Citra Hopped Live Pale Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #567
Ranked #15,571
3.9 | pDev: 10.26%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Beer is made by creating a liquid rich with fermentable material. Yeast, a living organism, is added to the liquid. The yeast floats around the fermenter gobbling up soluble sugar & converting that energy into alcohol. It’s a volatile & active environment. During this time, the beer is literally alive.

Citra Hopped Live is bright, refreshing & loud. We cranked this pale ale up to 11 by adding a generous amount of Citra hops. With that in mind, we wanted the label to reflect the feeling of live music. Live pairs great with toe-tapping or head-banging to your favorite band on stage.

37 IBU
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep gold, almost copper in color, with a small white head. Good retention.

Smells of generic citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, cracker, and earth.

Tastes of pink grapefruit juice, lemon zest, iced green tea, earthy, hay, and biscuit malt--finishing with a slight citrusy bitterness.

Medium-light mouthfeel, well carbonated, smooth and crisp and just slightly sticky.

A solid pale ale. Refreshing enough.

Dec 31, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a 1/4 inch white head which quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

Aroma is piney, grapefruity, floral.

Taste is piney, citrusy, earthy.

Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

A pretty good PA from Southern Tier.

Dec 05, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nice pale ale with a good amount of bitterness at the end. Pours a honeyed golden color with some fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells strongly of bitter grapefruit and piney hops, a little malt and caramel. Tastes similarly, along with some mild vanilla. Fairly strong hit of hoppy bitterness, not much sweet malt backbone but it's not bad at all and the hops finish clean. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Not my favorite pale ale but certainly enjoyable.

Mar 18, 2019
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much citra here to be honest, but the beer itself is okay. Really average across the board. Almost like a bit of English hops on the nose, which is a bit odd. Flavor could certainly be bigger, but nothing bad here. High drinkability. Oerall, just okay and not something I'd get again.

Jan 20, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather boring brew from Southern Tier. Had one bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack, glad that's all I bought. Not going to go into details here, but just a boring beer in general.

Dec 03, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another solid offering from a solid brewer...

Dark golden colored brew with a weak head and no lacing. The smell had a definite scent of citrus - mostly oranges - with a light hop background. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and certainly smooth to take in. A very drinkable beer. Taste-wise I truly enjoyed - a light mixture of both the hops and the citrus., not overpowering nor weak. A very good beer, glad to have a few more in hand.

Aug 19, 2018
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Ricochet from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy. Fluffy head with sticky lace.
S: Light, sweet candy smell. Juicy Fruit chewing gum is the strongest note.
F: Medium cream with bitter on both ends and a fruity Trix after taste
T: Trix. A cereal malt that is sweet but artificially fruity. I kept being bothered by that at the end when I swallowed. There was a fresh flavor to it and the bitter.
O: Flavors seemed off , maybe thin. Not my favorite of the sampler. Another good but not great beer.

Aug 05, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed fifteen pack my brother and I have been working on. Sweet, fruity nose and nice balanced hop flavor and some late juiciness make this interesting. A little thin but still pretty smooth. I can see a high drinkability here.

Aug 04, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Semi clear golden orange look leads to light tropical fruit nose. Taste follows, clean light tropical taste and mild malt backbone. Easy drink. Would buy this again as an everyday drink.

Jul 13, 2018
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Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Easy to drink but lacks a “wow” factor; does not give a lasting positive impression. For my taste it falls short on the aftertaste. Barely hopped, tastes like a Light beer.

Jul 12, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice summer beer. Easy to drink and could be sessionable. Taste was a little thin for me but decent with a meal. I liked the packaging and smell when poured from a 12 oz bottle. Very smooth but not a standout for me

Jun 09, 2018
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izraelc from New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden pour. A nice light pale ale. Clean and crisp with some hoppy citrus flavors. Slight bitter finish. Great while mowing my lawn on a hot Memorial Day.

May 29, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a mixed fifteen-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twenty dollars. This is a fine brew, a standout in this box, would definitely buy again.

Apr 28, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow gold with moderate head and persistent lacing.
Smell is light sweet malt and tropical fruit.
Taste is a varied mix of tropical fruit and citrus.
A hint of pine at the finish.

