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Chaos Theory - BrewDog

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85
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Suds on 05-14-2009)
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -38.8%

This poured out as a copper color with some minimal head. There wasn't any lacing on this one at all. The smell was earthy and really didn't have much of a hop aroma to me at all. The taste was the same way, it was mostly on the malt side and not even close to having enough of a hop bitterness in my opinion. The mouthfeel was kind of on the flat side. Overall this beer was really disappointing. Very surprised at how unimpressive this was coming from a brewery who usually makes a killer IPA.

06-04-2011 02:47:09 | More by Knapp85
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

01-15-2013 00:00:49 | More by Hultkrantz
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -24.2%

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: beautiful, clear, brown/amber with hints of orange in the color. Very thin/no head but a bit of lacing.

S: fruity, hoppy, with melon, pumpkin, rutabaga/swede and some sour/ripe hints in the fruit aromas.

T: again fruity but overpowered by a strong hoppy bitterness--too bitter for my tastes.

M: sticky/syrupy with light carbonation

D: not a bad beer, but overall not one I'll drink again due to the high bitterness/hopped factor.

10-16-2009 19:32:50 | More by fullsweep
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%

The slope-shouldered bomber bottle pours an orange-tinted golden brew with a short cap of grainy pale ecru foam atop that fizzes out faster than it took me to type this sentence. Really. The skimmy ringlet that outlines the naked surface of Chaos Theory deposits token drips and drabs of leftover foam onto the sides of a shaker pint glass, resulting in minimal lacing.

The aroma is musky mix of fruity apple and melon-like notes and a twist of green herbal spice.

The taste is mildly fruity and sweetly malty with a little dose of unflavored bitterness for balance. Alcohol is thinly masked and chemically unpleasant, contributing to the fruitiness a bit before scouring my palate clean. Belly warming is almost immediate and palpable.

The drink is medium in body and undercarbonated, leaving me with little desire to even finish the first pour from the bottle. Avoid.

12-09-2009 21:45:55 | More by cvstrickland
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Arbitrator

California

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

Chilled 500mL bottle into a glass. Best before 08/10. Purchased at Whole Foods Los Altos against my better judgment. I can't stand BrewDog. But I was basically pushed into it on the buyer's strong recommendation.

A: Pours a clear amber body in my Stone tulip. Half a finger of light beige head that retains decently well, leaving some scattered bubbles and a medium collar on the edge when all is said and done.

S: Biscuit malt, earthy hops. Some grass and a light spice note.

T: Biscuity up front. A touch of caramel. The hops take over as a lightly earthy flavor, with some grass decorating the flavor. Lemony citrus and light spice in the finish; I can't exactly place it, but I admit it's pleasant. Strong lingering bitterness.

M: Strong, sticky bitterness and hop oils after the swallow is over. Light-medium bodied, with slightly low carbonation that is somewhat velvety.

D: More bitterness than hop flavor. I like the Great Lakes interpretation of this style a lot, so I'm comfortable calling this one a pretty mediocre attempt. At least I didn't pay much for it.

03-05-2010 08:13:10 | More by Arbitrator
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aztraz

Sweden

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-07-2012 01:09:06 | More by aztraz
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-29-2013 13:44:22 | More by Schmoog
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dgilks

Australia

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Cloudy golden orange colour with a smooth, off-white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Very light hop aroma. Some acetaldehyde. Lightly grainy. Not good.

Slightly grainy malt. Crisp, clear bitterness. Light tropical hop character. Disappointing and really quite poor for a Pale Ale yet alone an IPA.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

Not a good IPA. I was really looking forward to this but the lack of punchy hop character really lets it down.

04-24-2013 08:13:36 | More by dgilks
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Diomede

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Shared with a good bud, thanks for the bottle.

Off to the review...

Appearance was nice...a solid amber color, nice one-ish finger head on a mildly aggressive pour.

Aroma of malty hoppiness. A bit of a honey sweetness in the mix as well.

Flavor is definitely more bitter/hoppy than anticipated. I mostly get a strong bitter flavor over anything else. Not really picking up many other flavors.

Mouth is a bit chewy, especially as it warms. Develops a syrupy quality as you go along. Not a bad thing, just a bit different for an IPA.

Overall, a solid, drinkable IPA with some pretty bitter qualities. Alcohol probably prevents it from being sessionable (or maybe just the bitter), but still a solid offering from BrewDog.

03-06-2010 09:01:45 | More by Diomede
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bark

Sweden

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

The colour is deep amber (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger off-white head is airy and uneven. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is strong. Alcohol, honey, sweet candy, harsh hoppy notes. Not much bitterness. Flowers, blackcurrant bushes and hints of cat litter.

The taste is first bitter. However, the bitterness fades quickly, leaving room for sweet flowery notes with hints of white currant, tobacco, unripe raspberries and old-fashioned butterscotch. Medium body. The aftertaste got some alcohol, toffee, hints of coffee candy and dry flowery notes. Some harsh hops and hints of lecture. Tobacco and pelargonium leaves in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles smooth and long-lasting.

A quite nice IPA, however I think it is more American/New World than English. I had a problem with the harsh dry notes that probably emerges from the dry hopping.

03-09-2012 19:29:42 | More by bark
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JamFuel

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-29-2014 17:58:38 | More by JamFuel
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

A: Pours clear copper with a large off-white thick and creamy head that settles into kick-ass lacings.

S: Caramell malt, only somewhat sweet together with lots of floral hops, more American than English actually. Citric and a bit piney. Grassy.

T: the caramell malt is a bit sweet, the hops are dominated by the American-style citric and piney vibe. There is a healthy dose of bitter hops as well. Honey and grass in the back.

