Citra Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #629
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,099
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
107
From:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  16
SCORE
87
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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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
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
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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omahawk from Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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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ColoradoPhil from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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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americasgeologist from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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
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ben741 from Canada (ON)

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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
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sjdevel from Utah

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: nice crisp and clear / see through deep golden color. Started off pretty foamy, but quickly receded. Remained fairly bubbly though

Smell: Pine, citrus, sweet malt - pretty decent level of aroma - more aromatic than a lot of more expensive IPA/Pales

Taste: Some bitterness, but then a huge blast of malt, caramel, and sweetness. Hop flavor builds and builds. There was a lot of orange and citrus in the middle, trails off with a bit more pine. Flavorful.

Feel: This one was pretty light. I was hoping for it to be a bit thicker and a bit more effervescent.

Overall: A great beer. Goes down pretty easy. Smooth and flavorful. I don't think anyone would be too disappointed with this one. Even good on a hot day with its almost 6% ABV. I'd make this a regular drinker.

Sep 29, 2018
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jkrich from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can that looks different from the one on this site: bright and clear, deep golden to orange hue with a plethora of lacing on the glass.

The citrusy, bittersweet aroma seemed to explode from the can. I cannot recall such a strong and wonderful aroma from a pale ale. I only hope the flavor follows the aroma closely.

And it does - the flavor is predominantly orange and grapefruit with some hints of sweet marmalade. The bittersweet palate is tempered by a nice, mellow malt in the background; overall, well-balanced.

Light bodied with zesty carbonation and a lingering and pleasing bitterness on the palate.

It was nice to return to a hop-forward, crisp American pale ale after indulging in Oktoberfest beers over the past couple of weeks.

Sep 16, 2018
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TH28 from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. 9/28/18 best by date. Appearance: Clear Golden with a thick fluffy foam head and decent lacing
Aroma: Citrus peel, floral, and fresh grapefruit over a light breadiness
Taste: Light crackery malt sweetness, some light grapefruit, followed by a fairly strong bitterness against the light malt
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a crisp, moderate carbonation
Finish: Grapefruit bitterness dominates the finish, lingering long after the swallow. A touch of retronasally oxidation
Overall: Pretty solid, crisp, easy drinking pale ale that has a strong floral and grapefruit citra character throughout

Jul 29, 2018
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darth_punchbowl from Utah

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid beer. Has a clean, but bitter finish. Lots of Citra flavor and a subtle saltiness. Nothing goes overboard, pretty well balanced. Well done!

Apr 19, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Slightky opaque light burnt orange body; Light cream colored head with bubbly film and world map lacing.

Aroma: Lots of light grapefruit citrus and mango, very fruity.

Taste: Light pine wood with a lot of grapefruit, orange citrus. One of the few hoppy beers that's not bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty smooth.

Overall: Could drink this all the time, everything I look for in a pale ale.

Jul 28, 2017
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southdenverhoo from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kind of subtle all around--restrained maltiness, restrained bitterness, restrained Citra flavor and aroma. Yet I really like this beer. Doesn't hit you over the head with Hi-C Orange Drink juiciness like some Citra forward beers. orange peel, grapefruit, and maybe some slight lemon. Malt is inconsequential in this beer, only think worth saying about it is that there's no discernible caramel or crystal malt in it to me; I would bet 100% pale 2-row or some combination of pilsner and 2-row.

This is an ideal summer quencher to me. Also a stage setter first beer on an IPA night, before I get into the bigger, juicier IPAs. Good with fried chicken too. Only a 3.75 on appearance because of low head retention

Jul 21, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

people are really liking this one. i even heard some bro looking dudes talking about it on the golf course the other day, go figure. its a pretty drinkable pale, really light on the malt side of things, yellow in the glass, and almost inconsequential from a grain flavor standpoint. however, the beer is real well made, intentionally light there i would think, and really nice on the citra hops, fresh and bold, obviously citra, its a nice snapshot of what they smell and taste like in a light pale like this. just a little haze to it and a tall white head, some dissipating rings after each pull, which means only four or five in my pint glass, because i obliterated this beer! it just goes down so easy. they were wise to keep the malt so light, the citra, contrary to what i normally think of it in a single hop context, is wholly sufficient here. bitterness is nice and low, sweet lemon notes from the hops abound, and the body is smooth even a little oily, a pretty heaping dose of hops i would think, dry hopped mostly too. is this still a taproom only beer? or at least part of that series? it seems much more on trend than their just okay regular pale ale, maybe a switcheroo is in order here before long... this is great for the summer!

May 29, 2017
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 7/19/17; into a pub glass.
Appearance- a slightly murky gold; a nice steady series of carbonation streams to go along with sediment. Head is a thin white layer that leaves gorgeous lacing!
Smell - juicy fruit gum and grapefruit!
Taste - the gum and grapefruit are both there, as the nose suggests, however the grapefruit is more dominant!
Feel - bittersweet grapefruit, light and refreshing!
Overall - I have not been a fan of Upslope, but this beer is fantastic and will be on my go to list!

May 20, 2017
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williamphelps from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tons of nice lacing but with no head. Color is a slightly cloudy orange tangerine. Aroma is also of orange, orange blossom, lemon, lime, malt, rubbing alcohol, banana, mango. Palate is of light fresh pine needles, lemon, grapefruit, orange, maple syrup, bitterness is medium and long and fitting for a pale ale- pretty simple palate. Body is medium and lightly syrupy. Carbonation is nicely palate tingling even through the finish. Pros lacing, orange blossom, nice fitting bitterness, pretty easy drinking. Cons no head, pretty simple palate, kinda syrupy. 87/100.

May 12, 2017
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SFACRKnight from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got me a can from one of them fancy mixed 12 packs...
pours gold, white head that dissipates to a thin white ring of bubbles. No nose. Wheres the citra? Bready malt, no hops. Flavor is nice, bready malt backbone, citrus hops, slight tropical fruit, tangerine. Medium bodied, well carbbed. It's a good beer, what you see is what you get. No frills, no gimmicks. I wish the aroma was on point with the flavors.

Apr 30, 2017
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is a nice blend of citrus and herbal hop smells mixed with some light bready smells
Taste – The taste begins with a nice citrus taste with a good grapefruit hop and some light orange sweetness mixed with a light grainy and bready taste. As the taste advances the grapefruit gets stronger all while the orange gets weaker. In the end a little bit of herb and pine comes to the tongue and leaves one with a rather nice bready and citrus taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. For the citrus and the lighter malt the feel is great and makes for a very easy drinking brew.
Overall – A rather nice citrusy pale ale with a good drinkability. A good go to option for sporting events and hanging out all while getting good flavor and easy drinking feel.

Apr 06, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revisit: 22 May 19
12 oz. Can
BB: May 29 19

Poured into a glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

12 oz. Can
BB: Jul 14 17

Pours a pretty nice dark yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy, nice little sweetness. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can from a 6 pack, best May 19th.

A: Clear vibrant gold with over a finger of foam. Splendid bit of lacing.

S: Smells grassy, of grapefruit and orange peel, caramel malt, tropical fruits but only when I take deep long whiffs.

T: Balanced taste. Orange peel and caramel mostly. Grapefruit I get near and through the finish; that's where it is most bitter and shakes off the balance.

I don't get much of a tropical fruit flavour from first sip, mid palate or finish.

M: Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable.

O: This is a very good and easy drinking APA. Cheers to Upslope.

Feb 12, 2017
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt with floral stinky slightly fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with green floral hops with a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I was expecting it to have more fruity hops and less floral maltiness.

Feb 08, 2017
Citra Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 107 ratings