Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Brew Dog - Punk IPA; Hardcore IPA

Brew Dog is made in Fraserburgh, Scotland.

Punk IPA - "post modern classic pale ale"  This 6.0% ABV beer pours a light orangish-copper and cloudy.  It has a half inch of thick foamy head that is just a touch off-white.  The aroma is spicy, leathery, stone fruits, and richly malty.  The taste has a spicy, rye-like maltiness, a strange touch of vomit, and a very dry and bitter finish.  There is some light fruitiness in the aftertaste.  The beer actually gets better as it goes along.  Alas, this beer is past its "best before" date, which can definitely make a difference with an IPA.  I would love to try this fresh sometime and see how it compares.

Hardcore IPA - "explicit imperial ale"  This 9.2% ABV beer pours a murky and cloudy orangish-brown in color.  It has a small off-white head that dissipates fairly rapidly but leaves light to medium lacing down the glass.  The aroma is fruity yet bitter, orange marmalade, somewhat zesty and spicy, over a strong, thick malt biscuit.  The taste is a thick, chewy, yeasty biscuit infused with orange marmalade and plum jam.  An interesting IPA.

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