Citra | Great Heck Brewing Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Great Heck Brewing Company Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 03-01-2014

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3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2015. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a golden ale hopped solely with Citra (obviously).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A crystal-clear golden-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before settling as a thin surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of white grape, citrus, tropical fruits and grass/hay. Underpinned by mild caramel malt, a twinge of ale yeast and a whiff of diacetyl in the background.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a mild bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, peel, citrus, white grape, tropical fruit, grass/hay, faint caramel, ale yeast and subtle stewed hops. A significant diacetyl presence detracts from the flavour. Well-attenuated, followed by a restrained hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with very light carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body. Rather textureless - bordering on flat. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, faint malt and lingering diacetyl.

A decent effort marred by a lack of maturation. So-so looks, while the aroma and flavour are distinctly hoppy and fruity but spoiled by diacetyl. Body could benefit from enhanced carbonation. Tis a pity it isn't bottle conditioned, this would probably have improved the overall character no end. Oh well. Worth trying, just don't expect to be blown away.

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3/5  rDev -14%

Cask on tap at trembling madness in York.
Served in a short dimpled stein glass, this brew has a white head that quickly recedes but leaves a nice lace. Golden yellow and mostly clear. Aroma is noticeably citra but a bit subdued. Pale malt notes. Taste is light on the tropical notes and stronger in dank with a fairly strong pine resin bout in the finish. Light bodied. The carbonation is light as would be expected. A bit thin and unexciting. One of the least exciting citra pale ales I've had. 1 is enough.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdagnew
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of k3ve
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wl0307
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB date unknown, served mildly-chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a light golden colour with great clarity, coming with a very thin rimmed white head and mild carbonation.
S: quite sweet, comes the tropical fruitiness and buttery cream, the malts are not so assertive comparatively. Given a good swirl, the candy-ish and buttery notes come more pronounced, on top of interestingly muted aroma of Citra hops.
T: softly spritzy on the entry, the flavour is not at all sweet as the impression goes on the nose; the foretaste is composed of earthy and grassy notes of hops alongside a mixed fruity aroma and a light acidic citrussy edge, while bitterness and pale malt sweetness develop later and render some weight to the lightly spicy and chewy finish.
M&O: softly carbonated, medium-bodied, tasting better than its smell, all in all a hoppy golden Bitter no doubt, but I’d say the Citra hops’ aroma and flavours are not fully extracted or they’re compromised by other yeasty by-products.

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Citra from Great Heck Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 7 ratings