Waimea (IPA Is Dead) - BrewDog
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3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
330ml bottle 6,7% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Best before: 24/03/2014
Appearance: Waimea seems somewhat darker than expected, appearing a medium orange with hints of amber. A rough pour yields a large off-white head that lasts pretty well and leaves a few patches of lacing.
Smell: Hmmm this is certainly nowhere near as hoppy as it should be for 75IBUs and there is a fair amount sweet honey/caramel character. I have a feeling these bottles are not as fresh as the local Brewdog rep claimed! The hoppiness that is present is quite interesting, offering a distinct garlic/onion leaf note as well as some orange, a light floral note and an almost rubbery character.
Taste: Yeap, as I expected the freshness is a major issue here! Sweet honey malt is very prominent, alongside light notes of orange, grapefruit pith and onion. There is a light bitterness in the finish, but nowhere near 75IBUs.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is actually pretty good, offering a medium body with a nice oiliness and a medium level of rather smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is the first IPA I have had with an onion/garlic character and it was actually quite interesting. I think this might have been a solid IPA if it was fresh.
12-20-2013 19:24:44 | More by Thehuntmaster
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
My first foray into the Brewdog "IPA is Dead" 4-pack of single hopped IPAs, which includes some new/rare varietals. I figured I'd start here based on previous positive experiences with New Zealand hops. Apparently Waimea is so new that it is not described in current published sources (e.g., Heironymus's "For the Love of Hops") and from what I understand is a Pacific Jade offspring known for citrus and pine flavors, a lot like many American flavor hops such as Citra or Simcoe. This brew pours a bright cloudy orange-yellow with some off-white foam that settles to leave a decent lacing on my glass. Aroma is rather unique, redolent with fresh tangy orange and grapefruit, sour gummy candy, and a lot of onions and garlic. Smells super funky and the sulphur compounds help to evoke motor oil and dank wet grain/ergot fungus images. The flavor follows the nose, with a subdued toasty malt backbone serving as a springboard for rancid citrus marmalade, green grass, pine, black pepper, and yet more onion/garlic that provide for a unique and quasi-pleasant taste experience. The finish is quite bitter and evokes strong astringent vegetal flavors like green tea and unripe bananas, perhaps a little mint. High carbonation level and numbs the mouth a bit like many DIPAs. The malts and sulphur notes blend together to make me think blackstrap molasses, albeit fairly subtle. This ain't no porter or stout. There's some sweetness and a lot of bitterness, and the citrus in New Zealand hops isn't quite like what you get here in North America ... Its more rancid and fermented, if that makes sense. Like someone left a grapefruit in a hot car for a while. Clearly this beer is a showcase for a new hop variety and perhaps shouldn't be judged as a complete IPA, but nevertheless, a good beer is a balanced beer and this one is a little rough around the edges.
11-11-2013 00:09:21 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.63/5 rDev +2%
Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows sweet clean malt along with piny, resinous hops. Also some biscuity malt and herbal notes.
Flavours start with more sweet malt before spicy, piny and resinous hops roll through. Not all that exciting.
Nice medium-high carbonation.
10-31-2013 01:43:34 | More by CrazyDavros
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
A - fully hazy orange, half finger of head rested at a thin cover
S - tropical citrus, cracker grains, touch of florals and mint
T - very minty with a hint of floral, some grains, its not bad but its definitely strange....
M - light and decently carbonated, a bit of a minerally film on the finish, lightly bitter and dry
O - its definitely drinkable enough, but its just out there enough that its doesn't meet the IPA criteria that i'm looking for in a great brew, but still worth at least a try
10-06-2013 04:49:32 | More by joemcgrath27
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
The colour is gold with a tint of orange (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The firm compact off-white head is two fingers high. It sinks very slowly leaving some lacing.
The smell is raw and a bit frowsy with distinct bitterness, lots of fresh herbs, meats, motor oil and fruit candy.
The taste is smooth and balanced. Hoppy flavours of exotic fruits, citric fruits (bitter oranges, figs, apricots, pineapples) and a touch of butter. Smooth sweetness. Light body. The aftertaste giot growing bitter flavours, making it almost harsh. Bitter fruits: Grapefruits and green bananas. Some flowers and margarine. The finish is quite short with notes of white bread and butter.
The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles long-lived. The liquid is mid-smmoth and a little sticky.
Balanced, but also quite mild lacking depth and body.
09-04-2013 17:52:58 | More by bark
3.66/5 rDev +2.8%
330ml bottle. Another new hop to me - New Zealand in origin, apparently.
This beer pours a hazy dark apricot amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and slightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent sheet lightning lace around the glass as things sink away.
It smells of warm orange and grapefruit citrus zest, pine resin, thick caramel/toffee malt, some further tropical fruit hop notes, and a simmering booziness - very DIPA-like. The taste is a more now sort of muddled juicy tropical citrus bitterness, a certain rock candy sweetness, an uptick in the sticky pine needle astringency, a flat herbal vegetal essence, and weak caramelized bready malt.
The carbonation is quite soft and innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, with a mild flintiness tugging away there. It finishes on the dry side, the pale malt and now pithy citrus hops playing things out.
I'm not really grooving on these single hop offerings from BrewDog. I do like that they're from new and sometime not yet trendy hops, but the beers themselves seem awkward and unfinished, and this one is certainly no different. More like a test brew, I'm afraid.
08-10-2013 03:07:10 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/8/13
A murky orange amber with just a few bubbles and a thin film for a head that's gone after a few sips leaving no lace, looks pretty basic
S orange peel, herbal notes, tropical fruits I can't pinpoint, caramel malt, juicy fruit gum, and faint pine, smells OK but lacking intensity
T more citrus peel and a little purple candy, pines stronger then on the nose, stronger flavors then the nose but not as tropical
M medium bodied, just enough bubbles to give it some life, a little gritty with lemon rind lingering
O not bad single hop but lacking just a little something, I like the nose but its faint, the flavors more intense but not as complex
I'll keep my eye out for this hop but I'd like to see it matched up with some other Kiwi hops, worth a try but I doubt I'd buy another mixed 4 pack to get another
08-06-2013 18:06:52 | More by wordemupg
Waimea (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.