Nanny State - BrewDog
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Reviews by salvo:
3.55/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance: you'd be hard pressed to tell this wasn't a high-end IPA. Rich, deep brown with a finger of head that dissipates and disappears, streaking the glass.
Smell is incredible: pure piney, grapefruity hops with a veneer of rich malt.
Taste starts strong and like a west-coast IPA. And then it just disappears, falling off the table like a stone. No finish at all. And that in itself is amazing! Finishes like an unsweetened soda.
Another extreme beer from BrewDog that I have been waiting and waiting to try, and it did not disappoint. Extreme in what it doesn't have: alcohol. Extreme in that it was super-hoppy. Almost hop-tea, which is what I was expecting, frankly. Extreme and I love it, imperfect though it must be. Love to give this another try.
I am very grateful that it was available by the bottle at the new BrewDog bar in Edinburgh in the Cowgait.
06-22-2011 19:34:06 | More by salvo
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2.15/5 rDev -30.9%
Chestnut color with a medium sized pale beige head. Some lacings.
The smell is impressive. Basically just hops - grapefruit, floral notes, bitter resins, tobacco and grass. One-sided as hell, but kind of cool.
The taste is equally one-sided, but here it just goes wrong. It's just bitter hop notes of grapefruit, resins and grass with absolutely no malts to back it up. No way near enough sweetness to balance it. It tastes like bitter hop water - and that is not a compliment. The finish is short and fairly bitter with notes of earthy and raw grassy hops.
No body to talk about, watery texture, a mess.
Even if I judge this for what it is, it's still bad. The flavor lacks any positive characteristics. If poking at the government becomes more important than brewing good beer, it's no surprise that the quality suffers. This must be a joke, and I don't find it funny.
01-19-2010 22:51:04 | More by ricke
United Kingdom (England)
2.88/5 rDev -7.4%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. ABV is 0.5%. I remember hearing about this beer after Brewdog were attacked by the Scottish government for supposedly promoting irresponsible drinking. This was their response. Two fingers up to the establishment I say!
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam with good retention - this eventually reduces to a nice surface layer. A huge hit of aromatic hops greets your olfactory senses - notes of resinous pine and citrus with an undertone of sweet caramel malt.
Tastes of aromatic hops with some weak malt and a bitter finish. Notes of pine. The hops are there, but the malt is barely present. The bitterness isn't excessive, but the absence of a decent malt backbone leaves it unbalanced. Mouthfeel is equally poor - very thin and watery. Tingly and astringent, but the effect on the palate is more like black tea than beer. Aftertaste of aromatic hops.
Well - it's a good stab at a low alcohol beer. It will end up damned with faint praise, but I doubt there's another low-ABV brew out there with so much hop character. It looks great and smells nice, but falls down hard with the flavour and mouthfeel. Bonus points for effort - alcohol-free beer doesn't get much attention over here. Worth trying once.
12-05-2011 23:05:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.78/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours dark amber, liquid is pretty clear.
Dirty white foam, large head sinking quickly to a lid.
Smells very hoppy, old spices.
It's very fizzy, not sweet. No body, looking for any lasting taste. There's no maltiness.
It's too light and fizzy for a lasting appeal, but it gets more interesting after the fizziness dies out.
03-21-2011 16:05:34 | More by ohoh
2.85/5 rDev -8.4%
330 ml bottle, batch 189, best before 7/21/2011. Not sure how fresh this is, but I'll drink it anyway. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is grassy and a bit of citrusy (grapefruit) hops, and some bready malt. Unfortunately the taste isn't as nice as the aroma. It tastes like bitter grassy hops, but not much else. The bitterness isn't exactly nice, but for a beer that has just 0.5% ABV, at least it does have some taste to it. Moutheel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. It was nice to try this brew, and would try it again if I had a chance to.
02-27-2011 01:31:31 | More by bluejacket74
2.65/5 rDev -14.8%
Dark golden colour wih a nice 2 finger white head. Low carbonation and decent lacing on the glass, The smell is pretty good you get Mango, lemon, tropical fruits and some hop bitterness.
