Homebrewed Citra Pale Ale
Citra is a hot, new hop that is used by Sierra Nevada to make their Torpedo IPA, and I finally got around to brewing with it a few months ago. It is big in alpha acids (weighing in between 10% and 12%) and, although it is a citrus hop, Citra leans less towards the grapefruit and more towards the mango and pineapple side of the spectrum.
I decided to put it into an American pale ale, and to do some hop bursting at the end of the boil with Citra, as well as dry hopping a big dose of it to get a clearer view of its character. Although, as usual, I mixed in another hop to create a little complexity. And I tried to kick up the malt by using Maris Otter, rather than the standard American 2-row malt that is common to the APA style.
The fermentation and bottling went uneventfully, and I was happy with how this batch turned out. The hop flavor and aroma from the Citra was firm and refreshing. Mangos, apricots (from the Amarillo, I suspect) and a background note of pineapple.
The only things I would look at if I were to revisit this recipe are the malt and the style. The malt didn’t come through as much as I usually like, so cutting back the late and dry hops would help. I might add a little more Munich malt, as well. Also, this one walked the line between an APA and an IPA. The previous reduction of late hops might bring it back into style….if you care about style. And I don’t.
All and all, a very solid beer. Full of character and very refreshing.
Citra Pale Ale
10-A American Ale, American Pale Ale
Batch Size (Gal): 5.50 Wort Size (Gal): 5.50
Total Grain (Lbs): 13.00
Anticipated OG: 1.058 Plato: 14.23
Anticipated SRM: 8.0
Anticipated IBU: 58.2
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes
% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
80.8 10.50 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) Great Britain 1.038 3
7.7 1.00 lbs. Victory Malt America 1.034 25
5.8 0.75 lbs. Munich Malt Germany 1.037 8
5.8 0.75 lbs. Wheat Malt America 1.038 2
Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.
Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
0.60 oz. Magnum Pellets 14.40 33.8 60 min.
1.00 oz. Citra Pellets 11.10 8.7 10 min.
0.50 oz. Amarillo Gold Pellets 8.00 15.7 10 min.
1.00 oz. Citra Pellets 11.10 0.0 0 min.
2.00 oz. Citra Pellets 11.10 0.0 Dry Hop
Mash Type: Single Step
Held 75 Minutes at 152°
Starting Gravity: 1.058
Final Gravity: 1.010
6.4% alcohol ABV
Apparent Attenuation: 82%
Real Attenuation: 67.2%