Citra Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #513
Ranked #15,800
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Feb 04, 2023
Nov 21, 2014
Very Good
Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
Notes: Prominently featuring Citra hops, our Citra Pale Ale delivers pungent grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas on the nose with a semi-dry finish. Juicy notes imparted by the hops pair with the light caramel malt character to balance this drinkable, “go-to” American Pale Ale.
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can. Clear light amber. Thin bubbly head.
Oranges and lemons with some tropical fruits when smelt. Hints of barley sugar.
Tastes like the aroma.
Light carbonation and midling body.
Straightforward APA.
Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
355ml can from Home Bargains (£2.39):
Very clear amber & a half cm white head that's bubbly with some visible carbonation too. Pine, citrus & mango open the nose, some grapefruit & peach too; definitely fruity & tropical. It's a similar taste, lots of citrus & tropical flavours, mango & peach with lychee & grapefruit too. It's balanced & fresh, not overly bitter or hoppy but very easy drinking.
Feb 03, 2023
Rated: 4.42 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz can best by November 16, 2022

On the pour an impressive 4 finger head with enough structure to poke above the glass. Some lacing is left, but it's a bit fizzy looking. The body is a clear, rich gold, with active fine carbonation.

Aroma is a super bright and fruity tropical citrus with grapefruit, lemon, as well as some pineapple guava notes. Very clean but bright ueast with a light backbone of 2 row in the back.

Taste is almost nicer than the aroma. A bit less bright, but that's because the malt is present and doing a great job of balancing. The hops are bright but with a modern west coast vibe, but not as overbearing as in a true IPA

Feel is drinkable and refreshing, but full bodied. The bitterness slows you down a bit, but it keeps things crisp, and the fruity notes makes everything stay light.

Overall this is a good pale ale that sits a bit closer to session IPA than dales, but carries much more body and personality than an actual "session IPA". Bright and refreshing but very balanced and full of character.
Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 12 oz single can, a day or two after the best by date, into a Junkyard Brewing snifter, looks great, a clear and glowing kind of peachy amber with a 1 finger sudsy cottony white head, great lacing. Nose is pungent and serious deeper dimensions of citra: lychee, overripe orange and grapefruit, the malt is hard to discern. Taste follows the nose, though I definitely pick up on a little caramalt which works well with the juicy citra; on the finish there is a little cantaloupe or some kind of round melon notes. Moderate body, moderate carb, moderate bitterness. Tasty, refreshing, and full of flavor.
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Myboymi from Kansas

Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by ZAP from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L-Oak colored...minimal head

S-Nice citra hop aroma. Nothing catty here. Citrus (limes)

T-Good hop flavor to this without an abundance of bitterness and also without an abundance of the sweeter hazy IPA flavors. Just a nice lime, orange rind, peach, apricot hop flavor with a malt backing that adds just a touch of candied sweetness.

F-Medium to light medium bodied...clean...drinks easy.

O-Something about this grabs me. Probably the way the hops lend true flavors without being overdone. Nothing spectacular but a good drinking APA with some nice clean hop flavors.
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Variety pack can with a best buy date of 11/22/21 opened on 12/21/21.
LOOK: Pours a clear light gold with some orange hues and an off white heat that demonstrates some nice retention as well as side glass lacing.
AROMA: Some sharp aromatic scents led by tropical, citrus grapefruit and spice pepper hops.
TASTE: More of the same along with a light caramel malt character.
Another easy to drink offering from Upslope this time as a drinkable American Pale Ale.
Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by Walnut from Missouri

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can with a best by date of DEC 18 21, opened 11-26-21.
1+ finger white head, dense and pillowy with very good retention.
Golden and clear with ample swirling carbonation. Rings of lace left behind.
Citrus, peach, and floral qualities in a pleasant aroma.
Fresh, bright flavors of citrus (orange blossom) and stone fruit.
Light body and bright entry with medium levels of carbonation. Mild bitterness in a tasty finish.
Very Good.
Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can. Golden in color with a white foamy head and lacing. Smell of citra hops, pine and malt. Flavors of pine, malt, caramel, and an earthy finish. Solid.
Jul 27, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by netshark from Colorado

Jul 05, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'm assuming what's in the stock photo is the same as the red themed Citra pale can, this slapped, idk, simple, effective, Uplsope just radiates good vibes even if there are better tastes
Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A nice off white foam head about 2F to start and settles to less than 1F with little loose lace. Color is a nice 80% transparent gold.

