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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: 41
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 Thehuntmaster:
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South Africa

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
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-26-2013 13:10:37 | More by innominat
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Alberta (Canada)

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
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-17-2013 20:08:01 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-24-2013 19:16:00 | More by aztraz
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

08-13-2013 23:28:53 | More by crosenkrantz
Photo of CrazyDavros


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
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

10-03-2013 14:54:38 | More by WillAndSarah
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-07-2014 22:08:36 | More by BrazilianAussie
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-25-2013 00:54:08 | More by mmurphy525
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

05-03-2013 12:45:15 | More by mitlinks
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-28-2013 13:22:56 | More by mdagnew
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-30-2014 00:40:56 | More by edugasmtl
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-26-2013 14:13:41 | More by lgmol
Photo of bark


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
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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

10-07-2013 21:32:44 | More by Kmat10
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

06-07-2013 21:57:05 | More by Bellonc
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-28-2013 11:34:51 | More by Mattias
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-10-2013 23:11:47 | More by rogerdandy
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

04-23-2013 21:46:08 | More by StJamesGate
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-15-2013 15:07:29 | More by SimonTja
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Alberta (Canada)

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
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

06-19-2013 06:46:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-17-2013 21:53:53 | More by Kal
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Waimea (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.