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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kavu (4187) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2011
Pours cloudy amber with a low head. Aroma is very fruity with some hops. Strong flavor is fruits, malts and lots of hops. Tastes like more than 75 ebu. Great.

   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 carbňnic lleuger. Molt bona. Per beure’n sempre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4381) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy copper gold, with a mid-sized beige head, which lasts well, leaving decent lacing. The nose is much more subtle than the others of this series, with some nutty characteristics overlaid by plum and orange zest, with just a touch of pine. Dry, spicy hops to start, with some plum fruit to follow. A mellow, malty character develops towards the middle, with toffee and burnt caramel appearing. A tiny hint of pineapple introduces a dry finish, with a touch of charcoal, which lingers with plum in the aftertaste. This is not my favourite of this series, yet it is still a remarkably good IPA. Bramling Cross was perhaps an odd hop to choose, but it is here developed in a way that I have never tasted in any of the plethora of English ales which employ it. That, really, is the whole point of this series - to let hops stand out, and to really illustrate what each variety is capable of. To that end, I would love to see BrewDog extend the series. Bring on Saaz, Goldings and whatever other non-standard IPA hops come to mind, and I’ll be the first in the queue!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle at Bottle Shop tasting. Clear amber colour lasting near white head. Herb and sherbert aroma. Earthy tasty hop. It is still herby and hedgrow. Some cream and vanilla on aroma. Blackberry ripple ice cream. Pretty hitter on finish. Really drinkable. Yes good bitterness on finish. Yes blackberry. Doesnt taste the abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14686) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
On tap at Sheffield Tap, pours amber orange. Aroma of pungent tropical fruits, caramel and resinous hops. Flavour is likewise very fruity (mango, peach and orange), with the hops taking a secondary role. Fruity finish, with a slight hoppiness. Most delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2011
Tap @ beer temple - mildly opaque orange body - quite intense taste of red fruit (!), mild alcohol. Taste is balanced and smooth, not too bitter for an ipa but rich in taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2011
Draught: Small white head on top of a clear orange colored beer. Smell hops, honey, hints of malt, raisin, spices and abricot. Taste is a mix of fruits, abricot, yellow fruit, ripe banana, hops, bitter. Aftertaste is bitter fruity with hints of sweets and spices. Low carbo, full body, soft mouthfeel and a balanced texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours a dark cloudy copper with aroma of apple/pear and some darker malts (not very pronounced tho). Taste is almost sweet wow wonderful flavour.. taste is citrus with apple/pear and i great caramel malt. Overall this is a wonderful beer only let down by its light aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
txolo (154) - SPAIN - DEC 28, 2013
Dulce, floral, fesca, muy intensa, algo dulce, agradable, no especialmente amarga, buena sensación en boca, al cabo de un rato, tras haberla servido, huele y sabe a madera

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