Citra Pale Ale - El Segundo Brewing Company

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Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale

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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ehammond1 on 02-15-2012

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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 31
Photo of Karinahe
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow with a thick white head leaving lacing on the glass.

S: Tropical fruits, Citrus hops, malt.

T: light and smooth, taste of bitterness before and after a light sweet flavor on every taste

M: Refreshing and light, very easy to drink recommended for people who like sweet taste.

O: Not a bad beer, it is refreshing but there is a combination of taste, not Loving it but neither heating this beer.

Photo of RyanLBC
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Refreshing beer for the summer heat. Tastes of Citrus flavors are definitely there with a bit or light orange peel and some mango. A bit too light for my paste but good

Photo of SLubeski
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone Enjoy by 4.20 Willibecher glass.

L: Beautiful straw color, almost translucent with a subtle haze. Thick thick super white head forms quickly, effervescent like head. Fading quickly, with lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Citra hops, front and center. My favorite hop (think ZD but not quite as drool inducing). I also pick up a subtle touch of grassiness, almost like Saaz but less. Might be getting it confused with Vienna Malt. Good, not great.

T: Light and subtle, a touch of sweetness on the finish. You get the slightly bitter Citra up front and then it fades to a more rounded out maltiness. Super light and smooth.

F: Well carbonated, coats the mouth slightly before dissipating, find myself wanting another drink.

O: Pretty good beer, but I wont seek it. If its on a list with other beers I dont' know I'd order it. I don't know though...I LOVE single hopped citra beers especially Pale Ale's. But I didn't LOVE this one.

Photo of jooler
2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There is basically no smell. I guess someone forgot to dry hop this bitch. Also, the taste is very bland. It's kind of like SN pale ale but without the aroma and flavor

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap while in L.A. Frankly, I found this beer to be extremely average, at best. It had a decent pine hop to it, but really found it to be one dimensional. Clear golden color with little to no head retention. The beer was smooth and did have a decent bitter aftertaste. Other than that, I would probably try other beers first.

Photo of Stevedore
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Bully in Los Angeles, CA. Served in a shaker pint 12/10/2014.

A- Golden, clear body with half finger white head and no retention. Lots of lacing.

S- Grainy mild sweetness, minerals, a hint of citrus but not very much. It does not smell bad or off, there just is very little aroma outside of a grainy sweetness here.

F- Grainy malt, mild sweetness, hint of yeasty minerals, very minimal hop aroma. Mild breadiness, minimal depth of flavour. This is quite watery and lacking any substantial flavour.

M- Thinner bodied, very drinkable although lacking a good bit of flavour. Refreshing, drinkable and that's about it.

O- This is not a bad pale ale by any means, but there is very little that stands out about it, either. Would pass this one over in the future.

Photo of ecarl97
4/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer is a great session ale. I could drink it day and night. I love light malt, heavy hop style beers and this beer fits the bill.

Photo of brewmastercat
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Great hoppy pale ale.

Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Classic light amber, deep yellow, to light orange body and quite clear as well. Head is fluffy with a flat bright white top, and at three fingers tall manages to slowly and evenly fall, keeping a bit of soapy retention. Very pale, and very nice.

Ah those citra hops, a bit of juice and tropical, but the malt and toast is no slouch here either. Good toasty aroma, with mild caramel sense, a good play on toast and sweetness in that department, with the hops making a nice tropical accent. Spritzy feeling slightly with powdery brown spices as well. Quite a good balance.

Palate delivers nicely. A real soft body with a hint of light pale ale touch. Soft malts with a good toasty brown breads and crust. Mild caramel finish gives way too classic hop angle of juiced tropicals and even a bit of earth interestingly. Repeated sips are a good balance of toast malt crackery sense and aromatic hop fruit.

What a simple good balanced pale ale, with a nice hop touch. The way it should be done.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing my most recent time enjoying on tap, but have had from a bomber as well.

A: Golden, mostly transparent color with a thin foam head that lingers.

S: Piney, citrus-y hops spring forth immediately -- for a pale ale, it's both surprising and welcome all at once.

T: For a pale ale, it really does a great job delivering full hop flavor with each and every sip. Taste is piney, grassy and citrus hops with a delightful tropical finish that evokes pineapple and mango.

M: Light and pleasant with some mild carbonation; very easy to drink.

O: One of my favorite pale ales (L.A. or otherwise). It's incredibly well-balanced, being light and immensely drinkable while giving you a high-quality flavor profile. Drink it whenever you can.

Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear, very inviting with a small finger high cap. Retention is just average and it does manage to put together some solid, messy lacing.

