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Citra Pale Ale - Free Will Brewing Company

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Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 137
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:
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(Beer added by: haazer on 01-28-2012)
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2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A slow pour from a chilled bottle resulted in a three inch head - really! Use a very large glass and take your time. The head does settle down to a half inch in a few minutes. The color is a somewhat cloudy yellow. The nose is kind of a combination of grapefruit and bread. The taste is crisp without being refreshing - an unusual feat. Non-IPA pale ales usually have a more complementary balance of hops and malt. The malt is pretty laid back and the citra dry hops dont seem well integrated into the beer. Free Will is a local small brewery so I really wanted to like their pale ale, but it just didn't do much to convince me to try a second bottle.

dennarb, May 23, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer is beautiful. Burnt orange with a nice white foamy head. The aroma opens up with a big hit of metal, followed by cereal grains, faint orange, some lime and some tropical fruit. I do not smell citra hops, or a lot of any hop for that matter...very boring aroma.
The taste isn't much better, starts off pretty bitter, like chewing on the pith of an orange. Some light sweet citrus flavors and some pale malt. Has a decent mouth feel, but nothing special. Overall I am a bit disappointed. There is no date on the bottle, however the bottle shop where I got it is not one to let old beer sit out. Didn't even finish the bottle.

chefjack428, Mar 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Free Will Brewing Company Citra Pale Ale
12 oz. bottle. The code on the bottom of the bottle reads "2532 A1 1322" but I think that may just be a bottle manufacturer code.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden body that appears orange-ish where the yeast is heavier. The last half ounce of the pour left yeast suspended at the top, dropping down towards the bottom in streams, giving the look of a jellyfish floating in the glass. Perhaps I should have carefully decanted it first, or even swirled the yeast before I poured it. The fairly dense white head holds fairly well before dropping and becoming shorter but more creamy. Lacing is slightly better than average.

Smell: Yeasty, and overly so. It smells like home brew. Perhaps I've got a bad batch...? I find some oxidized malt and a hint of citrus rind. Certainly, the Citra hops don't shine. Not very inviting.

Taste: The taste is better than the aroma, but I still find the oxidized malt and heavy yeast distracting. Some Citra hops do come through, with a little bit of tropical fruit and citrus (mainly pineapple), and a hint of spruce in the lingering finish. Overall it seems kind of woody. Fairly well-balanced with a solid 50 or 60 IBU thump.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp, standard carbonation at about 2.6 volumes. Some astringency.

Overall: I hate to make a decision based on one six-pack, but first impressions do count, and this one drops the ball. With that said, I think I owe them at least a second chance and now I'll have to find more of this, hopefully on tap, to make a final decision. As it stands I have to give this one a thumbs down. The basic recipe may be good, but production flaws fail it immensely.

NeroFiddled, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of BWED
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Hazy gold with an off white head: foamy and one finger. Some thick lacing but not much of it.

S- Biscuity with some strong citrus. Almost smells like a citrus scone.

T- Strong malt character, with a dull citrus bitterness, a little grapefruit.

M- Quite light, and the dull bitterness hangs around. Moderate carbonation.

O- Only okay. I was expecting a big hop profile, especially since the bottle states that Citra, Simcoe, and Warrior are used. But in all honest, I just got a lot of malt. It doesn't taste bad, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

BWED, Mar 27, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Were citra hops harmed in the making of this beer? Unfortunately, the answer is pretty much a yes. Dark and almost muted citrus abound on this one. Doesn't really give the tone that I'd want, if this really is a citra hopped beer. Carbonation is kind of full. Eh. This doesn't really work as a citra hopped pale ale. Have had much better.

RblWthACoz, Jul 14, 2013
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Citra Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.