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Against The Grain now distributes to New Jersey, so I don’t have to wait until I go out of state to try their beers. I haven’t seen any reviews on this one, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

shonuff

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Beer For Bad Mo-Fo’s. This Belgian table bier is a traditional entry into the Session category. It is meant to be consumed with food but also stands well on its own. When you need to drink the whole meal and want something with plenty of flavor but don’t want to get shit-twisted from the alcohol, this is a great choice. Look for a smooth malty body with hints of biscuit and rye. The hops are subdued and mostly present as a bittering agent. The yeast plays a prominent role in creating bready and lightly fruity notes.”

Random: My new favorite blogging spot is the corner of our sectional. Sometimes the cats try to kick me out of the spot.

The brew poured with a two finger, thick, slightly off-white head. It went away quickly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky, light orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had toasted grains along with old grass and earthy hops. The taste was also quite light with the same toasted grain and a touch of sweetness. The hops were mellow and was also earthy, but the brew was highlighting the malt. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with biscuit and toasted malt. A pounder can of the beer was $3 ($.19 per ounce). I had no problem killing this can, but it’s definitely on the simplistic side. It would be a good choice for a barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Although I’m not the biggest fan of Against The Grain’s labels, I have enjoyed the beers I’ve had from them so far. Let’s see how this one was.

kentuckyryedchiquen

ABV: 8.6%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cluck Cluck! The Chiquen has come home to roost! An amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels. Our first barrel aged beer here at Against the Grain is the Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. Named so because it was made in Kentucky, has a lot of Rye in it and was aged in rye barrels and it’s not Chicken. As we all know (or should know) Chiquen refers to anything that is not chicken. Now that we have all that straight, we will talk about what is in this beer. Brewed with Maris Otter from the UK and rye malt and caramel rye from Germany, imparting a spicy, fruity and dry flavor. Then hopped with enough English Nugget and Kent Goldings just to balance and fermented with our house ale yeast. After fermentation we moved the entire batch into the AtG private dining room and into used Redemption Rye barrels from our good friends at Strong’s Spirits. There it aged for 5 weeks until we felt it had picked up the right amount of residual bourbon character and oak flavors. We then transferred it to our serving tank, carbonated it and the end result is on tap now, a balanced drinkable and complex barrel aged beer.”

Random: I had New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon and wasn’t a big fan of it.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass as well. The body was a bright amber color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was mild, given that it was aged in bourbon barrels and was a rye beer. It had lightly toasted malt and the rye was muted. There was also some vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging. The taste had vanilla and spicy rye. There was also toasted malt, like a wheat toast and some cracker as well. The booze was insanely well-hidden. It had a medium body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with vanilla and a touch of rye. A bomber of this was $18.99 ($.86 per ounce). I found this beer interesting, but I wanted more from the bourbon barrel aging and more spice from the rye. I’m glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again, especially given the high pricetag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

For some reason, I never got into instagram. I follow a few breweries on there, but only go on once or twice a month. One thing I don’t like about it is that people put a million hashtags (or “poundsigns”) on their photos. I think it’s a bit obnoxious. That’s what I like about the can art on this beer. It pokes a bit of fun at that.

#poundsign

ABV: 4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “A hashtag is a type of label or metadata tag used on social network and microblogging services which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content. Users create and use hashtags by placing the hash character (or number sign) # in front of a word or unspaced phrase, either in the main text of a message or at the end. Searching for that hashtag will then present each message that has been tagged with it.”

Random: I can’t stand white iPhones. I don’t like white cars either.

The brew poured with half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. As expected, the body was a clear, straw color with high carbonation. The nose was mild, even for the style. It had milled grain and a touch of skunk. After a few sniffs, fresh-cut grass was present to, albeit very slight. The taste started with the same milled grain as the nose. Old lemon rind came through next with a hint of a metallic taste. The metal taste wasn’t off-putting, but noticeable. The flavors were clean and crisp and inoffensive. It had a thicker-than-expected body for the style with soda-like carbonation. It was accompanied by a lengthy finish with grain and grass. This would make for a great beer to give someone who is into macro-lagers or to throw in a cooler on a hot day. I would have this again, although for $3.99 a can ($.25 per ounce), there are more economical choices out there.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a milk stout. When I picked this beer up, I’ll be honest, I didn’t care what style it was, but I wanted to try it because it was from Against The Grain. The can art just makes it jump off the shelf at you. I just reviewed another beer from the brewery about a week ago and was quite impressed, so I have high hopes for this one.

35k

ABV: 7%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With this beer, we’re putting in a swimming pool! And if there’s enough left over, we’re gonna fly you all down here to help us dedicate it. Not your typical ‘Jelly of the Month Club’ beer. Dark roasted malt and bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavor and aroma burst from this pitch black milk stout. The full body and sweetness are derived from the addition of lactose (aka milk sugar) which is not fermentable by beer yeast. A healthy dose of Nugget and Crystal hops provides a counterpoint to this ale’s rich and complex maltiness.”

Random: No matter how warm it is outside, my office is like the Arctic Circle.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that took awhile to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, smoke and vanilla. Lactose was present as well. The taste also had strong cocoa powder, milk chocolate and ash. It had some creaminess from the lactose, but not nearly as much sweetness as I’m used to for the style. The smoke, roasted malts and chocolate were dominant, which was actually a nice change. The body was thick, but silky with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with ash and cocoa powder. A can of this was pricey at $3.00 for a single, which came to $.19 per ounce. This beer was really nice, although it could have used some more balance.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is my first Against The Grain beer. I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews on other beer blogs, but haven’t gotten to try one. I picked this up during my last trip to Half Time, so hopefully it’s as good as the hype.

poffopils

ABV: 5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to a distributors website, “OOOHHH YEAAAHH! The best there is…past, present and future! Did I say what I think I said?! This lager is only for the most savage pils drinker! Crisp and delicious, it’ll deliver flavor that you’ll savor after every pull! Yeah Yeah Yeah! Dig it! Too Cold To Hold!”

Random: I was listening to a beer podcast that was saying that people initially get into craft beer and then go to the hoppy beers and eventually come back to the more delicate styles like pilsner and kolsch. I can say that for me, this is absolutely true and I have a new appreciation for these styles.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a small crown on top of the straw yellow body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had sweet grain and lightly floral hops. The taste had more flavor. It had mineral water up front. Then, sweetness from the grain came through. The floral hops that were in the nose were not nearly as apparent in the flavor. The last flavor that I could pick up was white pepper. The body was light with lots of carbonation, which made this go down incredibly easily. The finish was quick with white pepper and sweet grain. A pounder can of this was $3.75 ($.23 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer, especially since I’m enjoying the style more and it was really crushable. This would make for a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0