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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 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. 6 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. This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars.

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (5082) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle from Super Brugsen. Pours orange colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops, malt and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
On tap - Lake Flying Saucer Spring Beer Fest 2011. Clear, dull orange pour with a slight off white head. Nose of herbal hops, caramel malt, and pine. More caramel flavor with some citrus and pine hops. Decent at best - I expected more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1054) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2011
33 cL Bottle of Tesco American Double IPA poured into a Karmeliet Tripel glass. Dark amber beer with a reasonably generous but not overdone head. The aroma is of a lovely crystal malt with hops, delicious. Tastes dry and hoppy, but with a hint of sweetness. Tastes very nice indeed. Hides the alcohol well, but is clearly still a sipper, not least because its so dry. Well done Brewdog for another good and different British beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7023) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle from Tesco consumed regularly during 2011 Cannot believe that I hadnít rated this one yet. Pours orangey amber with a white head. Nice fruity and hoppy aroma with pine and some citrus also detected. Quite full on in the mouth the sweetness which to be fair isnít cloyingly sweet is soon given a good work over by the hoppy onslaught, really good bittersweet balance. Fruity but also with the alcohol showing mainly through a gentle warmth. Tasty beer and a regular in my fridge. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2011
12 oz. bottle - pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head which settles down to a thin lacing throughout. deep orange / citrus hop nose with big sweet malts equally balanced. I would like more hops and less malt though. medium to full body with more citrus bitterness, grassy, sweet caramel malt tones, light touches of banana and toffee. smooth throughout with a bitter finish that lingers but does not destroy the palate. I would expect more from 150 IBUs.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5121) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
Tesco Finest American Double IPA. Iím up and down with BrewDog, and especially with the Hardcore. I quite like this version, though I didnít like the previous one - the Tesco competition one. How different are the version? And does it really matter? Experiences are variable. This is very hoppy - fragrant and flowery and really fairly pleasant. Iím not a big hop fan. I do like my hops, but I donít like an excessive of them, and I donít like when beer becomes aggressive. I find the hops here are bordering on the aggressive, but the burn is more playful than brutal. The malt, toffee accented and clean, gives a good base. Itís not over sweet, and while hot doesnít hurt. Iím not overwhelmed by this as itís not my thing, but I did like it, and responded well to it. I couldnít drink a whole bunch of it, and I couldnít drink it quickly. But I could drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a deep amber with a thin white head. The aromas are pine, bread and leather. The mouthfeel is sticky and bitter with a heavy body. Not bad but not great either. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MOLA_DK (263) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2011
Unclear copper, off-white lacing head. Nose full of hops. Taste is full-bodied and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
samistake2ice (35) - , Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
pours cloudy dark amber without a very prominent head. smells like sweet citrus, and has a sweet fruity taste with a bitter pine aftertaste. despite the the alcohol content it doesnt taste like alcohol. very nice beer. if i come across it again ill probably pick it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 Rich slightly hazy amber pour, frothy 1" head with great retention. Nose of caramel, bread, toffee, piney hops, tiny hint of citrus. Full bodied on the palate, rich and chewy as an IPA can be! Taste is sweet and caramelly with balanced hop bitterness and ethanol taste. Very English/European tasting malt body. Long lasting bitter finish, very piney. Great example of a double IPA. 150 IBUs are well balanced.

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