Rico Sauvin - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Unibroue Tulip

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.
T - Grassy hops taste with almost woody-grape vine taste (the Nelson Sauvin Hops).
M- Smooth with good amount of carbination without being too much. Goes down smooth and drink able
O- I'm digging the Nelson Sauvin hops. A good mix of slight pineyness but the white wine finish. Overall a good offering.

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a light orange with a small, very white head. The aroma is all citrus. Flavor is hoppy and delicious. I really liked this and will buy again.

Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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)

Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With an unfiltered and cloudy body it's almost as if the gold and apricot hue holds a hefty thickness. The head is bright white but took a vigorous pour to build.

The aroma explodes from the glass at first blush but seemed to dissipate quickly. As the nose softened I still detected fresh citrus notes of sour grapefruit, tangerines, lemon rind and orange peel. The malt is satisfactorily present with a caramel malt sweetness and a supporting floral hop cone.

This bottle was quite fresh so the hop dominant flavor was perhaps too powerful for me. This comes across with an abrasive, resiny and oily pine sap. The hops are more floral and earthy than the nose would suggest but as I got farther in my palate began to adapt. The deep pine resin began to yield to a tangerines but I never caught the malt.

The feel is dry, astringent and after the swallow a bit metallic. There's significant warmth but it's not off putting.

This is an interesting and powerful DIPA that may be more suited for the hop head than some one like me who likes the maltier side.

Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Ridgewood

Deep gold with a small white head covering the surface, leaving behind some patchy, drippy spots on the glass. Zesty, grassy, citrusy hop aromas along with Nelson Sauvin wine-like aromas, peppery/leafiness, and a hint of grain. Flavors of earthy, zippy Nelson hop oils, grapefruit, light pineapple, and peppery dankness. Pretty bitter, dry, crisp, and snappy feeling making for an easy-drinking IPA.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a flim and ring around the glass. Aroma of bready malt, mixed fruit including orange family, pineapple, grapes, light citrus. Flavor follows aroma, fruit forward with citrus, tropical fruit, white grape, grapefruit. Finishes with distinct, but not tongue numbing citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A very well balanced single hop IPA, the balance of fruit flavor in this are quite nice. Hop forward, but not overly bitter. Great balance of flavor and bitterness. An enjoyable IPA and good showcase for the Sauvin hop.

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has some fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Nelson Sauvin hops, which lend gooseberries and notes of tangerines. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found that this beer does a very good job showcasing the aromas and the flavors of the Nelson Sauvin hops.

Photo of mfnmbvp
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures from tap into tulip at the brewery. Pours a slight orangey golden with great sticky white head. The smell is just amazing....sweet grapefruit, cotton candy malts. Wow
Taste is not quite as it smells..its very earthy grassy hop but also somewhat grape vine. Nicely balanced bitter and sweet...
Great ipa...drink one.

Photo of Modernrickk
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks amazing - it's got a beautiful white head with perfectly shaped bubbles. Near perfect orange sunburst like a 1969 les Paul . Just a bit of microscopic floaties but no big deal-

Smells of muddled tangerines and other tropical fruits. Straight IPA pheromone !

This is one of the better tasting DIPAs out there - the Nelson hops bring extrem bitterness like white grapefruit and other citrus rind - wow this brew stands out. Balanced by bready malts but make no mistake this is HOP heaven.A+ here

Crisp and refereshkng medium body. This beer goes down real easy but I took my time with it since it tastes amazing

Overall the only knock on this beer would be the price - ridiculous expensive. If I didn't already live in the Landnof the IPAs. I'd be saving my coins for this one. This brew is immaculate. And i am now looking forward to my next AGT offering- this is a LEGIT use of Nelson hops

Photo of Spacebird11
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

delicious, unique IPA. should not be considered a DIPA though

Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy golden-orange with a frothy white head – think foamed milk – three fingers high. Bubbles pop and the pillowy foam becomes just a scattered collection of soap lather, with some chunks of lace crawling up the sides.

