Citra Ass Down
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,318
Ranked #15,747
3.91 | pDev: 8.95%
Yesterday at 11:55 PM
Mar 15, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: This beer is not candy or mother’s milk. It is not brewed by gypsies or aliens, nor does it contain any zombie dirt. This is a double IPA brewed with Citra Hops. It’s sticky, hoppy and delicious. Simply drink it and enjoy it. Don’t hoard this beer, Citra Ass Down and drink it now.
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

1,000th beer rated on BA. Enjoying down in Louisville, KY, home town of Against the Grain.

Pours a deep, golden color. Light skim of a head.

An earthy, grassy, hoppy aroma.

A delicous DIPA. Rather bitter but nicely balanced against a background of sweet malts. The ABV is well disguised.

Heavier consistency, medium carbonation.

Thanks to my brother who lives in "the Ville", I was able to get this brew and enjoy it for the first time. A definite top notch IPA. Cheers!

Yesterday at 11:55 PM
3.93 by Danzifer from Ohio on Mar 18, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by scooob from Kentucky

This is easy for me to find in central KY in 4-pack pint cans, and when I occasionally pick it up, I'm always surprised that it's better than I remembered. Love the cheeky name and the bizarre graphics on the can. I'm a DIPA fan in general, and this one is right up my alley, strong but smooth with a nice creamy malty finish, very tasty with just the right touch of mild bitterness. The hops seem very well balanced to me, better than many other IPAs I've tried that emphasize the Citra. I don't really drink much anymore, since I'm now an old man whose GERD gets triggered by alcohol, so I have to make them count when I do indulge. This one counts. Cheers!

Feb 19, 2022
3.62 by Giggy from Michigan on Dec 31, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by jonwiseman from Florida

Unimpressive look. Typical “beer” look. That’s where the. “Typical” ends. So smooth I can’t believe it’s an imperial. This beer can only be arrived at after much trial and error. One of the best imperials I’ve ever had. Just the right amount of citra hops. I might get some to go!! Outstanding beer.

Dec 14, 2021
3 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 19, 2021
2.75 by harpus from Alabama on Aug 18, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

16 oz can, picked up from the brewery

pours a clear dark golden, with foamy white head. strong citrus orangey aroma. taste is similar, a little sweet to start but fairly bitter underneath. sticky mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied.

Aug 04, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Bierwolf from Missouri

Appearance: Hazy amber, 1 finger of slightly off white bubbly foam. Nice carbonation.
Smell: A bit hoppy with an alcohol aroma.
Taste: Mainly a good dose of hops with a bit of maltiness in the back ground.
Mouth Feel: Nice medium bodied and kind of slick.
Over All: Not quite what I was expecting with an Imperial IPA but still quite good. For an Imperial it seemed a little light for the style.

Aug 01, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BJB13 from Maryland

16 ounce can poured into a becher.

Only slightly hazy, golden, almost two inches of white head. Moderate strength aroma, light tropical hops and fruit syrup. Not much Citra in the nose or the taste. Soft medium body. Decent clean IPA, opening sweet with a clean bitterness following.

Jun 28, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BiologyBob from Texas

Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells fresh, not too citrus, bright, and inviting. Tastes like a chocolate stout (lactose?), but with a lot more hops on the rear. The body is malty but balanced with alcohol to make an enjoyable medium body brew.

Jun 08, 2021
3.94 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jun 06, 2021
4.08 by LXIXME from New Mexico on May 31, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz can into a tall glass. Freshness dating illegible on the heel of the can.

Looks very nice indeed. Clear golden yellow body with amber tints. Small bright white head shrinks to a ring and faint covering, leaving a little lacing early on.

There is a light mixed fruit aroma.

On tasting, the citra is a pretty light part of his beer. It is quite sweet from a strong malt base. There is some warmth from the abv. It's likely this has been in the can for a while. The fruit seems more mixed than citrus, though there is still a hop presence.

Mouth closer to full than medium. Finish sweet, and some grapefruit shows up late.

Overall, an enjoyable beer as it stands. Curious to know if its fresh or not. Will be on the lookout for a can with clear dating.

May 31, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by DonPalabras from Idaho

Good straw color with okay head retention. Nose is a little lacking, but taste is silky and strong citra hop presence is definitely noted. Smooth silky finish and good malt backbone.

May 30, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by scootny from New York

An orange tinged gold liquid with light haze. Head is off-white and leave a good amount lace. Spots, streaks and bits of curtain.

Nose is unique combination of malt notes. Toffee, caramel, a touch of butterscotch, light biscuit and grains, Hops have a decidedly orange and citrus profile.

Taste is along the lines of the nose. A less traditional malt presence for a West Coast IPA that recalls the old East Coast malt forward profile and actually goes past that to a more British take. Not quite but the malt speaks quite clearly here. Lots of caramel and toffee. Biscuit and toasted grains. The the hops are juicy and full of orange and citrus.. Finish has a low bitterness, clean, short and lightly dry.

Feel it a touch thick, medium weight but made heavier by the mild carbonation that give a light creaminess. More satisfying to sip than session.

A solid DIPA in the maintains the mold of a West Coast IPA while pushing the malt and adding the juiciness and bite of Citra hops.

May 28, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mugman8 from New York

Have seen this around and know that it was a recent selection in Half Time for IPA Cyberfest 2021. Brew date was illegible.
Pours a semi-cloudy orange with an ample head and lots of lace. Aroma is strongly hoppy. This brew is for dedicated hop-heads - it starts smooth, but then the citra hops hit and the finish is crisp, resinous and bitter. Gets smoother and more boozy as it warms. Feel is thick and sticky. This is a very well-crafted brew.

