Something Local
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,658
Ranked #30,100
3.8 | pDev: 6.84%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 15 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love these titles. My ratings seem in line with everyone else. Overall a good IPA. Definitely on the bitter side but moderate carbonation. Felt smooth like honey. The head was medium and wore off somewhat quickly. Citrus is the defining characteristic both on taste and aroma. While I'm not the biggest fan of IPA's, I gave the taste a 4 because it pretty much is faithful to it and I did like it - as we did the meal at the restaurant!

Jul 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a tasty ipa, one of the first hop forward beers i have had from these guys. its very light in color and indeed in grain base, just pale two row type, yellow in color, with nice lacy fluff on top and accumulating on the edges of the glass as i sip it down. the nose here is juicy and fresh, summery and kind of light, a softer approach to the style it would appear. however, the bitterness in this beer is gripping right from the moment it hits the tongue, and its fairly unrelenting. not as obnoxiously out of proportion as so many of the recent stone beers, but its a little disappointing in that the lively juicy aromatic vibe from the nose doesnt really translate. still, i like the pale malt base, and the whole thing is quite drinkable because of its relative simplicity, and there is a hint of some fruit to the hops, maybe melon, that makes it a little more interesting than just stock bitterness, although the bitter is quite a bit more prominent than necessary for balance here. there is a near yeast thing going on here too, not like the european ipas, but something else, bakery fresh but residually flavorful too, kind of cool with the hops. overall a well made beer, maybe needs a tweak in the hop schedule, but a glass of this is worth trying.

Sep 22, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Searching out ingredients from all over the globe, the Against the Grain brewers reel them all into the the Bluegrass state for something that's not exactly, but exactly Something Local.

The eclectic IPA pours a hazy goldenrod, capped with a cottony seafoam hat. A host of citrus spills over the rim and grips the nose with its dedicated scent of white grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, along with a bright herbal and grassy display. Lightly sweetened on the palate, the malts are bready, cracker-like, and of faint honey and caramel.

While the malts' continued retreat renders the taste dry, crisp and clean. The impressive carbonation gives the grain and sweetness a lift but also highlights the hop flavors that intensify through the middle. Bursting citrus is equipped withe tantalizing fruit juice and pulp but also strikes the mouth with the sourish sensation of rinds, peels and ribs. As much lemony and lime-like as it is of orange or grapefruit, the beer's herbal finish garners the praises of juniper, sassafras tea and a light winey character.

As the medium-light ale closes, it does so with sharp and deeply penetrating bitterness. Acute with acidity, astringency and bitterness, the beer's clean and refreshing redemption allows its taste to begin immulating what's found in dry and tart Belgian farmhouse ale. Its lingering bitterness grips the throat and ensures refreshment throughout.

Sep 18, 2015
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Full pour into a pint glass.

a: Rusty straw yellow. Slight haze. One finger white head that disapated quickly. Modest lacing.

s: Minimal malt aroma. Grassy with resin and citrus.

t: Crisp crackery malts. The hops are grassy with layers of lemon peel, orange, pine. This has a mildly spicy finish. I also picked up hints of lime.

mf: This beer is on the lighter side. Very crisp with good carbonation.

o: Probably a bit understated in the hops department for some but very balanced and refreshing for me.

Sep 16, 2015
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