Rico Sauvin | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

BA SCORE
89
very good
696 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:
696
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
158
For Trade:
3
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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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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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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

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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

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mntlover
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color with a thumb sized cream colored head.

Aroma is good malt sweetness with nice light bright hops, white grapes, apricot, light pineapple, passion fruit and some floral sweet notes.

Taste is like the nose light sweetness hints of caramel light end of hop flavors brighter fruit and floral mixture with some light lingering rind like bitterness. A nice fruit sweet tropical with good flavors not overly bitter just enough lingers to not distract from the floral fruity goodness.

Mouthfeel is medium with pretty level carbonation levels.

Overall like it, its different hop profile makes it nice change from the usual west coast big guns.

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3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Maestro0708
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Pours deep amber with a big, white, foamy head. The beer is slightly turbid and has good head retention with pretty nice lacing.

Aroma is citrus complemented by apricot and white grapes.

The taste follows the nose, with pleasant, not at all overwhelming hop flavors of citrus, apricot, white grapes, and a vague fruitiness likely attributable to the notes of passion fruit and gooseberries mentioned on the can.

Overall, this is a really nice DIPA showcasing a hop I've not had before. This is one of my favorite offerings from Against the Grain.

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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chestertonian82
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dms1767
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Rico Sauvin from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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