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CPA: Citra Pale AleCPA: Citra Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
oddsideales.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EricCioe on 04-11-2011

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Reviews:
111
Ratings:
778
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
24.63%
 
 
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Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor. Poured orange-amber with off-white head that settles into a cap and spots the sides with some lacing. Aroma is tropical (pineapple, mango), citrus (lemon, orange), slight bread. Taste is candied tropical fruit and grainy sweetness followed by citrus peel and floral bitterness. Medium bodied, slick and oily texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Mostly clear deep golden body. Nice white head. Thin collar and some lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops. Toasty and bready malts. The slightest hint of diacetyl.

Taste - Citrus hops aren't as prominent. The bready and toasty malts are stronger. Surprisingly bitter. The diacetyl comes out a little here, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Normally I can't get past diacetyl. It was present, but light enough that I finished the beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of zombie dust in aroma. Resin, pine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple emerge, adding with orange, lemon zest, and outreach. Really juicy fruit salad notes.

Flavor reveals a hint of grapefruit tartness, then bitter pith, which lingers into the moderately bitter, resiny finish. The toasted, bready malt doesn't lend much sweetness to counter. Muddled tropical fruit surfaces late.

If the flavoring hops were more citra-like, matching the aroma, this would be killer. Little more bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of docoman
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer, would be great summer time beer on hot day... refreshing. Almost seems like a blend of a mild IPA with APA since does have the citrus and hop characteristics to it, recommend trying.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/14/14:
This beer pours quite lovely - mild hazy orange-hued golden. Head builds up to a finger+ of fluffy white head with a vigorous pour. Lacing is fair on this beer. The nose isn't too strong in any respect, with a biscuity nature to the grain smell, and some light tropical fruit notes - papaya, hint of pineapple, a little grapefruit, and maybe some bubblegum.

To me, well categorized as an APA. The beer has a medium body to it, and the carbonation is just about right. The malt is more cracker or biscuit than sweet, which is nice. The hops balance is what I hope for in an APA, making their presence known without interrupting the overall beer. Light grassy notes are a little stronger than the grapefruit rind notes, but overall the flavors are on the dry bitter side. n some sips I get a hint of tropical fruit near the end, as well.

Quite enjoyable and I thought well balanced. This could definitely be a go to session beer if it were available near me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle shared by Adam. Thanks man.

Orange / gold body with a white cap. Fruity, hoppy aroma, offering grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Delicious. Fresh and hop forward, with supporting malt in the background. Juicy with an elegant balance of sweet fruits and tart citrus. Yummy.

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Photo of PauI
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Citra Pale Ale by Odd Side leads you along the beach, humming a hoppy-sweet summer tune. The smooth quarter to six trail session keeps things steady and illuminating as you pick your way through the caramel-colored sand, while the unexpected lake breeze tosses a bitter spray upon your snout – you smile and don’t mind, ‘cause it’s summer.

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Photo of NuckleDragger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Excellent beer. Up there with Two hearted (different style. Calm down, snobs). Bottled conditioned is a huge plus. Would I purchase this again? That's a no-brainer. My go to for drinking in GH state park (lol). Great job, Oddside.

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Photo of patpbr
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Poured a deep orange with a lasting two finger head.
S - Dank hops with a noticeable malt aroma.
T - Tropical with some earthy notes.
M - Medium body and only a slight bitter aftertaste
O - A good APA that is worthy of a summer afternoon.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a lager glass.

A - Orange gold. Rocky 3 inch head stays several minutes, recedes to a frothy film. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus and musty hops.

T - Oh my! Grapefruit, orange, pineapple hop blast. Solid but not overbearing malt presence. Ends on a dry, hoppy, mellow peach note.

M - Medium, juicy

O - A truly great American Pale Ale. If you can find this, hoard this.

