Citra Extra Pale Ale
Knee Deep Brewing Company

Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #440
Ranked #12,087
3.92 | pDev: 9.95%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale
Notes: A single hop, West Coast style American Pale Ale with intense hop flavor and aromas. This is a citrus bomb that has grapefruit and passion fruit aromas with citrus lime flavors.
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josanguapo from Spain

3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

De Beer Republic. En copa Teku. Jugando a The Little Acre. Embotellada 25 May 19. Bastante resina pero a un nivel suave y agradable, con amargor tambien comedido. Bien pero sin emocionar. A repetir fresca

Jan 21, 2020
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$4 USD per pint on-draught at my favourite bar in Austin, TX.

Boldly hopped and assertively crisp, finishing soapy but bringing nice grapefruit pith flavour to the fore.


May 02, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. A moderate foam head retains nicely. Once it dissipates, it leaves a sudsy layer of film and lacing that last throughout.
What strikes me first about the aroma is less the fruit and more the caramel malt. Its toffee like sweetness remains throughout. However, fruity aromas from the citra hops begin to emerge and develop. They comprise hints of mango, tangerine, peach, and passion fruit.
The taste is juicy yet with a dry palate. Flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit, orange and melon. All throughout, an ever present caramel malt backbone adds a moderate sweetness and fullness. The hops provide a gentle bitterness as well as the aforementioned fruity notes, as well as a touch of pine.
Medium bodied and gently carbonated. Soft and smooth mouthfeel contrasts nicely with a level of crispness. Juicy, dry and with a nice chewy malt character.
A really nice Pale Ale. I will have it again.

Mar 28, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks great. Finger worth of frothy off white head that has good retention. Beer is golden in color and see through.
The smell has some slight dank from hop presence but think I'm picking up more malt.
The flavor is very similar to the nose. Hop presence but more malt.
Overall, this was good but nothing spectacular or groundbreaking. But for the price point I got it at (2.99 for a bomber) it's a good one to have. Try it if you see it at a decent price.

Jan 12, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear amber honey with the most massive head. Delightful citrus aroma, and smooth citrus taste. Mouthfeel seems lighter than the ABV. Really easy drinking.

Jan 07, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; creamy white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus along with some fresh bread and crackers. Some floral notes. Malts do their thing. The flavors are pretty clean and crisp. Grapefruit and lemon notes are there. Subtle hints of caramel. Fresh grass is there with some mild hints of pine. More bread and crackers. Malts do their thing once again, but they are balanced and don't dominate. Solid hop bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy drinking stuff.

This is a nice pale ale. It might drink a bit bigger than your traditional pale ale, but it ultimately stays true to style. It's refreshing and enjoyable stuff.

Oct 04, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I am now going back-and-forth between The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & The CANQuest (tm), which many felt was getting short shrift. Hey, I listen to my fan base, if nothing else. Thus begins a short brewery horizontal.

From the bottle: "Single Hop Ale".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a very gentle pour. Without much coaxing, it formed a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head all on its own with good retention, to boot. Nose smelled of grapefruit and mint, rather than passion fruit & lime, or perhaps I do not remember what passion fruit smells like. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big, especially for this style. Bottle marked it as 45 IBUs & I believe it. It definitely had a grapefruit flavor along with the now-emerging lime flavor, but it was really mellow. Like tea, man. Like, wow. There was no hint as to its ABV, except on the label & it was drinking really easily. The malt gave off a light caramel flavor, perhaps CaraPils? Wow, was this mellow! Man, I could drink this all day, but then I'd be really incapacitated. I deeply urge you to try some hop tea, if you get a chance & then try this beer, also if you get a chance. Finish was smooth, dry & very mellow. Dig?

Jul 22, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom (SC).
Pours with a clear amber body and a generous white head that has good retention.
Aroma: tropical fruits, especially citrus.
Flavor: tropical fruits!. This APA really captures and presents the tropical fruit flavor profile I love about Citra hops -- not every brewer manages this.
Mouthfeel: medium body with soft, medium-high carbonation.

