Nanny State - BrewDog

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 11-03-2009

0.5% or 1.1% ABV
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Photo of Oakenator
4.66/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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). (392 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Massive piney, lemony passionfruit hop aroma. Lots of citrus and delicious smelling hop character. Mild notes of spice as well. One of the best beers I've ever smelled.

Clear dark amber colour with a creamy, dense light tan head. Great head retention.

Like cold and exceptionally strong black tea. Rounded tea flavour. Lots of bitterness. Mild citrus. A hint of resin. I actually like this. A lot. A bit more hop flavour would be great but the tea like flavour and balance works for me.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good but a bit astringent and tannic.

A really interesting beer and something completely out of the ordinary. A tasty beer and well worth trying even if only for the novelty. (717 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A heavily hopped .5% provocation. It works!

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Smudged and a bit trite design of semi erased and dusty fonts displaying the brew name in light green. Side notes goes over brew intent, main characteristics, and brewery ethos. Notes best before date and batch (19/12/11 388). Shows Alc. by Vol. (0.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear amber pour, rich foamy head with nice retention and a persistent surface memory, great lacing.

S - Richly hoppy nose, plenty of resin, citric notes, a bit grassy, quite intense and rich…

T - Taste maintains the range without the intensity, hoppy, citric and resinous with that grassy touch, minimal touch of malt.. the softness can felt already but the lingering bitterness and aroma sustain the brew rather well.

M - Medium/light body. Medium carbonation holding throughout rather well and helping soften the sometimes watery mouthfeel.

O - If the point is to prove that a low Alc. and flavorful brew can be done then this one does it. If somewhat thin on the palate, the aroma shines, the flavor stands and the overall experience is quite pleasing.

Notes: Polemic aside it is actually a rather quaffable brew, full of hoppy flavor, so it is not for all palates, but it has a fun edge to it. I would not mind to have a few of these around. Funny how well I´m told this is selling in some places for people looking for the hops without the alcohol... (1,423 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.06/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Rusty brick red with an amazing head, the kind that rises an inch above the rim of the glass and retains very well. There is a lovely full-on IPA nose with pine, lemon, lemongrass, pineapple, and orange blossom syrup, and a wholewheat bread aroma. I get some lemon as well. The flavor echoes the aroma, but the mouthfeel isn't quite up to scratch - weirdly thin and watery, which does no favors to the toasty, nutty, tea-like, and hoppy notes that are all individually assertive but harmonious and balanced in tandem, like a good jazz band. Defanged brandy, red and black tea, toast, and citrus are key flavors. I must say, the body here is generally too thin, but that doesn't stop it from being an excellent beer and a perfectly drinkable quaffer. (749 characters)

Photo of hoser
4.02/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (329 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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). (1,220 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%

330ml bottle 0,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass

Appearance: The beer pours far darker than I would have expected from a light IPA - it looks more like an amber ale. A rough pour yields a large off white head that lasts fantastically well and leaves thick lacing as it slowly recedes. 4.25

Smell: Nanny State is certainly the best smelling low-alcohol beer I have come across and could, in all honesty, stand up to many of the better smelling regular strength IPAs I have had recently. The nose is absolutely bursting with hoppy goodness. Notes include: Litchi, orange, pineapple, citrus peel, a touch of resin and a light floral note. 4.5

Taste: After such a great nose, the flavour is a bit of a let down. Not because of a lack of hop flavour, but rather the absence of any trace of malt backbone results in the flavour coming across as a little watery and flat in the finish. There is a solid bitterness and notes of litchi, citrus and leafiness. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Hmmm, the lack of Abv. is really apparent in this department. The body is very light and watery and the carbonation is too high and a little fizzy. The lack of body really makes this feel like carbonated water. 1.5

Overall: This is easily the best low alcohol beer I have had, I just wish the mouthfeel was a little better. 3.75 (1,308 characters)

Photo of digita7693
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (610 characters)

Photo of salvo
3.64/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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. (869 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. It would always just stare at me in whenever I went in there. Finally I broke down.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Note: 1.1% ABV version

APPEARANCE: Nice looking pour. A bigger, medium looking, three finger beige head forms with decent retention. Deep rosewood red in color with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades unevenly to a decent foam cap and leaves pieces of lacing down the top of the snifter. Good wisp remains until the end and leaves sheets of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Decent nose on this one. Pale malts with some good citrus notes; grapefruit especially. A bit of caramel sweetness and some floral notes, but citrus and grapefruit are much more prevalent. For what it is, the nose is quite impressive.

TASTE: Not as full as the nose. Pale malts, some caramel sweetness, and faint floral hops as well. A touch of citrus through the middle, leading into a very bitter hop finish. The bitter hops are quite prevalent after the swallow. A big, overly bitter aftertaste lingers and lingers on the back of the palate. Packs a good amount of flavor for the ABV, but it's obviously missing an element and the finish is anything but balanced. If you were looking for balanced though, why did you drink this?

PALATE: Medium body and quite creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes rather dry on the palate, bordering on being too astringent.

OVERALL: The reviews are far too harsh on this one. This is not an attempt at making a balanced IPA, so we shouldn't expect one. For what it is - namely, an attempt at making a very flavorful and bitter IPA with an extremely low ABV - this brew is definitely a success. I'm glad I finally caved and bought a bottle.

