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Citra Ass Down! | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

ABV 8.0% OG 17.0 IBU 68.0

Added by mrfrancis on 03-15-2012

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Whoever thought that marketing is in a name is absolutely right in regards to Citra Ass Down!, as the name rolls off the tongue and is easy to remember. With 16 ounces of Double IPA, I hope that the strength of the beer doesn't make force me on my ass. On to the beer:

There is haze to this toasted orange ale, and above a creamy head which splashes lacing around the edges of the glass. I smell a candied Double IPA, candied orange, candied grapefruit, toffee, and candied lemon. My high hopes need to fall to reality before I taste a first sip.

I can't tell what the age of this can is, but the malt is pulling through. At the very least, it does retain some clean character and doesn't get annoyingly full of resin. Toffee and a pinch of resin at the front, followed by candied orange, tangerine, and a touch of grapefruit. It doesn't have any annoying bitterness, the alcohol is deceiving, the body is smooth and proper carbonation allows Citra Ass Down to go down the gullet.

Memorable name, and even fine drinking Double IPA. Compared to the high standards of the style, this could get lost on the shelf if it weren't for its clever moniker.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citra Ass Down! brewed by Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, with an ABV of 8.20% This brew pour out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Citra Ass Down! , is rich with hop bitterness, grains and malts. This brew has to look and smell of most IPA's on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is bold at first with hop bitterness . Then this IPA becomes smooth and clean refreshing brew. There is a lot going on in Citra Ass Down!. Citra Ass Down! , has a real nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. It is real hard to pick up on the 8.20% ABV in this brew it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Citra Ass Down! , is Rich Bold Hoppie, Clean, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Citra Ass Down! a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, did a real nice job with this one.

Just a side not it was 92 out today and this brew hit the spot.

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Photo of 98green
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to snifter. Look is amber and clear. Smell is citrus and peppery spice. Taste is soft bitter that doesn't linger, as the malt comes in heavy. Not as much citrus in the taste, or maybe I'm too used to Citra to be surprised. Feel is sweet and slick, carb a touch light. Overall a nice Dipa, and I'd be happy to grab it, but not a destination beer

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Photo of moysauce
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a tulip on 6/4/2016.

L: Deep amber with big 2 finger frothy head. Dissipated quickly. Left excellent lacing on the glass.

S: Definitely more Columbus and Centennial than Citra on the nose. Almost no citra at all, honestly.

T: Followed the nose. I really didn't get any citra. Huge malt profile. Columbus and Centennial bomb. Tasted like a big west coast double.
F: Fine. Nothing special, but nice medium feel.

Overall, I was kind of disappointed by this beer. For the name, I didn't get any citra, or at least not much. I got a 4pk the day it made it to the store and was dated less than a week ago. I don't know. I'll give it another shot and see how I feel, but as of now it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours a slightly foggy amber orange with a frothy off-white foam head. Smells like toffee, cracker, boozy caramel, papaya, mango, sweet orange, peach nectar, pineapple, grapefruit, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like biscuity cracker malt, toffee, caramel, mango, sweet orange, papaya, peach nectar, pineapple, grapefruit, with dank pine and floral earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice DIPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a pint glass. No dates that I can see (I'll contact them after I review the beer). Picked it up at Thirsty Hop. Hadn't seen it on the shelves before. Poured until sediment was clearly coming out of the can, then stopped.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a nice head and moderate carbonation. Smell is hay and pine, some resin.

Taste is honeysuckle and straw, not at all what I was expecting. Moderate to mild pine bitter finish. Interesting and strange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of sweet caramel malts with some hints of citrus. Orange and tangerine is there along with some hints of grapefruit. The flavors are malty, but still has solid hop flavor and hop bitterness. Lots of orange and pine resin. Flavors are bittersweet. There's a subtle spiciness in the finish. It also finishes slightly warm and syrupy, but it's not boozy at all. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. I guess it's not what I was personally expecting from the citra hops, but it's still enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a good brew, drank from the can so I can't comment on the look, but it had a pleasant aroma that came through even from the can opening. It was a nice taste, the citra definitely comes through, although I would have liked it to be even more citra forward if possible. On the can it mentions that it is sticky and it certainly is that. Even on this following morning I feel like I can almost still feel it in my mouth. This is a solid DIPA, I could see myself grabbing a four pack of tallboys for boating in the summer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with one finger of soapy white head, rings of lace part-way down the glass. Smell: resinous, sugared mango, caramel, orange. Taste: dried mango, caramel, resin, biscuit, orange marmalade, candied grapefruit peel, grassy. This is more C-hoppy than expected, in fact you might say it's more Ass Down than Citra. Like Rico Sauvin it's a really well made tasty DIPA; unlike Rico it doesn't deliver on showcasing its feature hop.

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Photo of zshaft
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

beer poured into snifter. nice dark orange with syrupy body it appears while looking into the glass. head is soapy with minimal retention. nose is light orange. not to strong or enticing. nice mouthfeel that coats the mouth. front end mouthfeel is some light biscut with light orange and grapefruit followed by thick mouthfeel sweetness. to me this drinks like a much lighter beer in flavor but heavy mouthfeel says dipa. very weak flavor profile but as the beer warms the flavor seems to come on a but more. nice beer but nose and general flavor profile need some work.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden Amber in color with near 2 fingers of pillowy white head, decent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, and a touch of malt. Taste is slightly slick from the hop oils with a resiny pine undercurrent throughout. Grapefruit also makes an appearance with malt undertones. Decent mouthfeel with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall an enjoyable beer and easy drinking for the 8.2% ABV.

