Citra Ass Down

Kentucky
United States
against the grain citra
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
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!

Profile

ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
68
Hops: 
Citra, Centennial, Columbus
Judges Review 
Owen Ogletree's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This hoppy ale confirmed its Double IPA moniker after one sip, as thick, complex layers of malt complexity wash across the palate with tones of toast, biscuit crust and light caramel nuances -- all backed by a touch of alcohol warmth. Aromas of citrusy tropical fruits follow through in the flavor that's highlighted by a hop presence of pineapple, kiwi, light tangerine and mango. The crisp, sticky Citra hop personality shines through the rich malt in impressive aroma and flavor appeal. With its rather high alcohol content, don't be tempted to cellar this potent IPA; it's best to consume this one fresh in order to fully appreciate the Citra magnificence before it fades.