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: 156 | Ratings: 974
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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Photo of Skrumpy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a creamy, thick head. Slightly hazy. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruit. Caramel and biscuit malt as well. Flavor is tangerine and lemon with a nice sweet malt balance. Crisp and clean finish with a pleasant citrus hops aftertaste. Very good!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cloudy golden color with nice white head that quickly dissipates but leaves nice lacing all around the glass.

Smell - Mild hop and grapefruit notes, pine, little bit of pineapple and citrus.

Taste - Mixed hop and citrus flavors, grapefruit, orange, pine and hops.

Feel - Medium body, well carbonated slightly dry and bitter,

Overall - Solid IPA good flavor and smell.

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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark orange - clear and crisp in appearance. Bit dark for a DIPA. Pillowy white head dissipates leaving a ring of white foam and some spotty white film on top of the beer.

Smell is a bit fallen off and bitter, however there are distinct notes of citra hops, some mild citrus notes and a nice malty backbone.

Taste again is clearly fallen off a bit. However there is some citrus, grapefruit, with a nice dankness. Strong malt backbone.

Feel is light, bit on the sweet thick side. Medium carbonation.

Overall its a solid beer, but I'd love to get this fresher.

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Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep gold with a white head , good lacing
S: faint pine and citrus
T: citrus and slight tropical fruit, piney finish
F: decent body and mouthfeel
O: very solid IPA, would recommend

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Photo of Sabtos
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber with a frothy, khaki head.

Smell is pungent cat pee, grapefruit, pine, resin, corn, and some stinging gasoline.

Taste is much less powerful or pungent, strikingly toned down from nose. Apple, grapefruit, graham cracker and honey. It's like smelling a double IPA and tasting an APA.

Feel is frothy and semi dry.

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Photo of emount91
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i was expecting this one to be better, super fresh can (even though there is no dating anywhere to be found) because the liquor store I got it at just got it yesterday. I saw Columbus and Citra in the description on here and got excited. It was much different than I expected. pours a pretty clear copper color, off white head. smell is bready malts with nice pine and citrus peel aroma. the taste was very unexpected: very resinous and piney, definitely a lot more hops in the boil than in the dry hop. the malt taste is much breadier than the smell would hint at. mouth feel could have been more velvety. definitely not what I was expecting, but by no means a bad beer! glad I got to try it.

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Photo of ricke49
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the smoothest DIPAs I've had the pleasure to try. Velvety with a pine hoppiness that approaches, but pleasantly doesn't pass, an ideal level of bitterness. Nice head, great retention. Oily, but again only to a pleasant degree. Nice job of producing an 8%+ IPA that doesn't hit you with alcohol or throat scraping bitterness.

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Photo of teromous
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any date on the bottom of the can or the label.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium shade of bronze with gold highlights. It has a decent sized creamy textured head that has an eggshell white color. Good retention. The body of the beer is hazy and there are some very small particles visible. Very good lacing.

Aroma: It has a nice pine resin aroma with a bit of a candy sweet scent and a grapefruit scent. Just a touch of alcohol and malt on the nose.

Taste: It has a good pith flavor with some light grapefruit flavor. There is just a bit of pine in there with a touch of wood that follows the bitterness out at the end. There is a bit of residual sweetness that stays on the mouth after drinking the beer. It has this candy-like sweet flavor at the end which I though was a bit funny because the can says "this beer is not candy or mother's milk." I think it might be a bit sweet for some. The more I drank the beer the more I noticed this cracker flavor develop as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a textured finish. Average bitterness and carbonation.

Overall: It is a good beer but it was a bit on the sweet side. The hop flavors and aromas were decent but not great. It's the kind of beer that I would pick up if I was in the mood for a DIPA but not something I would drive all over looking for if a store was out of it. I would recommend it.

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

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours a dark orange amber with light tan head and nice lacing, smells like resinous pine and candied citrus peel, taste is candied plum with a dankish citrus pith bitterness at the end, fairly velvety and creamy. Like biting a candied orange on a stick, reminded me of the Kelso DIPA with more citrusy oomph.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good-looking beer: a large, pebbly ivory-colored head caps a medium-hazy, effervescent pale-amber body; head retention is good and lacing is very good, consisting of sticky, complexly rotted slabs and ladders. The aroma is a delicious blend of pineapple juice and weedy florals with more subdued perfumey notes and hints of grapefruit; slight alcohol overtones ride atop it all. The flavor lives up to the promise of the nose; up front, the palate is medium-bitter grapefruit backed by pineapple and hints of cannabis. Mid-palate, the pineapple catches up with the grapefruit, the cannabis character becomes more insistent, and candy-like spicy/sweet florals emerge. A significant caramelish bready malt character rolls the bitterness back to modest levels for the style, and a slight grassiness is seen on the back of the palate. The finish is fairly clean, showing just a bit of bittersweet caramel and booze, followed by the onset of a mild, slightly grassy piney bitterness that lasts for a good while. Retrogustative olfaction is grassy. Mouthfeel is biggish for the medium body, and the texture is moderately sticky/creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (16 oz can, no code date)

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