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Photo of leantom
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting, but good nonetheless. Here goes:

A: Good. Pours a massive head, leaves plenty of lacing, and the carbonation is present throughout the body. Pours a cloudy but light yellow-orange. Very murky.

S: Piney, sweet, some oranges, grapefruit, and some peppery baker's yeast. Yeasty and hoppy - interesting combination, really. Little bit stale and crusty, too - I assume this is from the yeast.

T: Caramel malt more apparent. Honey, caramel, but also lots of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and oranges from the hops. Also a fair bite of peppery spices and breadiness from the yeast.

F: Dry, well-carbonated. Good.

O: Interesting. Combines robust hops, caramel malt and peppery yeast. Good.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SRM 5-6 (hazy gold) with clouds of tiny carbonation that quickly rise to produce a thin, white froth and slight lacing on a Spiegelau IIPA glass.

Given the name of this beer, it is reasonable for one to expect to be knocked down by Citra Hops. Alas, the aroma fails to deliver. However, the lemony citrus is present, as is fresh-cut straw, pine straw, mango, pineapple, and faint papaya.

The flavor is quite bitter, but short of enamel-peeling. Grapefruit and un-ripened mango are moderately sweet and dank. A lingering, modestly bitter finish leaves this beer short of its IIPA labeling.

A chalky, almost dusty texture leads to a super dry character. Alcohol is as expected, as is the lively carbonation and medium body.

I had such high hopes for this beer. Peel away the dashed expectations, and call this a high-alcohol, West Coast IPA, to better set one's expectations. However, failing to deliver on a promise leaves the consumer disappointed.

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Photo of Extol
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - darker gold in color. Smell - hoppy. Super hoppy. Not complaining! Taste - definitely citra hops. Light tropical flavor with a nice bitter bite on the back end. Could use more sweetness, but solid. Overall - I liked this, but it doesn't set itself apart much more than any other double IPA.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 2FH, clear, foamy, some lacing, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, citrus, pine, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, citrus, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, dry, lingering, astringent, crisp, refreshing, light.

VALUE - $8 for a 12-oz can at a bar, what you'd expect.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Nothing spectacular, but truly quaffable.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden/orange color. Slightly hazy. Good head retention and lacing.
Smells like pine, tropical fruits, and honey.
Taste follows the nose. Perhaps a little bit cloying.
A little bit syrupy, definitely full bodied. sticky
Overall, this is what I look for in IIPAs; tropical and malty sweetness. Good beer.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper color with little lacing. Nose is grapefruit and the taste is grapefruit and orange peel. Mouthfeel is medium. Beer is solid and very drinkable.

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clean copper, tangerine, with about a half a finger of head that dissipates after about a minute.
S: Strong clementine and orange from the citra hops with some dankness towards the back end with some nice malt action as well.
T: Nice balance between orange and some caramel. Not overwhelming in either citrus or maltyness and smooth enough to hide any booziness from the 8%.
F: Great body with a very well rounded feel of citra and caramel all around.
O: If i saw this beer I would buy this again for sure, this is no heady but sometimes its nice to have a low key DIPA and this is that, nice and smooth but not quite spectacular.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dull copper color with good clarity. There's a solid half inch of dense tan head on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is strongly that of grapefruit. I taste moderately bitter citrus hops and while it doesn't seem to be out of balance, the impressive part is that the hop burn really lingers awhile even after the finish. That has some staying power!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces very well.

S: Tropical fruit, a bit dank, some citrus, and plenty of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange and lemon lime, tropical fruit, passion fruit, a little herbal dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dangerously drinkable for a DIPA

O: I love the name, beer is solid too.

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Photo of mabermud
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Orange and amber, hazy body. Foamy and fluffy head. Sea foam. Lacy lacing that leaves a broken curtain around the glass.
Smell: Pungent grapefruit and orange hops, but not pungent enough. Muddled smell. The smell is not bad, but it isn't very good either. This is missing the rich and wholesome aromas.
Taste: This reminds me of orange drink with some semi-sharp hops and fizz. More hops are needed. This is more juicy than hoppy.
Feel: Not bad. Good body, nice carb, decent in the mouth. I'll take it.

Overall - This one has potential but it isn't there yet. Right now it is a juicy orange drink with alcohol.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy honey color. Has a bit of a musty hop aroma with a resiny quality. Flavor is pine and resin with some background notes of musty hops. Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Overall a solid IPA

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Photo of hardysf
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a malty boozy mess of a beer. There is hop presence, but it's crushed by the sweet malt finished by a boozy aftertaste. Pours clear with a nice head and has good body. No freshness date on can, but recently put out by the store. Citra fades fast, so might be old. I won't be trying this one again unless free though.

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Photo of anonymoose
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a hazy orange color. The aroma is light citrus and malt notes. The taste is citrus, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. The hop profile is tasty but the malt immediately drowns it out. There was no freshness date on the can.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours orange amber with thin head but lots of lace. Mild aroma of light citrus, berry. Taste is mild also, but refreshing, starts juicy with citrus sweetness, ends dry with just a little floral bitterness that lasts too long. Medium soft mouthfeel. Overall liked the up front juicyness, but the finish falls a little flat.

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Citra Ass Down! from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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