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BrewDog IPA Is Dead - Bramling X

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Good old Bramling Cross is elegant, refined, assured, (boring) and understated. Understated that is unless you hop the living daylights out of a beer with it. This is Bramling Cross re-invented and re-imagined and shows just what can be done with English hops if you use enough of them. Poor Bramling Cross normally gets lost in a woeful stream of conformist brown ales made by sleepy cask ale brewers. But not anymore. This beer shows that British hops do have some soul, and is a fruity riot of blackberries, pears, and plums. Reminds me of the bramble, apple and ginger jam my grandmother used to make.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcot (771) - Campomorone, ITALY - MAR 19, 2011
Ultima delle single hop assaggiata, all’O Connor pub di Genova Quarto. Si pone terza classificata, il luppolo tipicamente inglese dalle caratteristiche già spiegate in descrizione è buono e deciso ma non ai livelli delle altre due. Amaro notevole, 75 ibu (!), Buona

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5174) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2011
33cl bottle shared with friends. nice head. Lovely amber colour. Nice bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (6932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting off-white head. Beautiful amber clear body. Hay buisquit malt aroma. Dry and lovely malt flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness that stays for a long time. Alcohol level just right. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5219) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle from Brewdog online shop. Pours clear golden with a big frothy white head. Aroma of dark malts and resiny spicy hops. Taste has some woody notes, light roasted nuts, red berries and peppers. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3240) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Bottle from Brewdog Online shop. Strong intense hoppy malt aroma. Rich amber brown colour. Not much head. Oily hoppy flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4007) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle at JohnM, thanks for sharing the series! Golden coloured, white head. Aroma is light malty, bit of fruits. Flavour is malty,fairly bitter and hoppy, fruity. Not my favourite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13357) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear amber/brown - white head. Caramel, toasted, fruity, medium malty, wooden notes, grassy, citrus, light harbal tea, chocolate, barries, peppery. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Pours a clear golden with a fairly dense offwhite head, leavng a little lacing. Aroma is mostly resin, notes of pear, bit of citrus but not much. Taste is light sweet, medium to heavy bitter, lasting strong bitterness. Light to medium body, thin texture, soft to average carbonation. Decent stuff this, well balanced, nice bitterness that lingers for quite a while on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zoney (144) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle 330ml, big thanks to @igniztion Pours amber with a hint of golden on an offwhite head. Aroma of hops (duhh..), wonderfully hopped. Love single hops, for a newbie it´s good to taste and smell on only one hop. Even though it only got one hop it feels like it is balanced. Mild, just enough bitter to make you wanting more of this great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3777) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. First things first: this is a deliciously hopped beer. Now to try and say something sensible about it. Hops are fresh resin to start (like any IPA worth its salt), then it flattens out a little, to leave a final third of dry/sweet notes like Babycham perhaps, or white dessert wine. I can see leaf. I can see blackberry crumble. Very nice and light in texture.

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