M: The aftertaste is problably way better than the taste, ling bittermand balanced with sweetness. Body is medium while carbonation is medium but smooth.

O: Very nice IPA, but this is American, not English. The ratings would be higher if I was rewieving an American IPA.

03-10-2012 19:20:08 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-22-2013 07:48:07 | More by Kirk
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somestranger

Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Testing this beer well chilled, poured from a bottle into a shaker glass.

A: A slight turbid, dark yellow beer, creating a pretty thick and foamy head when poured into the glass. When twirling the glass a lot of small bubbles appears beneath the foamy head telling you there should be plenty of carbonation going on in here.

S: A very hoppy smell appears at first, then turning into a little sweeter malty tones after a while.

T: The taste differs somewhat from the smell. The fruity bitter tones found in the smell can't be found tasting it, it's more of a after-bitter taste. I did expect a more balanced bitterness from the beginning to the end.

M: The long lasting bitterness is real nice. I did though expect a more bubbly&sizzling feeling from the appearance of this beer.

O: A powerful IPA loaded with nice bitterness. The downsides i find is that it is not that well balanced as i did expect, neither the bubbly&sizzling mouthfeel i get from the appearance of it.

03-24-2012 23:12:21 | More by somestranger
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champ103

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Pours a copper reddish color. A two finger, bubbly white head forms. The foam recedes in a second, and leaves light lace.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. Light citrus. Sweet caramel. Doughy and biscuit malt. Really well balanced, as an English IPA should be.
T: Light citrus with a strange bitterness. Rough and grainy malt. Dry moldy wood. Light smoke. Not bad, but odd.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Not hard to drink. Though the ABV catches up with you.

A pretty good attempt at an English IPA. Well balanced. There is nothing wrong with this, it just does not do it for me. Still, something that is worth a try.

05-19-2010 03:45:47 | More by champ103
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eriktoyra

Sweden

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Pours a copper colored fairly clear liquid into the glass. The three finger high head is foamy with fairly big bubbles. The head stays intact for a while before it slowly runs down leaving a ring of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Smells like autumn leaves, grass and blackberries. Delicate hints of pine and floral hops. Grapefruit.

T: Tastes caramel malts, some sweet tones of honey, red berries (strawberries) with a long and bitter after taste. Peppery finish of alcohol.

M: Medium body with medium to strong carbonation that tickles the tongue.

O: Not a bad IPA at all, but not that special either.

03-04-2012 19:54:50 | More by eriktoyra
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Moonraker7

New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Looks great, nice amber color, nearly no head.

S: Smells fruity, very hoppy, lots of grapefruit, flowery also.

T: Taste follows the smell. Very flowery, lots of hops and grapefruit. Very bitter. Similar to an IPA.

M: Average amount of carbonation.

D: I wouldn't drink more than one at a time, it's not bad, but it really just reminds me of a mediocre IPA. This beer leaves a strong bitter aftertaste. Given the cost, this isn't something I would buy again.

03-08-2010 03:45:03 | More by Moonraker7
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JRed

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Dark, murky orange-amber in body with white bubbly head. English aroma of butter, light fruit, caramel. Buttery flavor with caramel, butterscotch, light fruit, alcohol booze towards the finish. Medium bodied with an oily slickness on the palate. A strange, malty drink that does defy many styles. The caramelized sugar is a bit much towards the end.

07-03-2010 22:07:46 | More by JRed
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jisak74


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-21-2012 10:38:15 | More by jisak74
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Gmann

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a brown color with honey hightlights, a rather small and whispy head that dissipates into a light ring. Aroma is of toasted malt, fruity, caramel, and a light floral hop. The taste starts off with a bready malt, has a weird sour spiciness, honey, mineral water and some herbal notes. The hop flavor has some tropical fruit notes, piney with a touch of resiny bitterness. The brew has a moderate body with semi-soft carbonation; starts off sweet but finishes bitter. A malty AIPA for sure, though not overly so. Seems like a dirty AIPA since there are quite a few flavors from the malt. The hop profile is nothing special. A unique take on an AIPA.

10-31-2009 02:10:06 | More by Gmann
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-20-2014 07:18:13 | More by GRG1313
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-26-2013 21:55:28 | More by Mattias
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-09-2013 13:32:46 | More by Brewer1980
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Why is this still being sold at Bocktown for top dollar it's an English IPA, the label doesn't say what it is. I have a buttery/not hoppy ale from Scotland. WTF? Best before 8/16/10 Pours deep semi clouded apricot amber with a cream head forms fine bubbled with even lacing. Aroma has stale hops with hints of cardboard and caramel malt hidden amongst the old hops. Flavor brings on hints of butterscotch and spicy herbal hops, not bad actually. A strong pine bitterness almost resinous like amongst the faded hops there's still some strong hop bitterness and flavor. Not green but in this english style IPA the hops have acted as a natural preservative, this is probably closer to what the original was like. Mouthfeel is dry with bitterness medium bodied ale, any American IPA I've found this old is undrinkable and I don't feel this way about this offering. Overall impression I need to try this fresh but this beer is decent a solid EIPA. I will try more Brewdog because everything else I've had has been solid.

03-28-2011 22:07:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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DerBayer

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance of this one is extremely enticing - it s dark amber with a ruby tinge.

The smell is strongly of hops and lots thereof - very bitter. The taste is HOPS HOPS HOPS and lots thereof with little balancing malt sweetness

Mouthfel is a bit too dry for my liking but carbonation is adequate

Drinkability is OK overall

10-11-2009 15:03:02 | More by DerBayer
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Chaos Theory from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.