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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

325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-18-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sammy, Aug 15, 2014
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

zestar, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

nmann08, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

GRG1313, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

largadeer, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.9%

nickfl, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

mactrail, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

yourefragile, Mar 19, 2014
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2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
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

barleywinefiend, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +3.9%

drewone, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

Zorro, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

superspak, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

plaid75, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

liamt07, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

HopHead84, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

JohnGalt1, Aug 06, 2014
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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.