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Citra Ass Down! - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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88
very good

554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 38
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrfrancis on 03-15-2012

This is a very hop forward American style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Citra hops are a relatively new variety introduced in 2008. It was bred as a hybrid of a number of different hops, including Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, U.S. Tettnanger, East Kent Golding, Bavarian, Brewers Gold, and other unknown hops. The resulting hop, Citra, has a distinct citrusy and tropical fruit flavor and aroma. In Citra ass down we used American Columbus for bittering and 11# of Citra at the end of the boil for late kettle addition flavor and aroma. Then we added 6 more pounds Citra and 5# Centennial post fermention for aroma. Rebrewed for your tasting pleasure!
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Ratings: 554 | Reviews: 69
Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had the 22 poured into a nonic pint. Very hazy golden orange color. Good amount of head and average lacing. Amazing amount of hop and citrus flavor, comes strong. Average mouth feel. Good good.

Photo of Hiwattowner
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sharp. Astringent. Lingering bitterness that seems out of balance. Thin body.

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden hued body; fine carbonation bubbles; thick, foamy, white head. Citrus aroma; grapefruit and lemon. Mild biscuit and bread crust grain flavors; harsh hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp, dry finish with a touch of heavy sweetness.

An interesting IPA name that kind of hits its stated citra hop goals, yet aroma and taste don't really step up to challenge. The aroma is rather weak while the flavors are dominated by a nearly brutish, one-dimensional hop bitterness and the expense of any quality malt off-sets to balance things out. Definitely drinkable yet there are better, less expensive alternatives.

Photo of dmgeng
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided to try this because it just got to my local bottle shop and I really enjoyed all of the other ATG beers.

A - Very nice orange color with slight haze from the dry hops. Superior fine white head with very good lacing.

S - Huge hoppy fragrance with a big citrus character that shines through. There is also some tropical fruit like mango, some floral, and some resin. Very hop centered without much malt or alcohol in the nose.

T - Initially the taste is not as strong as the aroma but there is still the citrus and tropical fruit hops just not what I was expecting. The front also has a sweetness from the malt to compliment the hop bitterness. The finish has a nice sturdy bitterness that pulls out the dank and resin tones from the hops. The last flavors on the palate are some sweeter hops.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Has a nice bitterness that lightly sits on the back of the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Good feel for a DIPA not too heavy and not too small.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA. The aromatics for this one are really key to it's success. I know that they could have done more flavor hops to really make this beer an award winner but as it stands it's very good but not the best. You can tell that there are Citra hops used but I prefer the likes of Permanent Funeral or Pseudosue with a lot more flavor. I would still recommend this but don't expect it to be the best beer you've ever had.

Glass type: Tulip

Photo of deebo
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love citra but this beer is not a great showcase of the hop. A bit dirty.

Photo of SquireOfGlenhall
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Darn good substitute if you need Zombie Dust and none is available.

Photo of MattMorin
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citra hopped but resin finish

Photo of jtosch
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of mushroom in the background of this batch. Older hops? It is April. Still a solid and great beer. The nose still solid with the citra.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awsome Citra beer that i would get again

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing on the surface in between.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of orange along with some hints of grapefruit. The hood contribute a moderate amount of bitterness that is most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink for an Imperial IPA because it isn't overly bitter, isn't heavy on the palate, and does a very good job masking any traces of alcohol. I liked the orange citrus in the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of jrawlinsGA
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid brew if it were half the price.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I didn't pay attention to the price tag, which others have mentioned as being pretty high. My eighth beer from Against The Grain Brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a slightly unimpressive hazy orange, with some hop particulate visible, and about a half finger of white head that fades to a layer of bubbles rather quick. Leaves behind some pretty decent scattered lacing. Again, not terribly impressive, but looks alright for what it is.

S - The aroma has more of an earthy, herbal, grassy, dirty, & vegetal feel than expected from the use of Citra hops, when one would normally be expecting juicy fruitiness. Bread malts, tea leaves, cheese, and some soft citrus / orange / lemons.