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Photo of Omnium
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a pint glass.
A. Clear rich gold with a finger off fizzy white head.
S. Wonderful aroma. The citra hop really comes through. Mango citrus peach grassy dankness a little pine .
T. Bright tropical grassy a light dankness light cracker malt. Just splendid.
M. Clean crisp might and refreshing.
O. Really great apa the citra comes througr perfectly. Probably the best use of that hop of most citra beers try

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Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NJB145 for this extra in a recent trade. Going light tonight after too much bourbon county last night...actually, not too much, just not enough food. I thought the mushroom burger was a burger with mushroom, not an actual mushroom burger, good, but not enough substance...but I digress. 12 oz. bottle, my first taste of Odd Side.

Pour is light orange with rollicking carbonation. First up the nose is pale malts, back up by pungent orange, sharp peach. Nothing demure about this pale up front.

CPA: Citra Pale Ale is like Seether's Careless Whisper: underneath, it's still a gussied-up pop song. Plenty of pale malt that's been upgraded with the much-advertised citra: those bitter oranges again, mixed with grapefruit guts, an almost wine-like sharpness, with an ending of karate-chop bitterness. Nicely oily. One & done, but I won't complain while I'm drinking it.

Bit heavy on the bitterness without enough flavor to set it off: like an Al Sharpton loop. Not far from being something special, this one is just pretty good for me as is.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Copper color, slight haziness, a small, compact white head, and mild lacing.

S - Fat pine and citrus, with a subtle grass and floral notes, and wild hop elements.

T - Lands with more big citrus pith and grass. Middle comes in with more grapefruit and fleshy pitted fruits, closing with a subtle bitter bite that fades out. Malt is present only to keep things from going hard into the bitter territory.

M - Solid carbonation and clean, brisk feel, and almost no build.

O - A highly drinkable homage to one of the elemental hop varietals. An excellent summer brew, and a nice choice whenever you want something to tip back.

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Photo of barnabasdog
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- thick two finger foamy head with good retention, golden apricot color, little visibility

S- hops, grapefruit, malt lemon, slight spices

T- tons of hops up front, citrus fruits grapefruit pineapple lemon, malts, caramel,

M-medium heavy body, thick and syrupy, nice carbonation, dry finish

O- really love this beer! Hoppy and refreshing with a Belgium sour feel

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Photo of RobWilson
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of obvious citra characteristics. Makes the color, smell, and taste perfect. There are a few citra-heavy beers out there and this is a great example of a regular-strength beer that isn't over-the-top.

There is definitely a strong, dry finish to this beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed peach infused lighter golden with a nice half finger tight head atop.A good shot of ripe citrusy hops hit ya in the nose alone some deep caramel malts,a nice mix of the two.Starts out with a big splash of citrusy and grassy hops then a diacetyl butteriness comes in along with some toasted grain in the finish.Alot going on for a "smaller" beer,very sessionable and flavorful.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is kind of murky rust yellow, not very enticing to be honest.

Immediate grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit explosion, smell is delicious, appearance definitely hid the beauty of this brew.

Very citrusy, grapefruit and slight pineapple notes dominate overall palate and finishes with a nice citra hop bitterness, marvelous!

Mouthfeel lacks carbonation, a bit flat for my taste.

Overall a great pale and one of my OddSide favorites.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Alchemist Wili Becher glass. No date.

Appearance- Slightly hazy amber with quick half-finger white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Definantly grapefruit with reasonably strong bready malts up front. Some banana, pineaple, and peach notes as well.

Taste- Light orange and tangerine up front, fades into that bready malt, and finishes with a nice piney bitterness. Thats about it.

Mouthfeel- Great medium body with medium carb. Lighter and refreshing. Very easy to drink.

Overall- Not a pale that truly stands out, but still a nice refreshing, easy to drink beer with solid hop notes.

