Citra Extra Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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122
Ratings:
636
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
23.12%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to an oily film. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, slight tropical fruit, and a Band-Aid aroma. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and some pretty herbal hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is not exactly bad, but doesn’t really show off the Citra hop in a good way.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I write this review instead of using "Hads" to keep track of my tastings so that it can garner sufficient reviews to get a grade.

Pours a clear orange amber with gold highlights and a light pure white head. Nice looking although head fades fast.

Nose starts with an almost saison funkiness but goes to a bit of "smelly" oranges. No other way of putting it but smells a bit like "sweet sweat." Hints of body odor in my beer is not what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin but quickly forgotten with the giant assertive pine/bark/old bitter grapefruit skin flavor profile.

Flavors are big and bold but just singularly unattractive.

Finish is all bitter pine/earth/old grapefruit skin.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing running down the sides.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—passion fruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell except that the tropical fruit flavors are a little stronger and there are additional hints of lemon/lime citrus. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this APA to be very easy to drink and quite tasty with all of the tropical fruit and citrusy flavors. In some aspects, I would almost consider this to be refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

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

22oz bottle. "Extra Pale Ale". Huh, tell me again why this isn't just called an IPA?

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and silken off-white head, which leaves some low-lying cloud cover lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of dank pine resin, zippy red grapefruit and blood orange citrus rind, a prominent earthy flintiness, muddled, yet still exotic tropical fruit, crackery caramel malt, and some further leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy pale and caramel malt, a less dank pine cone and needle astringency, sort of pithy mixed domestic citrus, waning wet stone path notes, an equally understated tropical fruitiness, and more leafy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are nicely rendered in their come-hither and fluffy frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, even the heady hops barely making a dent here. It finishes off-dry, the green hoppy acridity, the still good to go, but not particularly engaging fruitiness, and checked-out malt configuring themselves thusly.

Like the few other examples of this 'augmented' style that I've come across, Knee Deep's version comes across as a merely thinned out IPA, the hops large and in charge, while the malt duly wavers. Maybe I'm just a proponent of balance (see Session IPAs for a treatise in the other direction), but fucking with the boundaries of a single ingredient isn't always what it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a deep burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy white slow to settle white head atop.Aromas are some what muted with leafy hops and a iron-like German lager style to it,a bit of citrus comes thru more as it sits.This a dry APA on all fronts,a crisper dry toasted malt base up against a herbal and citric hops profile,easy going down.

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1.5 finger creamy lush head that fades slowly, nice sticky foamy lacing too, a clear nectar orange color.

Nose starts with big toasted grains, a cereal cracker, like a saltine cracker, big grainy flour, mild mineral notes from some yeast things, a little citrus peel, zest, with touch s of orange, candied orange peel, and a little apricot even, not what I was expecting at all for a Citra pale.

Taste brings mineral water out front, weird again, some grainy toasted malts, cereal grains with more cracker like saltine or wheat cracker, etc. Then hops, but not a ton of flavor, hop water, with a little orange peel, candied orange and candied apricot, not much actual orange juice or tangerine, etc, little pink grapefruit note, pith mostly, etc. Finish is bitter rind like, fair bitterness but not a ton, a little sticky but somewhat dry.

Mouth is med bod, decent fluffy carb, hint of booze note.

Overall eh, it shouldn't be old, although there's no date I bought this at the same time as all the other Knee Deep beers and those were pretty good, not old. This one seems old or very much missing hte point of a citra beer, not very enjoyable in pretty much any category.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seriously spicy light brew. Nice foam on a golden amber pour with a touch of orange. Sprightly on the tongue and a rather oily mouthfeel. Smells like grapefruit with a little coffee. Nicely sudsy with every new pour.

Sweet and grainy. I'm not sure I like this kind of citrusy flavor. Seems like a hint of mold in the woodwork. Otherwise, it's loads of overripe grapefruit. Maybe some tangerine peel. Quite drinkable, though it gets plenty bitter. Sharp yet fruity. Intensely spicy and hot in the mouth.

From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/28/2014. Pours crystal clear deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice citra pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Federatl Taphouse, enjoyed chilled in a tulip

the color is lightly hazed golden with a slight darker shade and light head with fine bead. The smell is very fruity tropical and mildly dank with herbal accents -lovely citra aroma. The feel is great with a mostly dry body with moderately bitter texture and low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good with nice tropical and tangy grapefruit with light herbal/spiced hop character and dry finish with lasting bitterness. The malt is very light and the hops are the main flavor with juicy quality with the aroma sending you back to the tropical and citrus in the taste with each sip. I love how there is simplicity yet this is a very drinkable ale. I have had other Citra single hop beers I did not think were done as well as this especially in the aroma which is why I gave this excellent rating - I recommend this to fans of Citra hops.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/16/12 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citra hops, oranges, fruity malts, pine hops, grapefruit, lemon, and light floral hops. Really nice, and a ton of orange, like the nose quite a bit.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, caramel malts, grains, fruity malts, oranges. Still nice but not nearly as hoppy as the nose, and a lot more malts. A step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, no alcohol to it at all.

o - Overall a pretty nice hoppy APA. I liked the nose a lot as it had a lot of citrus and orange to it. Would have it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Medium white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Pungent. Orange and tropical fruit hop. Toasty malt.

