Bloody Show
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Nov 02, 2019
Feb 22, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Mikkeller

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
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Rated: 3.77 by pixarnick from Kentucky

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Canned February 2016;drank 3/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head; frothy lace.

Blood orange & sweet corn notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Blood orange flavor up front; dry wheat & roasted corn notes on the finish.

A nice lager, I suppose, but this isn't good enough to convert any non-believers.
Feb 19, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by bigbutter from Virginia

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 3.34 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Dec 03, 2018
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Rated by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
lager showcasing blood orange. on tap at the source.gimmicky bore.
Jul 31, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jun 21, 2018
Rated: 1.55 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 26, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Donkster46 from Washington

May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Purchased for about 4 bucks for the pounder. Thought it was a lager but it's a pilsner which I kind of hate the style. Hopefully the fruit flavor makes it good.
A - Somewhat hazy orange tint beer with a massive inch plus of froth atop.
S - Aroma is not bursting with blood orange more citrus and mild sweet malts. Kind of lackluster.
T - Like orange soda water with no depth just some orange zest and a touch of malt. Not even any sourness you would expect. Boring.
M - Light and fizzy easy to crush.
Disappointment all around these guys make some lackluster beer pretty much everything I tried even bourbon barrel aged beers have been less than stellar reviews but this one takes the cake. Pass!
Apr 04, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 23, 2018
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours an almost clear orange tinted amber yellow with a thick white head. The aroma is slightly hoppy with a good amount of citrus. Flavor is crackers and oranges. Great crisp mouthfeel, I can see slamming a couple of these while mowing the lawn. Nice beer.
Feb 19, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/16/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy/lightly tart blood oranges, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of blood oranges/zest, citrus/fruity/earthy hops, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart blood oranges, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/citrus peel/grassy/spicy bitterness and blood orange tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart blood oranges, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blood oranges/zest, citrus/fruity/earthy hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/tartness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/tangy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a very good fruited Czech pilsner style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blood oranges/zest, citrus/fruity/earthy hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink, with the mildly tart/bitter/drying finish. Hits the Czech pilsner base style really well; with the addition of some Citrus/fruity American hops along with the blood orange/zest. A very enjoyable and unique offering.
Jan 13, 2018
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
1 Pint can
Served in a becker glass

ruddy orange color with lighter orange highlights. Suspended yeast is visible. one inch of beige head. leaves little lacing

orange aroma with a little biscuit

orange and not much else


not impressive. boring
Dec 16, 2017
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Rated by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful pils
Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Nov 27, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Nov 16, 2017
Rated: 2.63 by IRONRakkasan from California

Sep 15, 2017
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Reviewed by SMZBrew from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
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!
Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 4.73 by SynthetikReality95 from Arkansas

Aug 14, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Aug 09, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jul 19, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.
Jul 13, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Jul 11, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by Bdasilva1077 from Kentucky

Jun 17, 2017
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.
Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by axf4129 from Indiana

May 08, 2017
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.
May 05, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by rangerred from Tennessee

Apr 29, 2017
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Apr 13, 2017
Rated: 3.15 by nmann08 from Virginia

Apr 11, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by R11415 from New York

Mar 21, 2017
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.
Mar 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.
Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by rorjets from Connecticut

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.37 by hophugger from Virginia

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by LeftoverCrizack from New York

Feb 04, 2017
Bloody Show from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 110 ratings