Citra Rye
Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #274
Ranked #8,921
4.01 | pDev: 7.98%
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our Flagship Pale Ale is brewed with Rye Malt, Citra hops and Unicorn Tears. Originally made as a house beer which we had no intentions of sharing, this pale ale is loaded with enticing tropical fruit aromas from the unique Citra hop, a bready malt backbone, and hints of spicy rye throughout. Put this full-frontal assault of deliciousness all up in your grill immediately!
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice rye presence on this one - warm rye spice, Citra isn’t overdone & adds a nice tropical note that helps balance out the rye, not super dynamic but a really good beer if you like rye

Jul 18, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/22/17: 20 ounce draft pour at Pizza Rock, downtown Las Vegas $7.50. Clear straw yellow pour, minimal carbonation, light white head. Citrus hops aroma, pleasant. Lemon citrus taste, hops prevalent and good, nice mouth feel, easy going down. Overall good beer.

Jan 01, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Man I remember when this brewery was pumping out consistent garbage, it ain't that way anymore I'm proud to report. Anyways, pours a dark yellow with plenty of auburn coming out of it as well, didn't really form a head bigger than 1/4" and retention was for shit. Heavy malt? Or rye? We'll see. Aroma was lacking. Call it citra, can't smell citra hops or really much of any dry hopping.

Taste was better, getting some hopping, bitterness seems to speak of much heavier Centennial hop usage as opposed to the namesake Citra hop. Malt isn't dry, but not "spicy" either like you often hear rye described. So I dunno, called Citra rye, both nearly absent. The malt is heavier it seems than just 100% barley, lacks a dry finish. Like they made an east coast (not NE) ipa.

Nov 08, 2017
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joedvegas from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold to amber in color, nice haze, really nice thick head with lots of lacing. Inviting scents of pineapple, orange-peel, grapefruit and violet. Smooth, balanced taste with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, peach and a finish of freshly-turned dirt. Feel is light, very light coating finish. Good beer to pound.

Nov 07, 2017
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rickrem from California

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can sitting at a bar in Vegas.
Medium to dark golden in color, fairly clear with big head and foamy lacing.

Clean, light viscous mouth feel. Mild carbonation.

Slight citrus, tropical flavors. Not overly bitter. I was hoping for a bit more bite from the rye.

Very easy drinking. I would certainly take this over most session IPA's.

May 13, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear golden color with a thick foamy, rocky head that looks just a bit off white.
The smell is so bright. Lots of floral nose and a lot of citrus as well. Seems like tropical fruits are lurking about as well. Picking up some grassy earth notes as well.
The taste was like biting into a bitter pineapple right up front. Peppery across the middle of the tongue and drops sharply off with a bitter pine needle flavored finish.
Mouth feel seems big and bold up front but tames to a nice smooth beer that snaps crisply on the finish.
This is a very finely crafted beer. It seems to be one of those pale ales that borders on the IPA edge of it all. Yet another nod to those who created this beer. I find it to be very complex on the smell and the taste yet such an easy drinking beer that it is just enjoyable to pop open a can of this very good beer.

Dec 18, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated May 19, 2016.

A-The beer forms a chill haze, but is otherwise pretty clear and light orange in color. An aggressive pour from the can produces about two fingers of dense, pillowy, sticky off-white foam. I can see a bubble or two of carbonation in the glass.

S-The aroma is a nice mixture of citrus notes like mandarin orange, some tropical hints, and spicy rye. Definitely on the hoppy/rye side of the pale ale spectrum. The beer is mostly dry and malts suggest bread crust and crackers.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. An initial hit of orange-flavored hops gives way to more tropical, floral flavors. The rye is spicy (think peppery) but it fits well here. There is just a hint of honey sweetness from the bready malt base to offset the other flavors.

M-The body is medium in heft and the beer has a smooth carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

O-This is an enjoyable pale ale with a nice twist in the form of the heavy-handed rye flavors. It drinks well and packs a ton of flavor. Maybe its too much for a simple session beer? Whatever, I liked it.

Jun 23, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a tulip (wrong glass, but oh well). L: hazy orange, slightly mucky, thick, foamy head. S: bright with a little citrus note T: really well balanced slightly fruity hop character held up with with an easy drinking spiciness. Sweet malty character that quickly goes dry. F: medium bodied on the lighter side OA: good porch/backyard beer.

Jun 02, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 9-oz. plastic cup
From: Liquor World in Las Vegas, Nev.
Price: $11.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: March 24, 2016
Consumed: March 24, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 5, 2016

Was really looking forward to this one. It had good reviews on Beer Advocate and reading the back just made it sound better. However, I thought it was canned on Jan. 5, 2016 when I bought it, but when I got home I’m wondering if it was actually Jan. 5, 2015. I don’t know. It’s tough to read and decipher. EDIT: Joseph James said on Untappd that they made a mistake and it is really Jan. 5, 2016

