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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Photo of Catracho5
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light golden orange, white head, lots of lacing, beer is clear, good amount of carbonation streaming up the middle of the glass, no head retention.

A: Guava, grapefruit peel, peach skins, mango skins, very pungent for an APA, touch of malt on the backend, smells really good, balanced.

T: Taste follows the nose, tropical notes like guava and mango, mango peel, grapefruit peel, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish has some malt presence giving it balanced taste, very nice.

M: Low carbonation, light/medium bodied, semi-dry finish.

O: A great APA but the mouthfeel was a little disappointing as it lacked carbonation. Great aroma and flavor, easy to drink, a great APA, one I will reach for again.

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Photo of scottfrie
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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Photo of brianmandell
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottled 10 days ago on 2/15/16 -

Light yellow/golden pour. Smell is light citrus and resin with a hint of sweet malt.

Offers some enjoyable hop flavors but my favorite qualities of citra like orange citrus lag behind the bitter grapefruit pith. Kudos for the light malt base but this does not hit my hop spot.

Slightly under-carbonated leading to a watery mouthfeel.

Easy to drink and somewhat refreshing. Not a memorable beer and would not buy again in 22 oz format. There are better and cheaper options for an easy drinking pale ale.

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

Yellow and gold pour, white head 1/3". Aroma was citra, not a huge amount but certainly perceptible.

Taste was solid, light toast malt, citra hops make a soft citrus flavor current, again, this is a pale ale, it is somewhat nuanced. A solid option, would like to see it as a 12oz/6pack situation instead of a bomber, not good enough to pay those $/oz ratios.

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Photo of santomark
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 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 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 Karinahe
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow with a thick white head leaving lacing on the glass.

S: Tropical fruits, Citrus hops, malt.

T: light and smooth, taste of bitterness before and after a light sweet flavor on every taste

M: Refreshing and light, very easy to drink recommended for people who like sweet taste.

O: Not a bad beer, it is refreshing but there is a combination of taste, not Loving it but neither heating this beer.

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Photo of RyanLBC
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Refreshing beer for the summer heat. Tastes of Citrus flavors are definitely there with a bit or light orange peel and some mango. A bit too light for my paste but good

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Photo of SLubeski
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone Enjoy by 4.20 Willibecher glass.

L: Beautiful straw color, almost translucent with a subtle haze. Thick thick super white head forms quickly, effervescent like head. Fading quickly, with lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Citra hops, front and center. My favorite hop (think ZD but not quite as drool inducing). I also pick up a subtle touch of grassiness, almost like Saaz but less. Might be getting it confused with Vienna Malt. Good, not great.

T: Light and subtle, a touch of sweetness on the finish. You get the slightly bitter Citra up front and then it fades to a more rounded out maltiness. Super light and smooth.

F: Well carbonated, coats the mouth slightly before dissipating, find myself wanting another drink.

O: Pretty good beer, but I wont seek it. If its on a list with other beers I dont' know I'd order it. I don't know though...I LOVE single hopped citra beers especially Pale Ale's. But I didn't LOVE this one.

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Photo of jooler
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There is basically no smell. I guess someone forgot to dry hop this bitch. Also, the taste is very bland. It's kind of like SN pale ale but without the aroma and flavor

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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 mschantz
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is bright goldenrod and a bit hazy. A finger of head that mellows out to a skim. Huge citrusy, lemon tart, mango nose. Taste is grapefruit dominant with a bit of malt on the back end. Mouth feel is highly carbonated, almost tingley.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Bully in Los Angeles, CA. Served in a shaker pint 12/10/2014.

A- Golden, clear body with half finger white head and no retention. Lots of lacing.

S- Grainy mild sweetness, minerals, a hint of citrus but not very much. It does not smell bad or off, there just is very little aroma outside of a grainy sweetness here.

F- Grainy malt, mild sweetness, hint of yeasty minerals, very minimal hop aroma. Mild breadiness, minimal depth of flavour. This is quite watery and lacking any substantial flavour.

M- Thinner bodied, very drinkable although lacking a good bit of flavour. Refreshing, drinkable and that's about it.

O- This is not a bad pale ale by any means, but there is very little that stands out about it, either. Would pass this one over in the future.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Classic light amber, deep yellow, to light orange body and quite clear as well. Head is fluffy with a flat bright white top, and at three fingers tall manages to slowly and evenly fall, keeping a bit of soapy retention. Very pale, and very nice.

Ah those citra hops, a bit of juice and tropical, but the malt and toast is no slouch here either. Good toasty aroma, with mild caramel sense, a good play on toast and sweetness in that department, with the hops making a nice tropical accent. Spritzy feeling slightly with powdery brown spices as well. Quite a good balance.

Palate delivers nicely. A real soft body with a hint of light pale ale touch. Soft malts with a good toasty brown breads and crust. Mild caramel finish gives way too classic hop angle of juiced tropicals and even a bit of earth interestingly. Repeated sips are a good balance of toast malt crackery sense and aromatic hop fruit.

