CPA: Citra Pale Ale | Odd Side Ales

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CPA: Citra Pale AleCPA: Citra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of centurian62
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +4.9%
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.


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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +6.7%
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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Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the awesome Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Tasted 12 November 2013. Reviewed from notes.

First time I had it the appearance was off, I think due to it being the initial pour from a new keg. Had it again a couple days later, and it was a lot better. A clear pale amber orange. Brought with 1 finger of dense small-bubble whitish head; good retention, leaves excellent lacing as I drink it.

Smell is a burst of bright citra hops. Orange and grapefruit, with an unobtrusive base that's apparent mostly from the lack of emptiness. The initial smell is awesome, but it fades as I drink it

Taste is clean and crisp, fading to slightly bitter. It gets a little muddy in the finish, but mostly it's a dry grainy clarity. Slowly declines to a medium mildly bitter pale ale.

Feel is the low point. Kinda, with not enough carbonation. The first pour I had looked like swamp water, and this feels like it, too.

This beer reminds me a little of PseudoSue and Zombie Dust. It can't come close to those two masterpieces, but it's pretty darn good. I find myself liking it less as I drink it, though.

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Photo of MCain04
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Pelagic for this extra! A little over 3 months old, 12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau tulip.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber body with a pure white fluffy head, great retention and lacing.

Smell is zesty, orange, piney, a little sweet, was probably more aromatic when fresh.

Taste is good citra flavor hops of lemon, orange, piney, with a light malt backbone, moderate bitterness, lingering taste is bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, dry finish, moderate carbonation, very refreshing.

Very refreshing and enjoyable APA that is a great change of pace from big malty boozy brews that dominate the market these days. Easy to throw back a few of these without feeling to much palate fatigue or getting too buzzed. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottling date, given to me by David. So probably about 3-4 weeks old at this point. Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 11/1/2013.

Pours a fairly dark amber body, dark for a pale ale, with a nice white head that slowly dissipates into a thick film on top. Looks good. Some lacing here and there, nothing special.

Smells grapefruity balanced out by a biscuity and bready sweetness. Mostly grapefruits with a dab of pine. Kind of one dimensional.

Tastes grapefruity and dank, but a bit more biscuity and bready than I prefer. There isn't that juicy flavour that comes with Hill Farmstead pale ales or TG pseudoSue. This is closer to Zombie Dust than the others. This is kind of a fairly lesser executed Zombie Dust really.

Medium bodied, resinous. A bit bitter on the back end with a bit of pine. No heat, pretty drinkable.

Standard citra pale ale offering, comes nowhere near Zombie Dust or pseudoSue. Still, this is a great deal for the price and if you live in Michigan, this is a decent and reasonably priced substitute for when you're all out of Zombie Dust.

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Photo of joe1510
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Odd Side - Grand Haven, MI

Odd Side's Citra Pale ale has a little chill haze but is bright golden with hints of tarnished copper. The pure white head reaches a finger's width in height and shows good retention. Drink lines remain behind with each pull. A good looking beer, the head sticks around forever.

Tropical hoppiness precedes grapefruit pith and a touch of herbals. I always get a mild but noticeable lactic quality from Citra and this beer is no different. The malts are pale with crackery and biscuity sweetness, which isn't much. Orange and weed open up when the beer warms slightly.

The flavor characteristics are the same but not as vibrant. Soft tropical fruitiness runs throughout, mostly mango, while grapefruit pith and light herbals with a touch of earthiness. There is a little more caramel than in the nose but the malt profile is still mostly biscuity.

The body rolls through nicely with moderate weight and an appreciated softness. There's a touch of bitterness on the finish that's pretty mellow. The drinkability is pretty high on this guy, refreshing and easy to put away.

Citra is a damn fine pale from Odd Side. I've always preferred it on draft but it's certainly worth picking up a sixer here and there. Bright nose, good flavor, and drinkability make this one to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly clear orange pour from bottle with sixteenth inch of white head. Grapefruit and lemon citrus aroma that’s fragrant. Average to soft carbonation, finish on the dry side but not too shabby. Taste is decent blend of juicy citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and orange, some tropical fruits too. Decent bitter malt finish. Great pale ale with a potent citrus hop presence.

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Photo of guityler83
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A two finger tall, tan head formed as it was poured into a english style pint glass. Great head retension, it left behind a nice thick coating of lacing on the edge of the glass as it fell. The beer color, a slightly hazy light fall orange to darker yellow color.

S: Moderately floral tropical mango and berry aroma. A mild fresh bread scent comes out when swirling the glass.

T: Tropicall fruit hop bitterness flavor that follows you from begining to end. The mango, strawberry and mellon flavors consistent with the aroma. A nice moderate amount of toasty, bread crust malt character that balances the beer out. Clean fermentaion, no off flavors. The hop flavors seem abit muted or dulled, maybe need a fresher example to get the full affect but tastey non the less.

M: Nice dry finish and moderate carbonation. Clean finish with no harshness or lingering hop tannins.

O: A clean refreshing CPA with the tropical hop aroma/flavor you'd expect from citra and a malt backbone to support it. The store I got this from was shelf only so I'd like to find a cold stored example but a solid beer in all.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citras should be their own category, imho, because it's really hard to screw this up.

