Against the Grain Project MJ-23

Brewed by Against the Grain Brewery
Louisville, Kentucky USA
7.1% · Black IPA · 17 Ratings · 65 IBU ·
I said I’d never do it, I said it would never happen, but sometimes you even have to break your own rules. Yes, this is an Against the Grain Black IPA. During the great black IPA rush of 2007 many a brewer dumped some black malt into their IPAs and thought they really did something special. Well the fervor has died down enough now that I feel cumfartable making this “Black IPA.” Brewed with pale, wheat and vienna malts, we then stir in 80# of kilned black barley at the last possible moment of the mash to extract color while limiting dark malt flavor. We then add 23# of American hops at various intervals during and after the boil. The result is a nice balance between some subtle roasty flavors and the citrusy and piney hop flavor and aroma.

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Beer Rating Assistance

Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
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