Citra Ass Down!
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,526
Ranked #10,968
3.93 | pDev: 8.65%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 1,262 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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

Going in not expecting much can't really read the expiration date and I picked it up for about two bucks a pounder. Really appreciated in the appearance quite clear Amber Brown with just a quarter inch of foam. The smell is very hop forward bright citra tones. Taste is quite smooth again bright citra tones mild hop bitterness. Body is pretty excellent I would not expect it to be 8%.
Overall not expecting much this is a pretty excellent double IPA one I would revisit for about the same cost.

May 08, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber burnt orange color with 5/6" white head. The aroma was a mixture of old and new C hop, Citra was present but getting slightly nudged to the side by the Centennial giving it more of an orange grove that pushed just as much leaf and wood notes as it did orange/blossom.

Taste was a slight let down, was expecting more hop flavor, and specifically, more Citra. Seemed like they went harder on Citra as a bittering hop than as an aroma hop. Interesting malt bill, a mix of ones from generally the lighter side of things, but in sufficient proportion to bring this up to big beer territory. While I'm talking about that, whereas a lot of double ipas hide the alcohol amazingly well these days, this one did not. It was all there. Just as much grapefruit to it as orange or other (sweeter) citrus notes.

So far this brewery's stuff hasn't been terrible, but they haven't been able to justify me going back for a second try either.

Apr 30, 2020
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leaddog from Canada

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

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus, piney, earthy, and leafy hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel, citrus rind, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - mild citrus hops upfront but the piney, earthy, and leafy hops are more pronounced. The pine resin, grapefruit peel, and citrus rind come through next. The bready malts and earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops, fruits, and malts lingering.

Overall - A drinkable DIPA that has a solid hop profile. I wish the citra hops were a bit more pronounced in the taste but nonetheless a flavourful brew.

Mar 26, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous, complicated, hoppy/dank almost to the edge of bitter, then it pulls back and ends sweeter and maltier than I would have guessed. Very very nice, but I can only drink one of these, preferably my last beer.

Oct 17, 2019
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Bannik1 from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy with nice head, no greasy aftertaste you'll sometimes get with this style. However I was disappointed at the lack of a juicy taste, the strongest flavor was a floral note between rose and a grapefruit peel.

Oct 12, 2019
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JA_26 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pronounced hop aromas, but they didnt carry theough in the flavor. not bad by any means, and nicely balanced with toasy malts and hop bitterness, but not the ton of citra tropical citrus i was expecting

Aug 03, 2019
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JehrTheBehr from New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice foamy white head
Taste: . Citruisy (grapefruit) upfront, then bread-y and a little sweet.
Feel: Nice rounded mouthfeel.

Solid offering from Against the Grain. Paid 14USD for a four-pack of tall boys. Would buy again.

May 24, 2019
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Homiegfunk01 from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L - clear, thin white head, almost pours like an amber ale, beautiful lacing
S - strong citrus, grapefruit, dank
T - sweet resin, malty (especially for a citrusy IPA), slight pine
F - syrupy, average carbonation, nice mouth coat with resin
O - For a double IPA, I’d expect more bite. The taste doesn’t hit hard enough

May 03, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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

Nice double IPA with some good flavors and aromas. Pours a nice darker golden color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Some mild rings that persisted. Smells of some citrus hops, malt and vanilla. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, lemon and pineapple hops but not as bitter as I was expecting. Also some vanilla, bread and a faintly sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation. Enjoyable, just not one of my favorites in this crowded style.

Apr 26, 2019
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TomEfiller from Alabama

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

L- Pours a darker amber with a thin line head
S- Dank smell of citrus and pine
T- More piney than citrus with a spice at the end which is a great surprise
F- Lots of resin and malts on the tongue
O- Much different than I expected but a great change of pace DIPA. Not too boozy but plenty of kick.

Apr 22, 2019
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Citra Ass Down! | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
8% Can
L3.5 - Deep amber, poor head
S4 - powerful
T3.75 - powerful, slight sourness
F3.75 - syrupy
O3.5 - feels like 8% - too powerful for me

Jan 10, 2019
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RMW66 from Australia

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

Pours amber with a small white head that disappears over a few minutes with a small amount of faint lacing. The nose is citrus. The taste has some bread notes initially that are subdued followed by citrus with orange peel. Carbonation is mild and bitterness is moderate. Medium bodied and medium length. I enjoyed this beer and will be very happy to have it again, hopefully on tap.

Jan 02, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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

On draft, Loosa Brews AL.

Dark golden pour, with a nose frothy head of foam that hurriedly rises to the top of the glass. It settles back down fairly quickly, and leaves pretty heavy lacing around the inside circumference.

Pretty nice tropical nose, I’m getting a lot of mango and papaya right off the bat. Definitely a predominant sweetness, without much hop influence in the aromas at all.

A clean IPA flavor with a really nice balance of sweet malt, citrus, and hops that don’t come off as overly bitter or overwhelming.

Crisp, crushable IPA with a clean mouthfeel and smooth finish.

Dec 29, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thick off-white head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of lychees, caramel malt, orange marmalade and a bit of pine. I was expecting more.
Flavor with notes of pine, caramel malt, tangerines, caramel malt and tea leaves. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Its 68 IBUs mellowed against the grain.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.2% is well hidden.
Double IPA with lots of piney oil and tangerines on a solid caramel malt base. Decent and well balanced, not outstanding.