This beer is pure Citra hops so I know that aroma is going to be the strength of this beer. For a pale ale the hops rock the house with bright and floral tropical notes of pineapple, pink citrus and passionfruit, a bit of pine backing.

Bready and flat malt that makes up a bulk of the taste. Hops provide a light pine with a bit of resinous hop oils surfacing halfway through the bomber. Very mild in flavor and bitterness.

Hops provide adequate drying with a light body and carbonation. Alcohol is nonexistent, of course very drinkable.

This pale ale is really a great starter beer for entry into hoppy brews. It features a really nice aroma and low bitterness. Not exactly up to par for the more discerning craft connoisseur and the lofty expectations that come with the Citra name.

Photo of Wolberjs
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - amber and slightly cloudy. Head dissipates fairly quickly. No extended carbonation / bubbles to speak of.

S - toned down citra hop smell. No specific citrus fruits that I can pick out. Smells alright.

T - pleasant citrusy bitterness, again no specific fruits. Nose a bit better than the smell.

M - a little thin/watery for my tastes. No silky carbonation presence what so evr.

O - a decent pale ale. Bit a standout in its class. A little better thAn average considering the ABV.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I agree with Raul. Watery citra cut grass taste.

A- Translucent through, minimal head. Medium ring with low retention.

S- I get the cut grass from Raul. Some minor citra, some non citrus hop profile.

T- Watery citra, but very sessionable obviously. I like this more than non citra pales.

M- Pretty watery, but works with the sessionable thing.

O- Low rate citra, but I still would drink it over a malt bomb pale

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle and into the Teku.

This thing is a disgrace to the citra name. More like, "citra, I just mowed my lawn and then threw the scraps into the tank," citra. Not teally feeling this one, my peeps. Thin, astringent...tastes like McDondald's if they tried to go green.

Pass on it, my children.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold, slightly hazy, with delicious white foamy head. Sinks unevenly, but gorgeous lace left behind. Great.

Smells fruity. Apple & pear with a touch of pineapple and peach. Slight petrochemical tinge and bit of a green edge. Pleasant.

Tastes odd. Well, unexpected. Grainy & slightly toasty. Bit of hop oil that's a bit resinous late and cleans it up as well, but yeah, definitely not as fruity/tangy as expected. Dryer, and more resinous to the point of toasty. Well-constructed palate though.

Decent fullness, bit of hop-pull as it goes down. Not bad.

Interesting drop. Feel like it should be very hoppy and fresh, but isn't quite. It isn't too much poorer for it though.

Photo of goldendenizen
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: light blonde with lacing if you build a head. ugh theres a bar code on this bomber. no pun intended.

S: big time citrus monster. think of a straight forward APA coupled with a citrus and lemon rind.

T: pretty damn good. light enough to be sessionable. tons of light hop PA profile.

M: a tad watery for my liking. almost too smooth.

O: this brew was recommended to me. i dig it but would rather support the efforts of local breweries on this specific APA category. a good brew but missing a foundation. a valient effort nonetheless.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich back in Sydney.

Pours a faintly hazed pale golden colour, with a very full and frothy, almost meringuey head of white that has amazing resilience and retention. Lacing is also extremely good. Body is light, but with a bit of a weight to it when swirled. It looks really very good.

Nose is thin, but fruity with citrus obviously prevalent. Slight mustiness comes through, a bit like dried orange peel, along with a hint of pepper and an old grain-cellar dust character. There's a hint of sweetness to it—perhaps rose—but not much. Overall, it's decent, but not as exciting as it could have been.

Taste follows a similar sort of trajectory: hoppy for the most part, but slightly dull in its execution, with the flavours coming out as faint preserved citrus and marmalade. Some apricot comes through, but nothing sweeter than that. The main issue perhaps is that the body doesn't support the hops, even though the hops are a little pedestrian: it leaves it feeling slightly thin in the mouth.

Overall, it's a decent and drinkable pale ale, but one that perhaps doesn't do the citra brand many favours as a hop variety: it seems a little sharp like it should, but there's not the balance in the beer that it requires. As a result, the beer is more disappointing than it should be.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. I'm assured this is quite fresh.

A: Filtered pale-amber with nice, white head and good lacing.

S: Incredible! The fruit is magnificent. Mangoes and grapefruit.

T: Wow. Apricot, which I don't know how I missed in the smell, is the dominant flavor on the tongue. Light bitterness is unobjectionable to all, but still enough to placate the hophead. The aftertaste is dry.

M: The malt backbone is biscuity and crisp, complementing the luscious hop profile nicely.

