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:
Also known as Blue House Citra

Added by ehammond1 on 02-15-2012

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Santosizer
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my dogfish head ipa glass. Big mistake. I poured slow and 45 degs, it still threw a lot of head on this bad boy. Soapy soapy head. 3 fingers, great retention. Just wish I used my regular tulip.

Smell: Extremely subtle, lemon shandy comes to mind, some pine, malt, bread.

Taste: Lemon shandy-ish. A breathe of lemon, pine, pale malts, and little orange.

Feel: This is where the beer shines. Incredible on the feel. Light bodied, carbonated nicely, dry finish.

Overall: This is the definition of a beautiful sessionable pale ale. Citra is one of my favorite hops so I'm a bit biased in that aspect. But this beer is nicely balanced. Just a great beer I wish was in a 6 or 12 pack. This is their flagship IPA on a marketable level.

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Photo of rob99er
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good pale ale. Actually one of the best. Easy to drink, nice citrus flavor. I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of heyhoser
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

my favorite citra ale. its just a wonderul citrus bomb on your palette and nose. still got enough malt to provide some balance. damn i love this beer.

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Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy copper orange,huge billowy three finger bone colored head, appears unfiltered, respectable lacing, lively carbonation.

Aroma is flowery & citrusy, lots of orange peel & grapefruit, resiny dank hops. The dry hopping steps up the aroma a notch or two, and there is a slight presence of bready malt in there to tame the hop bitterness.

Flavor is bright & bouncy: citra hop all the way. Nice juiciness, and tartness at the same time, minimal malt presence, alcohol artfully hidden. Crisp & dry finish, quite desirable.

Mouthfeel is medium,carbonation spot on,lingering bitterness at the back of the palate is delightful.

My romance with the citra hop continues, and Blue House Pale delivers the goods. With so many overrated beers, it is a pleasure to find a sleeper in the pack. This is a really well crafted single hop APA that deserves closer attention, and higher ratings.

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4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at THG.

A: Clear golden color with a creamy and fluffy white head that hardly faded at all during the time it took me to finish the pint. Sheets of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Perfumey citra nose with notes of dry pale malt backbone. Clean.
T: Clean citra hop contrasted against a pale and crisp malt backbone. Clean overall, drying, and lightly crackery. Citra is citrusy and sweet. Finish is quick and easy. Straightforward and clean.
M: Medium-light body, clean, crisp, and drying mouthfeel, with crisp and scrubbing carbonation. Drinks well.
O: Easy to drink and flavorful. Light and clean overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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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4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

not clear, but not hazy either. bright lemon-y yellow with some 'stuff' stuck to the side of the bottom(?). no head. kind of cloudy.
pine aroma. just pine. soft on the pine though. maybe some citric/grapefruit. very nice though.
bread taste. instantly. citrus/pine nose, bread hit on the palate. or, what is it, really? more base than acidic, not really chalk, but a base-type of twang....
overall an easy to drink brew. low abv, but I suppose the world needs some of those in it. or we'd all be drinking whiskey, right? mostly hops but with a decent balance and easy to session.

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4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Naja's Place

Thought I was drinking an American IPA until I hit BA.

Beautiful looking beer (maybe it's the West coast sunset shining through the glass).... very cloudy gold-to-orange body with tons of lacing

Citrusy and floral aromas - navel orange peel with a hint of grapefruit

Full bodied mouthfeel given the ABV and style - packed with flavor. Refreshing and citrusy. Sweet orange juice, decent amount of pink grapefruit. Rich for the style - love it.

Really glad I gave this puppy a shot. When in So Cal, seek this one out!

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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 286 ratings