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Citra Pale Ale - Free Will Brewing Co.

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Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: haazer on 01-28-2012

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed dark golden color with a light reddish tinge and with a ¼” white head that soon recedes to a ring and irregular patch of foam on the surface. By about ¼ of the way into the beer there is neither head, foam, nor lacing.

Smell: There is a faint but detectable aroma of light malt with traces of the citric character of the hop mingled in.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by a combination of the light buisquity or grainy character from the malt mingled nicely with the citric flavors from the hops. In background there is a nice bitterness and through out the beer these all remain nicely in balance.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation, just enough to start off prickly but otherwise not much to speak of. By about ¼ of the way through the beer the carbonation is almost non-existent. The finish begins in the initial tastes of the malt and then turns to the bitter background which becomes more prominent and is further back in the mouth over time. Eventually the bitter dominates the citrus which has faded away with the malt.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: As for drinkability this is an ok beer and promises good things for the future as the brewers gain in skill and experience. My overall impression is that at the moment it is like a friend’s home brew. Tasty but with some things lacking to improve its appearance, aroma and flavors.

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Citra Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.