May 18, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly floral.
Smells wonderful. Big citrusy burst of aroma, matched and then some by the flavor.
This is crisp and light with a wonderful finish. Delicious and delightful.

Apr 07, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed golden color with a large fluffy white head it recedes to a fresh cap. Dank citra with tropical fruit and sweet caramel malts. Taste has a nice citra burst with with nice passion fruit notes with lemon /lime and citrus. Medium carbonation with with a citra forward taste. Not bad at all ,had no problem finishing bomber.

Jan 29, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle! Bottled 11/3/16.

A - Medium copper colored pour with thin creamy head, but dense. Lacing is dense, thick, and sticky. Carbonation is light and steady.

S - Smell has faded quite a bit (my fault for sitting on the bottle this long). Aroma is caramel malt and light citrus grapefruit and a little sticky smelling.

T - Balanced with caramel malt blending into juicy grapefruit and finishes in a sharp grapefruit bitterness with a lightly spicy edge. Bitterness lingers with grapefruit and caramel sweetness.

M - Big medium body, gentle carbonation, a little watery on the finish.

O - This is a nice pale ale, wish I didn't sit on it for so long. (Was saving it for the holidays to share.)

Dec 31, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nordic pint glass, bottled 11/08/16. Pours a very bright and attractive yellow, with a 3 plus finger white that leaves a wall of lace behind.

Smell passion fruit, lemon, pine, tangerine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste is a tad more aggressive passion fruit, guava, lemon, pine, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, plenty of life, a whisker dry, and very drinkable.

Overall this is a very nice brew, earth shattering not quite, especially for the steep price tag. That being said they are starting to can beers and the price will be better soon.

Dec 16, 2016
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c_tails from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a large bottle

unsure of date, didn't have it on the bottle

pours a pretty clear darker amber / orange

taste - much more malt than i expected. maybe it was an old bottle? it didn't taste super fresh but was still really good. certainly hop forward but the malt sweetness was more present than i expected, a caramel sweetness. it nicely balanced with the hops. didn't fully get the in your face juice citra i was expecting.

medium mouth feel, nice carbonation

Nov 26, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a good-sized, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, citrus and more citrus. Sweet caramel with lots of orange flavor and a sharp bitterness.

Nov 25, 2016
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Kendo from New York

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is golden-orange (more orange) with a half-finger white head. Some lace.

S: Modest nose - caramel malt base and some mild citrus, mainly orange and orange peel.

T: Follows the nose, with a caramel malt foundation followed up by citrusy hops (lemon, grapefruit peel) and just a touch of pine. Good balance between the two.

M: Medium in heft. Slightly sharp carbonation.

O: Very good. This was discounted, price-wise, which prompted me to give it a try. At the price I paid for it (about $4), this is solid. Not gonna blow anyone away, but a good American IPA.

Oct 30, 2016
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: light orange, extremely clear, nice fluffy white head. A perfect looking beer
Smell: Tropical hops,a touch of resin, a little malt
Taste: Starts sweet and ends with a bitter finish with a touch of alcohol heat (not in a bad way). Some caramel malt, some citrus and light fruity flavors, some pine/resin.
Feel: Nice sipper, leaves a resiny coating in mouth, smooth mouthfeel
Overall: I wrote the above before and rated it before reading the below reviews. I am shocked how low some of the ratings are. It tasted good to me.

Oct 15, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/lime, and tropical/passionfruit hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of caramel + toasted malts. There is a light aromas of cat piss hops that becomes a little more prominent as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted, caramel, and grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/lime, citrus/lemon, and tropical/passionfruit hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp initially with just the most subtle hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - hard to pass up at $3.75 a bomber also. Refreshing with a pleasant amount of citra hop aromas + flavors without being overly bitter. About halfway between an APA and a session IPA in mouthfeel with extremely well hidden alcohol.

Oct 05, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden with persistent bright eggshell head. Aroma reminds me just like a Citra flavored jolly rancher I had. Taste is similarly clean with tart lime transferring to bittersweet passionfruit and concluding with a sweeter guava. A decent amount of malt sweetness: doughy lemon bar. Really fine carbonation, builds up in the stomach. Twangy hayseed, really soft feel.

Aroma is a little hoppy for a pale, but wonderfully balanced in taste with malt and hop, but maybe just some more bitterness.

Oct 02, 2016
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle, fresh, copper in color, filtered, ample white head, delicious hoppy aroma and taste. Enjoyed this from start to finish. It was nice also that it was not too strong.

Sep 25, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It has a clear golden color with a slight off white head.

Smell: It has aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and lime.

Taste: The flavors are similar to the aromas with the attention of some grainy elements.

Feel: It has a moderate body with moderate high bitterness.

Overall, the hop assertiveness is highlighted by grapefruit and lime which dominate the aromas and flavors.

Sep 25, 2016
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anon from California

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

3/4" dense khaki head stands atop a brew of a deep golden colour, holding it's retention fantastically and leaving trails of lace on the way down. Clear cut aroma of oranges, lemon peel, grapefruit. Subtle pine and malt sweetness.

Decent flavours on this brew; a big punch of citrus from the star hop delivers lemon peel, oranges, lime, grapefruit, giving way to tropical fruits: pineapple, guava. Malt backbone delivers soft notes of cracker, bread, lemon candy, caramel.

An almost average brew with an almost perfect mouthfeel, they really nailed it here; light bodied and very juicy. Just a touch of dryness, but the citrus flavours that linger literally kept making my mouth water. Extremely smooth and clean. Light bitterness. All around a good showcasing on the citra hop. Cheers.

Aug 18, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; no lacing;

S: citra, citra, and citra;

T: as it should be, citra is prominent from start to finish; lemon and pine also evident in the middle; some caramel noticeable up front and on the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: as a big citra fan, I love this;

Jun 05, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden orange color with a bright white fluffy head, good amount of carbonation, good head retention, beer is clear, some lacing.

A: Guava, grapefruit, citrus peel, very pungent, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose with guava, grapefruit, citrus peel, garlic/onion taste, moderate amount of bitterness, good amount of malts to balance it, drinks more like an IPA than an APA, very tasty.

M: Light/medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: I will say that I enjoy citra hops, so I am partial to any beer made with them, this is very good better aroma than taste, but overall a solid APA that I would probably drink more often if Knee Deep would put dates on their bottles.

Apr 28, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into IPA glass. It pours a golden-honey color with a humongous, snow-white head and lacing. It looks like a snow cone. It smells of lemon-grass, orange peel, caramel, and floral hops. This ale has a strong malt backbone with an IBU of only 45. I was somewhat surprised that the first taste I experienced was the caramel, followed by the citrus, and finishing with a dry hoppy bitterness. It's medium-bodied, with pleasant carbonation and an ABV of 7% which makes it easily drinkable. Overall, it's well-crafted and enjoyable. It would be great with seafood or asian cuisine. I think there are better APA's but I wouldn't turn Citra down.

Apr 23, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 11/4/15. Pours a clear gold with a bit of amber. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of grapefruit, passion fruit and a touch of lime over pale malt with a strong dose of grainy biscuit.

Heavy light body that is smooth with a hint of oiliness. Superb carbonation level that is in balance with the body. The middle has a bit of effervescence and the finish is prickly.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and allows the Citra hop to shine. Intensity is appropriate for the style, as is bitterness. Balance is world class. It begins with grapefruit then flows into a moderate middle bitterness. Passion fruit emerges post middle bitterness over a fairly sweet base (cracker biscuit) with notes of caramel. Towards the finish, a lime influence emerges creating a nice contrast with passion fruit. The finish is a slow fade of slightly sweet zest and lime with a slight dryness coupled with an earthy dankness.

Apr 21, 2016
Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 706 ratings