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Old 03-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default All Citra Pale Ale

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: Danstar Nottingham
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.057
Final Gravity: 1.016
IBU: 37.2
Boiling Time (Minutes): 25
Color: 7
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 21 @ 61
Tasting Notes: Awesome exotic fruit aroma....I write more once I drink one this weekend, I forget.

6.6lb golden Light LME
1lb light DME
1lb Caramel 20L
-Steeped in 2 gallons for 25 min, then topped up to 3 1/2 gallons to start the boil.

Started off boiling 3.3lb LME and started hop additions, added rest of LME and DME at 10m mark. Wanted a nice light color on this, which I got.

.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 25m
.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 15m (also added irish moss at this point)
.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 5m
.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 1m
1oz Citra dry hop for 10 days

I brewed this up because I never tried Citra, and really wanted to get a good feel for the hop. Was concerned it would be overwhelming, but it turned out fantastic with crazy fruity notes. Good body, great aroma and head. Flavor and bitterness are spot on.

Took it to my new brew club, everyone confirmed my suspicion that it was good, so I dont think its just me......

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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Good to know. I have 11 gallons of my house Pale Ale with my first try of Citra sitting in primary on dry hop right now! I used 1oz of citra per 5.5 gallons as a dry hop along with .5oz Cascade... the fermentation chamber smells like tangerines, mangoes and pineapple! Can't wait for this one!

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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Have to try this one.

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You should! Drank 3 last night, its an extremely tasty and fast recipe. Perfect way to showcase Citra..... I actually picked up a bottle of Odd side Citra last week just to compare, I might be biased, but I liked this better

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:59 PM   #5
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My Citra dry-hopped pale ale is the best beer I've ever made! Awesome flavor and aroma from Citra!

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I just did a Belgian pale ale with dry hopped citra ....my wife and I think it's by far the best beer we've ever tasted.

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Thanks for posting this! I think I will try this as my first non-clone kit batch.

I have been contemplating making a series of beers to learn about the intricacies of the various hop varietals. Citra struck me as one I should start with first.

Do you think this would be a good base for a wide variety of hops? I was thinking I might want something a little more interesting then a SMaSH.

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Generally yes, it would be good for all sorts of different hop varities. The malt is basic with a good %, good golden pale color. When I drink it it sort of reminds me Sierra Nevada Pale ale when it comes to bitterness balance and mouthfeel, but instead of the classic cascade of Nevada its all citra's fruity zest and citris aroma.

I plan on using the same recipe for another hop some time next month, I really went through that 5 gallons fast.
Im thinking another I have yet to try, maybe Mosaic or amirillo.

Oh either way, if you have yet to build a recipe and dont use it yet, use a program like Beersmith or for free use Hopville.com

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1 lb of Crystal/Caramel malt in a 5.0 gal batch is a lot. If you want to concentrate on the hop flavor and aroma more most brewers would recommend no more than 8 oz of Crystal malts in 5.0 gal batches of IPA or Pale Ales.

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Jayhem I get what your saying, If you wanted to truly showcase a hop cut back on that toasty/sweet to truly let the hops shine. Honestly the beer is amazing as is though, but I'm going to brew another batch in a few weeks(this time Amarillo), maybe I'll give it a try with reduced caramel and see how it turns out...but maybe not.

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