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Rico Sauvin - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%


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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

(Beer added by: kaips1 on 09-09-2012)
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An American IIPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops. Poured from a bottle into an AtG tulip. The pour is hazy golden-orange with 2 fingers of dense white foam that slowly die down to a clumpy lace. The nose has some good citrus-like notes of orange and lemon as well as an herbal, cedary note as well.

Light to medium body and a nice firm feel, bordering on oily. The flavor follows the nose very closely. There are some grainy cereal-like malt notes up front, a hint of orange marmalade, grapefruit, lemon, and then an earthy, herbal, dry cedary note on the finish that adds spice to the the bitterness and lingers on the finish. Very balanced, drinkable, and refreshing without trying to destroy your palate.

I've had this beer on tap before and am very glad to see it in bottles. I was only able to snag one, but I hope to see it again so I can share it with trading partners. In my opinion, AtG is the best brewery in Kentucky. While they may not stand up to the best brewers from some other states, I am still very grateful for what they make and always appreciate the opportunity to let others around the country taste one of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:29:25 | More by deadonhisfeet
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popery

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a little bit of amber to it. It's quite cloudy. The head is just a shade or so off white. Medium thick blanket of foam. Pretty good retention and some nice lacing. Very pleasant aroma dominated by the fruity, white grapey Nelson Sauvin flavor. It's a sweet and decently juicy smell. Some grass, tropical fruits, herbs. Simple malt sugariness in the background. Taste starts with sweet light malt backing big Nelson Sauvin hop flavors. Peaches, white grapes, pineapple, grass, raspberries. Light to medium bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Solid beer. Listed as 8.2% abv on the label of this bottle - there seem to be a few different numbers floating around.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 08:06:55 | More by popery
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Hopyard57

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-13-2014 22:22:45 | More by Hopyard57
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-13-2014 20:09:48 | More by scruffwhor
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kyle86

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-13-2014 19:55:53 | More by kyle86
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josmickam

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-13-2014 01:22:12 | More by josmickam
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snansel

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-12-2014 17:40:53 | More by snansel
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot color with floaties. My chalice looks like a snow globe. Quick snappy bone white froth that will recede in no time.

Big, and I'm not using the word lightly, big on tangerine, orange, melon and then morphing into the realm of tartness of crushed white grapes. A real treat to excite the olfactories. Lips of Faith Le Terroir comes to mind.

Drinking this I get the sense of grapefruit bits and pith. Mild bitterness, hop slickness and pine oil. Light side of malt and then the next sip seems syrupy. Alcohol plays big then the next sip it wanes. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and no I'm not smoking a cigar with this. Tart attributes are present and welcomed.

Mouthfeel toward heavy. Creamy with moderate sweetness. Fruit does weigh heavier than the hop. Finishes wet and satiating.

Well I'm glad I got two of these. This first one has me all over the place. Do I dig it or not. Well the second one I will definitely start my session with. This has to be sat with instead of cuurushed. Don't get a lot of AtG here and another surprise to see on the shelf and quite frankly who can resist. Note it comes with a heavy price tag that one would expect to get their minds blown away by and that did not happen with me. I just love trying brewers new endeavors and this does not disappoint. Never had a Gooseberry, please send me some.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 16:04:26 | More by joeseppy
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baklo

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-12-2014 15:59:51 | More by baklo
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-12-2014 14:54:45 | More by mendvicdog
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My third beer from Against The Grain Brewery, and my first IPA from them. Expectations are decent based on my previous experiences with these guys. Awesome bottle art. My bottle lists an 8.20% abv instead of the 7.20% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very nice bright juicy orange colored body with a finger of white head. Very nice spotty lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is very fresh, juicy, and tropical. Grassy and herbal. Passion fruit, grapefruit, oranges, papaya. The bottle says "gooseberries and crushed sauvignon blanc grapes" but I'm not too familiar with those aromas. Mild soapiness. Very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose - tropical and juicy. Oranges, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango. Herbal, piney, and bitter. The grapey characteristics of the Nelson sauvin hops are definitely distinct and noticeable.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, clean, and juicy. Lightly bitter on the finish. Light to medium bodied at times with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice DIPA from Against The Grain, and I look forward to many more. A nice showcase for the Nelson sauvin hops. Recommended.

Against The Grain Brewery Rico Sauvin ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 04:33:20 | More by mfnmbvp
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-10-2014 02:45:06 | More by twenty5
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iDrake

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-08-2014 03:17:39 | More by iDrake
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-06-2014 02:17:57 | More by arlingtonjoe
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xdtfx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-04-2014 00:37:41 | More by xdtfx
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MrsBeerGut

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-03-2014 23:11:07 | More by MrsBeerGut
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BeerGut4Life

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-03-2014 23:02:13 | More by BeerGut4Life
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-03-2014 13:43:26 | More by waddellc2
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-01-2014 20:54:07 | More by kristougher
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-01-2014 12:15:19 | More by ShanePB
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-31-2014 22:02:51 | More by KevinGordon
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-31-2014 05:34:42 | More by twelveinches
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle courtesy of Thirstybird (thanks Rian!). Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a loose, 1.5 inch, bright white head embedded with craters and pinpricks. Head eventually dissipates into a soapy slick with clusters of lacing around the shoulders - some lacing, but weak legs. Nose expresses a blend of grapefruit and rind as well has a hint of white grape. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of an earthy/herbal resinous character and a light, slightly medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation and a light acidity that leaves a residual tingle across the tongue and sides of the cheeks between quaffs. There is also a trace of oiliness to the texture. Overall, a very interesting IPA. I'm not overly familiar with Nelson Sauvin hops; however, this offers a nice complexity that is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:16:54 | More by Jwale73
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Inglewood

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-30-2014 00:08:52 | More by Inglewood
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-28-2014 03:01:44 | More by oline73
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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.