Seriously, what can I say? A big, giant rush of mangos and oranges against a standard APA background. No off nodes. Easy, and easy with the sort of hop profile that makes easiness taste grand. Only, unlike Zombie Dust, Psuedosue, and the really exceptional citras, this one doesn't do anything to set itself apart.

You ever see the movie "Repo Man?" You know how all the products in that movie are in white packages, with a sans-serif font listing the product. So instead of a red bottle marked "Heinz," you'd get a white bottle marked "Ketchup." This is the white bottle of "Citra Pale Ale." Good stuff, but boilerplate for the hop profile.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a .3l tulip from jermy as an extra in a pipeworks box he sent. Thanks!

Perfect out of the bottle into the glass. Light billowy top, generous lacing, brite burnt copper pour. Legs that go all the way up...

Excellent aroma as well - lemon grass, pepper and citrus pith. The whole experience really shapes up nicely until the taste which is a letdown with this much well-executed build-up.

Maybe this is a regional taste thing, but I prefer a whole lot *more* to my ales. I get that one note, when it's a great note, plays. But, and this may be me, when you've created a brew with an aroma full of subtle notes I expect that the taste will follow. This didn't. Taste's like citrus pith.

Nice, light with the only knock being the lack of crisp finish. The taste lingers long after the liquid is gone.

I can't drop the taste below 3.75 - but it also prevents me from raising the overall score any higher.


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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light brown color. Pours with about half a finger of head which subsided to the edges of the glass. Sticky random lacing on the sides of the glass with each drink. Average carbonation active while drinking.

Smell: A pleasant bouquet of citra hops greet the drinker which mixes incredibly well with a rounded sweet caramel malt aroma. Mangos, orange peel, kiwis, gum drops, and cane sugar all explode out of the glass.

Taste: A lot of the same characteristics in the aroma show up here. Candy sweet hops dance around on the palate with tropical fruit tones which all stay grounded and balanced with a syrupy sweet malt backbone. The hops continue to be very active long after drinking. Slight dryness left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy going, nice malt presence felt.

Overall: An excellent APA. The citra hops give a distinct hoppiness to this beer yet a very solid malt backbone keeps it in the APA category. Easy drinking and light, a great summer pale ale.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, date stamped as bottled on 18 June 2013, poured into snifter.

Amber color with a modest cream-colored head. Clear. OK retention and decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Dominated by Citra hops. An inviting mix of of tropical fruits – including lemon, pineapple, orange and mango – and sweet malts with notes of grass and pine.

T: Starts off sweet with a fruity (hops) caramel (malt) mix, then a solid blast of fruity hops, with oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, and mangos. Very tasty. Fruity and mildly bitter Citra hop flavors linger on and on afterwards. .

Feel – Medium-light bodied; excellent carbonation level; semi-dry finish.

O: An exceptional APA, with a level of hop aroma and flavor that fit the IPA label, but with lower bitterness than an average IPA. Very fruity and surprisingly complex for a single-hop brew.

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Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great pour - golden, hazy with an excellent white head with equally impressive lacing. Nose is chock full of since sharp grapefruit that leads into the same happiness on the tongue, only fading when a touch of sweetness finishes on the otherwise dry tongue. Awesome creation, and great design of a single hop pale.

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Photo of Brenden
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright and clear, this one is pretty much a straight amber color. It grows an off-white head that settles to a finger's height without dropping too much further, staying tight and creamy as well as managing some good lacing, in plenty of thick patching.
A nice, bright citra hops nose is offered with a malt addition that serves to balance and allow the hops bill to maintain key status. As such, there's a firm bitterness that's juicy, mild notes of pine and earth allowing tropical fruits to take the forefront.
The bitterness is at a standard level for the style, and it serves well. It's a nice, juicy sort of flavor with a balance from malts that doesn't take away from the hops. Citrus zest, light floral notes, and lemongrass make for good depth and a satisfying complexity.
A medium body that works well and leans light and bright, it might have a little more depth to it overall. It's semi-dry as some leaf pulls some dryness into the middle. Crispness is moderate and steady, as is smoothness.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger frothy, foamy, billowing, cream-colored head. Great retention and awesome rings of lacing down the glass. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles.

S – Grainy and caramel malt aromas with a nice dose of hops with orange, peach, mango, and grass notes. Pretty standard for a darker (more caramel malt) pale ale with Citra hops but pretty nice, too.

T – This is where this beer really takes off. It starts off sweet with caramel malt and a blast of fruit including oranges, peaches, pineapples, and mangos. As the taste continues, bitterness from these fruity hops picks up and takes with it grainy malt and earthy, grassy hop flavors. At the finish, all of the fruit flavors are still there under a blanket of resinous and somewhat spicy hop bitterness. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, mildly spicy, and dry finish. Bittersweet fruity Citra hop flavors linger for a fantastic amount of time.

