Citra Ass Down! | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

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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Photo of teromous
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +4.3%
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 +14.8%
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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Photo of zonker17
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can to shaker. Decent head with good lacing, golden color almost clear. Biscuit malt and hops on the nose, piney with a tropical fruity background. Big malt backbone and well balanced with hops following the nose in taste. Bitterness is highly restrained. Above average body and average carbonation.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Cigar City Hunahpu’s Day goblet.

A: Burnished gold, moderately hazy, with a couple finger’s of dense foamy white head with good retention. Good visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, tropical fruit and grassy hops, over biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Not bad, but not quite what I was hoping for.

T: Citrus rind and resinous hops, with undertones of grassiness and tropical fruits. There’s a touch of dank near the finish as well. Toasted biscuit maltiness, but without the caramel that the nose suggested. Finishes with a nice punch of bitter citrus rind with a bit of dank.

M: Medium-bodied and average carbonation. The alcohol doesn’t show up much in the flavors, but I did find it a little warming.

O: I thought this was a solid DIPA, made a bit more appealing for being available in a can. Nothing spectacular, but I would drink it again if I found it on tap or if I was I looking for a DIPA option for a beach or golf outing.

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Photo of do_ob
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can into a snifter. Hazy apricot orange in color, topped with about a finger's width of white foam. Nose is sweet fruit - mango, pineapple, citrus, banana, and a touch of strawberry. The taste follows closely with a modest hop bitterness. More malty than I would have guessed. Balanced very well. Very easy to drink for 8% +.

This is good. Balanced nicely, albeit a tad too malty for my liking. Maybe I got a can from an old batch, but these guys don't date their stuff, so...

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: dark golden with some haze. The head is a 1-finger light tan color with good retention.

Aroma: the aroma is reflected exactly by its flavor.

Flavor: whoa! My first impression is way too malty-sweet. Hoppy, but not so much as to balance the malt sweetness. Light caramel maltiness, bready and sweet.

Mouthfeel: the body is heavy. This is a meal, and 2 would weigh you down like a Thanksgiving meal.

Overall: I really wanted to try this beer, and I was excited when I saw it at my bottleshop, but upon my first sip, I was disappointed. This ranks toward the bottom of a very long list of sought-after double IPAs.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, pine, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of citrus (grapefruit, especially), light malt notes, a pine resin quality, a lot of the advertised Citra hops, and some caramel. In general, this is a solid flavor. The hops content is well-balanced with the pine and fruit elements.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer doesn't exactly transcend the DIPA style, it's still very drinkable and easy to like.

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Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

!6 oz can poured a beautiful clear golden hue with a sticky head and lacing looks great. Smell was tropical and sweet with floral notes but more sweet than hoppy. Taste started with light tropical hops did not get much citra, some floral hops with a very malty sweet finish.Mouth feel is way to sweet with too little hops it medium carbonation and hidden ABV made this very drinkable. If you like thick sweet malted 2IPA'S then you will like this one. Not a bad brew but i just dont see myself buying this again.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First try at this brewery and very impressed. A good dipa. Dark burnt orange color. Lots of head. Smell the hops immediately and that's a plus. Strong, but won't knock you in your ass. Will get again for sure!

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Photo of thepenguin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy golden amber with a nicely sized creamy head. There’s a very impressive glowing burnt orange hue when held near any source of light.

S: Very resinous and piney. There’s a sort of dirt-like teabag tannic quality and mild vegetal notes. Some doughy malt. Not much Citra character.

T: Certainly on the dry side for DIPAs with nice citrus flavors and hoppy acidity shining through. Lots of orange pith-like bitterness and grapefruit zest, a bit of pine, with some bread crust-like malt, particularly in the finish.

F: Medium body with moderate, slightly fizzy carbonation. A bit silky, with good drinkability.

Thoughts: Pretty good DIPA. It didn't have a great aroma, and I would've liked a bit more Citra character, but it was decently tasty and had good drinkability for the style.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a dark clear Amber orange with a frothy white head.

Only two months old but it has the aroma of faded herbal hops. Biscuit molasses malt underneath.

Taste is more of that hop faded. Not much citrus, lots of herbs.

Decent IPA, not much of a double.

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Photo of Omnium
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pounder Can > Tulip Glass

A - Kinda murky orange gold with a thick two finger foamy dense off-white head, medium lacing
S - Grapefruit, orange, pine, some lemongrass, light pepper, caramels and bread.
T - Citra traits are here, but definitely toned down by the malt, lots of caramel, and some toffee, even like a sweet roll kind of taste, you get some grapefruit, pine, orange juice, but its mild.
M - Chewy, kinda sticky, medium feel.
O - Had high hopes for this beer, the malt kinda steals the show unfortunately, but its not the worst thing ever, its just not what it could/should be.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange Amber color, one inch white fluffy head, good retention and lacing. Nice citrus aroma, but kinda light. Taste was maltier and sweeter than I expected, didn't get the citrus flavor I expected from the name and aroma. Good medium body and carbonation. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, burnt orange with a thin, off-white head. Good lacing.
Nice combo of malt, and multiple hop. Candied citrus.
A very big Citrus hop and malt bomb. Nice burn up nose and down the throat. Very good Carmel malt showing up.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a 2 finger off white head. The aroma is a little disappointing though, not a strong citrus like I was expecting, more a mild citrus backed by caramel malt. Taste is a solid dipa, good bitterness balanced by caramel and toasted malts. Not cloyingly sweet as some dipa's can be. Finishes with a mild lingering bitterness. Overall, a well made brew. Just wish it had a little more hoppy aroma to it. Would buy it again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Whoever thought that marketing is in a name is absolutely right in regards to Citra Ass Down!, as the name rolls off the tongue and is easy to remember. With 16 ounces of Double IPA, I hope that the strength of the beer doesn't make force me on my ass. On to the beer:

