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Citra Ass Down! - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

504 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 54 | 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: 504 | Reviews: 61
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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 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 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 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 CHickman
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy gold color with champagne-like bubbles racing up to a 1-2 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly and left OK to good spotty lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, lemon, very fresh citrus fruit notes with citrus hops, coriander, biscuit, tea leaf, sweet fruit and light spices; almost a little funk and pepper in the nose that seems like Belgian yeast, but that just peeks through the strong citrus aroma.

Tastes of fresh red grapefruit and has almost the same strong bitterness, followed by orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, fresh citrus hops, coriander, white pepper and other spices, biscuit, tea leaf, faint caramel, toasted grains and dry earthy floral hops that resembles hay or pine needles; chalky and herbal flavors come through after each sip with more dry earthy notes that fade to more bitterness. Just enough dry cracker/malty balance to make it drinkable and hide the 8.2% ABV well, but it’s a tad bit too bitter in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with average to zesty carbonation, some texture to it and a dry bitter finish – grapefruit pucker bitterness.

Overall it was a good DIPA but a tad too bitter for me to come back to it, especially at $15 per bomber. Great artwork and label, but that doesn’t justify the pricetag.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

650ML bomber

Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, originally 2/20/12.

Pours a clear, light orange color with two fingers of dense white head.

Smells of huge grapefruit, and pineapple with some orange and almost catty note with some light malt notes.

The hops dominate the flavor profile as well with big notes of pineapple some grapefruit, orange and passion-fruit.

Medium bodied, yet has a certain slickness to it with a crisp, dry finish.

This a very nice American IPA, and perhaps the one that has best utilized Citra hops that I've had to date.

Photo of rand
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

My buddy Sid at Best Damn Beer Shop threw this in with my last pickup, he was curious what I'd think because it was selling for around $15 a bottle. I guess the payload was sequentially marked-up on along it's trek from KY. Well, in a phrase, it ain't worth it. It's not a terrible IPA, but nothing to jump up and down about, and it shouldn't be priced anywhere near this level. Here's the breakdown:

A: The brew is a apricot-tan in color, cloudy with a fair amount of suspended yeast. An nice sudsy head clings to the glass.

S: Pleasant bouquet. Good balance of citrus rind and honeyed malts. Not a lot of tropical nuance for citra hops.

T: Things go off the rails here. Astringent, bitter hops up front, and really sweet, caramelly malts, but the bitter and sweet aspects are talking past each other. Boozy too, unnecessarily....I think the overly sweet tones are bringing out a boozy bite. Finishes long with lingering sweetness.

M: Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation to wash down those residual sugars.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with one finger of white head. Very light lacing left behind.

Citrusy aroma of orange, tropical fruit and lemon zest with a touch of mustiness.

The taste matched the aroma. Citrusy with orange, lemon, and tropical fruit. Saltine cracker finish.

Medium bodied and clean with a fairly sharp carbonation.

I'm a big fan of citra hops, so of course, I really enjoyed this. My favorite beer from Against The Grain so far.

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Citra Ass Down! from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
88 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.