Citra Extra Pale Ale - Knee Deep Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

92 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 92
Hads: 498
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 30
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 92 | Hads: 498
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.11/5  rDev -44.6%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (887 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a deep burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy white slow to settle white head atop.Aromas are some what muted with leafy hops and a iron-like German lager style to it,a bit of citrus comes thru more as it sits.This a dry APA on all fronts,a crisper dry toasted malt base up against a herbal and citric hops profile,easy going down. (360 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm assuming that this beer I have here is the same as the one listed as merely Citra Pale Ale. Looks nice. Nose is a robust citrus and pine. Flavor is bitter and piney/citric hops with a lot of oil really showing through. Very even and smooth and biting in all the right ways. I like it. This is an excellent example of how a single hopped beer should be (Dear Mikkeller, please do take note). A superb beer. I would love to have this on tap or, even better, on cask. Definitely suggested. (490 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/16/12 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citra hops, oranges, fruity malts, pine hops, grapefruit, lemon, and light floral hops. Really nice, and a ton of orange, like the nose quite a bit.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, caramel malts, grains, fruity malts, oranges. Still nice but not nearly as hoppy as the nose, and a lot more malts. A step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, no alcohol to it at all.

o - Overall a pretty nice hoppy APA. I liked the nose a lot as it had a lot of citrus and orange to it. Would have it again. (773 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/28/2014. Pours crystal clear deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice citra pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,464 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Medium white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Pungent. Orange and tropical fruit hop. Toasty malt.

Taste - Really nice hop flavor. Not over the top. Tropical fruit. Hefty biscuit and toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Simple and delicious beer. (356 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -11%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
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 (373 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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. (401 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (693 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Phelps for the generous extra. 22oz bottle. Pours nearly clear, amber color, with a small, slowly settling white head and decent lace. Nice aroma is very much citrus hops forward; mostly getting orange, lemon, and grapefruit, with a noticeable grainy malt note behind it.

The flavor is also pretty nice, if straightforward and uncomplex; lots of citrus, tropical fruit from the Citra hops, a fairly high level of bitterness that threatens to overwhelm the flavor a bit, and a decent bready malt backbone underneath. Leans a bit more towards an IPA than a pale.

Medium to a little thin in body, with assertive carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Refreshing and clean-drinking. Not bad, maybe not exceptional, but overall fairly tasty. (746 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Naja's, on a slow tap night (as is often my luck). The beer is light copper colored with a fine haze and thick sheets of lace. Hop-forward aroma, obviously citra. Pretty Damn solid tasting too, slightly sweet with faint notes of toasted malts, more decidedly bitter on the back but with lingering Citra flavor. A simple combination that I'm a sucker for. (364 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Knee deep hit town recently so enjoying going through stuff fairly fresh. Enjoyed from a snifter.

a - brew pours a rusty orange w an thin head gone quick...oily lace.

s - nose is nice citra fruitiness. Tropical but still a pale ale wa nice malty backbone.

t/m/o - the taste is surprisingly malty, the hop is there but comes across more as a soft bittering agent. Malty w soft citric. Body is also extremely light. Very drinkable beer and very pale ale...I like pales that tow the line a bit more against IPA or focus on the complexity of the malt, this falls down the middle. (582 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped KDBCHZA[upside down V, not A]J12.

A: Clear copper, light head, good lacing.

S: Dull hops...not what I was expecting from one of my favorite varieties. Still, a touch of pleasant fruit.

T: Above average! A decent pale ale with one helluva hop. I love Citra, ergo, I enjoy this beer. Fruity-round maintaste with a dry, nigh herbal finish. Lightly astringent. Though crisp, the Citra bursts don't linger long on the tongue.

M: Crisp, full, and hoppy.

O: I like it. Recommended. Would drink again. Excellent pale ale! (589 characters)

Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium amber with a rocky white head (how many times have I written this sentence with slight variations?). It's transparent and appears filtered. No lees in the bottle, either.

The beer has a nice balanced APA aroma with contributions from caramel malt and fruity Citra hops. I would prefer a less restrained hop aroma in a single hop beer, but I can't complain about the lovely citrus and tropical fruit smell of Citra. Sweet malt notes are just a touch behind the hops and have an almost biscuity, English character.

The taste starts sweet and full of sugary malt, but the hops quickly assert themselves with tangerine-peach-pineapple-mango-marijuana-tinged bitterness. The finish has a soft bitter punch surrounded by velvety caramel, and the aftertaste is grapefruit rind and pine resin. It's an easy beer to drink and enjoy and probably rather excellent on-tap and fresh out of the fermenter. Out of this undated bottle, it's merely good, though I am doing my best and drinking it within days of it arriving at a local store.

The mouthfeel is a tiny bit grainy. Carbonation is normal for the style. Good amount of flavor for a 6% abv beer, and no booziness or other clear faults.

It's a pleasant, mildly hop-forward APA that utilizes a delicious hop variety. However, the hop would be better showcased with a less pronounced malt character and more aroma/dry-hopping. (1,395 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” dense white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big citrus and tropical fruit aromas,
T: A rich creamy texture fills the mouth and then gives way to rich malt and light biscuit followed by a symphony of citrus, light fruit, tropical fruit and light malt flavors and an assertive bitter finish. The hop flavors and bitterness linger.
F: Very creamy soft on the palate with medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big, refreshing citrusy American pale Ale loaded with tropical fruit flavors. (558 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a clean burnt golden color with a thick white head that slowly faded into a thin collar and lace.
S: Huge notes of citrus (duh) on the nose. Very savory smelling. Not much malt but a bit of sweetness comes through.
T: Again, citra hops all the way with citrus and tropical fruits in the finish. Bready malt balances out the beer. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Pretty simple but delicious.
M: Huge frothy carbonation but a soft mouthfeel that is a bit resinous and sticky.
O: A pretty good pale ale but I wasn’t blown away. If you’re a fan of citra check it out. (601 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.