There is haze to this toasted orange ale, and above a creamy head which splashes lacing around the edges of the glass. I smell a candied Double IPA, candied orange, candied grapefruit, toffee, and candied lemon. My high hopes need to fall to reality before I taste a first sip.

I can't tell what the age of this can is, but the malt is pulling through. At the very least, it does retain some clean character and doesn't get annoyingly full of resin. Toffee and a pinch of resin at the front, followed by candied orange, tangerine, and a touch of grapefruit. It doesn't have any annoying bitterness, the alcohol is deceiving, the body is smooth and proper carbonation allows Citra Ass Down to go down the gullet.

Memorable name, and even fine drinking Double IPA. Compared to the high standards of the style, this could get lost on the shelf if it weren't for its clever moniker.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citra Ass Down! brewed by Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, with an ABV of 8.20% This brew pour out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Citra Ass Down! , is rich with hop bitterness, grains and malts. This brew has to look and smell of most IPA's on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is bold at first with hop bitterness . Then this IPA becomes smooth and clean refreshing brew. There is a lot going on in Citra Ass Down!. Citra Ass Down! , has a real nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. It is real hard to pick up on the 8.20% ABV in this brew it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Citra Ass Down! , is Rich Bold Hoppie, Clean, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Citra Ass Down! a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, did a real nice job with this one.

Just a side not it was 92 out today and this brew hit the spot.

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Photo of 98green
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to snifter. Look is amber and clear. Smell is citrus and peppery spice. Taste is soft bitter that doesn't linger, as the malt comes in heavy. Not as much citrus in the taste, or maybe I'm too used to Citra to be surprised. Feel is sweet and slick, carb a touch light. Overall a nice Dipa, and I'd be happy to grab it, but not a destination beer

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Photo of moysauce
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a tulip on 6/4/2016.

L: Deep amber with big 2 finger frothy head. Dissipated quickly. Left excellent lacing on the glass.

S: Definitely more Columbus and Centennial than Citra on the nose. Almost no citra at all, honestly.

T: Followed the nose. I really didn't get any citra. Huge malt profile. Columbus and Centennial bomb. Tasted like a big west coast double.
F: Fine. Nothing special, but nice medium feel.

Overall, I was kind of disappointed by this beer. For the name, I didn't get any citra, or at least not much. I got a 4pk the day it made it to the store and was dated less than a week ago. I don't know. I'll give it another shot and see how I feel, but as of now it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours a slightly foggy amber orange with a frothy off-white foam head. Smells like toffee, cracker, boozy caramel, papaya, mango, sweet orange, peach nectar, pineapple, grapefruit, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like biscuity cracker malt, toffee, caramel, mango, sweet orange, papaya, peach nectar, pineapple, grapefruit, with dank pine and floral earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice DIPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a pint glass. No dates that I can see (I'll contact them after I review the beer). Picked it up at Thirsty Hop. Hadn't seen it on the shelves before. Poured until sediment was clearly coming out of the can, then stopped.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a nice head and moderate carbonation. Smell is hay and pine, some resin.

Taste is honeysuckle and straw, not at all what I was expecting. Moderate to mild pine bitter finish. Interesting and strange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of sweet caramel malts with some hints of citrus. Orange and tangerine is there along with some hints of grapefruit. The flavors are malty, but still has solid hop flavor and hop bitterness. Lots of orange and pine resin. Flavors are bittersweet. There's a subtle spiciness in the finish. It also finishes slightly warm and syrupy, but it's not boozy at all. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. I guess it's not what I was personally expecting from the citra hops, but it's still enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a good brew, drank from the can so I can't comment on the look, but it had a pleasant aroma that came through even from the can opening. It was a nice taste, the citra definitely comes through, although I would have liked it to be even more citra forward if possible. On the can it mentions that it is sticky and it certainly is that. Even on this following morning I feel like I can almost still feel it in my mouth. This is a solid DIPA, I could see myself grabbing a four pack of tallboys for boating in the summer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with one finger of soapy white head, rings of lace part-way down the glass. Smell: resinous, sugared mango, caramel, orange. Taste: dried mango, caramel, resin, biscuit, orange marmalade, candied grapefruit peel, grassy. This is more C-hoppy than expected, in fact you might say it's more Ass Down than Citra. Like Rico Sauvin it's a really well made tasty DIPA; unlike Rico it doesn't deliver on showcasing its feature hop.

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