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Citra Pale Ale - El Segundo Brewing Company

Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%


Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 02-15-2012)
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rawfish

California

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:27:46 | More by rawfish
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Wolberjs

California

3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 19:37:39 | More by Wolberjs
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:09:53 | More by gueuzedreg
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RaulMondesi

California

3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 07:55:01 | More by RaulMondesi
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 05:57:49 | More by laituegonflable
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goldendenizen

California

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:22:21 | More by goldendenizen
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:14:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
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AgentMunky

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:47:01 | More by AgentMunky
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DoubleJ

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 04:30:42 | More by DoubleJ
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pkalix

California

4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:16:42 | More by pkalix
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Hendry

Vermont

4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 04:06:17 | More by Hendry
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zhanson88

California

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:40:59 | More by zhanson88
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Somebody_Else

California

4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:11:53 | More by Somebody_Else
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dannydetox

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 02:24:51 | More by dannydetox
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kevanb

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:54:54 | More by kevanb
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wethorseblanket

California

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just bottled and this is the first review.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and thin cap leaving rings and spotty lace.

N: Duh, citrus (grapefruit, tangerine), peach, trace green apples, floral and herbal with a bit of a dank weedy note.

T: More pine than citrus fruits with some faint catty/soapy/onion thing going on.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Mildly dry and bitter finish.

O: Very nice pale ale with the aroma rising above the flavor. Well done Rob.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:34:33 | More by wethorseblanket
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mactrail

California

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a handsome amber color in the glass. Nicely carbonated with a decent foam on the brew. The body is fairly thin as you'd expect in a Pale ale.

Very fragrant with some piney scents.Flavors of browned biscuits with a resiny smack. Overall this is sharp but pleasing. I am running out of hop adjectives, but the citrus tastes are also in evidence. A very workmanlike Pale Ale that has a wealth of hop flavors. Plenty bitter in the aftertaste but thoroughly drinkable.

On tap at the Monkey Paw bar in San Diego.

06/15/2013 update: Had this in the bottle and liked it even better. "Double Dry Hopping" is the gimmick, but it's a great hop flavor, warm and toasty with a resiny darkness and a satisfying bitter aftertaste. Tangy with plenty of citrus peel taste. Among the best APAs I've had this year.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 05:44:19 | More by mactrail
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ElSid

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#65

On-tap at Westside Tavern

A: Hazy orange-yellow California sunshine in a glass with a white head of foam. The lace is thick and laces the glass after a good amount of time.

S: The nose is beautiful and fresh with orange zest, peach and pineapple along with pine and herbal aromatics. There is also some honey sweetness lingering the back.

T: The nose is misleading with little fruit up-front which is mostly citrusy which quickly transitions to a clean bitterness with notes of pine and flowers. The malt is in the middle; crackers, bread, and honey ending in a dry and faintly peppery finish.

M: Medium bodied with ample linger and carbonation. There is some chewiness which brings some interest to the palate.

O: A brew with a promising nose which fails to translate to the palate. The fruit fails to come through culminating in a brew with little complexity or interest. This style has failed to grow on the West Coast with most breweries focusing on the IPA and DIPA market. I hope breweries will soon rise to the occasion and create flavorful ales in the low to mid ABV range.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 04:25:24 | More by ElSid
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, slight tropical fruit, and malt. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 02:32:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Naja's Place

Thought I was drinking an American IPA until I hit BA.

Beautiful looking beer (maybe it's the West coast sunset shining through the glass).... very cloudy gold-to-orange body with tons of lacing

Citrusy and floral aromas - navel orange peel with a hint of grapefruit

Full bodied mouthfeel given the ABV and style - packed with flavor. Refreshing and citrusy. Sweet orange juice, decent amount of pink grapefruit. Rich for the style - love it.

Really glad I gave this puppy a shot. When in So Cal, seek this one out!

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 01:25:21 | More by BeerImmediately
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ehammond1


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA
Brewbies Festival 2012

Slightly hazed orange and amber with a small off-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.

The aroma on this beer is simply beautiful. There's tons of tropical, pineapple, and citrusy orange and grapefruit characteristics erupting from the glass, certainly due to the Citra hops. Awesome. Everyone I handed my glass to marveled at the aroma.

The flavor isn't as successful, though still above average. This is obviously a generously hopped American pale ale, but most of that hop presence comes in the way of general bitterness, as most of the tropical fruit characteristic is lost.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

The incredible aroma can't quite carry this above average pale ale to greatness, though I'd be more than happy to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 03:35:11 | More by ehammond1
Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.