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BrewDog Atlantic IPA (Old IPA)

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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After two tempestuous months aging aboard BrewDog founder James Watt’s mackerel trawler on the North Atlantic, Atlantic IPA will be the first commercially available, genuine sea-aged IPA in two centuries - a project which is typical of the scale, audacity and boldness characteristic of BrewDog in its quest to take the UK beer industry by storm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a medium copper with thin head. Lightly roasted caramel malts in the aroma. Very malt-forward IPA with a base of caramel, light oak, a little citrus fruit and a substantial, long lasting hop bitterness to finish. Shines with its balance and layers of malt. Medium bodied and drinks quite smoothly. Nice representation of a strong English IPA. Worth what they’re charging for it? Hell no.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14873) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. Love the idea behind this beer and followed it on the video blog. Gold, clear thin white head. Wild subtle hop. Toffee in mouth. Some more hop on the finish, but compared with their other IPAs, this was not as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10611) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Light beige head. Aroma is caramelly and sweet. Has herbs and spice. Flavour is flowery and herbal. Has some spice and caramel. Medium bodied. Dry. Herbal bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
2009-09-22, tasting at Papsoe, 7-4-6-3-13=33
Hazy amber color; dusty and sandy malt aroma, old socks, a bit earthy and musky. Medium body strength, maybe less; strong bitterness, but somehow boring; ashes.

2009-08-24, courtesy of Laurent Mousson, 7-4-6-2-12=31
Hazy amber color. Light oak and alcohol aroma. Caramel flavor, with a too high perception of dust and grilled nuts, ending in ashes; the final bitterness is too disturbing. Too strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30009) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, hops, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of hops as well as medium notes of straw, malt, and fruits, leading to a very biitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours a clear deep golden with a thick and lacing off-white head. Spicy, hoppy aroma. Medium body, fruity and hoppy - but not overly so. Dry, hoppy finish. The hops are not very distinct or aromatic. A bit of a dissapointment. 220909

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, yeasty amber with a awesome looking fluffy foamy white head. Aroma: A strong whiff of earthy Euro hops and an equal sized amount of sweet and spicy malts. Taste: Starts with a subtle bitterness, followed by a moderate amount of caramel malts and a layer of roasty chocolate notes. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Overall: To date, the best BrewDog beer I have had. I enjoyed the character the beer had in its appearance and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8199) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 18, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 [9/5/09] Bottle sample during LCRBM at Kulminator in Antwerp. Murky amber color with a white head. Aroma of hops with some earth and some fruits. Dry hoppy flavor with some spicy hop notes, a bit of earth and citrus hints and some malt sweetness in the back. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear amber with a billowing beige head with huge staying power and ample lacing. Beautiful beer. Nose is vanilla and wood with lively pine and resin notes. A little citrus. Big full body on this beer. Maybe a little to full. A little caramel and vanilla up front but huge woody notes with a hint of scotch peat. Complicated beer but it lacks the hop flavor I think most expect. As a beer of its own its kinda neat but the bitterness is fairly high and not really connected to any hop flavor so its somewhat off putting. This is cool experiment though, it just needs a little more hop flavor to make it all come together. Fantastic body for an ipa. Well done if not quite great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
A gorgeous clean gold colour with a superb tight white head. Fruity hop aroma with plenty sprucey notes and a little dusky wood. Similar flavour but just seems a little too “old” to really shine. Maybe it was the stress of the epic journey. Good chewy malt base however. And the finish is really dry and bitter. Certainly makes me want to take another sip but overall not one of Brewdog’s best beers. Hats off to the fellas for an utterly superb experiment however.

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