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: 500
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 30
Gots: 72 | 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 WesM63
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large tulip.

A: Pours a nice golden-orange with a decent 1-1.5 finger head. Decent amounts of retention and tons of lacing.

S: Nothing but beautiful citra hops. Just tons of tropical citrus.

T: Some sweet malts then pine, tropical citrus with a bit of pine/resin. Finish's with a small amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, this is delicious. This is my third bottle and there is no variation. Excellent use of Citra hops and extremely quaffable. (513 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 BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a minimally hazed light orange with edges of gold and a thin off-white foam. Tropical fruity hops abound in the nose with mango and a suggestion of pineapple. Up front bitterness lingers into the dry finish. Clean and firm maltiness. Grassy/vegetal dry hop presence along with a more pleasant guava fruitiness. Overall there's a lot of citra hop character coming through in this beer, as promised, though a more subtle display of strength and a softer dry hop character might induce me to order another pint. (514 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and tropical hops with just a bit of pine hop and some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with grapefruit, pine, and floral hops and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy pale ale with some good hop flavor from the Citra and a good hop and malt balance. (782 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between two. Thanks to DeanoMac. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a fairly amber color with about a half finger of white foamy head that quickly recedes. Not too much carbonation. Leaves some decent spotty lacing.

S- Citra hops, pine, a little bit of grapefruit, some caramel malts, and some pale malts.

T- Pine, lemon, and some other light citrus fruits, finishes fairly bitter with a little bit of a citrusy aftertaste. Plenty of pine, okay balance, but could have been a little bit better.

M- Medium bodied, slightly above carbonation, goes down easily but slightly overcarbonnated.

O- Not bad for an APA, not the best balance but had a nice citra taste. A lot of pine notes mixed with some lemon zest, orange peel, clementine, and some light spices. A decent beer, but definitely not something that I would try all the time. (858 characters)

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as impressive as I was lead to believe. This is an extremely malty, caramel-y, bready beer. I've brewed my own citra IPA. I've crushed citra hops in my hands and breathed them in, chewed on the pellets and savored their unique flavor. I can't taste the flavors that make Citra unique in this beer - juicy, tropical, fruit punch,e tc. It tastes like you could throw in almost any American hop and it would taste the same.

Not a bad beer overall, but nothing memorable about it that would make me pick it over anything else. (527 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 trevorjn06
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, very clear with half an inch of off-white head that quickly settles to a thin layer leaving lacing on the glass.

Aroma is resinous pine, light floral, orange and some mango and apple, slightly dank. Some malt sweetness is evident but not dominant.

Taste is nicely balanced with sweet malts, light caramels, hop flavor and bitterness. Begins with a bit of caramel and smooth malt, this transitions into some hop flavors such as pine and grapefruit. Towards the finish hop bitterness steps in and dominates the malt. Pretty firm , medium bitterness. The finish leaves dank hops, grapefruit and pine on the tongue.

Medium body and medium carbonation, not astringent. Slight sticky/sweet lingering.

Overall a very good APA, nice hop aromas and flavors, nice solid bitterness but not up at IPA levels. I would drink this again. The Citra is much more piney than I would expect, not quite as tropical. (927 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 Arbitrator
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber body.

S: Smells of stale, oxidized hops that remind me of a pumpkin ale.

T: Tastes slightly better than the nose implies, but it's still stale citrus with a rustic, oxidized component. Overly malty.

O: Quite frankly, terrible. It's probably old, but it's not bottle dated, so I'm giving up on this brewery. If I wanted shitty beer, I could get it for a lot less than $7 a bomber. I'd just buy some SNPA and leave it in my car trunk for 6 months. Screw these guys. (522 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting Pale Ale. Citra being the only hop used in this beer...IMO it could be showcased much better.

A - Golden Copper of you will. 2 inch head that leaves decent lacing throughout the Guinness Perfect Pint glass it's poured in.

S - Oranges, bready malt, bananas and human sweat. Not B.O. or onions but a weird sweatiness.

T - same as nose. Not BAD by any means but it's a odd hopiness.

M - Light, crisp on a hot summers day. I feel SNPA has a heavier mouthfeel. I like how easy drinking this is but the odd sweat in the hop flavor doesn't have me wanting more than 12oz. It lingers in the finish after a while which is why I'm glad I split this one. Otherwise the mouthfeel would be a 4 or better.

