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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: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 12/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Don’t you hate it when brewers print on the bottle everything you’re supposed to see, smell and taste in a beer? Me too. Every set of taste buds, palate and olfactory system are different, but I digress… so: Bottle... Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is sharp, funky and herbal with just a whisper of vanilla. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor definitely tips its hat toward the bitter side of balance, but is quite flavorful and refreshing. It’s obviously not all about the bitterness with this Ipa. Finishes moderately bitter, spicy, herbal and Sahara-dry. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrefwoordPunk (983) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small white head and an aroma of mainly hops and some citrus, molasses and overripe fruit. The taste seems sticky and sweet at first and then turns more hoppy. A really nice medium-long bitter finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Draught at Ølbaren. Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of hops, grass and pine needles. Fruity flavour of caramel, liquorice, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcot (770) - 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 (9213) - 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 (8924) - 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 (8011) - 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 (4412) - 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 (4460) - 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 (15152) - 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.

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