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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: 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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Photo of dcolatriano
3.5/5  rDev 0%

dcolatriano, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a big billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of malt and citrus. The malty smells are of a biscuit, bready, and grainy smell. The citrus is mainly of a lemon but contains some notes of orange sweetness as well. Along with these aromas are some lighter grassy hop smells giving it a rather balanced pale ale smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready taste that has a light amount of orange and caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances, the caramel is lost with the bready flavor taking on a more cracker like taste. While the caramel fades, more and more lemon tastes come to the tongue along with a grassy and pine hop flavor. These flavors along with a little bit of a lemongrass and grapefruit coming to the tongue, together leave a nice blend of bitter and malty flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the thinner to medium side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. The feel is quite nice for the drinkability and the blend of malt and hop; producing a smooth and flavorful easy drinker.

Overall – A nice flavorful and rather balanced pale ale. The blend of malt, hops and the smooth feel create a very nice drinking brew.

Darkmagus82, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Stout_Combo
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Stout_Combo, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
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
Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

johnnnniee, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

claspada, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of CraftBeerGuild
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

CraftBeerGuild, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3/5  rDev -14.3%

ryser2k, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Houser
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Houser, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev 0%

whatname, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of WissBrauSean
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was highly carbonated, hazy and gold out of the bottle with a huge white head and frothy lacing.

The aroma is definitely citrus and hoppy but not overly so with some pale sweet malts and a hint of bread.

I'm getting a citrus like bitterness with some pale malt sweetness underneath and finishing a little piney. The carbonation is the first thing to hit your tongue bringing out some bitterness immediately then the malts are pretty apparent mid way through and then the bittering takes hold near the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, a little slick, and the finish dry but the carbonation is hot. It's a bit overcarbonated.

The beer is fairly hoppy, but only a bit more than a perfect balance, the carbonation is a little too much and the mouthfeel a little slippery. All in all, it's good. A few tweaks here and there and this is going to be a great beer! I like the hop profile! 3.5 out of 5!

WissBrauSean, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of BeerChanticleer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

BeerChanticleer, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle for 3 bucks. I was intrigued since I love homer beers (PA brewed) and heard great things of citra pale ales.

A - Somewhat cloudy for a pale ale, but still retains the golden yellow look. I for one could use less carbonation since this required multiple pours just to get it into a pint glass. When settled the head was pillow like and rather impressive.
S - Well you got your bready crack malts, mild sweet malts, and just a massive dose of dry hopping but it never does get too intimidating which is nice.
T+M - Well as others said it's rather crisp but not very balanced (refreshing) The body seems a bit muddled making for sort of hard drinking. I did like the hops in this since when cold it seemed to have a orange skin hop bitterness but when warmed it reminded me of piney IPA bitterness. Not bad.

Overall I never heard of these guys and according to the site they are a little over a year old. I really wanted to love this beer but it could totally use more balance (hops to malt) and maybe a touch less carbonation could make this a great pale. I would love to try there other stuff I hear they make an imperial brown ale.

DrDemento456, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of parkwood
3/5  rDev -14.3%

parkwood, Jun 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

cdmillard, Jun 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

scottbrew4u, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Blaze5445, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of garuda
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden, hazed, white head has decent retention and lacing.

S/T - Wet, leafy hops. Sweet, bready malts mid palate, finishing bitter with some grapefruit flesh and pine bitterness.

M - A little heavy for style and abv. finishes mostly clean, not very crisp.

O - Not getting as much tropical fruit goodness from the citra hops. A little heavy for an APA, not something that entices me to keep drinking more.

garuda, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of dennarb
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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

touchmeimsac, May 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

justforrazors, May 10, 2013
Photo of muletrane
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

muletrane, May 09, 2013
Photo of jackrodgers77
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

jackrodgers77, May 03, 2013
Citra Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.