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Rico Sauvin | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kaips1 on 09-09-2012

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yields around a finger of clear white foam, even surface excepting the pour point, good retention given the lower level it started at, the lacing is irregular, thick or thin in varying spots yet clings very well. The large amount of sediment floating in the liquid impairs the ability to see through it as well as darkens the yellow color into a deeper orange cast, the bubbles are widely dispersed if large and active. There’s an inert firmness to the nose, pursed lips, slowly you tease out some herbaceous funk, candied orange peel, rose petals and meager apricot to peach fruit, undercurrent of cocoa powder, in the end it is all subsumed under the funk and tarry earth elements. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied with the same taciturn solidity, even as the carbonation lends a steady prickle. Molasses, caramel make a brief showing then segues to orange to white grapefruit citrus and some old pine cones. Lightly bready, especially after a few more sips with the dryness kicking in, more yeasty on the back end. Peach, apricot, apple, white grape fruit with minimal sweetness. Cleaner here but no less herbaceous. There’s something admirable about its clarity of purpose but there’s not a lot of visceral pleasure to be had.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Superb orange body, largely transparent, with just a slight haze. Nice white-cream head, and persistent wispy top, lots of lacing.

S - Pretty quiet, with a note of grapefruit, spicy, with a bit of pine.

T - Huge front of hops, fruity and zest, a malt core is present but in the background, a very nice creamy aspect, and a touch of bitterness in the close.

M - As mentioned, creamy, with a reasonable tail drying out. It works well as a reset, and makes me want to come back in right away.

O - Superb. Tasty. Unique flavor from the hop, and a great feel.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/light amber color from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Small off white/antique white foamy head with average retention. Thin bands of filmy lacing on the glass. Aroma is white grapes, bitterness and bready and caramel malt. Flavor is more of the same. Some noticeable bitterness, bready malt, fruitiness (white grapes and a little citrus) and a touch of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice balance between malt and hops. Alcohol is not noticeable, just a good, smooth bitterness with a malty background.Good featuring of a single hop.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can poured into a pint glass. Poured just a little of the sediment into the glass. Don't see a date on it anywhere.

Pours clear with a big white head. Head fades fairly slowly and leaves a lot of residue on the side of the glass. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation. Smell is piney/floral, maybe some pineapple.

Taste is surprisingly malty and mild. The hops are there, as a kind of soft tropical fruitiness. Not getting much bitterness at all. There's a bit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is soft and full, which is nice. Overall, I'm puzzled by this beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper hue with excellent clarity. There's an inch and a half of tightly knit beige foam resting on top. Subdued aroma of tropical hops is present along with light malt. The flavor is much more hop forward than the nose would have you think. I taste passion fruit and a touch of piney hops in the back of the palate. The mouth is very dry, chewy & resinous.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruity notes backed with citrus, caramel sweetness,

T: Citrus up front, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit, fruity notes, white grape, a little passion fruit, with a grassy bitterness, light cracker malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Surprisingly easy drinking DIPA that does a good job showing off the Nelson Sauvin hop. The label art makes me giggle too.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy orange-copper color with short white head and lacing that chunks as it settles.
S - Wow, the smell is awesome. White grapes, grass, slight pine. Outstanding Aroma
T - Grassy hops taste (the Nelson Sauvin Hops).
M- Smooth with good amount of carbonation without being too much. Goes down smooth and drinkable
O- I love the Nelson Sauvin hops. A good mix of slight pineyness with a white wine finish. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of zshaft
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

so I love nelso hops and was excited to try this. can is funny as hell and wish I could rate that. beer is justok. I feel the hops don't come through like other nelson beers such as nelson or kiwi rising. nice mouthfeel but maybe to much malt for the hops to pop. worth a try but one can is plenty.

