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The Physics - BrewDog

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The PhysicsThe Physics

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 11-19-2007)
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Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, fat white head on a crimson brew.

Intense and complicated aroma. Some oak notes.

Great taste. Not as good as some other red/amber ales. Nice caramel and roasted malty goodness.

Feels thicker than 5%. Not a bad thing, just not expected. The malt sticks around with a citus finish.

Good beer. I rarely buy beer twice (there's just too many to try!), and this one of those. Glad I tried it, liked it, but not so much that I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:16:09 | More by slimspady
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep orange amber. A very dark color which took me a little by surprise to be honest. A very nice three inches of head formed on the top in a good light tan to off white color. Great retention had this thing hanging around for what seemed like forever. Some sediment actually poured out of the bottom and graced over the top of the foam at the end. A very hazy and cloudy brownish amber this was and it had a very full look to it. A very nice aroma of deep caramel malts was the first thing I noticed. A nice subtle hoppiness as well, though sweet. The flavor was very full, almost a hoppy scotch ale of sorts. Very big with a grainy and chewy kind of feel to it. Medium body with ample carbonation led to a great rich feel and this was just a superb drinker

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:28:42 | More by mikesgroove
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I didn't look at the best before date before I bought this one. Looks like it was best before over one year ago (7/7/09). Oh well, consider this a "cellar" review.

A: Pours out of the bottle a opaque amber color. Low carbonation, I suspect from the inadvertent aging. The head dies down fast to nothing. The upside is that I was able to fit the whole thing into my imperial pint w/o it overflowing.

S: Lots of malt character. Beautiful caramel notes, dark fruits, and toffee. The dark fruit character is that of raisins or prunes. Not overpowering, but definitely adds to the beer. As one would expect from aging, the malts really come through. Maybe a slight hint of butterscotch, but that's ok for the style. The hop character is very muted, but I get a touch of flowers and earthiness.

T: Lovely blend of malty flavors. First I get a strong, munich maltiness. This is followed up by a bevy of caramel malt flavors. These include straight up caramel, some plum/raisin flavors, and a hint of toffee. There is a glimmer of toastiness in the end. The hops are not terribly flavorful, as one would expect from a beer this old, but they provide a reasonable bitterness. Not much in the way of hoppy flavor.

M: Light bodied. Light carbonation. Smooth and light. Pretty decent. The lack of carbonation reminds me of a true English bitter.

D: I have to admit, this beer was old, so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly suprised with the diverse malt flavors. I would have liked to have this when it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 18:29:38 | More by brewdoc75
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New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name of this beer, of course, intrigued me. Although the bottle states: "There is no proper actual physics in this bottle." I am not sure what that means, but the equation on the bottle is a nice touch. Nonetheless, on to what is inside.

The beer poured a hazy orange color with a dishwater head that quickly went away. The head was, as it were, disappointing.

The aroma is malty. Fruit and hops are detectable. When the beer strikes the palate it delivers a big dose of malt. A mix of caramel and grain leads into a juicy center with a touch of hops at the end. The hops give the hint of citrus, but it doesn't last long. This is fleeting flavor, it doesn't last long.

There is something about this beer that doesn't mesh with the fact that it is ESB. A drinkable beer, smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 00:52:04 | More by BeardedBoffin
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 8 with a best before 1/1/9. See how this goes.
330 ML in a tulip.

A-- Poured and orange reddish color and very cloudy once it settled. No real head or lacing, a little bit of a white film on the top of the beer and not much else. Shows no real carbonation on this at all.

S-- Floral smell with pine and lemon. Also a good sized malt background in this with a little bit of a biscuit sweetness to it. Honestly smells like the Great Divide DIPA.

T-- Malt biscuit taste upfront followed by the floral, pine, and citrus tastes.

M-- No carbonation, fairly thick and coats my mouth. Feels a lot more thicker than it should. More citrus than I thought. Get a lot of lemon in this in the aftertaste. Once it warms up it does have a bit of sour in it.

D-- Was quite good for being WAY out of date. Was surprised how much citrus was still in this and that it seems to want to be a DIPA more than an ESB. Low ABV means very sessionable but I think the negative is that it gets samey after it warms up and kills taste buds. Also has a bit of soap quality in the finish when it warms. Solid none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 10:12:35 | More by mulder1010
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2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rats. A disappointment. Poured with soap bubble head and no lace. Color is a clear light to medium amber. Aroma is a malty and flowery hop. Pleasant. Flavor is a nicely mildly hopped amber beer as I'd expect. It was flat though. Going to try cooking with it. Hard to get around the flatness and be neutral with the other qualities as they're so connected. Still, an accurate review as best I can. Chau babe.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 04:26:55 | More by drpimento
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3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's been seven years since I was in my honors physics class in high school, and much of what I learned I don't remember. If BrewDog's beer The Physics helps me remember my physics, mission accomplished. But....I'd rather that this beer tastes good. On to the beer:

Hazy on the pour, but when the beer settles in my chalice, it features a faded amber color into the borders of faded orange. The head is very bubbly and retains only a thin layer of it's already small self. Like the two other BrewDog beers I've had, the aroma is raw and "unblended". There's a stiff smell of diacetyl, followed by a burst of raw hop cones...the kind of hoppiness found in old school American NW IPA's.

