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Old World India Pale Ale - BrewDog

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Old World India Pale AleOld World India Pale Ale

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed exclusively for Total Wine.
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 660ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Purchased from the Brewdog webshop a little while back. Described on the label as an attempt to recreate the original IPA of the 1800s, using British malt and hops.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep orange-amber hue with faint haze and no visible carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intensely spicy hops with hints of pine resin, weed, citrus peel, spice, sweet caramel malt, subtle yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of sherry/oxidation in the background. While undeniably hoppy, it smells maltier than I expected.

Tastes of zealous hops and sweet malt, with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, tart citrus peel, spice, hay, caramel, mild sherry, earthiness and stewed hops. A hint of cardboard and oxidation in the background. Slightly sweet, with a severe, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and a thick, unctuous body. Hop oils tantalise the palate. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter stewed hops and sweet caramel malt.

OK, though not as stunning as I had anticipated. The lack of carbonation and subtle hints of oxidation make me wonder if the cap was slightly unsealed, resulting in mild degradation. Looks alright, in spite of the absent carbonation. The aroma and flavour are seriously hoppy but possess a considerable dose of sweet caramel malt to balance things out. Hints of oxidation lurk in the background, lending a faded quality that detracts from the beer's character. Good body; the tingly hop oils make up for the low carbonation. Flawed yet not a disaster - the flavour is wishy-washy rather than amazing but it goes down nonetheless. Worth a punt if you come across it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great pour into an imperial nonic,deep rick copper color with a large bllomin white head,great rich color with a long lasting head.This is a true EIPA no doubt about it with its big sweetish malt notes and subdued (to American standards)and subtle leafy hops,still it's not bad and nice for what it is.Caramel/biscuit malt flavors layered in with slightly medicinal and leafy hops,again the hops are more subtle but again it's not bad.I love being smacked around with big left coast hops but I appreciate a good UK IPA,this is prety good.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was just thinking the other day, "funny how most modern IPAs would be completely unrecognizable to the English sailors, rulers and merchants of centuries ago," shortly after I was telling someone about why it's called an "India" pale ale. (She asked...I don't go off spouting this crap randomly.) Then I spotted this in a Total Wine store after that. It doesn't say BrewDog on it but looks just like their stuff. Apparently it is BrewDog but credited as JBW 77 for this special/exclusive release. Anyway...

It's certainly a shade or two darker than your modern IPA, having a deep, deep burnt bronze/brown color, while the head is a superbly foamy, creamy. Looks a lot like a double IPA actually, and at 7.5%, it could be I suppose.

Really good nose. Nutty bitterness, as much nut husk as that greenness of fresh hops. A musty vibe permeates, with a healthy dose of toffee to boot. Only the relatively excessive alcohol whiff keeps it from achieving true greatness. It's not medicinal, but is close, and at 7.5% it shouldn't even be close, should it?

Everything the nose hints at comes through in the flavor. Big toffee flavors, hugely bready, bitter nuttiness, hops that are almost astringent in their bitterness, and also something candy-like...and that sweetness helps a lot with balance. There is a slightly medicinal pull to the alcohol, but it's supportive and not oppressive. Wet and slick mouth, even creamier than your average IPA, with a big herbal tea bitterness hanging around in the finish. Love the feel.

Old World IPA It comes close to feeling like a burly English brown, with all that malt character. But the hops keep it wilder and louder. Really like this. It's unique and flavorful, and something to ponder, like most BrewDog beers. And like most BrewDog beers, I seem to like it more than the average BA, but whatever, different strokes and all that. Sign me up for a months-long sail to India, if this is the stuff they're serving. Could probably handle it day in and day out...

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very malty, like an Irish Red. Sour in the finish. Big head on brown coloured body. More hops needed to make it tasty and greatly drinkable.Caramel and Above average mouthfeel.
Radek's bottle.English style IPA,but built up with more caramel than hops. Where is the Brewdog edge?

