Upslope Citra Pale Ale

American Pale Ale Upslope Brewing Company

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Upslope Citra Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale by Upslope Brewing Company

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Upslope Citra Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed by Upslope Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a can.

Appearance

This Pale pours a crystal-clear golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of puffy off-white foam that shows fair retention. A few patches of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass following the reduction.

Aroma

The aroma consists ripe stone fruit, yeasty funk, and grain.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of cracker malt and transitions to a juicy bite of grapefruit. The bitterness lingers briefly beyond the finish and is mellowed by a flash of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. Its finish is crisp, somewhat dry, and has a less-than-moderate astringency.

Overall

Its appearance is fine but the aroma is less than enticing. It also fades rather quickly but perhaps that’s for the best. The palate offers a nice burst of hoppy goodness and is balanced nicely with malt and fruit. The Upslope Citra Pale Ale is a refreshing, easy drinking brew. Ideal for sunny summer days.

Recommended Pairings

Upslope Brewing recommends bacon cheeseburgers, street tacos, and spicy Thai Chicken Curry as food pairings with their Upslope Citra Pale Ale.

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About the American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is a hop-forward brew that has less alcohol strength, is less bitter and is more approachable than the American IPA. Its clean and balanced palate makes use of New World or American hop varietals. Prior to the explosion of the American IPA, the American Pale Ale was the most popular craft beer style in the United States.