Saturday, June 25, 2016

Against The Grain #PoundSign Review

Name: Against The Grain #PoundSign
Style: Lager
ABV: 4%

Against the Grain Brewing is one of those breweries that I've always wanted to check out but the price of their bombers was rather off-putting for me to spend money on it. That was until recently. when started canning pretty much all of their regular beers and at a much more reasonable price than the bomber bottles.

With that said, the beer we're looking at is called #PoundSign, a name whose irony mirrors the label artwork you see before you, complete with an Instagram photo, a bunch of hashtagged words plastered all over and a subheading that calls this beer "A Trendy Lager". This also is a collaboration between Against The Grain & Stillwater Artisanal Ales, a brewery which I have some familiarity with.

Appearance - Fairly clear bright yellow color with a mild amount of haze and carbonation. The head is nice and foamy with some good retention but the lacing more of the soapy and sparse side.

Aroma - Pale malts and light floral hops with some cereal grains and lager yeasts.

Taste - Floral and light bitter hops on the front of the palate with some pilsner grassiness and pale malts in the middle. Towards the back, you have this lingering bitter hop flavor with this lager yeastiness, both of which linger on the palate for a few moments after you take a sip.

As a whole, it's a decent craft lager but the asking price is a high (though not unreasonable) when you consider that there are better craft lagers out there for much better prices, at least in my area there are. That said, it's drinkable but nothing I haven't already seen before.

Against The Grain #PoundSign - 7.5/10

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