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Tesco Finest American Double IPA - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
87
very good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AEK on 04-15-2011)
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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

salvo, Jun 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

stephenlee, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.25/5  rDev +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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of AEK
4.72/5  rDev +21%
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.

AEK, Apr 16, 2011
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jakea, May 13, 2012
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mtrain237, Jun 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MEP, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

MikeKSmith, Jun 19, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Hoppsbabo, Jan 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

DLeep, May 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Kal, Sep 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Viceroy, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

chromestar, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Arboug
3.1/5  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.

Arboug, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

mnixon86, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

xhuang61, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

FinalFantasyBrewing, Nov 16, 2012
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Tesco Finest American Double IPA from BrewDog
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