Citra Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #133
Ranked #4,325
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
Notes: This is our flagship beer which is brewed exclusively with Citra hops. The aroma is an intoxicating bouquet of grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, and pine.
43 IBU.
Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 889 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light orange with a one-finger,fluffy white head. Good lacing.
Nice citra hop smell. Grapefruit
, tangerine with good malt smell
Taste follows nose. A soft breadiness along with the pleasant citra. Candied grapefruit and tangerine. Slight pine resin.
Wonderful balance. With unexpected breadiness makes this a great one for me.

Nov 15, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

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

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $1.99. MFG 7/1/2020, so this is 40 days old. My first time having anything from this brewery.

Look: Essentially a non-hazy pale ale, you could call it barely hazy. A pretty light orange / golden color. Small bubbles slowly effervescing. A rocky white head has diminished to a thin white foam hugging the surface and sides of the glass.

Smell: Very nice aromas of grapefruit and orange peel up front, floral notes, then a lemon drop sweetness on the back end along with some generic malty notes. Some spicy, piney notes mixed in on the front end too. Really like the way that sweet lemony note comes in; overall, this aroma kind of gives me a "lemon iced tea" vibe.

Taste: Interesting. The taste follows the nose quite well. This is a chugger. Very easy up front - citrus and pine, some mild malty sweetness. Then the finish on this beer is wonderful. A nice bitterness rounds out all corners of your mouth and really leaves you with an almost unsweetened lemon iced tea dryness that has long-lingering grapefruit rind and lemon zest. In all fairness, apart from the finish, it tastes surprisingly light and I would have liked to see greater flavor impact up front and in the core as it comes off a bit watery overall.

Feel: Light to medium mouthfeel, appropriate level of carbonation. Works well for a 5.75% American Pale Ale.

Overall: It's kind of funny to call this beer a throwback, because it uses exclusively citra hops, but to me it seems that it is very much brewed in a west coast or "old school" style. This beer reminds me a bit of Daisy Cutter Pale Ale; I see a lot of similarities, but with different hops used in each beer. Would be interesting to blind taste test those two beers along with some other classic American Pale Ales like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anchor Steam, Firestone Walker, etc. I'll pick this up again for sure, would look forward to enjoying an even fresher can!

Aug 11, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I said, the Left Hand Saisons segued into Chocolate-Peanut Butter Porters & Stouts, finishing up with one from Odd Side Ales. Since I had several other Odd Sides in abeyance for The CANQuest (tm), I have decided to stick with them a bit longer for CANother brewery horizontal. Once that finishes up, I will explain my next move. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Single Hop Pale Ale": "A Single Hop Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Citra hops. The aroma is an intoxicating bouquet of grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, and pine."

I was curious, since some had mentioned haze while others mentioned clarity. I Crack!ed open the vent and, striving for clarity, beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was met with the formation of just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity on this cloudy. dreary Spring day. The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon CANcurred & joined me for a taste. Nose had a pronounced citrusiness, especially of grapefruit, but lemon & orange/tangerine were also discernible. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-fill, not quite creamy, but on the approach & certainly big for an APA. The taste seemed to shift from the nose, becoming more prevalent with orange/ tangerine & grapefruit-lemon more muted. 8=O I gotta say, this was quite good for an APA, almost CANparable to an AIPA & I CAN see where that might lead to some CANfusion. I would be curious to know the malt bill since it is a single-hop. Might it be a SMaSH? Hmm. Finish was semi-dry to dry & marked not only a return of grapefruit's prevalence, but also left me with a cool, dry mintiness of pine. My, but this was pleasant! YMMV.

Apr 30, 2020
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew hit me so pleasant on so many levels. What a drinkable, refreshing ipa. This is the first brew I have had from Odd Side Ales and it will not be my last. Lighter in color than a standard Ipa with some haziness. With 1 1/2 inches of head that lasted throughout. Each sip got better and better and it’s smell greatly reflected the taste. Notes of grapefruit and and other citrus flavors but not necessarily orange. Really good, refreshing Ipa coming in at about 6.6 % abv. A six pack ran me about $9 USD, so it isn’t all too expensive either.

Apr 19, 2020
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

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.

Dec 19, 2019
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

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.

Nov 06, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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.

Jun 20, 2019
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Jun 15, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

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.

Apr 13, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Apr 09, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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.

Apr 07, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Jan 12, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 07, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 12, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Nov 04, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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.

Oct 16, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

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.

Oct 14, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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.

Oct 04, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Sep 06, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

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.

Jun 27, 2018
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washtomich from Michigan

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.

Dec 05, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

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

Aug 16, 2017
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El_Brujo_de_A2 from Michigan

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.

Jun 27, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

Jun 26, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

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.

Jun 13, 2017
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