Pile Of Face
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #2,758
Ranked #19,761
3.83 | pDev: 8.36%
Feb 17, 2021
Jun 08, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: What's the first thing you need to do when you start a brewery? Develop your logo, of course. With any potentially decent brewery, your logo must be a skull, it has to be a skull, you'll be laughed out of the room if you don't have a skull. So we went hunting in the area where all the great skulls have come from and were shit out of luck. By those fateful dumpsters all we found was this deformed neanderthal type deal, or maybe it's from an ape, and a big ol' pile of face. To celebrate our lack of success in finding a really cool skull, we are embracing another required cliché by brewing this American IPA. A modicum of simple malts provide the mediocre backbone to the mountain of various hops that are utilized and rotated throughout the brewing process. Look for dank overtones supported by various citrus and heirloom fruits. It's the straight forward fuckin' IPA that you always wanted from us. You lucky bastard.
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Photo of Nass
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Nass from Florida

There is no date on the can although I do like the can artwork. The pour is copper colored. The taste is pine, mild grapefruit, & mild orange. cheers! B

Feb 17, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by KomodoDragon from Virginia

Pretty hazy sunset orange color. One inch ivory head, absolutely perfect lacing, although it did dissipate as it went down

Sadly, just don’t pick up much in the nose. Honey, maybe a touch of cinnamon.

Sweet honey malt in the front. Backbone adds a touch of spice , red pepper flake, dark cherry and a smooth long bitter finish with great depth. Mouthfeel is near perfect with minimal carbonation. Alcohol is apparent but not dominant.

Some great qualities to this brew. Definitely one to revisit.

Jan 03, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RandyHocken from Iowa

48 degree drink from can,,,, nice touch

Sep 07, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Such a balanced tasting IPA the flavors are almost borderline subdued. super smooth and drinkable with tons of citrus and lemon hops flavors. Kind of forgettable in a way but still a tasty beer

May 25, 2020
3.85 by cwd from Kentucky on Apr 18, 2020
3.52 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Apr 05, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

Going "AGAINST THE GRAIN", pun intended, and reviewing this ale poured into a glass instead of drinking it out of the can as it suggests. Will add thoughts on drinking it from the can as well.

L- Pours a pretty decent looking ipa. Nothing too special. Glass hugging suds. Golden amber body color.
S- The smell is a strong, boozy, malty and buttery aroma, followed by a piney hop scent. Immediate thoughts that this will be a heavy sipper.
T- Wow, totally subdued. Very drinkable and sessionable. A complete different output than the aroma. Sweet malt, tart, bitter hop and chocolate/vanilla flavors. Flavors pull away for a refreshing finish. Tastefully and exceptionally crafted.
MF- Relatively light bodied, still very refreshing.
O- This IPA is incredibly drinkable and very well crafted. Not much else to say. The nose is great and strong, while the flavor is subdued and refreshing.

*Drinking from the can- I prefer from a glass personally, but this great beer is incredibly sessionable and sips well from a can as well. I could see myself enjoying this creative and interesting beer during the spring and summer as the warm seasons come. Will seek out again. (Also, the artwork and story behind this beer is great.)

Mar 25, 2020
3.84 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 08, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light tropical fruits. Taste is citrus, malts, melon, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Nov 21, 2019
3.5 by archero from Texas on Sep 11, 2019
3.7 by mig100 from Texas on Sep 06, 2019
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3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Beejay from Virginia

A: A pale yellow brown in color, with a medium sized white head.

S: Melon and lime up front, very funky.Some grassy and herbal notes.

T: Light grapefruit, and resin bitterness. Perhaps a touch bitter too.. Maltiness is in there as well. But something just seems off about this one.

M: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation.

O: Overall this feels very small town brewpub to me.. passable as an IPA, but not extraordinary in any way.

Aug 25, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

Pour a richly orange amber/gold with a goodly bit of carbonation and a modest head that dissipates actively to a thing white layer.
Smell is rich with a malty sweetness up front and tropical citrus fruitiness on the tail end.
Taste leads with tropical and melon fruitiness, this fruitiness carries through morphing into a more citrus heavy presentation and trailing off into a grassy ness with a light honey note. Pleasant modern IPA flavors.
Feel is excellent, well bodied and nothing near thin but nicely crisp leaving the tongue clean and ready for another sip
Overall this is a surprisingly lovely and straight forward IPA from a brewer who usually has a twist. Nice modern fruity hop flavors with a decent malt body and just enough herbal/citrus rind bite to keep it all together. Very pleasant

Jul 23, 2019
4.61 by Rrizzo6 from Michigan on Jul 16, 2019
3.67 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jul 15, 2019
3.9 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky on Jul 06, 2019
3.39 by AaronApack from Arizona on Jul 04, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MattDecker from Texas

Look: tree sap Amber color. Like the sap ball on the end of santa Claus' stick in Jurassic Park.
Smell: pine, a lot of sappy pine, some hop, little bit of citrus - just a little
Taste: pine, hop, hoppy pine, light-medium bitterness initially, medium bitterness after taste that stick around for a little longer
Feel: medium body
Overall: not that into piney-hoppy beers, but if I was I feel like this would be a go to. The overall score
P.s. man does this have a huge head on it ever time I poured it! Half the glass and doesn't subside quickly. Takes FOREVER to get a full glass, jeez haha

Jun 25, 2019
3.68 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Jun 09, 2019
3.77 by jakea from Wisconsin on Jun 03, 2019
3.97 by bylerteck from Canada (ON) on Apr 23, 2019
3.96 by Dillinger from Mississippi on Apr 16, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

look - thick untransparent copper color with a slight head
smell - citrus slight grain pine scent
taste - citrus but I cant pick up exactly what kind exactly besides something around an orange like taste
feel - creamy medium body and a light carbonation
Overall - different tasty beer

Apr 09, 2019
4.46 by markallmon from Tennessee on Mar 17, 2019
3.82 by cgrunin from Texas on Mar 08, 2019
4 by Jame515 from Texas on Mar 04, 2019
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2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas


Floral. A bit yogurty. I don't find the hop profile very inspired or effective.

Balanced but forgettable. Not an IPA that stands out in today's oversaturated market.

Low C (2.77) / AVERAGE

Feb 20, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by jpd026 from New York

dunno if i got an old can but not worth $20 a 4 pack

Feb 14, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 21, 2019
3.91 by mpolewan from Ohio on Jan 20, 2019
3.96 by RMW66 from Australia on Jan 08, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

A generous friend gave me a tall boy can and it was quite tasty from a pint glass. Against the Grain experiments with all kinds of hop and flavor combinations, but this was a winner that I have not seen in the brewpub on my visits (which are not all that frequent). I've also had very good beers on tap that I've never seen in cans. This was a relatively standard tasting American IPA, but good quality.

Jan 02, 2019
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by MacBrewin from Illinois

Can says 13/03/19. I assume that means best by march 13th. If your brewery has a can dating machine please just tell us the canned on date. I dont know how long you think your beer is good for, and i just want to know how old it is.
Unfiltered orange color. Not hazy, not quite clear. The smell is faint, sweet and hoppy. Tastes of citrus and stone fruit, but not a very strong flavor. Not bitter, not juicy. Overall its pretty forgettable.

Dec 04, 2018
3.78 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Nov 11, 2018
4.02 by flyingmick from Texas on Oct 26, 2018
3.77 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 17, 2018
3 by BdM from Netherlands on Sep 14, 2018
3.9 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Sep 02, 2018
4.06 by kflorence from Texas on Aug 26, 2018
3.5 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Aug 10, 2018
Pile Of Face from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 161 ratings