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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (6204) - 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 (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, 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 (1021) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefannilssons (1580) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2012
Den här ölen är lite för lugn och timid för min smak. Söt men alldeles för försiktig men trots det är smaken ändå god.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3413) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2011
Hazy orange with asmall white head. Fruit and hop notes. malt, fruit and hops. Medium body with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
[330ml bottle from the Canterbury Bottle Shop] Orange with a moderate creamy head and a light fizz. Light, but fresh aroma. Caramel and ginger at first, but then unusually for Brewdog some dustiness, cardboard and even a vague metallic hint. It’s redeemed to an extent by summer fruit hints (raspberries, peaches), and there’s vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, almost cloying at times, and dry in the finish. It’s still OK, but it’s certainly not one of Brewdog’s better moments, and it’s probably the worst of the IPA is Dead series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 3, 2011
0,33 l bottle, Utobeer, London.
Hazy orange reddish appearance with a fine, medium, creamy off white head. Caramell and flowery-herbal aromas, some rosehip, some grass, peach, dandelion. Medium bodied beer with a herbal hop character, wild fruits and peach, rosehip and the dandelion again. The bitterness is on the herbal not on the resiny side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle shared by Armando629, thanks much! Poured somewhat hazy, with an amber color and a lacing, tan head. Honey, caramel, apple, hops, with an earthy aftertaste. Medium dense, with high carbonation. A unique brew, but I enjoyed it, good one.

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