Nanny State - BrewDog
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1.93/5 rDev -37.7%
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)
2.05/5 rDev -33.9%
Reddish to murky brown colour with tinges of orange in it as well. It is topped buy a foamy white head about the width of a thumb.
Hopped up to begin with along with some floral notes and a touch of tea which I wasn't expecting. It is quite strong at points and there is some background pine and a bit of grapefruit.
Bland right at the start with touches of hops and pine but these are pretty minimal. There is a lot of bitter that follows this and again some floral notes but that's about it really. Not a great taste and in fact barely drinkable.
Incredibly dry on the palate along with being quite bland and almost watery if that is even possible. The beer is light bodied with low to mild carbonation.
Started out really well and I was beginning to think there was actually a low alcohol beer out there that would be able to compete with some pretty good pale ales however the second I took a taste of it I knew that wasn't the case. A pretty poor beer, up there with the worst if taken on taste alone.
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07-20-2012 22:16:49 | More by flyingpig
2.13/5 rDev -31.3%
Appearance - 4.0
Much darker than I expected. Pours a two fingers of cream coloured head over a clear body of copper-red.
Smell - 3.5
Already it is clear that this is not a regular IPA. Aroma is completely hop driven; fruity (grapefruit) and resinous.
Taste - 1.5
For the first second it seems that BrewDog have performed a miracle - there is a touch of malty sweetness. Unfortunately, this quickly disappears, leaving a very dry, very bitter beer which isn't all that pleasant. Tastes of citrus fruits and a little pine, finishing metallic and bone dry.
Mouthfeel - 1.5
Just like the taste, it seems ok at first, then falls flat. Fine carbonation gives a momentary impression of fullness in the mouth, before the true, thin and watery character takes over.
Overall - 1.5
I would be very interested to know what the IBU count on this beer is. Probably not too high, but it seems very bitter thanks to there being bugger all malt for balance.
05-13-2011 08:26:07 | More by LittleCreature
2.15/5 rDev -30.6%
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
2.3/5 rDev -25.8%
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
2.3/5 rDev -25.8%
12 oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance - pours a nice clear ruby amber color with a large off white head. Lacing all over the glass. Looks as nice as any regular IPA.
Smell - very hoppy, pure grassy, resiny hops. Definitely smells like a fresh hop cone, but no balance from any other scents.
Taste - basically hop water. Very earthy, grassy hops. Not much definition and definitely no balace from any other flavors. Expected this though.
Mouthfeel - decent, very dry, nice carbonation.
Drinkability - doesn't really leave me wanting more. I don't think I could have more than one of these because the unbalanced bitterness is too much to handle.
I like the creativity here from Brewdog, but not a beer I would want to have more than once.
12-04-2010 17:04:19 | More by dgfair
United Kingdom (England)
2.3/5 rDev -25.8%
Appearance: Rich dark amber colour with a small bubbly off-white/tan head, with very little carbonation.
Aroma: Big and hoppy on the nose, much like a DIPA. There is lots of fruitiness pineapple, melon...it's kinda like tropical bubblegum actually.
Taste: Rubbery perfume bitterness, like when you accidentally inhale too much when you're spring cologne. There are hints of...nope, all i get is the clingy soily perfume. It taste a massive amount of hops have been crammed into a glass of water
Mouthfeel: Very light, and watery, no really substance to the feel.
Drinkability: I really don't like this at all. I'm a massive BrewDog fan but I think this is just a publicity stunt too far, it's about "great tasting beer" guys, remember? A brave concept or a pointless publicity stunt, either way, it's not a good beer.
11-17-2009 19:31:16 | More by PartyBear
2.3/5 rDev -25.8%
A: Pours deep amber with a rather large tan head that dissipates slowly leaving rich lacings.
S: Loads of american hops, both floral and bitter. Pine and citric notes - grapefruit and exotic fruits. The weak part is the malt - I can't sence any malt what so ever.
T: The taste proves that there was weakness in the malt - there's no maltyness in the taste either. Bitter and citric - dry.
M: Body is thin so thin and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste is decent.
D: I had it yesterday with some friends and one of them called it "hoppy water" - I can't find any other way to describe it...
09-02-2010 19:06:45 | More by Evil_Pidde
British Columbia (Canada)
2.35/5 rDev -24.2%
Ehhh....so so offering from BrewDog. Very dark amber with definite coppery hues. Extremely hoppy scent, but I do detect some malt in there.
Fairly fruity and spicy taste. Citrus, grass, hints of tobacco. Really one side and boring. Too much hop character.
Fizzy, but not like a soda. Actually not too hard to drink, but really not something to get excited about. By far my least favourite BrewDog beer.
02-14-2010 22:45:14 | More by BDTyre
2.45/5 rDev -21%
Pours a red-tinged amber with light but steady bead feeding a beige, quite dense head that sinks in parts, leaving uneven texture on top, but nice retention and a big run-on sentence. No lace but otherwise very nice.
Nose is pleasant enough; hop aroma which is the overriding characteristic. Citric on the front but quickly becomes very metallic, with big brass notes, hint of floral at the back. A bit thin, almost like a hop soft drink, but decent.
Front palate has virtually nothing on it, just thin with slight tang from the hops which come more to the fore midway, nice and citric. Towards the back they become again very metallic, with a real ashy astringency on the back that is just unbalanced and simple with no nuance. It's inevitable from something with no body but I still can't forgive it. The whole palate is as empty as life itself, there's nothing here but bitterness and disappointment.
Watery and flat, couldn't expect much but that doesn't elevate it from nothing.
This beer is evidence that a sense of humour and clever marketing do not equal good beer. Under the circumstances, this is a pretty good brew; but this is the same as saying "That girl's a pretty good ballet dancer, considering she hasn't got any legs."
05-06-2011 05:20:56 | More by laituegonflable
2.5/5 rDev -19.4%
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
2.65/5 rDev -14.5%
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
United Kingdom (England)
2.7/5 rDev -12.9%
Lovely dark Amber body, a huge fluffy head retains well and leaves thick slabs of lace.
Lovely hoppy aroma of pine and citrus hops and a vague background of sweetish malt back lacks a little oomph. A faint metallic twang as well.
Where is that malt in the mouth? Almost Non existent. Hoppy water. Plenty of bitter hops, pine and grapefruit, the slightest hint of malt. Is a touch astringent and lingers very peppery and metallic... Towards the bottom of my glass I'm starting to taste past the hops and getting a touch of honey malt. And more metal.
Not a bad shot at a very low ABV boy but I won't go again.
05-12-2011 15:21:22 | More by Trizzle
2.78/5 rDev -10.3%
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
2.78/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
04-09-2011 15:00:45 | More by NilsFrisk
2.83/5 rDev -8.7%
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
2.85/5 rDev -8.1%
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
United Kingdom (England)
2.88/5 rDev -7.1%
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
Nanny State from BrewDog
73 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.