Lick The Blade | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mrfrancis on 05-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by barczar:
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep apricot color with a quarter inch cream head that leaves a rim around the glass.

Caramel malt, fairly bready with a grapefruit pith aroma and a hint of dankness. The more I smell this the more it reminds me of spinach dip...

Flavor is dominated by bitter, resiny hops. There's also a strong grapefruit presence. Onion and a bit of caramel breadiness are also evident. Bitter hops win out, with notes of pine.

Body is fairly thick, with light carbonation, a bit of astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fairly bitter dipa, with good citrus hop background, nice pine and resin representation. The onion overwhelms for me, but I'm sensitive to it.

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Photo of zahara15
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bamadog
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Pete for having this at a recent tasting. Review is from notes taken on 6/10/2012 and poured from the growler to a pint glass.

Appearance: As one would expect, it's a solid coppery color; the body is just a touch cloudy but you can still see moderate and slow carbonation bubbling up; thin 1/4 finger head; decent swaths and patches of lacing stick around.

Smell: Lots of pine and sticky grassiness; bit of citrus, bitter like grapefruit. It's a solid smell, don't get me wrong, but I appreciate it when the malt makes an appearance as well so I feel I have to dock a little bit from the score on this.

Taste: See above for smell -- tons of sticky pine and grassy bitterness with a touch of the citric grapefruit; toasty and dry graininess adds a little to the bitterness. It's good, and it definitely brings the bitter, but maybe living in the mid-west has spoiled or turned me to their way of doing the DIPAs, as I now expect a better balance with some big sweet malts to smooth these out on the back end.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium body in terms of weight; body is fairly creamy with decent carbonation; plenty of sticky coating left on the palate that becomes cottony dry. Could be a bit heavier and substantial, but it's no lacking much in this category either.

Overall: Well worth drinking, especially for the price point that these beers come from the growler station at Party Town out in Florence. A nice beer for a summer as it comes across as quite refreezing, and I love the bigger ABV because I like a little more bang for my buck.

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

A - Poured a nice hazy deep orange hue with a good half finger white head that fades to leave a thin, thin blanket. Not much lacing.

S - Aromas start off very nice with caramel malts, citrus (grapefruit) and then it gets much more vegetable and dank, but in a bad way...Started off so strong, but ends with a fizzle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, as in it starts off awesome with nice caramel malts and bitter grapefruit. Nice and dank and then, with each passing sip I get more and more onion notes. unfortunate!

M - Mouthfeel is solid, creamy with decent carbonation though it does seem a hair on the thinner side. Does not really hold up to the heft.

O - Overall, this had so , so much potential only to fall flat thanks to that vegetation flavour and aroma.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin white mousse that disappears fairly quickly.

S: Strong aromas of herbs, pineapple, bitter orange, kumquat, grapefruit, lemon, lime, biscuit, caramel, and pine assault the nose.

T: Huge citrus/tropical fruit notes are apparent on the entry. Flavors of bitter orange, lemon, lime, kumquat, grapefruit, pineapple, and carambola are all there. The citrus notes are quickly chased by woody, spicy, sappy notes of cedar, pine, and spruce, as well as fresh herbs. Around mid-palate caramel and biscuit notes from the malt kick in and reduce the resinous, fruity bitterness slightly, while mildly bitter, vegetal flavors of white onion and/or radish join them. The finish is long, punchy, and monstrously bitter with citrus, pine, herb, and onion flavors underscored by alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is spritzy. Alcohol presence is quite pronounced. Definitely a sipping beer.

O: This is an excellent DIPA that should please any hophead. This ale displays great depth and complexity. A very sophisticated and challenging effort. I love it.

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Photo of millertime371
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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