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Chaos Theory - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
85
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 8
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Amber ale, or sort of IPA. Its in the style, its higher than average IPA, and so its above average bitterness for sure than your local British empire beer. Pours medium yellow, with some off-white head. Some citrus taste. Very drinkable, a bit of ageing helped.Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

, orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace. Very nice appearance I would have to say. Some decent carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom and a good amount of side glass lace was involved as well.

The aroma was pleasant, not as strong as I would have liked, but still pretty decent. There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. The Mouthfeel was a little thin, maybe a touch watery, but had more then decent carbonation.

mikesgroove, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

My first stab at the BrewDog line of beers.Poured into a imperial nonic a clear bronze with a fluffy two finger white head that settled into a soapy-like mass.Big English malt and hop aromas,sweet biscuit intertwined with leafy/herbal hop notes with a tinge of iron.The flavors to me are dominated by English malt up front,lightly sweet and biscuity with that light iron/metallic presence,the hops come late with a herbal,"green" smack.If there was such a thing as a IEPA this would be it,pretty good.

oberon, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Best by 8/10... I just bought this recently in the store too so either the store held it on the shelf, or distributor...

Pours a light fizzy head, rosy reddish orange maroon apricot color, very hazy.

Nose loaded with fruits, apricot, apple, raisin, fig, dried fruits, Belgian yeast, very light hop character.

Taste starts with a slight bitter apple seed, fruit, fig, raisin, apricot, bitter rind taste, bitter hop character as well, chewy hops, little yeast, Belgian yeast fruits, long bitter finish, light fruits, chewy spicy hops, light yeast.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall decent, interesting fruits, bitterness, some light hop flavors, probably better fresh.

jlindros, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +6.4%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a complex malt aroma of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts along with a mild hop nose that balances the aroma nicely. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malt centric flavor with a solid hop taste in the finish. It's got a fresh hop taste, but nothing over the top like most American IPA's. Instead, the malts provide excellent character and appropriate balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's nothing exceptional, but it's full of flavor and easy drinking even at 7.1%.

WesWes, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Third BrewDog beer of the evening, poured into my lovely 'Judas' glass, almost a full year of life left according to the label.

Murky dull, deep, old gold/muddy terracotta coloured body with an off-white head on top.

Smells of hops and more hops, maybe a hint of malted barley in there too.

Good hoppy taste, not over the top, just heavy on the hops. The ABV is feelable and sits well within the taste and structure of the beer.

Could do without some of the condescending blurb on the label, but the beer is very good.

BlackHaddock, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 17/10/10, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a much darker hue than both Punk and Hardcore IPA - dark reddish amber in colour, coming with perfect clarity, mild carbonation and a thin layer of off-white foamy head.
S: like Hardcore IPA, the aroma bursts with complex tropical fruits - green guava, sweet pineapples, star-fruits, passion-fruits, plus pink grapefruits, rendered by both hops and fruit esters, while a close sniff reveals the presence of biscuity malts and nectar-ish sourness. Refreshing and remarkably juicy-fruity, without any trace of alc. actually, while the maltiness seems to be much milder on the balance
T: the interesting foretaste of tropical fruits, grapefruity hops and nectar is ever so juicy, then gradually hop bitterness sets in, leading to a long and semi-spicy chewy finish that is pretty high on alpha acid but relatively low in terms of hop flavour. It's also in the aftertaste that the sound toffee-ish maltiness makes a belated presence, helping to reach a balance with the chewy mouthfeel.
M&D: impressively bottled, the carbonation is only lively where it's needed, against a medium body and pleasantly light (not as imposing or heavy as Hardcore IPA) flavour profile. I've had Punk IPA on cask which is absolutely sublime, while I'd tend to imagine this one on cask can match Punk's performance or fare even better, due to the understated yet firm presence of the malt elements. At 7.1%abv., I simply fail to notice the alc. content - a vivid witness to the craftsmanship! Highly enjoyable.

wl0307, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

22.4oz Bomber
Batch: 9
Best Before: 08/16/10

Poured into a chalice a nice golden orange color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop, some citrus. The taste is malty, some hop notes, sweet, bitter, some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, but was expecting more.

Wasatch, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Batch 012, best before 8/16/10.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with sticky slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and lightly of earthy hops. Taste is sweet upfront, lightly citrus in the middle, and closes with the earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Not quite the cutting edge in-your-face that I was expecting, but a good brew.

ppoitras, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a medium brown color with a nice head that fades to leave lacing in my glass.

Aroma is full of sweet malt and floral hops that are nearly hidden in the nose.

Taste is full of light, floral hop bitterness and sweet malt underneath. Bitterness isn't too much nor too little.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness and malt like a typical IPA. Feels British in character.

Let's see, easy to drink and feels like a British IPA that is a bit stronger than usual in flavor. American hops and British malts more like it. Something like that. I'm obviously lacking in geography. Regardless, try it. It's not their best effort though.

Brad007, May 22, 2009
Photo of bark
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.

bark, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
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.

Evil_Pidde, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of champ103
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.

champ103, May 19, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a cloudy gold/light orange body with two finger frothy head that quickly dies. A mild honey/sweet maltish smell along with floral hops. Taste is more of same as this lighter-bodied beer goes down easy, dangerously easy that is. Light sweet malts like honey, caramel along w/ a breadiness and tea leaf note plus floral and bitter hops combine for a mild, easy to drink session beer. Not complex or groundbreaking, but just a nice easy to drink beer that I could have anytime.

clayrock81, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours clear amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows loads of piney resin, sweet caramel and cookie dough-like malt.
Similar flavours, pine, sweet clean malt. Finishes with a sharp pronounced bitterness.
Nice syrupy body, carbonation could be a lot higher though.

CrazyDavros, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.4%

In a pint glass this beer was an orange/amber color. It had a medium off white head, and a fair amount of lacing. Sweet malt aroma, very floral, and a bit of citrus. I caught more grapefruit in the taste, some pine, and a nice malt backbone. Slightly oily mouthfeel, balanced. Nice beer.

lordofthewiens, May 19, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

This brew pours a murky light apricot hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves some nice lacing,the aroma is a combination of toffee/caramel malts,fresh green apples and piney hops and lots of them,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which is a tinge stickyish and leaves tastes of passionfruit,peaches,lychee,toffee and finishes with a bittersweet tinge thats more bitter than sweet,overall a nice drop without being a standout and i know this brewery is capable of way more.

ADZA, Nov 04, 2010
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Chaos Theory from BrewDog
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