It’s Day 9 of the #12BeersOfXmas! Now it’s time for one of my all-time top beers…
Brewdog/Mikeller – I Hardcore You (9.5%, 330ml)
It pours a light straw colour at the base of the glass leading up to dark orange at the top with a smooth off white head.
The aroma is great, strong hoppy resin notes combined with a small amount of malt and citrus.
The flavour on this is where it really shines, the strong hoppy resin notes from the aroma are present, along with much more citrus and a very good sweet malty backbone and mild bitterness to round it all off. It’s also medium bodied with a medium carbonation level – this is a real pleasure to drink.
Overall this is a great double/imperial IPA and I bloody love it!
Appearance – Pretty much the same as all the other IPA is Dead beers (shocker). Orange, hazy, creamy white head.
Aroma – Earthy… Reminds me a bit of digging up the garden, but add to that, there’s a distinct cheesy aroma in there, like a cheddar that’s just a little past it’s best.
Flavour – Again earthy, and with a hint of orange and other citrus fruits. Not entirely unpleasant if you can get past the cheesy smell.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied. Well carbonated and feels quite sharp on the tounge.
Overall – Hmmm, not enjoying this one to be honest. It’s like someone has taken a pretty average IPA and dropped a sweaty sock in it after a long hard running session. Fingers crossed the other three are a vast improvement.
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.
BrewDog Camden is the newest addition to BrewDog’s collection of craft beer bars, situated just around the corner from Camden tube station, I’m a bit of a fan of BrewDog’s beers and attitude towards brewing so I’ve been looking forward to a visit…
A few friends and I went there last night for some birthday drinks and to check out the new IPA is Dead range. All I can say is, I like this pub! The beer (as expected) is great, and it’s not just BrewDog beers on offer – the fridges were stacked with craft beer from other breweries from all over the globe. In fact there was such a variety on offer it’s a bit too much choice, but that’s a good thing! The atmosphere was great too, even when it got quite busy later on in the evening it still felt like a good place to be in and it didn’t take more than a few minutes to get served at the bar. The only possible negative I could think of is that if this place gets more popular (it’s going to), it could be a little too busy and crowed for a civilised and deep conversation, but you could say that of any busy pub in London of an evening.
On to the beers! For this visit I decided to stick with the BrewDog beers and sample a few (small measures of each of course!):
Punk IPA – tastes exactly the same from the pump as it does from the bottle (aka good!).
77 Lager – nice clean, crisp lager, and very refreshing.
IPA is Dead Moteuka – great aroma and flavour, real fruity notes.
IPA is Dead Galaxy – similar to the Moteuka, great aroma and fruity flavour, but had a slightly more harsh bitter edge to it that I quite liked, this one was my favourite of the IPA is Dead family.
IPA is Dead Challenger – nice, but way too bitter.
IPA is Dead HBC – ok, but bland in comparison to the other three in the range.
Hardcore NZ (Hardcore IPA variant using New Zealand hops) – hoppy, sweet tropical fruit, malty and caramel flavours abound.
All in all the beer experience was as expected (great). What I didn’t expect though was the food to be equally great! They only serve a limited selection: three types of pizzas or burgers, and a cheese board. All of the food coming by looked great, so I opted for the “Meaty One” pizza – I was not disappointed! Some of the others had the burgers and the cheese board and they were equally happy with the food.
So BrewDog Camden lived up to the expectations, if you can get there I would most definitely recommend it.
I’m pretty sure i’ll be heading over to Brewdog Camden for this one!
IPA is Dead Launch Event – Wednesday 21st March in All BrewDog Bars! From 7pm
IPA is dead showcases 4 killer hops varieties from 4 corners of the planet. The result is 4 radically different single hop IPAs. Each IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and massively dry hopped.
We will be launching them all on draft in a Hop Slam Wednesday in all BrewDog Bars from 7pm on Wednesday the 21st March.