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head with low retention on a dirty, dark straw colored body.
The aroma has a malty richness to it; lemon, caramel and anise. Interesting.
Whoa, the taste is unlike any IPA I've ever had. Big and bold malt sweetness at the beginning with a lemon bitterness coming in the middle. There's a barnyard funk throughout it all.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
This is tough to like... but it is a different take on IPA compared to most American IPAs.

Photo of goldbot
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty amber color with an inch or two off-white to tan, fluffy head and good carbonation. A very alluring aroma of rich caramel malts paired with fruity, citrusy, floral hops. The flavor is nicely malty as well with notes of bread, caramel, toffee. The hops add a nice herbal, floral character and decent bitterness. Medium body but just a touch watery.

Photo of Immortale25
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Label says best before 7-01-13.

A- Pours a reddish amber with a two finger head that slumps down to a 3/4 inch head with some lacing. Good retention.

S- Huh? This is what IPAs smelled like in the old world? Smells like a combination of body odor, hay and manure...at least that's what I think it smells like. Either way, PU!

T- Ok, I think I understand now. The malts are dominant and unique with the hops standing in the background which are also unique. This combination of heavy, uncommon malts along with the also uncommon hop varieties creates a seemingly unintentional roastiness like a porter or even a stout. Yeah, the aroma is still awkward and nasty, but it kind of makes sense with the flavor profile making it bearable to drink.

M- Light and slick. Medium-high carbonation.

O- I'm not a big fan, but I can still appreciate it for what it is. All things considered, my least favorite BrewDog offering so far.

Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish gold with a finger and a half of off white head with decent retention
S: smells of malts and some earthy hops. quite the departure of an American IPA aroma
T: strong backbone of pale malts and some caramel malt and some nice floral English hop character slightly bitter finish with more floral hops and a bit of residual sweetness
M:medium to heavy and slightly syrupy with slightly prickly carbonation
O: A very nice and well balanced beer from BrewDog. I just wish their other offerings would be as easy to find.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

660ml Bottle BBD 14th Oct 2014. Shared between four at the first ever Shrewsbury bottle share on 27th Jan 2014.

Slight haze to everyones glass, orange blond in colour with a good white head.

Expected a hoppier nose, this had a piney, mild citrus aroma with an equal amount of maltiness in the smell.

The taste was also an almost equal blend of malt and hop flavours: nothing bad, just a bit strange for a BrewDog IPA as they like to kill IPA's with hops usually.

All in all not bad: glad someone paid for it though.

Photo of weller1js
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a healthy brownish copper/amber, noticeably hazy, well-carbonated with antique-white beady foam that reduces into a similar beady lacing.

smell: aroma is very floral outright, with a crisp tangyiness that tingles the nostrils, all the while giving off a clean essence, well balanced.

taste: begins clean yet bold, with the maltiness becoming apparent on the palate before the hop character comes forth, tangy with a light syrupy-sweetness, finishing with a notably tangy-crisp bitterness that lingers well.

mouthfeel: the slight syrupy-sweetness in the taste is reflected in the body.

overall: very good, prime example of a premium-styled IPA; has everything it should with nothing it doesn't.

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balanced English IPA. Strong malty aroma and taste. Fairly strong hoppy bittereness half way through. The hops are more earthy and floral than most American hops. No intense piney or citrus taste. Pours a reddish amber color with a good size off white head. Head retention and lacing are good.

Aroma is strong biscuity annd some caramel malts. Flavor features the same malts and also some surprisingly strong bitterness. A nice balance, tilting slightly towards maltiness, since this is an English style

Mouthfeel is crisp. Full bodied for an IPA, no wateriness.

A nice take on the style. Hardly a session beer based on the abv, but I am in the process of drinking the whole bottle, and it is going down very easy.

