My first of this years batch of IPA is dead…
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.
This is my third bottle of the IPA is Dead series, hailing from New Zealand – Motueka.
Aroma – There’s a really strong piney resin nose to this one, coupled with a light hint of grapefruit.
Appearance – Deep orange, with a slightly off white head and just a little bit hazy.
Flavour – Much like the aroma, it’s got a real piney deep flavour with a background hint of grapefruit and citrus. It’s also slightly sweet, but not enough to leave a bad feeling in your mouth.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with slight carbonation – just enough for it to sparkle on the tongue.
Overall – This is really quite a pleasant IPA, strong, hoppy and flavourful.
Would I buy more? – Yes, I do believe I would if BrewDog ever make some more.
Another week, another beer from the BeerBods. This time up it’s something a bit different – a heather beer!
Aroma – Starts off (when cool) with an earthy and peaty aroma, but as it wams up it develops more of a sweet character and the maltiness comes through.
Appearance – Golden, crystal clear and with a soft white head that persisted well.
Flavour – The predominant flavours I got off of this were a jam like sweetness followed by a slightly spicy ginger note – it’s ok, not unpleasant, but it’s not normally the sort of thing I’d go for. You also get a malty sweetness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. There’s a slight carbonic bite in the finish (following that malty sweetness down).
Overall – I’m a bit mixed on this one. It’s got some interesting flavours going on in there, but I found it real hard going from about half-way down the glass due to the slight spiciness.
Would I buy more? – Not too sure to be honest… It’s nice, but it’s not one I’d go out and look for.
Hmmm, I fancied a nice IPA tonight so i’m breaking out another one of the BrewDog IPA is Dead beers. This time it’s the North American hop, HBC.
Aroma – Soft pine/resin and slight hints of citrus and malt.
Appearance – Much like the Challenger, golden orange in colour and slightly hazy. Nice white head formation.
Flavour – Pine and resin matching the aroma, but followed up with a complex fruity character.
Mouthfeel – Medium body and carbonation. Smooth drinking with a great dry finish.
Overall – Much nicer than the Challenger, it’s a more balanced and rounded beer, and a good showcase for the HBC hops.
Would I buy more? – I could quite happily drink this one again, it’s not the best IPA i’ve ever had, but it is nice.
So this is the first beer from the BeerBods case I got delivered the other week. I have to say that this is a good first beer! Nice and refreshing. 🙂
Aroma – Slightly hoppy and grassy, with a touch of citrus.
Appearance – Light straw colour, brilliantly clear, with a nice bright white head that lasted well.
Flavour – Matching the aroma, it has a light, hoppy, grassy taste. This is matched with a delicate malty flavour that’s slightly biscuity. It’s also quite dry, making it quite drinkable.
Mouthfeel – Medium-light bodied and quite well carbonated. The carbonation gives it a quite harsh bitterness, but it doesn’t distract too much from the flavour.
Overall – A light, refreshing blonde ale that’s really quite drinkable.
Would I buy more? – I would have to say yes. It’s definitely one for a warm summers afternoon.
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.
Taste – Huge maltiness and citrusy hop flavours abound in this one. A slight hint of caramel is in there and it’s pleasantly bitter. Full bodied.
Aroma – Again, really intense maltiness and citrus. Slightly sweet.
Appearance -Clear, dark amber with a great head.
Would I buy more? – Again, it’s another one of those limited run ones. If BrewDog ever decide to do this one again, i’ll be getting a few in!