Citra Ass Down! - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 41
Gots: 82 | 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: 591 | Reviews: 79
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-yellow coloring with a filmy, clingy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of tart and bright citrus sweetness, tangy caramel, toasted bread, tropical fruit sweetness, sugary sweet notes, lemon pepper, pineapple, and pine tassels. Wow, heavy nose! Flavors are grapefruit and tangerine forward, with a tart bite, all on a toast and subtle caramel backbone. Some lemon-pepper spice dips in a little, but it is mostly a citrus punch in the face. Some solid resinous qualities, too, providing a bitter and green feel. Robust, full, and somehow still light in body, with a very tart and resinous aftertaste. The finish is smooth, and still big, with some dry characteristics, too. This is a beast! Delicious!

More User Reviews:
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.

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 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 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 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 WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the name and label. Citra Ass Down poured cloudy golden with floaties that carried a white head with spotty lacing. The scent had pine and grapefruit citrus common to the Citra hop. The taste was a well balanced DIPA with sweet malt and the fresh hops that provided touches of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a good DIP and well worth the try.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Contracted brewed by Stillwater I'm guessing in Maryland...

Pours a hazed peach color with minimum head. Average head retention & nice lacing

S: Loads of citrus & tropical fruits, they fade after a while. Probably the biggest drawback on this beer

T: Grapefruit, a little lemon grass, & some pine, plus chalky dryness up front. More grapefruit, lemons & pineyness & a little woody hops, some boozey bite & just a little breadyness as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, slight acidity, dryness & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation. Gets a bit prickly as it warms.

Doesn't drink to the ABV or the style, but is well worth a go. Not life changing, but would love to revisit this..

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 larryarms847
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a soft yellow/orange and beautifully cloudy.

Smells of tropical fruits and hops, what I would expect for citra hops.

Tastes of orange, grapefruit, and other tropical fruits. Has a very bright and hoppy taste, with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully fruity but not too sweet.

Overall this beer really made me want another. I'll definitely be picking this up again, if I can find it.

Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip. I couldn't find any dates on the bottle.

A: Slightly hazy sunshine yellow with a one finger white head that settles fairly quickly around the edges. Moderate sticky lacing. The bubbles reminded me of champagne.

S: Pleasant floral and citrus notes on the nose. Mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot. Just a little earthy dank funk in the background.

T: The first sip brought a punch of fresh squeezed citrus and a big bite of hop bitterness. No small flavors here. Lots of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest. Leaving me a little wanting for some sweetness to balance it out.

M: Medium body that leaves some residual hop oils on the tongue. Slight bitter finish.

O: An excellent IPA that combines many of the flavor profiles that I enjoy. My only complaint is the price. ATG needs to work on a better distribution contract. This bottle was $17 here, but is available for half that price in Kentucky.

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice amber yet lighter about the edges. The head was dense and foamy it it held superior lacing.

The nose was soft and juicy with grapefruit and pithy orange rind but a hearty herbal tone. Hints of malt outline the aroma.

The flavor holds more to the pith and pine with deep herbal tones of chive, cannabis and resin but it turns to a sour grapefruit at the finish. The malt balance is more prevalent in the flavor.

The feel is very light, a tad astringent, but so easy.

This is well done, a little more sour and herbal than I like, but it has good malt balance and enough pithy citrus to set it right.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ Ridgewood

Orange gold with a slim white creamy head. Mellow aromas of Citra-like deep fruit, orangey citrus, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, and floral notes. Subtle Citra hop flavor, peach, ripe fruit, biscuit malts, and vanilla. Tasty, but surprisingly mellow. Quite dry and medium bodied. Not bad...I expected bolder flavors coming from the description.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: in a pint, pale-medium amber body; tan head a couple of fingers high left some lace down the side; good head retention

S: Citra hop citrus, some wet grain field-ish aromas with floral notes

T: juicy citrus and tropical fruit suggestions, creamy milk caramel sweetness; and even some savory dish flavors, too, like roasted potato and onion (what!)

M: super creamy and smooth, luscious; very mild with just a slight kiss of bitterness, medium body, subdued carbonation

O: smooth and easy to drink - nice flavor profile and feel

Initially on-tap, second encounter in a bomber improved my appreciation for this brew - scores adjusted!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, slightly hazy golden amber with a one finger white head that continues to grow for a while after pouring. Great aroma of lemon citrus, light grapefruit, tropical fruit, spicy. Flavor is classic Citra, lemony with light orange, tropical fruit at the back of the tongue, hints of grapefruit. Finishes with a long, lemony and grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. This is exactly as advertised, a showcase for Citra hops. The malt body feels substantial, but with little malt flavor. It still does a great job of supporting and presenting the hop flavors. Mellow hop flavors soon release their full bitterness throughout the taste. Nicely done single hop IIPA.

Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 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 ThickNStout
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 14.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with about a one finger cap of white head. The froth lingers in the form of a thin haze and nice halo that laces well.

Nice aromas of oranges, peach, pine, wheat and caramel.

Very citrusy flavor overall. Oranges, lemon peel, grapefruit, pine, cracker, caramel, pepper, vague mint and a little booze. Not much perceptable malt sweetness but the alcohol is blended well and the hops shine through nicely.

Sticky, medium body with moderately sharp carbonation. Grapefruit, orange zest and a little bit of cracker in the finish.

Drinks like an IPA and a half without quite the body or the relentless hop assault that I look for from a double/ imperial. An enjoyable quaff nonetheless. No problems downing 22 ounces and the only factor that would slow a repeat purchase is the relatively hefty price tag.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my growler into a pint tulip. The pour is clear, dark gold with a majestic head and outstanding lacing. The nose definitely says citra. I get notes of lemon, sweet oranges, and peaches. Nice!

The beer has a medium body and a nicely balanced flavor. I get a faint bread-and-buttery sweetness along the entire profile with nice tropical fruit bitterness. Predominant flavors include grapefruit and lemon. The hops are not overly assertive, but the finish is nice and dry and fairly well sustained. The only criticism I have is a mouthfeel that seems a bit thin.

Overall, this is a nice IPA from a brewer whose beers I buy whenever they're available. However, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would (i.e., as much as their ``Hoppy Seconds'' IPA). The nose and flavor are fine, but it could stand to be a bit hoppier and it could use a bit more sweetness in the front of the palate. Moreover, the mouthfeel just wasn't there for me. I hope to be able to try ``Citra Ass Back Down'' to see if they've improved on this.

Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a malty malty malty malty malty ipa. Really wanted to enjoy this but the hops just do not present. If one is into the maltiness--totally fine--this bad boy is for you. If you want a representation of the ipa stlye, let alone a showcase of citra, look elsewhere.

Photo of Cresant
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Citra Ass Down! from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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