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

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Reviews:
132
Ratings:
672
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mission Pizza. Nice light golden body. Slight citrus aroma. Flavor seems much more resiny than fruity. Not as much of that citra flavor I’m used to from a beer using the citra hop, but still a darn good brew.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a nonic pint glass.

A- Poured a see-through golden orange-amber color with a big 1-plus F head, off white in color with staying power. Light steady bubbles, heavy lacing.

S-Mostly grapefruit with other citrus and malt backbone. Pleasant.

T-Pale malts make their way behind hefty citrus flavor. Grapefruit rind. Not sweet.

M- Silky smooth feel. Dry hop tang and finish. Puckery and sharp. A touch of pale malt sweetness.

O- I love big bitter hop bombs but this beer is proof at 45 ibu that a good hoppy brew does not have to be 80-plus ibu. It has full hop flavor with body.

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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

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 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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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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