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
kneedeepbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
684
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
139
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Ratings: 684 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
2.11/5  rDev -45.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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 oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 684 ratings.
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