Citra Pale Ale - Free Will Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -10%
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.
07-14-2013 06:26:49 | More by RblWthACoz
3.46/5 rDev -1.1%
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!
06-17-2013 01:50:12 | More by WissBrauSean
3.66/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
06-15-2013 07:16:04 | More by DrDemento456
3.36/5 rDev -4%
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.
06-01-2013 02:05:52 | More by garuda
2.85/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
05-23-2013 00:23:34 | More by dennarb
3.01/5 rDev -14%
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.
04-30-2013 02:36:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Citra Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.