Citra Ass Down! - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 632
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 2.82%
Wants: 44
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
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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!

ABV 8.0% OG 17.0 IBU 68.0
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Photo of RockRuler
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very malty IPA. A bit of a hoppy taste but barely. I was expecting some good bitter piney taste but it wasn't there. Good flavor and look. Smooth drinking. I was disappointed. Nothing to see here. (201 characters)

Photo of Samwasnthere
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This double IPA hits that beautiful Citra note for me. I am an avid fan of Citra hops and I'm pleased with how prevalent they are. The mouthfeel on this beer is a rich creamy/smooth one. It just goes down well. The malts are light but a good balance to the hops and the color is a great clear brownish-red, just like a double IPA should be. My only large fault with this beer is it is just a little too alcoholic for my tastes, the malts don't smooth that bite out but it fits the style well- speaking of style, this is certainly a double IPA and not just an american IPA. (573 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into an oversized snifter. AtG, Evil Twin, and Stillwater all arrived to New Mexico today for the first time. Fun stuff.

Appearance is lovely. Frothy, thick, chewy pale white head with scattered streaks of lacing as it recedes. Body is a pristinely clear copper liquid with steady carbonation. Beautiful. 5

Smells like orange juice. Very juicy. Zesty and sweet, bitter and tart citrus. Sweet malt plays the background but is detectable. A sweet vanilla quality speaks loudly. 4.25

Citrus flavors continue to the palate in the form of bitter and tart orange juice and grapefruit, followed soon after by an excessively floral flavor that then segues to a sweeter, maltier vanilla and caramel flavor. Slight booze is perceivable on the flavor and I have to slightly ding for that. 4

This drinks pretty nicely for the most part. There are occasional stings of bitterness and booze, but otherwise it's got a nice creamy, malty feel while still offering enough hop spice and zest to make for a hophead's DIPA. 4

It's a good brew. The price gave me pause, but truthfully, $15 for a 4-pack DIPA isn't bad at all given I've paid $13 for a bomber. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served From 16oz Can

A — Pours a deep orange hue into the glass, there is a bit of a thin and off-white colored head on it. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S — Smells of Citra, obviously, lots of pine, juicy fruit notes and some sweet pineapple tone almost.

T — Slightly sweet and quite bitter. Notes of pine, mango, citrus and bitterness.

M — Light-Medium bodied, there is a lingering long finish as well.

O — Great overall, a true representation of Citra hops, very nice indeed. (497 characters)

Photo of K-Dog
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid easy drinking double ipa at almost 8.5 percent. I've seen this only on bombers before foe 14.99 and passed on that price. Just found in 4 packs of 16 oz cans. Fairly huge price difference so this time I jumped on it and glad I did. (238 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter no bottle on date

A: light orange/amber hue with great clarity and a light filmy head

S: light melon and grass with a little bit of a maltiness

T: very clean light citrus with a touch of grass and that dose of maltiness on the end

M: light lingers a little on the tongue but not much

O: an enjoyable beer but I have had a lot better citra hopped beer for a hell of a lot less the maltiness overpowers the delicate citra hops too much or its old bottle dating would be nice (510 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grain, resin, and grapefruit dominate the aroma. Notes of peaches and pineapple add complexity.

Flavor is slightly less fruity, with a grapefruit punch upfront that turns to pineapple and mango before drying out in the floral, lightly bitter finish. Toasted, lightly sweet caramel malt supports throughout. I like the fact that it's not overly bitter, and the fruit character is very nice. Just wish it were slightly more pronounced in flavor. (445 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can $3. Bright orange, short head, good lace. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, bit of malt. Flavor is hoppy citrus with a malt flavor that I like. A lot of times IPA's throw the malt out the window and that is usually ok but if there is a subtle malt flavor I like it. This beer is somehow better overall than it's individual parts. (328 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of cans, so I’m happy to see Citra Ass Down is now out in beautiful pint cans. Brewed and canned in Louisville, not like some previous iterations of this beer. In typical Against the Grain fashion there are some pun-y references to other beers and breweries on the can text. Robby Davis has created a label that depicts what looks like a pierced with arrows - metal/punk Emu with what could be a Randal for a neck. Mr. Hops looks as if he is about to beat the Australian with a spiked mace. No southern hemisphere hops here! The cans are not date-stamped; I’m also a big fan of “packaged on” dates.

