Citra Pale Ale | Free Will Brewing Co.

Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by haazer on 01-28-2012

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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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3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Hazy gold with an off white head: foamy and one finger. Some thick lacing but not much of it.

S- Biscuity with some strong citrus. Almost smells like a citrus scone.

T- Strong malt character, with a dull citrus bitterness, a little grapefruit.

M- Quite light, and the dull bitterness hangs around. Moderate carbonation.

O- Only okay. I was expecting a big hop profile, especially since the bottle states that Citra, Simcoe, and Warrior are used. But in all honest, I just got a lot of malt. It doesn't taste bad, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer is beautiful. Burnt orange with a nice white foamy head. The aroma opens up with a big hit of metal, followed by cereal grains, faint orange, some lime and some tropical fruit. I do not smell citra hops, or a lot of any hop for that matter...very boring aroma.
The taste isn't much better, starts off pretty bitter, like chewing on the pith of an orange. Some light sweet citrus flavors and some pale malt. Has a decent mouth feel, but nothing special. Overall I am a bit disappointed. There is no date on the bottle, however the bottle shop where I got it is not one to let old beer sit out. Didn't even finish the bottle.

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3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker.

Golden yellow with 1 finger of white head. Moderate-heavy carbonation with excellent clarity.

Sugar coated oranges, lemon zest, grapefruit and pine.

Sugar coated orange slices, lemon meringue and grapefruit juice. Thin malt backbone of caramel drizzled grains. Touches of pine and tangerine zest in the finish. Some earthy floral bitterness lingers.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Nicely balanced, but I expected more out of the Citra hop (especially with it being dry hopped). Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Citra Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 38.3% out of 100 with 141 ratings
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