Rico Sauvin Double IPA - Against The Grain Brewery
I guess it was about a year ago when I first saw Against The Grain Brewery on the shelf at my local bottle shop. Based purely on the hilarious beer label I quickly grabbed their "Brown Note", a brown ale said to end all brown ales. It was a pretty tasty beer, but I didn't realize at the time how tasty the beers these guys made were. The unique labels and artwork is just the beginning for this amazing brewery based out of Louisville, KY.
Fast forward to my latest visit to the bottle shop and found this beer, again the label caught my attention. Rico Sauvin Double IPA is a unique take on the traditional IPA using a hop variety I was not familiar with. The Sauvin hop is a New Zealand variety named after Sauvignon Blanc grapes and has a pretty fruity and noticeable flavor.
At 8.2% ABV this beer definitely packs a little bit of a punch, but it is a very smooth and drinkable IPA with a hop-forward flavor. You get a lot of the tropical notes in the hops both in flavor and aroma, but in a good way making it unique and tasty.
Overall, I would say give this beer a shot. Even if you just keep an eye out for the amazing artwork you find on their beers by artist Robby Davis. I know I will be trying as many of these beers as I can find in the near future, and hopefully, we can get over to the brewery sooner than later. Cheers!