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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: 185   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
19th February 2011
Clear amber beer, little white head. Light and semi soft palate, a little dry. Rich earthy and spicy hops. A trace of orange marmalade underneath. Some creamy malt forms a base. Finishes with more earthy spicy hops. A bit different this IPA and a great showcase for Brambling Cross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toffeeslot (118) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2012
Nice example of a single hop. Fruity, with a little spice and zest. Nice mouthfeel. Would like to see more beers using this hops to full effect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5273) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2012
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110409.
Pours clear copper color with small head. Aroma of hops, fruits, mild nuts and malts. Flavor of fruits, malts, some caramel, hops and hay. Not my favourite hop variety but still decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (1858) - NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle shared by esp0r july 2011. Thanks :) Unclear amber, small white head. Aroma of orange, citrus and pepper. Taste of lemon, peach, wood, caramel. Fruity bitterness and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GBZ59 (977) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - AUG 26, 2012
Botella de 330ml. Vaso Shaker. (Antiguas notas). Color ámbar anaranjado y apariencia bastante clara a pesar de no estar filtrada. Espuma de burbuja mediana, marfileña que crea una capa firme y persistente de 2 cms de espesor. Buena retención. Aromas y sabores suaves. Maltas dulces y fruta madura –albaricoque- . Cuerpo medio-ligero y carbonatación moderada. Textura oleosa. Los lúpulos atacan en el intermedio y permanecen hasta el contundente y amargo final. Deliciosa. 330ml bottle. Shaker glass. (From my notes). Orangish amber in color. Not filtered but quite clear appearance. Medium size bubbled froth, off-white in color, creates a lasting, 2cm thick layer crown. Good retention. Smooth aromas & flavors. Sweet malts & ripe fruit –apricot-. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Hops attack in the middle while lasting into the sharp bitter finish. Delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frovigalning (2694) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget, reviewed in the summer of 2011. Flowery and fruity smell and taste with some berries, black currant to be exact. Fairly mild bitterness. This hops didn’t quite make it on its own, but an interesting experiement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle from brewdog.com. Pretty nice, strange jam taste at the end but a very nice whiff to it. Quite like ribena really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2035) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2012
The beer in the glass is dark yellow with a little foam. Hoppy aroma with light citrus and grassy notes and a lot of herbs in the background. Starts very herbal, slightly medicinal, herbaceous-hoppy, subtle citrus notes in the background. The middle part is also very herbal-hoppy, subtly bitter, with a slight herbal note. Goes into a hoppy-dry finish with plenty of herbs (especially sage)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a haxy golden amber. Slightly cloudy with a dense light tan coloured head. Falls away super quickly leaving plenty of fine lacing. Aroma is of earthy spicy hops, primarily ginger and cloves, offset by some light caramel sweetness. Flavours a dominated by a somewhat harsh resiny hop bitterness. Some sweetness and a little spice but mostly it is about the slightly harsh hops. Medium mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel. Not my favourite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grunx (367) - - JAN 13, 2012
Aroma molt agradable, molt melosa i carbònic lleuger. Molt bona. Per beure’n sempre.

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