quite convinced the only reason I am able to get Against The Grain
Citra Ass Down in my beer store here in upstate New York is due to the
name. It’s clever and funny (for a pun), though the label is bizarre and
ugly (seriously, that’s what they went with?!). As for the beer itself,
it’s a very good brew, but it’s been done. This has characteristics of
both east and west coast IPA with a hefty body and good drinkability.
It’s not amazing, but at least it’s not disappointing.
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. Thanks to Jason T. for this can!
Appearance: Fairly hazy shade of bright copper/pale orange. Slowly
carbonation can be seen trickling up from within. Pours to a 2-3 finger
white foamy head which retains and laces well enough.
Smell: Strong tropical fruit juice concentrate. Quite sweet with a bit
of a floral or honey character. Some alcohol presence, too.
Taste: Since this is a double IPA, it’s no surprise that the first thing
I notice is a strong bitterness with the taste of tropical fruit. I
also get a fairly strong sensation of sweet maltiness; a touch of honey,
caramel and some rum. The hops become quite grassy and earthy on the
backend and impart a slight drying bitterness; quite different from the
initial dank, almost sticky/syrupy sensation at the beginning. There’s a
little bit of alcohol at play here as well, but it’s easy to overlook.
This is what I would consider a well-balanced double IPA. It may not be
especially unique for the style, but it definitely is good.
Drinkability: I don’t expect an 8.2% ABV beer to be refreshing, but
Against The Grain Citra Ass Down is no challenge to drink at all. The
mouthfeel is noticeably thick and not bubbly or crisp or at all. The
texture is fairly smooth, though there is a bit of a warming sensation
from the booze. Surprisingly enough, the hops do not linger on the
palate; I actually get a slightly sweet aftertaste instead.