Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Pale Ale - Belgian
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3.24 | pDev: 0%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
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3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the brewery's website: "Think of a Tafelbier but cover it in thousands of tiny, mushroom-shaped welts. This Belgian table bier is a traditional entry into the Session category. It is meant to be consumed with food but also stands well on its own. When you need to drink the whole meal and want something with plenty of flavor but don’t want to get shit-twisted from the alcohol, this is a great choice. Look for a smooth malty body with hints of biscuit and rye. The hops are subdued and mostly present as a bittering agent. The yeast plays a prominent role in creating bready and lightly fruity notes."

The table beer pours with a golden bronze appearance and a steady hazy mask. A part-frothy, part-fizzy head pops from the beer's body with a bright white cap, but then dissolves back into the beer for a short foam stance. Also light on lace, it seems that there's a lacking malt structure that keeps the carbonation in check.

Faint Belgian-esque character pops free from malty scent. Its fruit and spice balance is slim of apples, white grapes and spiced pears brace against mild peppercorn and vinous wine acidity for a delicate set of complex aromatics that play out on a lightly doughy and crusted bread note.

Its taste resonates similarly as the malts pull even further ahead of the fruit, spice and wine flavors. As its biscuity sweetness is slow to fade, its middle is thin and spicy. Its rye-like bite is husk-like and brings a bit of life to its white pepper finish and its playful acidity.

Its light body is racy and gives impressions of dryness as long as the champagne bubbliness pangs off the tongue. But since that is short-lived, the middle is long and hinges on watering. Finishing with light dryness and simple warmth, the palate is left underwhelmed as the beer falls a bit bland.

The "table" beer certainly begs from complements of mealtime as it does little to satisfy the palate on its own. But be careful- this light bodied beer will easily be over-matched for many entree items.

Oct 28, 2013
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Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 1 ratings