Citra Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #589
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #16,268
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
108
From:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  16
SCORE
88
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.
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 108 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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americasgeologist from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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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tempest from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, I'm used to juicier Citra beer. This one has more of a herbal grassy note I'd associate with Cascade. I still get orange peel and grapefruit, but nothing tropical. I appreciate the balance of toasty malt popping through and overall really like the beer. If they dropped the ABV by a point, it'd make an incredible session beer.

Feb 01, 2017
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mayrajaeplazola from California

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

Sep 11, 2015
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CO-Bloom from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like many others, my favorite hop right now is Citra and I also really like Upslope. So I was very intrigued/excited by this beer.

On tap at a local craft bar. Poured into a pint glass

L- Copper, orange and mostly clear. Finger width head quickly faded into minimal lacing as I sip away.
S- Pretty malty upfront. Sweet caramel then moves into citrusy hops, mostly orange peel. It's pleasant but the hops are a little lost in the malt to me. I am getting over a cold so that really could be playing into this review (will try and revisit it)
T- Sweet caramel base with bitter citrusy hops on top. Orange peel, grapefruit in the finish. Tasty, actually reminds me of a smaller grapefruit sculpin with much more subdued flavors.
F- crisp, and dry. It is weird because it starts fairly sweet and full but takes an abrupt turn to a bitter and dry finish. In my opinion it takes away from the juiciness that Citra gives me in other beers.
O- Great APA. I was a little disappointed knowing how these hops can be presented (Zombie Dust in particular) and felt that it didn't quite do what it could with the ingredients given. Again my recent cold could really have played a factor in this. With that said it is definitely a great offering from a great brewery.

Jul 03, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Phoodcritic from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 18, 2019
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BlueSpader from Washington

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 12, 2017
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corywalston from North Dakota

4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jul 20, 2018
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Blazer22 from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oct 04, 2015
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NickMunford from Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 15, 2021
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DaliQualiti from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 08, 2015
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mcantu from Texas

2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Apr 13, 2016
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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice filtered gold, solid head, good looking beer. Following suit of the citra single hop, smells of orange, lemon, some slight mango. The taste follows the nose with tons of citrus in the face with a nice crisp malt backbone and almost limey finish. Feel is great carbonation is perfect and goes down smooth. Great apa comparable to Zombie Dust in flavor

Aug 26, 2015
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 13, 2017
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TheHopsman from Nebraska

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 12, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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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parkcenterlounge from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The citrus flavor is very subtle and goes in perfect balance in this APA. Great job fitting with the style. Very refreshing summer brew

Jun 20, 2015
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SamuelMiller from Montana

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 27, 2017
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evanwoertz from California

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 27, 2017
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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adam36 from Illinois

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

Jan 09, 2019
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LukeB from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 15, 2017
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Montanabeerz from Montana

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

Aug 14, 2017
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Jeremiah87 from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 09, 2019
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BrewCat22 from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 19, 2017
Citra Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 108 ratings