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Tesco Finest American Double IPA - BrewDog

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Tesco Finest American Double IPATesco Finest American Double IPA

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AEK on 04-15-2011

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Among British IPAs and IIPAs, this is easily one of the hoppiest, brewed with American West Coast hops. Says "full flower hops" without saying which, but I'm guessing Zeus and/or Cascade or one of the newer cultivars. It's bitter, it's hoppy, and its fragrant of citrus and pine. The head collapses quickly and leaves little (resin or lace) on the glass.

Taste is intensely bitter and the malts are really struggling to balance: the softer, subtler British approach to IPA/IIPA is just abandoned. Not bad, just descriptive. I find myself speculating which malts were used: not that that would change my review so much as it makes me think if Bewdog is doing what I'd been dreaming about: brewing an American double with a traditional English caramel malt base.

Taste blends the British and American traditions really well: enough sweetness from the caramel malts are traditional while the bitter pine-citrus-orange-and-lemon American hops really deliver a punch, particularly given the 9.2% alcohol which is clearly there and more noticeable in comparison to traditional British IPAs and doubles. I'm blown away and and Brits or Scots pining for a West Coast American (pun intended) should really check this odd marriage of Brewdog and Tesco of all things. David marrying Goliath, really: inventive micro bedding down with the Megalomart. And it somehow works.

It is, however, imperfect. There's some funk in the bottle, a dirty smell that thankfully stays in the bottle and doesn't transfer to the glass. The hops are huge but rather one-note: they burn, then bloom, and finish slow, but it's pine, pine, citrus, citrus: unrelenting and steady whereas better American doubles will cycle through a number of hoppy subtleties. But I quibble.

I checked out this Tesco American Double on a lark, and didn't notice till I popped it open that it was done by Brewdog. 12oz bottle, actually it's a 330ml, but it sure looked like an American 12oz on the shelf of pints at Tesco. Dated "Best Before End 1-04-12." The Brits may never be the same: mass distribution of this fine DIPA may awaken a taste for American hops here north of Hadrian's, among the Celts, and all around the UK. Or so I can hope! Thank you Brewdog, thank you Tesco!

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013 - so it should be in good condition. This first appeared in Tesco last year; I take it as a sign that US craft beer styles are percolating down to the UK masses....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear coppery-red hue with surprisingly low carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a minute or two before dissipating. Extreme fruity hop aroma; plentiful notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine - a veritable smorgasboard of hops.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a spicy quality and a strident bitterness. Notes of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical/citrus fruit, underpinned by hints of caramel malt and dry yeast. Powerful, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with a prickly sensation from the hops. Highly astrigent - dries the palate completely. Overpowering aftertaste of spicy, fruity aromatic hops.

Like a bullet to your tastebuds, this brew packs a punch. Aromatic hops obliterate your senses and all other flavours. It's good stuff; the only flaw is a lack of balance. The malt is there but barely makes itself known. Still, if you love hops then this is a beer for you.

Photo of AEK
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. A clear, deep orange almost red coloured ale topped by a good bubbly off-white head.

S. Lemons, plenty of hops, leather, raisins and a slightly burnt wood aroma. This is on a par with Stone's Ruinition IPA.

T. A great hop taste in this beer, bitter oranges, grapefruit and dark fruits.

M. Full bodied.

D. Best Brewdog beer I have had to date, it reminds me so much of Stone's Ruinition. I could drink this all day and al night.

Photo of thommo_nk
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never tried an American Double brewed in the UK before, this is a very very good beer. Does not quite reach the hoppy heights of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial but still packs a significant punch. The alcohol kick is nice but not surprising from the 9.2% abv.

When you consider you can buy this in Tesco for less than two quid it really is a no brainer.

Well done Tesco and Brewdog, more please.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fortunately the major supermarket chain in South Korea (where I live) is part owned by Tesco so every once in a blue moon an interesting import arrives. This bugger cost me £5.80 but what the hey.

EDIT: This is a slight edit as I've had a few since my first review and I've got to know it better.

A: An intense amber with champagne bubbles and a respectable off-white head.

S: Pungent tropical fruits and pine needles.

