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 by Eamonn-Cummings3:
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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 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 AnitaBrewski
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 WesMantooth
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with no date.

It is a hazy orange-gold with an average frothy, off-white head. Spotty lacing.

Go figure, it smells very citrusy. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Jai Alai. There is that musty/earthy smell among a bunch of orange/tangerine, and some lemon. There is a noticeable, albeit faint, sweet malt.

This is where my Jai Alai comparison ends. I don't think it tastes as good as it smells. It is fairly bitter right of the bat, and only builds, ending with an aspirin like aftertaste to me. There is still plenty of orange, lemon, and grapefruit which gives it enough sourness to barely notice what seem like caramel malts. I would swear that there is a touch of mosaic hops in there too. I am not real good at identifying different varieties, but that one usually stands out to me. Either way, there is a flavor that doesn't seem to belong here.

It is fairly crisp, and it is sticky and resinous as advertised. A solid medium body overall. Alcohol doesn't jump out at you, but I would say it is noticeable.

First thing I want to note, is that the Ba listing for this beer is "American IPA" when it clearly says on the label "This is a double IPA". Therefore, I really think it should be changed. Especially since it is 8% ABV. That being said, I think my score would be a little bit lower as a double/imperial. It just isn't balanced enough. I actually think it is an enjoyable beer, and I am a big citra fan, but there are just too many other great beers I would drink before this one.

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Photo of emount91
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 J30wang
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first sip was at the bottom of the can. It was about to overflow in my frozen pint glass, so I downed the rest. It was my first taste from this brewery,

And it was Delicious.

Leave a little residual beer on your tongue and breathe out--that's where the ass citra-ing will bite you in the tush. It pours like a light syrup, and ends with a very thin head. Beautiful lacing followed by a nice, wholesome dark yellow; a slight brown shade too.

Hops in this beer gets me everywhere. Nice cereal-y aftertaste too to complement the malt. I'd get this again, though having to drink this out of a can takes something away for a superficial image snob like me.

This ass seating also smells mouthwatering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a grossly underwhelming beer, especially at 15 bucks a bottle, thats offensive, and like the brutal prices on the other stuff from against the grain that recently came to colorado, its a brutal quality to price ratio, and i cant imagine them making any splashes in this market with this stuff at these prices. citra is such a fun hop, so distinct and lemony and tropical and loaded with all the stuff we love about hops, but this yeast thick hazy orange beer is weighty with grain overbalance, and seems to have a lot more bitterness (read early kettle hops) than it does aromatic or juiciness (thats dry hopping usually). a seemingly sloppy effort made to appeal to the high end beer drinker, this cant pass at that level. its fine ipa, good even by some standards, but at that price we expect miracles. pliny for heavens sake is only five or six bucks a bottle, tis is downright unreasonable. thick in feel even though the bubbles are fine, way more leftover yeast than is necessary, and the bitterness of the hops overrides any unique citra features. not real happy with this one, hopefully others thought more highly of it.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 braugon
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of narddawg314
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hazy orange color in a snifter. Not much head, little lace.

Citrus aroma.

Grapefruit and lemon taste. A little bit of bread.

Hoppy, not too aggressive.

Good enough.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-from notes
Poured at the Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville into a plastic cup...

Nice orange pour with a thin head that slowly fades away to some light lacing.

The aroma features citrus and pineapple and maybe a little biscuit.

The taste is citrus right up front, a little hit of pineapple as well followed by a dry finish that is slightly piney. As it warms, I also get a little of the sweet malt. But it's mostly OJ with a kick.

Mouthfeel seems medium with a slightly sticky aftertaste.

All in all, really glad I got to try this very tasty beer. Would happily drink it again.

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Photo of Afroman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Ravenz98
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours very hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity malts and sweet fruity, piney hops.

The flavor is biscuity malts and some fruit with bitter grassy piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent DIPA, but way overpriced at 16 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Tall can, 10.1.18 on the before dating?

Pours hazed medium amber, frothy like khaki cap, leaves low sheeting and copious scattered lacing on the glass.

Fruity/resiny nose

Respectable DIPA, with resiny hops, a hint of the tropics, and a bready underbelly...easy drinking...likely a crowd pleaser...but lacking the chops of the heavy hitters of the style

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Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mctizzz
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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