Upslope Citra Pale Ale

Colorado
United States
Upslope Citra Pale Ale, Upslope Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Prominently featuring Citra hops, our Citra Pale Ale delivers pungent grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas on the nose with a semi-dry finish. Juicy notes imparted by the hops pair with the light caramel malt character to balance this drinkable, “go-to” American Pale Ale.

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
IBUs: 
37
Served at: 
38°
Hops: 
Citra
Malts: 
Pilsner, Dextrin, Munich Malt, Crystal Malt
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upslope Citra Pale Ale by Upslope Brewing Co. is an extremely dank rendition of the BJCP 18B American Pale Ale style. Interestingly, while it is advertised as being Citra hopped, the hop character comes out more as a Simcoe-dominant offering.

Hop aromas leap from the glass upon the pour, literally filling the room with these dank hop characters, with Simcoe notes more evident than Citra. A very light malty sweet aroma is in the background. The beer is a golden color with exceptional clarity and a white, small bubble head with lacing that lingers well through the finish.

The flavor is dank, pure and simple from start through finish. Again, Simcoe seems to dominate over the Citra character. There is a very subtle malt backbone that cannot withstand the onslaught of the hops. The middle and finish retain the same character. The body is a solid medium, in large part due to the mouthfeel being delivered by all of the hop flavor, and the carbonation is moderate.

This is definitely one for the hop heads out there. A quibble could be that the hop character is a bit excessive for an American Pale Ale, but at the very least it is pushing the envelope in that respect. Cheers and enjoy!