Citra Ass Down
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,777
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,932
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Reviews:
273
Ratings:
1,328
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
 
Kentucky, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
88
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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BiologyBob from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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DonPalabras from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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scootny from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Mugman8 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 ample head and some 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 well-crafted brew, but a little too bitter for my tastes.

May 14, 2021
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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smbslt from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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VoxRationis from New York

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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sjrider from California

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can - clear medium gold with white head leaving significant lacing. Nose and taste are a bit underwhelming for a citrus hopped DIPA. ABV well hidden. Cool name and can art.

May 01, 2021
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Gmann from New York

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly haze golden color with a puffy off white head. Some big bubbles. Nice retention. Webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite sweet. I pick up some toffee notes from the malt. Some sweet orange from the hops. Not really getting a lot of hop aroma.

The taste is of a toasted brown bread. Mild sweetness from the malt. Perhaps some toffee. Orange marmalade from the Citra.

Moderate to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate. Candied like finish.

Too sweet for my liking. Need way more hop flavor and bitterness to come through. Reminds me of an old school East Coast IPA.

May 01, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

2.57/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Canned 3/9/21, part of IPA Fest in Cyberspace 2021!

The marketing feels aggressive on this one, but I’ll let the beer speak for itself

Pours a lightly cloudy gold with a finger of white head that fades to a thin ring and leaves decent lacing

Oof, the nose on this one is quite alcoholic. Notes of isopropyl, doughy malt, and lemon peel

Tastes pretty strange and strong too. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting tingly alcohol, orange rind, and pale malt. The swallow brings notes of isopropyl, doughy malt, and peppery hops

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a somewhat crisp beer for the abv. Finishes mostly dry with hot alcohol

I did not really enjoy this one to be honest. Not the most offensive beer ever but not good

May 01, 2021
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bmiraski from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: a little too hazy for a West Coast style,
Smell: Nice strong orange aroma. But not with depth.
Taste: A little bubble gummy, with some bitter notes on the back end.
Feel: Definitely a full mouthfeel. The malt holds up.

Overall: This is fine but is never going to be my favorite. The aroma is nice, but again, no layers, and doesn't hold up.

May 01, 2021
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear light golden amber color.

The smell is okay. It has a roasted and smoky malt note upfront and is followed by a grapefruit pine note and caramel smell.

The taste is okay. It has a good caramel malt note followed by an earthy and sticky hop note.

The feel is okay. It has a medium body with a slight more heft than expected for the style. It has a light tingling carbonation to it and a sticky finish to it.

Overall, it's an okay beer. There are some good things going here but it needs some refinement to be good.

May 01, 2021
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RbrtGroves from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had higher ABV beers that didn't seem this sweet. If this was less sweetish, I think it would be at least .5 higher. A nice aroma that may have a bit of smoke to it (or its suggested by the brewer name.)

May 01, 2021
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

IPA fest. Day 1. Beer #3. Canned March 19th. Thick, viscous, pour, low head, modest aroma. Muted amber color. For a citra hop beer, the taste and aroma are a little underwhelming. High ABV (8.2%) dominates the taste.

May 01, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of 2021 BeerAdvocate Virtual IPA fest. Poured from a can into a tulip. Pours deep orange red with a small white head. Smells of citrus hops with sweet malt. Tastes of citrus hops with caramelized grain, nice combination. Beer is light/medium bodied yet easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

May 01, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can into pint glass. Pours an ever-so-slightly-hazy golden-amber with a brief off-white head. Initial impression is an extremely well-balanced bleand of citrus, caramel, orange, tangerine, papaya,and mango. Really delicious. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky; nice and full-bodied. Finish is sweet, but not cloying. Overall, an outstanding DIPA!

May 01, 2021
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tide from California

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is amber color, foam is coarse and rich. It’s not a hazy IPA. The beer is mostly transparent. The beer smells grassy, malty, honey, orange juice, melon like. It’s medium body. The beer is medium sweet, with a little hops bitterness around. It shows sweet orange juice aroma, along with marmalade, apple, subtle melon, hard candy, subtle mango aromas. The aftertaste is honey and cantelope aromas, there’s a mild bitterness coating on mouth. The beer is smooth, but it lacks characters. I hope there’s a bit more hops to balance the sweetness in this DIPA.

Apr 30, 2021
Citra Ass Down from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1328 ratings