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Dead Pony - BrewDog

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 303
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 30.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 107 | 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 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 beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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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 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 macrosmatic
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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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 Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fresh floral citrus notes with lightly sweet undertones. Taste is also dominated by fresh citrus notes with light floral notes and sweet undertones with fresh fruity esters. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nice fresh hops profile with nice mix between Simcoe and Citra hops with plenty of character with little alcohol.

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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 dgilks
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber colour. Small, but persistent, off white head.

Lovely hoppy aroma. Bright citrus notes. Light caramel malt.

Lots of crisp, citrus hops. Nice orange and pine notes. Light caramel malt. Firm bitterness. Very good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good. Very crisp.

A nice, easy drinking pale ale. Very quaffable.

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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 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 heygeebee
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From SlowBeer. BB Aug 13.

Pours hazy amber. One finger coarse white head fades to film. Spotty lace.

Aromas of grassy hops, citrus, lemon zest.

Taste is good for ABV. Hoppy, balanced, citrus. Grapefruit, dry pine. The typical Brewdog hops are always present on the back palate, but do not overpower.

Mouthfeel is light, just a smidge watery, but lets call it plain drinkable.

Really good beer for the ABV.

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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 danieelol
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange. Good head.

Strong pine and grapefruit aroma. Honey and cordial. Some Thai-spice. Fairly classic BrewDog hoppiness.

Taste has more hop taste.

Fairly watery, as to be expected, with decent carb.

Enjoyable but constrained by its style it probably lacks a little complexity.

Definitely stands up well as a bitter-style beer compared to others but I felt Moor Revival had an edge over this one. Definitely worth trying.

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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 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 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 Arborescence
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly darker than typical pale ales, some ruby colour. One finger head, recedes quickly.

Aroma: Hoppy! Flowers, herbs, honey. Authentic California Pale Ale aroma.

Taste: Mild but tasty. Hops and floral notes, some sweetness, but a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, sparkly even. Light bodied. Delightful!

Overall: Pretty good reinvention of the California Pale Ale from Brewdog.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out with a big strong looking white head on top. The color of the beer is a slightly hazed orange color. The retention and lacing are great on this beer. The smell of the beer is hoppy, kind of tropical on the nose. The taste of the beer is really impressive. I pick up peach and pineapple flavors with a subtle sweet malt balance. The mouthfeel is easy going, light bodied and refreshing. Overall this beer is actually really good, I would enjoy this one on a very regular basis if I came across a case or two of it. Very good stuff here.

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Photo of Hawk345
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so its all about hops. Loads of dry hops, and even better - the joy of Simcoe is the whole deal here.
Low in alcohol for the BDog guys and that makes it a great refresher.
The most flavour ever in a low alcohol craft beer.
Simcoe makes it really citrussy, fruity, tangy.
It rocks

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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 StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with sandy lumpy head that rims and laces. Big fresh resiny grapefruit nose - pow!
Toast, crispbreads and some toasted hazelnuts before lots of oily citrus: tangerine, pink grapefruit and blood orange rind.
Cotton candy and fruit punch finish and sherbet-y tart-sour finish, like fizzy candy. Soft, lively, light, crisp.

Simcoe, Citra and HBC are the hops.

Huge fresh hop character. I thought the malts were too big at first, but once all that citrus kicks in, totally not the case. No cattiness, so I can only guess it's Simcoe for bitterness with Citra late. HBC is a new one that's supposed to bring blueberry; I could see that.

I'd drink this by the crate. Definitely gets marked up for the low ABV - American brewers, take note. Fine replacement for whatever this bumped out of the Brewdog core range.

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