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:
185
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy nearly opaque reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA style. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Odd Side this past weekend. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a single-finger off-white head and some good lacing. The nose brings forward heavy roast and a bit of chocolate. Mild tropical notes and pine behind that.

Flavor is comprised mostly of the roasted malts and chocolate, though the hops are certainly apparent. Behind the roast is some tropical fruit and light notes of pine tree.

Light-medium body with a very dry finish. Not as good as the regular CPA, but still tasty.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of this beer....had higher expectations. It poured a opaque black with offwhite head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries faint pine and bitterness. The taste is somewhat smokey and weird....it is very strange and I am not a overly huge fan. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Nope....won't go buying this one again.....would try it on tap though....just to see if it is better.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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 AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of beergorrilla
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is grapefruit and mango dominant initially, then very chocolatey and roasty. Notes of resin and pine contrast the chocolatey sweetness.

Flavor is sweet and chocolatey initially, fading to resiny and roasty bitterness in the finish. The fruity hop character pales, in comparison. Muted grapefruit and mango are overshadowed by the dark malt presence, and the combination reads as acetone. There's a bit of astringency that lingers.

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Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

I picked up a bottle of Odd Side Ales Black Citra Not So Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of their Citra Pale Ale and I'm really interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty nice with a dark version of their CPA label and the description is nice. It poured a nice dark brown color that was on the border of being black and it had some brown highlights when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, medium roasted malt and chocolate like aroma. Up next comes the Citra hops that impart that juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas with no single fruit sticking out the most. This beer has a pretty good aroma, it's got great balance between the roasted malts and the citra hops.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a slight grainy, medium roasted malts, and a nice chocolate flavor. Up next comes the citra hops that impart lighter fruity flavor with citrus fruits seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of low bitterness with a roasted malt and light citrus hop aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, it would have been better if the citra hops stuck out a little more but I thought it was still pretty enjoyable.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and good example of the style. the dark malts seemed to work pretty well with the citra hops and for the most part the balance was pretty good. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see this being a nice session beer and It's a pretty nice fall time beer, I could see myself drinking more than a few of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the contrast between the roasted malts and the citra hops, it was pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance in the taste, the dark malts were just a little too overpowering and I think a little more citra hop flavors would make this really good. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's priced well and it would be nice to keep around in the fridge. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy Black Ales. All in All i was happy with this beer, it was just as advertised and it was very sessionable. I prefer CPA over this beer, just because I feel like it does a better job at representing the citrus hops, but this is still pretty good for what it is. This beer is right on the border of being a Black IPA and if it had a little more bitterness it would fit in the style nicely, but as it stands now I would call it a hoppy American Black Ale and I would put it right on the same level as Dark Horse's Reserve Special Black Ale. Good job guys I enjoyed this beer, keep up the good and creative work.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hilgart1
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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