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Rico Sauvin - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: kaips1 on 09-09-2012)
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Reviews by mfnmbvp:
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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.

mfnmbvp, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

braugon, Friday at 09:08 PM
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4/5  rDev -1%

tectactoe, Apr 28, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

aquazr1, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jtladner, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

mtpHokie, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kevwcamp, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Iparedman, Jul 24, 2014
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4.13/5  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.

joeseppy, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

ipc2000, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Sammy, Jul 06, 2014
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4.34/5  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.

PBRmeasap1980, Jun 08, 2014
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4.06/5  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.

RickS95, Monday at 03:42 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

beefnbarley, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

woodchip, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jburns301, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

PretzelCity, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

hooliganlife, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jmccraney, May 29, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

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)

russpowell, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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