Rico Sauvin | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Rico SauvinRico Sauvin

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

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.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light orange with a foamy head. Solid retention and streak lacing. The aroma is tart fruit and some bread malts. The flavor is a bit more tropical fruit and citrus. Some melon, floral and herbal qualities also. A bit of alcohol in the finish, but faint. A complex beer, worth trying once.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 5/1/14 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into the glass.

Murky light orange hue.

Bright white head; thick lace.

Fresh flower, honey & pine nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grass, pine & pineapple flavor; a dry finish. A touch too bitter but flavorful.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Ignoring the advice printed on the can, it was poured from the 16 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold, with a big two-finger white head with great retention especially for a hoppy beer. Quite a bit of visible carbonation at first, though it cuts off quickly.

S: Melon, grassy, and dank hops over biscuit malts. Minimal caramel aroma, but a definite touch. Bits of tropical fruit in the background.

T: Melon, grassy and dank hops with some tropical fruits and spicy character as well. Biscuit malts add a good amount of sweetness, but minimal if any caramel flavor (which I appreciate) - just a doughy sweetness. Some bitter grapefruit rind in and through the swallow...not overly bitter, but there's a kick of alpha acid in the end too.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation is on the low side. Alcohol presence seems restrained for a DIPA, but still noticeable.

O: A good beer, but not anything that will jump into a regular rotation. This doesn't seem overly "Nelson Sauvin-y" honestly. Not necessarily a knock, but I expected different flavors to pull through. But regardless, it seems put together well.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am so happy to have finally made it into my AtG stash of CANs here at Chez Woody! The CANQuest (tm) is experiencing a bit of a backlog, but I am making a determined effort to winnow it all down to a more reasonable level. Wish me luck!

From the CAN: "Sexy Beer for the Sexy Man. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops as sexy as Rico himself, this Double India Pale Ale has a strong, fruity flavor resembling that of fresh crushed Sauvignon Blanc grapes, gooseberries, and passion fruit. Let it be known that Rico is out for one thing, to be inside you!"

The Crack! was appropriately loud, inspiring me to CANduct an inverted Glug. This resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, puffy, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was very fruity, more passion fruit than grapes, although there was certainly a vinousness to it. Mouthfeel was big and full, more like a dollop than a draft. The taste was a big WOW! The grapiness really jumped out and then was held in check by the tropical fruitiness of passion fruit (I do not have gooseberry in my vocabulary), creating a really interesting CANbination. The alcohol was really well-hidden and I was surprised at how quickly it was being CANsumed by yours truly. A word as to its taste - fruity does not necessarily equate to sweet. This was not precisely bitter, either, but it was clearly hop-driven. Warming, the tropical fruitiness really began to shine through. Man, I could drink this all day! Finish was fruity, but dry, which is the hallmark of many white wines. Wow! This was a really different beer and one that I would be happy to have aCAN.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy medium amber. Short lived head.
Aroma is nice and does have some white wine similarities.
Complex hoppiness that has some earthy and tropical, but not dramatically one way or the other. Malt is present with breadiness. Alcohol is also noted.
Finishes dry and clean.
Slick feel.
Unusual IPA and has some distinguishing characteristics that I can appreciate, but maybe not my favorite.
Can label and artwork are terrible.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I cannot live without Nelson Sauvin dominant IPA's, even when they come with odd artwork like this: a hipster post-gender trans-species thing with grapes in its crotch, man boobs, 3D glasses, and overdone tattoo work. But let's forget the cover and go inside to the beer:

The head is more soapy than frothy, dropping to a thin lace. Underneath awaits a hazy smudged orange/brown The aroma is modest, smelling like white grapes, vague berries, honey. Not the traditional Double IPA aroma.

Rico Sauvin may have seen fresher days, but one thing that it maintains over other "aged" IPA's is its cleanliness. The beer doesn't get more than a kiss of resin, the overall mellow flavor still allows it to be an enjoyable ale. Vague fruit at the start, light notes of lemon, grapefruit, white wine, grass. Maintaining a medium body that doesn't show the alcohol, Rico Sauvin is a sensible beer with potentially wide appeal.

