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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 1253   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 don’t 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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours to a super hazy rusty orange with a creamy, everlasting beige head. Nose is mostly malt sweetness, with little to no hop aroma - this isn’t exactly what I expected from a IIPA. After swishing it around a bit I can pull what I think is a little piney hop nose, but still not much. Very full bodied with tons of American hops. Pretty bitter, tastes like a 70/30 pine/citrus hop ratio. Very warming going down. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Slightly dryer than DFH 90 Minute. Maybe I’m getting burned out on I/IPAs, but this one didn’t do too much for me. It’s good beer, but is still too sweet for me.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
seritomi (298) - HUNGARY - OCT 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 Agyon üt az illat már a tetszetős palack nyitásnál, kitöltve pedig aki nem érzi meg 10 méteres körben ezt a esszenciát annak nincsenek szaglósejtjei! Gyönyörű bronz szín, szép homogén nem túl tartós hab de kit érdekel. Jó erős IPÁs citrus felhő az arcba, a komlóíz meg engem, mint a fűszer fanatikusát levett a lábamról azonnal. Ez szerelem az első üveg, nem korty után! Azért nem 5 pont mert nekem már kicsit édes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Nice coppery color with off white head. Floral hoppy nose. The hops are very robust and bitter..almost on the verge of tasting metallic but there great floral notes. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2413) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 11, 2010
0,355 l bottle, Csakajósör, Budapest.
Deep amber crystal with some small bubbles inside, fantastic foamy and pillowy, cxreamy tan head. Complex aroma with honey and caramel, sum nuts, and a huge ammount of herbal-resiny hops. Alcoholic extract of herbs in the nose with some raisins and caramel, vanila and ginger. Stable base with caramel and malt again with raisins and honey taste, powerful and interesting herbal character of hops. Not so resiny as other DIPAs rather herbal and spicy. Ginger again with a character of some bitters(spirit like Becherovka, Unicum). Fantastic, interesting again from that scottish punk band. Wow.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
Sampled at Brewdog dinner at beerbistro. My favourite brew of the night next to special edition Tokyo Midnight, hopefully they brew that one again. Beer pours nice dark amber colour with nice hoppy aroma with pine needles, grapefruits, tropical fruits and toffee and bready notes. Bitter flavour full of complex hops with a bit of sweet caramel malt in the background, some fruits, and a very bitter, piney finish with a bit of resinous notes. Great beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Aroma: There is lots of pine and grapefruit with a slight floral undertone. Very potent.
Appearance: It pours a light amber color with a nice, rocky, off-white head. Good head retention and lacing.
Taste: This one is has a lot more balance than it’s predecessor. There is a nice mix of pine and citrus notes from the hops and a slight bready malt note that quickly gets washed away by a strong hop bitterness.
Palate: Medium body with ample, average carbonation leading to a long, bitter finish.
Overall: This one is much nicer than the first incarnation. It is smooth and drinkable without being overly bitter and brusque. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (7011) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 330 ml bottle. Finland.
Hazy brown colour with big light tan head. Strong floral bitter hoppy aroma with some caramel sweetness. Flavour is harsh darkish bitter with some dark sweetness. No alcohol. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste. Sticky palate.

Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland. XIV Real Ale Festival.
Dark hazy amber colour. Strong malt and dark bitter hops in aroma. Flavour is strong slightly harsh dark bitter hops with caramel malty body. Bitter hoppy overdose in aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theSlipperyPen (238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2010
A hazy dark amber pour with a tight, creamy off white head. There are loads of hops on the nose; resinous pine, sharp citrus notes of orange, grapefruit and granadilla. Then there’s peach and a light sulphur funk. In the mouth its very bitter and wonderfully hoppy - gone is the fresh fruit of the Punk IPA and in is the marmalade and pith of an imperial pale ale. Rounded malts serve to balance the hops. It’s thick bodied with a soft carbonation and an ABV that’s completely hidden. It finishes on the pine and marmalade, with the bitterness cleansing the palate. Right at the end one gets a hint of clay-line soil, pine needles and hot sand. A very well balanced, very fine double IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle from Csakajosor.hu. Poured copper-ruby and a tan, creamy, lacing white head. Delicious piney aroma with grapefruit, citrus, caramel, some fruitiness of apple, grapes, melon. Sweet like maple syrup that mellows out into a perfect hoppy bitterness. Sweet, caramelish aftertaste, alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced. This is a really good one!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6105) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 Re-rate 4/18/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Tomer G. Clear deep amber color. Piney hops in the aroma. Sweet malty flavor with lots of resinous hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4

Re rate 4/13/11: Bottle. Slightly hazy (almost clear) deep amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of piney and grapefruity hops and some caramel. Flavor starts with some chewy malty sweetness with caramelly notes and some fruitiness, and then an intense bitter hoppiness takes over, a bit resinous, with pine and grapefruit. Medium-bodied. A bit harsh but still pretty good. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4

[9/26/10] Bottle at a friend’s place in Amsterdam. Lovely clear amber color with a beige head. Powerful hoppy aroma with pine needles, grapefruits, tropical fruits and toffee and cookie-ish notes. Bitter flavor full of hops with a bit of sweet malt in the background, some fruits, and a very bitter, piney finish with a bit of resinous notes. Medium to full body. Hoppy goodness. 8/4/7/3/14=3.6


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