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 11/4/15. Pours a clear gold with a bit of amber. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of grapefruit, passion fruit and a touch of lime over pale malt with a strong dose of grainy biscuit.

Heavy light body that is smooth with a hint of oiliness. Superb carbonation level that is in balance with the body. The middle has a bit of effervescence and the finish is prickly.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and allows the Citra hop to shine. Intensity is appropriate for the style, as is bitterness. Balance is world class. It begins with grapefruit then flows into a moderate middle bitterness. Passion fruit emerges post middle bitterness over a fairly sweet base (cracker biscuit) with notes of caramel. Towards the finish, a lime influence emerges creating a nice contrast with passion fruit. The finish is a slow fade of slightly sweet zest and lime with a slight dryness coupled with an earthy dankness.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Trying the Citra EPA at Yards in Roseville. The beer poured a copper clear with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is not as pungent as I was expecting but still did not disappoint....citrus and pine presence. The taste is nicely balanced but finishes slightly bitter. There is grapefruit and pine flare. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. It actually was much thicker than expected. Overall this beer is quite nice.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle dated Nov.4/2015. 7% ABV 45 IBU
A: Pours a medium gold with a thick white head and very nice lacing that stays.
S: Wonderful citrus nose with some tropical fruits.
T: The nose is better than the taste for sure,citrus on the tongue but lacing some flavors.
F: Medium carbonation balanced hops/malt nice and dry.
O: A nice pale ale almost hitting the IPA range it needs a tweak.

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Photo of zshaft
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours nice orange with huge head. smells pretty nice with sine grapefruit and maybe some lemon. mouthfeel is medium with a nice tropical grapefruit and stone fruit blend followed by puckering finish. nothing I would seek out but a nice beer.

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Photo of Tommo
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful pale ale. Great citra nose, with a balanced lower malt charecter and decent body to follow, mild bittering hops. Overall a great buy for 6 bucks

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Photo of emount91
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a very slightly hazy yellow/orange, but can still for the most part see through this brew. good decently foamy had that dissipates quickly. the smell is great, lots and lots of great citra-hop citrus: lemon, orange, grapefruit, with a light malt smell. taste follows the smell perfectly, all of the previously stated citrusy fruits, plus that light malt backbone that showcases the citra hops well. feel is very good, nice and light and crisp. great pale ale out of Cali, glad it made a its way to CT, would definitely seek out and buy again.

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Photo of smanson56
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color into my tulip glass. Nice pleasant tropical nose. Lots of fruit with just a hint of pine. The taste is citrus with a nice mild bitterness. The carbonation is good. A nice drinking single hop beer.

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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 IvoryFoxhole
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from September 2015, poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Nice 2 finger foamy head with plenty of lacing and retention. Pleasant amber color.

S: Nice grapefruit and tropical fruit, light malts in back.

T: Doesn't quite live up to smell. Citrus up front, but somewhat muted. Mild pine finish.

F: Reasonably well-balanced, moderate carbonation, medium-dry finish.

O: Might have needed a fresher bottle; could be a simple as that. Not bad.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABV.

A clear light amber with no head, this looks decent. The nose is all about the Citra hops. In addition to the usual aromas of grapefruit and some tropical fruit, what's particularly impressive is the pungent nature. Malt character is minimal, a little caramel. The palate opens clean, bitter, pungent with grapefruit, orange, melon, and with sine citrus zest as well. The higher than expected ABV lends a fullness to the palate, amplifying the resiny hops and allowing their clean expression to shine. Drying, bitter on the finish with pine, grapefruit, melon and some passionfruit, this beer is moderately carbonated and is quite delicious. Recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Bot. 07.28.15. Consumed 11.20.15.

S: Slow rise of effervesce within a orange peel colored body of medium clarity. Frumpy, off white head is one plus inches with a strong hold factor. High amount of lace coverage smothers the vessel.

S: Sweet peach and apricot aroma is first on the nose. Pale grain backing with a fresh orange slices coming through. Strength is medium per style, with a moderate rate of retention.

