Citra Pale Ale
El Segundo Brewing Company

Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #861
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,061
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.95%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
304
From:
El Segundo Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
Notes: A straightforward American Pale Ale. American two-row barley, a touch of Vienna malt. Then, an irresponsible amount of dry-hopping Citra for a unique aromatic experience. Pour vivaciously into your favorite tapered glass to fully enjoy.
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 304 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Psilo:
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Psilo from California

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely light golden with a stream of tiny bubbles supporting the fizzy white head. Head fades, but a small cap remains and whispy lacing is left behind.
Smells citrusy, but no backing sweetsness is detected.
Taste is where it fails me, and mouthfeel. It has no malt backbone supporting the hops, and is on the watery side. Don't know why they wouldn't just market it as a Session IPA, given how well that IPA tag sells. Hop water, but even the hops aren't coming through that strongly (and this is a week-old bottle). Not a fan of the session IPA, and this doesn't work for me as a pale.

Sep 18, 2017
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really tasty, solid pale ale. It's clearly Citra hopped and carries a nice herbal, green, fresh hoppiness. I prefer pales with a bit more caramel malt in the background but this is really easy drinking and well made. Also I love the bottles. yb

Dec 09, 2019
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BigJohnShow from California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2015
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Hopsohard from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 20, 2019
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Bennettarr from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Will got head to head with Sue or Zombie Dust any day.

Jun 20, 2015
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DerekO41

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Jul 02, 2014
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cryptichead from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 20, 2018
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SoCal_Matt from California

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 04, 2016
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Mtbfatty from California

3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jan 10, 2015
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wulfie85 from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 04, 2015
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beerseer from California

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Apr 26, 2016
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Sammy from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 19, 2018
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joeyjoey104 from California

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 02, 2015
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Varkias41 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 19, 2013
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PhaseID from California

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Aug 04, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich back in Sydney.

Pours a faintly hazed pale golden colour, with a very full and frothy, almost meringuey head of white that has amazing resilience and retention. Lacing is also extremely good. Body is light, but with a bit of a weight to it when swirled. It looks really very good.

Nose is thin, but fruity with citrus obviously prevalent. Slight mustiness comes through, a bit like dried orange peel, along with a hint of pepper and an old grain-cellar dust character. There's a hint of sweetness to it—perhaps rose—but not much. Overall, it's decent, but not as exciting as it could have been.

Taste follows a similar sort of trajectory: hoppy for the most part, but slightly dull in its execution, with the flavours coming out as faint preserved citrus and marmalade. Some apricot comes through, but nothing sweeter than that. The main issue perhaps is that the body doesn't support the hops, even though the hops are a little pedestrian: it leaves it feeling slightly thin in the mouth.

Overall, it's a decent and drinkable pale ale, but one that perhaps doesn't do the citra brand many favours as a hop variety: it seems a little sharp like it should, but there's not the balance in the beer that it requires. As a result, the beer is more disappointing than it should be.

Sep 21, 2013
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DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 07, 2015
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GClarkage from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Jul 08, 2014
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Ksoden1186 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Dec 04, 2014
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2beerdogs from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Oct 26, 2013
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brewmastercat from California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Great hoppy pale ale.

Oct 27, 2014
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

May 07, 2013
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SierraFlight from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aug 08, 2015
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johnInLA from California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Apr 25, 2014
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Green_street_hooligan from California

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%

Oct 18, 2014
Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 304 ratings