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Rico Sauvin - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 539
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 23.46%
Wants: 39
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

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 Dave_Wakeman
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | 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%
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 -15.6%
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 -9.9%
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%
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 +2.2%
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%
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 -34.8%
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 -12.8%
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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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear medium orange with dense off-white head, settled slowly to a thin ring, trailing splotchy lacing down the glass. Smell: very fruity... a little melon, sweet white grapes, mildly tropical with a little biscuit in the back. A bit subdued, but nice. Taste: peach juice, grape skin, tropical note... I'd buy passionfruit but also not far from guava territory, sugared grapefruit peel. Sweet and fruity with barely enough bitterness to balance. Very flavorful, but pretty chill for an 8% dipa. Really digging this one. And great artwork.

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Photo of cfalls
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - hazy copper, thin head sticks around

S - floral (like honey), a little grapefruit

T - citrus, dry sherry (is that oxidation? or acetaldehyde?), piney bitter finish, an almost lambic-like sourness as it warms

F - nice light feel, with fairly high carbonation

O - an interesting beer, different from any other DIPA I've had

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Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper with very little head. The operative term that best fits this offering is "delicate."

The nose, body and hop profile are interesting but hardly assertive. I expect all of these traits to be more upfront in a big style like a DIPA.

The highlight of this offering is a subtle fruitiness on the finish.

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Photo of Extol
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +3.5%
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%
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 +4.2%
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 +5.7%
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 +6.4%
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 -8.1%
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%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +11.9%
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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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.