Citra-Rye Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Citra-Rye Pale AleCitra-Rye Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our single-hop rye pale ales are created to showcase the flavor and aroma characteristics of individual hop varieties. The grain recipe is kept the same and only the type of hop is changed from batch to batch. Citra is one of our favorite hop varieties and has some crazy tropical fruit flavors and aromatics – think mango, pineapple, and passionfruit.

35 IBU

Added by AlexJ on 05-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by UnderPressure:
Photo of UnderPressure
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange beer. Nice color. A half inch white, rocky head melts to a thin layer after a minute or two. Nice lacing.

Massive tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, orange, mango. A slight hint of spiciness after the beer settles down a little bit in the glass.

A spicy bitterness hits the tongue immediately. Followed by sweet and spicy malt, fruity hops and finally a spicy bitter finish.

Relatively thin bodied for a rye beer. The bitterness, spiciness and carbonation combined is a little rough on the tongue.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, earth, tropical fruit, tropical fruit hop, and marijuana. The flavor was of sweet malt, tropical fruit, tropical fruit hop, fruit, fruit hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. I will be upfront about this, I am a huge fan of citra hops. This brew definitely delivered the appeal that I really enjoy from this hop variety. The tropical fruit aspect on this one really made this brew work extremely well. Really glad that Westbrook is going through and doing these single hop series brews. But just so they know, they knocked this one out of the park in my opinion. Well done guys.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jsanford
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a dense white head that settles to a soapy ring and wispy haze. Super fresh and pungent CItra aromas of peach, mango, papaya, and grapefruit with a moderately spicy and sweet rye malt profile. Quite nice, but I'm always a sucker for a Citra-bomb. Taste is obviously Citra-heavy as well, with more grapefruit, peach, and papaya, a mildly sweet rye malt profile, and a moderate bitterness. Infinitely drinkable (like all the Rye Pale Ales have been), with a medium body and solid carbonation. Very likely the best of the Single Hop Series, but again, I'm a CItra whore.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a pint, hazy golden straw body with a tower of fat white foam that left messy lace all down the sides

S: like fields of fresh grain and flowers, some citric hints and spice

T: fresh, bright and smooth - lots of great barley and rye action - some tingly spice (from the rye presumably), too; hops of citrus and floral nature, deeper earthy flavors

M: smooth, clean, tingly rye notes, perfectly bittered - extreme drinkability

O: absolutely impressed with Westbrook again - this is a stellar beer - somewhere in-between an APA and an IPA - great blend of Citra and Nelson Sauvin (and Amarillo?) hops - the rye is present but doesn't interfere with the barley malts and hops - a real stunner.

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottle on: 11/12/12

Thanks to mikeincharleston for throwing me this bottle in exchange for ordering some MoAS for us to split. Thanks Mike.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a huge 3plus fingers width of slightly off white colored head which hangs around for a long time before dissipating down. Leaves tone of layered lacing.

S: Tropical fruits as expected, with tons of mango and some pineapple. There is also a fairly big dank, resinous quality, and a bit of spice. Really smells great, not as one dimensional as I expected, I suppose from the rye.

T: Rye notes are very prominent in the taste, followed by resinous, piney hop characters. I also get lemon zest and orange rind. Almost no tropical fruit flavors come out in the taste. Still very good though, I thoroughly enjoyed the rye presence.

M/D: Medium bodied, pretty heavily carbonated maybe a touch too much, drinkability is very good though. This disappears out of the glass in no time.

O: Overall, a very nice beer. Great aroma, tasty, and drinkable. Another well done beer by Westbrook.

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Photo of harrymattcody
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a tasting back in the spring.

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pour is a nice, light orange color with a little haze. A nice head forms that leaves a decent looking lace pattern throughout the glass. Aroma is all citrus to me, which is never a bad thing. Taste is big on the tropical fruits with a little spiciness from the rye. Note to brewers: use more rye. Mouthfeel is light with a nice tingle from a decent level of carbonation.

Overall, I would drink this one over and over. Lower ABV and big flavor are always welcome.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of PDXHops
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy gold body with a decent cap of frothy white head and a fair amount of lacing.

Big citrusy nose with the unmistakeable presence of rye lurking. The rye seems to be an oddly appropriate complement to fresh squeezed orange, mango and lemon flavors. Dryish malt profile that allows both the rye and citrus to shine. Long juicy finish that's at once satisfying and appetizing. I'm not sure the rye necessarily adds to the beer, but it certainly doesn't subtract. Impressively constructed beer that showcases the key ingredients in a modest ABV package.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mojo
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - pours up a beautiful gold with a foamy two finger head. Retention is good and lacing is great.

S - Grassy, floral, pine.

T - sort of malt forward with a hop rye flavor at the finish. A little unbalanced with malt being dominant.

M - average

O - I sort of expected better. This bottle had a little age on it, so I would be willing to try one that is fresher.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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Citra-Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 50 ratings