O – This is a great pale ale. In all honesty, it may be creeping closer to an IPA rather than a pale ale, but a lot of beers these days fit that profile. It is loaded with hops but very drinkable at the same time with a smooth, bittersweet flavor rather than a tongue-blistering bitterness that a lot of hoppy beers try to accomplish these days. This is the first beer that I’ve had from Odd Side, and I’d love to try some more. I’ll be looking for them the next time I’m in Michigan. Thanks for the introduction, Jared!

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Photo of brewskis
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light, golden orange color with almost no head retention. Leaves a thin ring of lacing. Smell is expected knowing this is exclusively citra. Notes of pineapple, dank tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, light pine as well as some light grain and carmel. Smell is not very pungent like other citra beers, but still get light notes of all of these. Taste starts with grapefruit, various tropical fruits like papaya. The middle brings a light sweetness, as well as notes of grain. The finish continues the sweet grain notes, as well as more citra hop qualities: more grapefruit, papaya, and lemon. This grain quality is a little too strong and really interferes with the hop qualities that should be a little more pungent in flavor. Almost get a banana like taste in the finish, as well as a metallic flavor. Light body with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. This could be an older bottle, but I am not that impressed with this. The malt bill was a little too much and the citra hop qualities were a little toned down.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance : Caramel honey colored, Upon swirling in your glass you see the half finger white head bubble into the deep color of the beer, Good lacing

Smell : Grapefruit citrus, pungent sticky goodness

Taste : A citrus combination of orange and heavy grapefruit, coats your tongue with a resiny sticky goodness. Bitterness takes the wheel right after your initial taste settles.

Mouthfeel : Medium carbonation, Light-medium body weighed more towards light for me, Refreshing

Overall : Good Refreshing beer. I will absolutely put this beer in rotation with some of the other regulars. Find one.

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A slightly hazy yellow-light gold body. Small head forms before quickly deflating to scattered thin foam.

S: Tropical fruits (guava really comes to mind), blood oranges, and grapefruit peel. I'm also picking up just a hint of wet paper.

T: Tropical fruit and sweet malt throughout. A little bit of citrus rind lies in the aftertaste. Quite nice.

M: Fairly light, of course. Finish is a little drying.

O: A very pleasant pale ale, and one I would gladly have again, although I expected a little bit more from my first Citra beer.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a cervoise.

Citra Pale Ale has a golden orange hue and an effervescent white froth. There are some small bubbles visible through the haze that replenish the head for the duration of my glass. A very nice, polished appearance.

The nose on this beer is a little bit light for what I would like. The citra hops are noticeable, with mango, pineapple, and tropical fruit notes coming across, but the intensity is simply not there. A bit of pale malt and honey come through in the back as well.

Each sip starts with a little bit of light malt sweetness. A burst of citra hop flavor releases a vibrant array of tropical fruit flavors - mango, pineapple, lychee, peach, and a bit of grapefruit. The juicy fruit notes blend with a bitterness that has more punch than the nose but still leaves me wanting more. The finish is slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is a little bit lighter than I want out of this beer. It is 5.75% so it is allowed to have a light body, but I would simply prefer this beer to amp up a little bit. The carbonation is mostly creamy with a slight bubbly feel.

Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking pale ale made with a great hop. Could I drink these all day at a hot BBQ? Yes. Would I go after this above some of the other great pale ales out there? No.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Lots of heavy lacing.

S - Aromas of bready malts and grapefruit peel.

T - Taste is tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple. The citrus fades into bready malts. The hops show up in the finish producing a nice piney bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is a great Pale Ale. Smooth and highly drinkable. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep yellow/orange. Pretty hazy. An off white head that leaves a lacing.

Smell: strong tropical fruit, slight hoppiness

Taste: strong tropical fruits and citrusy/tropical hops. Very dry malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter but strong fruity after taste. A little dry.

Overall. This is probably the tastiest pale ale I have had in a while and easy could be considered one of my favorites. Definitely worth a try

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

$2.19 bottle that was bottled with a half rubbed out date ... can't make out the month. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Odd label. Lime green background with purple trees in the foreground, with oranges and lemons on the ground. A hazy orange color with a few chunks floating around. Two fingers of head goes away pretty quickly, leaving a white film on top. Lacing is patchy.

Smell: Sweet, malty, but then fruity and herbal hops from the citra.

Taste: About what I expected. There's a really nice hop flavor that's balanced out very nicely by the malt. Quite dry. The citra is highlighted but it's not quite as potent as a beer like Zombie Dust is. This beer doesn't taste much like Zombie Dust, surprisingly, but they're both excellent beers in their own right.

Another great beer from Odd Side. To my surprise, less bitter than Simcoe Sensation, but has a very nice flavor -- drinkable as hell. Zombie Dust has a bit more "oomph", but having a local citra-centric beer is awesome. Must try.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle into glass

smell: lemon, hay, citrus, grapefruit, apple, pear

taste: very earthy bitterness, not getting a whole lot of malt, fruity finish, with notes of citrus, pear, grapefruit and lemon. bitterness lingers

mouthfeel: higher carbonation, sort of thinner body

overall: A bitter pale ale with some fruity notes and a smooth malt backbone, will seek this out again. Another fantastic Michigan brew.

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CPA: Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
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