And now the physical part of the beer, tasting it. It's on the lighter side, and light in feel....that's too nice, it's a little watery. A little touch of caramel hits first. Neutral bitterness kicks in, and then a kick of fruity esters and a double layer of diacetyl prelude a lingering aftertaste of bitter citrus from the hops. Come to think of it, it has a pleasant taste, unlike the over astringent Rip Tide, and the really messy Hardcore IPA.

This beer didn't help me remember my physics from high school, though it's the better of the three BrewDog's beers I've had thus far. I love BrewDog's attitude towards creating crazy beer, though I'm still searching for a BrewDog beer that I truly love.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 05:26:36 | More by DoubleJ
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United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear amber colour, with very little in the way of carbonation. Not much of a head, what there is is very froathy with big bubbles but it is eerily white, looks quite striking.

Aroma: The distinctive hoppy BrewDog profile is noticeable on the nose from the start but it's backed up by a slight malt vinegar come whiskey aroma, bit of a strange one really.

Taste: The taste is very much like a Punk IPA that has been de-hopped, lots of the base flavours. There is a subtly sweet caramel running through it, with hints of shortbread biscuits, and a very mild milky fudge. There feels like there should be a massive wallop of hops after the initial maltiness but it never emerges. It finishes out with a warmish gingery feel.

Mouthfeel: Not quite light yet not quite medium in body. No real feel of carbonation, which gives a little softness in the palete.

Drinkability: This is nothing special, which is a shame; every time I pick up a new BrewDog beer I expect to be blown away by the originality and uniqueness of the flavours but sadly this is not the case here. It tastes little a malt bitter with a bit of a kick but there is a potential in there that just doesn't get realised.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 17:47:00 | More by PartyBear
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very bold clear medium dark bright orange color.

A very light floral nose; a couple of good swirls does not break out a nose of any distinction. A very scant nose of stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and with a light and elegant carbonation that is quite nice and quite drinkable.

Flavors are much more distinct than nose promises, although light flavors are somewhat complex. Nice light and almost elegant juxtasposition of sweetish malt and stone fruit with bitter grapefruit skin hops. A nice balance and really good integration. A nice flavorful though "elegant" beer. More carbonation, for me, would improve it a bit.

Batch 002; A "best before" date on bottle of 7/7/09; tasted 10/3/09

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 15:41:40 | More by GRG1313
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

batch 001 with best before of 01/01/09 poured into guinness pint glass

A - the beer pours a huge head of three fingers, big light orange foam. the body is a nice copper orange color. the body is clear with what looks like to be a slight amount of chill haze. the best thing about this beer is the huge retentive head...well the body looks pretty damn good too. the lacing is great and really makes it look quite appetizing. I think this looks like a fine esb.

S - though it may look fine, the nose is pretty lack luster. the only thing I can smell is a very faint aroma of the caramalt, and maybe a wraith of the First Gold hops. there really isnt much to smell here, so I'm moving on. maybe there is a slight fruitiness, but I think that is mostly wishful thinking.

T - well, the taste is a better than the nose would have you believe, but the beer doesn't taste like a bitter! the initial taste is an almost biscuity malt flavour, albeit an extremely faint one. there are some hops, but nothing I would easily categorize as noticeable bitter. the beer is exceptionally blended, the malts to hops are just perfect, but this isnt what an esb should be. so, despite that the beer is very smooth and palatable, it looses points. there is hardly any 'fudgey fruity taste that subsides into a ripple of bitterness', though they might be right about the bitterness only being a slight ripple. the finish has some hops jump out for a period of time less than an instant, literally it is just like 'blam' and then its gone. the taste for that instant, however, is the most singly flavourful part of the beer, giving the drinker a slight herbal hop taste. the aftertaste is the same as the initial, blended malts and hops.

MF&D - the feel is too thick. plain and simple. this is probably a full thickness beer, and with the carbonation, which surprisingly isnt as big as one would think, pretty small scale as far as I can see. its too bland and un-exceptional for it to be very drinkable, but it is veyr balanced, which is a virtue to some.

How the heck did this win the WBA of best pale ale?

