Citra Ass Down! | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

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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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 999
Photo of CJNAPS
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! First IPA from these guys and I love it. Nice balance with the hops and malt. Great smell on His beer citrus all day. Looking forward on trying more from these guys

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured a nice orange-amber color with a thick layer of head on top. Good amount of carbonation on this one out of the can leading to a steady flow of bubbles to top of the glass. Leaving nice lacing on the glass. Looks like a classic West Coast style IPA.

S: Man, does the Citra shine through on the nose of this one! Oranges and tangerines followed by a bit of piney resin, but not too much. Nice combination of fruit juiciness and sticky hop aromas.

T: Tastes exactly as I would expect: piney, sticky, slightly earthy, and a nice juicy backbone. The 8.2% alcohol is hidden well.

F: As stated above, sticky and juicy. It's got a great body on it - exactly as I had hoped it would be. No alcohol burn on the way down. Good carbonation as well, as was evident from the pour.

O: Solid, solid beer here. It gets every aspect of a classic West Coast style DIPA down correctly. This one is dangerous because it doesn't drink like an 8.2% ABV beer. Very tasty.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


can to pilsner glass.

AROMA: tropical and citrus-y fruity hops, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit...Yum.
LOOK: bright gold; medium white head that fades to a small white head, but then sticks around awhile.
TASTE: watery up front compared to what I was expecting from the aroma. Fruit flavors kick in later, but not before a slightly resinous wood taste. Lemon, tartar, grapefruit.
FEEL: medium body, medium carbonation, smooth.

Really nice and tasty IPA.


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Photo of Bluecrow
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-can pour is deep amber with 2 cm of foam. Aroma is minimal, malt and resin. The flavor is malt dominant with pine hop throughout with just a wisp of fruit. I think it is fresh (no canning date) but there is an "old" aspect. I'd like to have a tap version.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose has a good bit of astringency. Hints of pine, citrus and a tree sap hop bitterness. Beer opens resin hop bitterness. Bits of bark, grass and citrus fruit rind bitterness mixed with touches of brown sugar malt presence. Solid but this isn't my style of IPA. Body is light to medium with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and really drinkable.

Decent but again, its just not my style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, 10.1.18 on the before dating?

Pours hazed medium amber, frothy like khaki cap, leaves low sheeting and copious scattered lacing on the glass.

Fruity/resiny nose

Respectable DIPA, with resiny hops, a hint of the tropics, and a bready underbelly...easy drinking...likely a crowd pleaser...but lacking the chops of the heavy hitters of the style

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Photo of hiphops
2.67/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

rastal. cloudy orange honey. smells like wet cardboard topped with honey. bile. some stone fruit. feels good. a little heavy. taste better than it smells. cause it really does smell like puke. the taste is a bit too sweet and malty. not tropical. but after the wash of shitty malt is pleasing bitterness. which makes me not hate this definite hangover bomb. it isn't worth $14 bucks but what beer is? i wouldn't buy it again but i'd drink it again for free

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from pint can, personally curated by friend, into nonic pint. Unlike so many DIPAs, Citra Ass Down avoids excessive sweetness, and balances well the huge malt and big hops.

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Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Tallboy to a tall goblet for reviewing purposes. The beer itself is a deep golden hue and mostly clear. Rising atop the body is a thick and creamy white cap. Decent head retention and lacing forms with thin sheets marking each sip.

S- The hops are obvious but a bit clouded by the grains which were foreshadowed by the deep golden color of the brew. Pineapple, orange, mango and grapefruit are just about equal with the biscuit, caramel, raw barley, sweet and bready grains. A bit of the sweet orange peel vibe going on.

T- Similar to the aroma with the summary being semi-sweet malts melded in with citrus and tropical hops. The actual sweetness becomes a bit more of an issue here as it accentuates the orange peel aspect of the hops and hurts the more delicate mango, pineapple, tangerine, mandarin and stone fruit hop notes; they are relatively muted here. Cereal grains, yeast bread, caramel and a hint of pale fruits come out at times.

MF- Moderately heavy body with some oily slickness and a smooth, frothy texture. The carbonation is a bit on the low side and this also contributes to the muting of some of the delicate hop flavors. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Considering the name you would expect a Citra bomb highlighting all of the glory of a great hop species. Two mistakes keep that from fully happening: sweet malts and a bit less carbonation than needed. Citra is here, no doubt, but there are better tributes out there to one of the greatest hops around.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something to be desired with this beer. Just about everything about it is flirting the line between average and good. I'm very surprised this is 8.2%. Even my Colombian friend who dislikes just about any IPA or DIPA likes this. Very easy going. A little thin. But again, the taste and aroma leave more to be desired.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange hued with a white head, nice aroma of brady malts and dankasurus citrus. Flavor follows suit, nust enough sweet malt to carry the hops. I kinda want some more resinous oils though. Mouthfeel is pretty light and crisp, beer is nice and dry though. Good offering that I will nab when it's fresh.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head Tulip

L: Pours a cloudy medium golden copper color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Reasonable lacing.

S: Citrus and bread... lots of grains and fruit.

T/F: Bready and malty... biscuity malts form the backbone of this brew with a predominantly tropical/citrus hop profile. Decent bitterness.... resinous and oily on the tongue and carbonation spot on for the style.

