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Citra Pale Ale - El Segundo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

largadeer, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Gatordaddy, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

scottiethebody, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

Hendry, Jul 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

cletusdog, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

drgonzo2k2, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of JasonFromLA
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JasonFromLA, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of zhanson88
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

zhanson88, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Resuin, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DarthKostrizer, Jun 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Rosanne, Jun 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mattvandyk, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BGsWo22, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Alduya, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ShanePB, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

eulerthegrape, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

HedleyLamar, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BeerBeast, May 16, 2013
Photo of Somebody_Else
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

Somebody_Else, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Wowcoolman, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TurdFurgison, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Drock325, May 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

bruindre, May 04, 2013
Photo of dannydetox
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

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
Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.