The taste on the other hand is disappointing, No fruit aromas present like the smell indicated, only some hop bitterness combined with foul water flavor, my friend even tasted smelly feet. Body was medium with some hop bitterness lingering on the palate.
Sorry that was my first and last Nanny State.
12-23-2012 11:08:44 | More by Liquoric3
2.5/5 rDev -19.6%
This review considers the 0,5% ABV version. I like the appearance of it, aswell as the smell. Think hop juice, lots of tropical fruits, citrus, even a hint of licorice. The fun ends here. The taste i PURE hops, a light bitter liquid that leave a long aftertaste. Thats it really. I think it needs a bigger body and a bit more malt to be enjoyable. But it's certainly very interesting for a beer with 0,5% alcohol in it.
10-08-2010 14:51:49 | More by LillJoel
3.84/5 rDev +23.5%
Appearance: Semi-dark, typical light bronze bitter colour. Surprisingly authentic-looking one finger head, although quite airy (disappears quickly). Looks like real beer, so splendid for a low ABV.
Aroma: Full-on flowery hops, but obviously no alcohol. Fresh and a little sweet.
Taste: Hops.. hops.. and then flatness. The sharp hops on the tongue make you expect something like an American-style strong IPA, but the finish is super light and the bitterness is just left in the air. It's a bit of a strange feeling, actually. The initial flavour is good though, and the flowery hops do linger a little at the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Low to moderate carbonation, some sharpness from the hops.
Overall: Excellent for a low ABV, but a little disappointing once you notice that there's no body to back up the strong hops. Still, this is a brave attempt at making a tasty low ABV brew, and certainly the first one I've ever tried that has anything close to real hop flavour. An added bonus is that the beer isn't too sweet, which is a major flaw of many low ABV beers. This will certainly be a regular low ABV beer for me, although the cost is rather high compared to some of the competition (at least in Finland).
03-29-2014 17:35:02 | More by Arborescence
4/5 rDev +28.6%
Yes officer I have been drinking tonight as a matter a fact I have a fuck of a lot to drink tonight, I think 12 beers but I can't remember. Yes I will take a Breathalyzer and a blood test. Yes my breath does smell like hops. No your machines aren't broken, I forgot to mention the beers I was drinking are 0.5% alcohol by volume.
09-18-2011 18:11:30 | More by hoser
3.73/5 rDev +19.9%
Had this at pré ZBF
I am kinda surprised by all the bad reviews here, I know it's partially a joke, but they actually put together quite a good and drinkable beer here. It seems sometimes if its not over 7%abv, people deride it for something, anyway...
A clear amber, good lacing
S piney, citrusy, spices, some floral notes, quite nice!
T pretty much the above
D rather dry, but nice,
notes, nice option and nice to see a low ABV beer that tastes good, I know many people at pré ZBF, March 2010, were rather impressed with it. I had tried it initially out of mere curiosity, i was pleasantly surprised
03-18-2010 14:50:46 | More by digita7693
2.83/5 rDev -9%
This review is of the 0.5% ABV version. The beer is clear, amber, has a tan head, a rather quickly receding head, but leaves some lacing and curtains!!
It smells lovely, a dash of toffee, grape-fruit juice and some hay. A proper AIPA so far!
Then the taste, very fruity, lemon, lime, red grape-fruit, no malt at all, much bitterness.
Medium carbonation, NO body, just water, spritzy bubbles.
Well, if you want a near-zero ABV, and want hops, this is probably as good as it gets. That does not mean it's good!
10-31-2010 15:55:38 | More by rarbring
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.1/5 rDev -0.3%
330ml "white label" bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast..
Poured a deep amber colour. Slightly off white head poured fairly thick and foamy then fades quite quickly to light patchy covering... some sticky lacing...
Aroma - Juicy, spicy and maybe slightly tropical fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapple), spicy yeast, pine, light palm sugar / caramel sweetness, sea salt, light toasted malt, fresh cut wet grass, light herbal notes, floral (lillies maybe ?)...
Taste - Big blast of spicy, piney and floral mouth puckering hop bitterness - maybe just a little on the harsh side, watered down toasty / biscuity maltiness, slightly washed out light caramel sweetness, some tea leaf traces, decent fruitiness (oranges, strong grapefruit), very herbal, perfumed, metallic traces, faint soapy hints... way more flavour than i was expecting in a 1.1% brew...
