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Citra-Rye Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

Citra-Rye Pale AleCitra-Rye Pale Ale

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very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 16.37%

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our single-hop rye pale ales are created to showcase the flavor and aroma characteristics of individual hop varieties. The grain recipe is kept the same and only the type of hop is changed from batch to batch. Citra is one of our favorite hop varieties and has some crazy tropical fruit flavors and aromatics – think mango, pineapple, and passionfruit.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: AlexJ on 05-19-2011)
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Photo of RblWthACoz


3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. It's smooth with a nice character that shows citric tones, but isn't out of control. A pleasant drinker with a smooth feel and an appropriate balance. I like it, and oddly it seems better over time as it warms. This isn't the citra hop explosion a lot of people are wanting to see.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 10:47:41 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Mojo


3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - pours up a beautiful gold with a foamy two finger head. Retention is good and lacing is great.

S - Grassy, floral, pine.

T - sort of malt forward with a hop rye flavor at the finish. A little unbalanced with malt being dominant.

M - average

O - I sort of expected better. This bottle had a little age on it, so I would be willing to try one that is fresher.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:32:24 | More by Mojo
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a pint, hazy golden straw body with a tower of fat white foam that left messy lace all down the sides

S: like fields of fresh grain and flowers, some citric hints and spice

T: fresh, bright and smooth - lots of great barley and rye action - some tingly spice (from the rye presumably), too; hops of citrus and floral nature, deeper earthy flavors

M: smooth, clean, tingly rye notes, perfectly bittered - extreme drinkability

O: absolutely impressed with Westbrook again - this is a stellar beer - somewhere in-between an APA and an IPA - great blend of Citra and Nelson Sauvin (and Amarillo?) hops - the rye is present but doesn't interfere with the barley malts and hops - a real stunner.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2013 15:57:25 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange beer. Nice color. A half inch white, rocky head melts to a thin layer after a minute or two. Nice lacing.

Massive tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, orange, mango. A slight hint of spiciness after the beer settles down a little bit in the glass.

A spicy bitterness hits the tongue immediately. Followed by sweet and spicy malt, fruity hops and finally a spicy bitter finish.

Relatively thin bodied for a rye beer. The bitterness, spiciness and carbonation combined is a little rough on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 12:59:58 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, earth, tropical fruit, tropical fruit hop, and marijuana. The flavor was of sweet malt, tropical fruit, tropical fruit hop, fruit, fruit hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. I will be upfront about this, I am a huge fan of citra hops. This brew definitely delivered the appeal that I really enjoy from this hop variety. The tropical fruit aspect on this one really made this brew work extremely well. Really glad that Westbrook is going through and doing these single hop series brews. But just so they know, they knocked this one out of the park in my opinion. Well done guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 13:12:01 | More by thagr81us
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottle on: 11/12/12

Thanks to mikeincharleston for throwing me this bottle in exchange for ordering some MoAS for us to split. Thanks Mike.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a huge 3plus fingers width of slightly off white colored head which hangs around for a long time before dissipating down. Leaves tone of layered lacing.

S: Tropical fruits as expected, with tons of mango and some pineapple. There is also a fairly big dank, resinous quality, and a bit of spice. Really smells great, not as one dimensional as I expected, I suppose from the rye.

T: Rye notes are very prominent in the taste, followed by resinous, piney hop characters. I also get lemon zest and orange rind. Almost no tropical fruit flavors come out in the taste. Still very good though, I thoroughly enjoyed the rye presence.

M/D: Medium bodied, pretty heavily carbonated maybe a touch too much, drinkability is very good though. This disappears out of the glass in no time.

O: Overall, a very nice beer. Great aroma, tasty, and drinkable. Another well done beer by Westbrook.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:21:27 | More by zac16125
Photo of jsanford


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a dense white head that settles to a soapy ring and wispy haze. Super fresh and pungent CItra aromas of peach, mango, papaya, and grapefruit with a moderately spicy and sweet rye malt profile. Quite nice, but I'm always a sucker for a Citra-bomb. Taste is obviously Citra-heavy as well, with more grapefruit, peach, and papaya, a mildly sweet rye malt profile, and a moderate bitterness. Infinitely drinkable (like all the Rye Pale Ales have been), with a medium body and solid carbonation. Very likely the best of the Single Hop Series, but again, I'm a CItra whore.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:22:14 | More by jsanford
Photo of harrymattcody

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a tasting back in the spring.

