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The Citizen - Cismontane Brewing Company

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The Citizen
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BA SCORE
85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beagle75 on 12-21-2010)
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Reviews by Brenden:
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A soft pale amber color, The Citizen develops a small, fluffy white head with [retty good retention and leaves a modicum of both spotting and patches of lacing with just a bit of legging.
I'm a little surprised given that I'm supposed to be expecting a Steam or Common ale and I'm getting more of a Hefeweizen. Fruits, a light dustiness, and banana are the prominent notes with a bit of dryness coming out. There's a sweetness like honey and citrus (orange, not grapefruit or lemon). Tropical fruits? There's a very, very gentle bitterness as well, mostly of the floral variety. It's not too light on flavor and altogether very bright, with pale malts pulling through it all underneath. I have no idea how to regard it in terms of style, though. There's something marring it a tad in a note something like a mix of herb and sulfur, though I couldn't describe it in much detail beyond that.
The feel is bright, fluffy and creamy. This is a very light-bodied brew, though by no means thin. It's got enough of a crisp edge and smooth flow to keep it from being boring.

Brenden, Apr 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

aquazr1, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ste5venla, Nov 27, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, slightly hazy vivid copper gold. Nice foamy white head. Smells very good - crisp citrus hops, grain, and lager yeast. Tastes very refreshing, clean and fresh - citrus hops and lager. The body is light and fits well with the other components. Active carbonation that doesn't get in the way. A nice surprise extra in a trade. Paired well with a steak teriyaki dinner.

timc100, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

fiedler84, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ironchefkook, Aug 03, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing to assist this one to get a score.

Pours gold with a super short white head that disappears with a flash. Crystal clear but no head to speak of.

Nose is medium light esters that's pleasant but a bit faint.

Mouthfeel is medium full with nice balance and medium to elegant carbonation.

Flavor profile is the strength of this beer. Big assertive and mouthfilling flavors of ripe fruit, salt, celery, green herbs and pine bitter.

Actually pretty complex and layered. There is almost a fruity burned toast character that gives way to a finish of big pine bitter.

While I'm no expert on this style, it is classically true to the style. This is actually a really nice effort.

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jonbonfon, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Gregvg, Jul 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

AleHunter805, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Booner818, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

evbro, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ebrifan, Jul 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bostonryan, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of hopsputin
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: golden amber straw color - very clear. 2 finger frothy head that dies down pretty quickly

s: sweet clean caramel malts, some yellow grains, straw, and a hint of berries

t: follows the nose pretty closely. immediately there is an abundance of sweet caramel, bready dough, some of that earthy straw. at the end of the mouth there is a faint bitterness - rom something like an earthy tea bag

m: its a medium mouthfeel - a little fuller than i expected. there is a small amount of carbonation, but not much

o: its a sweet and rich beer that has just enough bitterness to cut it. a good beer to drink and enjoy without having to think too much

hopsputin, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BLACKENEDPLAGUE, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Charlottini
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had this on tap at the Tam O' Shanter in Los Feliz, LA, CA. It all started with the "jackpot ringer", ok, the handle. A tree branch with a metal plate on it? We are off to a great start!!! I tasted it and thought it sublime. It was nice and strong, smooth, had plenty of alcohol and over the course of the several that followed, just got better and better. This is not true for every beer. Some you might not be able to drink all night and enjoy as much as your first. This was not the case with this beer, it paired as perfectly at the bar with conversation as it did with beef sliders! Fantastic! I contacted the brewery to find out where to buy it, they suggested Whole Foods might have some left. One bottle indeed, all mine! Can't wait to try it!!

Charlottini, May 05, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

jeff1973, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

drewone, Feb 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

SocalKicks, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1167th Review on BA
Bottle to Triple Karmelit
750 Ml

2012 Bottle

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- A lighter yellow with some golden mixed in. No real head but more of a 1/4" of bubbles. Again another beer without a lot of cling or lace either.

Smell- Well there was a few things going on in the glass. It wasn't overly aromatic but had some lager notes with some bitter hops and some lemon. I got none of the barrel. Really suprising.

Taste- I hate to say this because Vince is my boy but this really was like a AAL to me. Had a good malty backbone with some lemon and then moved to a lager note on the finish.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. Residual lager notes mixed with some lemon.

Drink- It was just okay. The style isnt my favorite and if you barrel age it, I want the chardonnay notes to really shine through. Just a bit lacking to me.

FosterJM, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with one finger of fine eggshell-colored foam head. A ring of heavy lacing remains around the top of the glass.

S: Grainy and acidic, with mild but bright grassy hops and lemon citrus notes.

T: Begins off-dry, almost sweet, with toasty pale malt, fruity esters, and hop aromatics that taste of lime peel and fresh green grass. Flavors dry out somewhat in the middle, with dry hay emerging and lime peel persisting. The finish is only mildly bitter, with a mineral snap.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, initially wet on the palate but leaving a sticky residue, with low carbonation.

D: A beer of substance that represents a style characterized by balance, this new offering from Cismontane may be their best production beer yet. Its English sensory qualities are no surprise coming from this brewery, making for a versatile, easy-drinking beer that equates well to a pale ale.

beagle75, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of vurt
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the new Beer Belly bar in Koreatown, in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance:
Fluffy off-white foam caps a dull, cloudy, orange-amber body. The head shrinks quickly to a sticky disc which lasts and lasts like the Energizer bunny. Leaves good lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell:
Quite estery. Lots of stone fruits with a citrus edge on top of sweet malt. Hop character is leafy, earthy, and slightly tea-like. Overall, smells worty and kind of raw.

Taste:
Spicy and a little yeasty up front with a sugary sweetness. Even fruitier than the nose lets on. Bready malt with sweet orange and green grapes through the middle. Late bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and kind of sticky, which makes it feel a little heavy for a California Common. Good level of carbonation.

Overall:
If I didn't know this was supposed to be a California Common, I'd have sworn it was some kind of Belgian-style pale ale. The Citizen could stand to have the fruit character and the sweetness dialed back a bit. I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but this one is not a version of the style I would rush to try again.

vurt, May 23, 2011
Photo of Chaz33187
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

?A- yellowy amber
S- slight yeasty smell
T- full balanced taste with friendly malts, hoppy aromas in your mouth and a straight sugar aftertaste
M- very thin, drinkable feel
O- balanced and smooth- great if you aren't sure whether you want a pale ale or sweet lager

Chaz33187, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.