Poured a caramel, honey, hazy color with four fingers of fluffy, white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the cup. Lots of circular, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled a healthy dose of Citra hops, tropical hops, earthy, gritty rye, lemon zest, pulpy orange juice, some dark peach, mango, dark orange blossom, sugary orange wafers and stone fruit. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose, but maybe slightly better. Got Citra hops, tropical zest, stone fruit, spicy, earthy rye, orange blossom, hints of red grapefruit, pulpy orange juice and lemon. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a pretty good pale ale. Fresh? I’m speculative. Would like to have it fresh for sure sometime to make sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.87 | 87 | B+

Apr 04, 2016
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Todd from California

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rye, Fruity, Hoppy, Balanced

Citra Rye pours honey colored from the can with some solid lacing. Nose is full of spicy rye, stone fruitiness and earthiness. Medium-bodied. Flavors run semi-sweet, fruity and juicy with rye breadiness, more spice, some orangey notes, mild zest, hints of pine and an earthy, dry and crackery finish. Flavors play very well here. Bold, but balanced, and very drinkable.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #109 (February 2016).

Mar 01, 2016
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent citra, esp. in the aroma, but not much rye (in either the flavor or the taste).
Nice fruity citra aroma. And a decent looking beer with a long lasting white head (small is it may be) and a slightly cloudy golden ale.
Flavor is really not that hoppy or bitter. Some citra fruit and generic hop grassiness. A bit of bitter but not all that intense considering the state of IPA's these days. Certainly not a tongue thrasher as it leaves in time.
Moderately thin body.
Standard IPA for the times. Aroma is better than the taste.

Feb 03, 2016
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Harn_SOLO from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dry pale ale backed by nice refreshing citra hops. Really packs more flavor and bold taste than most light ales and the rye makes a difference. I also like how the beer comes in a can and can be taken on explorations with me in Colorado. Looking forward to drinking more during Spring time.

Jan 27, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

i thought this would be a lot like one claw from westbrook with the citra and the rye, which is one of my favorite beers, but its quite a lot different. a bit less tropical and intense on the hops, a more reserved citra here, and a much more intense rye, which is my favorite part of this brew. golden in color, good clarity, full inch of white head. smells more like the spicy rye malt than the citra hops, but both are definitely there. for some reason i get a little pine pitch out of the hops, usually known for being citrusy of course, its a nice little change up. maybe brought on by the intensity of the rye malt. i wonder what the proportion is here, has to be high on the rye, as its about as vibrant and forward as it is in any beer of this kind. just a pale rye malt, but its flavorful for sure. the hops balance it nicely, short of an ipa level, but plenty bitter too. nice carbonation and a body lighter than medium. this is a great expression of rye in an easy drinking beer. quality stuff here from joseph james, who i am starting to see all over the market here...

Jan 01, 2016
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice true-gold color, with coppery inflections. Dry, lemon-peel and candied-grass aromatics; very fresh. Clean malt effect, with little in the way of syrup textures, and only very moderate, dry sweetness. Largely, the malts get out of the way, allowing the Citra's notes of lemon verbena, green tea, and lemongrass resound. That's also a minor downside, however, as the rye component is subjugated to a more minor wrung of the flavor-complex, only presenting some soft spiciness at the finish—and even that note must compete with the grassy and thyme-touched bittering notes from the hopes.

Still, a very solid beer, and a smashing together of two elements that could've clashed but ultimately cohere.

Oct 02, 2015
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tempest from New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool beer. Light and dry with the rye spice kicking up in the finish. The Citra shines early with a floral nose and melon and berries rolling into the citrus of the flavor. Very drinkable. I'd have another.

Feb 23, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

12oz can poured into a TG snifter 8/22/2014.

A- Light golden-yellow body, half finger white head, a bit of retention, thin wispy lacing. [3.75]

S- Grassy, a slight hint of citrus, rye, caramel. [3.75]

F- Caramel, distinct spicy rye flavours, grassy hop flavours, subdued citrus. The malt is shining a bit more here, in a good way although I would never mind more citrus presence. [3.75]

M- Medium body, not particularly thin or thick but just about right. Good carbonation. Finish is that distinct spicy rye mixed in with some grassiness. [4]

O- Pretty solid pale ale that's a bit of a change-up with the rye adjunct. Wouldn't mind if this was a $10/6-pack local beer. [3.75]

Final Score: 3.778

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

Aug 23, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and orange juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest and spicy rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of citrus forward hops and spicy rye in the flavor.

Jun 23, 2014
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RaulMondesi from California

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This thang, yeah... how about that? Kind of like when this one hottie said that Raul looked like Emile Hersche - yeah, I'll take it. I may not really be close in looks to said "heartthrob," but, ya know... Citra Rye by Joseph James on the other hand reminds Raul of Pliny. More like Pliny-lite, but it's good territory to be in.

Bitter, a bit crisp, clean like a Sunday wash...

Raul approved.

Jan 19, 2014
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BrewTasting from Nevada

4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Joseph James knocked this one out of the ballpark.

Orange-gold in apperance, Citrus scent of tangerine and hops.

Taste consists of more citrus, some malt sweetness, and a nice, slightly more than subtle, hop presence; blends perfectly with this easy drinking, low abv, rye pale ale.

A new go-to from Joseph James.

Apr 28, 2013
Citra Rye from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 161 ratings