T - The taste follows the nose - bready caramel malts and an earthy herbal, semi-vegetal hop presence from the Citra. Citrus / lemon / pith is there, but its not as pronounced as one would expect. Much more bready and malty, and not nearly as citrusy, resinous, or bitter as I was expecting, but I'm not hating.

M - The feel goes down smooth & creamy. Moderately easy drinking for the 8.00% abv. Mild alcohol warmth. Okay carbonation. Very dirty & earthy on the aftertaste.

Overall, an unique use of the Citra hop, I suppose, and not quite what I was expecting at all. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't seek it out or recommend it.

Against The Grain Brewery Citra Ass Down -----4/5.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thin white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hops/citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter upfront with subtle citrus sweetness.

Overall: Great brew. I would have this one again.

Photo of Travitten
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. Not worth 15 dollars a bomber though. That is more than 2 pseudo sues or 8 zombie dust, crazy. Plus for some reason the first half of the bottle was perfectly clear, the second was hazy.

Photo of FFCaldwell
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff. Thanks the Kettles & Grains (Leesburg, VA) for the recommendation.

Photo of rdilauro
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big and chewy. This the best way I can describe this one. It was like a Belgium white ale with hops and gusto. A big malty beer that deserves to be sipped

Photo of Tilley4
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice enough IPA... Worth the $15 per bottle that I paid for it? Hardly... Nothing about this beer screams world class to me and for this price point it better... It's not bad by any means but there's nothing here that would make me go out spend this sort of money twice... Bitter and pungent for sure but there is something missing here.. Seems very one dimensional to me... I think the price is the bigvturn off for me... Quite expensive for what it is....

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

650ML bomber

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +2%

A-hazy gold color with a small head that leaves a small lacing
S-a citrus overload , smells like you just sliced a fresh orange
T-great hop taste with citrus in every phase of the taste. Did not have an over power hop taste it had a good mix
M-low carbonation and medium body
O- it has a great flavor and was very easy to drink leaves very little aftertaste

Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Best beer name yet. Also, really amazingly delicious.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent IPA, but nothing outstanding. (And certainly not worth the price.) Citrus tones are dominant with a lean towards lemon, but not so much so that it becomes one sided. A nice enough brew; though it could use a bit more punch.

Photo of bruachan
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Suds don't hold together like i'd want from an AIPA, though my glassware could be to blame. There is some respectable lacing. Nice light amber color.

Smells like citra to the face! Lovely pine and sage, faint butterscotch.

Well sweet and big-bodied. I don't detect much complexity in the malt. Certainly sweet but not very interesting. The bitterness is prickly and sharp, though hop flavor doesn't meld well with the malt bill. It's very woody and harsh at the finish, though it does a good job of cutting through the sweetness.

I really like citra hops, so this brew has an advantage out of the gates. I did my best to remain objective and raise my standards accordingly.

Photo of kkleu357
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From notes on 5/15/14

It’s OK. Not up there with other citra beers. Definitely not worth $15. Maybe worth $6 a bomber.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Big citrusy tropical fruit nose from the hops over a solid malt backbone.
Pours hazy gold under a somewhat thin bone-white foam cap.
Following a sweet malt introduction citrus hops dominate the palate with citrus rind bitterness balanced by tropical fruit and melon. Dries on the finish and finishes with a long lingering citrusy bitterness.
Very smooth creamy medium full body supported by fine soft carbonation.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a medium golden color with a white head and some sediment. White head and some lace on the pint. The aroma has intense piney citrus, it has the full on presence of the Citra hop. In the taste, grapefruit pith, pine, and earthy bitterness with a wildflower honey like sweetness. Still bitter, with a high alpha hop acidity. Light bodied and solid carbonation. Overall, extremely drinkable, deceptively strong, well crafted IPA.

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Citra Ass Down! from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
88 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.