S: Love that Nelson Sauvin hops are the centerpiece of this beer: they make this a nose that’s full of bright lemon juice, white grape, wild berry, and peach scents, with accented with a subtle fresh-cut grass and dandelion note. Overall, very fruity and pleasant. Some toasted bread and caramel malt aromas are evident, as well, though they’re definitely secondary to the hops.

T: Wonderful hop flavor: the palate comes off immediately bold and bitter, but with zest and spice rather that oily, stick resin. Brisk lemon-pepper, succulent tropical fruit, tart blackberry and apple, and just a hint of brine combine for a hop character that’s just perfect for my tastes, a dry-yet-drinkable, spicy bitterness. Malts and yeast give this a neutral platform of brown sugar and bread crust, allowing the hops to really shine. Finish is juicy and naturally sweet, with a mild rindy dryness (reminiscent of pulpy orange juice).

M: Soft carbonation and a light-to-medium body makes for a dangerously drinkable DIPA. If you let it sit at room temp for a little while, you get a little bit of that 8.2% alcohol warmth, but the ABV seems remarkably well-hidden for the most part.

O: This beer just cements my love for Nelson Sauvin hops – and, for that matter, Against the Grain. They really showed finesse in crafting not just a hop-forward but a hop-centric beer: everything seemed to be in place to showcase the Sauvin, and it all came together with balance and grace. One of my favorites DIPAs of late.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW DC, unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - golden-yellow coloration; murky (cannot read or see through with some particulate matter once getting down to the bottom of the bottle); initial soapy/frothy white head settled into a glass lacing; tight white bubbles arise from the bottom of the glass and settle into islands; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - moderate Nelson Sauvin aroma - Sauvignon Blanc grapes, gooseberry and passionfruit; no detectable malt, yeast or alcohol notes on the nose

T: 15/20 - mild bitterness; the middle-of-the-mouth profile matches the nose but slightly more muted - white wine, slight tropical/passionfruit, American 2 row-malt character with no sweetness; alcohols are mostly buried; finishes dry and inviting of subsequent sips makes it dangerously quaffable at 8+% ABV

M: 4/5 - moderate hop oils coat the tongue, moderate carbonation for style

O: 8/10 - above-average DIPA but it's hard to fuck up a Nelson beer; that being said, I've had better Nelson beers, e.g. Tired Hands Single Level, but this one is certainly enjoyable; probably not worth the exorbitant out-of-district price point ($16.99/bomber) but glad to have purchase and tried, especially when I don't have a NS homebrew on tap

TOTAL - 39/50

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a super smooth IPA that gave a good highlight to Nelson Sauvign hops. I would get this again.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright mandarin orange, murky body. Fizzy, soda-like head that fades rather quickly but settles into a nice, spotty, thin ring. Moderate lacing clings to the glass where the head had foamed up.

S: Tons of nelson sauvin fruity hops. The nose resembles tangerines, passion fruit, grapefruits, and even a subtle hint of berry-like sweet. The waft is really nice on this.

T: This tastes just as good as the smell leads you to think. Grapefruit bitterness lingers in the finish, but not before a rush of clementines, mangos, and lemon sweetness exuded from the juicy hops.

M: Prickly. Medium body. Heavy carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing. Oily.

O: My second experience of AtG, and honestly this one was better than Citra. The hops dominate the show, and they do a great job of being the focal point in this seemingly simple, yet awesome brew.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden honey in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation, light amounts of fine visible particles in suspension, and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized mottled patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the reminder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest, spicy/peppery, herbal, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts but then the flavors are overtaken by the hops - strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest, spicy/peppery, herbal, and grassy hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness that linger for quite awhile are present.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A wonderful showcase for the Nelson Sauvin hop without being overly bitter. I really enjoyed this beer as it showcases one of my favorite hops. Really enjoyable and easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy orange color with one finger of off-white head.

Aroma was more malt forward than citrus. Wheat cracker, white wine and earthy notes along with a light fruity citrus.

Tasted of light citrus, white grape and oak with a bready, boozy finish. Bitter notes lingered on the palate.

Medium bodied and smooth with a lighter carbonation.

Not the hop-driven DIPA I expected. Still, not a bad beer.

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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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