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Against the Grain Rico Sauvin

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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1111) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle Shared by Marcus. Pours golden copper with white head. Taste is light on mouth feel with a slight bitter hop finish

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11069) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours brassy gold with a white head. Soft Nelson tropical aromas. Smooth, med body. Flavor starts tropical, goes to light stone fruit, then develops a pretty firm hop burn. Maybe citrus/pine as well. There’s a very light. hardly noticeable caramel backbone. Real IPA here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6498) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from Star Grocery. Pours golden with a thick off-white head and a wine and pale malt aroma. There is a light tropical fruit and toffee flavor with a fairly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (310) - New York, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours pretty light orange light white head. Aroma is tropical fruit, dank earth, white grape, veggie roots, pine hop. Flavor is tropical dank fruit and pine. Med body, nasty hop fuzz, guava and dank fizzlenizzle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle shared in NYC - big thanks to Sander! Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Pleasant pissy Nelson on the nose, some grapefruit and tangerine. Medium sweet flavor with understated pale bread, slight pine, tangerine meringue, grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with some grass and pine bitterness, dried berries, orange rind. Good start though the bitterness is a bit harsh on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Location: 22 oz bottle from Hicksville Beer & Soda, 9/2/14

Aroma: The nose is heavy fruity and hoppy, nice tropical fruit and white wine
Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small head and average lacework
Flavor: The flavor is dry and fairly bitter, with a mid-to-late sweetness, and a dry finish
Palate: The body is medium, it has a smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: This is an interesting one. There’s a more typical tropical fruit hop presence over an underlying white wine flavor. Overall, it’s a pretty solid, enjoyable beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (3833) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Mild lilly aroma. Hazy golden, thick lacy head. Lilly flavor, slightly vegetal, some grassiness. Kind of disappointing, given the price tag, but justified if you like nelson sauvin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bomber shared by jackl, 8/30/14. Pours a hazy peach with a thin creamy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tropical, earthy hops and caramel malt. The taste is bitter citrus, tropical, herbal hops, mild caramel malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4598) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Hazy light amber with a small head. Concentrated cantaloupe, lemon, honey. Taste is pretty abrasive. Oniony bitterness. Flower roots. Grass. Funky sea salt and dirt. Quite different than the nose suggests. Medium body, active carbonation. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1291) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle split with friends. Hazy gold pour. Slight white head. Aroma is citrus, orange zest, grass, slight booze. Taste is bitter, sweet, gummy bears, sweet tarts. Juicy overall, refreshing for a DIPA.


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