The beer is a bright, clear apricot color. Or maybe it looks like clover honey or a new penny. The generous head settles quickly, leaving spots of lace. The head is an eggshell, off white color. This is a very pretty beer.

The smell was of wet hay and lemons. It has a very earthy, leafy and a pungent marijuana-like aroma. Big and fresh!

The body was plenty hefty - a viscous, smooth drink with modest carbonation. It is not easy to follow the instructions on the can – “Crush this beer”. This one is not a beer to gulp down. The 8.2% ABV and the formidable body prevents me from drinking this one quickly. It is delicious, but for me it is not a “crushable”, quick quaffing beer – this one demands a bit more attention and respect.

The taste, like the smell, was big. Resiny hops bitterness blooms in the mouth after the initial tropical fruit sweetness is pushed aside. First - flavors of mangos and pineapples with a dollop of peaches in heavy syrup are right up front. Second - Grapefruit peel notes cut the sweetness and give it a long bittering, somewhat parching finish. Some alcohol is notable but it is not too boozy or hot.

This is a big DIPA. The bold flavors will pummel your tongue like a spiked hammer. In a good way, of course. (1,882 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light amber (not a good sign, IMO), with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty unmistakeably of Citra, with a fairly intense cattiness, and some stale caramel malt.

This just didn't really feel like as good a use of Citra as I've had in other beers of similar ilk. For one, it felt too malty. There was just too much caramel sweetness. The good aspects of Citra hops are definitely present, juicy grapefruit, some orange peel, and mango, but there's also a pretty unmistakeable cat pissiness, as is typical with heavily Citra hopped beers. I wish it was dialed back a little bit.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly juicy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

A pretty average IPA, doesn't stand out that well to me. A mix of flaws and interesting tastes. (865 characters)

Photo of Mattress00
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was drank from a snifter.

L: Poured a hazy orangish color with a bubbly white head that formed a nice lace around the glass.

S: Orange peel, tropical fruit, citrus, earthy hop followed by chewy malt aroma.

T: Juicy orange, grapefruit, lemon and earthy, herbal hops followed by a toasty, buiscuity, chewy malt flavor coming through. Bitterness is there but is balanced well with the malt.

F: Medium-full body, tingling bitterness, and medium carbonation.

O: This is my first beer from this brewery and looks like it will be on my list of breweries to visit at the end of this month. (599 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, lemony, citrus, herbal hops followed by toasted, biscuity, pale, and chewy malts.

Taste: Lemony, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, tropical, and herbal hops with biscuiity, toasted, bready, chewy, and pale malts in the rear. Some chewiness, mild tingly bitterness. and light alcohol notes too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, slight alcohol, some chewiness, light tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: The first brew I've had from these guys. Will look for more of their stuff in the near future. (830 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice exploration of the flavor of citra hops. This beer prefectly captures the aromatic splendor possible in a citrus forward DIPA. Excellent example of the style, great when you really want to sink into to the modern IPA world. Price is the biggest deterrent. At 14 plus dollars a bottle, it is a hefty price for what you get. (332 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It is a lighter shade of amber in color with golden highlights and hazy. It is topped with two inches of off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is citrus with a little dankness.

The flavor is subtle at first but builds over time. Some grapefruit bitterness comes through with a slight pine finish.

Medium mouthfeel

At first I was underwhelmed with this beer, but the more I drank, the more the flavor built. By the end I was enjoying this beer. I have had little experience with Against the Grain but am eager to try more. The names alone are intriguing. (617 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (193 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (1,436 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (949 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,465 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Travitten
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (203 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
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 (157 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.... (465 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 (357 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (240 characters)

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Citra Ass Down! from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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