Citra Ass Down! | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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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 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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Photo of FriedSlug
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy deep gold with orange or brownish tints to it. The head was fairly white and lingered for a moment before fading and leaving very little lacing in my glass. The beer smells malty sweet with overripe tropical fruits like mango and papaya with a pineapple scent appearing as well. The taste is malty sweet with a fermented grain taste and flavors reminiscent of papaya and past its prime pineapple. There is a good hop bitterness that helps but the sickly sweet overripe fruit is a bit overpowering. I like it but there is a taste that keeps me from loving it. I feel like it is the papaya aspect as this is not a fruit I enjoy but one I am reminded about when drinking this beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of creamy white head. Retention is below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Citra really is a miracle hop. Big tropical fruitiness featuring papaya, mango, pineapple, and orange. The malts are pretty mellow. Light breadiness with caramel malts.

3.75 T: The taste is even more mellow, which is a nice change from the typical IPA. Mild bitterness, light tropical fruits per above, mild breadiness and caramel.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lovely, silky creaminess makes this supremely smooth.

4.25 D: This isn't a flavor bomb like most IPAs. Rather, it's simple and mellow, but it works oh so well. So incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with no date.

It is a hazy orange-gold with an average frothy, off-white head. Spotty lacing.

Go figure, it smells very citrusy. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Jai Alai. There is that musty/earthy smell among a bunch of orange/tangerine, and some lemon. There is a noticeable, albeit faint, sweet malt.

This is where my Jai Alai comparison ends. I don't think it tastes as good as it smells. It is fairly bitter right of the bat, and only builds, ending with an aspirin like aftertaste to me. There is still plenty of orange, lemon, and grapefruit which gives it enough sourness to barely notice what seem like caramel malts. I would swear that there is a touch of mosaic hops in there too. I am not real good at identifying different varieties, but that one usually stands out to me. Either way, there is a flavor that doesn't seem to belong here.

It is fairly crisp, and it is sticky and resinous as advertised. A solid medium body overall. Alcohol doesn't jump out at you, but I would say it is noticeable.

First thing I want to note, is that the Ba listing for this beer is "American IPA" when it clearly says on the label "This is a double IPA". Therefore, I really think it should be changed. Especially since it is 8% ABV. That being said, I think my score would be a little bit lower as a double/imperial. It just isn't balanced enough. I actually think it is an enjoyable beer, and I am a big citra fan, but there are just too many other great beers I would drink before this one.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tropical fruits and something a bit hitting my palate as apples or pears. Solid beer all around and nice dry finish making this an easy 8.2% to put down. For me it's a bit muddled in the nose, taste and mouthfeel, but surprisingly not in too bad a way. No date on the can, but I'm assured this is pretty fresh from my "dealer."

One and done beer for me but glad I was able to tick this.

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

Another exceptional IPA from the states. Really liked this one and people that enjoy their IPAs slightly more toned down will really like this too. Lots of great citra hop character in a beer that doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of KurtE
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden Cooper pour, nice aroma and great citra hop flavor. I love the well blended malty backbone that complements the Citra hops citrusy/piney finish.
also very drinkable for an 8.2%-er!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, bold, resinous and citrusy piney. Golden, straightforward malt. Boldly bitter. Long but gently lingering finish with pine, resin, and mild citrus.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't expecting a ton from this IPA for whatever reason, but I was blown away by it. I love Pliny the Elder and I think this on is almost as good. Hoppy, but at the same time surprisingly smooth and very drinkable. I now have a new addition to my favorite IPA's list.

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Photo of PVMT
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is nothing spectacular, just a decent showcase for the Citra hop. Nose and taste are typical of the Citra hop which fades to a bready, cereal finish.

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Photo of J30wang
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first sip was at the bottom of the can. It was about to overflow in my frozen pint glass, so I downed the rest. It was my first taste from this brewery,

And it was Delicious.

Leave a little residual beer on your tongue and breathe out--that's where the ass citra-ing will bite you in the tush. It pours like a light syrup, and ends with a very thin head. Beautiful lacing followed by a nice, wholesome dark yellow; a slight brown shade too.

Hops in this beer gets me everywhere. Nice cereal-y aftertaste too to complement the malt. I'd get this again, though having to drink this out of a can takes something away for a superficial image snob like me.

This ass seating also smells mouthwatering.

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