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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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Reviews: 39
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,850 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (739 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of tmzl
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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? (278 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

660 ML bottle poured into a pint glass. Best Before 7/1/13.

A- Poured a two finger off white head which dissipated quickly into a thin head which stayed until the beer was gone. Left nice lacing. The color was amber/brown and very cloudy, looked Ice Teaish.

S- Mostly malty aroma with a bit of toffee and some herbal or grassy hops.

T- Malty, sweet and toffee upfront, which turns into a mild bitterness which continues through the after taste and lingers on the palate.

M- Medium to full bodied with a very smooth enjoyable texture and a low amount of carbonation.

O- A good solid EIPA which I enjoyed even though its not my favorite style. (648 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of mschind
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (642 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.88/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (862 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear medium copper with a large (2-3 finger) light tan frothy head that lasted for decent time before receding to a thin cap, which allowed for some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was a little sweet with a toasted biscuit malt, floral hops and a light doughy yeast and had notes of caramel, citrus (orange peel) and a mild apricot sweetness.

The taste was bittersweet with a mild jolt of caramel early on and then progressed into a much bitterer taste with a mild dose of hops, citrus and had a slight alcohol presence. The flavor lasted a good long time letting the bittersweet hoppiness settle nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was in between light and medium in body with a dry oily texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall a very refreshing and flavorful IPA, although as IPA's go this one was not typical. But as it says on the bottle” Recipe from a bygone era" when hops were used as preservatives in shipping beer far distances... (992 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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! (552 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny rust body, finger khaki head, solid lacing

S: lemon grass, sugary/candy, malt grain

T: lemon peel/grass, grain, malt, little sugar,
chalky/earthy bitter slow finish

M: med body, smooth mouth/slight tongue prick

O: Another nice Brewdog offering.
Glad to support a great import.

NICE, WORTH GRABBING! (315 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger head with nice lacing on a hazy amber with crimson hues body.

S: sweet corn, citrus and musty hops.

A: More musty hops with a sharp almost barleywine like note in the finish. A little bit of sour candy and grass note as well.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall: Not a big fan of this one. Not very drinkable and the sweetness in the finish is a little too much. (394 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace on the glass.

S - Spicy hop aromas with a wealth of dark, malty notes including toffee, brown sugar, and caramel.

T - Dark, syrupy malt with toffee and brown sugar up front. Some spicy notes of pepper and red apple in the middle with a bit of earthy hops. Finishes with more caramel and red apple as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, a bit thick on the malt, even for an English IPA, but the flavors are pleasant and the hop character is sufficient to keep it balanced. (709 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark coppery amber with a fairly thick and fluffy pale golden tan head. Strong, hoppy aroma has a firm grapefruit overtone and a yeasty hint. Mouth-filling flavor is fruity and hoppy with some hop bitterness and a little honey-like sweetness that nicely balances it. Smooth texture has a decent amount of body and a fair tingle. OK overall. (355 characters)

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Old World India Pale Ale from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.