Citra Dog | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beer2day on 03-12-2012

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 692
Photo of SaltofOH
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +13.8%
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 -16.9%
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 +18%
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 +19%
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 +2.6%
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 +10.8%
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 -4%
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 +5.8%
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 -6.6%
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 CNoj012
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 0%
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 -3.2%
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 -8.2%
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 -20.6%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang tasting glass.
Clear yellow, light head.
It smells like Citra! Like, a lot. I love that.
It's more mellow in the taste. Quite malty. The Citra is pleasant. Not overdone.
Really nice pale ale. Drinkable, enjoyable, and pleasant.

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Photo of Beerds
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color seems weak, maybe like a straw color. Smell was a faint IPA smell. Taste is a redeemer though. Was honestly expecting something flat but its got some flavor, maybe a little juicy. Smooth finish with little to no bite and a tad aftertaste. Not bad but not one of my top 10 either.

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Photo of fx20736
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bought a single bottle from AJs Beer Warehouse, July 2015. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel Tulip.

L: Hazy apricot, thick white head, nice lacing.

S: Strong Eucalyptus, nothing else
T: strong herbal bitterness, not much else
F: good, solid
O: getting tired of IPAs

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing more than an OK offering from Thirsty Dog. Try if offered, but don't go out of your way to seek. The citra notes are subdued by what I can only perceive as a lack of overall balance.

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Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one finger thick creamy white head, settles to a thin ring, splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: grassy, tangerine, light biscuit. Taste: grapefruit, orange peel, grassy, dried sugared mango note, more sugary pale malt. Body is really cut by the bitterness, thinning out and finishing a bit chalky. Decent but easily the most disappointing citra IPA I've had.

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Photo of Tilly
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, amber pour with a lacy head.
Funky, skunky, super hoppy, citrus aroma.
Tastes are that of citrus his, sweet, funky pine and bubble gum taste.
Mouth feel is really bitter. Pleasant bitter!
This is a really good modern IPA! WELL done Indianapolis!

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Photo of M_chav
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Cool name/branding, Citra IPAs get my excited. but this left me questioning a lot. Big bitterness through and through, not a particularly pretty pour, murky brown. The beer itself is heavy and malty, and still bitter. kinda rough. No bottled on date, it's possible this may just be an old bottle(?) I hope. Not my Jam

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Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was terrible. Bottom of bottle may have shown a Julian date: 4130, which I'm afraid indicates it's a year old.

Cloudy orange, frothy foam, looks nice enough.

Smell is all gross wet grains, silage, moldy bread.

Taste is sweet then bitter. Caramel malt and dandelion green bitterness. Bleh. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Nothing special, would have to try a fresh sample to re-rate.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; copper colored; 2+ finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: catty;

T: catty as well, although there are tropical fruit and citrus notes in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not the Citra notes I expected;

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