Against the Grain Gnag Reflex
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Sour brown ale with red tart cherries. First we mash in a high gravity brown ale recipe with lots of pale ale, brown malt and oats. We then inoculate the resulting wort with a strain of Lactobacillus and let it work for 38 hours before boiling it, adding hops and fermenting with ale yeast. The resulting beer is tangy, malty, slightly sour and downright weird. But we donít stop there, next we added over 10 pounds per barrel of Oregon red tart cherries, giving a nice sweet and fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Tap at brewery, Tart cherry, caramel malt, and light yeasty aroma., Chestnut with a small beige head. Tart cherry, roasty/toasty malt flavor., Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Draft @ CB at the ATG tap takeover. Hazy brown with a light tan head. Aroma of tart pie cherries, chocolate, dough and light apple cider vinegar. Flavor is not as sour or tart as the aroma would suggest, chocolate and dark fruit mostly with a light sour/tart edge. Medium body with a long, dry finish. Interesting beer, but the flavors donít really come together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a musty deep amber with a light brown heasd that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has some sweet chocolate and sourness with a bit of dark grains. Flavor has more roasted malts with sour cherries and a hint of chocolate. Didnít come together for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21427) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draft at the source. Dark maroon color, scant head. Aroma of slightly sour prunes and raisins. Taste is softly sour dark fruit. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Aroma of tootsie roll and tart cherry. Appearance is ruddy red brown with tan head. Flavor has a pretty constant undercurrent of mild tartness, starting with chocolate malts and finishing with some light cherry. Palate is bubbly. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft. Sour red cherry and chocolate malt aroma. Brown with small head. Sweet-tart cherry and mild caramel-chocolate malt flavor. Nice easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draught at brewery. Sour brown/red with some vinegar. Big acidic taste to it countered by the fruity brown taste. Nice.

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