The Citizen | Cismontane Brewing Company

The CitizenThe Citizen
BA SCORE
58.7%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 75 ratings
The CitizenThe Citizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States
cismontanebrewing.blogspot.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beagle75 on 12-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,635
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
75
Liked:
44
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of hopsputin
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: golden amber straw color - very clear. 2 finger frothy head that dies down pretty quickly

s: sweet clean caramel malts, some yellow grains, straw, and a hint of berries

t: follows the nose pretty closely. immediately there is an abundance of sweet caramel, bready dough, some of that earthy straw. at the end of the mouth there is a faint bitterness - rom something like an earthy tea bag

m: its a medium mouthfeel - a little fuller than i expected. there is a small amount of carbonation, but not much

o: its a sweet and rich beer that has just enough bitterness to cut it. a good beer to drink and enjoy without having to think too much

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Buick222
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of KindbrewCali
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Justinnitsuj
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep burnt orange colour, a bit flat. Head is just a film of cloudy off-white. Looks like a beer. Congrats.

Smells fruity, with tropical notes. Passion, paw-paw, banana and some exotic spice. Pepper, Szechuan even maybe, some vanilla and peach. Intriguing.

Taste is more pedestrian. Bit of peach fruit, some notes of banana, apricot and some hop on the back. Pretty dry, though, and not bursting with flavour. I like the subtlety, it adds to drinkability but it seems like a lot of other beers without much special or unique to recommend it.

Bit of body, but no texture. Bit bland to be honest.

Nice enough flavours, could definitely drink all night. But just doesn't interest me that much.

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Photo of hayesjw
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of aquazr1
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jonbonfon
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle purchased from Whole Foods Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a slightly hazed amber hue with a frothy crest of brittle white that settles to a pack of pocked pancake bubbles.

Nose is pretty bland. Slightly weedy vegetative character above a neutral malt sweetness that gives some rounded characters to the aroma. Mostly though, it's par for the course, even if it's not actively dull.

Caramel on the palate, with a slightly salty edge, giving it some pleasant savoury overtones. A hint of copper comes through, with a slight peppery back palate that it mostly lost in a wash of apathetic malt. I don't have a lot to say about the beer just because it doesn't have a lot to say about itself.

Feel is smooth enough, but slightly gassy. It's decent without being anything beyond that.

I found this beer to be exceptionally lacking in style or imagination. It's not even particularly well crafted for what it is. I'd say that it feels by-the-numbers, but I think it even falls short of that. I was pretty unimpressed.

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Photo of JMM0414
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ebrifan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Chaz33187
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

?A- yellowy amber
S- slight yeasty smell
T- full balanced taste with friendly malts, hoppy aromas in your mouth and a straight sugar aftertaste
M- very thin, drinkable feel
O- balanced and smooth- great if you aren't sure whether you want a pale ale or sweet lager

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of OB1
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lsummers
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange with a frothy two finger bone white head. Smells fantastic, creamy slightly earthy almond like malts with hints of the grassy, piney hops.

Taste is crisp and refreshing with notes of creamy nuttyness and caramel malts. Hops are more in the backend with some piney, herbal notes. Hint of banana/pear/clove.

Mouthfeel is good, it's light and crisp on the tongue. Hint of viscosity could help at the end of the taste.

Overall this is a definite favorite of the style. I have had this before and will probably have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A soft pale amber color, The Citizen develops a small, fluffy white head with [retty good retention and leaves a modicum of both spotting and patches of lacing with just a bit of legging.
I'm a little surprised given that I'm supposed to be expecting a Steam or Common ale and I'm getting more of a Hefeweizen. Fruits, a light dustiness, and banana are the prominent notes with a bit of dryness coming out. There's a sweetness like honey and citrus (orange, not grapefruit or lemon). Tropical fruits? There's a very, very gentle bitterness as well, mostly of the floral variety. It's not too light on flavor and altogether very bright, with pale malts pulling through it all underneath. I have no idea how to regard it in terms of style, though. There's something marring it a tad in a note something like a mix of herb and sulfur, though I couldn't describe it in much detail beyond that.
The feel is bright, fluffy and creamy. This is a very light-bodied brew, though by no means thin. It's got enough of a crisp edge and smooth flow to keep it from being boring.

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The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58.7% out of 100 with 75 ratings
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