Besides the fact that it looks great, it's got a bold nose, lots of great flavor, and a very nice creamy mouthfeel. The only real beef I have is that it is a little astringent on the finish, but that is also a product of its bitterness. This brew may not be as big and bad as some other IPAs, be as "balanced" as some, or have the flavors that the alcohol contributes, but as an attempt at "reverse extreme brewing," for lack of a better term, this one is sure worth the effort. One of the better BrewDog achievements so far. Recommended. (2,300 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You gotta love BrewDog's response to its critics who blasted Tokyo* for containing 18% ABV. A near beer with lots of hops, this "IPA" was given to me as a gift from Sergio while I was in Brazil two months ago. On to the beer:

Dark copper color with solid lace and retention. Ok, whatever. Let me smell it...it's got a good nose. Flowery, some passionfruit. No malt whatsoever.

Halcyondays suggested this is like an iced tea with hops instead of tea leaves. I think he's right on. Iced hops? Lots of crisp hops and very bitter, but the bitterness is on the refreshing side, especially as more of it is tasted. Yeah, we have a sense of the malt, but onlya very hint of it. The body is very light (water anyone?) with some carbonation and crispness to liven it up.

Not all experiments turn out for the best, but I must say I did like Nanny State...the beer, not the group of people made of ignorant control freaks. If I needed to quit drinking, this would be a great step to get there...or would it? (1,001 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (908 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty impressive, the beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing is really good on this, very sticky and maintains a great retention. The smell has a nice aroma of malts and hops. The taste of the beer is malty and hoppy also. The flavors are quite nice for a beer with a low ABV. The mouthfeel is drinkable. Overall the beer is good, I would easily say this is the best low ABV beer I've ever had. (455 characters)

Photo of Sjokvistarn
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it the later version – after 2009 - with lower IBU (45) and lower alcohol. The initial version had around 4 times more IBUs and twice as much alcohol.
Dark Amber color with low head with medium retention.
Aroma is pretty good, citric and fruity with notes of passion fruit.
Hoppy flavor with a strong bitterness that keeps strong in the aftertaste, which is also dry and watery.
Medium carbonation with small bubbles. Body too thin.
I am afraid it was quite watery given the very low alcohol. Some malt presence would help as well. Interesting as an experience and good alternative to beer juice drinkers (non-alcoholic). (627 characters)

Photo of grapetonix
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: like a dark amber ale. Medium head. Crystal clear.

S: hops! too much, tells you something about what you're gonna drink. Not a bad smell just disgustingly overpowering at times.

T: hops! and a little citrus and grass. too much again but it's very drinkable and enjoyable.

M: fresh, easy to drink. Needless to say no hints of alcohol here. Just the right amount of carbonation.

overall: Probably the most drinkable N/A beer I ever tasted and definitely more enjoyable to drink than a generic watery alcohol containing lager. Would not feel ashamed in bringing this to a party or event. Keep up the good work BD! (618 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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... (1,134 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle, courtesy of DoubleJ,

A: Pours a medium-brown with a crisp white head with good head retention.

S: Lots of hop character. Flowers, pine, cedar bark, black tea.

T: Really it tastes like iced tea, bitter with no sweetness, no malt to be found. Hop tea basically with carbonation.

M: Very light-bodied, it is refreshing in an interesting way. Has some creamy carbonation characteristics.

O: I like weird experiments like this in the beer world, drinking this will never let you take for granted the role malt plays even in the most unbalanced of West Coast IPAs. For low alcohol beer though, this kicks the crap out of O'Douls. (650 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Pours pale copper with a small head.
Nose shows sweet malt, bready and toasty notes, spicy and resinous hops.
Flavours include soft sweet malt at first with a hint of roast and some grapefruit/spicy hops.
Watery body as expected. (229 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 388 (0.5%). Best before 19 December 2011. A self-described "insanely hopped imperial mild."

A: Very clear. Dark, nutty brown with lots of bubbles and an unsustained head that, though large, collapses in on itself. Pretty with lots of lace.

S: REALLY nice. You'd never know this was a (virtually) non-alcoholic beer. Smells as an American IPA should -- boatloads of citrusy, piney hops that are noticeable even from a distance. Mmm. To be fair, the smell fades with time, but I'm leaving the score a notch higher in light of the style.

T: Ah...the downfall of Nanny State. Overly bitter, with no balance from the "8 speciality malts." All I'm getting is weak-bodied, astringent/soapy hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly less of a letdown, with a hoppy/piney linger. Nice. Overall though, completely one-dimensional.

M: Abominably weak. Some sparkle from carbonation and pleasantly drying hops save it from even a worse score.

O: This is my second Nanny State, and I can say that drinking from the bottle may ameliorate/hide the taste, but precludes this beer's best feature: the smell. Still, it has redeeming features (and it's low ABV can even be considered a virtue in some situations) and I would have another if the circumstance warranted. Very nice with spicy food. Only recommended for novelty value. (1,375 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of rarbring
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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! (513 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (750 characters)

Photo of ohoh
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Interesting experiment. (355 characters)

Photo of NilsFrisk
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks amber with a head of pretty big bubbles, good retention.
Smells hoppy, kind of floral.
Tastes like water and hops, the malt is really missing here, way to unbalanced.
This would work for the days you really want hops, but not alcohol, but compared to other IPA's, this does not make it. (292 characters)

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Nanny State from BrewDog
74 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.