Tonight I came across a beer from a brewery that I haven’t tried anything from before called Against the Grain Brewery, which is located in Louisville, Kentucky. An American Imperial India Pale Ale called Against the Grain Citra Ass Down, it sports 8.2% Alcohol By Volume (as well as an unexpectedly hefty $ 15 price tag).
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down is a hazy, golden colored beer, with a small, bubbly off-white head topping it off. Lacing remains behind on the glass in rings.
The nose has some underlying sweet pale malts, but is focused on tropical fruit hop notes, with citrus and resinous accents.
Sweet pale malts start things off in the taste, toasty, minimal yeast influence, high hop bitterness and high hop flavor starting lightly floral, citrus, grapefruit, lots of tropical fruit with resinous pine rounding things out. Lingering bitterness in the finish, medium bodied, actively carbonated with a bit of bite on the tongue.
Against the Grain is an aggressively hopped Double IPA, and overall is a pretty nice beer. The hops do come across as a bit muddled and could probably use a tweak to become more harmonious. I would buy it again at half the price, but don’t see myself pulling the trigger again at the current price.
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down : B
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down Specs
OG: 17 Plato
Malts: Pale, Vienna, Munich, Wheat
Hops: Citra, Columbus, Centennial
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz