Friday, June 7, 2013

Knee Deep Brewing Company Citra Extra Pale Ale

Tonight I had a refreshing, crisp Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company in Lincoln, CA in the Sierra Foothills.  Its a single hop ale meaning they only used one varietal of hops in this case Citra which has been surging in popularity in recent years. As you would imagine from the name, Citra hops yield more citrus flavors such as grapefruit and lime than other hops.

At 7% alc/vol it is a little stronger than the average pale ale which I guess is where the "extra" in the label comes from.  The "extra" could also be because this is a lot hoppier (45 IBU) than most pale ales. As you can see in the picture below it is definitely not an "extra-pale" ale as the color is about average for a pale ale.

At $6.99 for a 22oz at Whole Foods (you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere) its a special occasion beer and to be honest there are better beers at this price point or lower, but if you really want to know what Citra hops taste like this a great specimen.  Its a great beer, but the price takes it out of being highly recommended.

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