A Note on This Beer
A Bugatti Veyron – $1.3 million
All-inclusive vacation to Cancun - $1,200.00
One hour of Swedish massage - $90.00
A bottle of artfully crafted Citra Ass Down DIPA - Priceless.
There are some luxuries we can afford. Especially when they’re worth it. Against the Grain Brewery’s Citra Ass Down is a hands down flavor fest that costs a few pennies but hey, when it comes to treating ourselves to something special, we’re worth it.
Citra Ass Down is a labor intensive, richly blended love affair of malts, hops and vibrant, juicy tropic flavors. And while hops may be the most expensive ingredient in craft beer, Against the Grain spares no expense, selecting only the choicest hops in extravagant amounts.
American Columbus Hops are used for their bittering properties and Citra is added for its powerful cocktail of zesty citrus and stone fruits. A bucket load of more Citra is paired with Centennial Hops during post fermentation to imbue the brew with a no holds barred citrus-hop bouquet.
The result of all this hard work is a serious case of Citra Ass Down because this stuff is good. So good. Real good.
The pour is lemony-gold with a live wire head and the nose is a veritable buffet of mangoes, lemons, pineapples, biscuity malts and roasted grains. Citra Hops animates the flavor with grapefruits, tangerines and Muscat grapes over a jaunty backbone of malts and of course, the rugged hop bitterness we love in our DIPAs.
Many DIPAs have redeeming qualities we enjoy but they also have lingering side effects: too caustic, too boozy, unbalanced. Citra Ass Down eludes the side effect pothole and elevates quality with balance and bite all the way through.
Sometimes you just gotta splurge and say, this is for me. Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough. And damn it, I like me.