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Citra Extra Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of cfalls
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fades fast, not leaving much lacing.

Nice tropical fruit smell comes out of the bottle, but is somehow less noticeable once poured.

Given the smell, the taste was a little disappointing. Tropical fruit still there, but a little too sweet for me, and just a hint of an onion flavor that I don't expect from Citra. My bottle was 3.5 months old, which might be a factor here. Hoppy for an APA -- could pass for an IPA.

Typical mouthfeel for the style.

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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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange gold color. The head formed is thin and loose but maintains well through the session.
Plenty of citrus and tropical notes, some malts but this is about hops.
The taste is hoppy with citrus and tropical fruits just like in the nose. Also the beer has a big malty taste too with a biscuit or bready finish.
Drinks assertive.
I like this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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 RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow orange body, topped by four level fingers of bubbly off-white foam. Thorough lacing.

Aroma has notes of pine and lemon.

Big sweet beginning. Bits of fruit. Big building bitter bite.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

A good but not outstanding pale ale.

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Photo of camshew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Golden orange and clear. Thin head gives way to gentle lacing.

S: Grapefruit, tropical fruit, grains

T: Nothing incredibly unique about this offering, but it was tasty. The citra comes through (although not as much as one may expect), and it has a pleasant bready, malty backbone.

M: Clean and soft.

O: Somewhat mild in flavor and bitterness compared to other Knee Deep offerings, but I enjoyed it for what it was. It met my expectations.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We split a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It glows a hazy, burnt sienna coloring, sporting a one finger head of foamy, soapy white bubbles. Retention is nice, leaving tails of wispy lacing as it eventually descends into a film. A surprisingly thick haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is otherwise found. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma gloriously showcases the star single hop: Citra. We entertain notes of lemon and ginger tea, pale and caramel malt body, zesty grapefruit and tutti-frutti nectary hops, white flour, cantaloupe and honeydew melon, synthetic citric cleaner, rubber cement, tin, apricot jelly, moldy white pear, and smoked toffee sugars. The taste gives much what you’d expect, but with much more salt and much more malt. It opens with thick, nearly overpowering caramel malts, flambéed banana, white wine vinegar, resinous and oily floral and citric hops, chemical perfumes, granular white sugar, and pear syrups, but contracts to a finish of chlorine, sea salt, plastic wrap, vinyl plastics, basement must, green apple acetylaldehydes, more bitter herbal hoppiness, paper towels, and Sprite sugariness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives okay slurp and smack, with lesser cream or froth than one would hope. The mouth is left prickled and somewhat coated, but predominantly astringent and chalked. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, this drinks more like a double IPA than a single hop pale ale. The malt bill is just so darn heavy with caramel. This makes for a much heavier body than expected, but clears the way for an otherwise clean-drinking and finishing beverage. While you don’t really ease into this one as nicely as the premier pale ales, the basicity in the single-hopping is nice. You just, unfortunately, don’t get enough robustness to tell the full story of the citra hop, and the beer is left ultimately standard. Knee Deep has proven what they can do with hops time and time again, but here they seem to be jumping aboard the gimmick train and offering an underdone product.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Knee deep hit town recently so enjoying going through stuff fairly fresh. Enjoyed from a snifter.

a - brew pours a rusty orange w an thin head gone quick...oily lace.

s - nose is nice citra fruitiness. Tropical but still a pale ale wa nice malty backbone.

t/m/o - the taste is surprisingly malty, the hop is there but comes across more as a soft bittering agent. Malty w soft citric. Body is also extremely light. Very drinkable beer and very pale ale...I like pales that tow the line a bit more against IPA or focus on the complexity of the malt, this falls down the middle.

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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!

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Photo of Naugled
3/5  rDev -22.3%

It might have been just the bottle I had but the beer tasted old and stale. The hop aroma upon opening was spot on, but after that it was a disappointment. Hops tasted oxidized and unpleasant. If I have a chance to try a fresh bottle I'll rewrite this review, but the bottle I had was OK at best

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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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.


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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, sweet malts, and floral hops.

T - Follows the aroma. Lots of sweet caramel malts upfront with a big burst of citrus. Lots of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit with a floral hops. Finish has a piney aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - A very tasty citra Pale Ale. Lots of fresh flavors. Very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 lochef81
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This Apa pours a surprisingly dark copper color with an ample off white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is bursting with grapefruit and pineapple with a significant malty under current. Flavor is unfortunately not as nice as the nose. It seems muddled and stale with a very buttery quality. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. This was just okay. Won't be buying it again.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark cooper, didnt expect it to that dark to be honest, finger worth of head,
S: Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. alittle malty smell comes through but the citra is strong
T: super sweet malty, grapefruit, resin, and hoppy bitterness on the end with alittle alcohol bite
M: medium bodied i think
O: Citra is not my favorite hop in IPAs but this is a nice beer that showcases this hop variety.

