BrewDog – IPA is Dead, Dana

IPA is Dead, DanaMy 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.

BrewDog – IPA is Dead, Motueka

BrewDog - IPA is Dead Motueka

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.

Fraoch – Heather Ale

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.

BrewDog – IPA is Dead, HBC

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.

Black Isle Brewery – Yellowhammer

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.

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.

BrewDog – Hops Kill Nazis

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!