Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale | Odd Side Ales

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale AleBourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnnieNepal on 04-21-2013

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Reviews by MasterfulIdiot:
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4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ikea snifter. The liquid is a cloudy darkish orange with lots of little lines of bubbles rising up the sides of the glass. The pour produces a huge off-white head that leaves a truly incredible amount of lace on the glass. Really beautiful.

Aroma mostly smells like hops, with orangey citrus being the main note, but there's a bit of a sour tinge to it. There's a subtle bit of blue cheese (not sure if I'm crazy for smelling that) and a tinge of vanilla. It's definitely interesting.

Taste starts out with a bit of the sourness from the aroma, and then the citrus from the hops really kicks in mid-palate, to the point where it almost tastes like it could be orange juice, then a little bit of vanilla comes up on the swallow and mixes in with the oranges on the aftertaste. The hop presence on this beer alone is notable - there's an incredible amount of citrus with almost no bitterness and it somehow never feels even remotely overpowering. Not much barrel character at first, but it gets more noticeable as it warms and adds a nice complexity to an already nice beer. I think the slight tinge of sweetness from the barrel plays really well against the citrus from the hops, and it all comes together shockingly smoothly.

Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy! The body itself is on the thin side, but there are lots of tiny bubbles that aren't prickly, and make it feel a little bit thicker than it actually is. Really well-matched to the flavor - they've got the citrus AND the vanilla, and the light body AND creamy mouthfeel to match!

Overall, really well-done, interesting, and unusual beer! They somehow have it both ways with the hops and the bourbon - neither are quite strong, but they're both noticeable and well-placed. And the low ABV is a really nice kicker! I wish I could drink this all the time, but thanks to niner99 for including it as an extra!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 120z bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a murky rust brown color, not all that pleasing to the eyes.

Smells a little funky. Definite citrus, obviously from the citra hops, but the slightest hint of whiskey gives it a funky smell, reminiscent of a Long Island iced tea.

Taste is a bit disappointing, though not horribly disappointing as I'm only slightly a fan of OddSides CPA to begin with. Tastes exactly as it smells, like CPA but with a whiskey mixing with fruit funk.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, heavy, slight whiskey, stale fruit, not too appealing.

Overall I'm just a little let down that their BA-CPA is a total flop.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
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