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Bloody Show | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 53
Photo of --Dom--
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 -2.9%
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 jzlyo
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 nobledust
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: pale copper with decent head rention

S: skunky hops, not particularly pleasant. A little bit of an orange vibe in there

T: almost like a less hoppy IPA. Crisp, not a ton of orange, it just comes through as a dry aftertaste.

F: again, crisp and drying on the palette. Pleasant.

Overall: doesn't really deliver on the "blood orange lager" promise, but very drinkable.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pils glass
A: Orange with a two-finger head
S: Lots of blood orange, orange peel, a hint of pine and a light wheat backbone
T: A hit of malt up front, blood orange in the middle then a lingering nondescript bitterness on the finish
M: Light to medium bodied, pleasant carbonation and fairly bitter
O: The nose is the best part here. Refreshing but more bitter than I expect from most lagers

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light yellow/orange color. Lots of carbonation. Finger of a creamy head. 4/5

Smell: Equal parts dank hops and blood orange. Smells more like an IPA than a lager. 3.75/5

Taste: Bitter with high carbonation on the start. Blood orange in the middle. There's a little bit of biscuity lager yeast and some bitter hops at the end. 3.75/5

Feel: As said, heavy prickly carbonation. Feel is pretty thin. About on par with most 5-6% lagers. 3.5/5


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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a lasting white head. Lots of orange scent and some toasted malts. Definitely a hoppy lager, has orange citrus taste and a good malt backbone. Medium light body with a medium carbonation. I really enjoy the beer!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat non-descript in taste it's a struggle to find more than a tad of bitterness. Get some hops and some malt but it seems absent of oranges. There is the always present smokiness of an Against the Grain beer. It's not bad but it's not much.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-03-07 in Louisville, KY at the brewery

A - Hazy amber-orange with a 1 finger white head and good lace.

S - Blood orange initially and then some grass and hop floral. Very nice.

T - Citrus, light caramel, tea, grain and plenty of bitternes which lingers. Plenty dry.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Refreshing.

T - Cross between a Plilsner and APA. This really tasted good to me.

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a very, very nice golden hue that was crystal clear with a good sticky half inch white head that faded to a thin blanket.

S - Gaah, blood orange galore here! The typical bready malts are here along with the usual pilsner hop aromas, grassy and floral, and then WHAM citrus packed blood oranges. Very crisp on the nose.

T - Taste is just what I was hoping for, just like the nose with tons of blood orange notes up front. After that it goes back to being a pils with nice bready malts, noble hops and a good grassy finish. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for a pilsner. Crisp and clean.

O - Overall this is so damn easy to drink. I'd love a growler of this one...this may be the first blood orange beer I've ever had.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Waitress said this was an ipa. At first smell, I knew it was no where near an ipa. Nor did she say this was a collaboration with Mik. I guess that's why it was $8 or 9.50 a glass.

Pours a white head leaving sticky lace. Color is a clear vibrant golden bronze.

Aroma: A lot of bready malts. The hop profile reminds me of a pils (at the time not knowing it was a pils). seems grassy, earthy, floral, and noble. The blood oranges show nicely.

Taste: Blood oranges up front. Citrusy and fruity. Again, bready malts. Very pils like. Noble hops. Very grassy.

Mouthfeel: Citrusy and clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fruity.

Overall, claimed to be an ipa, this tastes nothing like. Definitely tastes like a pils. In that case, it is awesome. Very easy to drink. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at McGee's.

I know when I think "Czech pilsner", the first thing that comes to mind is blood orange. Well, I guess that's what the creative minds of Mikkeller and AtG are for. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear orange-brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange rind, white bread, sharp grass, and a bit of leafy greens sprouting up in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but the bitterness inherent in the citrus and the hops begin a turf war the likes of which haven't been seen outside of Rio. It all ends the same way, though: pain for those poor souls caught in the middle, i.e. me. What's worse, the vaunted blood orange doesn't bring all that much fruit to the table, which, who knows, might have actually helped the situation. The body is a light medium, with a light medium carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, an interesting idea that just happened to fall a little flat with me.

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Photo of Cresant
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a Mikkeller/Against the Grain collaboration, brewed especially for Valentine's Day. The appearance is clear and rich with a deep golden-orange honey colored body and a frothy white head that left sheets of lacing.

The smell was citrus and gentle graininess. Blood oranges. Clean.

The taste was spicy hops - Saaz perhaps? Very light sweet oranges. Hints of coffee and maybe even walnuts? The blood oranges are more noticeable in the aroma than in the flavor which leaves a nice clean, crisp lager taste.

With only 17.3 IBUs it is very drinkable but very flavorful too. I'm glad to find this is a very solid pilsner right here in Louisville.

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Bloody Show from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
3.84 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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