Hardcore IPA – Brewdog (Scotland)

 


TL:DR – “cellared mine for 3 years, too flat and too alcoholic to love”


Hardcore IPA – Brewdog, 9.2% ABV, 330 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: heavy alcoholic brandy toffee barleywine
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $4 CAD (after 10% off) – 330 ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: maybe if fresh
  • What made an impression: heavy alcohol

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Textured label on the bottle. Pours almost clear copper brown with suspended micro sediment, micro ring, a few micro bubbles here and there not much.

Nose: caramelized barley toffee malt, slight alcohol, heavy sweetness. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: boozy heaviness

Mid-palate: (lvl-8-sweetness), alcohol hit heavy, brandy, toffee-barleywine

Finish: orange citrus hoppy medium bitter, zingy alcohol

Summary: Lots of alcoholic heaviness in this one, I’m not that convinced that it’s all for the better. Perhaps I’ve cellared this one for too long (3 years), the mouthfeel is rather flat and I’m not getting a balanced sippability characteristic of Brewdog brews. Just a bit above average.

Punk IPA (5.6%) – Brewdog (Ellon, Scotland)

Punk IPA (5.6%) – Brewdog, 5.6% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

Ingredients: Extra Pale Malt; Chinook, Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin hops. IBUs 45
This fresh, full flavour natural beer is our tribute to the classic IPAs of yester-year. The post modern twist is the addition of amazing fruity hops giving an explosion of tropical fruit flavours and a sharp bitter finish.


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Medium crisp dull CO2 biscuity barley malt stealth orange stealth bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.25 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, not enough body

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours almost clear marmalade orange, not much head, a half layer of micro retention, scattered loose streams.

Nose: toffee biscuity barley malt, hints of hops. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: medium crisp, dull CO2,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), sligtht tingly, light grainy-light biscuity barley malt, gentle stealth orange citrus notes

Finish: super stealth soft hop bitter, grainy barley exhale

Summary: Very smooth without much lingering hop bitterness unlike North American IPAs. It seems to lack punch and depth characteristic of the other Brewdog brews I’ve had. Perhaps its due to the 2 year cellaring.

Five AM Red Ale – Brewdog (Ellon, Scotland)

Five AM Red Ale (aka 5 A.M. Saint) – Brewdog, 5% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

“5am Saint is The Holy Grail of red ales. We live in a world of disposable deities. Someone, somehow has managed to press that big, flashing moronic override button and we’re hard wired straight into the pockets of false idols trying to make a quick buck. Sadly, for a lot of people the same mentality applies to beer. But who’s to know what’s worth worshiping when monolithic advertising budgets have you sucked down the rabbit hole in the blink of an eye? At BrewDog we are on a mission to open as many people’s eyes as possible. Cast away any aspersions and let the crook of BrewDog be your guide in a whirlwind of conformity and mediocrity. Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you’ll never want to look back. Malts: Maris Otter, Caramalt, Munich Malt, Crystal and Dark Crystal Malts Hops:Cascade, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Centennial Twist: Loads of late hops and bucket-loads of dry hops


  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: Toasty brown sugar barley malt berry/red grape subtle hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.25 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, but not memorable

Visual: Pours opaque reddish brown without much of a head, thin ringed retention with a hazy island, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: brown sugar, date, sweet toasted barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, half-flat CO2

Mid-palate: background stealth grassiness, (lvl-4-sweetness), red berries/red grape, brown sugar toasted barley malt

Finish: residual barley malt sweetness, subtle bitterness

Summary: This has a dull, medium deepness which I find isn’t too impressive compared to their other fab brews. Good drinkability and flavour, but not quite rounded and bold enough to be great.

Jack Hammer Ruthless IPA – Brewdog (Scotland)

Jack Hammer Ruthless India Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

Ruthless India Pale Ale

Start with a colossal grapefruit aroma. Pile on bitterness after thumping bitterness, and ride the anarchy wherever it takes you. The caramel razor is sharp, but the resinous bite drills straight through your taste buds.

For blitzing the mediocre, raising hell and revelling in the aftermath, Jack Hammer is the end of the line. The hopped-up, pucker-mouthed terminal extreme of craft brewing. This beer is bitter. Very bitter. If you push that button, don’t say we didn’t warn you…

OG: 1069
IBU’s: Hopped to 200+ theoretical IBUs
Malts: Extra Pale
Hops: Centennial & Columbus, dry hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Fantastic smooth crisp yellow grapefruit toasty toffee barley malt soft grassy hop long bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.75 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, Brewdog never fails

Visual: Pours marmalade orange with large suspended bits, a very small dissipating head, thin ringed retention with spotty islands, slow sporadic streams.

