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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,106
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3.67 | pDev: 10.63%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
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Notes: Walk up to the bar and what do you ask for? A Beer, naturally. It doesn't always matter what it is, or what you want in this case. You want something light? We've got A Beer for you. You want something hop forward? We've got A Beer for you. You just want to camp out on that bar stool and crush something? We've got ABeer for you. We're only marginally apologetic that it's not kettle soured with Mosaic & Amarillo hops. This is better. This is a straight forward, refreshing extra pale ale utilizing the newest varieties of German aroma hops (Hallertau Blanc & Mandarina Bavaria). Call it a session IPA if you need, call it a pale ale if you prefer, hell, it doesn't matter what you call it, what matters is that you stop talking about it and throw ABeer down yer gullet.
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Traded for this ages ago but I have no idea when as there wasn't anything stamped on the bottom of the can. Never had anything from Against The Grain before and based on the description on the can, this seemed like something basic that you'd reach for if you were thirsty. Sure enough, that was the case as this was a typical, textbook American Pale Ale with hardly anything memorable to take away from it during my session...

This poured a mild amber with some haze in it and enough head top it off, although it was uneven and settled quite rapidly. Very little lacing was left aside from something resembling a thin collar around the top of my pint glass. Lemon zest, honey, urine, and some hops in the nose as the taste was basic, balanced, and bitter like a German Pils or something of the like. Some dank Mosaic came through as this warmed up this this needed more carbonation and a brighter flavor, and neither were present here.

The same could be said for the alcohol but this *was* an American Pale Ale and I didn't expect this to be terribly strong. The description of this orders you to throw it "down yer gullet" and if you want something mindless, a bit skunky, and subtly dank, you've stumbled across the right brew with this one! Worth a go once when you just want a beer...

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Photo of Purdom
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pint pull at ATG brewery and smokehouse. Nice beer. Good golden color. Not much head which quickly dissipates. A little bit more piney hops than normally found in lager but not over done. Good for this hot afternoon and would be great at the ballgame if Louisville were playing tonight.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The seCANd half of yesterday's Happy New Against the Saugatuck Grain Beer Sunday (Week 699) left me with several more CANs to be added to The CANQuest (tm). Once I CANplete their reviews & ratings, they will become an entry in the current WBAYDN thread.

From the CAN: "Brewer Owned"; "Extra American Pale Ale"; "Art & Layout by RobbyDavis.com"; "Come At Me Bro!"; "When you're looking for something hoppy, A Beer is here. When you want something light and refreshing, grab A Beer. When you're hung up on something local, go for A Beer. Or, if you just need one to the dome, crush A Beer. Whatever you need, we've got A Beer for you."; "You Mad Bro?"

I was only mad at myself for having incorrectly added this beer to the site's database & having to cop to my mistake to have it corrected. 8=( I took out my frustration by Crack!ing open this CAN & giving it a heavy-handed Glug. This resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus for a taste. Nose was very grapefruit citrus with a biscuit malt backbone, very much reminiscent of a Session AIPA. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very bitter, more towards grapefruit rind & pith without very much malt presence to balance it. The Notes are kind of vague about its style, but as an APA, it strikes me as too bitter. Finish was dry and bitter, but not all that refreshing. Meh.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

20 oz Imperial Pint glass.
Pours thin, golden, with a very light haze.
Smells like an IPA, with a mellow orange-grapefruit aroma. Tastes like an APA, but for this low ABV, it has a lot of bang going for it. The hop is rather mild, the orange-grapefruit subdued, and there is a mild bready taste in the background. This drinks thick.. one of the thickest I've encountered. Low carbonation, low bitterness, and smooth throughout.

