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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Pale Ale - American (APA)
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A foundation of caramel malt is buttressed by a raucously resinous bitterness, as the rioting backdrop of citrus and tropical fruit flow in waves from those twin titans of the US – Centennial and Amarillo. And it also happens to be gluten free. Vagabond Pale Ale is proof that the focal point of beers such as these should be flavour, rather than merely conforming to (or hiding behind) an ideal. It shows, once and for all, that a lack of this single element does not equate to a lack of taste, or body.

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4.1
jybi (1731) - Nouméa, NEW CALEDONIA - JUL 7, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2021 Après la Dead Pony, je m'attaque donc à la Vagabond, une autre Pale Ale de chez Brewdog, avec cette fois un peu plus d'alcool (4,5 %) et un IBU un peu plus élevé (55 d'IBU). Et si les deux bières sont sur une palette aromatique très proche (base d'agrumes, avec résineux et miel), cette dernière notamment de par l'alcool présente à la fois une meilleur corpulence et longueur, la rendant un peu plus attrayante. Je passerai la mention sans gluten dont je me fiche éperdument. On fera peut-être un jour une bière sans malt et sans houblon... Le visuel est quelconque, sur un blond orangé voilé, de grosses bulles et pas de mousse. Le nez est sur l'orangé amère, le pamplemousse, la clémentine, le miel et le résineux. L'ensemble est agréable. L'attaque présente un bon équilibre Malt/houblon avec une amertume bien dosée et une belle complexité. La deuxième bouche continue sur cette lancée avec deux niveaux, le premier sur une amertume saillante et le deuxième sur la douceur avec une belle complexité. L'arrière bouche est plus vive et racée, avec un duo prédominant pamplemousse résineux. Le final d'une longueur correcte est également plus épurée et sobre, tout en restant appréciable. Pale Ale honorable.

3.4
thanatosti (3296) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2021
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2021 33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Albert Heijn Culemborg. Light hazy amber with a white head. Citrus aroma with some tropical fruit as well and some caramel. Bitter taste with a bitter finish. Nice solid APA.

3.4
andrea.guinness (154) - Castello di Fiemme, ITALY - MAY 26, 2021
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2021 Colore arancia, leggermente ambrato; limpida e con un'ottima schiuma copiosa. Buon aroma fruttato, con note di pesca. L'intensità non è molto alta. In bocca si fanno sentire i malti caramellati; molto caratterizzata da sentori di nocciola. È molto secca come richiesto dallo stile, ma l'amaro mi è parso fin troppo accentuato e caratterizzato da note erbacee-terrose. Il finale è molto amaro e secco e persistente. Corpo medio. Probabilmente il viaggio e il tempo passato prima di consumarlo possono averne appiattito aromi e sapori; comunque, per come l'ho assaggiata ha molto meno carattere e gusto di quelli di altre esponenti dello stile. Ad ogni modo, resta una buona birra senza glutine.

3.7
Hopverdju (4118) - BELGIUM - APR 23, 2021
UPDATED: APR 23, 2021 33cl Fles. Licht wazig goud blond tot oranjekleurig bier met witte schuimkraag. Geur: mout, hop, fruitig, sinaasappel, wat stoffig. Smaak: hopbitter, droog, wat agrum en zoete appel. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: hopbitter, droog en wat moutzoet.

3.5
JorisPPattyn (12334) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2021 Small yellowish-cream head over faintly hazy copperish orange beer. C-hops galore with a jumble of fruity esters (rosewater, passion, lunaria, nectarine, lychee, muscat grapes etc.) Bit of caramel, cakebottom. Citrus, grapefruit, dry bitterness, straw, wood. Background is sweet, caramelly. At the same time, a bit dusty, cardboard flavour. Aftertaste dies rather quickly. Sticky despite reasonably carbonated. Not bad, and if gluten-free can mean this, that's welcome with me.

3.5
Salian (1346) - Sale, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2020 Labelled as gluten free, a dark copper malt heavy pale that’s resiny and piney with a bit of pineapple and some toffee and caramel. Finish is a little watery but it’s a tasty beer.

3.4
crcollinho (207) - - AUG 25, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2020 Pours orange / brown. Smells like bass bitter with caramel and malt scents. Tastes hoppy, clean, bitter. Dry, bitter fade.

3.7
one51 (1156) - - AUG 7, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2020 Bought at a Supermarket in Italy if I'm not mistaken. Drunk while watching Archer: Danger Island while the baby is asleep. Golden orange light hazy amber with a very nice head. Funky West coast dank weed pineapple nose. Great flavor, full and piney but not overly bitter. Balanced caramel and barley notes. Really fantastic APA.

3.4
Jerseyislandbeer (3263) - JERSEY - JUL 12, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2020 A 330ml bottle drank at The Lookout Beach Cafe in Jersey. It pours dark amber with a white head. Aromas & tastes of fruits, caramel, citrus, pine & biscuit malt. Medium body. Light bitter finish. Always a decent pale ale & one of my favourites from Brewdog

3.7
LagerGuide122 (722) - - MAY 13, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2020 330ml bottle brewed in Scotland at 4.5%. Nice somewhat pale amber with a good-sized head, fair duration. Grapefruit citrus aroma, but being Brewdog, it's got a sort of ersatz cleaning product feel to it. Not bad, mind. Lowish carbonation. Somewhat pungent orange/grapefruit with some slight drying pine notes. What it says on the label, really. Hints of caramel in the malt, but just as much brown bread. Floral notes veer dangerously close to being mineral or medicinal as Brewdog so often is, but here it's just about pulled back from the brink. One of Brewdog's better supermarket offerings, but no great shakes. It might have the hop pungency of 'real craft beer', but it's just not crafted, that's the problem. Rough round the edges with enough flavour to make it noticeable. Still, if you want to get an economy-craft APA, (or a gluten-free beer!) this is as fine a choice as any, provided you aren't sufficiently turned-off by the marketing.


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