The Citizen - Cismontane Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
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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Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 FeliciousDoyle
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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.

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