O: A decent IIPA from Against the Grain. A notch below the best but still solid... probably not worth it for the pricepoint (something like $20 a 4-pack in central PA) but glad I have a few more to re-experience. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent but not great DIPA, Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a medium size white head and some lacing. Aroma is citrus hops. Flavor includes citrus hops featuring lemon, caramel malt and about average bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit light for a DIPA, with a fair amount of bitterness. I enjoyed this one but it is nothing I couldn't obtain from many other DIPAs.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned summer 2015; drank 10/4/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice off-white head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Sweet orange citrus & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet orange citrus flavor up front; a sharp, dry pine bite on the finish. Faint melon & booze heat notes emerged as this warmed. A bit dry, but overall nice.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with off-white head. Aroma has some slight butter and caramel notes. Taste starts on the sweet side with butterscotch and candied oranges. Light bitterness. Medium to light body, soft carbonation, ABV is hidden quite well. Overall it's a decent IPA but nothing to come back for.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding IPA, I think it's under-appreciated. The taste is spectacular, not juicy like a New England IPA but also not as malt-forward and bitter as a West Coast IPA. Somewhere in between, which was a very pleasant surprise!

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Photo of kitch
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 1 pint can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A clear golden copper orange colour with a just over two finger off white head with great retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy orange juice, orange zest, grapefruit and caramel malt with a touch of mango.

Taste: Citrusy like the aroma with grapefruit and orange zest bitterness, some pine, and caramel malt. The finish has a nice lasting bitterness and its not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was nice and I enjoyed this. For me, the key was that it was not overly sweet like so many DIPAs seem to be these days.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: muted; what's there is citrus;

T: more caramel than I expected from the name, but I suppose the color should have tipped me off; citrus comes through at the end; mild bitterness on the finish that increases to moderate in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied - a little syrupy; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: on the malty side for a DIPA, but nicely done; the use of "Citra" in the name led me to expect a citra bomb; this wasn't it;

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the lovely can.
I love how this pours. A gorgeous orange to copper hue with hints of amber.Slightly hazy. And a nice meaty head comes up nearly 3 of my skinny fingers in elevation. Off white in color. A mix of medium, small, and minute bubbles form a packed head. Moderate lacing sticky and sweet.
Smell is not just Citra. I'm getting the citrusy waft of orange zest, but also some earthy and sweet hop notes. This is what I get from Centennial on a great day. There is also some fruity sweetness coming through as well as a malty structure.
Taste is definitely citrus upfront. Quick to follow is an earthy overripe peach, some grassy notes, and a grainy sweet quality akin to slightly underbaked cobbler dough (melding with the peach, or maybe apricot filling). On the finish, there's an ever so slight yeastiness that comes through. Finish is a mix of the fruit, orange and peach, the malt (slightly sweet and biscuity), and a hint of pine. A lot going on here. And it's all good.
Mouthfeel is on the fuller side for style, and that's quite nice. Slightly slick on the finish.
Overall, I like this one a lot. Some people may think it a tad full in the mouth, that's not a knock for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a honey tinged golden with a fluffy,sticky one finger slight off white head atop that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Some bright citrus notes in the nose that fade quickly with underlying toasted grain as well.A light to medium mellow feel,the beer glides down easy.Citrus and resin flavors upfront with a firm biscuit maltiness showing thru in the finish,like others have noted it's not overly malty sweet,it's a dryer palate.It's a solid dipa,it wont blow you away but it's very drinkable because it's not a sweet alcoholic bomb.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy copper gold color, pours a medium size creamy head, with sheets of lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of citrus fruit, a nice dose of pine and some notes of grain with a strong backbone of caramel.

T: Follows the nose a lot, a good dose of citrus, a nice strong piney bitterness, balanced out by a strong caramel backbone.

F: Full body, sweet and sticky.

O: A little different than the other citrus forward IPAs, but I like it a lot.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange amber with a huge, thick off white head. Retention is excellent and there are many thick chunks of lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and bready malts. Seems very balanced.

Taste is fairly malty. Not sweet by any means like most DIPAs that are overly malty, but the hop flavors take a back seat.

Feel is medium, and velvety smooth. Almost no bitterness. Undercarbonated though.

Overall a solid beer, but not one I would buy again. And that isn't even taking into account it cost me over $4 per can.

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, copper body with a thick frothy head. Smells of juicy fruit and citrusy hops. A heavy, caramel malt backbone is balanced will by the citrus and slight pine notes of the citra hops. Feels decadent and sticky flowing over the tongue. A uniquely balanced DIPA.

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

A - Clear copper-orange body, off-white head, full and persistent, with lots of lacing. Sticky and full.

S - Mango and passionfruit, grapefruit and pith, a bit of wildness.

T - Follows that nose, with a fruit open, grapefruit juice and pith, lemon, and moderate malt sweetness, closing with strong bitterness.

M - Slight stickiness, with a hint of bitter drying in the close.

O - A big, full hop blast, with great Citra notes, and enough malts to keep things solidly balanced.

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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
1.16/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked it up in a mix 6. Expected hops but it's almost as if the wrong beer is in the 16oz can.

Look: looks odd for a dipa. Caramel colour. Head disappears. No lacing

Smell: bit of malt. No hops. Pretty much non existent.

Taste: flat. Dull. It's sweet and a bit malty. Actually tastes a bit like and old Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Feel: flat.

Overall: I grabbed this from Craft Beer Cellar Belmont in MA. The mothership of craft beer stores in the northeast. Yet it tastes like a beer well past its shelf life. Sweet. No hops. Pretty awful. Hard to imagine that such a reputable beer store would just let this sit on the shelf so long to die away to what I'm tasting. I've went back to the can to make sure it's the same beer I thought I poured. Yeah. I don't get it. Pretty awful. Either a really bad beer or one that's beer gathering dust for a year or two. Either way, rubbish

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