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Dead Pony - BrewDog

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 291
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Lemreway16
1.64/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sorry I cannot "get" this beer. Presentation in a wacky bottle should have alerted me. This is a yuppy beer and where comments are made to keep up with the in crowd rather than as a true reflection. It has a cracking colour, crazy description and a taste far from that expected from a pale Ale albeit the background is USofA rather than UK. Sorry but throughout the drinking of this beer the taste of tinned pinnapple predominated above all in both smell and taste. Yuk.

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Photo of stcules
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber color, beautiful off-white foam, quite creamy.
In the smell a citric hppiness, something like nettle, something floral.
In the mouth malt, citric, light body. And again something floral.
Quite short aftertaste, again citric and fruitiness.
Drinkable, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep goloden, almost orange colour, short life yellow head. Aroma is full of tropical fruits, some spices.Medium to light palate, a bit watery. Taste of tropical fruits and citrus. Not the best Brewdog, IMO.

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Photo of deanhead
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Arrived via a friends suitcase from his overseas visit. drink by 12/16/14 on the bottle. Wowzers...Me love you long time. six-nine months max for a run of the mill ale.
330ml bottle. Brewdog was once ubiquitous in New England when it first invaded the shore of the continental US. Due to the surge in US craft beers I think this English outfit to a backseat du to it's geographic proximity.
It's appearance is outstanding. Bright and brilliant for a pale ale. Good lace, good head retention. Textbook qualities. This beer looks like it will taste outstanding.
This beer has no aroma. The hops are completely muted.I can't say it smells bad, or dank or good. It has no aroma. It tastes alright though with a slight warming bite at the end. Light mouthfeel that includes a tiny bit of clingy-ness with the hops. Must be something amazingly neutral they used as this despite it;s lack
The beer has some good qualities and some that just don't shine through. It could be old beer or just some crazy experiment that went slightly arrive and still ended up tasting good. I enjoyed this beer despite it's lack of character.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light hazy amber in colour with minimal CO2 activity a single finger of rocky head that dies quickly and leaves very little lace.

Smell – Piney resinous hop with herbal mint and coriander very similar to other aroma profiles of many Brew Dog beers.

Taste – Very mild light malt with that is slightly sweet but is totally dominated by the herbal piney flavour of the hop.

Mouthfeel – Thin and cloying with mild astringency.

Overall – So, so. In my opinion too many of the Brew Dog beers have the same dominating pine hop presence. In the IPA that is fine but in the others it is a bit too much for the styles most of the time. For me I’ll stick with the Red Ale and be done with it. Having said that they are all more than drinkable and I would never turn my nose up at any of them.

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Photo of bark
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is almost clear, the colour amber. The finger thick off-white head is airy.

Sweet-tart notes of lemonade, lots of lemons. Some tobacco and green plants/hops.

The taste is dry with some dried vegetables and algae. Medium strong bitterness with tart hints. Weak body, the beer gives a somewhat empty impression. The aftertaste is even thinner with some bitterness and sweetness. The finish is short with an unexpected cream flavour.

Medium strong carbonation, small bubbles. Light liquid.

Surprisingly thin and “empty” for being a British beer at 3.8 %. On the other hand, BrewDog isn’t very British after all.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with a small foamy white head.

The smell is citrus, oranges and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter, some citrus, fishes very wet and watery.

The mouthfeel was light and watery.

Not terrible but way too watery and thin bodied.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden amber that is very slightly hazy and a very foamy white head that is about an inch thick and slowly fades to leave a two millimetre thick, foamy lacing.

Hops to begin with along with some floral type notes and some grassy ones too. There is citrus, mild pine and a mix of light, summery fruits.There is quite a lot going on but it comes across as being well balanced in aroma at least.

Quite hoppy but not as strong as an IPA. There is some grapefruit, pine and light tropical fruits. I would compare this one to Punk IPA but a watered down, weaker version of the Brewdog flagship beer. A nice beer but nothing outstanding, although it must be noted it is only 3.8% and packs a punch for such a light beer.

Medium in body with a bitter hop tang to it and some bitterness but not a lot. The finish quite dry and crisp.

A very nice beer but not truly outstanding, perhaps slightly watery in areas but it's certainly not that noticeable and is full of flavour for a beer that comes in at under 4% abv.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Oxidized apple, cloudy, medium soda like carbonation, 2 fingers of off white head with good retention and fine lacing.

S: Tropical fruits like mango, papaya, some orange, caramel, lightly sweet.

T: Passion fruit, papaya, soft tropical fruits, ruby red grapefruit, malt, some slightly funky white pepper, light sweetness, little bitterness, light sourdough.

