Nanny State - BrewDog

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 11-03-2009

0.5% or 1.1% ABV
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Photo of dqrull
2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of flyingpig
2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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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Photo of LittleCreature
2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ricke
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dgfair
2.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of bark
2.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of BDTyre
2.37/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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...

Photo of PartyBear
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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."

Photo of LillJoel
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Liquoric3
2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Trizzle
2.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of NilsFrisk
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of ohoh
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of rarbring
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of grapetonix
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
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).

Photo of Sjokvistarn
3.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Nanny State from BrewDog
73 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.