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Dead Pony - BrewDog

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Dead PonyDead Pony

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 304
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 30.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flyingpig on 07-21-2012

Formerly Dead Pony Club

This Californian Pale Ale packs a huge hoppy punch. A 21st century low amplitude, high voltage hop hit. Some people say slow is good. We believe fast is better. Being shot from a Hoppy Howitzer beats the hell out of trotting round a submissive paddock. That's why the internal combustion engine got mounted onto two wheels. Screw down the throttle and listen for that dull banshee howl floating back from those malted mufflers. Drink fast, live fast, sleep late and rip it up down empty streets. This pale ale is chopped, tuned and ready to roll. Fuel up and hold tight, this little thoroughbred kicks like a mule. Perfect for drinking by the bottle, case or even keg.
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Reviews by macrosmatic:
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3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sc0pey for hand-delivering this one from across the pond! Poured from a 330 mL can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Nearly clear with some chill haze, amber in color. Forms less than a finger of white head that recedes quite quickly. Somewhat above average amount of carbonation bubbles streaming to the top.

S: Citrus (lemon and orange), tropical fruit and resinous hops. Some lightly toasted malts give it some sweetness on the nose as well. Just a bit of floral or herbal character as well.

T: As in the nose, citrus and tropical fruit hops hit the tongue first. The cracker malt backbone shows up to give just a bit of balance, followed by some spicy, melon, herbal, grassy hops. The citrus and spicy/melon hops linger into the hang - moderately bitter. The melon and spice character increases as the beer warms somewhat during the drink.

M: Medium body for style. Lots of carbonation sensation plus the hop bitterness leads to a very effervescent mouthfeel - quite unexpected, but not a bad thing. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: I'm confused...BrewDog can make a solid, tasty APA without any weird flavors, ridiculous alcohol content or advertising gimmicks? I'm kidding (kind of), but really this was a surprise. Not the best APA out there (not even close), but really quite enjoyable. I don't know what the cost on a can would have been, but if this were reasonably priced, cans would often be in my fridge. My biggest objection might be the melon/spice hop character - still not my favorite. But a minor quibble. Solid, well-done.

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3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up from a supermarket a little while back. Described as a Californian pale ale; no idea how they picked the moniker for this one.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A light orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a persistant surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hoppy overtones; notes of grapefruit, orange rind, mango, pine, citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Smells lovely.

Tastes of caramel malt with a hoppy character and a clean bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, mango, tropical fruit and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, though the malt seems a bit underpowered. A crisp, strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, but rather thin and watery. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and subtle malt.

Pretty good and certainly tasty. Smells great; lots of juicy hop notes mingling together in delicious harmony. The flavour seems a tad unbalanced in favour of hops - the malt could benefit from being beefed up. The body is also lacklustre; too thin and insubstantial. However, it's a solid effort for a relatively low ABV brew and it still has good drinkability. I could see this becoming a regular drinking beer if the price/availability were right. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Dundee BrewDog pub.
Clear copper colored body with a good head.
Aroma: pungent but pleasing mix of fruity and resinous hopst.
The hops are also quite pronounced in tasting, but this has mild bitterness,
Near medium body with medium carbonation.
O: wow, this is a great session APA for hop heads! It has a load of hop aroma and flavor; you'll think you are drinking an IPA. Very impressive: a big beer at 3.8%.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable powerful hoppy punch from a 3.8 % be. Labelled as Dead Pony Pale Ale no mention of Club. Is this is different version?

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dead Pony from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.