What a simple good balanced pale ale, with a nice hop touch. The way it should be done.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing my most recent time enjoying on tap, but have had from a bomber as well.

A: Golden, mostly transparent color with a thin foam head that lingers.

S: Piney, citrus-y hops spring forth immediately -- for a pale ale, it's both surprising and welcome all at once.

T: For a pale ale, it really does a great job delivering full hop flavor with each and every sip. Taste is piney, grassy and citrus hops with a delightful tropical finish that evokes pineapple and mango.

M: Light and pleasant with some mild carbonation; very easy to drink.

O: One of my favorite pale ales (L.A. or otherwise). It's incredibly well-balanced, being light and immensely drinkable while giving you a high-quality flavor profile. Drink it whenever you can.

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Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear, very inviting with a small finger high cap. Retention is just average and it does manage to put together some solid, messy lacing.

This beer is pure Citra hops so I know that aroma is going to be the strength of this beer. For a pale ale the hops rock the house with bright and floral tropical notes of pineapple, pink citrus and passionfruit, a bit of pine backing.

Bready and flat malt that makes up a bulk of the taste. Hops provide a light pine with a bit of resinous hop oils surfacing halfway through the bomber. Very mild in flavor and bitterness.

Hops provide adequate drying with a light body and carbonation. Alcohol is nonexistent, of course very drinkable.

This pale ale is really a great starter beer for entry into hoppy brews. It features a really nice aroma and low bitterness. Not exactly up to par for the more discerning craft connoisseur and the lofty expectations that come with the Citra name.

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Photo of Wolberjs
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - amber and slightly cloudy. Head dissipates fairly quickly. No extended carbonation / bubbles to speak of.

S - toned down citra hop smell. No specific citrus fruits that I can pick out. Smells alright.

T - pleasant citrusy bitterness, again no specific fruits. Nose a bit better than the smell.

M - a little thin/watery for my tastes. No silky carbonation presence what so evr.

O - a decent pale ale. Bit a standout in its class. A little better thAn average considering the ABV.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I agree with Raul. Watery citra cut grass taste.

A- Translucent through, minimal head. Medium ring with low retention.

S- I get the cut grass from Raul. Some minor citra, some non citrus hop profile.

T- Watery citra, but very sessionable obviously. I like this more than non citra pales.

M- Pretty watery, but works with the sessionable thing.

O- Low rate citra, but I still would drink it over a malt bomb pale

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle and into the Teku.

This thing is a disgrace to the citra name. More like, "citra, I just mowed my lawn and then threw the scraps into the tank," citra. Not teally feeling this one, my peeps. Thin, astringent...tastes like McDondald's if they tried to go green.

Pass on it, my children.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold, slightly hazy, with delicious white foamy head. Sinks unevenly, but gorgeous lace left behind. Great.

Smells fruity. Apple & pear with a touch of pineapple and peach. Slight petrochemical tinge and bit of a green edge. Pleasant.

Tastes odd. Well, unexpected. Grainy & slightly toasty. Bit of hop oil that's a bit resinous late and cleans it up as well, but yeah, definitely not as fruity/tangy as expected. Dryer, and more resinous to the point of toasty. Well-constructed palate though.

Decent fullness, bit of hop-pull as it goes down. Not bad.

Interesting drop. Feel like it should be very hoppy and fresh, but isn't quite. It isn't too much poorer for it though.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: light blonde with lacing if you build a head. ugh theres a bar code on this bomber. no pun intended.

S: big time citrus monster. think of a straight forward APA coupled with a citrus and lemon rind.

T: pretty damn good. light enough to be sessionable. tons of light hop PA profile.

M: a tad watery for my liking. almost too smooth.

O: this brew was recommended to me. i dig it but would rather support the efforts of local breweries on this specific APA category. a good brew but missing a foundation. a valient effort nonetheless.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. I'm assured this is quite fresh.

A: Filtered pale-amber with nice, white head and good lacing.

S: Incredible! The fruit is magnificent. Mangoes and grapefruit.

T: Wow. Apricot, which I don't know how I missed in the smell, is the dominant flavor on the tongue. Light bitterness is unobjectionable to all, but still enough to placate the hophead. The aftertaste is dry.

M: The malt backbone is biscuity and crisp, complementing the luscious hop profile nicely.

O: A very well-done, very tasty APA. It might not make my short-list, but it's certainly worth your time.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Lordsburg Taphouse, on to the beer:

Paler than yellow and topped with an inch of soapy head which retains a part of itself all the down, yet leaves almost no lace around. The aroma brings a sweeter variety of grapefruit, plus some melon and honeydew and a spicy hop note. Its flavor leans towards the lighter side, with a dry biscuit base and a solid melon and sweet hop juice taste. A modest quantity of bitterness lingers in the aftertaste of its light body.

Summer was made for a beer like this. Refreshing and not overpowering.

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