Against the Grain / Mikkeller - Bloody Show
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Against the Grain / Mikkeller - Bloody ShowAgainst the Grain / Mikkeller - Bloody Show
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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #69
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #26,046
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 12.14%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
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Against the Grain / Mikkeller - Bloody ShowAgainst the Grain / Mikkeller - Bloody Show
Notes: 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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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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

medium

not impressive. boring

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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 secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 tone77
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 +2.6%
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 GimmeASchlitz
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 --Dom--
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 TonyLema1
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +8.7%
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 -13.7%
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 +2.6%
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 -1.3%
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

3.75/5

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vienna Lager meets pale ale in a taste that a culmination of Against the Grain and Mikkeller. This joint venture beer is big on citrus, both hops and blood orange additions, to give this otherwise somber beer a decidedly American twist.

Goldenrod in color and just off of brilliant clarity, the beer's boistrous eggshell froth casts an array of citrus aromatics with a savory, toasty backdrop. Its taste is sweet and lightly savory with hints of bread crust and cashew soothing the early palate.

As the malt relaxes and the hops rise, its growing citrus character shines on the middle palate with pink grapefruit, lemon and natural orange. But the blood orange additions follow with a radiant, juicy taste that chases the flavors into a semi-bitter finish with grassy hints and a tinge of torn pine needles.

Finishing crisp, clean and smooth, the medium-bodied lager carries a heftier weight than usual as its savory character wraps around the ample carbonation for a creamy dryness to close. Minty, lightly stemmy and pithy, the lingering taste is more of bitter pale ale than of traditional pilsner.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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 PatrickCT
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into a pint glass.

a: Orange and clear body. Fizzy head, one finger. Gone in a flash.

s: I was expecting crisp malts and orange. I picked up a lot of spicy hops.

t: Sweet, fruity malts, closer to an amber. I am actually not sure if it is the malts or the blood orange. Spicy, earthy hoppiness. As it warms I get an orange soda sweetness.

mf: Lighter side of medium body, active carbonation. I pick up a sugary, syrupy feeling as it warms.

o: I bought this because it was labeled a lager. It is not lager or pilsner like at all. And the hops dominate the aroma and taste overpowering any crisp pilsner like malts. Having said that, I am sure people will love it.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Against the Grain / Mikkeller - Bloody Show from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 109 ratings