Citra Dog | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beer2day on 03-12-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
680
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
30.95%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
147
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 680
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of dark golden coin coloring. It holds a two finger head of soapy, khaki colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Thick sheets of cratered lacing are left around the glasses as it recedes as a slower pace. No haze or sediment cuts clarity, and carbonation appears to be light and slow. The aroma gives surprisingly vigorous pale, chalky, rye, and lightly wheaty grain base, with piney, citric, and herbal hop varietals, burnt rubbers, foamy plastics, light clove spice sweetness, dandelion and sunflower leafiness, faint alcohols, green bark resins, and light adjuncty grain. Our first impression is that there is nice hoppiness throughout, but the grain becomes quite gritty by the end, taking a bit away from the overall picture. As we sip, the taste opens with rye, amber, and pale maltiness, metallic tins, chalky yeast, brightly citric hops, cornbread stuffing, acorn nuttiness, walnut shell, floral leafiness, and tannic lemon teas. The middle comes to a peak with dandelion flower blossom bitterness, dirty unfiltered wheaty airs, alcohols, gravel, mineral, chalked yeastiness, and cedar. The end comes with bright boozy wash, steely rye and straw bite, bittered pistachio nuttiness, honeycomb sweetness, sweaty saltiness, toffee sugars, distant caramel malt toast, and citric, resiny, and floral hops. The aftertaste breathes of booziness, apricot and peach fruitiness, oily hop resins, green grassiness, wheat and pale malts, rock salt, light pilsner malt bitterness, newspaper inkiness, herbal and citric hoppiness, and bittered pine bark. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is light. Each sip confers decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with nicer finishing pop. The mouth is left wet, satiated, and softly coated, with eventual drip into light toasty dryness and warmth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring, and its aroma. These remained pretty equal and comparable throughout, with freshness of hops, and surprising grit, graininess, and depth to the malt bill. The latter, at times, overshadowed the supposed citric hop showcase, giving somewhat of an unbalanced end and after to the tasting. The feel was also rather lackluster, offering little in the way of creaminess or redeeming refreshment. That said, this guy shows pleasant drinkability and goes down easily without much harsh complaining. This may not be the citra bomb you have been waiting for, but it won’t put your palate to sleep.

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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 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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic a dull brass color with a tightly formed lacey half finger white head atop.Aromas seem to be quite sweet and sugary with a big splash of citrusy hops,almost DIPAish in nature to me.Flavors are a citrusy bomb with big sugary sweetness along with caramel,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Wow this is as close to tasting like a DIPA at 6.5% as you can get in my opinion with it's sweetness and hops mixture.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sicilian
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What can be said stellar appearance when you look a the beer and the packaging, however they are jumping on the Citra bandwagon to no avail. First things first IPA is all about the balance between hop flavor, bitterness, and malt balance. This beer lacks cohesion but I'm still interested. The stats are right 95 IBUs, 6.5 abv, but taste it let it coast the palate, appears a beautiful pale copper orange hue slightly off white head leaves fine even bands of lacing no complaints. Nose has big citric notes with swelling herbaceous earthy hops exploding, after that it's minimal malt biscuit notes and pretty one dimensional. Flavor very dank citric and herbal hops providing thoughts of orange peel and marijuana...I'm not a smoker in that regards but the beer speaks for itself. Malts appear in the background a bit of biscuit malt dry finish for sure this beer is a hopheads beer, I enjoy some of the other Citra hopped beers a bit more like White Rajah and Zombie Dust just due to balance but this beer is a true hop assault. Mouthfeel is oily slick with hop resins abound carbonation carries you through the hop swamp carbonation works well at a comfortable level going down with each sip. Overall I'm proud to be drinking another Ohio brewed Citra based IPA!!!

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