Sho' Nuff | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Sho' NuffSho' Nuff

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Is this the baddest mofo, low down, golden ale in this town? SHO'NUFF! This thirst quenching golden ale can get a rise out of any limp wimp...don't believe it? Shotgun the shogun and show you can handle a beer for the bad mutha' fu@#er. SHO'NUFF!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: tangy bready yeast notes that mellow at the finish. same of the nose. Amber in color, clear, white head of average lace. Medium body. a bit grainy chewy, but would pair well with Pizza or appetizers. 13 IBUs

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a golden amber color with a large white head. The aroma is malt and bread. The taste is mostly malt with some citrus.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a clear deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of residual sugar with some fruity ester and light malt notes is quite intriguing. Taste is a mix of sweet malt notes with some fruity ester and carbonation that is too intense and takes away some of the flavours which are not very bold to start with. Body is light with aggressive carbonation. Not very interesting with weak flavours and over the top carbonation.

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Photo of bwood06
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that my wife picked up for me recently during a business trip. I had requested that she pick up some beer from Kentucky and this is one of three that she came home with. This beer features a white, slightly orangish tinted, head that is a thick froth in appearance and dissipates slowly to a rocky layer that is retained. The beer itself is clear and orangish amber in color with high carbonation readily visible. 3.75/5 The aroma is quite sweet with notes of light caramel, clover honey, fresh white bread, apricots, and peaches. Other notes that finish out the complexity of the aroma are butter, earthy yeast, peat moss, and clover honey. There is a slight herbal hop profile that comes through as well. 3.75/5 The flavor is a bit sweet up front with light caramel and fresh white bread but then quickly changes to an earthy flavor of belgian yeast, peat moss, and clover honey. A very light note of apricots comes through but it is fleeting. There is an herbal hop note that comes through but the earthiness of the yeast and sweetness of the malt shines through the most. There is a moderate metallic aftertaste that is a bit off-putting but the flavor up until that point is good. 3.5/5 There is a quite significant carbonation burn on the front end that quickly dissipates before leading into a bit of drying that lingers slightly (along with the metallic aftertaste). Light to medium bodied in stature. 4/5 This beer is quite interesting and would garner a much higher score if not for the metallic aftertaste. Nice and light which makes it easily sessionable. 3.5/5

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Photo of Jraiona
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours very lively with numerous bubbles rising up from the bottom of my glass. The color was a slightly hazy golden brown capped with an ample 1 finger head and decent lacing. On the nose i picked up notes of citrus mainly orange and slight notes of wet grass. On the palate good carbonation and the taste of hops and spice. Not a great beer but a very good solid beer low enough in its ABV to be nicely sessionable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I suppose that if my local, in-person trader, tone77, is thanking me for one, it must be my turn. The CANQuest (tm) moves in mysterious ways, my friends. The backlog is not helping anyone, but I am getting better at winnowing it down.

From the CAN: "A Low Down Golden Ale"; "Beer for the Baaad Mutha'"; "Is this the baddest mofo, low down, golden ale in this town? SHO'NUFF! This thirst quenching golden ale can get a rise out of any limp wimp...don't believe it? Shotgun the shogun and show you can handle a beer for the bad mutha' fu@#er. SHO'NUFF!"

I Crack!ed the CAN open and immediately got some foaming through the vent! Fortunately, I knew just how to respond and CANmenced a Glug, just not an inverted one. Man, did the head ever want to foam up, though! I had two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, eggnog-colored head for a period and then it succumbed to the heat & humidity, becoming mere wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of doughy, biscuity malt. I CAN hang with that! The taste was very bready, very biscuity, pretty sweet for my hophead self, but it had never professed to be anything else, so how CAN I find fault with that? Its low ABV did not hurt its being eminently drinkable, either. I found that I had sucked down a quarter of it without a thought. It was a fairly unobtrusive beer, more like a Cream Ale or something of that ilk. The finish was semi-sweet, but still pretty satisfying and refreshing. This served as a pleasant reminder that not every beers needs to knock my socks off.

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Photo of BARx3
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into pint glass.

One inch head with decent retention and lacing. Nice golden brown color asking to be tasted.

Just a hint of citrus in the nose, but almost none in the taste. The taste is of grass and hops with some other blends that make this a wonderful drink.

The can suggests a shotgun of this beer but that would be a waste if great flavor.

This is definitely a drink again.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some earthy hops.

Tastes of the toasted malt mostly with some earthy hops and a bit of spice. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Not particularly sweet though. This gives way to some earthy, tea-like hops. Some peppery spice makes it out next before finishing with a lingering earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium light with an underwhelming amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is just okay. It doesn't hit any particularly bad notes, but the lack of carbonation puts a damper on things.

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Photo of do_ob
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a snifter. Deep golden in color with light haze. 1.5 fingers of fluffy, white foam on top. Nose is toasted malt, caramel, grain, grass, and light hops. The taste follows with a light hop bite, which quickly fades into caramel and toastiness, backed by hints of sweet fruit. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, without being watery.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a nice clear golden/copper color. Pillowy white head.

S- Malt and grains are forward, a bit of corn/wheat. Biscuit and some sweetness in there as well.

