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Against the Grain Rico Sauvin

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (2231) - SPAIN - APR 30, 2016
Can 50cl / Lata 50cl. @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España. A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio. T/S: Hops, fruity, citrusy / Lupulo, afrutado, citrico.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7132) - New York, New York, USA - APR 23, 2016
Shared with Brendan at Torst. Pours an amber body with soft white lacing. Nose is grass. Mouthfeel is watery with notes of fruity hops, fresh grass and citrus hop profile. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1520) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2016
Hazy orange pour with a white head. Aroma is tropical fruits and toffee. Taste is sweet tropical fruits, toffee, grapefruit, and light pine. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Medium body. Very smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1641) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2016
Canned version from Julio’s. A light golden amber thin lacy off white head. Sweet earthy aromas. Flavor is soft and fruity but not exciting at all. Dry breadiness in the middle. Light fruity sweet bitter finish. I am disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1153) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 21, 2016
There have been IPA’s that put Nelson Sauvin at the front and center. What makes Rico Sauvin so special? Well... While many Nelson-forward IPA’s have focused on the citrusy character and retained a certain West Coast attitude, Against the Grain’s brew brings out more of the sweet and vinous parts of the cone. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a big tropical note in the aroma (fresh grapefruit, pear, and pineapple) but there’s a wet note of grape must, too. Flavor carries forward grape juiciness. Along with it, it brings berry, orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, and stone fruit. This deserves to be recognized right up there with Alpine Nelson. Not kidding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (1172) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2016
Pours a hazy copper with a long-lasting white foam head. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits, grape, and passion fruit. Flavor is tropical fruits, passion fruit, grape, and some caramel malts. Has some bitterness and a nice creamy texture. Very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (2517) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 21, 2016
Bottle (from firma bier). Pours amber with whiteish head. The head stays. Aroma is fruity, nelson sauvin hops, citrus, mango. Flavor is sweet and bitter, citrus, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit. Finish is passion fruit sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mambossa (249) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2016
I’m never one to turn down a Nelson single-hop. Clear gold pour, modest head, flimsy lacing. Nose is unmistakable, little bit of cereal malt, sweet earthy funk of "gooseberries", herbal and bright Sauvignon blanc, lemon, melon, pineapple, passionfruit. Slightly sweet flavor, candied tangerine, lemon zest, grape must, green floral linger. The more I drink, the more I like. Very nice dimension on the nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (574) - - APR 9, 2016
Moderately tasty, a little over-carbonated perhaps. Not terribly hoppy. Nice enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2016
Can. Fruity aroma. The deScription is pretty accurate; berries and finishes like wine. Strong. A little bit of a dry finish.

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