There are many reasons to try a beer. Perhaps you're a fan of the style. Maybe you enjoyed the beers made by the brewer at another brewery, or you heard positive things from a friend. Maybe it just sounds good. Or, as was the case with Against The Grain Brewery, the packaging caught your eye. Featuring irreverent and witty cartoon illustrations, Against the Grain's bottles are full of attitude that jumps out at you on the shelf. Located in a former train station on Main Street in Louisville, KY, this rapidly expanding three year old brewery and restaurant brews on a 15 barrel system, in addition to brewing at Pub Dog Brewery in Maryland.We sampled two Against the Grain ales: Citra Ass Down, an Imperial IPA, and 35k, a Milk Stout. Have you tried these Louisville beers? Leave your own tasting notes in the comment section!
As the name implies, this Imperial IPA's main hop is Citra, a newer hop variety high full of tropical citrus aromas. The slightly cloudy honey-colored beer gave off a hoppy and citrusy aroma that, while not overwhelming, was heavy on orange. Citra Ass Down tasted pleasantly hoppy with cedar notes and a slight wheat taste at the end, no doubt contributed to be the orange hop aroma.
A Milk Stout brewed with Nugget and Crystal hops, the beer poured an inky black with slight red hues when held up to the light. Roasty and rich in the nose with a mildly sour and musty aroma, 35k Stout was sweet but finished dry with a lactose flavor.
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