BrewDog Vagabond Pale Ale

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

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RATINGS: 527   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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3.4
Jerseyislandbeer (730) - 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 (422) - - 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.

3.4
rok1024 (1400) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - MAY 1, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2020 A strongly hoppy American ale with floral summer notes. Medium bitterness, overall enjoyable.

4
mkel07 (8681) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2020
UPDATED: APR 22, 2020 Can from Dog Tap Brisbane on April 2020. I have had my fair share of gluten free beers overs the years, some good and some not so good but nothing that compares to this one. Looks solid when poured into the glass and has a glossy copper colour. Slightly sweet with a good dose of malt throughout.

3.1
labeerinthum (4480) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 28, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2020 Bottiglia. Al naso arrivano indizi di luppolo. La finezza olfattiva è elevata e la maniera in cui permane è apprezzabile. Il manto birroso superiore è caratterizzato da una schiuma che resiste poco. La grandezza delle bollicine è media. Il liquido è di aspetto limpido. Il colore è ambrato. Il corpo è rotondo. L'amaro è deciso. La forza gustativa è elevata e la permanenza è sufficiente. Le sensazioni boccali finali risultano luppolate. Il finale è amarognolo. Il retrogusto è di media intensità. Sul palato si riportano indizi di miele, luppolo, resina, pino, pompelmo e ananas.

3.6
rozsoma (2066) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - JAN 26, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2020 kinek hiányzik a glutén? uganymár. finom rézsínű, már már indiába hajló keserűség, de hát nem ez az első eset hogy összekeverik amerikát és indiát... a fene igya meg.

3.6
nathanvc (2979) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2020 23 November 2019. At Uncle Babe's Burger Bar, Ghent. Cheers to Maarten! Pours hazy orange with a slowly thinning, frothy, tan head. Aroma of biscuit, pink grapefruit, ripe mandarin, apple peel, mango, lychee. Taste has bitter gapefruit juice & mango, sweet mandarin, lychee on biscuity maltiness with yeasty & piney accents. Dry, piney hoppy finish, grapefruity, lingering ripe mango & biscuit. Medium body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation. Tasty malt-fueled APA.

3
ophone (1209) - LUXEMBOURG - JAN 5, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2020 Orange and hazy with a one finger wide head. Bitter smell of grapefruit and bitter almonds: Fruity, citric taste with an agreeable amount of bitterness and a gingerbread note. Low carbonation. One of the better gluten-free beers.

3.5
thevortex (245) - , SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2019 A copper colour with a white head citrusy grapefruit aroma, medium bodied, slightly bitter, grapefruit, zesty with hints of caramel

3.2
deyholla (16642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2019 Sampled from the tap at Brew Dog Barcelona. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has musty bread and wet grass with a bit of citrus rind underlying. Flavor has citrus rind and grass with earthy grains and a bread backbone.


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