Old World India Pale Ale - BrewDog
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4.9/5 rDev +32.4%
This is an outstanding, complex, IPA packed with a lot of character.
Reddish copper, it has a big tan head slowly shrinking to a lasting thin foamy top that leaves some beautiful lace.
Aroma is rich caramelised pine, bread crust, citrus (mostly orange), caremlised wood, overall, juicy, jammy, with a lot of malty, hoppy, and yeasty elements coming through.
Taste is wonderfully complex, well-rounded and bursting with hoppy, malty, and yeasty character. It has candied pine and wood, lightly burnt orange, bread crust, woody-orange-pine bitterness balanced by caramelly toasty-fruity sweetness and nice juicy yeastiness. Bitterness just wins out over sweetness while the hop dominates over the malt a little more thoroughly. It has a lingering, long caremlly-woody-pine finish. Outstanding, rich, and complex. Feel is firm, lively, not heavy or overly light.
05-10-2012 00:33:49 | More by Offa
4.55/5 rDev +23%
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.
01-08-2012 22:59:59 | More by weller1js
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
22 oz bottle with best by date of 7-1-13
A- slightly hazy amber/orange color with a fluffy mocha colored head that reduced to a persistent thin cap with lots of lace clinging to the glass.
S- big biscuity malt with some mild grassy hops.
T- carmel/toffee malt sweetness balanced by a mildly bitter hop finish. For a 7.5 ABV ale, the alcohol is subltle.
M- medium body with a rich smooth texture.
O- this is my first English style IPA and I am enjoying it very much. I like the idea that this is brewed with all UK ingredients. I appreciate the American hop bomb versions and I love drinking something that lets the malt come through too.
06-29-2012 00:18:48 | More by mschind
4.18/5 rDev +13%
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...
01-10-2012 00:08:16 | More by Metalmonk
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
05-20-2012 17:47:12 | More by chickenflea
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.01/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
01-20-2014 15:22:46 | More by flyingpig
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
06-23-2012 00:08:32 | More by JayQue
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
A - Orange/Red/Copper, nice one finger almost frothy head, and very sticky lacing. Head sticks around for quite a while
S - Toasted malts, very sugar sweet, sweet fruit, caramel, wood, soil, slight weed, there is a citrus/piney hops smell that is covered up by the massive malt and sugar, very bready yeast and tons of grain and maybe some wheat
T - Very sugary, lots of pine, wood, citrus, grain, wheat, very nice and huge bitter, has almost a peat flavor when it warms, this is a hugely malty ipa, wow. Lots of bread and biscuit flavors and the bitter is just awesome!
M - Very sticky. Full bodied, balanced, low complexity, medium minus acidity and long finish
D - If you are scared of malt and hops colliding like 2 cars playing chicken, then you might want to stay away. This is definitely old world in every way. Not very refreshing, but full of flavor and goes great with anything sweet and anything fatty. I would give this one a try while it is around. I think it is a total wine and more exclusive
Final thought - If you have $6 and want to take a trip to Europe for an hour for over the cash cause this one will take you on an adventure
12-31-2011 23:07:58 | More by whatthehull
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
02-11-2012 00:19:13 | More by goldbot
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours hazy golden/orange, with a one-finger head that goes fast, leaving a sticky lace.
Smell is typical: biscuity malts, caramel, dry leafy hops, spices and citrus.
Rich maltiness, with whole-grain biscuits, toffee and caramel. Sweet oranges, with some tangerine notes, some ripe red apple and low peach. Lots of dry fruit peel and spicy yeasts. Hops are mainly herbal, autumn-leafy tho, with small hints of flowers. Really earthy and rugged too. Some tobacco and a bit of metal. More than mild bitterness.
Nice chewy body, perfect for the malts. Just enough (lowish) carbonation. Dry leafy aftertaste.
The hops feel a bit off, with a rural, homemade feel to it. For me it helped, considering the "old-timey" thing they wanted to capture.
01-31-2014 14:50:44 | More by dcmchew
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-27-2012 10:56:43 | More by SHODriver
Old World India Pale Ale from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.