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Chaos Theory - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
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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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

24.4oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB 8/16/10.

Copper/amber with a thin white head. Aromas of biscuit, fruity yeast and citrus hops. Palate is clean with lots of British style fruity flavors and a crisp, bitter finish. Tastes like a great ESB or an extreme English IPA. Pretty good, not my favorite from the brewery.

05-19-2009 06:19:40 | More by SFLpunk
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velkyal

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a dark amber bordering on red, although again a rather minimal head.

As would be expected from an IPA, the nose was full of citrus, in fact it was very pungent, with a mix of Seville orange marmalade and bittersweet pink grapefruit. The contrast between bitter and sweet was to be a constant theme in the beer, the first taste being very bitter, and something of a shock if the truth be told, but subsequently it mellows out to reveal its jellied undertones.

As you would expect from this style it is very hoppy and the aftertaste reminded me of drinking an excellent single malt with a nice warming afterglow. The final few mouthfuls were syrupy sweet in a way that reinforced the jelly, an excellent beer overall.

05-18-2009 09:38:55 | More by velkyal
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9%

I've had a few beers from this brewery and have been quite impressed. This one was not a let down either. The beer is a very clear amber color. The head is white and soapy, but it doesn't last long at all. The aroma has a very piney, citric (grapefruit and orange peel) aroma...lots of hops in this one. It's not one-sided, though, it also has a decided roasted and bready malt character. Good balance in the aroma (as well as the taste). The taste is predominantly bitter, with a great blend of hop and malt flavor. There's a little caramel flavor. Moderately sweet. Very firm mouthfeel and a medium body. The long and lingering finish is quite bitter. Good beer.

05-14-2009 18:52:15 | More by Suds
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Picked this up today @ Marty's in Newtonville. Batch 012 with BBD 8/16/2010. 500 ml into Portsmouth snifter. I would call this an American IPA rather than an English IPA because 1) the BBD is in American rather than European format (mm/dd/yy; not the real reason) and 2) the hop profile and forwardness with a bit of malt rather than a balanced or malt-forward profile fits the American IPA mold much better.

Man, I wish the carbonation on this would have a little more staying power. It's listed as a "copper IPA" and it definitely is. The eggshell, full-finger head looks solid...for about 5 seconds...and then it goes quickly, leaving those thin bubbly wisps. Not a lot of lacing on this one, but I'm struck by the clarity of it all.

The website says "insane hops." Well, they should move up the BBD then 'cause no way in hell these hops make it to 2010. But I really don't give a rat's ass, 'cause I'm checking this deal out now, and insane indeed. The pure grapefruit pulp reminds me of the Sculpin I had the other day. A slight hint of caramel and boozy sweetness balances this out very nicely on the nose. A pleasant surprise.

I do get the graprefruit on the taste but it is much more rind than pulp. The creamy caramel malt texture is still there and this is definitely a hop bomb. It works well and shows a fair amount of synergy; only beef is that the rind profile of the hops takes away from the clarity on the nose. Maybe they take a portion of their FWH or maybe their 60 minute and jack it down to 20 and 5 to show up a little more on the nose and less on the bittering. Still, this is quite enjoyable.

There is still the rind smashing the palate into oblivion. This shows a little disjoint with the caramel malt (crystal) and a little bit of slate and earthiness. Good and enjoyable but maybe not as tightly constructed as the top range of well-oiled (higher ABV) IPAs.

It's an enjoyable IPA with good synergy. Just enough malt to sit on the other side of the seeaw with these crazy-$#!+ "C" hops. Slight dryness keeps it clean. Finish has a bit of earth but not a huge amount. This is an enjoyable capper to have every couple of weeks - it smells like a rotating release but may be a one-shot deal...sort of like the "longshot" BBC contest. This is a prototype rather than a user recipe so let's hope it makes its way around each year or more frequently. Nicely done.

05-14-2009 02:20:34 | More by IBUnit63
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Chaos Theory from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.