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Photo of stortore
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can into a snifter.

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow, with a small head and some foamy lacing. Smell is very fragrant- lots of citrus hops, light malt, some yeast, a slight perfume aroma. The taste also leads with the citrus hops- pineapple, grapefruit, orange. The malt has a strong presence and does a good of balancing the hops. Bitter up front, cut by some sweetness on the finish. Smooth, crisp, a good, but lighter body for the style.

A flavorful beer, I really like the Nelson Sauvin hops. Aroma and flavor did seem to fade more than normal, though, as time went on. Worth a try.

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Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sticky sweet DIPA with aroma of peaches, pineapple, and white grape....flavor is pineapple and peaches...a little caramel malt....finishes with just a hint of bitterness...body is full...rich...

Just enough bittering balance on the finish to keep this from being over the top sweet.

It's not great, or even a very good DIPA but it's a solid offering.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Aroma is hoppy and citrus. Flavor is clean citrus hops with a nice balanced finish. Overall this is just a good solid IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with plenty of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Peach aroma. More peach in the taste. Qute spritzy on the tongue. A little woody and fruity with a gently astringency. Sweet and sharp, malty body.

A big fruity IPA that is not excessively bitter. More austere and restrained for all the fruity hops. Some sweetness in every sip. Apricot, plum, and a sharper touch of red currants. A different take on the DIPA format with the aromatic hops dominating. From the 16 oz can purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is sweet malt, white grape juice, hint of pineapple. Taste is light citrus, grass, malt sweetness, and pine resin. Although not as tropical as I expected because of the Nelson Sauvin hops, this was a nice double IPA.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh from a pounder can , it pours a dark golden color with an off white head, smells of garden hops with crushed white grapes, taste is garden and tropical with slight dankness some sweet malts to balance, mouth is sweet and with light hops highly drinkable very little bitterness with a sweet finish, a little pricey liked the pounder can instad of a bomber would visit a single again.

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yields around a finger of clear white foam, even surface excepting the pour point, good retention given the lower level it started at, the lacing is irregular, thick or thin in varying spots yet clings very well. The large amount of sediment floating in the liquid impairs the ability to see through it as well as darkens the yellow color into a deeper orange cast, the bubbles are widely dispersed if large and active. There’s an inert firmness to the nose, pursed lips, slowly you tease out some herbaceous funk, candied orange peel, rose petals and meager apricot to peach fruit, undercurrent of cocoa powder, in the end it is all subsumed under the funk and tarry earth elements. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied with the same taciturn solidity, even as the carbonation lends a steady prickle. Molasses, caramel make a brief showing then segues to orange to white grapefruit citrus and some old pine cones. Lightly bready, especially after a few more sips with the dryness kicking in, more yeasty on the back end. Peach, apricot, apple, white grape fruit with minimal sweetness. Cleaner here but no less herbaceous. There’s something admirable about its clarity of purpose but there’s not a lot of visceral pleasure to be had.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Superb orange body, largely transparent, with just a slight haze. Nice white-cream head, and persistent wispy top, lots of lacing.

S - Pretty quiet, with a note of grapefruit, spicy, with a bit of pine.

T - Huge front of hops, fruity and zest, a malt core is present but in the background, a very nice creamy aspect, and a touch of bitterness in the close.

M - As mentioned, creamy, with a reasonable tail drying out. It works well as a reset, and makes me want to come back in right away.

O - Superb. Tasty. Unique flavor from the hop, and a great feel.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/light amber color from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Small off white/antique white foamy head with average retention. Thin bands of filmy lacing on the glass. Aroma is white grapes, bitterness and bready and caramel malt. Flavor is more of the same. Some noticeable bitterness, bready malt, fruitiness (white grapes and a little citrus) and a touch of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice balance between malt and hops. Alcohol is not noticeable, just a good, smooth bitterness with a malty background.Good featuring of a single hop.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can poured into a pint glass. Poured just a little of the sediment into the glass. Don't see a date on it anywhere.