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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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. Not sure who brought this, but thanks! Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is unfortunately forgotten, but I do remember this being between 3-4 weeks old.

Pours a sunset orange amber color with a fizzy off-white head that rises about a finger high before pathetically dying down within a few minutes. Slightly cloudy, but overall looks like a modest, simple pale ale of a beer. It does retain some oily qualities, as well as some slight sticky lacing at the sides of the glass, which is slightly appealing. Not the most life changing looking beer of its kind, but it does have some charm.

I wish I could say the same for the aroma, however! This starts off fine, with some strong pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and passion fruit. Other light tropical notes predominate, but it's a little too faded to make out. Then, the flavor nosedives into a cooked malty, buttery texture that is distracting from the actual hop and malt profile that the brewery perhaps intended. Contains some brief vegetal green pepper notes, as well as light garlic cloves. This is common (at times) with Citra, but I believe something is a bit off here. Is it a diacetyl issue? Is the yeast slightly temperamental? No clue, but this is super citrusy, Cascade-like fruit notes that I typically don't go after Citra hopped beers to try, and it lacks a charming sweetness to back it up. Disjointed.

The aroma was a bit off, but the flavor may be even worse. Other than the brief tropical notes, as well as the onion/garlic savory combo that I picked up in the aroma, this displays mainly nothing but grapefruit, orange rinds, and pine. Normally, and especially when consuming a beer this young, this would be that much of big deal, but then the buttery texture returns in the aftertaste - with a vengeance. This is definitely plagued by diacetyl issues, and it suffers for it. The hops do nothing to cover it up, and the lightly sweetened, seemingly brittle malt profile doesn't back it up either. Luckily, there's no serious acidic or astringent issues at play, and the yeast seems to be what's holding everything together, but this is one step away from falling apart. This is pretty well carbonated, however, and it was relatively easy to drink. Not the worst, but very forgettable.

This is made from the same guys that brought Simtra to the table? Man, what a shame. Even if they had solved those buttery issues in the beer, it would have done nothing to completely save it from faded citrus and sweet malt qualities that are plaguing this beer. I know there's a great pale ale in here somewhere, but there's just not much to work with. Having this after a good amount of exposure to Zombie Dust really shows you that these kinds of beers aren't easy to make. Hopefully future experiments from the brewery will be progressively more palatable and stable.

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Photo of MarioM
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Delirium Tremens snifter

A: A slight cloudy copper color with a bright white head that dissipated after about a minute to a cluster of medium and large bubbles.

S: Nice tropical and grapefruit aromas with a slight piney dank character to it but not as much as Simcoe brews but it is there. Nice smelling brew.

T: Nice and malty with a slight pungent maybe papaya tropical fruit taste up front and finishes with a pine and citrus character. Nice and juicy finish that makes you want more from it lingering so long.

M: Nice juiciness from the hops and resin goodness. Sweet maltiness is complemented nicely from the low IBUs but assertive hop taste and aromas.

O: Bought this to get an idea of what CItra is all about and I like. Will buy this again and completely enjoying this.

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

my bottle says 7% . . . .
smallish off-white, soapy head, kind of creamy. lots of zesty floral and bright aromas. slight grapefruit, tangerine smells. taste is a lot of the same- very bright and light with small oiliness. very drinkable, very sessionable. not the 'serious' type of hoppiness everyone seems to be clamoring for and that's why I like it. very refreshing, quite light, slight oil, very little bitterness, some decent malt breadiness and some sticky lace down the side as I finish the glass.... I like this one.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into Bruery snifter

Appearance is golden, light orange, transparent. The head stuck around for a good while.

Smell is grapefruit, peach, orange peel, sweet malt, citra hops.

Taste is grapefruit, citra hops, sweet malt. Hop flavor is mild. I feel like the sweetness is coming from the citra hops in addition to the malt. Very mild bitterness. I feel like this is a very balanced extra pale ale (basically an ipa) and I tend to like the more hop forward ones.

Mouth feel is good. Light, slightly sticky. Not too dry. Good carbonation level

Overall this is a good beer. I would call this sessionable. Nothing too special but definitely enjoyable

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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.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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