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Against the Grain Galangal Action
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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The second installment of the chef collaboration series. We were happy to partner with Chef Levon Wallace from Proof on Main. Chef Wallace brought his culinary expertise and homebrewing experience to the table and came up with a incredibly refreshing and unusual brew. Pilsner malt, spelt and torrified wheat make up the grain bill, balanced with the fruity and resinous New Zealand hop Pacific Gem. Then we added galangal, a tropical herbaceous plant rhizome imparting a spicy, floral and earthy flavor and aroma. Then kaffir lime leaves were steeped to provide a perfumed citrusy aroma. Both galangal and kaffer limes leaves are used in traditional Asian cuisine. And if that wasn’t weird enough, post fermentation we added the juice of several yellow midget watermelons straight off the Proof farm. The resulting beer is fresh, flavorful and interesting.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
On tap in Newport (KY)
Even once in a while even the best brewers slip up. If this is your first experience with Against the Grain don’t be fooled by this mediocre fruit beer. Skewing too far on the weirdness scale it winds up mired in a mess of conflicting flavors.

Aroma / Appearance - The golden bronze body starts off gently enough. The problem starts with the nose - minty and medicinal it is not appealing at all. Sharp and crisp it is not inviting even when you know what you are sampling.

Flavor / Palate - Starfruit and citrus burst on the tip of the tongue. Overwhelming the other flavors they finally fade into lemons, grass clippings, and medicinal textures. Rather than "fresh, flavorful, and interesting" the outcome is a stark example of an experiment gone wrong. Hopefully the rest of the Chef Collaboration series worked out better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1780) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Draft - watermelon candy with floral notes. Very playful. I like it when beers make me laugh. Very easy to drink.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tmoney99 (10068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Draft sample. Poured a clear yellow pale color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate watermelon rind aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium green fruit flavor with a medium sweet finish of short to moderate duration. My expectations where not met.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Draft in a sampler at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a clear, pale gold with a very small white head. Aroma of watermelon, kaffir lime, rosemary, pale malts, lemongrass, and pepper. Flavor is a muddled version of the same. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a spicy, juicy mouthfeel. Really odd. But fun.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Fresh 32oz growler from The Party Source, shared with friends. Clear, kind of paler yellow color. Thin white head. No lace really sticks. Medium body, smooth crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Great watermelon aroma. Tastes very authentic, but unlike Hell or High, this manages to not be overly sweet. The spices used provide for a very nice balance in the flavor profile. All this makes for a very refreshing, easy drinking moderately fruity beer. Very interesting, creative and tasty. Not too sweet, more zesty and spicy, maybe a very light bitter. Cinnamon in the nose. Great stuff, I really dig it

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
b3shine (4402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Draft to taster at Party Source. Looks alright; a transparent light gold with white lacing. Smells lightly hoppy. Tastes of an off-putting vegetal taste with a below average mouthfeel. Not a fan of this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 7, 2013
Draft at blue monk. Pale yellow pour. Lime and fruity aroma. Watermelon sweetness, slight heat in finish. Different and interesting

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Draft. Pours clear gold with a white head. Odd fruity notes, lemony citric and a hint of apple or peach or something like that, also spicy notes like lemongrass. Unique, I guess. Pretty good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Draft. Clear light golden body with a fizzy, off-white head. Aroma of mint, raw grain, lemon. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, soft carbonation. Unique, but overly spiced for my tastes. Lingering earthiness with peppermint and a hint of herbs and earth and floral hops. But the spices dominate everything else.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Soft lemongrass and herbal notes on the nose. Lemon, zesty and bright, soft hops and light bitterness. More lingering herbal notes.


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