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The body is difficult to comment as this superseded an erdinger, understandably the pint of liquid weetabix still dominating the mouth feel palette.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!
Huw_Gass (1) - Herefordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Low abv but full flavour. Beautiful rich fruity aroma, Mid carbonation but smooth. Quite bitter finish and aftertaste, I guess the strong hop bitterness is not as balanced out by alcohol content compared to some big IPAs but personally its no issue. Absolutely fantastic tasting beer, especially considering 3.8%.
rafax (3) - POLAND - OCT 7, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg. Strong, like a kick in the face, citrus aroma with some notes of grass and caramel (?). Very light and fresh in taste. Solid bitter finish. Copper appearance with white head and very nice lacing. Great session beer, could spend whole night with it.
Bornyensis (122) - BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Redelijk bitter bier. Een kleine citrus nasmaak. Een typische Pale Ale naar behoren.
MelvinKalksma (198) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citra hops, malt, caramel, grass, citrus, grapefruit, fresh.
Amber coloured beer with a decent, though diminishing white head.
Mostly bitter, slightly sweet. Mostly really waterish, but what do you expect with a 3.8%.
hrabren (313) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle from Pivoteka Zagreb. Shared with Vi?nja and Goran. Had Dead Pony Club before, but not sure if I have the rate somewhere. Hazy dark golden, small to medium off white head. Biscuit, leaves, earthy hops. Balanced, fruity, some honey, medium hopped, medium carbonation. Medium body, quite ok for a low percentage. Light bitter finish.
CaptainTilven (73) - Nancy, FRANCE - OCT 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden body, headed by golden beige thicky and aery foam. Aroma of agrums, pear, pine. taste is the same. Body is thin. Pretty well done owing to its low ABV - appreciable !
bhensonb (12768) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Gloucster Road Waitrose. Pours light copper with a slight white head. Aroma hints at dank, has citrus and some strange fruits from under the Southern Cross - or at least some hops from there. It’s approaching dank, has some nice roasty malt for backbone, and it has citrus and a lot of those new floral/fruit notes from NZ based hops. Lots of flavor here; finishing less than harshly bitter - for a Yank. Sort of West Coast US, but not NW US.
honda (12) - - SEP 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth beer with nice aroma. Nice combination with citra, mosaic and other hops. This is the beer which I can drink it all the day :)
Calisky (1850) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur clair ambrée, mousse qui disparait. Nez houblonné fruité exotique, litchis. Gout fruité exotique, raisin avec amertume de pin assez rapide en bouche. Corps leger. Fin légèrement amère, agrumes. Pas mal pour 3.8c°
floydian1 (1215) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle @ Pig & Whistle, Eagle St, Brisbane. This is a superior session IPA with good citrus fruity and pine resin hops on the nose and palate on top of the caramel malt backbone. Great flavours for the ABV. Easy drinking with a light-medium body.