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Citra Pale Ale | El Segundo Brewing Company

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Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ehammond1 on 02-15-2012

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 237
Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ElSid
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.