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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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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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AndyTaylor

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-19-2012 15:09:45 | More by AndyTaylor
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Offa

California

4.9/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:33:49 | More by Offa
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-04-2012 21:25:58 | More by beerFool28607
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KajII

North Carolina

3.7/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 18:05:00 | More by KajII
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-29-2012 23:50:50 | More by BigTrubble
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:49:23 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 21:49:52 | More by BeerLover99
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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -72.8%

04-05-2012 03:40:03 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:42:13 | More by arizcards
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.5%

03-13-2012 06:56:35 | More by ygtbsm94
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Kansas

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:45:44 | More by dedrinker
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 11:17:37 | More by rootbeerman
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:19:13 | More by goldbot
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phishgator

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, nice creamy head. the color is copper/amber and teh head is pure white. Carbonation is medium and the nose is of earthy hops and slight caramel. The body is a good malty backbone with a hint of caramel. The hops are earthy and grassy. Their bitterness is much like unsweet ice tea. Easy drinker with good balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 12:53:59 | More by phishgator
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jskennedy

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-30-2012 01:19:16 | More by jskennedy
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle with one of the coolest labels i have seen in a while. batch 440. best before 07-01-13

A: very orange, very clear. fluffy, slightly reddish, but mostly white head is thick. retention is good and the lacing is great.

S: a little bit of smoke. burnt popcorn. earthy. herbal green tea-like hoppy aroma. minty as well. the nuances are subtle, but picking each one out is fun.

T: starts sweet. caramel and bits of marshmallow. there is a solid amount of sweet grain going on here. much sweeter than most EIPA's i have ever had before. a little bit of that burnt, smokey grain comes out towards the finish. as well as some nutty flavors. some hop bitterness tries to peak its head out, but it is still a bit one-note with the malt.

M: moderate, natural feeling carbonation. medium body slightly teetering towards full.

D: really neat brew from BrewDog. cool that they did a brew specifically for Total Wine as well as trying to recreate EIPA's as they were made in the 1800s. the flavor is slightly too one-note on the grain side for me and for this to be an EIPA i want some more hops. if this is how they did it back then, neat, but i still would like some more hops please. otherwise, malt is flavorful and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:02:38 | More by Jimmys
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Pencible

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 00:08:16 | More by Metalmonk
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weller1js

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:59:59 | More by weller1js
Old World India Pale Ale from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.