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Citra Ass Down! - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 56 | 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: 508 | Reviews: 61
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.

Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +2%

It was not 8.00 abv according to the chalkboard. It was 6.7% or something like that (doing this from memory the next day). It has a terrific citrus smell and tastes very good, following the nose.

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from bomber bottle into a tulip glass, a hazy bottle conditioned brew, bright orange in colour, good initial head it leaves some residual lacing. Some suspended yeast.

S - Sticky and fragrant hops, zesty orange, grapefruit, super pungent, fruit punch, some sticky sappy resin character, orange juice. Some florals added in for good measure, dry hopping worked out well and gave an inciting fruity aroma.

T - starts with a zesty fruit character with full on citra, grapefruit, tangy orange, white grapes, then a bit more dankness and spice creeps in, peppery and bitter, balanced with a smooth sticky grapefruit syrupy character. Goes through a melange of citrus, lots of orange and grapefruit, some lemon and more lime, firm malt base and a moderate bitterness that still makes it quite drinkable. Dries and bitters on the finish but has an eminently satisfying feel to it and a rather clean finish.

M - big malty body, with an assertive but balanced carbonation, flows well over the palate, easing the bitterness of the hop charge, there is a coating citrus resin character to the finish but this is still a very drinkable strong IPA, on the bottle it is a DIPA, here it is a IPA, regardless it keeps a very tasty profile from getting out of control.

A raw and unapologetic Citra IPA, bursting with fruity and spicy hop flavour. It had a bit of harsh pepperiness to it and a lack of subtlety which I would say are the main factors holding it back from being an outstanding beer, otherwise I found it a very enjoyable and hop heavy ale, certainly one that would scratch many a hop heads itch. Worth a try to for the citra profile on display. Very tasty with a very well put together balance.

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +2%

Honey golden colored body with a creamy off-white head. Good sticky lacing with nice head retention. Intense citrus, floral and hoppy nose. Pine resin, malt backbone and orange peel flavors and dry bitter hop finish. Excellent DIPA.

Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A - Pours a hazy pale amber body with somewhat bubbly off-white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Lots of nice citrus hop

T - Really nice dank hop bitterness, tangy citrus and grassy. Malts are low and earthy. This is certainly hop forward. Alcohol is well blended in and not very noticeable.

M - Medium body and moderate/high carbonation. Nice and sticky, definitely resinous.

O - This was really good. It hits all the key aspects I prefer in IPAs. Hops are forward and bitter with lots of citrus and fresh earthy notes. Malts are sublte and subdued. I'd definitely pick this up again, however I just realized I paid $14 for this now... Not sure I can throw down that much again. Put this at $8 max and I'll come back to it.

Photo of SpacingOutMan
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 650 mL bottle. Interesting art design on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with a relatively thing white head (approx. 1/4"). Decent lacing, but nothing to write home about. Fairly prevalent debris profile throughout each pour. The appearance of this DIPA is about what you would expect of your average unfiltered DIPA.

S: The smell of the Citra hops is noticeable. The aroma is certainly built around a citrus profile, notably grapefruit and lemon. Some spicy smells break through a bit which resemble coriander and peppercorn.

T: The flavor profile follows the smell adequately. There is an initial citrus profile that is dampened with some faint bitterness, creating an appetizing balance. This initial profile is followed by a fresh and piney combination of flavors; hints of coriander, Citra hops, orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, and caramel malt dominate. The flavor profile is finished with a sharp, boozy bitterness that takes away from the freshness of the beer. The after-taste is significantly more pleasant as it leaves a certain fruitiness for around 20 seconds.

M: Medium body with pretty good carbonation that doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer.

O: Overall, it's a pretty good DIPA that definitely leans toward the bitter side of the style. Unfortunately, the bitterness took away from the freshness of the flavor profile and compared to other DIPAs, there wasn't anything "spectacular" about this beer. If it weren't for the extremely steep $15/bottle pricetag, I'd be inclined to buy this beer down the road. For what it is worth, I do recommend this beer to those who are just getting into DIPAs as it resides in one of those "is it too bitter or not?" grey areas (for the record: I do enjoy some of the more bitter DIPAs).

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a grossly underwhelming beer, especially at 15 bucks a bottle, thats offensive, and like the brutal prices on the other stuff from against the grain that recently came to colorado, its a brutal quality to price ratio, and i cant imagine them making any splashes in this market with this stuff at these prices. citra is such a fun hop, so distinct and lemony and tropical and loaded with all the stuff we love about hops, but this yeast thick hazy orange beer is weighty with grain overbalance, and seems to have a lot more bitterness (read early kettle hops) than it does aromatic or juiciness (thats dry hopping usually). a seemingly sloppy effort made to appeal to the high end beer drinker, this cant pass at that level. its fine ipa, good even by some standards, but at that price we expect miracles. pliny for heavens sake is only five or six bucks a bottle, tis is downright unreasonable. thick in feel even though the bubbles are fine, way more leftover yeast than is necessary, and the bitterness of the hops overrides any unique citra features. not real happy with this one, hopefully others thought more highly of it.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-from notes
Poured at the Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville into a plastic cup...

Nice orange pour with a thin head that slowly fades away to some light lacing.

The aroma features citrus and pineapple and maybe a little biscuit.

The taste is citrus right up front, a little hit of pineapple as well followed by a dry finish that is slightly piney. As it warms, I also get a little of the sweet malt. But it's mostly OJ with a kick.

Mouthfeel seems medium with a slightly sticky aftertaste.

All in all, really glad I got to try this very tasty beer. Would happily drink it again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours very hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity malts and sweet fruity, piney hops.

The flavor is biscuity malts and some fruit with bitter grassy piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent DIPA, but way overpriced at 16 bucks a bomber.

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Citra Ass Down! from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
88 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.