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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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BA SCORE
84
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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:
Brewed exclusively for Total Wine.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-06-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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?

09-30-2012 04:36:53 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

12-06-2011 04:47:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

03-12-2012 01:28:57 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

03-13-2012 06:56:35 | More by ygtbsm94
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

660ml bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Batch 440 - Best Before 07-01-13.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep copper body with a frothy, off-white head. Modest smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: Lowly sweetish, scantly toasted biscuit-toned nose with a caramel angle to it with a nice aromatic mixture of chopped dehydrated fruits, spice, stale citrus peel, dried herbs, and stray woodsy accents.

Taste: Sweetish maltiness hinting a biscuits, caramel, and untoasted nuts. Handful of trail mix-minded dried fruits. Woodsy, lightly earthy, leafy hops with a touch of orangey citrus. Medium bitterness. A couple drops of alcohol. Fleeting caramel hints past the midway point as the beer gradually dries out and maintains a lingering bitterness beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Displays good balance and is fairly decent overall.

02-14-2012 15:45:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-17-2011 05:07:49 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-19-2012 01:50:39 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

12-17-2012 04:54:19 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

01-16-2012 00:37:32 | More by oberon
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nickfl

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-19-2012 01:50:07 | More by nickfl
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mactrail

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

08-27-2012 05:57:10 | More by mactrail
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

02-11-2014 22:23:33 | More by BlackHaddock
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-18-2014 19:43:06 | More by wrightst
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-16-2014 08:54:36 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-21-2012 02:51:11 | More by Cyberkedi
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Pencible

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

A: This poured a clear copper with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy barley and caramel malt, with some herbal hops and artificial strawberry.
T: It tasted like earthy barley and caramel, with some bitter resin and herbal hops. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit buttery.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was not bad for an English IPA, but it had more malt than hops which bothered me. The scent and taste were ok, the body was alright, and the alcohol was pretty well hidden. But the finish was somewhat dirty, so it wasn't super easy to drink. The beer improved as it warmed, but I generally wasn't impressed with it.

01-16-2012 16:45:37 | More by Pencible
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dcmchew

Romania

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
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StJamesGate

New York

3.81/5  rDev +3%

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.

11-26-2013 14:47:52 | More by StJamesGate
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-24-2012 01:58:20 | More by Hanzo
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-12-2013 23:43:58 | More by buckyp
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aztraz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-23-2014 15:28:16 | More by aztraz
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

12-10-2011 05:20:14 | More by Immortale25
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-08-2012 23:00:37 | More by 2dogbrew
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Offa

California

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
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Old World India Pale Ale from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.