Photo of chickenflea
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better IPAs I have had lately. Looks more like a Scotch ale than an IPA. Aroma is malty and earthy. Medium head. Hop bitterness is perfect. Malty sweet like an Imperial IPA, though. Grainy and substantial. Chewy and thick. Carbonation is medium and cuts the sweetness on the tongue. A fascinating beer and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deceptively lovely in the tall wheat beer glass. Vivid orangey amber with a big creamy head. A fruity nose.

Just a hint of the English IPA flavor, to my palate, followed by a circus of big sweet malt, huge bitter explosions, and skunky funk. Lots of orange marmalade with that sweet and bitter tanginess, slathered over the browned biscuits. Actually it tastes like those refrigerated biscuits where you pop the silver cardboard open. Endless bitter aftertaste. Overripe fruit with a metallic edge.

Who thought this particular recipe would be great for contract brewing? Bought this at Total Wine in Huntington Beach in a bottle I wish was about 10 oz smaller.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark amber with a light lace leaving off white head.
S: malty as hell, tropical fruit hop, cantaloupe and a bit of pineapple.
T: very malty and sweet then followed by a hop that is mellowed by malt but is still pine and grapefruit, but not really any of the tropical fruit.
M: a bit coating but not overly, medium light carbonation.
O: for total wine I'm impressed, brewdog wise its good but they have made better.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw blonde with webby sandstone foam.
Herbed citrus and a bit of flower with clean, sharp, sour lemon rind hops.
Bit of cracker and light toffee then lemon sherbet hops with floral finish.
Lemondrop finish and herbal-honey cough drop linger.
Medium, round, some chew(?)

Beautifully nectary with lots of flowers. Doesn't show for 7.5%. Not modern, but nice nonetheless.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark caramel color with a brilliant head, and a nice lacing around the stein.

S: Slightly malty with some herbal and earthy hops.

T: Some nice sweet biscuity malt notes, along with some woody and earthy hops. It has some nice light honey and caramel notes on the back of the tongue.

M: Good mouthfeel. It has a medium carbonation and a nice rich feel.

O: Not bad for an English IPA, but the Dragonslayer from Marina Alehouse in Marina, California-which is near Monterrey, CA- has one of the best English IPAs I have had to date. This IPA is definitely a nice IPA with some nice woody hoppiness and some nice malty, honey notes. I would definitely buy this IPA again.

Photo of tmzl
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with a huge off white bulky head, equal bubbles. Fast retention, but mostly lasting, stays in a thumb high sticky layer. Colour is amber orange, clear, lots of carbonation. Fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: Yeast, earthy, hop - grassy/hay, maybe pine, floral, Saaz like. Kinda funky really, can't put my finger on it. Interesting, but not among the most inviting ones.

Taste: Very interesting, unlike any IPA I've tried before. A lot of malt character. Starts with cane, yeast sweetness with some grapefruit, lemon, pine hop, goes to caramel, toffee moderate sweet middle and just before you swallow - milk chocolate part. Ends with moderate sharp grapefruit, earthy, funky bitterness. Can't put my finger on this funky part - can't say it's refreshing, but you want to know more about it every sip. Bitterness stays with your for a while, a welcome trait.

Mouthfeel: Crisp start, medium dry body. No alcohol to detect.

Overall: There is some funky bitterness with huge malt character. A different IPA, was a treat to taste it, even if the smell wasn't the most pleasant one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed by JBW 77 (BrewDog) for Total Wine.

Batch 448. Best before 1/7/13.

Pours a crystal clear copper orange with a 2 inch puffy sand colored head that settles down to a thin cap. Foamy rings and chunks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, caramel, and some mild hop aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, some nuts, slight caramel, and very herbal hops. There is a bit of a metallic flavor I am getting too. The bitterness is quite assertive and lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good English IPA but it seems out of balance in my opinion.

Photo of dedrinker
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull copper, needs buffing.

aromas of honestly not much - some flaccid amalgam of alcohol, sweet malt and hops. Like a lazy home brew.

