Rico Sauvin
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,255
Ranked #6,174
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
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Notes: An India Pale Ale featuring Nelson Sauvin hops. Named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape, is a variety of hop developed and grown in New Zealand. It has a strong fruity flavor and aroma that is described as resembling white wine, or fresh crushed grapes or gooseberries. Some reviewers of this hop perceive the fruitiness as being very tropical with descriptions including passion fruit, tangerines, and grapefruit. These hops are organic and are about 4 times as expensive as our normal American varieties.
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper in color. Head is you guessed it white and disperses quickly. Nose is soft. Taste is like the can says wine grapes. Not off putting however I don't look for a beer to taste like wine. Glad the followup back taste is more bitter than grape. Decent beer, not World Class in my opinion

Sep 07, 2021
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BWED from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can poured into a nonic.

A- Amber in color, with a creamy white head. Retention is pretty good.
S- Fruity, tropical, citrus, pine, and some alcohol.
T- Pretty sweet, dry citrus pith, some pine. Some tropical notes.
M- Medium body, dry, with a bit of an alcoholic burn finish.
O- Alcohol is a little too apparent in this. Also was expecting some lighter, brighter winey notes from Nelson Sauvin hops.

Oct 26, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a 2F head in a Tulip glass.
Very strong grape, banana and melon aroma.
Quite smooth MF,
Grape accentuated taste, with melon and some white wine.
Love this hop!
Great beer!

Sep 02, 2020
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint can.
A: Pours a off clear amber with a thin white head.
S: Sweet pine and musty hops.
T: Hops right off the bat with a sweet finish.
F: Smooth medium body.
O: Dam nice double at 9% the alcohol burn not not there.

May 23, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank straight from the can quite a different IPA very sweet and piney but balanced. The body is quite excellent can't believe again how full and balanced the flavor is without any strong ethanol burn or heavy body. Overall one of the best DIPA's I got at the Giant Eagle for just a couple bucks!

May 10, 2020
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy, orange, big fluffy head with nice lacing
S: musty, slight fruitiness
T: Nice combination of piney hops, with fruitiness in the background
F: good mouthfeel
O: Very unique beer, recommended

May 08, 2020
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher style glass, this beer pours out golden like apple juice and rather clear. Some very small sediment, but that’s it. A pinky width, eggshell colored crown. Some stringy lacing.

The nose brings a dank fruit, along with a huge floral character. The fruit isn’t citrus like, but more grapefruit and huge white grape prominence.

The taste comes in with some of that dankness before showing that the floral presence is still alive along with the white grape element.

The mouthfeel is sticky, slightly syrupy but not overly so. A balanced bitterness and well carbonated.

Overall, this is solid and enjoyable. I like the white grape notes mixing with floral while keeping a dankness to it.

Feb 14, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up primarily because of the can art, thought it was glorious!
Poured a mostly clear orange/amber with two fingers of white head.
Getting a malty sweetness in the smell, some white grape, a little pine.
Taste follows, getting lots of dry white wine flavors with a bit of citrus bitterness. Not as heavy on the malt as I expected from the smell.
Feel is medium, a little prickly on the tongue.
Overall a tasty brew.

Oct 23, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piney hop aromas with a hint of lemon. Moderate malt sweetness, hints of grapes and biscuits. Hop notes are high on flavor and moderate on bitterness. Finish is clean with only a hint of astringency. Slight astringency in the bitterness distracts from the otherwise pleasant finish. Overall good, balanced, easy-drinking IIPA. Mostly citrus with a touch of floral, and a touch of earthy resin at the end.

Sep 16, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Taproom (SC).
Pours with a lightly hazy golden-amber body that's topped by a durable white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Medium+ carbonation; medium body. Lots of citrus in the pleasing aroma.
The flavor is bolder and richer than the aroma suggests, and leaves a semi-bitter lingering aftertaste. Mild bitterness for style.
Well hidden ABV.

Jul 20, 2017
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a beer mug.
L - Pours a a hazy deep Amber with a white head.
S - Smells of hops, grapes and berries.
T - I'm getting citrus and hoppiness of an IPA, followed by some caramel from the malt, with some berry fruitiness with white grape on the finish.
F - Soft mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.
O - I'm really enjoying this beer. Every time I take a sip, I feel like I'm getting a different taste.

Jul 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some nice looking speckled lacing clinging yet concaving nicely. The smell had a sweet to bitter crushed grape, sweet passionfruit bonding into some light melon. Light gooseberries play with the aroma slightly underneath. The taste was moderately sweet carrying a nice dried fruit bitterness to blend superbly. A dry sweet sticky lemon slides into the aftertaste along with the gooseberries, grapes and passionfruit. The finish is semi-dry. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability to sipping quality about it. Carbonation is quite low. Overall, I say this was an absolutely amazing DIPA that I would love to have again.

Jul 04, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent orange with moderate head and moderate lingering lacing. Smells of tangerine and pine. Taste is same but stronger, with some blood orange notes. Feel is refreshing and not dry at all. Solid double IPA. Well done and 8.2% ABV is well hidden.

Jul 04, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please get a different label artist - your stuff looks very unappealing in a world where first impressions are hugely meaningful as a differentiator within a big wide market of competitors ready and willing to take your sales.