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Photo of Todd
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, Hoppy, Malty, Macho

Honey amber in color with a massive creamy head. Fruity on the nose with pine and candied citrus. This is a creamy beer with a dry, semi-astringent hoppy bite beneath. A malty sweetness and notes of caramel coat the palate with some balance. Fruity suggestions of wine grapes, oranges, berries, notes of grapefruit and a citric edge smooth into a bready finish with some lingering alcohol and a coarse, oily bitterness that sticks around. With its focus on Nelson Sauvin hops, Rico Sauvin is a macho Double IPA that makes you want to don a bandana, bare your chest and learn Spanglish.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #110 (March 2016).

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Photo of dmnota
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden with lingering off-white lacing. Buttery mouthfeel but not malt heavy. Oranges, kiwi, and dry white wine peek through. Not especially bitter and the ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 16 oz can into an IPA glass. Thin foamy head forms and recedes to a ring almost immediately. Amber, almost copper in color with some fat carbonation and minimal lacing.

Nose is light on hop - boozy notes come forward as well as some additional sweetness from the malt. There is definitely some ripe fruit notes here - not what I expect coming out of a double IPA.

Flavor follows. This is sweet. While I definitely get some of the sweeter fruit notes that are mentioned in the notes for this brew, I do not really find this enjoyable for a double IPA. The pungent bitterness that comes with that fruity aspect of Nelson hops seems absent from here. It reminds me of the aspects of Hopslam I don't really like - the malty sweetness that seems to more than balance the hops, it basically overwhelms any bitterness. I get sweet ripe banana, pineapple, and definitely some big malt sweetness on the finish.

The feel is fine. It's a bit more viscous than a lot of double IPAs, almost syrupy in a way. But the carbonation and body are just fine. Mouthfeel is on the soft or gentle side - definitely not abrasive but not surprising given the rest of the brew.

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Photo of adrianholt
1.9/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Average IPA. Too sweet and caramel. Smells more boozy with very little hops aroma. Tastes follows smell. Step up the late hop additions and dry hopping.

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Photo of hardysf
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, although decent, is just far behind other comparable beers. Good clean look, super clear, nice carb. A little underwhelming in aroma and taste for a DIPA. Maltier and sweeter than I prefer for the style.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love the artwork for all Against the grain brews, and the themes are great. I fell for the marketing yet again, but the idea of a Nelson Double IPA is pretty awesome too.

L: Light feint orange/gold with some ruby highlights hinting of some medium crystal or roasted malts. Light whispy white head with nice retention. Very clear, no haze

S: tropical and fruity up front. nice estery aroma. Strawberries, papaya? very fragrant hoppy aroma. Almost Belgian-esqe,

T: Really smooth and drinkable, the 8+% is very well integrated and hidden. nice crystal malt sweetness while being very drinkable and balanced. Not overly bitter. I get the "white wine" description for these hops. Nice fruity estery quality. reminds me of a Belgian profile.

F: Medium body, very crisp and drinkable.

O: REally nice brew overall. The fruitiness and soft malt character really work well together. It is a nice subtle character and I dig that you arent' blasted with bitterness and pungeant hops on this one. Very clean and satisfying. Would buy again any day.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 16oz. can (canned xx-Jan-16)
- Half poured into Societe Brewing tumbler and other half straight from the can, drank on 6-Feb-16

Not as good as Alpine's Nelson (the OG one, not that GF crap) or Noble's Nelson Showers, but almost right up there with them. I paid $4 for the can and would purchase another.

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Photo of Dave_Wakeman
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was super excited to see this available in cans now because about a year or so ago I got a 22 ounce bomber and I had been searching for it ever since.

Unfortunately, the move from bottle to can doesn't seem to have done the beer the best service.

In the bottled form, the sauvignon hops really popped out and gave the beer a nice, floral hoppiness that really was outstanding.

In the canned version, everything is flatter and not as pronounced.

I took half of the beer from the can and drinking it from the can seems to have helped the beer a little bit, but when I poured some in a glass to see how that helped the beer...it didn't.

