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Citra Pale Ale | El Segundo Brewing Company

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Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ehammond1 on 02-15-2012

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 246
Reviews by Somebody_Else:
Photo of Somebody_Else
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this because the guy at my favorite store said "Yes," and "It was brewed less than a week ago."

Entirely satisfied. I was hesitant because of the low alcohol, but I have no regrets and I think that 5.5% might be low...

I don't know how to judge beer appearance, but there is some cloudiness to the brew. Golden honey/amber. I poured with average gusto and it produced a 1-inch cream-colored head which slowly faded to nothing. Lacing was inconsequential.

The original smell was floral and citrus with not a lot of pine. Eventually the smell dissipated to a large degree. While it was there it was great.

The taste was balanced and full and stayed consistent for the duration of the bomber. I rate this a full success. The after-taste (mouth-feel?) was rich and kept me recycling the fumes between drinks.

I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElSid
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


On-tap at Westside Tavern

A: Hazy orange-yellow California sunshine in a glass with a white head of foam. The lace is thick and laces the glass after a good amount of time.

S: The nose is beautiful and fresh with orange zest, peach and pineapple along with pine and herbal aromatics. There is also some honey sweetness lingering the back.

T: The nose is misleading with little fruit up-front which is mostly citrusy which quickly transitions to a clean bitterness with notes of pine and flowers. The malt is in the middle; crackers, bread, and honey ending in a dry and faintly peppery finish.

M: Medium bodied with ample linger and carbonation. There is some chewiness which brings some interest to the palate.

O: A brew with a promising nose which fails to translate to the palate. The fruit fails to come through culminating in a brew with little complexity or interest. This style has failed to grow on the West Coast with most breweries focusing on the IPA and DIPA market. I hope breweries will soon rise to the occasion and create flavorful ales in the low to mid ABV range.

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Photo of Lofreqwave
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA
Brewbies Festival 2012

Slightly hazed orange and amber with a small off-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.

The aroma on this beer is simply beautiful. There's tons of tropical, pineapple, and citrusy orange and grapefruit characteristics erupting from the glass, certainly due to the Citra hops. Awesome. Everyone I handed my glass to marveled at the aroma.

The flavor isn't as successful, though still above average. This is obviously a generously hopped American pale ale, but most of that hop presence comes in the way of general bitterness, as most of the tropical fruit characteristic is lost.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

The incredible aroma can't quite carry this above average pale ale to greatness, though I'd be more than happy to have this one again.

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Photo of acurtis
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tuckersmth
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeyjoey104
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SomethingClever
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into can glass bottled dated 5/29

A: light gold in color not much head but its pretty cold. Alittle hazy but that could be due to the cold

S: some grassiness and crackery malts maybe the tiniest bit of citrus

T: Not very fruit more grassy with light bit of coppery taste to it and some of that

M: fairly light body with just a smidge of wateriness to it

O: Fairly underwhelming beer nothing really jumps off the page at you or out of the glass as it were.

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Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PhaseID
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of dannydetox
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time with this brew. Pours a golden yellow color with a small head that faded fast. light lacing left on the sides of my pint, with medium bubbles persisting. initial aroma redolent of citrus, pineapple hops. something piney on the back end after imbibing. i appreciate the dryness of this brew; nice to enjoy a mid 5 ABV pale ale with a bitter, dry edge like this one. outstanding? no, but pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Nage37
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap while in L.A. Frankly, I found this beer to be extremely average, at best. It had a decent pine hop to it, but really found it to be one dimensional. Clear golden color with little to no head retention. The beer was smooth and did have a decent bitter aftertaste. Other than that, I would probably try other beers first.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TrojanRB
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
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