Against the Grain Rico Sauvin IPA Review

Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2%
8.5 Stars

Look at the photo of that can. Just look at it. Now imagine me seeing this on the beer store shelf and not buying it. Are you thinking it? Good. That thought you just had? Pure lunacy. Of course I had to buy this, what kind of fool do I look like?

Rico Sauvin Imperial IPA from Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky is an imperial IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops, a variety of hop grown in New Zealand and named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape, due to it’s fruity, crushed grape and white wine-like aroma. Apparently these are some fancy-pants hops that cost way more than the traditional variety. Plus they’re from the land of Hobbitses! What better way to showcase these splendid hops than to plop them in a can featuring a shirtless man with a bunch of grapes in his trousers accompanied by a ball-gagged sheep?

Poured into my trusty glass, this beer looked a hazy golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head and smelled of tropical fruits, no doubt due to the aforementioned Nelson Sauvin hops. The scent of white grapes, passionfruit, and tasitness drifted up from the glass into my noseholes.

The fruitiness continued as I poured the beer into my face. I tasted some upfront maltiness, immediately followed by bitter and sweet tropical fruits, such as pineapple and passionfruit, along with white grapes. It’s medium-bodied, creamy and slightly dry, much like wine, and has moderate carbonation… just enough fun little bubbles to tingle the tastebuds. Though it clocks in at a touch over 8 percent alcohol, I didn’t really pick that up while drinking it. A crisp finish makes this one fine DIPA to tickle your nipple to.

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A craft beer fan since 19, used to look for your non-regular beers on frequent trips to downtown Windsor with friends, at 21 Ken basically took over an entire refrigerator with monthly visits to Merchants. With 5 years of podcasting prior, Ken decided to create the brand and show Better on Draft in the spring of 2015, and began creating his dream of a beer-centric website that wasn't too full of itself. He now runs the board and does a lot of the back office stuff while the show goes on, keeping everyone in line, and the beer flowing!