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BrewDog IPA Is Dead - Goldings

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Keg and bottled, 2013 release
Using the same base 6.7% beer, a baby version of our Hardcore, we slam a mouth puckering 75 IBUs on top of a base of Marris Otter, Crystal Malt and Caramalt before throwing dizzying amounts of hops at these beers.
Good old East Kent Goldings. Elegant and refined and like a quintessential English gentleman, inherently boring. Boring that is unless you put the amplitude into overdrive and hope the living daylights out of the beer with it.
This is East Kent Goldings re-invented and re-imagined and shows just what can be done with English hops if you use enough of them. An often overlooked hop superstar, normally getting lost in a woeful stream of conformist brown ales made by sleepy cask ale brewers. But not anymore. Classic Empire with an anarchic twist. God save the Queen.
In this amped up Goldings reincarnation expect to be slammed with floral lavender, a fruity riot of blackberries and spiced pears, bumble-gum plums and the illusion of thyme. It reminds me of the apricot marmalade by grandmother used to make.
I am a little bit too obsessed with this beer for my own good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AtronSeige (1269) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 29, 2013
Aroma: Hoppy, pear, honey, spice, woody, Appearance: Hazy gold, small head, lacing. Flavour: High, lingering bitterness. Medium-light sweetness. smoky/woody, pepper, pear, balanced, bready, caramel, Palate: Soft carbonation, medium bodied, Overall: A great showcase of the EKG! It really brings out the hops! An enjoyable beer! 330ml bottle, poured. Thanks Tanja!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
macgybeer (26) - - MAY 30, 2013
Aroma: resin, floral, citrus, Appearance: pale, hazy, white foam, minimal head, Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, Palate: medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, bitter, Overall: una gran IPA. Estilo ingles por los lupulos usados, pero realmente por el balance y amargor es una American IPA, me gusto un poco mas esta que la variante "El dorado".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeZasada (314) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a moderate tan head. hoppy spruce aroma. taste is hoppy, resinous floral notes, with a decent bitterness. Warming doesn’t change much, except a toasty malt undertone emerges. Quite good. Finish is with a floral hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1109) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium gold, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves decent lacing. Floral, spice and blackberry hops mix with caramel malt and stewed fruits to create the aroma. Initially mild floral hops gradually build to a crescendo of spicy, fruity hops flavours, with plenty of plum, and a touch of apricot jam. Caramel malt in the mid-palate gives way to stewed fruits and spice hops in the finish. I have to say that I am a big fan both of BrewDog and of what they call "sleepy cask ale brewers", and as such I love this marriage of the two. A very nice single hop IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2013
Keg at BrewDog Edinburgh. Pours a classic IPA gold, finger of head. Aroma is really interesting, English bitter-style hoppiness with a nice hint of juicy resin. Taste is interesting too, with that classic Goldings English-bitter character balanced by a lovely genuinely bitter whack and fruity/juicy/spicy notes. Good long yet clean bitter finish, too. To sum it up, I’m afraid I’ll need to sound like a bit of a dick - forgive me. Using Goldings was inspired, I think, as the taste is to closely tied to less-than-exciting beers (shit, I’m sounding like their PR machine...). Using it here fuses a flavour you’d typically find in rather dull beers with a ’new wave’ IPA, which just makes for a really interesting beer. That makes it probably my favourite IPAiD of the bunch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
So Goldings, not EKG but just Goldings. Hmm. 33cl bottle pours with an opaque copper gold body that supports an off white head of foam. The mild aroma offers hard candy citrus notes as well as candied pine sap. Well, the taste is nice with a pleasing load of earthy hop notes that get into a mix of pine and lime peel, floral notes and grassiness. Nice. This delivers a balance between hop flavor and resiny bitter hops. So EKG then. I really enjoy this hop. Also this 4 pack series was very enjoyable albeit too expensive at $20.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
300monsters (16) - victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle purchased from Spinnaker’s spirit merchants, Victoria BC. Hazy, golden amber. half inch of white head. Piney aroma, with some good ripe citrus. The taste is something special, very woodsy. The first thing i got was cedar, then some honey, pine. It’s herbal, spicy very down to earth with a hint of blackberry underneath it all. This is a log cabin in the woods kind of beer, surprised the bottle hasn’t grown a beard. Nice carbonation adds to the mouthfeel. I like what they’ve done with this hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
On keg at Brewdog Leeds. Pours golden brown with a small head that leaves a lacing. Aroma of biscuit & caramel malts with an earthy hop character. This is a solid IPA / English bitter. Not many bitters are as good as this and even fewer have a 6.7% abv. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (5528) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2013
On tap. Dark golden with off white head. Aroma with a lot more malts than the other ones in this release, mainly earthy notes but also pears and flowers. Taste is malty, caramel, earthy hops with a fairly sweet finish. Best one of the four according to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (2499) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2013
Pours a golden orange beer with a not very big white head. Smells pretty good. Nice fruity. Like the taste and palate. Good balanced. A beer which I would like to drink more.

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