Citra | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 179
Photo of Tucquan
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2017-03-24 in Columbia, PA from a 500ml bottle. No bottled-on date.

A - Mildly-hazy straw-gold with a 3/4-finger head that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S - Mild, sweet, floral and gooseberry. We grew gooseberries in our yard so it is a familiar smell.

T - Gooseberry, honey graham cracker, strawberry (which is probably the lychee nut), pepper, earthy spice and piney bitterness. Finishes very balanced with the fruit and graham cracker present but yielding finally to the bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Feels smooth and substantial. Really nice.

O - The flavors are complex, layered, and really appeal to me. If this were readily available and priced right in Pennsylvania, I'd put it in regular rotation for my sessionable brews.

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Photo of jonb5
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from M&S.

A: Fairly pale, no head, clear.

S: Grapefruit and lime cordial.

T: Lime, wheat and grapefruit, started with a hit of sharpness which gave way a bitter finish.

M: Not much carbonation felt flat, medium body.

O: Tasted very much like it was trying to imitate SNPA, didn’t do a bad job, but not necessarily one to seek out again.

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Photo of drmeto
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-low carbonation visible
-finishes dry
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Good, but i expected more complexity from the use of Citra

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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thin fluffy head with short retention.
Citrusy aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemongrass and lychees.
Likewise flavor with notes of dank grassy and citrusy hops, lemon, grapefruit, musk, lychees, flowers and mild caramel malt. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Assertive, simple and refreshing APA, screams Citra all the way. It went well with this hot afternoon.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold with slightly disappointing head (dirty glass?) and minimal lacing. Nose is fruity citrusy citra. Love dem citra hops, I gotta say. Taste is mildly bitter with a sufficient malt backbone, but is a bit uninspired...average. Initially some sweetness, but finishes dry. Fruittiness innose is muted in flavor. Mouthfeel is appropriate for style. I'd like to try this on cask next time. Overall, a pretty good beer that could be great with a bit more uumph.

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Photo of Spike
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Pale gold appearance. Clear. A few isolated bubbles rising to a one finger creamy head that recedes quickly to a good-looking cap and leaves some lacing.
S: The nose is sweet and delicate. Citrus and tropical fruits. Lychee.
T: Light and refreshing taste with a long, dry finish.The citrus and gooseberry is prominent. Not over resiny. Very pleasant.
F: Soft mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a good level of bitterness. Very moreish. Not a session beer but one becomes two becomes three very easily.
O: This beer is widely available in the UK (M&S, Waitrose, Morrisons, Majestic). It's very approachable and very refreshing. One of my favourite British takes on an American craft ale classic.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If you like a nice bitter citra hop dominated beer which is low in sweetness with a light mouthfeel, this is for you. It's just not subtle or balanced enough for me. Not high in alcohol but strong in taste, so not a session beer and not a strong beer to savour.

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Photo of ARoman
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, poured into a nonic glass. The aroma is a warm and pleasant blend of orange, caramel, bread, and late notes of tropical fruits. The beer appears oily with a gold hue and a sudsy white head that leaves a snowy lacing and has a moderate retention. The taste is a medium high bitter and complimentary medium sweet. The texture is oily and smooth with a foamy carbonation and a medium body. The flavor is that of bitter citrus and a light caramel note with a smooth finish containing bitter pine and a bite of herbal and citrus zest. The aftertaste is lightly dry with herbal and bitter citrus notes as well as a mildly lingering caramel and bread undertone.

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

Pale golden with a lasting white head. Aroma of citrus with grassy and floral notes, and a touch of bready malt. malty and fruity flavour with a lovely bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cold from 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug. I know this one isn't meant to be drank cold, but its frigging roasting today and I need refreshment and have got this one in the cupboard.

L) Light golden, clear, very fizzy, thin white head. Actually looks like a pilsner. Which is good in this weather.

S) Wow. I love single-hop beers, they help you identify the aromas and taste profile of the hops. Ok, this one has Citra hops that reek of dried herbs; primarily basil, a bit of oregano.

T) Not quite as fragrant as the nose suggests. This has mid-level bitterness, but without overkill in the aftertaste. A definite sweet fruity edge to give balance. Really good.

F) Light, fizzy and refreshing. Just a subtle bitterness in the aftertaste to remind you this is an ale and not a lager.

O) Lives up to its hype / good reviews. Fantastic balance and all at a relatively low ABV. Will buy it again if I see it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Citra from Oakham is decent. Not much malt to balance the strong grapefruit taste. The beer poured golden clear with white head that is leaving some lacing. The scent and taste is dominated by grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is pretty good.

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Photo of LazyHank
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, smells and tastes of elderflower. Strong bitter finish. Nice. Wrote this one off after my first bottle some time ago. In hindsight I was probably too drunk to appreciate it.

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Photo of CStang67
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE: Clear golden color with good thick white head the settled to pencil thin and lasted most the way through the beer. AROMA: Hop forward with citra playing the star role. Citrus and herb notes supported by some malt. TASTE: Hoppy flavor upfront again with the Citrus notes and some floral notes. Malt flavors support the overall beer on the back of the palate. PALATE: A Light bodied beer with low carbonation. Finish is dry and refreshing. OVERALL: A good English take of an American style IPA

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Photo of ssmack
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cleaar medium golden yellow colour with half an inch of white head that disappeared to a ring. Not a lot of carbonation and only a bit of lacing.

Mellow grapefruit aroma like a fresh winter day.

