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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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very good

108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 561
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 27
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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.
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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 561
Photo of BeerBaron238
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of MarioM
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

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Photo of colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.


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Photo of NWer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of joecast
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

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Photo of riored4v
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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Photo of WesM63
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
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

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Photo of trevorjn06
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.