Pours clear with a big white head. Head fades fairly slowly and leaves a lot of residue on the side of the glass. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation. Smell is piney/floral, maybe some pineapple.

Taste is surprisingly malty and mild. The hops are there, as a kind of soft tropical fruitiness. Not getting much bitterness at all. There's a bit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is soft and full, which is nice. Overall, I'm puzzled by this beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper hue with excellent clarity. There's an inch and a half of tightly knit beige foam resting on top. Subdued aroma of tropical hops is present along with light malt. The flavor is much more hop forward than the nose would have you think. I taste passion fruit and a touch of piney hops in the back of the palate. The mouth is very dry, chewy & resinous.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruity notes backed with citrus, caramel sweetness,

T: Citrus up front, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit, fruity notes, white grape, a little passion fruit, with a grassy bitterness, light cracker malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Surprisingly easy drinking DIPA that does a good job showing off the Nelson Sauvin hop. The label art makes me giggle too.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy orange-copper color with short white head and lacing that chunks as it settles.
S - Wow, the smell is awesome. White grapes, grass, slight pine. Outstanding Aroma
T - Grassy hops taste (the Nelson Sauvin Hops).
M- Smooth with good amount of carbonation without being too much. Goes down smooth and drinkable
O- I love the Nelson Sauvin hops. A good mix of slight pineyness with a white wine finish. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of zshaft
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

so I love nelso hops and was excited to try this. can is funny as hell and wish I could rate that. beer is justok. I feel the hops don't come through like other nelson beers such as nelson or kiwi rising. nice mouthfeel but maybe to much malt for the hops to pop. worth a try but one can is plenty.

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Photo of Todd
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, Hoppy, Malty, Macho

Honey amber in color with a massive creamy head. Fruity on the nose with pine and candied citrus. This is a creamy beer with a dry, semi-astringent hoppy bite beneath. A malty sweetness and notes of caramel coat the palate with some balance. Fruity suggestions of wine grapes, oranges, berries, notes of grapefruit and a citric edge smooth into a bready finish with some lingering alcohol and a coarse, oily bitterness that sticks around. With its focus on Nelson Sauvin hops, Rico Sauvin is a macho Double IPA that makes you want to don a bandana, bare your chest and learn Spanglish.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #110 (March 2016).

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Photo of dmnota
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden with lingering off-white lacing. Buttery mouthfeel but not malt heavy. Oranges, kiwi, and dry white wine peek through. Not especially bitter and the ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 16 oz can into an IPA glass. Thin foamy head forms and recedes to a ring almost immediately. Amber, almost copper in color with some fat carbonation and minimal lacing.

Nose is light on hop - boozy notes come forward as well as some additional sweetness from the malt. There is definitely some ripe fruit notes here - not what I expect coming out of a double IPA.

Flavor follows. This is sweet. While I definitely get some of the sweeter fruit notes that are mentioned in the notes for this brew, I do not really find this enjoyable for a double IPA. The pungent bitterness that comes with that fruity aspect of Nelson hops seems absent from here. It reminds me of the aspects of Hopslam I don't really like - the malty sweetness that seems to more than balance the hops, it basically overwhelms any bitterness. I get sweet ripe banana, pineapple, and definitely some big malt sweetness on the finish.

The feel is fine. It's a bit more viscous than a lot of double IPAs, almost syrupy in a way. But the carbonation and body are just fine. Mouthfeel is on the soft or gentle side - definitely not abrasive but not surprising given the rest of the brew.

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Photo of adrianholt
1.9/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Average IPA. Too sweet and caramel. Smells more boozy with very little hops aroma. Tastes follows smell. Step up the late hop additions and dry hopping.

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Photo of hardysf
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, although decent, is just far behind other comparable beers. Good clean look, super clear, nice carb. A little underwhelming in aroma and taste for a DIPA. Maltier and sweeter than I prefer for the style.

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