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Rico Sauvin - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 466
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 37
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kaips1 on 09-09-2012

An India Pale Ale featuring Nelson Sauvin hops. Named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape, is a variety of hop developed and grown in New Zealand. It has a strong fruity flavor and aroma that is described as resembling white wine, or fresh crushed grapes or gooseberries. Some reviewers of this hop perceive the fruitiness as being very tropical with descriptions including passion fruit, tangerines, and grapefruit. These hops are organic and are about 4 times as expensive as our normal American varieties.
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Photo of Extol
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - gold in color, nice lacing. Smell - citrusy sort of smell and hops. Taste - sort of like a wine IPA. I like it. Overall - would get again. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stem glass. Bottling date unknown, so hopefully it's still fairly fresh.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin finger of sticky white head that leaves splotchy lacing. Lots of sediment floating in the glass.
The aroma is a complex intermingling of white and green grapes, honey dew melon, gooseberry, and passion fruit and tangerine.
The taste follows through with white and green grape flesh, honey dew melon, berries, and passion fruit leading the way, followed by white grapefruit juice and lemon peel zestiness. A soft white bready malt foundation holds it all together. Smacks of medium resinous hoppiness on the finish and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full, but very smooth and rounded, almost creamy.

This was my first beer hopped with Nelson Sauvin, so I was pretty hyped to try it. I'm not disappointed. However, this beer NEEDS a date and I wish I could try it fresher. I would definitely buy it again, though.

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Photo of mschrei
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. Foamy and cloudy grapefruit color. Light hop, light malt. Slightly bitter aftertaste that is not unpleasant. I have to say, though, that ATG Citra Ass Down is a better style of beer from the same brewery and Pipeworks Nelson Sauvin Ninja stomps the living shit out of this beer when it comes to representing with the Nelson Hops.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Murky, much sediment. Looks like pulpy orange juice. Medium, white head with aggressive pour. Lacing for days.

Smell - Grapefruit. Pine. Resin. Tropical and dank.

Taste - It is lighter than I was hoping after smell, look, and ABV. Orange. Grapefruit. Pine. Bitter.

Feel - Light to medium. Carbonation heavy but not a bomb. Sticks to the tongue.

Overall - This is not an overly citrus IPA. Good stuff. Not something I will write home about, but something I will drink again.

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Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a fresh bottle at Astoria Bier & Cheese. Same graphics and name, but the ABV is up to 8.2% and it's calling itself a double IPA — and it's a lovely one at that. The sharp, dank tangerine is up front and the finish is biting and spicy cracked pepper. The body is a well balanced, as in not too dry or thick, it supports the big hop flavors. Great beer.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first all Nelson beer and I knew it was going to be good. Rico was my first ATG beer and there will be many more to come!

A - Very nice pale orange color with a rocky white head that sticks around. Good lacing. Mostly clear with some dry hop haze.

S - Great hoppy fragrance with a tropical fruit character that shines through. Has citrus, dank, and some resin hop character also. Slight malt character but fresh hops throughout the nose.

T - Initially it hits with a nice pale ale sweetness that is a tutti-fruity character along with citrus and sweet malt. The tropical fruit character is difficult to pin down to one type of fruit but is more like a tropical fruit smoothie tone. In the middle there is a big bready, malt, and cracker flavor that is just as big as the hops. Nice smooth finish with a mild bitterness from the hops. The last flavors on the palate are the sweet bread and tropical fruit.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel. Pretty balanced with the sweet malt to go with the hop resin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a very balanced and fruit forward IPA. It's a great beer that has all of the Sauvin hops you can sink your teeth into. The more mild bitterness and soft sweet character make this more drinkable than some IPAs out there. Perfect if you don't like overly bitter IPA's but would like a more hops. I look forward to trying this again in the future.

Glass type: Snifter from draft

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

shocked to see this getting rated so highly, i mean, maybe if you have never had a beer with nelson hops, but for anyone who has tasted even second tier nelson forward beers, this is just average. i mean, dont get me wrong, its very well made beer, tastes great, super refreshing, and you get nelson for sure, but it just contributes nothing new, and for me, a lot of factors have to be considered in the overall score. one is price, and this is punishingly overpriced at 15 bucks or whatever they ask, for that price, i expect some uniqueness or amazing innovation, and this has neither of those things, which is another mark against it. the third thing is hype, these guys self hype by overpricing, they usually under deliver, and i cant get myself to buy their beer again if they keep it up. so far below expectations it makes a good beer seem underwhelming. if the brewery up the street from my house made this, id probably love it, but with everything considered, its pretty lackluster. more nelson, always!

