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Citra Pale Ale - Free Will Brewing Company

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80
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: haazer on 01-28-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

EFR94, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Ecolello87, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

murphius1118, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

pcsnyder, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

wertschy, Dec 08, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +20.6%

themotherculture, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of haazer
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Perk, right down the street from the brewery.

A- A lasting frothy off-white head sits atop the beer and sticks around as you drink. The beer itself is a hazy orange/copper color. Lacing sticks on the glass.

S- Amazing citra profile. Notes of grapefruit, pine needles, grass and some lemon. This is definitely a hop forward beer. Just the slightest hint of underlying pale malts.

T- Again the citra shines through strongly. Big amounts of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon and grassy. The flavor on the backend is a biscuit like malt, and a biting bitterness. For a pale ale this really tastes like an IPA.

M- Lighter side of medium body with a mid level of carbonation. Though this is easy drinking it feels like drinking a big beer.

O- This beer looks, smells, tastes, and drinks like an IPA. The fact they were able to squeeze so much flavor into a 5.5% pale ale is a testament to these guys. In talking with the brewers they mentioned this batch was aggressively hopped, I really hope they don't stray from this recipe. Hats off to Dom and John, and best of luck to them with Free Will.

haazer, Jan 28, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This citra pale ale from a new Bucks county start up is pretty good. Has a rich amber orange hue with excellent carbonation. Head is a good size and dense, but more of a soapy dense.
Aroma is citrusy hops actually quite pungent with a malty backbone.

Taste is good. It's quite hoppy with citrus, herbs and a hints of floral a good malt bill balances out.
feels medium on the palette smooth and a bitter finish. It's pretty assertive.
A pretty good beer with alot of upside. All the beers I've had from this place are all good and worthy of seeking out.

micromaniac129, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Bdel34, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

erialbill, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

brez8791, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

ithinkimasofa, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

tedho21, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

AndrewMichael, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

xnicknj, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

touchmeimsac, May 20, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint: Half-finger of loose, white head over honey-gold body, clear with small, fast nucleation. Head dissipates pretty quickly & leaves a thin cover. Leaves lots of craggy lacing.

Fruity, almost berry-like hops in the aroma, with a balancing, bread-dough kind of sweetness. Hops turn to a mellow, earthy, tea-like character. Subtle & balanced, not overdone.

Nicely assertive hop taste, with some spicy & peppery qualities, just a little zesty sharpness, soon followed by an almost-shandy like citrus/malt interplay, again resembling unsweetened iced tea. Ends with a long, citrus zest bitterness accented by a touch of baked-good sweetness.

Medium-light-bodied, nicely smooth but with just a kick of hop bite.

I've had this several times on tap before & have really enjoyed it. Nothing too spectacular going on here, but a very decent, flavorful pale that could easily become an anytime beer if I had regular access to it.

OneDropSoup, May 28, 2012
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3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would like to have it noted that despite it being from a bottle, I am drinking this beer of my own Free Will!

From the bottle: "We brew to taste, fit to style"; "This is beer. It is brewed with the following types of malted barley: English Pearl, English Light Crystal, American Toasted & German Extra Light Crystal. It is hopped with the following: Warrior, Simcoe, Citra. Dry-hopped with the following: Whole-leaf Citra. Thank you for using your free will to choose ours."; "Citra is a registered trademark of the Hop Breeding Company LLC [&] Warrior & Simcoe are registered trademarks of Select Botanicals Group LLC".

My overzealous pour almost caused an overflow of the glass before I realized what was happening and quickly backed off. Needless to say, I had a massive amount of dense, rocky, tawny head that looked like it might outlast me until it slowly began to fall, leaving some lacing in its wake. Color was a deep, golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and once more, the three stooges, better known as King Midas, Croesus and Mammon, were across the counter from me, fighting for a taste. Nose was pungent with grapefruit hops and my mouth was watering at the prospect of what was to come. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was like I had cut open a Ruby Red grapefruit and was having it for breakfast! Beer - it's what's for breakfast. Please note that this review is taking place at 0806 (Local, EDT). I love the taste of grapefruit and although I do not usually indulge in hard liquor or cocktails, when I do, I have an affinity for a Greyhound or a Salty Dog. Finish is as bitter as I was when The Old Lady and I broke it off. That's not really true. I was hurt, but I am not bitter. This beer, however, ... Man, where do APAs leave off these days and AIPAs pick up?

woodychandler, Oct 19, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi transparent light orange with a small white head that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious citrus with Orange as the standout. Solid base malt of pale malt follows behind. Would like more of a dry hop blast in the nose but not bad.
Taste is of the aromas with an orange blast in the mouth and a mild bit of grainy husk found in the flavor but very restrained.
Mouthfeel is dry, balanced, and refreshing.

weeare138, Feb 15, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Free Will Citra Pale Ale boasts a straw pale yellow ale like color with a very light look. The cap up top is bright white and lasting, nice notches. Great retention. Smell is pale malt up front with citra hop aroma consisting of tropic fruit scents, faint trace of bubblegum. Fair amount of grassy notes. Taste is a nice mix of citra hop with grapefruit, papaya, etc, with pale malt backing. It's not really in your face but a nice blast, It is a pale ale I have to keep reminding myself. Feel is a nice crisp light body with a grassy aftertaste in the long run. Carb is nice, not bitey. Im glad to see some local brewers, boasting their chops, with citra hops none the less. A lot of flavor with not alot of alcohol.

BARFLYB, Jan 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Dawkins, Sep 28, 2013
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Citra Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.