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Against the Grain Squeegtaker
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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An India Pale Ale featuring Austrailian Topaz hops. The Australian hop selection Topaz is a super high alpha seedless cultivar with a pronounced and unique hop flavor and aroma. Bred by Hop Products Australia at their Rostrevor Breeding Garden in Victoria The base IPA grain bill includes Pale malt, wheat, Vienna and Munich malts, while the Topaz hops provide spice (almost clove) character and earthy notes similar in character to old English cultivars, and fruit flavour such as lychee making this a flavorful and interesting IPA.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Draft. Clear amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some floral, apricot, faint smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some resin/pine, bread. Minimal carbonation, medium body, some resin.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Draft at Churchkey in DC. Hazy amber color, fluffy off white head, solid lacing. Aroma of floral perfume. Taste is meadow, flowers, citrus, biscuit. Tasty. Nice to see ATG in DC!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5927) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
draft at Blue Monk, caramel copper pour. medium to fuller mouthfeel. solid bitterness, mild fruit & citrus, caramel malts, light peanut shells. perhaps a tad old but still a nice IPA

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (4018) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draught at Lexington Beerworks. Malty. Hoppy. Citrus. Bitter throughout. While not out of the ordinary, a well done and solid IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
On tap at brewpub
My final sample before a full pint was this top notch IPA. Midwestern breweries are cranking out IPAs by the dozens so it would be hard for me to say I’d drink it again. However if you are in the area while it is still on tap be sure to order some yourself.

Aroma / Appearance - The transparent bronze body is full of life. A wiry white head provides nice contrast. Grass, hay, and dandelions provide an herbal touch. It is almost as if a fall harvest was gathered into a keg.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel hangs on the tongue. Crawling towards the back of the throat it hits home with grass, mulch, and rye. Cut hay drying in the fields brightens the throat. A filling and creamy IPA is good enough to drink even in a crowded field.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Draft @ ATG. Clear golden amber with a small white head. Aroma is new to me, kind of the grape’like character of Nelson hops mixed with a spicy/herbal English hop, light toast malt as well. Flavor is bitter up front with some light malt sweetness and no alcohol taste. Medium body with a clean, bitter finish. Very interesting beer, I’d like to try some more beers that use Topaz hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1543) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Aroma of basic cereal/light caramel malts and herbal/floral hop presence. Appearance is bright gold with foamy white head. Flavor is largely dominated by the Topaz hop characters, which is an interesting mix of herbal/floral notes. Palate is bubbly. An interesting IPA.


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