Taste - Really nice hop flavor. Not over the top. Tropical fruit. Hefty biscuit and toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Simple and delicious beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep apricot orange, with a slight haze and a bit of murky quality. Head is a good creamy three fingers but with little retention, leaving a big bubbled thin puck and minimal lacing.

Nice aroma. Bouquet has a good tropical note and some fresh ripped grain. Some dry grain quality and almost powdery a bit though on the malt sensations. Light biscuit as well. Pretty solid and good.

Palate comes through very rich and juicy. Big hop forward tropical notes of citrus, and a bit of apricot and melon like fruit. Mild biscuity finish with some malt presence and sweetness as well. Clean pale ale quality, without a large hop overkill. Mouthfeel is good with almost some chewy property making the hop angle come out even better.

Considerably well hopped, but sticking to pale ale roots. Good clean and solid brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Trying the Citra EPA at Yards in Roseville. The beer poured a copper clear with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is not as pungent as I was expecting but still did not disappoint....citrus and pine presence. The taste is nicely balanced but finishes slightly bitter. There is grapefruit and pine flare. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. It actually was much thicker than expected. Overall this beer is quite nice.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a yellowish-orange color with a 1/4" head.

Smell: citrus is the dominant aroma coming from the glass.

Taste: mild caramel, grapefruit, mango, pear, and a decent hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a nicely refreshing and easy to drink pale ale. Definitely focuses on the citrus side of things.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RB

Picked up this 22 at Home Brew Stuff a week or so ago, but have since found it at all the usual haunts (COOP, Brewers Haven, Bier Thirty Etc.).

Poured tonight into my CC Teku... Nice enough 1/2" white head... splotchy lacing atop a fairly clear orange brew.

Nose shows a nice tangerine zest hoppiness with good melon and other tropical fruity hops... very dry aroma with no real maltiness to help the hops bloom out of the glass.

Flavor is surprisingly tame... good hop presence, but is out of tune with the malts as there is only a dry crackery element to help with the hops...

Good drinkability, but just an above average brew... I wanted to like this one more.

3.75/3.75/3.5/4/3.5

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and hoppy with a grapefruit and pineapple hop aroma. Toffee candy and a little mango aroma. Little bit of pine aroma.

Starts out a little sweet and woody. Medium level of bitterness. Basic pale ale flavor without much in the way of extra flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent beer. Citra doesn't do much for taste but it certainly add much to aroma.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Phelps for the generous extra. 22oz bottle. Pours nearly clear, amber color, with a small, slowly settling white head and decent lace. Nice aroma is very much citrus hops forward; mostly getting orange, lemon, and grapefruit, with a noticeable grainy malt note behind it.

The flavor is also pretty nice, if straightforward and uncomplex; lots of citrus, tropical fruit from the Citra hops, a fairly high level of bitterness that threatens to overwhelm the flavor a bit, and a decent bready malt backbone underneath. Leans a bit more towards an IPA than a pale.

Medium to a little thin in body, with assertive carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Refreshing and clean-drinking. Not bad, maybe not exceptional, but overall fairly tasty.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/17/2011

On tap at Churchill's.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a finger of white froth.

S: Aromatic tangerine meets grainy malt with notes of bread and caramel. The nose is dry with a decent amount of orange pith.

T: Bready, grainy malt with little sweetness, blending with faint tangerine and orange notes. Bitterness is at a moderate level. Finishes dry and bitter with citrus rind.

M: Upper light body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A solid single hop pale ale. Not exactly bursting with flavor or aroma, but there are worse things than tending toward insipidity.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.74/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear golden orangish color with good carbonation leaving a medium white cap and nice lacing

S: Overly malty with toasted bread and light caramel and citrus

T: Immediate big malty presence of light caramel, Earthy and big breadiness back with citrus and what seems to be old faded hops

M: Medium bodied, sticky, well caronated but heavy

O: Not so impressive

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

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Bot. 07.28.15. Consumed 11.20.15.

S: Slow rise of effervesce within a orange peel colored body of medium clarity. Frumpy, off white head is one plus inches with a strong hold factor. High amount of lace coverage smothers the vessel.

S: Sweet peach and apricot aroma is first on the nose. Pale grain backing with a fresh orange slices coming through. Strength is medium per style, with a moderate rate of retention.

T: Citrusy bitterness for the flavor is bold and upfront, flowery in nature, with some supporting cast of melon and grapefruit notes. Ctironella, lemony flair mingles with some alcohol. The hopping rate is fairly high high, bittering, less fruity and sweet then the nose. Crisp and pale malting with hints of grassiness and a warming of lemony-tropical alcohol comes on the finish.

M: Crisp, carbonation, aggressive around the tongues edges, medium bodied with a slippery texture.

O: Sweet nose, nice dose of fresh citra notes, the flavor is more dry hopping, but is very crisp and sharp in drinkability. Very good pale ale, extra pale ale, or by what name you may call it, even an ipa which at 7% and the rate of hopping may be closer to the truth. Knee deep seems to specialize in hoppy beers, this is no exception. Drinks really big.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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