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Rico Sauvin | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BA SCORE
89
very good
92 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
645
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
23.38%
 
 
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Rico SauvinRico Sauvin
BEER INFO

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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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 645
Reviews by brother_kenneth:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of RickS95
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tempest
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Dave_Wakeman
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly.
In a snifter the beer was an amber color with a small tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Aroma OK, but a little muted. Citrus and caramel.

Taste a little more assertive. Lots of citrus: grapefruit, lime, tangerine. Caramel malt background.

This was a real hop-forward beer, with big grapefruit taste.

I enjoyed it.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Todd
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Ravenz98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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 pat61
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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 BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 kevwcamp
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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