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The body is difficult to comment as this superseded an erdinger, understandably the pint of liquid weetabix still dominating the mouth feel palette.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!
AdiBeer (100) - ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: massive hops, fruits (grapefruit?) bit of grass. Appearance: dark clear amber, medium white head fluffing away quickly. Taste: light bitterness. Palate: bitter but fades away quickly. Overall: great beer despite its low ABV. Bottle from Sainsbury’s, London.
culchiem (2054) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Honey gold with a thin head. Aroma is grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit, citrus, light caramel on a long mild bitter hop finish. Palate is dry.
Usko (124) - Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33l bottle. Orange color, off white head. Aroma is just - wow -, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, grassy and piny hop notes. Taste starts very dry with a very thin body, exotic flavors and a bitter finish thats very fast gone.
Tsekouratos (22) - - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Orange body with a nice white head. The smell was mindblowing! Pine, citrus, pineapple, Grass, some earthy and floral notes from the hops, all in a perfect balance, right in your face!!! The taste was pretty much the same but subtler, with notes of grapefruit and very hoppy! The body was light, which makes this beer a perfect session beer, one you can’t stop in the first bottle!!! Excellent!
SamTheBarrel (166) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle, pours clear amber with a medium sized off-white head that when reduced left a thin lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, orange peels and pine. Taste of grapefruit, orange peels and a hint of caramel. Light sweetness with a medium bitterness. Light body, thin texture and lively carbonation. Overall okay, but lacks strength and body, would have liked more malts.
eisnoton (15) - Athens, GREECE - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from beer-shop.gr. Aroma: pines, cool forest herbs, grapefruit, hops. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, pine needles, hops, very light. Quite nice beer.
BiffNilsson (67) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kraftigt fruktig doft med inslag av annans, barr och grape. Mörkgul färg med gult skum som sjunker ganska snabbt. Vissa rester på glaset. Smaken är bra med tydlig härledning till doften, men känns påtagligt tunn. De är tydligt att den bara ligger på 3,8%. En mycket lyckad öl som kanske bäst lämpar sig som törstsläckare en varm dag. De är inget jag sitter och njuter av en längre stund.
torriman (9) - - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In 33 cl bottle. Nice hoppy beer. Fruity aroma. Quite bitter. Low alcohol. Really nice
bjakk (127) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - DEC 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden clouty almost no head. Nice fruty malty aroma. Malty, mild burned. Nice hoppy aftertaste
Jokk (43) - Odessa, UKRAINE - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This can be compared to BrewDog’s Punk IPA.
As it said - it packs a huge hoppy punch, aroma profile is similar to Punk - very tropical and fruity, mostly citrus notes, pine can be distinguished more clearly.
In mouth its more crispy and fresh.
Light-to-medium body, lively carbonated. Pleasant bitterness in the finish, uber-drinkable..