Everyone is buzzing about the Bo & Luke release on Sept. 14, but let’s not forget that Against the Grain rolls out good stuff constantly. I love stopping in to see what’s new. In my two recent visits, I tried a few different styles – one of which didn’t even yet have its clever name up on the board.
Black Pale Ale (6.2% ABV, “just over 40” IBU) – The bartender simply called this one a “black pale ale,” and as I noted, there was no description for it next to the “Dark” label on the tell-all ATG chalkboard. But this beer, whatever it’s called, is a really nice blend of hops and roasted malts. It’s like what might happen if an APA and a nut brown had a love child. I really enjoyed this one.
Pale Pattern Boldness (5.7% ABV, 40 IBU) – This is an american pale ale with a finish that is almost sour. In fact, it really caught my taste buds off guard, because the bitterness was oddly tempered. Otherwise, it’s about what you’d expect: a cloudy, dark orange ale with light head, medium body and plenty of legs. Solid, but not my favorite ATG brew.
Bitter As Appropriate (3.4% ABV, 30 IBU) – “Yes, please” is what I wrote in my notes. That pretty much sums it up: This is an easy-to-drink, light-bodied ale with just enough bitterness to let you know it’s there. A classic summer session ale, not unlike New Albanian Brewing Co.’s Houndmouth.