The Citizen - Cismontane Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some grassy aromas. Taste is of malt/grain flavors up front with an herbal and grassy hop finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, it's always good to try another beer of this particular style and this one is pretty good but nothing all that special.
03-11-2012 00:01:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
02-09-2012 06:31:27 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-15-2012 04:14:28 | More by Halcyondays
3.14/5 rDev -16.9%
500ml brown bottle purchased from Whole Foods Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.
Pours a slightly hazed amber hue with a frothy crest of brittle white that settles to a pack of pocked pancake bubbles.
Nose is pretty bland. Slightly weedy vegetative character above a neutral malt sweetness that gives some rounded characters to the aroma. Mostly though, it's par for the course, even if it's not actively dull.
Caramel on the palate, with a slightly salty edge, giving it some pleasant savoury overtones. A hint of copper comes through, with a slight peppery back palate that it mostly lost in a wash of apathetic malt. I don't have a lot to say about the beer just because it doesn't have a lot to say about itself.
Feel is smooth enough, but slightly gassy. It's decent without being anything beyond that.
I found this beer to be exceptionally lacking in style or imagination. It's not even particularly well crafted for what it is. I'd say that it feels by-the-numbers, but I think it even falls short of that. I was pretty unimpressed.
10-05-2013 02:59:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-03-2012 16:46:51 | More by DoubleJ
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a deep burnt orange colour, a bit flat. Head is just a film of cloudy off-white. Looks like a beer. Congrats.
Smells fruity, with tropical notes. Passion, paw-paw, banana and some exotic spice. Pepper, Szechuan even maybe, some vanilla and peach. Intriguing.
Taste is more pedestrian. Bit of peach fruit, some notes of banana, apricot and some hop on the back. Pretty dry, though, and not bursting with flavour. I like the subtlety, it adds to drinkability but it seems like a lot of other beers without much special or unique to recommend it.
Bit of body, but no texture. Bit bland to be honest.
Nice enough flavours, could definitely drink all night. But just doesn't interest me that much.
11-27-2013 04:23:17 | More by laituegonflable
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-26-2013 19:14:58 | More by Brenden
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
1167th Review on BA
Bottle to Triple Karmelit
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.
03-19-2012 23:19:40 | More by FosterJM
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
11-05-2012 07:23:48 | More by ngeunit1
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
This pours with a toasted straw-tan color with nice creamy foam and a lingering hint of tartness on the nose. It has an almost biscuity-tart flavor which makes it much more interesting than your typical California common or steam beer, at least in my experience. There’s a lightly lemony hop aroma with some sweetish biscuit notes on the flavor. The Citizen reminded me in some aspects of the tartness from a Berliner weiss beer, combined with a lighter Anchor Steam.
11-28-2012 22:46:07 | More by elNopalero
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
12-21-2010 17:15:47 | More by beagle75
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
had this on tap at (where else?) THE TAPHOUSE in Huntington Beach.
nice pint of golden/ruby colored fare, virtually no head, no carbonation.
smell was almost non-existent, but there was some taste. malts and hops were evident ( i gotta learn my malts better!) with a little hop bitterness.
kind of an unremarkable flavor to me and, overall, just another average, hoppy product from another 'craft' brewery trying to make a name for itself. stronger flavors than need be, but it seems to be the norm for the breweries trying to make a name for themselves.
HOWEVER(!), the girl running bartender at this establishment was FAR MORE FLAVORFUL than the brew. blonde, beautiful, (bountiful!), and with a smile on her face. what a treat. almost any beer is certain to be delectable in her presence!
09-20-2012 23:27:04 | More by pkalix
The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.