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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 1400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jens684 (5) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015 does not count
My best IPA experience so far. Powerfull smell and taste. Incredible hops. The colour is beautiful and the head stays firm.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
racedom (23) - Guadalajara, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
Floral, spruce, citrus, earthy, Appearance amber, red, hazy, cloudy, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter.

4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SyncP (13) - - MAY 10, 2015
Nice amber colour. Small white head. Not very cloudy unlike some other Double IPA?s. Aroma is decent. Not super duper hop-forward. Some sweetness in the aroma too, which actually did not appear a lot in the taste. Taste: Better than the aroma. Fresh, fruity, strong tongue punching hops! Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Very well known and very good Double IPA. Nice!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
huineman (308) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2015
Pours hazy golden. Aroma is rucola, honey candy, white flowers, lemon zest. Taste is bitter, full-bodied, powerful. Long finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fryta (1) - Chorzów, POLAND - MAY 10, 2015 does not count
Bought in Ostrava, u Sagala 0.3l for 99Kc. Aroma - wonderfull, sweet and fresh tropical fruits - mango, apricot, orange. Appearance - hazy deep orange to amber, low but sticky head. Taste - extremely good full body beer, high to very high bitterness, a lot of pine, grapefruit and biscuit caramel in taste. Earthy, grapefruit and grassy finish. Sweet to bitter in first taste, well balanced after few minutes. Alcohol really well hidden, like 6,0% ABV IPAs.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (845) - BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2015
Une ipa, illustrée par son brasseur comme « explicite » , avec 3 malts, 3 houblons et la même chose en dry hop. Niveau abv de 9,2 %, remarquable, et ebu de 150. Couleur ambre moyen à roux clair, avec de la matière en suspension. Bulles fines et moyennes partout, en montée lente, réfléchie. Mousse beige clair, bien nappante, stable à 1 mm toute la dégustation. Arômes d’agrumes, tabac blond, épices, muscade, pointe de cannelle. 1ère bouche veloutée à la splendide entame malts/épices/agrumes. Arrière-bouche dense, superbe amertume. 2ème aux grande envolées malts et houblons divers. Arrière-bouche complexe, nuancée, avec une petite pointe de radis et céleri rave. 3ème avec de la pomme de pin, ananas frais, poire verte. Arrière-bouche à l’amertume d’enfer, mille nuances. Longueur avec des nez et bouches sensationnelles. Finesse et force à la fois. Jambes denses et fines. Levure belle, nette, précise, très belle veine. Alcool à la très belle progression sur la longueur, soutien massif aux saveurs. Final qui est un régal, une délectation. CONCLUSION : voilà le niveau abv qui convient à une vraie grande ipa. Ne jamais hésiter à investir dans ce sens, parce que le résultat peut être fantastique ... C’est le cas ici. Un top absolu.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (256) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2015 2/3 pint on draft served at Brewdog Birmingham. Dark golden colour with a good white head which last admirably. Mouthfeel quite thick for the style but certainly to its credit. Aroma is leafy, hop flowers with the citrus notes clearly being the dominant with a little amount of spiciness somewhere towards the back. Not a massive amount of discernable maltiness but very welcoming and a little too easy drinking. Massive bitterness but I am surprised at the 150 IBU rating. I certainly would not have rated it that high. Certainly does not taste as bitter as Amager Envy or Rogue XS Old Crustacean. Excellent IIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
George999 (228) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2015
From the bottle the pour is cloudy and golden brown, Aroma is hop forward with malt hints, taste is hoppy caramel and toffee, finish is heavy with a very full mouth feal.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Habla (25) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Holy fuck. This is huge. This is absolutely stunning. Beacuse I’m a cheap bloke, I very rarely go for more expensive beers and it was a gamechanger for me. Barman at Viva La Pinta persuaded me to buy this and even gave me a little discount and God, how am I glad he did it. (bottle 0,33) This was worth every penny, I don’t think I’ve ever drunk such rich, such wonderful beer with so much to offer in terms of aroma and flavor. Incredibely strong raisin and floral aroma, and some citrus also, but what is most impressive is this balance between sweetness and bitterness, both strong, powerful and still, it does work just perfect. Ah, I’m really speechless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franksv6 (460) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2015
Clear amber coloured beer with a small white cup. I smell fruit and hops. Tastes like strong tasty hops, malt, fruit, citrus and herbs. Long hoppy aftertaste, nice.


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