Citra® Session Pale Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

Citra® Session Pale Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

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  • An easy drinking beer with a light color and low ABV. Citrus and tropical fruity hop character on full display
  • Includes Magnum and Citra® hops
  • Estimated ABV: 4.4%
  • Estimated IBUs: 31
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

One of our most refreshing ingredient kits available!  Citra® Session Pale Ale is an easy drinking beer with a light color and low ABV. With a fairly basic malt bill and clean bitterness from Magnum hops, the flavor profile of Citra® is really able to shine through with all of its citrus and tropical fruity goodness. If you're looking for a clean, hoppy beer that allows you have a few without the IPA buzz, then the Citra® Session Pale Ale should definitely be on your radar!

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.040-1.045
  • SRM (Color Range): 5
  • IBUs: 31
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 4.4%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

Citra® is a registered trademark owned by Yakima Chief Hops, LLC.

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I've ordered it before and liked it.
Wayne E. P on Mar 7, 2023
It sounds great and I love citra hops
Evan P on Feb 4, 2023
I've ordered it before and liked it.
Wayne E. P on Mar 7, 2023
wanted to see how it taste
charles h on Mar 6, 2023
It sounds great and I love citra hops
Evan P on Feb 4, 2023
Tastes great!
DAN B on Feb 2, 2023
I've brewed this one before - it's good!
Jennifer Allis on Jan 7, 2023
already brewed this once and it came out excellent
shane varnum on Aug 31, 2022
Like Citra
Kenneth b on Aug 22, 2022
I love citra ales
Sandro Z on Aug 5, 2022
This is a great beer that has always been a hit at gatherings.
Robert V on Aug 1, 2022
First Citra recipe. Looked like a good recipe.
Paul B on Jun 27, 2022
It's summer
Fred W on Jun 21, 2022
Great summer beer
Erik A on Jun 14, 2022
I like Citra hops
Aaron N on Mar 24, 2022
Meets my taste profile
Trevor Ward on Mar 14, 2022
we love this beer
Augusta L A on Feb 16, 2022
Last time I made it, I enjoyed it. So why not again.
Frank S on Feb 1, 2022
Trying new ones & this sounded good. Trying to keep a variety of beers on tap...
JOHN S on Jan 31, 2022
Good recipe
Robert Spragg on Jan 26, 2022
Have not tried this one yet!
Steve on Jan 22, 2022
I love citra hops
Quinn N on Jan 11, 2022
looking for quick session pale ale, this fits the bill. I did add 2 more oz of Citra hops for dry hopping
peter t on Jan 5, 2022
like to see the taste
Kamil on Nov 30, 2021
Just drank some at a local brew pub and really liked it
Matt S on Aug 10, 2021
Had it before and loved it!
Chris P on Jul 21, 2021
love session beers
Ben A on Jul 19, 2021
Sounds refreshing for warmer weather
John Page on Jun 2, 2021
I like this beer style.
Phil S on May 18, 2021
Friend suggested it
Brian F on May 3, 2021
A simple beer to get back into brewing
BatRastard on Apr 22, 2021
I am getting back into homebrewing after about 3 years and brewed a citra ipa before, so i'm giving this one a try.
Dana R on Jan 27, 2021
Something hoppy but low on ABV.
Beau J I on Jan 27, 2021
First all grain in years, wanted to start with a session. Love citra.
Stephen A on Jan 8, 2021
Recipe similar to one I use. Thought I'd try
Raymond J P on Dec 29, 2020
Bought because I didn't want to buy a lot of bulk grain right now .due to covid Easier to get a kit
Jeremy C J on Dec 18, 2020
I wanted it
Brian M on Dec 3, 2020
I love Citra
David Hanson on Nov 17, 2020
try my new kit
Eric Chi Chuen on Oct 23, 2020
This kit is really good
RYAN H on Sep 21, 2020
Going to grew 10 gallons for first time so I wanted A beer with not a ton of grain.
Scott L on Sep 18, 2020
try something new
Louis Madeira on Jul 28, 2020
To make with my dad
Jacob B on Jul 23, 2020
Wanted a session beer for some of my guests.
Todd Morgan on Jul 23, 2020
trying something new now we are in full summer mode
the cb on Jul 4, 2020
I brewed this before with wyeast 1056 yeast and loved it, I wanted to experiment and try the imperial a20 citrus yeast with it this time!
Corey R on Jul 1, 2020
Summer drinking
tim d on Jun 30, 2020
need a lower alc beer
j on Jun 28, 2020
Light summer beer
James T on Jun 28, 2020
Enjoy citra profile
Shaun C on Jun 18, 2020
Sounds good
James L on Jun 16, 2020
It looks like a yummy summer beer
Keith S on Jun 5, 2020
wanted to see how it taste
charles h on Mar 6, 2023
Tastes great!
DAN B on Feb 2, 2023
Whats the estimated final gravity of this beer? Im on day 10 of fermentation with White Labs WLP001 and only down to 1.020. I hit my OG perfectly this time.
Thanks Erik
erik legenhausen on Mar 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would keep it in the fermentor for atleast 18 to 21days, your FG should be down around 1.012. next time use a dry yeast always seems to work better
I have question about adding hops at the end of the boil. I use a bag for my hops during the boil. This recipe instructs to add hops at the end of the boil. Do I keep them in just during the cool down process, or do I take them out when I put in the fermenter?
Frank Barton on Nov 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I leave the hop bag in the kettle through the cooling and transfer process. After the kettle is empty, i remove the bag and clean it.

