Rico Sauvin | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

BA SCORE
89
very good
709 Ratings
Rico SauvinRico Sauvin
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kaips1 on 09-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
709
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
157
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Dharmelink
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kendo
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamSteve
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of donspublic
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of lochraneg
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of dertyd
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdell15
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
4 out of 5 based on 709 ratings.
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