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Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a crystal clear copper color with a light white head that leaves a nice film and lacing. The aroma is very dank. Hoppy citrus and tropical fruit notes abound. The mouthfeel is very smooth and light, quite easily drinkable. The flavor follows the nose with lots of tangerine, pineapple, pine, and grapefruit notes. The malt is minimal but just enough to make this enjoyable. This is a good beer. It seems closer to an ipa than an apa. Great after work refresher.

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Photo of Boozermurfin
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - looks like beer. This category doesn't make much sense to me.

S - tropical sweetness. Really impressed by this citra hop. I've heard if some pickup a little cat piss smell and I must admit on my first sniff I got it. But after that it was wonderful.

T - more citrus than tropical as expected. A little grapefruit some orange. Very balanced with a lingering sweetness to match the smell. Hopheads might think the hop flavor is too subtle but I really enjoyed it.

M - average. A little thin but no issues here.

O - wasn't that impressed my first bottle. Tried again a few months later and ensured it was fresh. Very delicious. Highly recommended pretty easy drinking ale.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update:

This pours a light caramel tan color with thin soapy foam.

The aroma starts out citrus inspired, with notes of candied orange and tangerine.

The beer opens as it warms, with papaya and jolly rancher notes emerging.

It has a lightly pleasing hop bite with some tropical fruit candy, tangerine peel, and a touch of pineapple. Yum.

Previously (on tap):
This is a clear golden in appearance. There is a sharp floral-pine aroma that is just wonderful. Tastes fantastic-it’s crisp, with a chewy pine finish to it and a nice dose of piney resin that lingers around after closing time. Is it citra hops doing all this and if so where can I get another pint? Mmmmm.

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Photo of centurian62
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After finally getting a taste for IPA's and Pale Ales last summer, I have been frantically trying every one I can find. I have been going to some local stores that sell singles and grabbing as many different ones as possible. Last Friday I had the great fortune of grabbing an Odd Side Ales Citra Pale Ale, and the misfortune of grabbing some others.

After cracking the bottle open, I could smell that this one was going to be good. The citrus and hop bouquet was as balanced as it was aromatic! After pouring it from the bottle to the pint glass, I gave it another spin and smell and was in love! The first sip was an adventure into a world that made me giddy! The citrus balanced with the hops made for an incredible flavor! What a fantastic beer! This one goes right up to the top of my list of great ones!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dank like Willie Nelson's tour bus, Raul is feeling this. Now, the main man usually isn't into the more "grassy" offerings, but this is a bell that Raul would like to toll. (Does that make sense?)

Great, just good things. Pure like you wish your daughter was, and all around exceptional like your cousin in grad school.

Yep!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Odd Side CPA is pretty good...not as good as other Citra hopped beer I've had tho. The beer poured a golden clear with white head that left a nice lace. The scent carried the typical citra combo of pine and citrus. The taste was ok....there is a slight twang that was present...and is typical of several brews produced in Michigan...Shorts has it too. Not sure if its the malt being used or what. The balance was decent....perhaps a bit heavy on the malt side as the citra hop couldn't fully come through. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good and I would have it again.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (nice extra, thanks man!). Assuming it's Julian dating on the bottom of the bottle- bottled 9/24/13 (2673). Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours hazy orange gold with a half finger of white head. Recedes to thin wisps on the surface with a healthy halo that laces nicely.

Smells of bright tangerines, a little melon, strawberry and sweet bread.

Taste follows to nose for the most part. A nice pop of tangy oranges up front with paypaya, bitter citrus rind, berries, melon, sugar-dusted biscuit and a hint of pine. Quite a nice blend.

Semi-slick, light-to-medium feel with appropriately healthy carbonation. Lightly bitter pine and pleasantly sweet fruit aftertaste. This stuff is very easy to drink.

I'm not much of a Pale Ale drinker but this isn't terribly far below Zombie Dust in being one that I'll happily down any time. A smooth, highly quaffable and thouroughly enjoyable brew.

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CPA: Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
4.06 out of 5 based on 778 ratings.
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