Dirty Hoppin' ScoundrAle
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
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Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 5.38%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
6
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
 
Kentucky, United States
Avail:
Fall
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 6
Photo of KYGunner
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is very light like lemony yellow with an aura of orange at the rim. The head was foamy with a soapy like appearance.

The aroma seemed more malty with an herbal hop scent. I questioned whether this was an IPA as it seemed more Pale Ale.

The flavors hinted towards the world of Pale Ale with a caramel malt flavor and a hop back drop. The hops are natural and herbal but are lost in malty grain substructure.

The feel is very light and easy with an almost watery feel but it's full enough to really fulfill the palate.

This is an odd one as the name made me think IPA but the taste seemed more English PA. It's ABV suggests a harsher feel but it could come across as sessionable.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What rings in fall better than the harvest season. Sure hop flavor and aroma is heavily associated with summer. But with the recent harvest of hops, those fresh from the bine cones couldn't be better used than right now! Those highly citrusy aromas and its deep juicy bitter flavor really come alive in cooling weather.

As the ale opens with a standard IPA appearance, its golden and light copper color hues are mildly hazy. Its ample carbonation builds a heady froth that caps the beer with long lasting retention and laces with broken rings as the beer fades. Its quite a frothy looking beer.

Its ripe bouquet really pushes the citrus and grass tones as fresh grapefruit, tart oranges, and pungent scents of a freshly mowed lawn. Bright aromatic and fragrant, its hop pungency is backed with a mild caramel underpinning. Lightly spicy because of its vegetal raw hop nature- the ale is sharp, clean and playfully acidic.

And its taste ensues with a nice and light caramel sweetness that hedges on honey. But heading into middle palate, the beer turns from malt to hops- that citrusy counterpart is all pink grapefruit, oranges, lemons, pineapple and mango- all being of the slightly under-ripened varieties for a sharp and acidic tone. As the taste carries through, the sweetness continues to fad and the hops turn from citrus and tropical toward a resinous pine and grass-type bitterness to close with a bite and rawness that's unprecedented in typical ales.

Mid-light in body, the beer's high attenuation and dominant hop textures keep the beer crisp, clean and refreshing from start to finish. Its high hop character accents the beer's dry malt taste and ushers in a slightly warming and resonating bitterness and hop-derived astringency that's like grassy chlorophyll.

The pros in the labs think that "wet-hopped" beers are of lesser quality because of its grassy taste and texture. But the market suggests something different- these beers demonstrate a freshness in hop aroma and flavor that they easily overcome a few raw and unrefined flavors. - aah, the dilemmas of today's beer drinker!

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Dirty Hoppin' ScoundrAle from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 6 ratings