Citra Sour | Almanac Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Citra Sour is our very first single-hopped sour release. As the name suggests, Citra hops lend citrusy, fruity flavors and aromas, leaning toward grapefruit or even melon and passionfruit. It’s a popular hop in blends behind big West Coast IPAs, but bold enough to shine solo.

These fruity aromas blend harmoniously with our tart, earthy sour blonde ale, creating a beer that simultaneously contradicts and compliments itself. Pairs best with summery salads and sense of adventure.

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 252
Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer refreshing.

Like Corey Seager hitting clean up, Citra comes through with a 2 run double in the gap. Needed this one, BA’s, I needed this one. Clean, smooth, has that perfect tart pop like when your baby mama claps back... Citra may not save eternity, but it saves this moment.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sour IPA in my hammock on a summer evening - it really doesn’t get a whole lot better than this. Almanac is creating a lot of fantastic sours recently; I’ve been very happy with every one I’ve had. This Citra Sour is just a beautiful beer, glowing pale gold with a nice frothy head. Smell is full of promise, sour notes first, then the fruity Citra hop tones, particularly grapefruit, which works beautifully with the sour. Taste puts these onto a gentle malt foundation and lets them expand into greater complexity. A pleasant touch of funk. Feel is nice but could use a bit more carbonation. Really a great beer for the end of a summer day!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of citrus in this, as expected, with a more balanced juiciness. Still has that trademark Almanac sourness on the back end, and maybe if I had this fresher I’d get more of the nuances.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a nice looking hazy blonde color with no head or lace.
The aroma had the citra hops up front - sweet, tart, bitter and sour flowing into some light grassy notes and ending up bringing about some lemon sweet pulp. Light grapefruit rind, pine and vinous qualities came out faintly too.
The flavor was a nice blend of sour to tart to bitter and ended up grasping a little sweetness in the back. Some trickle of pine, vinous and herbal qualities came in subtly. Aftertaste was mainly the citrus/grapefruit to piney and vinous sweet characters.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, perhaps sat just a touch under with a wannabe sessionable quality about it. The sour harshness wants to create some pucker, but honestly, it's quite tame. Carbonation felt a bit under, but wasn't bothersome to me, I just accepted it. ABV did feel appropriate. Finish was almost sticky, slightly absorbing to the dry piney effects.
Overall, really nice citra hopped sour ale well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of teromous
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a date code on the shoulder but the bottom half has been scratched off somehow. The top part says: "H3 CITRA"

Appearance: The body is an opaque gold and yellow. The head is short and white with a fluffy consistency. It has moderate retention but mostly just fades to a foamy white ring.

Aroma: There is a strong ureic catty scent with the aroma of pine needles what smells like old books.

Taste: The beer has a nice tartness up front. An herbal hop flavor similar to bay leaf is nice and strong in the flavor which does a great job of accompanying the tartness. It is similar to a marriage of citrus-like tartness and savory herb-like flavors. There is a bit of thyme flavor to the beer and what tastes like orange. It is a lively combination of flavors. The aftertaste has a bit of pine and grassy flavor that lingers around pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied and lightly tart with a nice dry finish.

Overall: It was a very enjoyable beer that I would both recommend and drink again. The highlight of the beer is how well the hop flavor integrated with the tartness of the beer. The hops didn't contribute a noticeable bitterness but they had a very good aroma and flavor. The bottle states that this is a "SOUR BLONDE ALE AGED IN OAK BARRELS & DRY-HOPPE3D WITH CITRA." The beer doesn't seem to pick up any of the oak flavor or character but it certainly has picked up a lot from the dry hop.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, guava, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, pear, green apple, citrus peel, white wine, pepper, oak, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light leather/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, guava, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, pear, green apple, citrus peel, white wine, pepper, oak, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light leather/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, guava, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, pear, green apple, citrus peel, white wine, pepper, oak, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light leather/musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic, fairly crisp, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.8%. Overall this is a fantastic dry hopped sour/wild ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced acidic/tannic finish. A perfectly balanced showcase of Brett, Lacto, and Citra hops; with great wine barrel presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kitch
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle, bottled in July 2015. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku.