M: Medium light body, medium peppery carbonation.

O: For such low alcohol, the flavor really grows on you and its delicious. My wife got it in Chiang Mai, and I’m drinking it Jan 9th, 2015 in Kunming.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows lychee and passionfruit along with biscuity and bready malt.
Flavours focus on the malt; more biscuity and bready characters. Not that much of the hops show.
Too much carbonation, body feels a bit watery.
Not bad.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's Burns night so what better way to celebrate than with a scottish celebrity.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber body with a big thick white head that halves to a more manageable and believable size quickly a spread of tiny, small and medium size bubbles that cover the surface totally.

Big aromas hear taking me back to Dobbins Green Bullet as it almost sparkles on the nose, there is citrus and carbolic soap and sherbet .

Quite a merry little adventure the tongue is led on starting with quite a unusually dull barley sugar flavour that hops up with bitter orange with a hint of the taste of a Swann Match now is it that the smell is so awesome that makes the taste seem like there is something missing?

Nicely carbonated with decent mouthfeel.

Shame Brewdog has decided to abandon cask because I think this would be amazing served like that.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good amber colour, quite thin head bur firm and a good thickness, also foamy.
It won't fade away after a few sips.

The nose is really marvelous! A true smell of fresh pineapples are there, very fruity with a linger of sweet spices and tropical fruits. I really want quickly a taste of this great BrewDog beer.

Nice, delicate, smooth and a touch of bitterness of the good roasty hops. Not so fruity as the smell. It gives a quite long aftertaste of still that smoothiness.

Very good beer and very drinkable, good cold, and a perfect alcohol of 3,8%.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle: BBD 25 Jul 2013. Poured into a Duvel glass at home on 5 Jun 2013.

Dull orange/amber body, with a slight haze within. Off-white head that started thin but stayed the distance.

Citrus nose with a malty biscuit aroma as the beer warmed.

The taste was also citrus in the fore with the malts arriving later: the hops re-asserting themselves towards the end of each sip.

I'm not a huge 'citrus' flavoured beer man but this had something extra to offer somehow.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with an off-white head.
S: Pine and orange marmalade.
T: Toasty malt backbone. Dry, and slightly bitter. The hops come through but it's kind of bland tasting.
O: Not a great beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished amber colour, listless white head. Lacing is pretty decent. Not too bad.

Smells very floral, with rose and lavender, white tea leaves, a bit of lemon tang and an unusual meaty character which may just be the clash of hops with the malts which seem somewhat darker than I might expect from the style. Light, fairly pleasant though.

Fairly light on the palate. Quite grainy upfront with honeyed oats and wheat bran. The honey character continues to midway where there's a yeasty touch, plus some light floral hop character with kiwi, grapefruit and lavender. Finish is very light but quite clean. Not bad; pretty drinkable and fairly simple.

Fluid, pretty decent body though; hop oils add some texture.

Yeah, fairly standard APA but decently handled.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
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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Photo of thepeter
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber color with decent head and little lacing
S - Aroma of slighly bitter hops, pine, grapefruit, grassy field slightly sweet
T - Taste slight hop bite, pine, grapefruit, melon, grass
M - Palate was medium and carbonation was moderate
O - Nothing special but very decent andflavorful, a nice Low alcohol beer

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Photo of doktorhops
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to review a beer from my next favourite brewer with ‘dog’ in their name, those wily Scottish rapscallions: BrewDog. It got me thinking that ‘dog’ seems to be a popular animal to name your brewery after, as such (and in the spirit of equality) I will now create my own brewery with the word ‘cat’ in it... something like “WortCats” or “Cat Ester Beers”... of course all of this is nonsense and very very silly indeed as I already own and operate a one man brewery: DocBräu, purveyor of the now classic drain pour known as “Accidental Weizen” (don’t ask, really don’t). Annnnyway, today’s BrewDog is an American Pale Ale “Dead Pony Club” which tips the scales at a hefty 3.8% ABV - coming from the brewer of the lethal 55% ABV “The End Of History” I’m curious as to whether or not they can pull off a decent mid strength, we’ll see hey chaps (and chapettes).

Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy yeast sediment an orange body and a thin beige lace greets the drinker, i.e. me, with a “How do you do?”. “Quite well thanks for asking” I reply. 7/10.

S: Like a bowl of fruit salad containing pineapple, papaya and pears in syrup. Very pungent and moreish... Dead Pony Club are you sure that you’re only 3.8% ABV? I haven’t whiffed Double IPAs with this many bold hop aromas - most impressive! Backing up the hops is a solid biscuit malt base. Damn this smells great. 9/10.