T: Citrusy bitterness for the flavor is bold and upfront, flowery in nature, with some supporting cast of melon and grapefruit notes. Ctironella, lemony flair mingles with some alcohol. The hopping rate is fairly high high, bittering, less fruity and sweet then the nose. Crisp and pale malting with hints of grassiness and a warming of lemony-tropical alcohol comes on the finish.

M: Crisp, carbonation, aggressive around the tongues edges, medium bodied with a slippery texture.

O: Sweet nose, nice dose of fresh citra notes, the flavor is more dry hopping, but is very crisp and sharp in drinkability. Very good pale ale, extra pale ale, or by what name you may call it, even an ipa which at 7% and the rate of hopping may be closer to the truth. Knee deep seems to specialize in hoppy beers, this is no exception. Drinks really big.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

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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 santomark
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Man this beer had a lot going on. It had so many variables that I think people forget this is a traditional pale ale with a little something extra. Poured into my Betty IPA glass.

Look: Poured a beautiful clean and clear gold, Nice head retention at 2 fingers.

Smell: Just wonderful, best part of this beer is the smell. It smells like citra, simcoe, tropical, peach, mango, bubble gum thickness, pine sap.

Taste: This is where things got weird. The beer tastes nothing like the nose. Very mild in this sense. Tasted of watered down pineapple juice.

Feel: Probably the biggest disappointment of this beer. It was extremely watery. And ended with that classic pale finish. It goes from watery to dry. It's extremely strange and unsatisfying in a beer.

Overall: I would have loved this given the taste mimicked the smell. And even if it did not, the most important thing is the mouthfeel. Its like watered down light beer bad in the body.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Federatl Taphouse, enjoyed chilled in a tulip

the color is lightly hazed golden with a slight darker shade and light head with fine bead. The smell is very fruity tropical and mildly dank with herbal accents -lovely citra aroma. The feel is great with a mostly dry body with moderately bitter texture and low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good with nice tropical and tangy grapefruit with light herbal/spiced hop character and dry finish with lasting bitterness. The malt is very light and the hops are the main flavor with juicy quality with the aroma sending you back to the tropical and citrus in the taste with each sip. I love how there is simplicity yet this is a very drinkable ale. I have had other Citra single hop beers I did not think were done as well as this especially in the aroma which is why I gave this excellent rating - I recommend this to fans of Citra hops.

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Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable beer. Citrus notes hit the palate. Nice and refreshing, especially watching the Giants miss the playoffs during an odd year. Get those pesky Dodgers next year, G-Men!

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Photo of emyers
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours clear pale gold with a one inch white head. Head retention not stellar for an IPA/pale ale

Smell: Tons of grapefruit, slight earthiness, distinct grassy notes.

Taste: Doesn't carry nearly the same hop punch as the aroma. To be fair this is labeled as a pale ale, but even so it seems a bit lackluster. Still has a halfway decent citrus hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent pale ale, just wish it had a bit more character in the flavor profile.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice light orange glow with a big white head that lasts and leaves nice chunky lacing. Notes of grapefruit rinds, green stuff and grapefruit piths. Lighter end of medium mouthfeel, good level of carnation and slightly drying bitter finish. This comes off more as an IPA and a rather one dimensional but easy drinking one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a yellowish-orange color with a 1/4" head.

Smell: citrus is the dominant aroma coming from the glass.

Taste: mild caramel, grapefruit, mango, pear, and a decent hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a nicely refreshing and easy to drink pale ale. Definitely focuses on the citrus side of things.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Blue Monkey - NJ

Currently one of my top 3 favorite pale ales. Drinks like an IPA. Tons of citrus on the nose and palate. Grapefruit/grapefruit rind as well. Nice pop of dank bitterness. Some lingering bitterness afterwards on the palate but nothing overwhelming. A very tasty APA. Goes down super smooth for 7% too. An 85 BA score doesn't do it justice.

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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 rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap while on vacation in Michigan earlier this month. in fact, I think this was one of only two beers I had in 9 days that wasn't brewed locally. This is a very good west coast IPA -- very high citrus hop profile. Delicious.

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