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Goldings (IPA Is Dead) - BrewDog

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dgilks on 05-05-2013)
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Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden colour with a creamy, offwhite head. Fair head retention.

Interesting hop aroma. A combination of earthiness which is expected of the UK hop and citrus/floral characters which work really nicely in an IPA.

Wonderful hop character that shows off the best of UK hops. Earthy, floral, creamy bitterness (yes, that sounds weird). Crisp bitterness and light malt character. Really good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Nice.

A really solid IPA. The Goldings are shown off in a fine manner and the beer comes together really well.

dgilks, May 05, 2013
Photo of MrHyde1886
4/5  rDev +15.3%

MrHyde1886, May 18, 2013
Photo of Troublebar
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Troublebar, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Poupae
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Poupae, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Farnswurth
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Farnswurth, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from the brewery with the rest of the series.

Pours a noticeably hazed burnished golden colour (interestingly, there has been some considerable difference in the level of clarity in the series), with a filmy top of off-white that stays persistent at the edges, but mediocre otherwise. Lacing is good and the carbonation is fine. Overall, it looks good, but certainly inferior to some of the other ones I've had.

Smell is very pleasant. Herbal, tight and clean, with a vegetative overtone and pleasant crisp, oily hop character. Malt provides a slightly powdery sweetness that mingled with the vegetative hops reminds me of poster paint. Some bright carbonation and mineral characters complete the picture. It's really quite pleasant.

Taste is also good. Slight biting citrus character (surprisingly, I'm getting mandarin on this one—as I've done with others in the series), slightly peppery, with a chewed eucalyptus bite, a little more vegetation and a vaguely medicinal finish. Feel is very smooth, but light, working with the subtle fragrances of the hops.

Very good stuff. If anything, it just underlined that I'm a big fan of EKG—the EKG Mikkeller SHIPA was my pick of that series. I think this is pipped in this series by Waimea (and potentially El Dorado as well), but it has a lot to offer, and it really showcases what an excellent hop Goldings can be.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 21/03/2014, served mildly chilled in a short-stemmed goblet. Tasted alongside Dana (DN) in the same 2013 series.

Appearance: pours a translucent, bright orangey amber hue with very mild carbonation and a thin sheet of white foamy head.
Smell: aromatically orangey notes, sweet citrus, light lychees, and sweet floral esters, against an assertive malt body mainly of English pale malts with a wee touch of barley candy; the hop elements are pleasant but not so… pronounced as the brewery sets out to achieve, as the malt performance seems to outweigh the hoppiness on the balance. A swirl gives rise to a deeper and richer marmalade-ish aroma.
Taste: mildly sour-sweet yet otherwise quiet foretaste, lightly earthy, orangey, on top of nicely bitter-sweet pale malts… everything you’d expect from a more… English/British take on the style. Mild tannins as in lightly crushed orange/citrus seeds and aromatic lychee shells (as a result of hop- & malt-elements) pair with moderately bitterness at first, edged by a touch of phenolic earthiness, then the more “serious” bitterness deepens to deliver a truly enjoyable, lingering finish as a true witness to the dry-hopping process.
Mouthfeel & Overall: mildly refreshing, medium-plus bodied, less aromatic than DN but bolder and more bitter-hoppy on the palate, the “Goldings” is more like what you’d expect from a more typical take on the style with a traditional hop variety, only that the more rigorous dry-hopping process adds an extra dimension to it. Compared with DN, the enjoyment is just as nice; for a “bitter drinker” like me, I’d never say no to a more pronounced bitterly-hoppy interpretation all in all.

wl0307, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale bronze with loose white froth that speckles.
Typically English hop nose: woody and orangey.
Toffee and orange with surprisingly oily rind hoppiness.
Aromatic oil finish and tingly rind linger.
Med-light, chewy, good cling.

Nothing shocking, but as good an example of Goldings as you'll find. Ramps up to the higher IBUs well, though I'm not sure I believe 75. Job done.

StJamesGate, May 20, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, the last of this neat 4-pack of single-hop offerings, dubbed 'IPA is Dead', in Brewdog fashion, of course.

