Citra Extra Pale Ale - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 499
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 30
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
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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.
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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 Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

A: deep gold and clear, few fingers of white foamy head eventually reduced to a film cap with some lace drying inside the glass

S: vague suggestions of sweet fruits - tropical and citric; rugged, rustic grain belt right behind

T: mellow malts and 45 IBU of bitterness let the Citra hop shine through - plenty of its trademark fruity citrus-ness

M: smooth and slick, subtle bitterness, clean-finishing

O: a great IPA for Citra fans - single hop action will reward fans! (473 characters)

Photo of Naugled
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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 (298 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


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 TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, sweet malts, and floral hops.

T - Follows the aroma. Lots of sweet caramel malts upfront with a big burst of citrus. Lots of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit with a floral hops. Finish has a piney aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - A very tasty citra Pale Ale. Lots of fresh flavors. Very refreshing and tasty. (503 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 lochef81
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark cooper, didnt expect it to that dark to be honest, finger worth of head,
S: Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. alittle malty smell comes through but the citra is strong
T: super sweet malty, grapefruit, resin, and hoppy bitterness on the end with alittle alcohol bite
M: medium bodied i think
O: Citra is not my favorite hop in IPAs but this is a nice beer that showcases this hop variety. (408 characters)

Photo of BeerBaron238
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful orange to light copper hue. Persistent creamy white head. Smell: Citrus hop aroma, with grassy finish. Grapefruit and lemon. Taste: Citrus and hop bitterness dominate. Very well balanced. Malt present enough just to balance only. Grassy hints in the finish. Mouthfeel: Effervescent and dry. Head adds creamy texture throughout. Overall: So very refreshing. A well made Pale showcasing the amazing Citra hop. Could drink this all day, everyday. (465 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (2,940 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Delirium Tremens snifter

A: A slight cloudy copper color with a bright white head that dissipated after about a minute to a cluster of medium and large bubbles.

S: Nice tropical and grapefruit aromas with a slight piney dank character to it but not as much as Simcoe brews but it is there. Nice smelling brew.

T: Nice and malty with a slight pungent maybe papaya tropical fruit taste up front and finishes with a pine and citrus character. Nice and juicy finish that makes you want more from it lingering so long.

M: Nice juiciness from the hops and resin goodness. Sweet maltiness is complemented nicely from the low IBUs but assertive hop taste and aromas.

O: Bought this to get an idea of what CItra is all about and I like. Will buy this again and completely enjoying this. (809 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my bottle says 7% . . . .
smallish off-white, soapy head, kind of creamy. lots of zesty floral and bright aromas. slight grapefruit, tangerine smells. taste is a lot of the same- very bright and light with small oiliness. very drinkable, very sessionable. not the 'serious' type of hoppiness everyone seems to be clamoring for and that's why I like it. very refreshing, quite light, slight oil, very little bitterness, some decent malt breadiness and some sticky lace down the side as I finish the glass.... I like this one. (524 characters)

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into Bruery snifter

Appearance is golden, light orange, transparent. The head stuck around for a good while.

Smell is grapefruit, peach, orange peel, sweet malt, citra hops.

Taste is grapefruit, citra hops, sweet malt. Hop flavor is mild. I feel like the sweetness is coming from the citra hops in addition to the malt. Very mild bitterness. I feel like this is a very balanced extra pale ale (basically an ipa) and I tend to like the more hop forward ones.

Mouth feel is good. Light, slightly sticky. Not too dry. Good carbonation level

Overall this is a good beer. I would call this sessionable. Nothing too special but definitely enjoyable (663 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Knee Deep Brewing Company - Citra Extra Pale Ale, poured into a DFH Spiegelau glass.

Look - Pours a clear bubbly copper golden with a good sized foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Mostly Citra hops, which goes without saying I would imagine. Some bready sweet honey caramel malt underneath.

Taste - Blast of Citra citrus hop with sweet honey caramel malt blended in. Ends sort of like a crouton flavor with a bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite thin here, lacks carbonated bite that it could use. Rests bitter. The Citra mouthfeel alone is almost soap-like but it's still good, just a bit off. Booziness is slight and drinkability is good.

Overall - Solid brew, not stellar, a bit off between the single hop and the choice of malts. Citra by itself is interesting, I'd like to see it paired with different kinds of malts to see where you could go with this. Would have this again but would not seek out. (953 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- copper color, decent size head

Smell- malt, hops

Taste- malt, slightly bitter hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I think I would have it again. Not one of the usual ones I would get but I definitely would drink it again. (275 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Transparent golden amber hue, one finger soapy white head,snappy carbonation with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top, primo lacing in a pilsner glass.

As soon as you pop the top, the citra hop aroma makes itself known, and is tropical, quite juicy, pineapple,tangerine & pine needle vibe going on here. Mouth watering aroma for sure.