Pours a clear amber gold with a foamy 2 finger head that settles quickly. Aroma is vaguely tropical with some grape tones as well and little breadiness. Taste is sweet up front without much bitterness. Hops come through nicely with a very pleasant blend that sits squarely in the stone fruit category. It finishes with a little astringency that I would say fits the white wine they describe. It really is about the fruit hops and light sweetness though. Feel is thin and clean with no real alcohol flavor (for a DIPA)

Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. I did not enjoy the last beer from them and I was a bit reticent about this one but I am pleasantly surprised. Nice work on this one.

Jun 27, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Miguel. In Teku glass. Watching House of Cards 1x09-10. Curious flavor profile. Sweet, with tropical fruits, resin and white grapes. Superb aroma. Abv very well hidden. Highly drinkable for such an abv

Jun 22, 2017
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Kendo from New York

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 16 oz can into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy orange-amber with a half-finger of whitish head on top. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Good strong nose of fruit - tropical fruit, oranges and white grapes.

T: Interesting. Modest bready malt foundation is followed by an odd mix of fruit (white grapes come to mind again, along with a touch of pineapple) and a more herbal or tea-like quality, along with juniper berries, chardonnay wine and peppery spice. Finishes with a modest "green" taste - not sure if I'm getting pine needles or grassiness, but that's the general impression.

M: A tad bit on the creamy side, feel wise. Call it medium in heft.

O: I almost didn't buy this, but changed my mind based on the guy at the beverage center. Pretty sure I'm not getting my $4.49 worth - at that price point I've had world-class beers - but if you like Nelson Sauvin hops, then maybe it's for you. Me - not so much.

Jun 07, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT can
Served in a stemless, oversized wine glass

This beer pours amber with some burnt orange highlights. Chunks of yeast are visible. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing.

I get some tropical fruit in the aroma with hints of pine.

The tropical fruit theme continues into the taste along with hints of grape. There are lots of fruit flavors.

Medium mouthfeel

It is a juicier IPA with little bitterness, but the flavors or aroma don't really pop out at me. It is a good beer on the cusp of greatness.

May 29, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep golden color with thick foamy off white head.

Aroma - Lots of fresh fruit, mango, grape and pineapple. no alcohol slight sweet malt.

Taste - Very unique taste, up front there are pineapple, mango and tangerine. About midway the grape comes in nice sweet caramel as well.

Feel -Medium bodied well carbonated no sign of the alcohol and slightly dry finish.

Overall - A really well done beer great flavors, very smooth.

May 28, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass, a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy three-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, slight citrus, kinda fruity, sweet. The taste is hoppy, malty, sweet, citrusy, fruity. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, a tasty brew, a different take on the style.

May 28, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber with an average head. The aroma features soft tropical fruits - some guava and pasionfruit, as well as tangerine, grass, white grape, and floral notes. The flavor is very floral and fruity, with lots of rosemary, white grape, guava, and passionfruit. with just a touch of tangerine flesh. The mouthfeel is quite light with small bubble carbonation. Overall this is a very nice soft and fruity beer,not challenging, but very tasty.

May 25, 2017
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argock from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz tall boy can into a clear glass tulip. Just delivered to Wine Warehouse a week ago, printing on the bottom of the can is smudged.

A: Amber with a pink grapefruit juice tinge and 2-finger off-white head with decent retention and a nice collar of lacing.

S: Very interesting,unique, and complex aroma with pink grapefruit rind, green grapes, and tropical fruit. Malt is very lightly honey sweet.

T: Flavor is also very one-of-a-kind with a lot of pink grapefruit at first followed by green grape, tannin and light but not overbearing tea-like flavors, and finished with tart berry. Moderate bitterness.

M: Extremely drinkable with lighting body and moderate carbonation with a very dry finish.

O: I was really impressed by this beer -- a very unique hop aroma and flavor profile with bursting flavor that is also unusual but very enjoyable in a very consumable package. Excellent work by AtG and I look forward to trying a few more of their beers. Great can art on this one, not so much on a few of their other offerings.

May 20, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from pounder into tulip, massive 2 finger head, nice retention and lacing. Crystal clear amberish golden in the glass. Smells of caramel malt, some pine, grapefruit and grape must. Taste is initially sweet caramel malt with pine/pineapple showing up. In the middle there is some grapefruit with some minerality. Has a mild bitter finish, maybe a tad on the semi-dry side. No alcohol apparent. Nice DIPA, not afraid to showcase off a great malt bill here. Love the way the Nelson hops come thru, but really think I like them in a saison more. They really shine there

May 12, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours foggy hazy amber orange with a frothy white foam head. Smells like grapes, caramel malt, grapefruit, orange citrus, some guava, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like grapes, toasty caramel malt, grapefruit, orange citrus, guava, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Nelson hopped double IPA.

Apr 23, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger sturdy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is piney hops, grapefruit and grapes.

T - The taste is sweet malts, piney hops, grapefruit rind and tangerine with the grapes shinning in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - This is a nice DIPA. Easy drinking and worth checking out at least once.

Apr 20, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a two week old can. The beer pours a nice, clear amber with a decent white head but no retention.

The smell is super fruity with lots of grapes. There is also some tropical smells backing the grapes. The smell is really fantastic.

The taste follows and is very grape-forward with a nice tropical backer.

A very nice beer showcasing the Nelson hop.

Apr 15, 2017
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