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 03:41:34 | More by erz316
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is listed here as an ESB, while the label calls it an Amber. Keep that in mind as we go along. Batch # 066 (or maybe 006, the numbers were rubbed blurry), with a best by date of 8/8/09, so I'm having this slightly past the brewers preference. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy yellow-brown amber color with a 1/2 inch of slightly off-white head consisiting of very coarse, loose bubbles. Actually, if I hadn't noticed that head wasn't forming and started to pour more aggressively, there may not have been any head at all. What head there was did leave attractive sheets of lacing.

The beer had a very neutral aroma, nothing really jumped out me. The flavors therefore came as a huge surprise. A strong smoke flavor hit the tongue without warning. A well balanced malt profile carried the peaty flavors across the tongue.

The body was thin, whether you call this an Amber or an ESB. The drinkability was very good, the flavors are intriguing enough to keep you interested, while the mellow ABV will keep you sane.

Overall, I think this more of an Amber but, regardless of style a tasty and interesting brew. I don't think the extra couple weeks past the best-by date either helped or hurt tis beer, but longer term wouldn't be beneficial, check your label. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 21:47:32 | More by beertunes
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good head that leaves chunky lace. Slightly hazy; light amber color.

Fresh hoppiness; light, dry malt.

Creamy malt start that gives way to a solid amount of hop. Classic ESB. Smooth body but it's still spritzy. Great malty finish, although it is short lived. The aftertaste leaves some mildly bitter hop. An above average ESB.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:44:55 | More by smcolw
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United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this on a trip to Oxford Yesterday. I've had this in the bottle and on cask is a whole other story. It blows the bottle away in every aspect.

A - dark amber, light, large bubbled head that led to a very nice lacing.

S - much more than I was expecting. Hops and honey, slightly roasted malt and citrus

T - so much hoppier than I was expecting! Nice citrus hops as well as a decent malt profile, very well balanced.

M&D - So easy to drink as most cask ales are with it's low carbonation and slightly higher temperature. The intense Flavor (at least for a bitter) is the only thing that kept this beer in my glass for very long.

almost feel like the rating is unfair as this is hard to find on cask in the UK much less anywhere else.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2009 11:43:33 | More by thepeter
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a 12 oz. bottle of this brew.
A- Very clear and amber in color. Slight head with a little lace.
S- Definitely has a malty scent to it with perhaps a slight bit of fruitiness, citrus?
T- Just like the scent, the malts and citrus (toward the end) come through. There is a touch of bitterness to it, but it's very well balanced.

A solid, smooth, well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 20:50:28 | More by Amalak
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2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best By August 2009; Sampled July 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a dirty amber color that shows a lightly hazed, orange-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells heavily of caramelized crystal malt and toasted grain up front, but there is a backdrop of grapefruit zest and a hint of herbal hop character. This is definitely a malt forward beer with notes of toffee, brown sugar coated bread crust as well as some berry / raisin malt notes.

Lightly sweet up front, while the finish has harsh, almost phenolic, herbal hop character that just grates across the palate and finishes with an astringent, harsh bitterness. The second sip is just a little bit better as the harshness seems to get tempered just a bit by the ample malt character. The malt does provide a rich biscuit-like character, some touches of caramelized malt sugars, nicely browned bread crust flavors and a hint of iced sweet tea notes. Still the rich malt never does shake the harsh, astringency that mars the finish of this beer. The body is light enough, but has enough body to keep it from being anywhere near watery; it would be quite quaffable if not for the faults.

This could be an interesting, complex malty beer if not for the harshness, even without it though I don't get the sense that this would be great.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:00:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy amber brew from the 22oz bomber greets me on the pour into my Corsendonk tulip, pretty frothy white head for a 5% easy drinking brew.

Not a bitter as listed, but an amber ale, which show up with the toasted bread dough in the aroma. Bits of bread and nut in the quaff, even a hint of smoked peat, albeit light and easy.

That kinda describes this beer - a light amber, easy drinking. But, with the close to $10 a bomber price, certainly not one for me to try again. Bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:42:08 | More by Vancer
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brown copper color with an almost non-existant head that settles into almost nothingness. The aroma is faint, I pick up some bready malt, slightly sweet with a hint on honey. An odd tasting brew for sure. A light bready malt with grassy tea like hops that is infused with smoke flavor. The smoke seems out of place on this one. Not sure why a brew with this malt profile has smoke to it; the smoke dominates the flavor and seems out of place. Similar to smoked mozzarella, just doesn't do it for me. The feel light to moderate with weak carbonation; finishes with a grassy bitterness. The lack of carbonation and the out of place smoke flavor ruins this beer for me. I loved smoked beers but they need a very sturdy malt body to go with it. This doesn't have that.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 00:59:30 | More by Gmann
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