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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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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed exclusively for Total Wine.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-06-2011)
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Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of flyingpig
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BogBoyJD
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tmzl
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Nordbier
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of SoPeL
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Brewer1980
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  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.

Photo of dan027
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Ivegotmule
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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 heybrewtiful
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 MickeyMonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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 ryko
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Brentnjen
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mschind
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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.

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