Against the Grain Rico Sauvin Double IPA

The first Against the Grain beer I had was a very good beer with a very poorly drawn picture on the can. This one also has a lousy picture, so (if the pattern holds true) it should be a tasty beer. This is a double IPA, and I really like IPAs, so let's assume this is going to be really, really good going in and hope that I don't get my hopes crushed.

The clear, deep gold beer with a brown tint has a nice and sticky head that leaves lacing like a champ. This is the look of an IPA, that's for sure. The aroma reinforces that impression with fruitiness and sweet malt on top of a gentle bed of hops. It's very nice and noticeably calm for a *double* India pale ale.

First sip is exceedingly complex, but I'm tasting grapefruit, grapes, apricot, bread, and even floral hops. The beer has a certain amount of sour to it that I'm associating with the grapefruit, but it's not the best thing I could taste in there. I'd gladly give up the sour for the bitterness of the hops, but I am here to drink the beer in front of me, not the beer I wish I had.

Tip-in is a hint of fresh bread, slight grapefruit, and floral hops. The middle is all those fruits (grapes, plums, apricots, etc) in a very nice, fluid mixture that brims with taste. This is no watery, bashful beer - this beer is tasty right here. It's even sweet in the middle, which was not expected. The finish is where that sour lies. It isn't nearly as bad as it was in the sip, but it's not what I'm looking for. Still, it's not bad enough to weigh down the rest of the very good beer.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for something different and good, give it a try. You'll probably like what you find (so long as you don't sip it).



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