The taste was an instant reaction are of, "are you frikkkin kidding me!?" because it was so loose and flabby, like a home brew where the dude wasn't actually sure what he was trying to brew.

full body. malty sweetness with alcohol and some hops. Old world my arse.

What a dud.

Photo of AdamBear
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-really dark amber. nice light tan head.

S-not too many hops in this aroma. slight hint of salted caramel. really just a super faint taste of malts.

T-comes in with an odd soy sauce grainyness with a touch of crackers and then comes an extreme bitterness. a finish of spice and pepper. very unique tasting, doesn't taste like an IPA. some warmth to the finish.

M-medium carbonation with a warm dry finish

O-very interesting that this is possibly the sort of beer that started the IPA movement. its a far shot from any american IPA, with no hint of hops. it definitely has a good bit of bitterness to it. its not a bad beer, very unique, but it takes a long time to finish

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice, bitter pale ale. The Scots and English know how to do these pretty damn good (be it that they invented IPAs!!). A really nice, not over the top, example of a nicely bitter IPA.

A: Dark amber in color...a lot darker than your normal IPA
S: Hoppy, bitter, clean and crisp
T: Bitter at first, smoothes out with a nice clean finish
M: Smooth and easy
O: Very nice IPA, really nothing bad to say about this nice brew from Brewdog!!!

Brewdog does not have many bad beers. Try this one if you have not had it before or if you are an IPA fan!

Photo of flyingpig
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle from Brewdog online store (£7.00):
Bright amber with a thumb sized, creamy looking, foamy white head that holds as a nice dome shape & leaves good lacing too.

English hops and a strong citrus and floral notes that have a good balance between them but the hops come out very slightly stronger. As the beer settles some the malt character of the beer becomes more apparent with some biscuit notes coming through, as do some grassy hops and toffee with a bitterness to round things off with.

Very bitter taste, with plenty of floral flavours and a strong mix of English hops coming with some citrus. Some malts also come through but the caramel malts, some earthy flavours and a little sweetness all come through together with some subtle alcohol right at the end.

Medium to full one and definitely a lot thicker than I had been expecting with plenty of bitterness coming through on top of a very smooth, crisp mouthfeel and carbonation is soft.

A great beer from Brewdog and more of what I expect from the brewery. The palate is great and filled with plenty bitterness and a subtle hit of alcohol towards the end.

Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy copper color with a foamy white head on top. The retention is good with a sticky lacing. The smell of beer is moderately hoppy, decent malt backbone too. The taste of the beer has a bold malt flavor with a tangy hop finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy, moderate carbonation with a soft dry finish. Overall I feel this beer fits the style nicely. I am glad I got to try this for sure.

Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 650 ml bottle in mid February from Total Wine for $5.99. Batch 440 best before 07-01-13.

Beer poured copper with a pretty decent head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is primarily malts with a hint of light fruit hops.

Taste is nutty with some metal tinged hops that linger long after the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium to full boodied and pretty smooth.

Overall not a bad beer. Seems this is a hybrid nut brown and ipa recipe. Fun to try once.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a week or two ago down at Total Wine in West Orange. I figured that this would be different than the West Coast IPA's that I've had before and sure enough, it was. This was much more earthy and floral and took a bit of adjusting to, but this beer was pretty easy to enjoy once the head and carbonation settled down a bit!

The pour to this was a nice, almond hue with a good amount of head that lasted for a while with not as much lacing as I had hoped for. Like any good ale, this was nicely balanced but it felt so strong and had a bit too much rye in it; to the point where I didn't feel like it was an IPA. This reminded me of a Barleywine because of the strong alcoholic content and lower amount of hop bitterness than what I was accustomed to.

I guess this called "Old World" because it had to be so strong as to survive the long voyage overseas. While this was not a bad beer, it's not the same as other IPA's that are more popular than this. This is heavier and a bit more grainy than other examples of this but a good old-fashioned take on the style and enjoyable despite its subdued nature.

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Old World India Pale Ale from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.