Against The Grain Brewery ‘Citra Ass Down’ Double IPA


50070687_1019719048212240_6497458501420318720_n“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.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Nice and clear bold amber pour with a sturdy two finger crown perched on top. Excellent retention and lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: Although it’s not bursting with the typical Citra qualities it’s still a cracking aroma. We pick juicy wafts of orange citrus, grapefruit, pine and sweet tropical fruits along with a stronger than expected caramel malt backing which hints at subtle honey and apple juice. It all seems a little muted but we like what they’ve got going on.

Flavour: Unfortunately what we were hoping wouldn’t happen ended up happening…the lifted sweetness – albeit enjoyable – has kind of inhibited any hope of a fresh and punchy hit of Citra hops. The muffled citrus, pine and tropical fruits are there but they’re drowning in an enveloping malt sweetness. It does find a bit of hop bitterness through the mid and finish but it’s futile!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and completely inoffensive…which is quite remarkable considering its weight (8.2% AbV). 68 IBU and mild-medium body.

Overall: We believe age has had a negative impact on this beer. The best before date shows 10/5/19 so it isn’t what we’d call fresh. Real shame coz there’s loads of potential.