T: Taste is a bit of a step back from the aroma, as I was secretly hoping it wouldn’t be but knowing better at such a low ABV, oh well it’s still a corker anyway. Starts out with hints of sweetness, macerated fruit salad mix (the pineapple/papaya/pears), then towards the back it becomes a touch sour and finishes with a light marmalade bitter twang. It goes down easy but you can imagine how bitchen it would be with more flavour intensity. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with some slight hop oils and a light carbonation. 7/10.

D: Damn this one came close to blowing the socks off my feet (a common and unexplained occurrence that happens when a great beer meets my tastebuds - I assure you that I’m seeking medical treatment for this malady). The rift between awesome aroma and OK taste is intriguing with this brew and I can only imagine that BrewDog aimed purposely towards aroma rather than flavouring hops. Which is disappointing because I have always valued flavour over aroma (flavour is 45% of my score in fact). Is this a sessionable beer though? Yes, yes it is. 7/10.

Food match: I’m thinking light Asian fare like a good Pad Thai or Nasi Lemak.

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

Amber color with a two finger head with good retention.
Very strong aroma of pine cones, grapefruit, oranges, lemon and hints of toasted malts.
Citrusy flavor with notes of grapefruits, earth, slightly toasted malts, lemon, pine and tea bags. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Thin body with low carbonation.
Interesting beer that leverages its hoppy kick on its thin body, making it very refreshing and not boring. It can be a controversial beer once there is not really a benchmark, so focus on its purpose, which may be to be a Session beer ou thirst quencher for hop heads.

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Photo of MrDell
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hugely hopped with American hops. Big on taste, low on ABV. Tried this on a very hot summers evening knowing that I had a meeting with my boss first thing the following morning. I usually enjoy beers with more body and alcohol but this was perfect for the occasion. Would make a good session ale.

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Photo of wl0307
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 02/05/2014, served mildly chilled in a tall tumbler.

A: pours a dark burnish gold colour, coming with a thin off-white foamy head and semi-lively carbonation.
S: American hops are predominant upfront against a rather “relaxed” malt backbone, giving sweet citric, grapefruity, mildly lychee-ish, apple-ly candy-ish and mildly caramely notes.
T: the taste comes light-bodied, dry-ish, tannic bitter, slightly mineral-ish and also faintly buttery from the beginning, almost like a super-charged hoppy, low-gravity English Bitter, followed by flavoursome but light-bodied citric fruitiness, while malts are generally very muted, not unexpected judging by its alc. content, 3.8%abv. Despite the good level of bitterness, it is rather clean in the finish, with a remnant citrus-peel-ish feel lingering alongside very faint undertones of caramel malts.
M&O: refreshing on the palate, light-bodied, the flavoursome hop content makes up for the thin-ish mouthfeel overall; a really thirst-quenching, likable hoppy Bitter, or so-called “Californian Pale Ale”, to me!

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer, and at only 3.8%, it's a real session ale. Pours well with a thin head which disappears to leave a dark golden body. The smell is instantly hoppy with an undercurrent of citrus fruits. Tastes great and delivers enormous flavours which defy the relatively weak alcohol content. Magic

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle 3,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 02/10/2013
Batch: 312

Appearance: Dead Pony Club pours a bright (crystal clear) golden-orange colour, with a rough pour yielding a large white head. The head retention is outstanding and thin rings of lacing are left clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this actually smells pretty damn good, especially given the time in the bottle! Sweet fruits (litchi, pineapple, tangerine and peach) dominate the nose, with a dank character, orange peel and a touch of grapefruit pith also present. As one would expect from a beer of 3,8%, there is not even a trace of malt character.

Taste: Sadly the age of this bottle is far more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the nose. While there is still some hop character present, it seems rather tired and is somewhat overshadowed by the remaining bitterness. Flavour notes include: Tangerine, orange peel, a light dankness, grapefruit pith as well as hints of peach and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Initially the carbonation is a little harsh, but thankfully it settles down quite quickly.

Overall: Judging by the nose and the bitterness in the flavour, I think this must have been an outstanding pale ale when it was fresh. I am really confused as to why the guys at Brewdog gave this a year shelf life!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Sainsburys

Poured a light golden amber colour with a slight haze... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, pine, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, quite grassy, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, hint of wheat, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little bite underneath... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent, straightforward, hoppy and very drinkable APA from Brewdog... recommended...

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Photo of drmeto
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours clear amber with a medium white head
-high carbonation visible
-great head retension
-Grapefruit,Orange zest,Melons,Mango,slight pine
-follows the nose plus a grassy bitter note
-high carbonation,very light-bodied (watery on the back-end)
very nice PA bogged down by a very watery finish

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Dead Pony from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.