O: A very well-done, very tasty APA. It might not make my short-list, but it's certainly worth your time.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Lordsburg Taphouse, on to the beer:

Paler than yellow and topped with an inch of soapy head which retains a part of itself all the down, yet leaves almost no lace around. The aroma brings a sweeter variety of grapefruit, plus some melon and honeydew and a spicy hop note. Its flavor leans towards the lighter side, with a dry biscuit base and a solid melon and sweet hop juice taste. A modest quantity of bitterness lingers in the aftertaste of its light body.

Summer was made for a beer like this. Refreshing and not overpowering.

Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

not clear, but not hazy either. bright lemon-y yellow with some 'stuff' stuck to the side of the bottom(?). no head. kind of cloudy.
pine aroma. just pine. soft on the pine though. maybe some citric/grapefruit. very nice though.
bread taste. instantly. citrus/pine nose, bread hit on the palate. or, what is it, really? more base than acidic, not really chalk, but a base-type of twang....
overall an easy to drink brew. low abv, but I suppose the world needs some of those in it. or we'd all be drinking whiskey, right? mostly hops but with a decent balance and easy to session.

Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy copper orange,huge billowy three finger bone colored head, appears unfiltered, respectable lacing, lively carbonation.

Aroma is flowery & citrusy, lots of orange peel & grapefruit, resiny dank hops. The dry hopping steps up the aroma a notch or two, and there is a slight presence of bready malt in there to tame the hop bitterness.

Flavor is bright & bouncy: citra hop all the way. Nice juiciness, and tartness at the same time, minimal malt presence, alcohol artfully hidden. Crisp & dry finish, quite desirable.

Mouthfeel is medium,carbonation spot on,lingering bitterness at the back of the palate is delightful.

My romance with the citra hop continues, and Blue House Pale delivers the goods. With so many overrated beers, it is a pleasure to find a sleeper in the pack. This is a really well crafted single hop APA that deserves closer attention, and higher ratings.

Photo of zhanson88
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with orange highlights. About 1/2" of eggshell white head forms, which has nice retention and lacing, aided by an appropriate moderate-high level of carbonation. Good looking APA.

Smell: Some biscuity and caramel malts peek through, but this beer is all about the Citra. Nice dank citrus presence really dominates here. Melon and mango also detected.

Taste: Nice caramel malt backbone detected up front, probably more prevalent on the palate than on the nose. Lots of mango, citrus, and dankness mid palate and back end. Extremely nice. Not really any bitterness to speak of, but I'm definitely one that favors citrus presence over bitterness in my hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Fairly dry finish. Nice. Overall, I'm definitely a fan of this beer. Quite tasty, and it probably drinks even less than 5.5% ABV. Very sessionable. This is one of those beers I should have in my fridge at all times; if only it came in 6 packs.

Photo of Somebody_Else
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this because the guy at my favorite store said "Yes," and "It was brewed less than a week ago."

Entirely satisfied. I was hesitant because of the low alcohol, but I have no regrets and I think that 5.5% might be low...

I don't know how to judge beer appearance, but there is some cloudiness to the brew. Golden honey/amber. I poured with average gusto and it produced a 1-inch cream-colored head which slowly faded to nothing. Lacing was inconsequential.

The original smell was floral and citrus with not a lot of pine. Eventually the smell dissipated to a large degree. While it was there it was great.

The taste was balanced and full and stayed consistent for the duration of the bomber. I rate this a full success. The after-taste (mouth-feel?) was rich and kept me recycling the fumes between drinks.

I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of dannydetox
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time with this brew. Pours a golden yellow color with a small head that faded fast. light lacing left on the sides of my pint, with medium bubbles persisting. initial aroma redolent of citrus, pineapple hops. something piney on the back end after imbibing. i appreciate the dryness of this brew; nice to enjoy a mid 5 ABV pale ale with a bitter, dry edge like this one. outstanding? no, but pretty damn tasty.

Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a murky honey color, tones of copper and gold with a soapy white head, about a finger and half high, that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing behind. The citra has a great effect on the nose, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, wildflower, sweet honey and berry with biscuity malted grain at the finish. The flavors aren't as distinct as the nose, the citrus is much lighter as well as the floral components, but still there, with a much more dominant focus on the malt that is lightly sweet and much breadier than the nose led on. The body is nice, coats the mouth well yet not too thick and big for a pale ale, light carbonation keeps things lively and it finishes with a soft creamy touch.

Verdict: A very solid, sessionable pale ale from El Segundo. The nose is wonderful but it falls short on the tongue. That being said, this is a great pale ale from an up and coming brewery, and one of my favorite options on draft in the LA area.

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Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.