BrewDog – IPA is Dead, Challenger

I really enjoyed BrewDog’s IPA is Dead series when I sampled the latest run at their bar in Camden, so I decided to buy them in bottled form just so I could see if they differed in any way to the kegged counterpart.

This is the first one I’ve gotten around to cracking open – the English hop, Challenger.

Aroma – Very soft citrus, but strong pine/resin notes.

Appearance – Golden orange in colour and slightly hazy. Nice white head formation.

Flavour – Strong resin, piney flavours, not much in the way of citrus. The most overwhelming characteristic of this beer is the bitterness – it’s very bitter, almost bordering on harsh, followed by a very dry finish.  As it warmed up (and I got into it) it almost reminded me of Stone’s Ruination IPA in the flavour and bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Dry and smooth with moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall – Not an amazing example of an american IPA, but quite interesting. The bitterness is too strong though on this one…

Would I buy more? – Nah.  It was nice to experience, (as it was on keg), but I wouldn’t like this as a regular beer – BrewDog have done much better.

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