Appearance: A nice hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, mango and pineapple followed by citrusy mandarin, orange rind and grapefruit with hints of funkiness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma as its funky, tart, sour, tropical, mango, passionfruit and apricot, followed by citrusy mandarin and orange rind with light oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Very nice and refreshing tropical and citrus aromas and flavours with matching funk. The barrel notes were a bit weak, but I’m perfectly fine with that in this case.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very big, engaging aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, a funky quality and hops.

T: Tasted of a lot of citrus fruit (grapefruit and orange, in particular), some light hops notes, malt, lots of tropical fruit (passion fruit, for example), the aforementioned funky quality, and a definite sour quality. A vibrant, sweet, complex flavor that's easy to like. Incredibly tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A big, bold beer with lots and lots of character. Very well done.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright and light-orange hazy/opaque beer with two fingers of white foam on top. Head formation is reluctant, but retains a while. Good splatters of lacing left behind. Aroma is tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, with a sour, funkiness to it. There is a little bread malt in there as well. Flavor profile starts tart with grapefruit and tropical fruit notes. The middle portion of the flavor profile is more neutral as far as tongue twisting qualities like tart or sour, and features orange hops and bready malts together. Finish is sour, and comes on rather suddenly. Nice sour note combined with more tropical fruits and citrus. Mouth feel is a little fizzy with a tiny bit of pulpy graininess to it. Thickness is medium. Overall, a resoundingly great hoppy sour beer. The hops are featured and tasty, with a sudden sour twist to the beer that blends in well with the flavor profile.

Served in a teku glass.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy light blonde color with nice lace.

Smells like a delightful cross of orange juice and vinegar.

Nice and tart, with a great hoppy profile with hop flavor. A perfect cross between a Citra IPA and a sour. Fruit skins, pear and apple. Slight onion as it warms.

Feel is slightly puckering, a little resinous, and semi dry.

Overall this was a very impressive beer. Would have again.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great nose. Big bright fruit scent, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Perhaps it is the grapefruit scent, but the nose strongly suggests a sour flavour. A touch of dry funk. Flavour lives up to the nose. Moderately sour, lots of bright fruit, white wine, oak and a finish that lightly presents some dry funk. Very good stuff.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bone white head, close to two fingers, very light and airy with wispy lacing at most. Bright golden hued liquid with a burnished shine to it, the bubbles are both widely dispersed and quite active, regenerate constantly. Grassy and leafy nose with a pronounced burst of lemon to pink grapefruit citrus, light peatiness, vinous unto vinegar, mango, star fruit and passion fruit scents, more impressive for how it slices into the nostrils than for breadth of aromas. Medium-bodied, all those bubbles turn into a pleasantly prickly carbonation, fits the sour oak and wet leafiness well. The passion fruit, pineapple, melon flavors dominate here, pushing the citrus back a notch. The more you sip the more it leaves a dry, tacky residue in the mouth. Vague yeasty breadiness and scone notes not really able to soften it much, not that this would be desirable. Lasts well after you swallow, plenty of retronasal resonance. You could call it a bit of a one trick pony but it is a helluva trick and as sessionable as a beer of this nature can get, would have put down a second or maybe third bottle had they been on hand.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy straw golden color with a bright white, two finger fizzy head. Retention is minimal and there are a few spots of lacing.

Smell is tart lemon, acidic sour, grapefruit, passionfruit and a touch of funk.

Taste is very similar. It is more sour and less hoppy than the smell suggests, but not by much.

The feel is light and very well carbonated. Very prickly too.

Overall a very good beer. Citra is my favorite hop, and I wish it was showcased a bit more in the taste like it is in the smell.

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Photo of professorchow
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, refreshing beer. The grapefruit bursts in both aroma and taste, in both cases balanced by moderate lactic tartness and mild funk. I could knock back a lot on a hot summer day, but enjoyed it plenty on this cold winter night, too.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely puffy head over straw body.
Really complex nose, and I get lemons, sherbet, and a lot of other notes i can't pick. Just wonderful
Taste is very zesty, lively, vinous, tart, oak, dry but very balanced
Beautifully carbonated and light to drink.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing snifter glass.

A: Pours a light yellow that's quite hazy. Low visible carbonation and a thin white head that fades quickly.