This beer pours a cloudy, murky medium apricot amber hue, with two fingers of wanly puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some loosely webbed lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells like a veritable ESB - not surprisingly, I suppose, given the hop we're dealing with here - pungently leafy, a bit citrusy, and certainly edgy, with a decent supportive caramel-tinged pale malt backbone. The taste is more sassy, almost astringent leafy hops, with a dry rind orange and lemon citrus twinge, a touch of wet pine needles, some faint flinty mineral notes, and an understated, but still prominent pale grainy maltiness.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, but pretty much understated, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth enough, given the pricks and prods of the heady hop(s). It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt makes a bit of a comeback, but not enough to overtake the floral, citrusy, leafy hop headliner.

By far the best of this particular lot - the hops actually, um, tasting good? Beyond that, they do represent a familiar beer meme, that of the aforementioned ESB, but one obviously coincidental in nature, as Goldings must be a part of that venerable style (which, by the by, is not the proclaimed IPA here). And even further, everything else just seems to work together, unlike the rest of its single-hop siblings thus far.

biboergosum, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle 6,7% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a wine glass.
Best Before 21/03/2014

Appearance: Goldings pours a lightly hazed bright golden-orange, topped by a large off white head. The head displays good retention and leaves some nice thick sheets of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Ah yes, that’s pure Goldings hops – one of the most under-rated hops in my opinion. The nose here seems a lot better and a lot fresher than the other beers in this IPA is Dead pack. Herbal, leafy, English hopes dominate, with light notes of bitter orange peel, miscellaneous citrus notes and an underlying sweetness from honey malt.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavor is not quite as faded as the others in the series. Notes include: Herbal, leafy hops, slightly musty notes, some pithy citrus, orange and some sweet honey notes. There is a reasonable bitterness in the finish, but still nowhere near 75IBUs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a medium-high level of rather smooth carbonation.

Overall: This is easily the best in the latest IPA is Dead series. It helps that I love Goldings hops, but for some reason it also doesn’t seem quite as faded as the rest.

Thehuntmaster, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of janubio
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. bottle, Pretty deep and a bit hazy golden colour, with a big head that leaves a compact lace and a cloak on the surface. Smell of tropical fruits, citrus, pine, apricot. Medium body, oily and lively palate, with bubbles playing in your tongue. Taste of tropical fruits, some citrus and caramel, earthy with a dry but with a hint of sweetness finish.

janubio, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

fionn13, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Ciocanelu, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

BrazilianAussie, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of edugasmtl
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

edugasmtl, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 18/8/13

A murky dark orange liquid with enough clarity to see a few bubbles and chunks of sediment, finger of foam stick around for a few sips leaving lots of random lace

S herbal and citric, some bread and toffee with just a hint of booze

T rind comes out and more toffee, herbal notes are still there and some spicy notes join the mix

M medium bodied with enough bubbles to fluff it up, rind and toffee on the finish

O not a bad single hop and probably my favorite for my mixed pack

overall I'd say my IPA is Dead mixed pack was a little disappointing, I had to buy on but its expensive and I wouldn't buy another

wordemupg, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

dcmchew, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Goofster, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of discodoni
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

discodoni, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my preferred choice of hops, I found it nice to have this single hop IPA version at its home country. On tap at BrewDog.
Hazy amber color with a one finger head with medium retention.
As expected, aroma of herbal citrus English hops, licorice and honey.
Flavor of English leafy tea with orange drops, Golding hops, sweet malt, pepper and resins.
Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation.
Interesting IPA, difficult to find this type of single hop. Worth it the experience.

FLima, Nov 16, 2013
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Nonic glass @ Animal Bar (Madrid). Brass color, veiled appearance. White froth creates creamy crown leaving rocky spots on sides. Earthy & floral aromas rounded by slight citric hues. Malty mouthfeel & kind but intense bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sharp hoppiness lingers into a long bitter finish.

GONZALOYANNA, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

aztraz, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

joemcgrath27, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mmurphy525, Jun 25, 2013
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Goldings (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
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