Verb The Noun - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DCon:
2.83/5 rDev -2.1%
Enjoyed on-tap @ Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, KY for $4. Tapped from a Creative Wooden Carved Tap Handle (they all are like this here) into a 16oz Pint Glass. One of the 11 Guest Taps offered.
Aroma- Very medium amount of grain and sweetness in the aroma. Little bit of hop but hardly can notice it.
Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that is frothy and has good retention. Has a pale straw/golden body with good clarity. Leaves good lacing behind.
Flavor- Taste is very interesting... Starts grainy with light hops but then a buttery flavor comes around. Not sure where this is coming from. Finishes with a light bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Slick, Wheaty, and finishes with light hops.
Overall Impression- This one was a nicely brewed wheat beer with good hops. I'm still trying to figure out where this buttery/slick mouthfeel came from? Apart from this, very drinkable and enjoyed! Not sure which style this would be considered.
08-13-2012 18:23:19 | More by DCon
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2.95/5 rDev +2.1%
An excerpt from the brewery's facebook page reads: "A wheat pale ale brewed with pilsner and wheat malts for a clean and slightly sweet flavor. The additions of Munich and kilned malt provide smooth and toasty notes. English Nugget hops were used for bittering purposes while American Centennial, Falconer’s Flight and Crystal give this beer its earthy, citrusy and spicy hop flavor and aroma. This is the final beer in our verb the noun series."
Although they say that this is the last in the series, I don't know of any other beers in the series other than this one.
With its clever and quirky name, Verb the Noun pours with a burnish golden color that's veiled by the slight haze of wheat and hops. With reduced stature than traditional German wheat ales or heavily hopped pale ales, the beer's wavering head formation, retention and lace leaves more to be desired.
Bright and citrusy with hints of musty wheat, raw barley, and wet hay underneath, the grain and malt provide a slight toast and caramel support to the scent of hoppy grapefruit, dried oranges, and fresh cut grass. Dried fruit scents may be both hop and ester derived while a spicy note similar to rye aids the hops in balance.
Grainy-sweet flavors abound with medium malt underpinnings that prop up the hop and earth notes in mid palate. Moderate bread, toast, caramel and dough carry a medium line through the flavor profile and allow for the decoration of white grapefruit, orange zest, and earthy grass, straw, and wet hay to accent the grain flavor. The malt flavors waiver at finish and pave the way for the intensifying hop bitterness to grow and grow. The grassy bite of hops just keep coming deeper into the finish and aftertaste with soft support of wheat.
Grainy textures also plague the body with textures of over-boiled tea for astirngency late. But saved by the light wheat richness and mild creaminess of carbonation, the beer offers some fullness early. Moderate acidity plays on the finish with light alcohol warmth, and seems to accent the pang of grain derived astringency and harsh hop bite for a less clean finish than I would have hoped.
Overall, the beer beer starts as an ugly duckling and the muddy grain flavors detract from the wheat way too much. The odd combination of hops invite clean citrus but develops into broad earthy harshness. Although hoppy wheats have a ton of potential, I feel that this example tries too hard and plays out on a flimsy base style and recipe
07-15-2012 18:21:53 | More by BEERchitect
Verb The Noun from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.