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Citra Pale Ale - El Segundo Brewing Company

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87
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 02-15-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Texasfan549, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

GRG1313, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

largadeer, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

mactrail, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

beernads, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Halcyondays, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

drewone, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

DoubleJ, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ShanePB, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TurdFurgison, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

vfgccp, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

laituegonflable, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BGsWo22, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

akang, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

AgentMunky, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bigred89, Jun 24, 2014
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Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.