Hello My Name Is Sonja

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Imperial IPA
3.96 | pDev: 11.87%
Jan 23, 2022
Oct 28, 2013
Very Good
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
330 ml bottle, at Café Sara, Oslo. ABV is 8.2%. Orange-pinkish colour, off-white head. Aroma of fruity hops, just a hint of blueberries. Very fruity and quite sweet flavour - sweet malts, fruity hops and blueberries.
Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Oct 17, 2014
Rated: 3.76 by stevied71 from Australia

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 3 by MisterTwitchy from Arkansas

May 31, 2014
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
330ml bottle from Brewdog Online Shop:
Deep amber with a 1.5cm foamy, white head that reduces slightly initially then holds well after that.

Sweet tropical fruit smells with quite a lot of hops & plenty of pine notes as well, there is some citrus as well and to a lesser extent some grapefruit as well. I could detect some berries coming through as well.

Sweet with a lot of bitterness and some citrus plus a plenty of hops as well. Sweeter than the nose with the blueberries making themselves more known too. Tropical fruits with pineapple, some apricot and mango all feature & it's rounded of with a faint touch of caramel.

Smooth, sweet and very bitter with a medium body and light medium carbonation. The beers alcohol content is well hidden although a few hints come through.

A definite improvement from the last in the series I tried from Brewdog, Hello My Name Is Mette Marit although this one wasn't exactly a classic either. This one was very sweet with plenty of tropical notes and some blueberries as well but it seemed to be missing that something special and wasn't up there with the top double IPA's that I've tried.
Apr 17, 2014
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Reviewed by admiral from Australia

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very fruity, smooth and drinkable double IPA, especially considering the alcohol content.

aroma: pine, citrus, caramel, melon, berries and grapefruit

taste: pine, citrus, melon, berries, orange peel and grapefruit supported by a good malt backbone - fruity and delicious.

excellent DIPA but didn't pick up much of the blueberries that were added to the brew. Anyway, well balanced, fruity and smooth.
Mar 26, 2014
Reviewed by GONZALOYANNA from Spain

2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
On-tap. Pint glass enjoyed @ L´Espumossa (Barcelona). Orange color, chill haze appearance. Off-white foam, close & sticky crown, good retention. Aroma profile displays intense pine, resins, toasted notes with pineapple & ripe apricot. