Citra Extra Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

very good
132 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-18-2011

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 672
Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Transparent golden amber hue, one finger soapy white head,snappy carbonation with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top, primo lacing in a pilsner glass.

As soon as you pop the top, the citra hop aroma makes itself known, and is tropical, quite juicy, pineapple,tangerine & pine needle vibe going on here. Mouth watering aroma for sure.

Taste is also hop forward, and props to Knee Deep for not only sourcing quality hops, but having the ability to place them front and center stage. The malts are not very noticeable, and that is always a huge plus for me when the hops can shine in the spotlight. There is a juiciness and bitterness that is drying, and invites another tasty quaff. Alcohol exceptionally well hidden, assertive though not overdone carbonation. For a mere 45 IBU, Citra Extra Pale Ale offers full bitterness and flavor that defies that modest number: quite surprising.

Mouthfeel is medium, dry finish, the carbonation almost reaches the prickly stage but definitely not overdone, in fact vey nicely done.

Overall, the ratings are LOWWWW on this fabulous all citra pale ale, making it a true sleeper amongst beers. This is a rock solid effort from Knee Deep that is impressive and should be a MUST for anyone digging that tropical fruit vibe. Deserving of much higher ratings, this all citra hop-bomb delivers the goods in a slam dunk manner. Fans of Zombie Dust should absolutely adore this one, seek it out for sure, highly recommended. Go buy some, enjoy and help boost the rating back where they should be!

 1,531 characters

Photo of joecast
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What? Another citra beer? Thank you!
Looking at past reviews makes me think they have changed the beer a bit. This one is listed at 7%abv.

Great hop character here and very well balanced. Actually drinks like a sub 6% pale and pushes the limit of how much hops that malt can handle without crossing the line. Extra pale for sure!

 330 characters

Photo of gcasher
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

 178 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” dense white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big citrus and tropical fruit aromas,
T: A rich creamy texture fills the mouth and then gives way to rich malt and light biscuit followed by a symphony of citrus, light fruit, tropical fruit and light malt flavors and an assertive bitter finish. The hop flavors and bitterness linger.
F: Very creamy soft on the palate with medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big, refreshing citrusy American pale Ale loaded with tropical fruit flavors.

 558 characters

Photo of salcedo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a glass.

Aroma: Malt and oranges
Appearance: Creamy head, nice lacing on the glass. Color is a dark yellow or orange. Significant chill haze, but to me that means it is real, unfiltered beer.
Flavor: Initial sweetness, followed by nice bitter bite. Strong citrus flavor combines sweetness of tangerine with the bitterness of grapefruit. There's a hint of grass in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Well carbonated
Overall: Very tasty beer, would be about perfect if they can get rid of the grass flavors.

 552 characters

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is as it says it is: a Citra brew. A hazy apricot with a nice white head. The aroma is subdued, but the citrus does come to the fore. Some sweetness detected, can't flesh out if it is malt or part of the hop profile. The flavor is a bit more complex. The citrus profile is sweeter than beers with nods to lemon or grapefruit. More of orange and lemon, but the flesh, not the peel. What my damn inarticulate palate cannot discern is if this is the meaning of this hops featuring in this beer, or if it is the expert hand of malt balance to add that touch of sweet. Finishes with a nice resin-syrup. Maybe I'm thinking Meyer Lemon? Regardless, a well done feature of Citra. I am a fan.

 689 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm assuming that this beer I have here is the same as the one listed as merely Citra Pale Ale. Looks nice. Nose is a robust citrus and pine. Flavor is bitter and piney/citric hops with a lot of oil really showing through. Very even and smooth and biting in all the right ways. I like it. This is an excellent example of how a single hopped beer should be (Dear Mikkeller, please do take note). A superb beer. I would love to have this on tap or, even better, on cask. Definitely suggested.

 490 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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;

 429 characters

Photo of BeerBaron238
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful orange to light copper hue. Persistent creamy white head. Smell: Citrus hop aroma, with grassy finish. Grapefruit and lemon. Taste: Citrus and hop bitterness dominate. Very well balanced. Malt present enough just to balance only. Grassy hints in the finish. Mouthfeel: Effervescent and dry. Head adds creamy texture throughout. Overall: So very refreshing. A well made Pale showcasing the amazing Citra hop. Could drink this all day, everyday.

 465 characters

Photo of Sorcerer
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle. No bottling date evident. Timidly poured into a 22oz tulip glass yielded a generous head 2" head. Clear orange-copper-yellow color looks right for drinking.

Whiffs of wet plaster, fresh cut lumber, lawn mowing, drying paint, yep and grapefruit, promises a hop-tacular drinking experience ahead. Long lived droopy lacing that doesn't have that sedimentary (gulps) layer look

Pale ale with something extra spilled onto my thirsty tongue (parched from a long mountain bike ride) burst open with the anticipated piney hop flavinoids most agreeably and then developed most unexpectedly into a metallic reverberation, which was that bitterness shock with that APA lightness I like, then a thin (weak) sweet maltiness filling in all the short-lived blanks, before the final swallow, and the bitter remains of aftermath, not unlike a traditional IPA will leave behind.

Carbonation right where I like it (poured into a glass): very bubbly. Yet in my glass, after the pour, the beverage is quiet - then rebounds with tides of bubbles with each draft. Good to drink fast, slow, and in between. Good mouthfeel.

Overall a very good APA. I want another one.

 1,167 characters

Photo of Omnium
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange with a two finger fluffy white head.
Awesome aroma with a load of mango citrus some light malts
Flavor follows up nicely with lots of fruit some sweet malt balancing get It out mild bitterness.

 208 characters

Photo of PeterParker
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head and good lacing.

Nose is intensely pungent. Big astringency with orange, lemon, and mango. Kind of smells like a bag of hops with a touch of malty sweetness added.

Taste follows smell. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate at the front. On the back end there is a dry pine that is very nice followed by the sweetness from the malt.

The body is medium and the carbonation seems to be at the right level. Extremely dry piney aftertaste lingers.

Very good for just a pale ale. Citra is one of the best hops out there and this showcases them well.

 606 characters

Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, rocky head. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass. The liquid is gold and cloudy.

Strong hop aroma of freshly cut grapefruit. I detect a bit of sweetness in the background.

The flavor is sharply bitter. This starts even at the initial sip. It intensifies to peak in the swallow. The aftertaste, while bitter, lasts only a moderate period of time. Near the end, it's nearly astringent. Rich for a pale ale, but with ample carbonation as well. A nice hop-head beer.

 480 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and tropical hops with just a bit of pine hop and some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with grapefruit, pine, and floral hops and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy pale ale with some good hop flavor from the Citra and a good hop and malt balance.

 782 characters

Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Delicious fruity hoppy aroma with predominant strong notes of passion fruit which is hard to differentiate from the real fruit. Hints of caramels, mango, grapefruit and bread. Not very complex, but the passion fruit was incredible.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, resin, lemongrass, passion fruit, a bit of toasted malts and muffled caramel, spices, American yeast, pine, green mango, green pears, melon, pineapple core, grass and lime. Dry aftertaste with a rounded but long lasting bitterness. It sure feels bitter than its 45 IBUs, especially considering its body, nothing wasted here. Passed the sneeze test.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is well hidden.
Beefed up APA with good fruit complexity. Really a well done citrus bomb, balanced and intense but not harsh. Also with a superb real passion fruit assertive nose. If it was easily available, this would certainly a regular. Resist well over time, no lame excuses for being extra fresh.

 1,085 characters

Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of pure white foamy and bubbly head. Head dissipates after a few moments, leaving plenty of sticky lacing, to a slick of bubbles and a thin collar. Moderate carbonation, tiny bubbles floating slowly up every now and then.

After opening the bottle, the aroma hits my nose immediately, and is stronger after pouring it out into a glass. Dank fresh wet hops, herbal, pine and dare I say marijuana with freshly squeeze citrus, grapefruit and a bit of sweet orange. Very nice aroma for a low abv and ibu pale ale.

Taking a sip, nice hop flavor, fresh herbal, pine, grapefruit peel and pith. Good balance of bitterness and just enough pale malt present to make for a balanced flavor profile. Finishes dry, with only a light pine and grapefruit hop that's barely sticking around at the back of the tongue.

Light body with a clean crisp carbonation. Easy to drink as per the style and very enjoyable. A better beer than the Hopstar from Knee Deep that I didn't enjoy as much as this one.

 1,069 characters

Photo of colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a really excellent american beer. something like this, very dry and citrusy... this beer tastes of the arid west, of the heat. pervasive dry heat for many months...

i had three bottles a week ago... i can't find any now... if you can get this get it.

the pour is so clear, so extra pale, but the hop taste is so fresh and perfectly matched to the body of the beer... it's an IPA drinker's pale ale.

can i get this in a 12 pack in cans? i need a fridge stocked with this for the summer.


 504 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

 771 characters

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

 498 characters

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Blue Monkey - NJ

Currently one of my top 3 favorite pale ales. Drinks like an IPA. Tons of citrus on the nose and palate. Grapefruit/grapefruit rind as well. Nice pop of dank bitterness. Some lingering bitterness afterwards on the palate but nothing overwhelming. A very tasty APA. Goes down super smooth for 7% too. An 85 BA score doesn't do it justice.

 364 characters

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

A: deep gold and clear, few fingers of white foamy head eventually reduced to a film cap with some lace drying inside the glass

S: vague suggestions of sweet fruits - tropical and citric; rugged, rustic grain belt right behind

T: mellow malts and 45 IBU of bitterness let the Citra hop shine through - plenty of its trademark fruity citrus-ness

M: smooth and slick, subtle bitterness, clean-finishing

O: a great IPA for Citra fans - single hop action will reward fans!

 473 characters

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

On draft at The Ginger Man, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a full herbal and peppery hop.

The taste likewise offered an herbal and peppery element with a supportive grainy pale malt.

The mouthfeel was spot on for the style with a full residual herbal ness.

Overall a tasty hop forward APA.

 401 characters

Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap while on vacation in Michigan earlier this month. in fact, I think this was one of only two beers I had in 9 days that wasn't brewed locally. This is a very good west coast IPA -- very high citrus hop profile. Delicious.

 236 characters

Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

 758 characters

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Knee Deep Brewing Company - Citra Extra Pale Ale, poured into a DFH Spiegelau glass.

Look - Pours a clear bubbly copper golden with a good sized foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Mostly Citra hops, which goes without saying I would imagine. Some bready sweet honey caramel malt underneath.

Taste - Blast of Citra citrus hop with sweet honey caramel malt blended in. Ends sort of like a crouton flavor with a bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite thin here, lacks carbonated bite that it could use. Rests bitter. The Citra mouthfeel alone is almost soap-like but it's still good, just a bit off. Booziness is slight and drinkability is good.

Overall - Solid brew, not stellar, a bit off between the single hop and the choice of malts. Citra by itself is interesting, I'd like to see it paired with different kinds of malts to see where you could go with this. Would have this again but would not seek out.

 953 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.