T- A little more muted than the nose, malts are the main event, followed by a hint of citrus and again, some biscuit sweetness.

F- Very crisp and smooth. High carbonation, easily drinkable. I can see why the can suggests to shotgun this beer, although it may be on the sweeter side for that sort of event.

O- Nothing spectacular, but still a very solid beer. Malty and sweet, this is a fine example of a Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of delta490
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours mostly clear medium gold with a decent creamier white head. Good retention but little lacing. The aroma is almost nonexistent with just a whisp or two of grain. The taste is much the same. The body is a nice weight and is mostly smooth.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - This is pretty beer. It is orange, clear, with a big white pillowy head, lots of lacing.

S - Strong grain hit, corn hints, a harsh funky note that is not particularly welcoming.

T - Fortunately, the flavors do not follow the nose, with a strong tea note, some minerality, a hint of spice.

M - Pretty clean, decent carbonation, with a slightly dry close.

O - A bit harsh, but still drinkable, with definite calls to the Belgian Pales, but a bit too coarse.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spotted the can and just had to try this one. Glad I did. Nice, easy to drink with good flavor. Nothing outstanding going on here but would def drink again. Cheers

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Photo of cbutova
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A- Says to drink out of the can but then I wouldn't be able to see the beer. Tallboy to a tulip with a copper to pale amber body and a thick foamy cap building over two fingers. Good head retention and thick plentiful webs of lacing.

S- Mostly pears and pale fruit esters with pilsner grains, biscuit, apple and slight yeast spice beyond that. Pale fruits end up drowning out the rest for me.

T- Just a bit more dynamic than the aroma but honestly not all that much as the sweet pear and apple esters are at the forefront. A touch of Belgian yeast opens up with bready and spicy tones and a slight hint of citrus and banana. Grains provide sweetness as well as hints of cereal, biscuit and raw base Pils malts.

MF- Body immediately feels thin on the palate and crosses into watery territory as the texture is just slightly foamy. Carbonation is fairly high but it does not help with the lack of feel.

Could be a weak/bad can? For me there is not much positive happening in this brew with pale fruit esters dominating. Mix that with a watery mouthfeel and things go South fast.

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Photo of JayQue
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty basic American take on a Belgian style. Pours a clear golden color with a delicately bubbly white head. Mild aroma of Belgian yeast, a little light fruit and biscuity malt. A bit more zest in the taste from the carbonation, but once again, pretty basic. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. A so-so Belgian.

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Photo of tone77
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some bready malts. Taste is mild, malts, hints of biscuit, not a lot going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a tulip.

Appearance: dark golden hue with a little haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Quite attractive.

Smell: sweet with a light malty/grainy character. Not complex but not bad, especially for a lower-ABV beer.

Taste: lightly sweet and lightly grainy; there's also an element of toastiness to it. Like the aroma, it's not complex and the flavor is quite low-volume, but it's not bad or anything.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: there's nothing especially exciting about this beer, but it is drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toast, bread, caramel, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems more like a toasty brown ale than a golden ale as the label claims.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Belgium Pale Ale. Maybe not quite as good as Citra Ass Down, but I still liked it a lot. Tastes malty with a slight hint of citrus. I will buy again

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif. where the ABV was listed as 4.5%. This could be described as "insubstantial," but that seems to be the point. Is it a delicious light brew that is meant to be gulped, or is it an overpriced lager with a shortage of hops?

There's a grainy taste but virtually no aroma. Yet it's a tasty yeast-edged quaff with no trace of Belgian character. Possibly there's a dry finish. After draining the pint it seems like an idea worth working on— use a little Belgian influence to get more flavor into a lower-alcohol beer.

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Photo of Tilly
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Beautiful golden amber. Huge white foamy head that leaves quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the beer and the glass.
A: Malt, caramel, fresh baked bread.
T: Malty goodness with a tinge of lemon, fresh biscuit.
M: Crisp, clean, dry, nice effervescence.
O: An exceptional golden from ATGB.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate honey colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with just a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness. Hints of light fruit (apple/pear) sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit + bready malts which has a light amount of light fruit (apple/pear) sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of Belgian yeast with a hint of spiciness. No discernible hops flavors but a very light amount of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Decent, easy to drink, and enjoyable but not something that blows me away - sort of a hybrid of an American Blonde and a Belgian Pale but very light overall. Sessionable and would likely pair well with just about any food.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a bright orange-gols with one finger of white head. Good amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of banana, yeast, biscuit and caramel malts.

The taste pretty much matched the aroma with banana, yeast, biscuit, butter, and caramel malts

Lighter bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that left some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuity malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of biscuity malts. Subtle bits of sweetness seemingly try to peek through the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a lot more like an American Blonde Ale than a Belgian Pale Ale, albeit more flavorful, akin to a pilsener. For this reason, it would make a good beer to start out a meal with to open your palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Faint aroma of belgian yeast, caramel, and biscuit, little to no hop presence. Taste similar with a reserved belgian characteristic, and well balanced. Reminds me of an English style ESB with a belgian touch(?). Cheers!

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