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pour is a nice, light orange color with a little haze. A nice head forms that leaves a decent looking lace pattern throughout the glass. Aroma is all citrus to me, which is never a bad thing. Taste is big on the tropical fruits with a little spiciness from the rye. Note to brewers: use more rye. Mouthfeel is light with a nice tingle from a decent level of carbonation.

Overall, I would drink this one over and over. Lower ABV and big flavor are always welcome.

Serving type: growler

09-24-2011 23:27:27 | More by harrymattcody
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy gold body with a decent cap of frothy white head and a fair amount of lacing.

Big citrusy nose with the unmistakeable presence of rye lurking. The rye seems to be an oddly appropriate complement to fresh squeezed orange, mango and lemon flavors. Dryish malt profile that allows both the rye and citrus to shine. Long juicy finish that's at once satisfying and appetizing. I'm not sure the rye necessarily adds to the beer, but it certainly doesn't subtract. Impressively constructed beer that showcases the key ingredients in a modest ABV package.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2011 18:43:03 | More by PDXHops
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at closed for business. Appearance was great at first and then the head fell. The smell of hops and rye wasnt there. The beer was very thin for a rye PA. Wouldnt get this again. Wouldnt get most of their beers again. I liked a stout they had at their brewery and the IPA. The others were bland.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 20:39:12 | More by sachsich
Photo of SFrankBrew

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a little while ago at the Grapevine. I wrote down some notes in my iPhone. Poured into a pint glass. The appearance looked alright. The smell was better than average. If this is a single hopped pale (with citra), then now I know what that hop does to a beer. The taste was also better than average (with this rating scale). The mouthfeel was good. Overall, I would give this a 4.0. It was pretty good. I had one and then switched to another beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 21:42:56 | More by SFrankBrew
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong citrus aroma here, along with rye and some hops.

T: Tasted of rye (hard to escape), citrus (orange), and a bit of hops and malt in the finish. A generally well-rounded flavor. The citrus makes it work.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, easy to drink, likable beer.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 13:06:57 | More by avalon07
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tad hazy orange and gold brew with an outstanding white head
peppery citrus. Body is thick with taste but not thick itself, the rye helps out there. Lots of oranges and tangerines and other light citrus fruits mixed up in this brew; the rye give it a nice spicy kick before the hops finish it off very nice and bitter. A new era take on the APA that holds its own with Anchor's Liberty Ale.

Serving type: growler

06-01-2011 05:01:05 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of Treebs


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A: Pours a hazy orange with light golden edges when light was hitting it just right. Nice 1 finger white head with great retention leaving a subtle lace as the drink was consumed.

S: Wonderful citrus right off the bat, oranges, lemons and limes. Light wheat backbone throughout. Some dry grassy rye on the backend as well.

T: Great flavor. Very citrusy, oranges and lemons with some sweet fruits as well. Maybe pineapple. Some flowery hops are present as well. This flavor profile was not really what I was expecting at the beginning. This almost tastes like a great IPA without any bitterness on the back end because of the hops. Finishes with a nice dry malt rye.

M: Light bodied with a very crisp and smooth finish. Leaves a nice dry flowery taste on mouth which keeps drawing you back in. Medium carbonation.

O: I very much enjoyed this brew and it was a strange one at that. Almost like a pseudo IPA this beer grabbed with the citrus, but mellowed you out with a nice rye spine. I hope the other beers by Westbrook come close to this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 12:24:27 | More by Treebs
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold pour with slight hazing from the Rye. A billowing white crown fades slowly and laces nicely.

Aroma is mild biscuity malt and lightly spicy Rye. The hops are juicy citrus and tropical mango all the way.

Firm malt entry with underscores of Rye spice. It's well-hopped for the style and screams Citra with it's ripe mango, pineapple, and tangerine goodness.

Lighter medium body with a crisp mouthfeel and superb drinkability. A seriously solid offering from Westbrook, definately my favorite from these guys so far. I hope this is available all Summer!

On draft at Grapevine Ft. Mill, SC.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 20:41:14 | More by AlexJ
Citra-Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.