May 14, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

From IPAFEST canned 3/9/21 pours a light hazy orange color. Aroma is a funky dank skunkish cereal grain aroma. Tastes of malty, sweet and a little bitter. Mouthfeel was sweet, syrupy on the tongue. Different and drinkable.

May 12, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Single can from Party Source

May 12, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Citra Ass Down from Against the Grain. 16 oz can stored at home at 42 degrees. Received from Half Time for IPA Cyberfest 2021, $127.19 (Including shipping) for 12 16 oz cans ($ 0.662/oz). Reviewed 10/5/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom of can stamped “05/09/21”. Served at 48.0 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.0 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), hazy.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), murky and translucent. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.7 cm, aggressive center pour), floral white, high density, short retention, diminishing to a 1.3 to 1.9 mm lacey undulating crown fed by moderate effervescence and a thin, rocky cap. Second pour produces a high density 0.5 cm head.
Lacing – Good. Produces a wide band of torn curtain lacing.
Aroma – 3.5 – Odd for an IPA – a bit of caramel malt. No hops, no yeast. Slowly fades.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly bitter-sweet with caramel malt and hints of mango. No yeast. A couple of quick belches add some hop bitterness. No ethanol (8.2% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Slow gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. As the glass gradually warms, some hop bitterness remains on the hard palate.
Palate – 4 – Medium, sticky, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 One of those rare beers where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Certainly not what I was expecting in a solely citra-hopped brew but incredibly good. Absolutely no citrus flavors unless mango is considered citrus. Sticky isn’t really a flavor but certainly contributes to the excellence of the flavor. Simply, this is a damn good beer!

May 10, 2021
4.17 by Lobina from Arizona on May 09, 2021
4 by Mortarforker from Texas on May 08, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by smbslt from Illinois

Clear yellow gold with a bright white head that provides plenty of lacing.
Orange aroma is very faint and fleeting.
Taste starts of sweet malty alcohol but then the hops ignite and sends this one into orbit - very nice ride.
Medium full feel that is consistent with style.
Overall would have been higher if aortas were there.

May 08, 2021
3.83 by kramacam from Kentucky on May 07, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: April 30, 2021... OCCASION: IPA Fest, Day One, Beer Three... AROMA: what? This is NOT the citrusy aroma expected from a Citra…. In fact, it is malt-forward, with oats, bread, and dog food-like suggestions…the darkest beer so far, an iced tea consistency with a nice ring of white head… a solid, medium-bodied, beer that grows stronger as it drains… chewy and worthwhile… this hits a great balance… surprisingly, the citra takes a back seat to the malt bill, which brings a powerful sweetness that overpowers the experience…

May 07, 2021
4.09 by NappyB from Illinois on May 07, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can (IPA Fest in Cyberspace Provided), it pours a nearly clear amber with a modest head that eventually diminishes to a thin ring and leaves lacing. A lovely scent of citrus penetrates the nose. In the mouth, it is the same, with a bit of sweetness that seems a bit out of place.

May 06, 2021
4 by redfox405 from California on May 06, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BFCarr from New Jersey

IPA Fest in Cyberspace
Pours clear yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is very hop forward. Taste is funky and hoppy, very nice. Feel is thick for an IPA but also pleasantly so. Overall a very nice IPA, a bit above the rest.

May 05, 2021
3.75 by hseldon15 from California on May 03, 2021
4.27 by socon67 from New York on May 03, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Ipa fest beer

Translucent amber, one finger frothy off white foam cap, sticky lacings

Aroma is gentle orange citrus, malts

Taste is citrus. , malts

Mouthfeel is creamy , smooth, hop taste , no bite

Good beer

May 02, 2021
3 by whicho17 from Illinois on May 02, 2021
3.43 by swierczt from Connecticut on May 01, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Light, golden color. Crystal clear. Solid starting head which lasts throughout the tasting. Plentiful streaks after the initial ring of lace on the glass.

Nose: Freshly crushed pale malt aroma with a touch of raw, unmalted barley. Light earthiness in the background from the citra hops...subtle.

The taste starts with a creamy body and an equally creamy pale grain malt. The carbonation feels low. There is notable alcohol presence on the tongue. The bittering hop comes in slowly and never fully takes over. This is more of a malty IPA. The smoothness of the mouthfeel makes this a very quaffable beer. The alcohol is low enough to completely throw you off from the 8.2% abv. I'm not typically a fan of citra-centric beers, but this is soft enough (and different enough) from the usual fare to make it worthwhile to seek out.

May 01, 2021
4 by turnerhicks from Virginia on May 01, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pathman from Ohio

04/30/21 can @ Cam’s (Beer Advocate’s IPA Fest in Cyberspace)

May 01, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Willi Becher pint glass; canned on 01/09/21.
A: Pours a nearly clear, light amber color with a two finger, white head, rim plus retention, and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Malty with aromas of cookie, apricot, caramel, and lychee, but also a touch of Band-Aid® glue.
T: Sweet. Follows nose but more honey, graham, cane sugar, and (perhaps) grain husk. Band-Aid® glue definitely appreciable intermittently. Solid bitterness throughout.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate effervescence.
O: Literally bitter-sweet. A very different and (generally) welcome take on an Imperial IPA. Unfortunately, the Band-Aid® flavor is off putting to me.

May 01, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

This is a nice beer but it’s hard to stack up against some on the others being offered. My first Citra focused IPA that I had years ago. I can appreciate it for what it is. Worthy of a single if you can find it.

May 01, 2021
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2.14/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by Tksouza062405 from California

Katie, as well as the rest of us, did not like the beer. But, the video was A+++.

May 01, 2021
Citra Ass Down from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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