Citra Pale Ale | Free Will Brewing Co.

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Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by haazer on 01-28-2012

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a copperish orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was full of the citra aromas that I was hoping for. The taste of the beer was moderately bitter with a slight cream element to it that softens the flavors. The mouthfeel was light bodied with a subtle carbonation to it. Overall I though this beer was refreshing and enjoyable for the spring and summer seasons. I would probably drink this one again.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Free Will Brewing Company Citra Pale Ale
12 oz. bottle. The code on the bottom of the bottle reads "2532 A1 1322" but I think that may just be a bottle manufacturer code.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden body that appears orange-ish where the yeast is heavier. The last half ounce of the pour left yeast suspended at the top, dropping down towards the bottom in streams, giving the look of a jellyfish floating in the glass. Perhaps I should have carefully decanted it first, or even swirled the yeast before I poured it. The fairly dense white head holds fairly well before dropping and becoming shorter but more creamy. Lacing is slightly better than average.

Smell: Yeasty, and overly so. It smells like home brew. Perhaps I've got a bad batch...? I find some oxidized malt and a hint of citrus rind. Certainly, the Citra hops don't shine. Not very inviting.

Taste: The taste is better than the aroma, but I still find the oxidized malt and heavy yeast distracting. Some Citra hops do come through, with a little bit of tropical fruit and citrus (mainly pineapple), and a hint of spruce in the lingering finish. Overall it seems kind of woody. Fairly well-balanced with a solid 50 or 60 IBU thump.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp, standard carbonation at about 2.6 volumes. Some astringency.

Overall: I hate to make a decision based on one six-pack, but first impressions do count, and this one drops the ball. With that said, I think I owe them at least a second chance and now I'll have to find more of this, hopefully on tap, to make a final decision. As it stands I have to give this one a thumbs down. The basic recipe may be good, but production flaws fail it immensely.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

Poured a hazy copper color with a thin white head that receded to a wispy layer. Aroma is light but hop-forward, citrusy, with thin bready malts in the background. More of the same in the taste, expected citrusy zest, herbal hops and a bit of earth, mild bready malts, and strangely, some faint and unexpected cocoa notes in there as well...not really sure where that came from. Medium body, fairly tasty and drinkable; average overall.

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3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would like to have it noted that despite it being from a bottle, I am drinking this beer of my own Free Will!

From the bottle: "We brew to taste, fit to style"; "This is beer. It is brewed with the following types of malted barley: English Pearl, English Light Crystal, American Toasted & German Extra Light Crystal. It is hopped with the following: Warrior, Simcoe, Citra. Dry-hopped with the following: Whole-leaf Citra. Thank you for using your free will to choose ours."; "Citra is a registered trademark of the Hop Breeding Company LLC [&] Warrior & Simcoe are registered trademarks of Select Botanicals Group LLC".

My overzealous pour almost caused an overflow of the glass before I realized what was happening and quickly backed off. Needless to say, I had a massive amount of dense, rocky, tawny head that looked like it might outlast me until it slowly began to fall, leaving some lacing in its wake. Color was a deep, golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and once more, the three stooges, better known as King Midas, Croesus and Mammon, were across the counter from me, fighting for a taste. Nose was pungent with grapefruit hops and my mouth was watering at the prospect of what was to come. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was like I had cut open a Ruby Red grapefruit and was having it for breakfast! Beer - it's what's for breakfast. Please note that this review is taking place at 0806 (Local, EDT). I love the taste of grapefruit and although I do not usually indulge in hard liquor or cocktails, when I do, I have an affinity for a Greyhound or a Salty Dog. Finish is as bitter as I was when The Old Lady and I broke it off. That's not really true. I was hurt, but I am not bitter. This beer, however, ... Man, where do APAs leave off these days and AIPAs pick up?

