Citra Ass Down!
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,654
Ranked #11,771
3.93 | pDev: 8.65%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Citra Ass Down!Citra Ass Down!
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: 240 | Ratings: 1,265 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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crownrl28 from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 15, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Sep 27, 2015
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

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

Pours light amber wih decent head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing. Smell is caramel malt and hops. Taste is a blend of bitter hops and strong caramel malts. Ordinarily a beer so malt heavy would make for a poor double IPA, but this is so drinkable for the ABV, the hops clearly defined enough, and the mouthfeel so deliciously chewy. dryness comes through as it warms. The rest of the beers I’ve had from them have been not bad, but thoroughly average for craft beer. This is a step up.

Jan 26, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The "Citra" hop plant is one incredible herb to complement beer new flavors. Such a juicy citrus and tropical fruit medley with a clean and mellow bitterness all all the taste to captures all the essence that is American IPA. Now "citra" ass down and enjoy this pint!

The hazy orange colored ale allows for the remittance of a soft glow beyond its hoppy haze. Firmly carbonated, the beer forms a creamy eggshell white head that retains the session end to end with molten lacing. While rich with life, the beer's dense and deep hues look English-like with more visual weight.

The aromatics of caramel and biscuit malt and with citrusy hops give a rich and juicy scent that draws in aromas of grain, malt, light hop leaf, and faint butterscotch. All allowing the grapefruit, orange, mango and pineapple aromas to carry a vibrant and riper tone.

A more even balance of caramel to citrus play out with rich flavor on the early palate. Red grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, papaya, pineapple, and mango flavors can all be pulled from the hop profile in a richer than usual way that only Citra delivers. Other herbal hop flavors edge on sweet onion, garlic, fresh-cut grass, and even a mild catty character. Hearty caramel and biscuit flavor and sweetness seems lightly bready and biscuity, as its taste harks toward English-like character. Even that mild butterscotch and toffee taste make the beer seem British-like.

Full bodied for an IPA but not as complex or powerful as imperial versions, the rich texture starts with mildly creamy carbonation that allows the malt to cling to the mouth with a dense and full feel. Its finish is crisp, clean a with a thin olive oil coat.

While so much of the ale speaks to English IPA, those bold "Citra" tones are unmistakably American as these hop flavors are the new wave for American IPA. Bridging the gap of future and past may not be such a bad idea.

Jun 20, 2014
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Dec 29, 2016
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KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours close to orange, slight haze, limited head and lacing.

Robust fresh grassy hops scent.

Bitter bite right in the offset, nicely balanced out with some spice, citrus - perhaps tangerine, and some cracker breadiness. Crisp clean finish with slight booze warmth. Both dense and refreshing and one in which each sips leaves you wanting another.

Wonderful straight forward DIPA

Jan 14, 2018
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J30wang from New York

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Sep 07, 2015
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emount91 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Sep 29, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

edit: cool this is in cans now, but freshness sure matters a lot, and this is faded a bunch by the time it gets to my lips. as much as i keep wanting to like this one, i have yet to catch it right, or maybe its just not all that great...

Jul 23, 2014
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Roguer from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Relatively clear orange brew, topped with a flat white head; good production and firm retention. Nice lacing.

Nose is surprisingly grainy, but there's a clear hoppiness shining through as well: orange, pine, honey, and papaya come to mind, among other notes. Caramel malt clearly present on the nose as well.

Impressively juicy on the palate. Primarily stone fruit and tropical tones: peach, passion fruit, berries, mango, papaya, guava, pineapple. Very subdued dankness (likely a function of age more than hop selection). A bit of grassiness and pine, as well. Nice finishing bitterness, allowing the malt bill to carry it to the end, with hop oils lingering. Some honey and brown sugar from the malt.

Chewy and smooth, this falls on the syrupy end of DIPAs - a common trap of earlier DIPAs. Just a slight touch of back end heat. Appropriately, feels like a big, solid DIPA.

Feb 25, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, tropical fruits. Taste is oranges, tangerine, light malts and pine, mild bitterness, no alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it's no hop bomb, but still a solid beer.

May 04, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

May 22, 2016
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big and chewy. This the best way I can describe this one. It was like a Belgium white ale with hops and gusto. A big malty beer that deserves to be sipped

Dec 27, 2014
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Homebrew from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 07, 2015
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WallyHop from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Mar 09, 2014
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ado73 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 27, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Sep 25, 2016
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bigbutter from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 04, 2018
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South2NW from Oregon

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

Sep 20, 2015
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Tbone2131 from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 01, 2015
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dertyd from California

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 26, 2016
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Irishace9 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jul 11, 2014
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MaximumYuks from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Jun 22, 2014
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Bpham from Oklahoma

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

Oct 17, 2015
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Casterbridge from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jul 28, 2014
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