Bloody Show | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of R11415
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rorjets
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftoverCrizack
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a can glass

Look
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.

Smell
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.

Taste
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.

Feel
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.

Overall
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 +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit expensive but I think this really matches the Czech pilsner very nicely. I like the solid malt base in the smell and taste. Golden color with a decent head. The hop, though, is nearly perfect -- flowery and noble.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of --Dom--
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I dunno if this beer just finds me at a particular time where I'm really into lagers but still love IPA or what but dangit this is checkin all my boxes. It's got the crisp dryness I want from a lager while also tapping into that juicy bitterness of the American hops. And honestly I've not historically been a big fan of fruited beers but the blood orange is perfect here. If you're like me and you're in a season where you're diggin pils and ipa don't miss it. I wish I would've bought more....except then I would probably drink all of it tonite...

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Photo of tlema1
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: yellowish-orange with a thick, lacing eggshell head
S: faint citrus
T: malty with citrusy hops and other citrus flavor
F: tons of mouthfeel for a light bodied brew, really coats the roof of your mouth
O: lots of pale ale characteristics for a lager

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Photo of 22Blue
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is orange/citrus, fruit, pale malts and slightly perfumed/sweetness. The flavor is malts/pale malts, orange/citrus, fruit and a bitter/hop/hop resin finish.

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Photo of 13tido
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bloody Show from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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