4.8 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
I'm generally not the biggest fan of Citra
I was looking for a low gravity Pale Ale to take the place of Founders All Day which is one of my go-to store-bought beers. I don't find the bigger kits balanced at all if you modify the recipe to bring the gravity down. Kits I get here I find have recipes with excellent balance just the way they are. That and a low abv narrowed the choices more or less down to this, so I tried it. I am now making my third batch of this. It's become a staple here on tap. My notes even say the first time I brewed this I was tempted to add some extra Magnum which I had here, because I thought this would be too wimpy as it comes. I resisted the urge and brewed the kit exactly as recommended and wimpy was not a problem.

This beer is terrific young and equally fantastic when the keg kicks. Even though as with most beers, it goes through a transformation as it ages.

I use a water profile that works out to 111 calcium, 18 magnesium, 25 sodium, 299 sulfate, 59 chloride and 8 bicarbonate. I also use a target mash pH of 5.3 and I've used phosphoric acid to achieve that. I have no intentions to change any parameters on this beer.

This stuff will even convince your non-ipa friends to broaden their horizons a little.
February 3, 2024
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic beer even without dry hopping
August 9, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice full bodied brew
March 27, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very good intro to Citra
This was very very good
May 30, 2022
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very tasty
This is a very nice crushable pale ale, with wonderful citrus notes. Loved it.
September 14, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A nice aroma of Citra
I brewed this delightful ale a month ago. I added a pound more 2 row malt and increased the dry hopped Citra to 3 oz from kit 1 oz (I like Citra) and used only two days dry hopping right before cold crash. I also reduced the late addition Citra in boil since I'm more interested in aroma than bitterness (calculated 47 IBU). I got OG of 1.0504 and FG of 1.0080 using US-05 and some glucoamylase in mash to reduce complex sugars and increase dryness. Results are very tasty. Just pouring it from the keg you can smell the aroma and boy does it make you thirsty. It's gonna be a good summer.
April 28, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Crisp, light and packed with citrusy flavors....blown away!
Having a brother who has brewed amazing beer for years I figured it was time to learn and this kit was my first ever purchase. This is exactly what I was looking for in a drinkable all day session ale. Very crisp, low bitterness and packed with a citrusy punch for the nose and mouth. BIAB then fermented for 13 days then force carb’d in the corny. I’m so impressed and can’t wait for friends and family to try this tomorrow during the super bowl! This beer will probably be a regular in the keezer!
Day 5 fermenter
Day two after force carb’d...forgot to mention it came in at 4.45%
February 6, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Great kit
Very happy with how this brew came out. Would brew again.
April 10, 2020
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Citra and More Citra hops
This is a great beer, no way you can go wrong with it, everybody (including non craft beer drinkers) will love it.
September 23, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love the Citra
Nice with very flavorful hops
August 1, 2019
over 4 years ago