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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Citra Extra Pale Ale

Citra Extra Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale by the Knee Deep Brewing Company of Auburn, California.

This is a single hop ale made with Citra hops. Citra hops are new to the craft brew world, being introduced about 5 years ago. Read a little about their history here in California at the bottom of this page. They have quickly become a staple in hoppy beers across the US.

I picked this up at Bel Air, but in the Sacramento area, they are fairly easy to find.

The aroma has grassy and floral hops with bready/caramel malts. The flavor has the bready malts, light caramel, and citrus hops through out. There's a bitter citrus finish that lingers faintly. The mouthfeel is is mostly creamy with a few sharper bitter hop bites, which are enjoyable. It's light to medium bodied.

When I first had this, I thought it was an IPA with the amount of flavor the brewers are able to get in. But at 6% this is a Pale Ale making it a great sessionable, full hop flavor brew. I have to hand it to Knee Deep for raising the bar for sessionale pale ales. This is a Must Have It.

I noticed on some rate site complaints about funky flavors. In the past, I also came across issues with age or contamination. However, from recent experiences Knee Deep has been succesful and mitigating them. Quality control is always a challenge, especially for a brewery growing in popularity and production like Knee Deep.

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