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Waimea (IPA Is Dead) - BrewDog

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Waimea (IPA Is Dead)Waimea (IPA Is Dead)

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StJamesGate on 04-23-2013)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CalgaryFMC, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

innominat, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Ciocanelu, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

aztraz, Jun 24, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

joemcgrath27, Oct 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

crosenkrantz, Aug 14, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

WillAndSarah, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

BrazilianAussie, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mmurphy525, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

mitlinks, May 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mdagnew, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

edugasmtl, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

lgmol, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bark, Sep 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Kmat10, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Bellonc, Jun 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Mattias, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Howlader, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy Sunkist orange with clingy carpet of taupe foam.
Giant nose of overripe clementine, resin, flower nectar and just fresh green hops.
Dough and sugar cookie with soft tangerine, lemon sorbet, and lime curd hops.
Green Starburst finish and long gentle bitterness.
Medium, creamy, clingy.

What a soft touch! Some of the gentlest hop citrus ever in a silky body, but the hit is there even if you don't know it. 60% Myrcene level is no joke. Man, I wanna brew with this hop now.

StJamesGate, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

SimonTja, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

wordemupg, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased as part of a group order from the brewery.

Pours a hazed orange-golden colour, that almost looks opaque until you hold it to the light: in fact it seems to have relatively good clarity, and no suspension. Head is frothy and full, and pretty meaty, solid off-white crest. Lacing is excellent. Carbonation is a little dead, but that suits me fine.

Intense mandarin character on the nose, citric, but rounded and fleshy. Strong, peely citrus character: quite unique. Under this is almost a hint of noble European varieties, a little dusty, green and vegetative, with a hint of dough and a suggestion of earth. It's incredibly potent and big. Love it.

Taste is a little more subdued. Fine clean citric bite, with a slightly weak but flabby undertone, reminiscent of latex. Hops ride carefully over the top, providing flavour and a slight sting in the tail. It all seems pleasantly, if precariously, balanced, with the hops providing the character, but prevented from going too hard by the light body. Slight dusty, peppery tones towards the back. Finish makes a nod to the mandarin again, with a pithy tangerine bite to end it.

Feel is a little light, but with a pleasant smoothness that again manages to aid the balance.

Overall, this is a cracking IPA, and one which provides something new and exciting. It does waver and quiver a bit, preventing it from being truly great, but there's certainly something immensely interesting in the beer, and the hop it showcases.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 19, 2013
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Waimea (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.