Nov 09, 2018
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

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

A bit pricey, but when I popped open a can, I was not disappointed. The big can holds a lot of a big beer, full of hoppy goodness. IPA Super-Dorks definitely need to tick this box

Nov 06, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Golden yellow color with a short lived head but good lacing. Subdued citrus smell. Slightly sweet with orange and tangerine flavor. A bit thin and flat. Maybe an old can. Still tastes pretty good.

Oct 22, 2018
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Kinger22 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy, amber pour with a frothy head leaves a lacing of foam on the glass. I think the smell is my favorite thing about this beer - it's a very floral nose with some hints of citrus and sweet malts. The taste starts with a bread flavor and finishes off more floral and hoppy.

Sep 01, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber glass with yellow edges holds a solid finger of white foam.

Aroma: Crystal malt supporting a floral and citric hop note. Roses, orange peel, and sugary malt.

Taste: Fairly clean, balance between the malt and hops lets both shine but I think the malt actually wins. Lots of hop flavor, not a lot of acidic bitter. Lots of orange peel and slight tropical fruit mango pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body and carbonation, oily texture, slight chew, warming finish.

Overall: Not a big Citra fan, but this works. Lots of malt base which is pretty clean if a bit heavy. Lots of hop citric flavor but not a lot of bitter notes. Not very "double" IPA feeling, but it's not a light weight. Not unhappy I got the 4 pack of tall boys.

Aug 07, 2018
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Tennisballa07 from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber color. Fresh citra hops well balanced by undertone of malt, the hops still clearly show here. Solid DIPA with sticky, dank hops with just enough malt to balance out the flavor profile.

Jul 26, 2018
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours an amber brown beer with a bubbly head.
S- Fresh sweet citrusy and piney hops, typical DIPA maltly sweetness comes in as well.
T- Very fresh beer with a citrusy sweet hop, sweet malt. Not too overly powerful, very relaxed presence that unfolds as the beer warms. Very good.
F- Sticky, thick and lingering MF.
O- One of the best DIPA's I've had recently. Extremely well crafted and balanced beer delivers a tasty and memorable IPA. Will seek out more from this brewery.

Jul 22, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The seCANd half of yesterday's Happy New Against the Saugatuck Grain Beer Sunday (Week 699) left me with several more CANs to be added to The CANQuest (tm). Once I CANplete their reviews & ratings, they will become an entry in the current WBAYDN thread.

From the CAN: "Brewer Owned"; "Art & Layout by"; "Double India Pale Ale"; "Citra Ass Down & Crush This Beer"; "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 is sticky, hoppy and delicious. Simply drink it and enjoy it. Don't hoard this beer. Citra Ass Down and drink it now."

Once again, it beCAN with a Crack! of the vent to get things started, followed by a relatively gentle Glug. It produced two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention of its own accord. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine, pineapple, oranges, honey & caramel malt. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy. The initial taste reminded me of a U.S. Navy field day (top-to-bottom cleaning) - pine and oranges! Pine oil was always a favorite and in the late-1980s, we switched to a citrus-based cleaner that required more elbow grease, but would not burn your lungs and so the spaces always smelled like pine & orange. Mmm. Slowly, the pineapple, honey & caramel flavors became more assertive, but they still took a back seat. This was right up my alley. I have had some that were just too overbalanced in their use of hops to the point that the bitterness was too much. I also frequently rail against the overuse of caramel malt as a little CAN go a long way. This may have had a relatively big ABV, but it was not boozy. It was a really well-executed version of a burgeoning style. Finish was dry with just enough heat to remind me not to slug it down.

Jul 17, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this one is dated Feb 2018. Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. There is a very small amount of pine, but it may be downgraded. There is a little bit of a juicy quality to the taste. Fresh citrus with a nice piney bitterness, followed by a more malty tropical flavor. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Jul 10, 2018
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Paradox1000 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hops forward, so not the heavier malts that are found in many old style Double IPAs. Very enjoyable! Tasty and smooth! I look forward to drinking the rest.

Jul 08, 2018
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite IPA. It starts well enough, with nice lacing on the glass and a very pleasing aroma that promises the rich fruitiness of Citra with a solid golden malt foundation. But none of this comes together in the taste. There are some pleasant elements, but they don’t seem to be playing well together. The mouthfeel also starts well enough but then seems to fall apart into a weak, watery finish. Doesn’t make my list.

Jun 16, 2018
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Kendo from New York

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy orangey-amber with a small whitish head on top.

S: Good nose of caramel malt and citrusy hops - mainly grapefruit, maybe a touch of clementine oranges.

T: First impression: it doesn't live up to the nose. Sweet, fruity malt foundation is followed by weak citrusy hops - more of the orange variety than anything else. Heat noticed on the finish.

M: A bit slickish and a bit watery. Carbonation is modest, almost non-existent.

O: I've stayed away from this brewery's beers because they're expensive and I don't like the artwork on the labels. I got this one as a birthday gift, and I will continue to avoid purchasing their beer. Not horrible, but not impressed - certainly not at the price point they're getting for these beers.

May 09, 2018
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