BrewDog out of Scotland have produced many beers in their time, going after all manner of styles and flavors. They are also known for their publicity and recently released the recipes to every one of their beers. We are getting them more and more on shelves in New Zealand, now, and this beer is consistently on lists of some of the best beers in the world, so seeing it in store I thought I should give it a go and see what all the fuss is about.
Throughout this clean crisp beer is a strong flavor of hops, on the nose, in the taste, and bitter in the finish. The flavor also has notes of malts in it which make it a thick flavor, but that just adds to the hops really. What should be noted is the smoky taste in the beer, almost like a peaty whiskey, which I thought was a nice touch given the Scottish origin of the brewery. It certainly added something a bit unexpected to the flavor, and was not unwelcome by any means.
I had heard of this IPA independently from a friend, who called it one of, if not, their favorite beer. I take his recommendation seriously because he is a serious guy when it comes to beer. He was not wrong and I have to say that I was not disappointed with this, being full in body and flavor, but still light enough to make it a great easy drinking beer. Give it a go, or make it yourself now that the recipe is available.
Who: BrewDog PLC, Scotland
Nose: Strong hops
Look: Clear gold
Taste: Hops, smoky, malts
Finish: Bitter hops
Form Tried: 330ml bottle