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The Citizen - Cismontane Brewing Company

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The Citizen
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86
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
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(Beer added by: beagle75 on 12-21-2010)
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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!!

Photo of Justinnitsuj
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Valentino
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of togarmah
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a goldenrod to light amber with a light white head, some lace.

S: Sweet treacly malt, mandarin orange, hint of honeycomb, blind I'd say it smells almost Belgian.

T: Direct upfront bitterness, pine for sure with secondary kumquat and mango flavours. The 45 IBUs are there and they let you know it. Nice malt character, the flavour for me in the end in pilsner meets American Pale Ale. Kind of an imaginary blend of Prima Pils and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, strong aftertaste especially in a steam beer, but it works.

O: This is like Anchor Steam on steriods, but really it's nowhere near Anchor Steam, it doesn't use Anchor Steam as a template. This is a lager that takes its influence from modern CA brewing, it's not looking to the past. Well made and quite tasty.

Photo of lsummers
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange with a frothy two finger bone white head. Smells fantastic, creamy slightly earthy almond like malts with hints of the grassy, piney hops.

Taste is crisp and refreshing with notes of creamy nuttyness and caramel malts. Hops are more in the backend with some piney, herbal notes. Hint of banana/pear/clove.

Mouthfeel is good, it's light and crisp on the tongue. Hint of viscosity could help at the end of the taste.

Overall this is a definite favorite of the style. I have had this before and will probably have it again.

Photo of jonbonfon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head, The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and grainy malts with citrus and floral hops with a bit of lager yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and grainy malts with some citrus hops and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some light pine hops with some more bitterness comes through some more bready and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and caramel malts with citrus hops, light bitterness, and a touch of lager yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice California common with a good malt and hop balance.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Photo of GRG1313
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.

Photo of jeff1973
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tap Shack, on to the beer:

This is the Cismontane that I hoped for from the time I first tasted them. Its copper color and good head retention leave a good first impression on The Citizen. Sourbdough bread and a floral note in the nose. Good tasting stuff, sourdough at first, softer notes of pine, floral, and citrus. Medium bodied and easy to drink. The California Common is anything but common to find, so it's great to see Cismontane doing a style other brewers shy away from.

Photo of timc100
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.