The taste is much stronger than the aroma. Sharp grapefruit taste then a short appearance of malt flavour like a lemon cake. You are left with a sharp bitter aftertaste like falvanized stell in the middle and back of the palette.

Medium feel with low carbonation.

Very good ale. The aroma is on the weak side but the taste is great. This bottle may have been a bit past its prime.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Gold body with a nice white head.
S: Very perfumey. Loads of elderflower.
T: Has the illusion of grapefruit but I get mainly honey and elderflower, and lots of. Has a slight white bread finish but otherwise nice and cleansing. Gets better as it warms. Just a touch of spice. Both mild punchy.
O: Much better bottled than on cask.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly pale, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, light, white surface coating of head and a steady flow of carbonation throughout. Aromas of tangy citrus and tropical fruit forward, with heavy doses of grapefruit, lemon zest, berry sweetness, moss, grass, and a slightly sour/tangy melon characteristic. Pretty unique and interesting nose. Flavors are more of the tangy sweet forward, but this time with a heavy resinous character in the backbone. Berries and grapefruit blend for a tart and sweet overtone, with a biscuit backbone. The body is light and extremely effervesced, with a short-lived grapefruit and cracker aftertaste. There are some legit tart grapefruit notes lingering into that aftertaste. Wow. The finish is dry and light, and the increased carbonation cleans up the palate for the most part. Just a little of the resin and tart linger around. Solid brew.

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Photo of vinicole
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Light yellow and somewhat watery in appearance.
The citra hop has a lovely aroma which this beer uses to the full.
The grapefruit comes through strongly followed by the milder but more florid lychee. Bitterness is not as sharp as expected which leads to a smooth finish.
Not much body and lightly carbonated.
I enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Cask on tap at Three Horseshoes pub outside Derby, UK. Was surprised to see a citra on. Cool deal. Like all citra dominant brews the aroma has that typical tropical fruit, dank citra smell love it. Taste was a bit bitter on the back end. Nice light mouthfeel given the low carbonation. Enjoyable brew that I'd have again.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale amber with thin white head which fades to a thin cap. Not much lacing.

S - Weed, Freshly cut grass, lemon and lime, slight pine

T - Starts with a rich lychee and red grape taste, ends with piny bitterness and herbal notes

M - medium to high carbonation. Sharp finish

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful citric with floral notes aroma, multi stage taste that laves a very pleasant aftertaste. It may seem bitter at first, but by the time you finish the bottle it turns into something more light and fruity. Very refreshing and the low ABV makes it ideal for summer days, would buy again!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec. 17 2014. I've been hearing good things about this one, so I was sure to slip a bottle into my basket while beer shopping in London. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an attractive, translucent golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger of frothy, loose white head. Decent retention, with a wide collar and plenty of lacing left to cling to the glass as it slowly recedes into a soapy cap. As expected the hops are the primary focus of the aroma - lots of citrusy lemon pith and grapefruit, as well as wet spruce, pine resin, lychee and apricot.

While a backbone of pale malt and orchard fruit sweetness remains present, you'd forgive someone for missing it amongst the staggering array of fruity hop notes. Lychee, pear and mango sweetness greet the palate, with citrusy notes of grapefruit and lemon following soon after. Tangy, with a tart, astringent, grapefruity finish that doesn't linger; fairly dry aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with relatively limp carbonation that is somewhat atypical of the style; a petty complaint about an otherwise fabulous hoppy session ale.

Final Grade: 4.38, an awesome A grade. Oakham's Citra is a fabulous British interpretation of one of my favourite light American styles. This is a pricy brew in our neck of the woods with limited availability (which means it probably isn't a realistic session option for most Ontario BAs), but it's still well worth the effort of tracking down a bottle or three. Great stuff that I hope to return to again at some point in the future, as it's quenching my thirst on this hot, early summer's night quite flawlessly.

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Photo of dgilks
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear straw colour with a smooth, creamy, white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Lovely light Citra aroma. Lemony and tropical. Touches of sharpness.

Mild malt with a sharp, citrussy hop character. Moderate bitterness. Very crisp and simple.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A really solid beer. Excellent flavour and crispness.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear pale gold. Compact white cap quickly recedes, living just a smattering of lace behind. Restrained fruity, citrusy hops and bready, nutty malts in the nose. Grapefruit, lemony, lychee hops upfront quickly get overtaken by maltiness and a fruity English yeast character. Some buttery diacetyl is perceptable in the back. The mouthfeel is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Light bitterness and hop fruitiness in the short finish.

This is a nice English Pale Ale but a bit anemic in the hop department and the hop flavors tend to stand in contrast a bit with that English yeast character. Still quite nice and worth a try.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of Citra hops with green hoppy notes with some lemongrass notes and some weird grainy notes which don’t really fit that well. Taste is dominated by hoppy notes with some lemongrass and grapefruit and some weird grainy malt notes that more or less fits in the whole picture. Body is light with good carbonation. Well done even though I really don’t dig the malt profile.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

Poured clear straw gold with a small finger's worth of head. The head broke fast but left fantastic lacing behind. The smell was hops - citrus and pine up front, with malts and slight sweetness at the end. Taste was interesting in that up front it was very much an APA but on the tail with the malts and sweetness it reminded me very much of British bitters or strong ales. The carbonation was medium as was the body and there was a loose/slick feel to the beer.

Overall, not bad. A fine session ale in my books.

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