I've had this beer in multiple sessions 3 times now. All 3 times, I've had the same vibe.. a very good APA with lots of flavors that don't disappoint, or make my nose twitch. The rising cost of this beer, keeps it from being my go-to beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like a beer like this in that its real substantial and sort of big in body but also dry and low alcohol at the same time, it almost defies conventional logic, and while its not necessarily a session beer in the classic sense, its real easy drinking if you are a beer person, and its a good pale. dry and hoppy but easy too, i really dig it. that said, i also wish for more than just the body and the bitter, the hops need their full dimensionalism, and its not here. for how light this is supposed to be, a pint can on a lunch belly is also a little hard to finish, so thats a factor too. hops are great and they are fresh, but its kind of underdone, like a conservative approach to an absurd recipe or something, like its too much of not enough, if thats coherent... the body feels heavy to me too, like, it doesnt get where its trying to go, and as much as i drink this fast, it leaves me weighty and not stoked. i dont know, its fine, but its another sort of forced thing from these guys that just doesnt resonate with me. like, if the guy on the can was a real person he would be a fratty wannabe who id rather walk away from then attempt to dialogue with, and thats this beer in a nutshell...

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Photo of bobhits
1.86/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


Caramel, gram cracker, citrus nose.

I can't tell if it's lightly hopped or if the beer has a mild infection. Light body, gram crackers for sure, some citrus notes. Not bitter, not really hoppy per say.

Nothing wrong with this, it's drinkable but given the alcohol and calories, why drink it?

FYI at 12 for a 4 pack the price is pretty awful for the end product.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2017-03-28 in Louisville, KY from a 16 oz can fresh at the brewery.

Clear pale yellow. Light citrus and wheat. Mildly bitter. Middle of the road sessionable APA

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear orange color with thin white cap decent lacing.

Aroma - Mild sweet honey wheat, orange peel, grapefruit a hint of hops.

Taste - Nice malt backbone up front, a bit of hop bitterness. Mild citrus flavors orange peel and lemon zest and cracker.

Feel - medium body well carbonated slight bitterness and a hint of dryness.

Overall - Not a bad beer, mild flavors and dry finish

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 vintage; drank 5/15/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a big bright white head; nice frothy lace.

Honeyed wheat, mild orange citrus & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Spring water & faint citrus flavors up front; dry wheat notes on the finish. Drinkable but instantly forgettable.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Miguel. In Teku glass. Playing Technobabylon. Citrusy with a weak body, like many session IPAs. Not bad but doesnt stand out for anything. Nose better than mouth

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color. Slightly cloudy with a bubbly head that slowly receded. Moderate lacing. Aroma is light citrus and biscuit malt. Herbal and floral notes as well. Flavor is grass, citrus, pine, and some herbal qualities. The malt balances it out well, and this is an easy beer to drink. I could see spending an afternoon having just these.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall can

Pour with a moderate haze, typical khaki cap, leaves low sheeting and ringed lacing.

Zesty, lemony nose.

Crisp and tasty, light citrus, crackery malts...decent session type ale...worth a try...went well with some chedder and crackers

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can

Pours hazy golden amber with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like pineapple, tea, honey, bready malt, grapefruit, tangerine, grapes, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like bready caramelized malt, some honey, tea, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, grapes, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice pale ale.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine golden color to the body; one-finger plus creamy, white head. Moderate frutiy aroma; berries and pear. The flavor follows with additional hop bitterness and mild, cereal grain elements. Medium body; lightly coarse on the palate.

A decent little APA.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, some light malt, and some citrus. Standard APA aroma.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of citrus (orange, a little bit of lemon), a lot of hops (at least for an APA), some light pine notes, a floral quality, and some caramel. This flavor grew on me after awhile. It's light and generally well balanced. Not exactly a complex flavor, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: A Beer is a solidly made session beer. Definitely a light, sweet well done beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a slight hazed yellow/orange color with a fresh thin white head. Smell is grain with citrus and white fruit hops . Taste follows the nose slight citrus hops with a grain and bread malt finish. Medium carbonation with light floral hops and very little bitterness. An unremarkable brew its drinkable but would not buy this one again.

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Photo of hman43
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours light golden with some hazing. It has an off white head that has some lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a mixture of grain and white grapes with some citrus.

