Galangal Action
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #531
Ranked #38,505
3.55 | pDev: 19.15%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With their collaborative efforts with Chef Levon Wallace, this normally reserved Kolsch-style ale dons the costume of Asian-Thai for a spicy and exotic taste.

Light gold in color, the Kolsch-style ale looks more like a pilsner than ale however this is quite characteristic of the style. Light foam character and low-lying lacing is not. Where a cottony and fluffed foam stance was expected, only a thin lace developed.

Bold aromas of spice arise in the exotic Thai-inspired form of ginger, sassafras, cardamom, and chamomile. A light, almost-butter note grounds the spicy and floral notes and anchors itself in the cracker-like pilsner malt scent underneath.

Where the nose is completely dominated by spice, the flavors prefer a more balanced and rounded taste that makes the Kolsch base more apparent. Soft breads and a light wheaty finish remind me about the German influences, but the balance is much more acidic with the refreshing taste of lime zest, fennel, flower pedals instead of the usual sulfury apple-like character of most Kolsch.

Medium-light in body, the high attenuation of the beer takes all residual sweetness with it and leaves the palate refreshed and clean; ready for the next sip. But the texture of boutanical oils seem to leave a light coat of olive oil on the mouth and gives the slight impression of fullness. Finishing lightly minty, herbal, and woody- the exchange of hops and spices keep the taste buds off guard well past finish.

Well suited as a complement to spicy Thai dishes, the beer would certainly fare very well. On its own, the ginger-like character dominates the beer and keeps me yearning for more authentic Kolsch character.

Oct 25, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Hitachino Nest weizen glass at Local Option.

Alright, I had no idea what to really classify this beer as. It was brewed as part of AtG's Chef Collaboration series (the second in the series) with Chef Levon Wallace of Proof on Main. It's grist bill consisted of pilsner malt, spelt, and torrified wheat, with the hop schedule including the New Zealand-based Pacific Gem varietal. Also added were galangal (a tropical plant that adds spicy, earthy flavors), kaffir lime leaves, and yellow midget watermelon juice. So...yeah...

It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, wheat, and light lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, with more wheat, some funkily sour wheat, and light black pepper. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, I feel this beer kinda fell flat. The galangal and lime sorta came out, but not identifiably so, and the watermelon juice seemed to have been inconsequential at best. It's not like this was a muddled mess; quite the contrary, I feel the flavors and whatnot were a little too subdued for their own good.

Oct 08, 2012
Galangal Action from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 13 ratings