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Photo of TheBeard89
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very light looked like a saison, two finger head, almost no lacing.
S- smells amazing. Tropical fruit smell with a floral dank hint
T- The Nelson Sauvin hops add a unique grapefruit, guava, passion fruit, citrus, flavor to this DIPA.
M- crisp, medium body,
O- This was an excellent brew. It is not exactly what I expect from a DIPA but it accomplished what it set out to be. I found it to be a bit over priced but I would totally drink this again if I was craving an unusual IPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is cloudy yellow with orange hue. The color is a tad on the ugly side, but the head is decent and supplies nice lacing. The nose is quite interesting. I get green leaf, tea, mildew, light grape acidic tartness.

The first items come through in the taste quite well. There is an apple sweetness to this opening taste the tea earthiness. There is a saison-like taste and feel to this. The IPA side comesout with a lemon-grapefruit bite that is fleeting, ending with a tannin dryness that also has a grapefruit pith taste.

A strange and enjoyable beer, but I feel I should be in the mood for an offoff-norm beer when I have this again.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this is a quite good beer, i do find it to not be worth the price point. Have had this twice. $14 in Chicago and $17 in Northern California. Id rather get Pliny for $4.99 a bottle.

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Photo of larryi86
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy orange color with a three finger white head.

S- Tropical fruits, slightly musty, white wine grapes, citrus, grapefruit, slightly dank.

T- Tropical fruits, citrus, some grapefruit rind, slightly musty, some grapes, big piney/dank finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A good IPA, nicely done, just really over priced. Worth trying once.

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Herbal minty hop nose with some white wine notes. Pours hazy gold with a 1” finely bubbled foam cap that slowly dissipates. The beer has a very berry, grape to tropical fruit palate seasoned with a touch of lemon that ends in a pleasant bitterness that lingers for a long time. Medium carbonation and a little above medium on the body. Has a rich, creamy texture.

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Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a light amber orange.

The flavor follows tons of yellow grapefruit and zest. White grape and some white wine flavors come through. A light white bready malt backbone. The beer has wonderful bright flavors along with that complementary lighter malt profile without a sticky sweetness.

A great "Northeast" style DIPA.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

it poured hazy and full of sediment with a soapy white head that left heavy lacing the smell is a traditional dipa now where it gets interesting is the flavor it has a solid malt backbone with a nice strong intro but the finish is where it shines it's sweet white grape and it is delicious.. I will admit the sediment can be off putting but it's flavor makes up.. I would recommend trying this is it's a nice change up on traditional DIPA's

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Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful white wine smell coming from my tulip glass. Almost makes me think of a brett-inspired IPA. Wonderful fruity smell. Taste is IPA with white grapes--it may sound strange but it works. If you are a white wine lover, gotta try this! Exceeded expectations, highly recommended.

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Photo of RickS95
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance fits the bill for a DIPA with a dark grapefruit juice color. Not so much cloudy as it is hazy. A golden white color if there is such a thing. Opaque. Thin white head, but not much retention. Thick gooey froth with a tiny bit of lacing.

This beer has an unusual scent, which I'll chalk up to the hops. It's very wine-like, like a white wine and grapefruit combo. Very tropical and fruity. There's a musky feel to the nose. I'm not familiar with this hop variety, but it's unique.

The taste is very nice for such a strange smelling beer. It has the characteristics of a classic IPA, though some hints of green grapes and/or wine. Slight alcohol taste in the finish.

It feels heavy for a lightish colored beer, even for a double. A tartness emerges quickly before an intensifying bitter feel evolves. While no real carbonation presents, it's got the carbonated bite in the finish that exaggerates the tart feeling and snap from the alcohol.

This is a nice DIPA because it's a bit unusual. The addition of the strange hops is a nice add on to make it stand out from other pale ales.

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is dominated by tropical fruit, with mango, papaya, and pineapple accompanying soft peach notes. Flavor reveals underlying tropical fruits accompanied by muted grapefruit. Strangely, fresh cut grass and onion mingle in. The light caramel malt holds the hop profile together with enough body for support into the lightly bitter, resiny finish. Onion becomes overwhelming as it warms.

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Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bomber into a bow tie pints.
A. Cloudy yellow gold with a two finger foamy white head medium lacing.
S. Tons of grape and grapefruit, some light grass, orange zest.
T. Loads of grape flavors , some tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, crackery mildly sweet malt flavors.
M. Medium feel, bitter at the end
O. Excellent use of Nelson sauvin, to a of grape.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this one looks weird. Almost like foam from soap, instead of a typical head, if that makes sense. Boring nose. Nice flavor though. Kind of a pine and citrus blend, but not too boisterous or obnoxious. Almost seems light and airy. I like it. Very easy to drink. A nice one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottle fully reviewed last night on my phone. Purchase just over two weeks ago at AtG in Louisville, KY.

