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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beer2day on 03-12-2012

BEER STATS
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85
Ratings:
686
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
30.95%
 
 
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Photo of Squunk
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very big fan of IPA's and our server told us Thirsty Dog had come out with an entry in this category. Tried the Citra Dog and absolutely loved it. It reminded me of some of the Sierra Nevada brews like Ruthless Rye. Has a bit of a grapefruit note, but not overpowering. Overall this was a smooth IPA, which is a bit of a trick in itself. Has a hoppy bite without being harsh. Definitely recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a 22 oz. nonic glass

A- Poured a clear copper color, some visible carbonation, frothy white head left lots of chunky lace

S- Some pineapple, peach, and citrusy notes. Nice aroma, just not very strong

T- Huge pineapple, peach, mango, and citrusy hops. Some honey and wheat like notes. Very juicy and tropical, this highlights Citra hops very well.

M- Prickly carbonation, very dry, very refreshing, medium body.

O- Thirsty Dog really hit this IPA out of the park. One of the best IPAs and use of Citra hops (a personal favorite) that I have had. A very juicy and tropical fruit forward IPA with minimal bitterness.

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Photo of quincybsilas
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 of the best IPA's i've ever had. not too hopped. great smell, flavor. perfect pine, citrus character. gotta try on draft again to compare. great summer beer. bit pricey, but i'm cheap. comparable to headhunter and nano's citramax. aftertaste is a bit weak. tried hard to think of a flaw.

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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 Ksoden1186
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Very smiler to Zombie Dust. If you can't find ZD, and even in Indiana it is next to impossible, you should definitely pick this up.

Pours a nice golden hue, about a finger of head, and leaves a nice lacing on glass.

Aroma is very nice. Citrus and just a bit of piney bitterness.

Hoppy taste right off the bat with some wonderful citrus notes. Smooth and very drinkable. A wonderful, thick mouth feel.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, and a wonderful substitute for ZD.

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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 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 hustlesworth
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- clear light amber with an amazing sticky off white head. Incredible amount of drippy lace.

S- pungent grapefruit aroma with a hint of pine and pitch tar. Subtle notes of lemon and mandarin lay over biscuit like malt.

T- loads of hop flavor without a whole lot of bitterness. Toasted grapefruit and pine tar with some burnt orange peel. Bready malt provides a solid backbone with a hint of sweetness.

MF- on the lighter side with zesty bubbles.

D- highly drinkable IPA. Thirsty dog kickin ass again.

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Photo of screamking
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours a very light amber, with a small 1 finger white head. Great lacing. 3.75

Aroma-very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Some dank pine also seeping through. Truly a great smelling IPA. 4.25

Taste-lots of bitterness, grapefruit with its peel, overripe pineapple. Malts seem to be a little over whelmed with the hops. This beer is about the bitter punch you get on the front of the tongue, after that fades it has a tough time coming up with more flavor. 4.5

Feel-medium body, ABV is low and non existent, this whole reeks havoc on your palate, mucho bitter. 4

Overall-this has all of the flavors of a DIPA and is more bitter than most I've had recently. It packs a hell of a punch for $11 bucks a sixer and under 7 ABV. I am really digging this one, not sure if its a year round or a one off, but I need to get my hands on more. 4.5

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$2.75 bottle from Abe's.

Got to love a beer with Krypto on the label.

Golden orange body that glows on the outside, chill haze at the center. Three fingers of micro-bubbly pure white foam. No initial lacing.

Huge inviting aroma of grapefruit, orange, mango, and assorted other citrus.

Small malt footprints. An orchard of juicy fruit. Big bitter bite that lingers on and on. I might still taste this in the morning. And like it.

Light-medium mouthfeel with tickles he tongue.

Really like this. Will look for this again.

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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 hail_seitan
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into brandy glass

A - A golden dandelion body with a fantastically frothy white head. Ample lacing.

S - Characteristic Citra hop smell. The mix of bright citrus, fresh flowers, dank hemp, and onion. Not overpowering, but still crisp and pleasant.

T - Much like the smell, the vitrus, floral, dank, and savory flavors complement a light, biscuity malt backbone. The balance is superb, as the honey notes from the malt perfectly accent the citrus and flower from the hops. The finish has a refined bitterness and citrus.

M - The mouthfeel is creamy and bready. Carbonation is spot-on.

O - With a relative abundance of citra hop brews out there, this one is quite good. I have never had Zombie Dust, but this is probably the second best I have sampled after Tree House Eureka. I had a Citra Mantra immediately following the Citra Dog and the Thirsty Dog was the far superior ale. Glad I picked this up on my trip to Asheville!

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Photo of brewtus
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into tulip. Pours light orange with a two finger, fairly dense head. Smell is tons of citra hops, west coast style, lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, orange. Taste leads off with lots of tropical fruit, pine, slightly bready, some peppery spice on the back of the tongue, it finishes pretty bitter and dry. The taste of this is very good and I was pumped to see a citra focused beer from TD. Very refreshing, very west coast, very enjoyable. Get a six pack, no need to try just a single .

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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 neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, light to medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/4 of an inch thick with good lacing. Aromas of citrus, floral, dank pine hops followed by some biscuit malty mild sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same, with nice citrusy, grapefruit, resinous, piney, floral hop flavors upfront that give way to some biscuity, bready, mild malt sweetness. The hop flavor certainly does dominate, but this beer is not overly bitter. The other aforementioned aspects of the hop profile have quite a nice presence. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and creamy and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes clean with a bit of a dry aftertaste. Very drinkable and refreshing on this very warm spring night here in Cleveland.

