BrewDog IPA Is Dead - Bramling X

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


on tap


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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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (7039) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Flaske 0,33l. Spandert av Rune og delt hjemme hos ham 14 Apr 11. Gylden. Hyt kremaktig skum. Svak appelsinaroma. Litt vassen smak. ettersmaken kraftigere: Trr & bitter. KI=2

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2011
Orange and almonds in the nose. this one is also quite sweet. Oranges, sweet malt, peculiar dryness in the tail. Not really impressive on its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (15126) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle I bought at Utobeer, London, shared with Dutchdrebus at his place to celibrate his birthday. Firm white head on top of a hazy dark orange colored beer. Smell hops, sharp bitterness, lightly fruits. Taste bitter, lightly fruity, grapefruit and a bit faint hops. Medium carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2011
IPA Is Dead tasting in bottle at home with Sev. Cheers Craig : ) First cab off the rank pours a deep amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma of strawberry jam tarts and caramel. Juicy blackberry and plum flavours with caramel and well masked alcohol. Mild bitterness. Mild carbonation and a little CO2 prickle. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2011
33 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Kahdet Kasvot, Tampere. Rated on 14.04.2011
Tasted in a vertical with other three Dead IPAs, this was worst. Butter-like, a bit bitter. Not sweet, somewhat fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10306) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle that Craig left with me, consumed at home Thursday 27th October 2011, cheers Craig. Pours light amber, touch hazy with white head, some sweetness on the nose. This really has an American IPA feel about it, soft in mouth, punchy hops, never knew that Bramling X could be so good. Gentle citrus tun into a surge of citrus, Loz gets freshly laundered clothing on nose. Lovely beer. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2011
Gedronken bij dutchdrebus, kleur is oranje, niet helder, wit tot creme kleurig schuim, ruikt hoppig, minder dan nelson sauvin, smaakt hoppig, best bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5821) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2011
Hazy orange colour with a big off-white head. Not as fresh as the nelson sauvin one, bit round, fruity, hoppy. Tastes round, not that fresh, hoppy but not that fruity. Good carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
33cl. bottle from a local beer retailer. It pours a very hazy amber liquid with a medium thinly white head that leaves a little lacing. The aroma is fresh and obviously very hoppy, bitter, with grass, herbs, spices, a little pine, citron (mostly lemon, but also a little grapefruit), licorice and grapefruit along with hints of caramel and yeast. It tastes likewise, maltier than it smells, the licorice now revealing itself completely. It is being low-medium sweet, high bitter and medium sour. In the mouth it feels a little lively carbonated (little bubbles), oily, with a slightly thinning medium body and a dry bitter and sour finish, with a lemony and herbal aftertaste with hints of licorice. Presentation rocks (as always with Brewdog) for an OK beer; bramling cross is not the most celebrated hop because there is much more interesting stuff out there.

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