Style: Double IPA
ABV: 7.6 IBU: 68
Against the Grain Brewery Rico Sauvin
What the brewers say
“An IPA featuring organic Nelson Sauvin hops, which have a strong fruity flavor and aroma that resembles white wine or fresh crushed grapes or gooseberries. Some reviewers notice passion fruit, tangerines, and grapefruit.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Grapefruit and piney hops aromas with a hint of lemon. Moderate malt sweetness, hints of biscuit and caramel. Nice hops aroma on the front. Fresh.”
Flavor: “Bright and juicy hops notes are high on avor and moderate on bitterness. Finish is clean with only a hint of astringency. Malt is lightly sweet and balanced perfectly with the moderate hops bitterness. Slight astringency in the bitterness distracts from the otherwise pleasant finish. The juicy character of the beer carries through to the finish and sits beside the bitter aspects from the hops in this beer.”
Overall: “Good, balanced, easy-drinking IIPA. Mostly citrus with a touch of floral, and a touch of earthy resin at the end. The finish is what really makes it—very clean and citrusy with notes of orange peel and lemon. It sacrifices bombast for solid drinkability making for a fine beer.”
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