Apr 22, 2018
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jhasler0 from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a favorite go to, but whenever I offer it to friends that don't love hoppy beers it takes some convincing due to the name. Honestly, it doesn't taste like anything close to an IPA. More just a flavorful pale ale, which can be hard to come by. So I'd give it like a 2 on marketing, but the beer itself is lovely!

Apr 21, 2018
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Profundobaso from New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. Clear and golden in color. Two-finger head with considerable lacing. Appears to be quite carbonated.
Smell - citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit) and pine flavors, on the more sour end of things.
Taste - an equal balance of malty and hoppy. on the floral side for hoppiness. Very drinkable.
Feel - light bodied, medium-high carbonation, standard ABV for an APA.
Overall - an easy drinking and refreshing APA with an edge on citrus flavors. Should be a very approachable beer for most people.

Mar 23, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citra-Hopped Live - Southern Tier
Pale Ale - 5.5% abv

L - 3-finger dense white head atop a translucent orange body.

S - super citrus. A lot of sweetness, some alcohol, some breadiness.

T - Citrus at first, washed over immediately by bready malt. Very low bitterness. Rather sweet.

F - medium body with relatively high carb.

O - a decent summer beer. Less appealing when it’s sub-zero out.

Mar 10, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exceptionally clear pale straw with a finger-and-a-half of off-white head. Sloppy lacing. Sweet aroma of melon and lightly tropical fruits. These continue to the taste where they're coupled with crackery, pils-like malt and a moderately strong, grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A perfectly drinkable, middle-of-the-road APA.

Mar 05, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this on tap at 716 in Buffalo. Had this as the first of 2 from Southern Tier on the evening. This one is labelled as a Cite IPA. I love me some Citra but this one just not have enough taste for what I'm looking for in an IPA these days.

Mar 05, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Amber body with a good white head. Moderate bitterness for style.
Fruity and herbal aspects in the flavor with a more spicy aroma.
Medium body and carbonation.

Jan 31, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours slightly hazy yellow with a nice frothy head that leaves nice lacing patterns behind. The aroma is not overly hoppy, with some citra notes but also some soapiness. The taste is very restrained, and very session-like. Some slight bitterness cutting through the mild malts that offer some light caramel notes. Mild carbonation and a light to medium body.

Jan 21, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy and golden colored, the beer pours capped by a three fingered head; excellent retention and clumpy lacing

Smell: Bright and fruity, with lemon/lime and papaya tones

Taste: A lot of bright fruit tones, with the papaya forward and underpinned by some crackery malt flavors; lemon/lime citrus tones, through the middle, with a nice blend of all the flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Even though this was brewed in late summer, the flavors have held up nicely

Dec 24, 2017
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GiselesGazelle from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance - Pours golden with an orange tinge. Fairly translucent, but there's slight hazy sediment. Finger of eggshell white head, lacing trails off but leaves solid line.

Smell - citra hopped if the name didn't give it a way! There's a fresh citrusy burst of grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Tropical citrus. Piney accent. It just smells fresh and clean.

Taste - very "bright" palate. Citrus immediately hits your tongue, with grapefruit and lemon zest, light-medium bitterness. High acidity. Finishes with mango and a light malt.

Mouth feel - good carbonation, acidic. What I love about this is that it feels simultaneously dry in taste but moderately juicy on the palate, leaving a bit of tongue wetting action.

Overall - really love this brew. My friend who "doesn't like beer" loved this one, if that says anything to you. Really bright, great example of an APA. This is one that I'll actively seek out again.

Nov 05, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright gold color with a thin head that goes quickly. Some lacing left behind. Smell is muted but I am getting Citra hops and malts. The taste is malts, followed by mellow Citra flavors, citrus and tropical. Feel is nice with medium body and carbonation.

A good easy drinking beer. This particular one may be a little long in the tooth, explaining the muted Citra.

Oct 07, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light orange gold beer with a dense white head. It leaves globs of lacing behind. Orange and pine with some malty sweetness waft from the glass. Light sweetness with a lot of citrus and bitter pine in the taste. The aftertaste has a bready yeast quality. Pretty solid beer all around.

Jul 21, 2017
Citra Hopped Live Pale Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1647 ratings