Nose hints at citrus and a whiff of green onion.

Taste give a light citrus tang with a does of green onion tops. Hops are evident and have a light bitterness and astringency. The onion note rides to the finish which is dry with lingering bitterness that turns a bit metallic.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, carbonation is fine and just a bit tart or sticky on the aftertaste.

The onion note along with the astringent quality of the hops does not work so well for me. I wish it had some stronger citrus notes that were alluded to in the nose. I'm afraid this one won't make it into my rotation.
Oct 12, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by chossboss from Oregon

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 3.46 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Nov 09, 2019
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Yellow-toned body, good clarity. Medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Citrus rind set against a decent herbaceousness. Faintly bready, minute sprinkling of barley grains.

Taste: Minimally malty, just a thin scaffolding of white loaf bread, again, with just a hint of grain. Ultra low sweetness. Lemon-lime, faint florals and herb. Mildly bitter. Dry, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium soft carbonation.

Overall: Simple, subtle, but not bad.
Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by dbauer from California

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Aug 21, 2019
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Reviewed by omahawk from Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a beautiful clear golden. Very little head. Smell is restrained for a pale ale. Taste is pure old-school deliciousness. Great balance between malt, bitter and hip flavor. I miss beers like this. Will definitely pick this up again.
Jul 13, 2019
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Reviewed by ColoradoPhil from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Cittra hops.. Upslope in baseball terms hit an RBI double with this under rated go to. Nothing fancy, just crisp, slightly hoppy, slighlty bitter brew. Delicious, and subtle.
Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
19.2oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pineapple and sweet caramel. Nice citrusy taste with a sharp bitterness and sweet toasted caramel.
Jun 22, 2019
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Reviewed by americasgeologist from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Tried it from a can and served in a glass at the airport in Denver, so maybe not the best conditions. I sampled several beers today and this one stood out as one of the best.

Has the best of citrus without overwhelming hops. No “alcohol “ taste with it. Smooth taste, good color.

Met my expectations of a pale ale, with the caveat of “citra” in the name. I’d recommend this one for someone who thinks they don’t like IPAs as a crossover beer.
Jun 20, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by Boone757 from Virginia

May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date "DEC 08 18".

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, copper color with less than one-finger, off-white head, excellent retention, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: tropical fruit, bread and a little soapy.

TASTE: the taste follows thew nose, initially sweet tropical fruit like pineapple and grapefruit then a soapy taste.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer, nothing special, I enjoyed it but there are better options available in this style so I would not seek this out again, the soapy taste was somewhat off-putting to me.
May 06, 2019
Rated: 4.01 by Jeremiah87 from Colorado

Apr 09, 2019
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Reviewed by ben741 from Canada (ON)

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
No head, no lacing. Smell likes citrus malt and - little like dish soap.
Malty, not super hoppy and not super citrusy and not super at all.
A pedestrian IPA, nothing wrong with it but with the hundreds of IPAs out there nothing really to recommend it.
Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 3.3 by Jamesg1188 from Colorado

Feb 20, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by adam36 from Illinois

Jan 09, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by BeerBeast from Florida

Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can best by Nov. 9th, 2018. Poured into Sierra Nevada swirl glass.

Nice golden color, don't think I could get this beautiful clear glow if I tried. Head is tall and destroys the glass completely.

Clean pale 2 row on the nose with very basic Citra aromas (orange pith, grapefruit rind) and a touch of caramel nuttiness.

Flavor comes up sort of empty at first, with faint hints of floral and citrus notes, but then explodes with floral notes and orange pith. Slight nutty caramel malt and some faint grapefruit. Hints of freshness (pine or evergreen or spearmint) on the finish.

Feel is crisp, carbonated, light bodied, drinks like a light beer almost. Not a whole lot of substance. Has a surprising amount of citrus pucker though, which is interesting.

Overall, a somewhat simple pale, you could maybe call it boring even. It's an easy drinker. Probably something you'd get on a flight sampler at most breweries. Not that it's a bad thing because a lot of people like those. It clocks in at 6% but feels/tastes like it's around 4%. Whether you calculate that on your palate as easy drinking or boring depends on your style preferences.
Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Oct 01, 2018
Citra Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 119 ratings