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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 1219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Bottle: Filtered. Cask: Unfiltered.
Also sold as Tesco Finest American Double IPA
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Crystal malt, Caramalt; Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe hops. Dry Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe. IBU 150
This Imperial India Pale Ale Rocks... Hardcore! But donít feel obliged to take our word for it, this little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell.
2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic.
4 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more.
9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks.
2 humans and 1 canine companion are relatively happy with the results
Note this is for the new petrol blue coloured labels with white lettering, which is 9.2%. Ratings for the older bottles with with bright blue label and black lettering should go under the first edition.


3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slipstream (2012) - USA - SEP 24, 2010
This was a reasonably priced offering from this usually pricey brewery, so I grabbed it. BD labels remind me of certain rock album covers from the 1980s. Dark rust pour with a foamy head that drops pretty quickly. Full, sweet hop aroma, with touches of heather and yeast. It is more attractive to the sinus than it is to the tastebud, tho. The flavor is assertive, even arrogant. Dry, bitter hops lead the way, with a splash of vodka/gin on the back end. Admirable, but not lovable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
I suspect this is the second version, cask on tap at Birch and Barley, amber with no head or lacing. The fragrance is hops with some whiskey notes, sweet and aromatic taste. Fairly clean finishwith some chocolate thrown in.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
I like this better than the first edition. Deep golden with thin white head. Body is medium with some stickiness. Co2 is medium (on draft). Very hoppy aroma. Malt profile is mostly pale, and hop profile is somewhat narrow, mostly leafy and piney.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2866) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
18-SEP-2010, bottle @home, from "ōlbutikken". Light amber, clear, head is beautifull beige, better looking than the lower alcohol version. Textbook IIPA. Malty, charamelly with loads of citrucy, piney, bitter hops. Just a tad light in mouthfeel, but length is fine and bitter. Better than the first edition. Fuller, more malty. Still could be more fresh or stronger on malt...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2010
[Bottle] Pours deep amber with a lingering light tan head. Aroma doesnít explode out of the glass like the better IIPas Iíve had, but still is okay, with caramel, and...canít quite pinpoint what else that is. Definitely isnít any fir, spruce or pine that Iíve cut...closer to a key lime/lemon aroma I would say. Taste also has caramel, with the subdued citrus aspect complimenting the malt quite niceley. Decent mouthfeel, finish is of average length. Overall, a fairly nice IIPA where the alcohol is well hidden...still, I couldnít drink it often.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7157) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 1) Bottle, first Dog for an age. Murky bronze with orange tints, rippled off-white head collapsing to a film. Florid, unmade pineapple jelly, tinned peaches, grenadine, well-deodorised armpit aroma shaved with Lindt and lemon zest. Smells like a beautiful woman whoís just been sick. Slick-bodied and oozing character like the later bottles of the first edition didnít; all the park bench alcohol and bittering rawness has gone, to be superceded by an altogether more incensed and papaya-accented experience. Big hop pith and peachiness to begin with, moderated with chalk, chocolate (Roses strawberry creams) and roasted pistachio undercurrents. Humid tropical greenery on the belch- those papayas again. Fine-drinking shit indeed. Might wash my hair in this. 848417=4.1 2) Just a turbo-charged, chalky, dumbed down slug of booze and peachiness these days. Muddy with a yellowed, nictotine collar nothing like I remember. Chalk, tinned mandarin, peach flan aroma. None of the bristling, brilliant, exotic hop notes of old. Soggy with Crystal malt, orange Smartie notes. Americanised, crushing. WTF happened to one of my favourite beers?? 636313=3.1.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tommann (2704) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a small head. Aroma is piney and resin hops. Some grapefruit too. Starts with the hops, then some caramel balances it a bit, then finishes with all the resin. Tropical fruit follows on the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3022) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle @ the Treasure Coast beer fest. Pours dark orangish color with off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel. Lots of bitterness with sweet caramel and some pine hops. Medium body with average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Much better than the first edition.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2010
poured from 33cl bottle. Light amber color with minimal head. Aromas are of alcohol, and sweet malt. Taste is hoppy, citrusy, but also sweet due to the alcohol. Decent,but not their best beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, peaches, hop, malt, fruit. Flavour is grapefruit, peaches, pine hop, malt. Very nice beer.


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