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Dead Pony - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
85
very good

48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 286
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 5.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 93 | 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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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (207 characters)

Photo of MrDell
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Obvious riff on a hopped-to-high-hell American pale ale, gotta say the nose is spot on though, resplendent with fresh citrus, body is a little thin, not surprising given the ABV, but somehow the decently buzzy carbonation makes it all work. It's a bit of a niche beer -- you'd have to be in the mood for something as brash as this. But, if so, I think it'd work rather well. (374 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with thin head. Orange, lemon, peach and tropical fruits. A bit piney. Hits with nice bitterness then turn sweet, caramels and biscuity. The finish is dry and mild bitter. (184 characters)

Photo of Lemreway16
1.64/5  rDev -56.6%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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%. (429 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours clear amber with a medium white head
-high carbonation visible
-great head retension
S:
-Grapefruit,Orange zest,Melons,Mango,slight pine
T:
-follows the nose plus a grassy bitter note
F:
-high carbonation,very light-bodied (watery on the back-end)
O:
very nice PA bogged down by a very watery finish (309 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (2,614 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (188 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cL can into a wine glass. Best before 14 October 2015.

A: Healthy head tops an almost-clear golden-orange beer with lots of effervescence.

S: Fruity hops. Piney hops. Orange juice. I like it a lot. Remarkably pungent, with no evidence of dry-dry malt I expect from hoppy beers this light.

T: Quite good! A tinge of dusty-dry pale malt, but this is soon swept away by the potent hop bill that refuses to be denied. More abrasive than anticipated, the fruit comes later, just before the bitter aftertaste.

M: Light and dry and pretty fun.

O: Overall, a great 3.8% drinking experience. Recommended! Hope to have again. (636 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an english pint.
Pours orange amber with some sediment, head is off-white 2-finger, quickly dissipating to some foam on a surface. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Taste is well balanced - ample bitterness, light body and drinkability. Excellent session beer. (281 characters)

Photo of admiral
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding 'session' ale - packs a lot of punch and flavour for a 3.8% beer.

Having been underwhelmed by some other recent 'session' ales I was pleasantly surprised with this little gem - my new benchmark for the 'session' ale style. Will take a lot to beat - can't imagine a sub 4% beer packing much more flavour.

Full of peach, pine, grapefruit, citrus, spice, orange, melon, marmalade and malt biscuit - delicious! (423 characters)

Photo of Lonxu
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a newb this is what tops my list at the moment.

Great dry taste, somewhat bitter, citrus, tropical fruits.

Somewhat watery feel, medium carbonation.

I thought this had more ABV, but it's just 3.8% (202 characters)

Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 (296 characters)

Photo of tonecoleman
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expected this to be a weaker version of Punk IPA. What a pleasant surprise! For me this Beer deliveres what it says on the bottle! Strong hop/ citrus aromas & flavours that certainly make sure that this is a beer that punches above it's ABV. Looking forward to cracking a few bottles of these at next summer's barbeques. (321 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a local beer and wine store in Shanghai. I like PunkIPA a lot and wanted to give this one a shot as a session type of beer.

The beer looks great with its orange body and foamy offwhite head and you can smell it as soon as you open the bottle. The beer is fruity and citrus smelling and very fresh. It's very inviting. The taste is very hoppy but accessible. Fruity mostly with lots of light fruits, citrus, and honey. Not much of a malt profile in here. Good for a hop fix if you don't want a lot of booze. (525 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Dark amber with a fingers width of head which doesn't stick around for too long. Diminishes to a few odds and ends of surface foam with no apparent lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit by the bucketload - mainly pineapple and papaya but there's a definite hoppy vibe there too, rather like Citra-based beers (eg. De Molen Citra). Overall, extremely fruity - quite unlike the other BrewDog beers I've had (Punk IPA and 5am Saint)

Taste: Take the blurb on the bottle at face value and you'd be preparing yourself for a hop bomb. Sure, there are hops there but the fruity flavours are dominant. Quite a dry and bitter finish with hop and pine resin undertones. I reckon the balance between the hops and other flavours is pretty much bang on.

Feel: Mouthfeel is a little bit insipid, although given that this is 'only' 3.8% ABV that's probably not surprising. Quite an astringent finish, although not unpleasantly so.

Overall: Colour me surprised - for all their bluster and predeliction for high-octane novelty beers, BrewDog have won themselves another convert with this. Having my tastebuds assaulted with hop bitterness isn't on my top 10 things to do, yet this works a treat. Eminently sessionable, if that's your idea of a good time, and definitely more drinkable than some of their other offerings. (1,362 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Wine glass. Amber color, clear appearance. White froth, thin layer on top, good retention when shaked. Intense herbal & resinous aromas. Sharp resinous bitter upfront on a solid malty backbone. Light body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Hints of herbal infusion, sharp grapefruit & lima flavors. Malty, bitter & refreshing sensations !! (351 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The glass is filled with a clear bronze/orange color. There is about two finger of solid white head.
The aroma is very pleasant - sweet, citrusy hops fill your nose.
The taste is quite bitter, although still remarkably easy to drink. It has a very dry feel, with pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Again, although more bitter, still very easy to drink. (348 characters)

Photo of Tsekouratos
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Orange body with a nice white head. The smell was mindblowing! Pine, citrus, pineapple, Grass, some earthy and floral notes from the hops, all in a perfect balance, right in your face!!! The taste was pretty much the same but subtler, with notes of grapefruit and very hoppy! The body was light, which makes this beer a perfect session beer, one you can’t stop in the first bottle!!! Excellent! (443 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow-amber pour with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention and lacing. Big, bold, perfumey West Coast nose full of resiny hops, citrus, and tropical fruit with hints of peach, orange zest, pine, grapefruit, and a touch of pineapple. The taste mirrors the nose, albeit a tad less bold. Resiny hops, pine, peaches, grapefruit, tangerines, and some great herbal and subtle vinous notes. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderately fizzy carbonation, slightly oily, with a nice tangy bitter finish. Overall, this is a really well done APA. It's well balanced, flavorful, and very drinkable. (618 characters)

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Dead Pony from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.