strafefire (8) - - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Encountered in the Ship and Castle in Aberystwyth.
Up to this point we had been supping Erdinger and freedom brewery’s Ubu and Wild Goose like they were going out of fashion, setting the tone to be very much a Teutonic/pint with assorted hedge cuttings within type affair.
Craving something to cut through the cream like malty wheat-fest of proceedings thus far, I clocked the unassuming Dead Pony Club snuggled between some radioactive looking VK and San Miguel.
Up to now, I have been partly terrified of Brewdog’s offerings. With a penchant for paint blistering abv’s and a most unfortunate first contact in a room temperature bottle of Punk IPA during my undergrad days, I had tended to steer towards my beloved European offerings and anything Wychwood could throw in the public domain.
More fool me.
On a gamble and a desperate need for hops, I took the plunge and opted for the Celt. And my word what a win. At a extremely suppable 3.8, this hop hand grenade immediately threw citrus, pine and the essence of sheer vibrance in my hooter, demanding an immediate and very un-connoisseur like gulp.
On the palette Dead Pony Club continues the citric theme with an incredibly grapefruity bittersweet taste, the hop elements immediately forthright with a smooth transition to an dry finish, practically begging another sip.
The body is difficult to comment as this superseded an erdinger, understandably the pint of liquid weetabix still dominating the mouth feel palette.
Overall? As you can probably gather this wee Beastie of a bottle did not last long, a superbly refreshing beer, the bittersweet flavour profile perfectly suited for either a sumer scorcher refresher or a low abv counter-foil to creamy curries.
A winner in my books, happy supping!
Alengrin (2986) - BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Low-alcohol APA with stable, off-white, sticky head and beautiful deep orange blonde, almost amber colour with a lot of fizz. Nice and perfumey aroma of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, bitter honey, peanuts, walnuts, nettles, caramel, toasted bread. Soft and restrainedly fruity taste, some banana and apricot, malt ’fruitiness’, very smooth, light on the tongue, medium carbo, biscuity and herbally, citrussy hoppy finish, bittering and a bit resinous. Brewdog has done pretty extreme things in its existence, but this one is clearly about drinkability and balance, and achieves very well at that.
kordestanchi (72) - - MAY 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber orange with sweet aroma of citrus and hops and bubbly head which disappeared instantly. Bitter-sweet hoppy palate of orange.
wiwetu (41) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Butelka, 0,33. Bardzo przyjemne w aromacie, cytrusowe, lekko wyczuwalne mango. Niezła piana, choć dość szybko się uszczupla. Lekka goryczka przełamywana owocowością, trochę ziółek. Drobne ciało, bardzo przyjemnie przepływa przez gardło, bez zalegającej, nieprzyjemnej goryczki. Z takim woltażem - to niczym piwo zamiast herbaty. Czekam na polski odpowiednik po polskiej cenie
at_the_hop (55) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pure botanical hop smell. Lovely rich and hazy amber colour with a sticky looking head. I really like the simplistic balance of this beer - toasty dry malt and bitter hops. It’s clean, refreshing drinkable but still full of flavour and loads of body for what is really an understrength session ale. Really clever brew.
rommelreno (39) - - MAY 14, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma citrico(laranja apodrecendo), gosto citrico com lúpulo destacado porém bastante aquosa ao final.
Gangstergafje (152) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer has a beautiful orange amber color. The beer is clear. There is a layer of rough white foam, wich disapears quickly. The smell is really good. There are fruity citrusy hop aroma’s wich fulfill the nose with a sensation of spring. The smell is resly sweet and refreshing. The taste also has this citrusy hop aroma’s. The taste is perfectly bitter, very nice.
Estebanik (98) - Lublin, POLAND - MAY 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pite z puchy. Ladny zloty kolor. Piana drobna, ale znika bardzo szybko. W aromacie grejpfruty, karmel i po ogrzaniu niestety lekka kanaliza. W smaku o dziwo nieco kwasne. Goryczka niska. Dziwne piwo, w ktorym slodowosc balansuje kwasek.
Cokemonkey11 (144) - - MAY 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, co-op. 330ml. Pours medium amber and very transparent. No head. Scent is extremely citrus and grapefruit. Taste is overwhelming medium range hops. Slightly sour and a bit dry. Finish is smooth and complex. Great
huineman (252) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours honey amber. Big bubbles. Not so rocky white head.
Aroma is grapefruit, rucola, orange peel, honey.
Fizzy, thin, quite powerful. Long bitter finish.
ruuurd (107) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like the concept, but to me this IPA is way to watery! Surprisingly it does have a nice taste, but the after taste is super watery!