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BrewDog Nanny State (1.1%)

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Low Alcohol
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 33   ABV: 1.1%
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Nanny State is mild imperial ale containing more hops per barrel than any other beer ever brewed in the UK. It is an extraordinary little ale jammed full of all the brewer’s favourite hops giving it as much body and mouthy feel as possible, ensuring that low strength does not translate into reduced flavour. Nanny State, takes the low ABV hop-bomb concept to the next level and is so low in alcohol it is below the legal classification of beer and not strong enough to be subject to beer duty. We believe we have created a new beer category - The Imperial Mild - with Nanny State and How to Disappear Completely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zita (4622) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2010
very hoppy smell,golden, clear, white foam, light sweetness, very bitter, medium body, oily feel, lively, bitter, long finish. nice hoppy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Noudsch (69) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2010
Nice hoppy aroma. Low carbonation. Nice grapefruit taste and full body. Alcohol is not missed much here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
A fantastic experiment. Ever bothered by brewers claiming they’re required to seek balance between bitter and sweetness (almost always ending in colossal sugar bombs)? You know what unsweetened tea and coffee tastes like. This is beer without sugar. And it’s delicious. Real and strong resinous hop aromas and bitterness - real bitterness - with a strong roasty backbone and finish. Lightly effervescent. Even at 1%, it held up well to coming overseas. No flaws.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6078) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2009
Bottles in various locations. Lots of hops in the nose, strong bitter flavour. Intense hoppiness. Loads of unfermented malt makes a weird balance at the end. Endless bitter tail, could last for days...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
incredible experience with low alcohol. Hoppynes and bitterness is so unbelieveable balanced compared to lackness of alcohol and only mild but meaningfull maltyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
espenra (873) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2009
33cl bottle at Dr. Jekylls. Batch 001, Best before 2010-06-01. Amber colour. Small white head. Lots of carbonation. Very hoppy aroma. Lots og tropical fruits. Bitter flavour. Very hoppy. tropical fruits. Long aftertaste. Very reminiscent of Brew Dog’s Punk IPA, but without all the scary alcohol. A brilliant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 Original rate: 7/3/7/315 - A number of bottles ordered from the brewery, drunk in Nov and Dec 09. Medium brown with little head. Strong fresh hop aroma. Light palate as expected for a beer of this strength (or should we say weakness?) but lots of dryness and some phenol flavours. The aftertaste is very insistent and of course, there is sod all in the way of balancing sweetness. A great experiment but I’d pick the How to Disappear ahead of it.

Update: Bottle drunk at home with tashi, 17th March 2012. Two more years in the bottle have changed this beer. Big magnolia head. The heavy hopping is still evident but the beer is much more drinkable, feeling balanced and like a beer of several more %. Surprisingly, malt comes through on the nose! The hops have really mellowed out and the malt and hops are now in tune. Pity that this takes two years to achieve! Much better than the 0.5% (was drinking them head to head).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3283) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2012
Surprisingly full bodied for the strength, sweet and citrus notes from all the hops. Proof that they can make decent beer if they put their minds to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
A very strong mild from the Bew Dog people. Extremely low abv retaliation beer to the media criticism received from Brew Dog Tokyo which was stupid anyway. I requested a half on tap. A very mild style arrived. A small fluffy head and dark ish red texture in the glass. A lovely drop of complex character. I felt hints of spices; cereal, and bitter fruit. Hebal hops maybe. An awesome session beer to say the least. If they could release this nationally and other brewers do too we could all enjoy a session whenever we want! Low abv beer is a great slap in the face of the establishment. Mild beer is exactly what needs to be encouraged as it is an old English style which has recently become forgotten about. Before the war mild used to be much stronger abv but since duties and tax mild fell to 3-4% and now a 1.1%! If you want to tell people you can enjoy beer on all forms of abv just not the strong Belgian or the ultra strong bock beers then MILD is the way forward. I would like Brew Dog to bottle this and to sell nationally. Just another style of beer people should not forget. Just like lambic and gueze we need to keep these styles available and away from media criticism. On tap from the Rake. Review from memory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2602) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
Flaske: Fantastisk flot rød øl med et kæmpe skumhoved. Dejlig duft af citrus humle. Smagen er også dejlig velhumlet. Mundfylden lider dog tydeligt af de meget lave procenter. Med et par procenter mere ville denne øl ligge solidt på den anden side af 4 tallet. Men fantastisk ide, og yderst vellykket øl.

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