Bloody Show | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Bloody ShowBloody Show
91 Ratings
Bloody ShowBloody Show

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration beer between Mikkeller and Against the Grain Brewery. Simply a blood orange pilsner brewed with German pilsner and Munich malts. Hopped with American citra, columbus, amarillo and Czech Saaz and fermented with Danish lager yeast. Finally, the zest and juice from blood oranges are added. The result is a nice easy drinking lager that exhibits a tart and citrusy aroma and flavor.

17.3 IBUs

Added by Cresant on 02-22-2012

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SMZBrew
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What really makes this beer is the balance between hops and blood orange and big enough mouthfeel to take on these flavors. I am always a little hesitant about citrus infused beer, especially a larger as in many cases the taste is beer watered down with orange juice. Well, not this beer. Hazy amber with a big head. Nose of citrus and hops. The taste is perfect match between hops and orange. There is a sweetness and a perfect level of bitterness from the hops that combines to create a almost grapefruit like flavor. Solid mouthfeel to carry on the big flavors. This is going to be one of my favorites for sure!

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another return, albeit brief, to The CANQuest (tm)! I am getting very close to a real run of CANs, however, so don't despair.

From the CAN: "Brewer Owned"; "Lager with Blood Orange"; "Come One Come All!"; "A tribute to the language barrier from international collaboration & inspired by our affinity for a Danish runner's scarf & shorts. This Bloody Show is a crisp, tart pilsner renched with the juice & zest of blood oranges. The result is a refreshingly tart lager, with big citrus aroma worthy of even the hippest of Danish drinkers."

The loud Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN & although I was tempted to perform an inverted Glug, its pounder CAN format precluded me from doing so. Even at that, I got an unbidden finger of soapy, foamy, tawny head with reasonable retention in today's increasing heat & humidity. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a pronounced citrusiness that would not have led me to guess either "Lager" or "Pilsner". Nor was it the bitter citrusiness of grapefruit. Oranges? Tangerines? I was down this garden path the other day! Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft on the tongue. Now, I will buy some stripe of Lager. The taste was an interesting amalgam of slightly-sweet citrus and fresh-mown grassiness. Saaz hops? With ... ? I have been burned so often recently on "Tangerine" that I almost want to default to it now, but that would be imprecise in this case. Orange. Blood Orange! Ha. I would not have gotten there on my own, but what a CANtastic melding of flavors. Blood Orange Pilsner. Wrap your bloody brain around that one! Finish was dry, but a unique dry, IMHO. Grassy and citrusy, but also very light and ethereal. It was a relatively spendy CAN, so I would not make it a regular part of the cooler lineup, but it was still a pleasurable divergence.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bdasilva1077
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber, with a big off-white head and spots of lace.

Aroma: Beautiful citrus. Really really good.

Taste: Nice amount of fruits and citrus here, with a light body and a semi-bitter finish. Wonderful “adjunct” lager here, with a stunning blood orange sensibility. Could drink these all day.

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Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate honey colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of blood orange citrus with lighter aromas of blood orange zest, bready malts, and citrus/grapefruit pith + floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with a light hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of blood orange and blood orange zest. Finally there are just shy of moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith + floral hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth with a clean finish.

O: Interesting and enjoyable - not sure this is a combonation I would have considered but it works, though it is more reminiscent of a pale ale than a Czech Pilsner to me. Easy to drink.

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Photo of rangerred
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Oranges, not much else

T: Orange peel & much light juice notes & fainter grainy/grassy notes up front. More orange peel bitter-sweetness, a little drnyess. Finishes with considerable juicyness & dryness

MF: Medium body, semi-firm carbonation, decent balance

Drinks easy enough, but like moist ATG products over-priced. Glad I only bought a single

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Photo of nmann08
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of R11415
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks to the champion 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 strong of oranges, some malts are present. Taste is oranges, malts, light bitterness, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth beer that I could easily crush several of.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting name. The beer is served from a 16 ounce can, poured in our tasting glasses. It is an amber color with a little haze and a fluffy white head. The smell has a floral and citrus rind scent, along with a little pale malt. The taste is bitter and fruity, and a littler drier than expected. Flavorful, with a lingering bitterness. Drinkable and medium-light in body.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rorjets
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftoverCrizack
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a can glass

Pours a beautiful golden copper color with a foamy off-white head that lingers pretty well. The head stays for a good portion of the session and when it's gone it leaves no lacing but that is not a bad thing.

Malty and some floral, citrusy notes in the smell that you would normally get in an IPA. The blood orange citrus comes out very well balanced in the nose and does not over power.

First taste gives plenty of citrus peels and bitter pith and finished off with cracker/bread and sweet malts. The more you sip the more pronounced the citrus fruits come out as it warms. Grapefruit and citrus peels peak but are quickly balanced out by the malts that are in the back seat. The bitterness is equivalent to what you would normally taste in a pale ale or a lighter IPA but interestingly different as it is coming more from the blood oranges rather than hops. There is a bit of bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Light carbonation and a good light, medium body. Not sticky at all as I was expecting and very smooth. Doesn't linger in the mouth or leaves a film. Very clean.

This is a fantastically different pils. Drinks like a lager but tastes like an IPA and is not an IPL. The blood orange is terrifically balanced and does not take away from what this beer is, a great Czech pilsener. I almost became confused and almost judged this beer as an IPA because of the taste and had to correct my rating for this particular style of beer. For a lager, it is a refreshing, new brew and should be tried at least twice. Great as a summer brew at the BBQ or beach without having to sacrifice flavor for refreshment or having to destroy your palate with hoppy IPAs. Looking forward to getting my hands on more.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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