A- Somewhay hazy golden pour to a few pint glasses. A white cap up to two fingers with a frothy consistency and pretty good retention. Medium ring leaves webs and spots of lace.

S- Superbly dank nugs, weed, cat pee, apricots and tropical fruits. For 8%+ it is very clean here and Nelson shines.

T- Carries over from the nose quite a bit but the vinous grape portion of Nelson comes out a lot. Still extremely clean with heavy dank, onion, topical and stone fruit notes. Tiny bit of pale caramel malts.

MF- For a DIPA it is light-mediun bodied with a frothy and slightly creamy texture. Carbonation is medium with bitterness lingering in the finish.

A big Nelson bomb but more importantly it is impressively clean for the ABV and the delicate hops truly shine.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a light orange body with one finger head and minimal lace that leaves little patches.
A light citric hop aroma with touches of grape and has minor sour/woody notes that I associate with light wines so I guess that's the power of this hop.
The body is light and the woodiness keeps it smooth while there is a lowkey citric/grapefruit hop profile and also touches of sweet tropical fruit.
Good balance between the oaky like smoothness and lowkey hops and there are touches of a bitter (almost sour) edge as well in the citric department.
Not winelike but has some of those white wine characteristis with a white wine from New Zealand- an enjoyable IPA b/c the hops don't blast you nor is it your regular run-of-the-mill american hops mixed w/ caramel malt IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

8.2 % ABV ...

Pours gold/bronze with much effervescence, plus 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Great lacing & good head retention, big floaties at the bottom of the bottle (4.0)
S: Pineapples, grapefruit & a little bit pear & pine (4.25)

T: Pineapple, grapefruit, mangos, slight mineral hoppyness & some bready & pear notes up front. Pears, white grape, grapefruit & pineapple, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fruity & with plenty of pineapple (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, great balance (4.25)

Drinks easy, belies its ABV, good but pretty pricey though (4.25)

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Photo of zhivago373
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the bottle i am reviewing calls Rico a Double IPA clocking in at 8.2%. this page must be wrong.

poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

pours a rather clear pale yellow color - split the difference between a white wine and a deep amber IPA, and you're close to the color. thin head that dissipates slowly and clings to the glass.

smells fruity, slight citrus and grapferuit, no pine or herbal notes - has a slight white-wine note underneath the fruitiness. a nice smelling beer.

tastes at the front of the tongue with a nice bite, followed by fruity notes, citrus, grapefruit; very little malt to this one. a nice slick mouthfeel.

overall, a nice IPA brewed with Nelson hops. the fruityness from the Nelson is definitely noticeable. while i enjoy the fruitiness they bring, this IPA comes off a bit one dimensional (though, to its credit, it is a single hop IPA). still, a cut above the average IPA and worth checking out if it's available.

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice almost crystal clear orange golden hue with a nice two finger white head that faded to a one finger blanket and leave a loads of sticky side lacing. Very, very nice here.

S - Aromas of a musty grape note, some citrus and tropical notes, faint caramel, crackery bread. Not getting much in the realm of passion fruit but the alcohol is hidden nicely. Actually, once it warms up some good swirls reveal subtle passion fruit.

T - Taste is like the nose, very nice musty grape and white wine notes, good tangerine citrus and zest, light tropical, no real malt sweetness at all. Great bitterness, no real alcohol burn at all. Quite flavourful here, a lot fresher than I had figured it would be.

M - Mouthfeel is solid here as well alcohol hidden completely, nice light carbonation.

O - Overall, this was a very nice IPA offering from Against The Grain. The price makes it a bit daunting, but, if one can find a fresh bottle (there is no bottle date though) it's a winner.

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Photo of denver10
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma offers some nice sweet fruitiness (grapes, berries, melons) and a touch of toasted bread. Very nice. Flavor is a huge letdown; tons of alcohol bury the flavors that are supposed to be there. A medium bodied, somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Overall, love nelson sauvin hops and had to give this try. Really wanted to love this beer and aroma teased me that I would. Unfortunately, there is just way too much alcohol present and that completely ruined this beer for me. Will not drink again and right now am so disappointed in this that I am kinda turned off from Against the Grain as a whole. Got one bottle of Kentucky Ryed Chiquen in my fridge and if that beer isn't at least really good, I might be done with this brewery. At their prices, the quality of their beer just does not meet their asking prices.

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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.