1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Citra Extra Pale Ale - Knee Deep Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

264 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 264
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-18-2011)
View: Beers (32) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 62 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:00:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-17-2012 18:30:32 | More by nmann08
Photo of GRG1313


2.1/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 07:21:11 | More by GRG1313
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-22-2013 23:23:46 | More by largadeer
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-15-2013 02:32:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of nickfl


4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-23-2014 02:39:53 | More by nickfl
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:43:41 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of SocalKicks


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-23-2013 02:39:26 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 19:20:19 | More by mdfb79
Photo of mactrail


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 06:09:31 | More by mactrail
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 22:53:06 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-19-2014 23:14:43 | More by yourefragile
Photo of XmnwildX12


4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-09-2013 04:20:55 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Zorro


3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:04:06 | More by Zorro
Photo of BillRoth


4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2013 03:24:24 | More by BillRoth
Photo of drewone


4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2012 05:32:28 | More by drewone
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:56:35 | More by superspak
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:08:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of zestar


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-16-2013 07:04:37 | More by zestar
Photo of HopHead84


3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 16:20:06 | More by HopHead84
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 04:07:31 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of GraduatedCashew


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-28-2013 21:42:25 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of tobelerone


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 13:36:45 | More by tobelerone
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-28-2014 07:02:47 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:55:19 | More by claspada
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.