Black Citra Not So Pale Ale | Odd Side Ales

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Black Citra Not So Pale AleBlack Citra Not So Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
oddsideales.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 08-31-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to IPA glass. Pitch black liquid with a few fingers of khaki head. Plenty of carbonation clings to the glass. Nice aromas, primarily of roast and floral hops that carry through to the flavor. There's also citrus notes/coffee and dark cocoa. Wonderful black ale.

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Photo of MSU_Swit
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color with nice head and lacing. Nicely fragrant with fruit and floral smell. Dark toast with citrus and pine tastes a very nice beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color with a light brown head.

On a 4 month bottle, the hops may have faded a bit, but the balance still stands up. A clean malt quality, without the cocoa chocolate and light coffee roasted overtaking and triggering the creamy and residual sweetness of a porter/stout. Onto a bit of spice, and lingering black coffee flavor.

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Photo of JDoHo
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a growler of this a few years back. From my notes:

Brown/black hue.

Khaki head; strong lace.

Orange citrus nose, with a hint of coffee.

Medium mouthfeel.

Nice mix of citrus & coffee; when cold the orange shines, as it warms the coffee shines. Complex & flavorful.

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Photo of malprep
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of red94tt
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, though not opaque, body with a half-inch of mocha colored head. Aromas include pine, orange zest, resinous hops. Chocolate and piney hops flavor. Light to medium in body with moderate bitterness. I enjoyed this.

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

Photo of uccle81
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shivtim
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AdamSteve
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrborchert74
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Agostini10
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raime
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OddSide Citra Not So Pale Ale.

OddSide made a damn fine Citra pale ale. And I can only imagine this one to be even better given the fact that the malts have been turned up. I wanted this one for some time, and finally found a single of it. With all that hooplah said, let us see what we get.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a deep, though not completely impenetrable black witg a two finger nearly-mocha colored head that has a long life ahead of if. Head retention is second to only a few brews I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Carbonation is impossible to get a read on due to the depth of the beer.

Smell - The hop presence is very, very floral. Almost smells like a fresh bouque of flowers. The one I brought to your moms house last night. Some tropical fruit juices that of which K cannot distinguish and a nose hair burning level of alcohol amongst a large whiff of the beers. Nothjng leading to the blackness is detectable here.

Taste - Once again very floral and fruit juice forward. That bouque is about to do some work on your sister now. Tropical fruits of the mango variety comes through after the flowers. BUT, I don't taste a single hint of what gives this beer its nearly black coloration as the malt levels are kept to a low, nearly unnoticable level. Hell if it wouldn't have promised it on the front of the bottle I wouldn't have brought it up in the taste category. Ten minutes later after letting it warm, I still can't pick up any sign of roasted ANYTHING. Still tastes good, just expected something a wee bit different than this.

Feel - After taking my sweet ass time, I am finally ready to rate this category. Beer sits medium bodied with a very low level of carbonation. The roast aspects becomes more apparent and you pick it up in all aspects of the feel. Flower power also amps up just a touch. Beers swallows on a roasty note, though easily.

Overall - Well it didn't live up to everything it promised in every category, but it was still a solid beer nontheless. Drink this one a few degrees cooler than room temoerature and maybe you'll get different results than I did. Was really just a blackened, and weaker on the flavor version of their Citra Pale Ale. As always, give it a shot and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulyB83
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, no bottling date.

L- Dark, dark brown/black, tiny amount of light coming through, light brown head.

S- Light mango, citrus, and light roast.Even though there is no bottling date the aroma would lead me to believe it's not too old as the roast hasn't overshadowed the hops yet.

T- Similar to aroma with a light bitterness.

F- Lighter side of medium, very easy drinking.

O- Very nice almost sessionable black hoppy pale, all the flavor of the original but with that added light roasted note. Definitely pick some up if you know it's fresh.

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