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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1256   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2011
deep amber colour, nicely medium hazy liquid, pours a cloudy even head; good looking. aromascape is full; fruit, citrus, banana, caramel, herbs come together very interestingly, escorted by earthy tones with bread, leaves and wood. before going to the taste, i have to mention the palate first since it is so noticeable. the body is rather watery with a dry texture. this sort of let me down compared to the full aromas. carbonation is too sharp with attack and feel, not allowing the taste to take full action. the palate is really not adding or complementing anything, rather taking away from those great aromas. it does not even manage to do a very good job being balanced either. you get a very basic light bitter taste with a hint of sweetness rolling around. the sourness quickly takes over here with a long aftertaste, resulting it having a rather big slice of the taste cake.. feels like they are not working together but rather struggling to understand each other. double IPAs are known for their great texture and balance, and this felt like a rebel messing around, but still having good elements to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
[bottle] Spicy toffee aroma with plenty of pine and a little strawberry, apricot, scotch tape, and faint banana. Cloudy red-orange under a thin, yellow-tan cover. Salty and sweet toffee flavour with some strawberry and a slightly medicinal character. Quite bitter, but not harsh. Warming with some lasting bitterness in the finish. moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
330ml bottle. Note: I did not notice at the time I purchased this brew, but it had already expired by a month or so and then by a few weeks more by the time I drank it. It had not turned but might not be representative of a fresher bottle. Appearance was a hazy orange/brown with moderate off-white head. Aroma started with grapefruit hops with some pine resin and a bit of a soapy smell. Bitterness held up well for the taste, with some herbal notes and sweet caramel as well. Mouthfeel is a little sticky, but the body is a little lighter than Iíd have expected. Low carbo. Overall, sweeter and stickier than Iíd expect, but that might be the result of an out of date bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
ralphdot (988) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2011
9.2% deep amber colour with a very thin head, sweet citrus and blackcurrant aroma (dont know what citrus though), taste is hops hops hops, the USA would love it, I didnít it was overpowering and foul.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2011
Aroma: Dark chocolate and toffee. Slight notes of orange and banana.

Appearance: Deep amber, hazy. Thick tan head. Virtually no carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Taste: As with the aroma, a bitter dark chocolate taste. Some citrus flavours.

Palate: Oily mouthfeel. Very bitter, lasting finish. Surprisingly light for the ABV.

Overall: I still prefer the Punk IPA for its more tropical fruit notes, but this sure packs a punch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
soundgardo (3) - ITALY - DEC 6, 2011 does not count
resin, floral, herbs, raisin, amber, red, sparkling, white foam, medium body, fizzy, bitter,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3159) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2011
Tap at Bishops Arms, Cph: A hazy orange to amber colored beer with an off-white head. The aroma is herbal and fruity hoppy with strong notes notes of over ripe fruits, grapefruit, mangoes, mandarin, alcohol and caramel-malts. Taste is bitter sweet. Oily mouthfeel, full frontal attack on all senses. Very long fruity-bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (729) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
From notes: Poured hazy orange-amber with a thick, light tan head that left moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma was of citrusy and piney hops. Medium-bodied, with a slight thickness. Flavor strongly of citrus hops, with perhaps some pine notes as well. Straightforward hoppy IPA done well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (3965) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2011
Batch 333?, 9.2%, Croatian November í11 RB tasting, Ogiís (SLO importer).
Poured a murky soft dark amber body with a medium sized off white head. Slightly salty malty nose, sweet aroma hopiness. Light sweetish background, honeyish, on which a nice aroma hop presence is built. Citric acid, soft, slightly stale (but not too much), ashy bitterness in the finish. Not bad, light for the ABV... hmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (856) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pines and hops are present in the aroma followed by citrus and orange. Appearance is a dark amber with a fat foam top. Taste is huge citrus and herby hops with a light spice finish. There is a pleasant bitterness with the taste of this beer. Overall, this is a full-bodied beer with a ton of big flavor. If youíre looking for a massive brew with greatly balanced and complex flavors, this is it. Iíd give this an A rating.

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