Nose: super bright orange-grapefruit hop oils (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp bite

Mid-palate: orange-mango hop oils, controlled zingy alcohol detection, (lvl-6-sweetness), yellow grapefruit, grassy-green hop cones

Finish: tongue numbness, toasty toffee barley malt aftertaste, long bitter hopped finish

Summary: A really, really nice showcase of a quality IPA. Balanced sweet grapefruity malts with a superb smooth-thick mouthfeel, and the hops are bold yet never overbearing. I particularly like the re-emergence of the barley malt at the finish. Very round and profound. Recommended.

Dana IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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Dana IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

-Summary of the four hop varieties:

  • Dana (Slovenia) = grassy, mango, light spicy
  • East Kent Goldings (UK/USA) = blackberry
  • El Dorado (Yakima) = peach, watermelon, pear
  • Waimea (NZ) = tangelo, grassy

 

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…”

A pseudo noble hop. Noble like a mother fucking king. But not a boring king. Noble like a chain smoking, pimp of a pinball wizard king. Apparently, they are the best kind.
Hailing from Slovenia, Dana was originally cross bred from the German Hallertau Magnum and native Slovenian varieties. Like any good faux noble hop should it infuses a rustic, musty spiciness into a classic beast of a malt base, just like your grandfather’s old school aftershave.
This hop of Eastern European origin is best enjoyed whilst dreaming up a song about a lovely donkey that fell in love with a princess that is destined to take the Eurovision song contest by storm.


  • Style: (single hop, Dana) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Grassy mango toffee malt light spicy medium bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours orangish brown with suspended sediment, thin hazy layer of micro retention, just a few micro bubbles of activity.

Nose: brown sugar toffee malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: half-slick, low CO2

Mid-palate: grassy hop oil, bright (lvl-5-sweetness), mango toffee malt

Finish: background light sourness-tangy, light spicy pine exhale, lingering medium bitter hops.

Summary: Smooth drinkability just like the rest of their single hops. Half grassy, half mango toffee malt character. Pretty good.

Goldings IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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Goldings IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

-so far my personal preference: El Dorado > Goldings > Waimea

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…

Good old East Kent Goldings. Elegant and refined and like a quintessential English gentleman, inherently boring. Boring that is unless you put the amplitude into overdrive and hope the living daylights out of the beer with it.  This is East Kent Goldings re-invented and re-imagined and shows just what can be done with English hops if you use enough of them. An often overlooked hop superstar, normally getting lost in a woeful stream of conformist brown ales made by sleepy cask ale brewers. But not anymore. Classic Empire with an anarchic twist. God save the Queen. In this amped up Goldings reincarnation expect to be slammed with floral lavender, a fruity riot of blackberries and spiced pears, bumble-gum plums and the illusion of thyme. It reminds me of the apricot marmalade by grandmother used to make.


  • Style: (single hop, East Kent Goldings) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Blackberry toffee malt soft bitter hop
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours pale orange-brown with suspended sediment, no head, a few big bubbles on the surface, no activity.

Nose: faint berries, toffee malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, low CO2

Mid-palate: brightness, tangy blackberry, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee malt backbone

Finish: red grape exhale, soapy, soft bitter hops.

Summary: Slightly heavier on the palate than the Waimea and El Dorado, fantastic distinct blackberry aroma.

El Dorado IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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El Dorado IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

-so far: El Dorado > Waimea (in terms of distinct hop flavour)

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…

The Pacific North West of America is home to the brand speanking new El Dorado Hop. America is not just about cheer-leaders, a silly version of football, elastic top jeans and cheeseburgers. They grow remarkable hops and El Dorado is a killer example of this, embodying all that is good about American hops and then some. A new hop on the block, it may even seduce you into thinking the American Dream is not just a catch phrase to sell movies and elect Presidents. Fearfully hard to resist, this beer is loaded with tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, candy floss and stone fruit. Devilishly moreish.


  • Style: (single hop, El Dorado) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toffee malt subtle peach/pear/watermelon/apricot soft hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a nice showcase of El Dorado hops

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy brownish-orange without a significant head, a clump of bubbled retention, virtually no activity.

Nose: faint toffee barley malt, more pronounced musk. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: low CO2, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6-sweetness), toffee barley malt, peach/apricot, hints of pear

Finish: hints of watermelon, delayed subtle soft bitter hop, PAPAYA exhale.

Summary: Drank after Waimea in the same session. More malt forward initially, brighter stone fruity mids with much softer hopped bitterness in the finish. Lots of fruit but less length of flavour.