Citra Dog
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #4,372
Ranked #21,814
3.82 | pDev: 10.99%
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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Photo of DrBeergood
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. Lumpy lacing, little bit of nimbus going on, but that should be an indication to you that your brew is doing work.

Smells strong and hoppy. Like it's 100 IBUs (after checking it's 95 IBU). But the taste, wow. 100% excellent. Hop heaven. Nailed the citrus notes very well.

The most comparable beer I can think of this is White Rajah from Brewkettle. It's a mid-strength, hop forward IPA with no extra bullcrap.

Wonderful brew.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information in evidence.
A: Pours a hazy, golden-brown color with a white, quarter inch head, with minimal retention, and limited lacing.
S: Somewhat floral bouquet, but more characterized by aromas of lemon, tobacco, spice, and grain.
T: Flavors of lemon, tobacco, and unrefined grains. Bitterness predominates at back end and lingers overly long in peppery aftertaste. Not well balanced and too much aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied.
O: Bitterness too peppery with limited malty offset and without being quite satisfying. Wouldn't try again.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For an IPA, this is really smooth and light. Hops are a tad fainter and lighter than I like, but I can't at all complain because the flavor of this beer is great and its smooth as hell to drink. Malt and bitterness is well balanced. Beautiful damn lace in that glass too. Overall a pretty good beer that if more available I'd drink as a regular beer, as its damn drinkable.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Golden/amber. Clear with a white head that faded fast and left some lacing.

S---Grapefruit, orange--as advertised.

T---Fruity & full of citrus. Grapefruit and orange again.

F---quenching and clean. Not as much carbonation as I would have liked.

O---A pretty good IPA. Not a top of the line one, but I'd certainly have another.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a sly golden yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a decent pace to fill a one finger white foamy head. Light fizz. But a balanced foamy/bubbly lace. The aroma starts with the citra bitter to sweet hops with a touch of grassiness and then a balancing malt backbone. The flavor leaves a little bit to be desired with the citrusy aromas to taste slightly burnt with lack of zing. Malty biscuity to caramel tones. Earthy to citrusy and bready aftertaste with a mild crisp finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Mild carbonation. ABV feels effective, fine. Overall, weird AIPA. Though I didn’t see a date, my cohort said it was fresh thus my numbers. Unsure if I would come back to.

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Photo of KMelby
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Darker than most pale ales. Very clear amber colour. Smelling you can expect the citrus in there but also accompanied by a tinge of hops. Taste is even better.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of durwood64
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I hope this was just an old six pack. Taste was like an old stale import. I know thirsty dog can make good beer, but what i just tasted was not good.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, no visible date. DFH tulip.

A: pours a light hazy gold with lots of carbonation and a half finger of bubbly white head. Pretty decent lacing, with islands of bubbles remaining.

S: pretty faint on aroma; faint lemon peel and mild hints of sweet citrus with a crackery malt base. Sweet navel orange smell increases as it warms.

T: arrives pretty dry and crisp cracker malty, a little lemon peel and pine on the middle, with a pretty bitter but not excessive ending. A very west coast style lighter, drier IPA. Distinct Citra taste, for sure. Citrus taste increases as it warms, perhaps a little mandarin orange. More citrus reasserts itself on the finish, with a lingering hoppy lime sensation under the tongue.

M: medium to light-bodied, slightly slick, but pretty active carb keeps it refreshing. Slight lingering hop, but fairly clean.

O: reminds me a lot of Jackie O's Mystic Mama, but that is both hoppier and crisper. Also like Land-Grant's Glory, but without wheat. I can see the parallel to Zombie Dust, but don't think it is anywhere as crisp or fragrant. I could definitely see myself enjoying this again, though it is not one that I am going to seek out.

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Photo of eskildow
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear, pale amber that is quite attractive in the light. Minimal head. The smell is rich and malty. If you like hops, you will definitely enjoy the flavour, as it is as strong as a kick in the face.

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Photo of seedyone
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at home. May have had a date on the bottom, but was indecipherable.

Intriguing, billowy, foamy head that settled to light lacing. Assertive citrus in the aroma with a side of some fruity funk. Very clean finish on the palate with a low back that thickened as it warmed.

Having been completely wowed by the Citradelic earlier this summer, this brew had it's work cut out to out do New Belgium. It was good, but didn't reach the high water mark I had in mind.

I'd definitely pick it up again, but not a whole 6er, just a one off for variety in a session.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Salena's Mexican Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a lighter amber orange, with a one and a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like caramel and bready malt, and a bit of kind of stale grapefruit.

I'm not sure if this is old, or just bad, or just both- because this is really not doing it for me. It's quite malty, with a weird and bad astingency on the finish, and not enough grapefruit or other fruity hoppiness to balance this one out.

This medium bodied, fairly crisp, but not all that drinkable.