Eric

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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh, this is a cool one. It starts with a cool label. Citra the super dog. It opens and pours to a pretty, clear yellow with a lot of lace. Very good. The aroma is good and strong and a little unusual. Those citra hops are showing.

The taste is as outstanding as it is original. I have never had an AIPA that had this much character but still was balanced and easy drinking. I might have under rated it.

It's bitter up front and continues into the aftertaste, but it is an unusual bitter. The things they did to make this single hop brew were worth the effort.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light amber with a massive head and lacing that retains very well. The nose is a blend of tropical citrus notes and grapefruit over a toasted malt background sweetness. Almost medium bodied with a slick texture approaching creamy. Slightly above average carbonation level with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is a well balanced blend of citra hop flavor and bitterness over an underlying toasted malt sweetness. It begins with the citrus flavors, progresses to a citrus and grapefruit rind bitterness that is mellowed by a toasted sweetness. Quite nice. Nice smooth finish that leads as slightly sweet then flows into a nice citrus bitterness that lingers just the right amount along with a bit of tartness. This dog can hunt.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no freshness info) into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is a nice hazy honey color with about a finger of fluffy white head. It's thin and dissipates quickly, but does leave some nice lacing. The nose has that unmistakable aroma of citra hops: sweet oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and ripe peaches.

The beer has a body just on the light side of medium and has a nice, pleasant hop character that's not overly aggressive. You get some toast and marmalade flavors up front and then a nice wave of lemon and orange rind, but you can still taste that malt sweetness underneath. The finish is quite dry and leaves a lingering orange and lemon rind flavor behind. Very appetizing beer.

I am disappointed in this beer. Not that there's anything wrong with it, I'm disappointed I only bought a single and not a 6-pack (see what I did there?). I might have to rectify that tomorrow when I visit the beer store again. This is a nice IPA with some really good, fruity bitterness. That's the kind I like. It kind of reminds me of Schlafly's Tasmanian IPA, only with a bit more sweetness underneath and a touch more body.

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Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Their doesn't seem to be any dating on the bottle but I picked up this six pack at a very reputable craft beer seller so i'm hoping it was relatively fresh, or as fresh as Ohio beer can be in Maine.

Color is great, light orange, medium head with great lacing.

So the label talks a big game about the massive amount of citrus and melon scent and taste. Maybe I've lost all sense of smell and taste but i'm not getting much of either. I hoped for Sculpin "like" aroma and i'm not getting it.

That said, this is still a very good IPA. i'd certainly buy this again.

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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 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.
3.5/4.75/3.5/4/4.25
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 inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Summer '13
Founders Doom glass

A: Slight chill haze. A lighter colored orange. Thin layer of bright white that faded quickly. Carbonation is fine.

S: Definitely smelling that Citra blast. Big fruity notes: orange and tangerine. Mango. Some sweet malts behind it. Doesn't smell overly bitter.

T: Bitterness right up front on the tip of the tongue. That grows on you during the sip and elongates. Again, delicious Citra hop fruitiness. Citrus, tropical fruit, juicy fruit bubble gum, etc. There is a little bit of sweet malt but or the most part this is a hop bomb. Finish is dry and bitter.

M: This is more medium bodied than their described "full".

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Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Looks nice golden yellow body, slight haze, small frothy white head which retained throughout.

Smell was all about sweet fruity hops. Very inviting.

Taste was what you would expect from the smell, mostly grapefruity hops, a fresh and sparkling beverage indeed.

Mouhtful was slightly off putting in that the grapefruit taste never left the mouth. I had to take a 15 minute break to take care of "stuff", and the grapefruit did not diminsh one bit. Now, I like grapefruit, but can imaging it would take some serious palate cleansing before moving on to something different. Mouth was a bit dry as well.

Having said that, overall a very tasty beer for the summer months. Thank you Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thirsty Dog
Citra Dog

LOOK: Pours a light golden orange with a dense head consisting of tiny bubbles. Really retains well and leaves rings of lace on the pint.

AROMA: Citrus, pine, a bit of pineapple. A bit of herb.

TASTE: Firm bitterness with lots of earth, pine and dirty citrus notes. Some mango and lemon are in the flavor profile as well, cut early by intense bitterness stinging the palate. This pale ale is trademark citra all the way.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp and refreshing. It also coats the palate with hop oils, this is a hopped up ale for certain. Doesn't hold the carbonation well, which makes for a slicker than standard feel.

OVERALL: Another great American IPA featuring the Citra hop, which has become increasingly popular due to its intense tropical flavor and solid bittering properties. One of the best beers made by Thirsty Dog to hit the market in quite some time.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright light peachy color with extreme clarity and a shimmering head of white.

Ah... a showcase of the finest Citra! Maybe a little mild in the poignancy, but the aromas are right. Mango, orange, lemon/lime, and pink grapefruit. Malts are pale, lightly sweet, and mercy mild. Fruity nose, all thanks to the single hop. Great stuff, so far.

Citra Dog pulses with both tropical/citrus fruit notes and tangy leafiness. A rounder fleshy flavor conjures up notes of tart peach and balsa wood. Mild bitterness, which cuts down on the idea of hoppiness, but this beer has a wallop of hop flavors. Candy-like in taste, but not sweet. Not dry, either. Malts keep things supple while the hops supply the acidic tang. Tart berry notes, not forgotten. Great combination of flavors going on.

Remarkably light, despite featuring more languidity than carbonation. A purist might consider this almost syrupy, but the body doesn't stretch that far. In my opinion, a tad above watery. Nothing exceptional in feel, but the rest of the beer's qualities are standout.

A wonderful single-hop IPA with all of the nuances of good Citra hopping.

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Citra Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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