T: Strong orange marmalade, pine needles, floral grapefruit, tea leaves and a bit of carbonised toast. Alcohol is well hidden. The bitter to sweet balance is perfect, with a lovely residual bitterness. Nice bit of solvent in the last glug.

M: Lightish with soft but active effervescence.

O: I'm starting to find exaggerated hop flavours a bit wearisome but this was awesome.

Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 330ml bottle into Brooklyn American pint glass. BBD

A) Copper, a fair few bubbles, clear with persistent white head. Looks the part.

S) Smells exactly like SN Torpedo, although more muted. Again, smells the part of an American DIPA. Starting to get excited now.

T) Like Torpedo, but way more bitter. Bitter aftertaste is very long lasting. Definite warming of the chest from the high ABV.

M) Again, on style. Medium mouthfeel, not to fizzy. Smooth. Great.

O) Tesco don't sell Torpedo any more; bad times. They sell this instead; Good times. Having said that, Torpedo has a bit more flavour and is smoother and more balanced than this, despite being a full 2% lower ABV. Bravo Tesco and Brew Dog, a good value DIPA (£1.99 / 330ml) on the supermarket shelves.

Photo of Arboug
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've seen a DIPA over in UK and in that respect I've compared it to those I've had in the US. To be honest it doesn't come that well. It is ok but is probably below the average you would expect in the US. I wasn't blown away by the smell - I expected that full-on hops gonna get ya thing - but it was quite subdued. Could have been the age. It was quite tropical though - citra?

The hop taste was medium. I could taste them but again it didn't assault me. (I may be ruined of course).

And it seemed pretty sweet.

Photo of FinalFantasyBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown Bread Baby! This might seem overpowering at first, but this is to be taken with sips rather then chugging it down. Dark amber almost going into red, thin head (but you'd expect that from a 9.2%)

As first mentioned thick brown bread - heavy digestive biscuit notes. This beer is recommended to polish a night off as your last beer for the evening as a night cap.

Very drinkable, does not have much alcohol burn (only when going into your stomach) Excellent beer probably the best you can get in tesco.

Photo of thepeter
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although I know this is just the Hardcore in a bottle, I have ont rated it in a bottle yet and these are the bottles from Tesco that I usually buy. Pours a dark amber much darker than most DIPA's with a nice finger head that lasts about half the beer turning to film and leaving some nice lacing. Aromas seem heavier on the malt compaired to the cask maybe it just comes off sweeter in ways or maybe I am just getting old. Still lot's of citrus and pineas well as floural presence. Taste is a kick to the face with pine resiny hop goodness. Again heavier on the malts in flavour than I remember in the cask adn less of the citrus. Don't get me wrong, the citrus is still there but there could be more. Palate is medium bodied very nice feel to it, carbonation is solid and just fine. Overall this is a very very good DIPA, not nearly as good as it was on cask (which was also extremely fresh). Still one of my go to's because it is available at the Tesco as well as Hardcore being sold at Sainsburys.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden transparent body with a hint of amber. Frothy and bubbly off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Huge fresh hop explosion with a lot of pine and some citrus. Very sweet citrus aromas come through at the end with orange and tropical fruits. Really smells like a fresh hop.

T- Very hoppy with pine and citrus upfront and tropical fruits coming through in the middle. There is a hint of sweet malt in there too to balance it out, but this one is very hoppy.

M- Full bodied, somewhat creamy with medium carbonation. Not as much of a bite as some other palate wreckers.

O- Very impressive beer. Hops are right up front, but still extremely drinkable.

Photo of fullsweep
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass tumbler.

A: Lovely deep ruby-amber with a thick, rich off-white head even on a slow pour.

S: One of the nicest smelling beers I've ever smelled! Hints of caramel and grapefruit but with an overwhelming hit of melon and especially mango! Sounds weird, but it's beautiful.

T: Some sweetness and a mild bitterness (so different from the English pale ales and bitters I'm used to drinking here), a touch of tangy-fruitiness. The high ABV (9.2 %) affects the flavor a lot too though. I, for one, would prefer to taste the beer.

M: Rich and thick; flows over the tongue and almost numbs it with the alcohol. Mostly pleasant though.

O: A pleasant surprise on this strong ale, particularly for someone who is used to traditional English beers.

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Tesco Finest American Double IPA from BrewDog
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