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Citra Pale Ale - El Segundo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 02-15-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

flexabull, Sep 24, 2013
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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


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.

ElSid, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Lofreqwave, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

virinow, May 01, 2013
Photo of 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.

ehammond1, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JasonFromLA, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Varkias41, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dertyd, Sep 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

PhaseID, Aug 04, 2014
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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.

dannydetox, May 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

StoutItOutLoud, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nage37, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

GRG1313, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

apasternak, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

waddellc2, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

TrojanRB, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

g_jenkins, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Booner818, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

crownrl28, May 22, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

LoFiDave, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

cdean801, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Vlaminck, Feb 24, 2014
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Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.