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Were citra hops harmed in the making of this beer? Unfortunately, the answer is pretty much a yes. Dark and almost muted citrus abound on this one. Doesn't really give the tone that I'd want, if this really is a citra hopped beer. Carbonation is kind of full. Eh. This doesn't really work as a citra hopped pale ale. Have had much better.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Free Will Citra Pale Ale boasts a straw pale yellow ale like color with a very light look. The cap up top is bright white and lasting, nice notches. Great retention. Smell is pale malt up front with citra hop aroma consisting of tropic fruit scents, faint trace of bubblegum. Fair amount of grassy notes. Taste is a nice mix of citra hop with grapefruit, papaya, etc, with pale malt backing. It's not really in your face but a nice blast, It is a pale ale I have to keep reminding myself. Feel is a nice crisp light body with a grassy aftertaste in the long run. Carb is nice, not bitey. Im glad to see some local brewers, boasting their chops, with citra hops none the less. A lot of flavor with not alot of alcohol.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A glass consuming pearl white head is a firm, solid mass sitting in the vessel raising concerns about infection? Burnt orange juice coloring with a fine, misty rise of carbonation through a heavy turbidity. Splotchy large chunks of foam lace adore the vessel with a large coverage percentage. A second pour builds the monstrous head even more into a billowing devils tower breaching the rim with a forever stay of impatience. no seriously, after 8-10 minutes or so i had to literally scoop a handful of foam out so i could start drinking and get an idea of the aroma. impossible retention time.

S: On the nose was fresh citra hops, wet, juicy, backed by a light show of toast and freshly squeezed oranges.

T: For flavor the citra hops show some lemony-orange character while the warrior hops lend some grapefruity pine notes, as well a touch of grassiness. Lemon herbal and a nice spiciness is also evident along with wet citrus, light english pale grains, tart oranges and flashes of sweet crystal malt.

M: A good dance of carbonation on the tongue, crisp, some may say a bit to much at times but fairly sharp. I tend to like my carbonation aggressive in pales and ipas. The body feels spritzy from the carbonation, light to medium with heavy areration.

O: Overall this a decent drinking pale with a good show of hops per style. The malt complexity is decent as well, nice toasty character, crisp english grains, with flashes of sweet crystal malt. This beer features a number of different malts and hops particularly citra, simcoe and warrior, where as at times the flavor came off a bit muddled together and not crisp and bright individually. Im wondering if they pulled back here and kept the pale in pale ale with some crisp english malts, and eliminated the simcoe and warrior, instead focusing on the tropical fruity and citrusy aspect of the famed citra hops (which were a bit muddled by the malts and other hops here) maybe this would of lived up more promising to its name as citra pale ale? By itself it had its moments and wasn't bad, decent drinking pale, a bit heavy handed carbonation wise, but if your looking for the bright, tropical fruitiness and fresh wet citrusy aspect of the citra hops you may be a bit disappointed here. This suffers from overthinking and overcomplicating the hops and malt complexity, and you wont here me say that much. With a name like citra and its juicy tropical fruitiness, let the hops speak for themselves, they dont need white noise or distractions. For the record i rated this as a pale ale and by not what i thought it should of been by name's sake, its still a decent beer by end of day like i said.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a few of these, served from the tap at the Washington House and then Sellersville Theater. nice to see a place supporting a local brewery.

appears a hazy orange dark copper color, with off-white head. not much head retention or lacing.

aroma is dominated, not suprisingly, by citrus hop notes. lemon and orange. taste as well, but with enough pale malt to give it a bit of balance. mouthfeel is standard for the style - medium body and carbonation.

overall - a decent beer that was easy to drink multiple of.

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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi transparent light orange with a small white head that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious citrus with Orange as the standout. Solid base malt of pale malt follows behind. Would like more of a dry hop blast in the nose but not bad.
Taste is of the aromas with an orange blast in the mouth and a mild bit of grainy husk found in the flavor but very restrained.
Mouthfeel is dry, balanced, and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle for 3 bucks. I was intrigued since I love homer beers (PA brewed) and heard great things of citra pale ales.

A - Somewhat cloudy for a pale ale, but still retains the golden yellow look. I for one could use less carbonation since this required multiple pours just to get it into a pint glass. When settled the head was pillow like and rather impressive.
S - Well you got your bready crack malts, mild sweet malts, and just a massive dose of dry hopping but it never does get too intimidating which is nice.
T+M - Well as others said it's rather crisp but not very balanced (refreshing) The body seems a bit muddled making for sort of hard drinking. I did like the hops in this since when cold it seemed to have a orange skin hop bitterness but when warmed it reminded me of piney IPA bitterness. Not bad.

Overall I never heard of these guys and according to the site they are a little over a year old. I really wanted to love this beer but it could totally use more balance (hops to malt) and maybe a touch less carbonation could make this a great pale. I would love to try there other stuff I hear they make an imperial brown ale.

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Citra Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 141 ratings