The beer still has a nice mouth feel and is sprite, but I wouldn't necessarily pick it over other DIPAs that you might regularly find. Especially at the price point that I purchased it at.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Dark orange color with a decent head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of sweet fruits and white grapes. Taste follows the nose. On the sweet side with building, lingering bitterness as you make your way through each swallow. Different than most other IPAs. Glad I got to try but would have to be in the mood to have again. A tad too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Obnoxious artwork !

Pours a nice looking golden orange color with respectable creamy head and decent retention. Aromas are guava, dragonfruit and mango. Taste is similar. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I'm really diggin this beer. It's not something that will blow away the average hop head but it will satisfy . . . it did me. Overall, it's a no thrills, solid in every way, well crafted dipa.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours mostly clear and orange. Well formed head. Love me some Nelson hops. This one doesn't display the wildness of this hop in the nose. I struggle to really decipher unique or specific scents from the nose. This hop can be better utilized. The flavor is pretty sweet. Hops are slightly musty. Tangy citrus. Hoppiness comes off as sweet and the combines with the malt. Has a fuller body. Some lingering alcohol. After a few more sips, the IBUs start creeping in and then they stay. Somewhat underwhelming. Label art is no fun either. Pretty expensive 4 pack, too.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with frothy head.. foamed out of the can but may have been my fault. Aroma of white grape, citrus, slight sweet malt, wheat, light bread. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, but leaves me wanting more hop flavor. Its good, but could be taken up a notch. Alcohol is hidden well. The feel is med-light with a slight creamy texture. Overall not bad but could use some improvement. I have had Nelson Sauvin IPAs with much more flavor than this one, and it leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright reddish-orange with a hard-to-die tan froth. Passion fruit and orange peel mix with faint herbal hops to make for a pleasant but not in-your-face aroma. Tastes of white grape, other light fruits, a hint of earth, a good dose of hops and finishes slightly oily and viscous. Medium and way smooth with a somewhat creamy mouth-feel.

Tis always the season for hops, and while this one may not knock your hop-head socks off it will definitely help put you in the spirit.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, no date. First half drank straight from the can (as recommeded by the can). Second half poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Unlike Heady Topper, much preferred this out of a glass. This beer pours a slightly cloudy gold color with orange highlights. The head is big, dense and white with good retention that eventually (after quite a while) fades to a small thin cap. Also leaves some nice sheets of lacing, although not an extraordinary amount. The aroma is amazing and by far the best part of this beer. The white grapes are the most dominant with a big dose of grapefruit, orange, slight pineapple and some sweet malts. Taste is similar, although much more balanced than the aroma would suggest. Also a good deal of bitterness on the back end and maybe a touch of hop spiciness. I'm always a fan of bitterness in my IPAs, but it seems possible that it is a bit out of place here. Or at least suprising. Feel is the light side of medium, good carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a very nice IPA, but at $14.99 per 4pk there are many better options out there.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16oz can with no can date, into a snifter it comes out a slightly hazy orange color with a decent head and some lacing. Smell is on the sweeter side, but still hoppy, some tropical fruit notes here. Has a nice malty beginning, initial sweetness on the tongue. Middle is grassy and herbal hops, finishes with lots of stone fruit, maybe some pineapple. Slightly dry but not obviously so, pretty nice body for 8.2%. All in all a very good DIPA with an awesome label.

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Photo of Matty123
2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Drain poured. My lord if they put a tenth of the effort into making the beer that they put into the ridiculous artwork, they'd almost have something drinkable

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - drank from can as recommended by the beer guy at the store I was at, so I'll give it a 4 for the can being cool
S - pretty standard ipa, nothing special
T - same as smell
M - undercarbed, I basically chugged it because I didn't want to let it go completely flat, alcohol covered, aftertaste standard ipa
O - pretty big disappointment after the hype from the guy that sold it to me. I wouldn't buy it again.

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