Pretty disappointing stuff from Thirsty Dog. I expect better.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Citra Dog Brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.50% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color, with a nice white head. This brew has the look of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Citra dog is rich with hops, citrus , grains , and malts. There is also some bitterness from the citrus. Citra Dog is a real inviting brew, now for the taste. The taste of Citra Dog is bold with hops, grains, and malts. You pick up a hit of grapefruit in the taste of this brew. Citra Dog has a nice smooth balance to it, even the hops and citrus are nicely done in this brew. There is nothing really overpowering about this brew. You really can't pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew , it just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Citra Dog is Bold , smooth, clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Citra Dog a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company , did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citra Dog | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with web-like lacing, and a clear straw gold/amber body.

I smell not quite much citrus-y hops as the label implies, but still a noticeable element thrown in there along with the malts used with this concoction. The higher ABV isn't detectable just by the smell alone; which I consider a plus ;)

Tastes like a very well-executed balance of the components described above with an overall hop oil bitterness that is trying its best to linger on the tongue, but it goes away after about 2-3 more breaths that help ventilate the palate.

The mouthfeel I'm getting with this brew is light and very crisp. Mild carbonation as well.

Overall, I'll rate Citra Dog | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company with a 4.5. As most other BA's have noted, including myself in the "smell" discipline of the review, this could use a fair amount of extra Citra hops to really and truly live up to our expectations as beer geeks. Besides that little qualm, its a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft, in a shaker pint glass

Clear golden, foamy white head. Nice citrus and lemon hop aroma. Minimal malt flavor, the hops dominate. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2-27-16 - On cask at Spotted Pig in Greenwich Village, NYC. Pumped into dimpled pineapple mug. Light straw yellow with frothy white head that clung to the inside of the glass. Super smooth and tasty.

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Photo of Philguay92
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color. Smell is of awesome citrus fruits as normally present with Citra hops. Taste is not too sophisticated with a basic citrus hop taste but nothing powerful. Solid mouthfeel and finish. Reminds me more of a regular pale ale than an IPA. Solid beer for fans of citra hops.

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Photo of dleigh
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden IPA. Plenty of head. Nice hoppy smell with some citrus. Not a lot of fruit, though, and I would expect more with a citra IPA. Crisp, bitter, and refreshing taste. Nice refreshing carbonation.

I don't see a date on the bottle, so I'm not sure how fresh it is--maybe would be amazing if fresh, but I cannot be sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

definitely not the best use of citra hops I can think of, and because of the hype some of their beers carry, I expected quite a bit more out of this one. its a fine brew, nothing wrong with it really, just not really anything special. surprised to see it called an ipa, I see it much more as a pale ale. almost no hop bitterness on the back end of this, or rather enough malt flavor to balance what is there, and not anywhere near as much citra as I wish their was. I can tell its citra, but they seem faded out to me, like this is old, but it isn't. lost maybe in a slightly metallic sea of grain. maybe not dosed highly enough, maybe not much of a dry hopping. the beer seems to me to be a little over balanced, cautious or something. not bad, just uninspiring. I picked this up as a single with a bunch of other beers from these guys, and I hope that the others impress a bit more. apparently newly distributed to the upstate New York area, I suspect their beers will sell pretty well here, but this one did not live up to its full potential...

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Photo of Sabtos
2.79/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is one of those beer styles I'm not a big fan of right now. Bitter pineyness is something I can't tolerate and it's a bit sharp even though I do get some faint citrus notes occasionally.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger fluffy white head. Retention is minimal, but lacing is excellent. The aroma is where this beer really shines. Huge amounts of citrus fruits, most notably tangerine, orange and grapefruit bursts out of the glass. The taste is similar, very citrus forward, but the malt and bitterness on the back end kind if muddle it up. Feel is light and crisp, good carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer, but could be better. Also note that citra hops are far and away my favorite, so my rating may be a little skewed.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lemon golden color. Has a mild aroma of citrus. Flavor is citrus hops with some balancing maltiness. Very smooth to drink. A solid beer overall

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Photo of snaotheus
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Brought to me by the refulgent @mr-jj. No dates that I can see.

Pours hazy golden with a big head that dissipates at a medium pace. Medium to low carbonation, an odd juxtaposition with the big head. Smell is a bit o' cat pee, which I don't usually recognize as cat pee, so it's probably pretty strong. Still fairly citrus, a little fresh grass.

Taste is mild -- soft, round, malty. It would make for a nice pale ale, but it's a little mild for an IPA. Some resiny characteristic, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is velvety. Overall, not bad at all.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle brought back from NYC.

Pours a straw color with a thin white head. Aroma is some citrus, some hay. Fairly muted. Flavor is okay - more malty than I expected. Overall, it's okay and I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of caahare
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't find a legible date or code anywhere but i get the vibe that this is a very old bottle. I really wish Thirsty Dog would start dating there stuff.

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Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 720 ratings