Taste is also hop forward, and props to Knee Deep for not only sourcing quality hops, but having the ability to place them front and center stage. The malts are not very noticeable, and that is always a huge plus for me when the hops can shine in the spotlight. There is a juiciness and bitterness that is drying, and invites another tasty quaff. Alcohol exceptionally well hidden, assertive though not overdone carbonation. For a mere 45 IBU, Citra Extra Pale Ale offers full bitterness and flavor that defies that modest number: quite surprising.

Mouthfeel is medium, dry finish, the carbonation almost reaches the prickly stage but definitely not overdone, in fact vey nicely done.

Overall, the ratings are LOWWWW on this fabulous all citra pale ale, making it a true sleeper amongst beers. This is a rock solid effort from Knee Deep that is impressive and should be a MUST for anyone digging that tropical fruit vibe. Deserving of much higher ratings, this all citra hop-bomb delivers the goods in a slam dunk manner. Fans of Zombie Dust should absolutely adore this one, seek it out for sure, highly recommended. Go buy some, enjoy and help boost the rating back where they should be! (1,531 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a really excellent american beer. something like this, very dry and citrusy... this beer tastes of the arid west, of the heat. pervasive dry heat for many months...

i had three bottles a week ago... i can't find any now... if you can get this get it.

the pour is so clear, so extra pale, but the hop taste is so fresh and perfectly matched to the body of the beer... it's an IPA drinker's pale ale.

can i get this in a 12 pack in cans? i need a fridge stocked with this for the summer.

A+ (504 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into bottom of pint glass.
Aggressive head. Nice clear bronze. Head fades slowly leaving nice lace.
Nose very citric.
Taste overpowers with lemon zest. Very aggressive West Coast citrus up front with a nice malt backbone.
Aftertaste leaves a malty smoothness feel that is very pleasant.
Not at all what I expected peeking at the other reviews. A totally different experience that from others I know and respect.
To each his own. I liked this beer a lot and am very glad I snagged a bottle. (509 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finger and half of head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is light grapefruit and honey. Quite nice.
The taste starts off with mild bitterness moving to moderate bitterness. There’s a sweetness in the background that keeps the profile balanced.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It’s a single-hop ale showcasing Citra hops. (365 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 3/26/13
Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA Glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent light orange with yellow highlights. The beer sports an off white, two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing behind as it recedes.

Aroma: Gotta love those citra hops; huge, vibrant aromas of kiwis, grapefruit, peach, lime juice, a hint green onions and some nice catty simcoe hop-isms. Underlying sweet, bready malts provide some balance to this hugely tropical nose.

Taste: Very tropical hops right away; notes of grapefruit, a little bit of passion fruit and light impressions of kiwi, before a very clean and brisk breadiness dries out the palate. The beer finishes off dry with hints of tropical fruit intermingled with light bread. There is a very assertive, lingering bitterness. I wish the hops were a bit more pungent.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin bodied for its style, I wish it was a little more full bodied. I feel that carbonation is a tad too soft.

Overall: This was a difficult beer for me to review because I could tell if I was drinking a slightly hoppy Pale Ale or a watered down IPA. It's marketed as a pale ale, yet it is 7% ABV, which by definition would make it an IPA. I feel like the aroma on the beer is amazing, but the actual flavor of the hops don't come through enough. Its a decent take on a glorified Zombie Dust clone, but overall it just doesn't make the cut. (1,430 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What? Another citra beer? Thank you!
Looking at past reviews makes me think they have changed the beer a bit. This one is listed at 7%abv.

Great hop character here and very well balanced. Actually drinks like a sub 6% pale and pushes the limit of how much hops that malt can handle without crossing the line. Extra pale for sure! (330 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour in to a tulip resulted in a 1 finger, mildly rocky, white head. Slightly hazy, orange colored body.

Aroma was pleasant. Some good orange/tangering aromas with some light tropical notes. A bit bready and malty along with some light sweetness and caramel. Didn't smell overly "bright".

Flavor was good for a APA. Nice amounts of tropical and tangerine flavors up front that led to some biscuity and caramel notes. Nice malty background backs up the mellow bitterness. Bitterness lingers a tad. A bit grassy. Definitely tropical/tangerine/orange flavors that linger around a little. Showcases the Citra nicely.

Medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp and dry finish lets the hops shine.

Good beer overall, especially for being single hopped. Malt flavors play nicely with the Citra hop. Good balance. (809 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Small near white head, leaves fast to ring. Spotty lace. Fairly clear honey orange.

S - All citrus baby. Mostly grapefruit and orange peel. Malt is present but does take a back seat.

T - Nice sweet malt core, although not as heavy as I had hoped. The hops rush in and obliterate it really fast too.

M - Medium body, good carb, balance a little heavy on the citrus tasting hop.

D - Easy enough to drink. Would try again. (428 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)

Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.