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Rico Sauvin - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BA SCORE
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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of RickS95
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Zonian1
4.24/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of joeseppy
4.13/5  rDev +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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +11.1%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
91 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.