S: This smells amazing. Funky and tart with a lactic bite, white wine and oak. Then a tangerine citrus and tropical fruity hop burst as well. And all this over a very light cracker malt.

T: Lactic acid tartness and feety funk with a hint of cheesy character. Wine and oak tannins dry it out with the lactic tartness. The light cracker malt in the middle adds a bit of sweetness, before more dry vinous tannins and the citra (citrus and tropical fruit) bitterness take over. Lactic tart dryness through the finish.

M: Light body, low alcohol presence. Good carbonation sensation, plus the tingles from the tartness.

O: I really dig this one - wonderful balance of hops and funk/tart flavors. This whole series has been more hits than misses, and this one is really tasty.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has lemony tartness and citrusy hops. Taste is also tart and lemony with some citrusy and slightly dank hops on top. Slightly bitter on the finish. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry aftertaste. A nice hoppy sour, just not as special as I expected.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to the mad scientist for sharing. Hazy yellow body with a small white cap. Sunshine, wheat, hops, citrus aroma. Funky character. Mild sourness. Grapefruit, orange, perhaps a touch of kiwi. Easy drinking and nice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sourness over the top of light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit juice, tropical/melon, and tropical/passionfruit hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts with a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of sourness and finishes with moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit juice, tropical/melon, and tropical/passionfruit hops along with a light hint of lemon/citrus hops. There are light amount of bitterness towards the finish but the lasting flavor is that of sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink, enjoyable, and refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden and while the beer is tart/sour, it is not overly puckering. Definitely worth grabbing and one I would happily drink again.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short bright white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has more sourness and stronger notes of citrus—lemons and grapefruit stand out in particular. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of tartness.
O: I found this wild ale to be both refreshing and easy to drink. It's not overly sour and there's enough citrusy hops to add to the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of spoony
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (bottled July 2015) to a tulip.

A-The beer is hazy and light in color; straw with hints of rust or brown. The head is short and white, and it leaves no lacing on the glass. I can see a few fine bubbles of carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is dominated by a musty, tart citrus flavor. Lots of lemon with a little bit of wild funk. Reminiscent of other Almanac sours, but this showcases the citra hops nicely. There isn't a ton of oak in there, but the beer is vinous enough to remind me of a sauvignon blanc wine.

T-The taste is more sour than I thought it would be based on the smell. Acidity pulls at my glands with each sip. The lemony hop notes double down on the tartness. Flavors include white wine, lemon, hints of mandarin orange, and a pale malt base.

M-The body is medium in heft. Carbonation is moderate and the beer feels slightly slick on the palate. A nice drinking beer.

O-This is a good sour beer that really puts the hop variety, citra in this case, up front and center. The result is lots of lemon and a lightly tropical note that mixes up an otherwise standard wild golden ale. This is a good beer, but I don't know that I would buy it again at the price point.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold with cloudy haze. 2+ finger white head is rather effervescent. Head dissipates slowly leaving behind a small amount of lacing.

Bright citrus aroma. Lemon and orange. Hop notes combined with juice notes. Chardonnay grapes, earth, and a bit of funk.

Citrus-y on the tongue. Lemon first and quite prominent. Mild hop bite. Grapefruit. Lactic acid. Wine barrel, oak and grape.

Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Tart on the tongue but not truly sour. Lingering citrus and wine notes.

Very nice sour with good combo of citrus and barrel.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this one better than the Simcoe Sour. It's a cleaner citrus flavor as opposed to the super juiciness from the Simcoe. Both are very enjoyable beers.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy medium orange gold color with a bubbly, soapy looking head.

S - Citra funkiness with some acidity.

T - Acidic tropical fruity tartness, sweet grapefruit funkiness.

M - Medium body.

O - Nice sour.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy and dull golden orange with a thin but lively layer of active carbonation.

Citrus, acidity, and slightly astringent.

Flavor comes off very mild, the acidity is lesser in flavor and puts some life into an otherwise rather dull citrusy and subtle hop character that comes with this beer.

Light-bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, light, tart, refreshing.

Overall, while this had potential, I was left a little disappointed with the lackluster of this brew.

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Citra Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 252 ratings