Taste; The flavors are highlighted by grain and flavors of white grapes that is close to a white wine. There is a zest to it with low floral, citrus, and spruce.

Feel: It has a light medium body with a zesty finish and moderate bitterness.

Overall this is has a slight balance towards the hops with plenty of malt backbone.

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Photo of Jraiona
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color. A one finger head fed by moderate carbonation bubbles with short retention leaving some sticky lacing. The nose is mildly hoppy with citrus notes. On the palate there are notes of orange and pine. It has a light mouthfeel and a lingering hoppiness. Not spectacular but overall a good beer.

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Photo of pinyin
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served 39F from the 16 ounce can into a 12 ounce tulip. No canning or packaging dates. Purchased cold.

Light golden orange, filtered, clarified.

The nose is really pleasant here. Fruity estery hops with notes of grapefruit, orange and then a nice malty scent right behind that.

Stale? Retail mishandling? The taste just doesn't mesh with the nose somehow. It's kind of sour, like sour or stale malts. Stressed yeast. The malts also taste cheap.

Texture is nice here. Clean lacing, and minimalist carbonation. just the right body for a pale.

Much better choices out there I think. Perhaps this is old product, or had too many temperature changes and and the yeast crapped out. either way, this doesn't taste so great. I probably could have avoided wasting my money on this ale if there had been a canning date somewhere on the packaging. Even a measly price gun sticker on the 4 pack yolk would suffice. Especially given the price of Against The Grain products.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Setting out to make a beer that renders thought, assessment, celebration and culinary art quite useless, Agains the Grain's latest culmination of laissez faire asks you to just drink the beer.

A Beer is a light copper ale with a creamy, arid froth. Its toasty malt scent is laced with a floral and citrus tandem while its taste is dryly of caramel and granola. The middle palate trends bitter and with continued dryness that brings greater focus to the bitter and spicy hops. Light, crisp and clean in body, a mild hop-derived astringency and grain flavors plague the finish while its overall demeanor is much more sessionable than the common pale ale. Overall, the beer is jam-packed with a whole lot of meh.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz "tallboy" into a standard pint. Cool artwork on can.
Chill-hazed gold in color with a modest cap of bright white foam.
Aroma-Faint hop note, pale malt
Taste-Crisp, cracker malt,spicy/herbal hop note. Light-bodied and very refreshing. Quaffable crowd-pleaser that tastes good out of the can as well. Pair with some grilled dogs with the works.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a small sampling glass.

A: Golden-amber with a slight haze. Head settles shortly. Thin, broken rings of lacing.

S: Pulpy tangerine, grassy, white grapes/sauv blanc. Floral. Cracker and grain malt base.

T: Hops lead with flavors of tangerine, grass, a slight herbal bitterness, subtle vinous hints of sauv blanc, and an overarching floral tone. Candied orange peel too, and a brief spike of grapefruit. Grainy and crackery malt base lets the hops do all the heavy lifting. Bitter hop finish lingers with flavors of pulpy tangerine, sauv blanc, and herbs.

M: Light bodied. Soft and creamy malt texture is ripped away by aggressive scrubbing carbonation.

O: A very sessionable APA that utilizes mandarins Bavaria and hallertau blanc very well. Session IPAs and pales like this usually bore me fairly quickly, personally, but I love these particular hop strains and what they've done with them. It kept me coming back for the next sip.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high frothy white head that died down, leaving a large patch patch of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops and mangos are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some hints of lemon and orange citrus along with a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and can be considered sessionable. The hops contribute just enough in the way of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into pint glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color, with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, grape, lemon/orange zest, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, grape, lemon/orange zest, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, grape, lemon/orange zest, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice American pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can, bought this on a recent trip to Louisville a few weeks ago. No dating on it that I was able to find. Drank my other cans when I was there, and I saved my last can for a proper review. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (citrus peel, grapefruit) and grassy hops, along with some bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma too, but there's also some earthy herbalness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this American Pale Ale, I'd like to try this one again. $9.99 a 4-pack.

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