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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ultra foamy pour. Light gokden color with pillowy white head.

Aroma is big citra hop. Fruit juices and base malt. Smells like whole cone hops when you crack them open.

Flavor starts really light and watery, old orange rind and bits of pine and spruce. A hint of grass and dirty earth. A tiny bit of honey and sweet grain flavor beneath.

Light, watery, slightly astringent bubbles. Extremely drinkable

Good hop flavor and aroma, but could benefit from a better balance with the malt. Overall not bad but a bit lacking in malt balance.

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