O - This is not a BAD beer. But let's be honest, when you see a Extra Pale Ale or any hoppy beer for that matter that is showcasing CITRA as the single and only hop used, a beer geek expects much, much more. (916 characters)

Photo of Sorcerer
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle. No bottling date evident. Timidly poured into a 22oz tulip glass yielded a generous head 2" head. Clear orange-copper-yellow color looks right for drinking.

Whiffs of wet plaster, fresh cut lumber, lawn mowing, drying paint, yep and grapefruit, promises a hop-tacular drinking experience ahead. Long lived droopy lacing that doesn't have that sedimentary (gulps) layer look

Pale ale with something extra spilled onto my thirsty tongue (parched from a long mountain bike ride) burst open with the anticipated piney hop flavinoids most agreeably and then developed most unexpectedly into a metallic reverberation, which was that bitterness shock with that APA lightness I like, then a thin (weak) sweet maltiness filling in all the short-lived blanks, before the final swallow, and the bitter remains of aftermath, not unlike a traditional IPA will leave behind.

Carbonation right where I like it (poured into a glass): very bubbly. Yet in my glass, after the pour, the beverage is quiet - then rebounds with tides of bubbles with each draft. Good to drink fast, slow, and in between. Good mouthfeel.

Overall a very good APA. I want another one. (1,167 characters)

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 SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep yellow to light orange with a two finger dense white head with decent retention
S: Smells dank and resinous with notes of citrus and a little bit of herbal aroma
T: slightly toasty malt and caramel with a nice blast of grapefruit and citrusy hops. aftertaste brings on more citrusy flavor and some more light malt
M: somewhat light but not overly so with good carbonation
O: a tasty beer that has a bit of a hop kick but doesn't kick you in the teeth (466 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of pure white foamy and bubbly head. Head dissipates after a few moments, leaving plenty of sticky lacing, to a slick of bubbles and a thin collar. Moderate carbonation, tiny bubbles floating slowly up every now and then.

After opening the bottle, the aroma hits my nose immediately, and is stronger after pouring it out into a glass. Dank fresh wet hops, herbal, pine and dare I say marijuana with freshly squeeze citrus, grapefruit and a bit of sweet orange. Very nice aroma for a low abv and ibu pale ale.

Taking a sip, nice hop flavor, fresh herbal, pine, grapefruit peel and pith. Good balance of bitterness and just enough pale malt present to make for a balanced flavor profile. Finishes dry, with only a light pine and grapefruit hop that's barely sticking around at the back of the tongue.

Light body with a clean crisp carbonation. Easy to drink as per the style and very enjoyable. A better beer than the Hopstar from Knee Deep that I didn't enjoy as much as this one. (1,069 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 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)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: Clear medium amber body, nice tight head, good retention.

S: Strong complex hop aroma with some malt sweetness.

T: Great hop flavor, not an overpowering bitterness.

M: Right on track, not too thick.

D: A very good, fairly balanced pale ale with tons of hop flavor. (279 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 GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle bought at Healthy Spirits in SF.

Copper color with a sizeable cream colored head. A firm citrus aroma but not as big as I thought it would be. Some bread and biscuits as well. Citrusy bitterness with richness from the hop oils and more caramel than I expected. It's a bit sweet. Creamy consistency with a nice fluffy head.

OK but not outstanding. (375 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that quickly disappears. Scent is quite interesting. I'm no "whatever level cicerone" but the Citra hops smell quite interesting in this beer. I'm picking up an interesting smokey aroma that I didn't get in Kern River Citra or any other Citra IPAs I've had. It's not necessarily bad, it's just different. A nice malt background to compliment the interesting hop aroma. Taste also has that aroma flavor/scent that I can't really put my finger one. But for what it is, it separates from the rest and still makes for a tasty beer. Somewhat stale, but citrusy hops with lovely malt. Bitterness that disappears almost instantaneously. Drinkability is high. Overall, I see this beer being a huge success once people get over the initial awkwardness of the beer. (807 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 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 dbmernin83
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with good head and great lacing.
Citra hops dominate the nose, as the should. Resiny.
More subdued on the tongue. Great resiny hops, a malt backbone to balance it out.
Great carbonation, full and sticky but light on the mouth.
A solid pale (260 characters)

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