M&D - Very sharp and dry. Light / medium bodied... Suprisingly drinkable but one is more than enough and you'll be tasting hops all night long !!
Overall - A pretty good experiment and definitely not as undrinkable as some people have stated... worth a try...
11-03-2009 12:23:05 | More by mdagnew
3.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Review of the 0,5% ABV version.
A: Pours a malty, golden, quite fantastic looking brew with a compact head that grows stuck like a lid.
S: This section is really where this beer shines if you are a fan of American over hopped ales. Apparently there are six different kinds of malt in here, but you would never guess. Extremely hoppy smell, creamy bitterness and a sense of metallic tones. Somewhere in the back there's pine needles and artificial smoke. But in one word; hops.
T: As expected, the emphasis is on hops, sour citrus and some "juicy" flavors that taste like tropical juice you'll have at the breakfast table. Some anise and fresh spiciness. The aftertaste offers a hint of resin.
Mouthfeel then; despite the lack of both carbonation and ABV it has it's charm in my opinion, given the shock of hops that hits you it's more of an experience than a great beer. The question stands, where are the malts? Sure, it's more of a hopjuice than a beer, but still...
Unbalanced. Pretty weird. Pretty fun.
10-18-2010 16:15:47 | More by Sjokvistarn
4.69/5 rDev +50.8%
This brew is highly underrated. It should define a new category @ 0.5% ABV and needs to be scored respective of that. Pours a solid brown with lots of chunky lacing - where it lacks is on head and liveliness but otherwise looks great. Nose is hoppy and I'd be fooled blind. Taste's great for next to no alcohol. Great brew and thanks for making this (and for opening a Brewdog pub in London).
11-10-2013 15:49:54 | More by Oakenator
1.93/5 rDev -37.9%
0.5% ABV version
Pours a clear copper with a lightly tanned head, very clear beer.
Smells of raw, grassy hops, almost as if you'd smell a heap of hops that has been out of its vaccuum packaging for a few days. Nothing but hops, earthy, resiny, grassy and slightly fruity.
Ouch. Hopped mineral water anyone? I really get no malt character at all, only hops, but they overpower themselves in that the bitterness really crushes any real pleasantness they could have brought to this, not my cup of (hop)tea.
Mouthfeel is as expected quite watery and just a little bit creamier than carbonated mineral water.
09-21-2010 18:59:48 | More by dqrull
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.5/5 rDev +12.5%
Didn't expect to stumble across this beer and ironic that I sampled it on the day of the government's spending review. Given the cuts there probably won't be much left of a nanny state soon.
But...in terms of the beer I really expected nothing at all. Having heard the stramash a year ago about the immature reaction in releasing this beer and the fact that this was a toned down version I expected something totally forgettable. But it was a real surprise. A thin rust brown colour this beer impressed with its hop presence and gave the impression of being a much stronger beer. I will need to give Nanny State another go as I'm judging not just on memory notes but on two separate 2 oz samples as though I was ticking for Scotland. And that just won't do. Still, from my meagre 4 ozs this was very good for what it is.Just wish I tried the original 1.1% 200IBUs when it was avaialable. As a dare of course.
10-23-2010 23:28:01 | More by Zimbo
2.3/5 rDev -26%
Batch 001. The BBD is hand written on the label.
The colour is deep amber, the liquid clear. The three finger head is pale beige and compact. Some thick lacing.
The smell is very hoppy, American style. Sharp, almost artificial bitter flavours with a sour hint. Some sweet notes of honey. Nice flavours, but I think it lacks something.
The taste is very bitter/sour, almost tart. No body at all, nor any sweetness. Chemical bitter notes. Odd off flavours of salt, stable, rubber and wool. The aftertaste is raw and bitter with some lightly roasted malt in the background.
The carbonation is mild; the many small bubbles are quite smooth. The liquid is a bit thin.
As unbalanced as one can expect from a beer of 1.1% ABV and a said bitterness of 225 IBU.
03-07-2010 20:25:36 | More by bark
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