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Against the Grain 5 Roses: A Rick Astley Joint (Pils Edition)

Against the Grain 5 Roses: A Rick Astley Joint (Pils Edition)
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This edition of our Five Roses series is light, tart, and complex. The core elements of a brettanomyces beer are readily apparent in the floral, funky, farmyardy nose and palate. The kettle addition of lactobacillus lends a noticeable, refreshing tangy sourness that delivers plenty of flavor and then tapers off to make way for the next sip. The aging on Red Cypress adds a final layer of unusual woody complexity to create a bottle aged beer worthy of Rick himself. (Part of thee All Funked Up Wild Series)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Clear golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, slight lemon, earthy, woody tones but pretty subdued. Taste was a mix of earth, spice, some wood, hints of biscuit, bread, dough, finishing slightly grassy, spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6038) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2014
3/9/14. 22oz bottle from the brewery, enjoyed at home. Hazy yellow pour with a small off-white head. Funky aroma, lightly tart, sweet tarts in a way, some breadiness. Lightly funky and tart flavor, a touch of a sort of vegetal aspect, and hints of minerals. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2014
22oz bottle. $14 from Party Town. Shared with Alden & Shelly. Clear golden orange color. Minimal white head, no lace really sticks. Light to medium body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, but not as sweet as in the dark edition. Nice mild tartness is easier to appreciate in this version, a little more zesty too. A little more hazy and yeasty in the final pour, leaving nice head, and better lace.. Going to choose to judge from this final pour. Yeast is good, in this beer.. Nice citric, tart yeasty quality, brett does well here. Some good complex character in this final pour. Liking it significantly better than the dark version. Not quite worth the price, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rdixon77 (711) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Thanks to drowland for the share. Pretty much a pilsner with a slight sour kick. Didn’t quite work...Big yellow pour with lots of yeast. Kolsch-y grainy aroma, but with a nice floral presence The tart hits in the taste and, for me, works against the malty and doughy body creating a weird synthetic taste. The cypress woodiness is there, but not a huge factor. Interesting idea, but no cigar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SpiritToAle (32) - - FEB 18, 2014
They were dabbling in funkiness with this one. I'm not really a fan of pilsners but using the wild yeast (which I just found out is cultivated just down the road at Four Roses distillery) adds a pleasant dimension. Smells like a pilsner and tastes like a pilsner only filtered through a horse blanket. Barkeep says it's an intro to funkiness. C'mon boys...take off the training wheels. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3662) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Tap: Pours hazy gold with a small white head. Sour, lemon malt, yeast aroma. Taste is the same...tangy and tart.... Pretty mild....nice....different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3998) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 22 ounce bottle..Somewhat floral. Light yeasty taste but not an overall sour to it. Some light tart. Tastes like a pils.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7606) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Draft. Slightly sour orange, barley malt, and hay aroma. Hazy golden yellow with small head. Lightly sour/barnyard, lemon/orange, and barley malt flavor. This was delicious - didn’t know how wild yeast would go with a lager but worked well.

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