Citra Pale Ale (CPA)
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Citra Pale Ale (CPA)Citra Pale Ale (CPA)
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #126
ABV:
5.75%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,885
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
882
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Odd Side Ales
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  80
Gots
  136
SCORE
91
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Citra Pale Ale (CPA)Citra Pale Ale (CPA)
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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Has a citrus, piney, earthy aroma. It is a tasty WCIPA. Some citrus. Malty grains, grapefruit, piney resin. Earthy. Bitter aftertaste as I would expect. Astringent aftertaste. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light orange with 2 fingers of thick, fluffy, chalk white head. excellent lacing and retention.
nose is grapefruit, pine, berry.
taste is pine, berry, resin, grapefruit, a medium malt backbone, biscuity, light toffee. medium bitterness, subtle sweet orange.
lingering piney bitterness. good balance.
Seems to be a bit of the 'old' with a bit of Crystal malts and malty backbone, but balanced by new(er) Citra hops. Great, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Cloudy/hazy bright yellow with sudsy finger and one half thick white head with good retention and lacing.

Grapefruit and pine are upfront on the aroma. Other notes include biscuit and bread malts, other bright citrus like oranges and tangerines, some lemon zest too, light caramel, and cracker. Smells herbal and grassy.

Lemon rind, grapefruit, and citrus peels are most dominant on the palette, while the pine competes for flavor too. All the other notes in the aroma are present too. Somewhat bitter aftertaste. Medium light-bodied.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Gold with a very slight haze, 3" beige cap, lacy, good retention.

S: citrus over malt, some biscuit, light onion, trace dank.

T: Big citrus flavors lead supported by biscuit and tempered by a moderate bitterness.

F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation

O: this beer has the quality of more - after one can you want another.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazed light golden color , smell is citra and bready malts. Taste follows nose with nice citrus,lemon,and orange hop burst. Mouth feel is crips with just some slight bitterness, easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an only slightly cloudy bright yellow with a thick white head with staying power. Great lacing. Aroma is lemony biscuit. Flavor follows the nose, citrusy with some herbal hops and light bitterness on the finish. Feel is light and crisp. Overall a decent but not exceptional pale ale.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy gold pour with an ample white head. Citrus hops and malt in the aroma and taste, definitely balanced out by the citrus hops. Malty back bone keeps this from going too over the top. The citrus bitterness helps balance out the malty flavors from being too sweet.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned October 23rd 2018.

Soft forming head, making just under three fingers with and off white color. Fine bubbles and small lacing, sitting on a slightly hazy body of orange amber color. Solid standard looking pale ale.

Great hop aromatic nose. Hits of citrus orange, and touches of lemon zest particularly, with a touch of light caramel and biscuit malt like notes. Real amounts of citrus greatness going on here, with a touch of herbal spice also.

Palate is a classic boosted pale ale hop smash. First taste of bursting hop flavor. Lots of lemon and orange citrus, but also some almost cantaloupe like quality as well. Spicy finish with touches of herbal spicy green notes. Good lingering hop bitterness on the finish as well.

Real punchy and unique pale ale and very tasty, one I can see myself drinking a good amount of in a sitting.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic pale gold, swirling head. There is a nice bright burst of citra on both the tongue & the nose, but underneath there is also a faint whisper of diacetyl / buttery flavor which stops this beer from being really good. Finishes pretty bitter as well for a tropic-forward pale ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a pretty good find for a couple bucks. In the middle of a nice bitter IPA and a good pale ale. Good balance and sweetness that really opens up when it warms a bit. May not get it again but wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a teku

Hazy orange with a dense white frothy foam cap

Aroma of sweet candied fruit, citrus, orange

Orange citrus, hint of sweetness, hint of vanilla , cracker base

Starts mild and sweet has a dry hop flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue

Good beer

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Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pale ale from an amazing local brewery. Nice slightly hazy orange-yellow color with some lingering head and spotty lacing. Smells of nice citrus zest and piney hops. Tastes similarly, along with some vanilla, biscuit and malt. Nice mild smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation. Nice hit of bitterness and just a little funkiness. When this beer gets too warm, however, it gets a little too funky for me.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to superspak for this golden gem
Pours a copper tinged gold in color. Bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass, pushing a full 2.5" of white foam to the rim. As the bubbles recede, they form a solid milky layer, surrounded by tons of patchy lacing clinging to the glass.
Aroma is, well, bright. This really spotlights the Citra. Floral, zesty lemon, orange with a touch of grass.
What I did not find bitter notes in the nose I am now getting in the flavor. Lemon zest and some gentle grapefruit pith start off, but are soon tamed a bit by the crackery malt. A slight honey sweetness peeks through until the grapefruit pith comes back at the finish and dries it out in an earthy way.
Mouthfeel is medium with the carbonation carrying everything along nicely. Slightly slick finish.
Overall, a very solid in between APA and IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear copper color with nice white head that settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Little bit of mild fruit some orange and citrus peel. Malt little bit of caramel along with some biscuit.

