Citra Pale Ale - El Segundo Brewing Company

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87
very good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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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.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of tickingtimebomb
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of Absolut
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of NorthSideSean
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of biertrinkenja
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of heytomcat
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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 leodarko
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jnyerges226
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of scottiethebody
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hendry
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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 cletusdog
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of zhanson88
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Resuin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.