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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
(Bottle) Hazy amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with caramel, treacle, toffee, honey, orange peel, black-currant and hints of resin. Fruity, hoppy taste with notes of citrus, orange peel, marmalade, caramel, treacle toffee, resin, black-currant, a touch of ginger in the background and a generous citric, spicy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain sweetness. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5905) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
330 ml bottle sampled in 2011. Pretty clear, golden body with a nice, dense off-white head. Fruity aroma, citric, blackcurrant, wine gum and slightly soapy. Flavor is sweet and fruity, balanced bitterness, fine malt base with some caramel. A bit unusually in aroma and flavor but pleasant. Medium body and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (5681) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2013
Tap at O’Haras, Tampere. Originally rated 2011. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Hops, fruits and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ration (2132) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
Rated 9.4.2011 at HBF. Transferring here. No Text review available so this is a placeholder.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2013
Malty and hoppy nose. Slightly hazy golden color. Slightly sweet hoppy taste. Some fruitiness too. At the end hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , 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 (119) - 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 (9292) - 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 (3999) - 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 (1217) - 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.

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