Taste - Great balance of bitter citrus peel, cracker, malts, caramel, orange.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slightly dry finish.

Overall - Solid pale ale nice flavors easy drinking.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the juiciness of a typical Citra loaded IPA but with the body and balance that's best reserved for pale ale, the Odd Side team churn out a confident hop bomb but with a soft side.

Citra Pale Ale pours with a strong golden hue, siding with amber slightly through a moderate hoppy haze. Its rich and lathery froth bring and aromatic bouquet of citrus, grassiness and herbal scents along with a light graham cracker backdrop. Its early maltiness is responsible for that graham cracker character and is more evident on the front of the tongue with honey, caramel, bread crust and shortcake.

With the malts simmering softly on the middle palate, the hops soon join the taste with a juicy burst of tangerine, pineapple, lemon and pink grapefruit to balance the lasting malts but doing little else. As the ale turns toward finish, its late palate trends bitter and eventually slightly hop dominant against the drying malt influence, offering a pleasant grassy, herbal and chivy hop bite.

Medium bodied through and through, the beer's creamy malt structures also dry toward the finish but remains supportive and balanced with the growing hops. A light taste of green tea and gin comes in late to join a medium length aftertaste of fruit peels and gently muddled pine needles.

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Photo of omahawk
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid pale ale. Pours a clear gold. Light head that lingers. Limited aroma. Great drinking pale ale. Light yet hoppy treatment from the Citra - just right so that someone could drink several of these. Great light malt flavor of crackers and light carame support. A very good drinking pale ale.

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Photo of washtomich
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid pale ale. It has a robust flavor profile but is not overbearing. Very nice to sip on in a casual setting. It pours a cloudy amber with a nice white head.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pale orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Orange juice/orange zest with hints of malt, tropical fruit and pine
T: Crisp, clean, orange zest, lemon/lime, a bit of wheat and herbal notes
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: This is a well-made IPA, crisp/clean allowing the Citra hop to shine

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Photo of El_Brujo_de_A2
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours with a foggy viscosity. Ton of floaties. Slight fizzy head that is long lasting. Nose is of faint citrus and malt.Taste is of overly ripe lemons. Solid malt backbone. Slightly sour with a dry bitter finish.This bottle had six months on it so I am sure it would taste much better fresh.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a pale amber body with orange hues and a quickly dissipating off-white somewhat foamy head. Lacing was barely there. The aroma had a ton of citrus rolling into light tropical tones of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and then gently backed up by some light pine. The taste takes the harsh bitter side of the citrus to combine nicely through the sweet tones of the tropical notes. There’s a light aftertaste of citrus sweet to bitterness rolling into a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable bitter dry feel rolling over my tongue. Overall, APA or AIPA, I don’t know, but real good, wish I could get it on a daily basis

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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of rye, piney hops, slight spicy hops, slight sorghum, earthiness, hint of grass, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rye, piney hops, slight spicy hops, slight sorghum, earthiness, hint of grass, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, complex, decent aroma, but heavy on the earthiness.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a faint amount of haziness. There's an inch of tightly knit, creamy to off white to beige head. The aroma is off fresh and pungent citrus hops. I'm initially tasting citrus hops and then an immediate barrage of light malt. The mouth is moderately sticky and otherwise light.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on May 14, 2017. Look is honey amber with a thick off-white head and some lingering lacing. Smell and taste is juicy tropical fruit and dry malt. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze; fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are fine, but they're pretty mild and subtle. It actually has more of a tropical vibe than a citrus vibe. Hints of coconut and pineapple. Tons of fresh grass. Malts do their thing. The flavors are very clean, crisp and refreshing. More hints of coconut and pineapple. Some subtle hints of grapefruit. More fresh grass along with some mild hints of pine. Clean, crisp and sharp bitterness. Malts do their thing, but aren't overpowering at all. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's light with sharp active carbonation. It's slightly fluffy and very smooth.

This is a good pale ale. You would think the citra hops would make this a flashy brew, but they really don't. This is a traditional pale ale and doesn't come off as an IPA disguised as a pale ale. It's very clean, crisp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Classic amber with a moderate white head that settles to thick collar leaving a solid coral-like lace.

Smell is biscuit, grapefruit, orange, caramel and rug.

Taste is orange, grapefruit, Smarties, astringent pine, biscuit, rug and cat.

Sort of a classic West Coast, a moderate body, not too bitter, and dry.

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Citra Pale Ale (CPA) from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 882 ratings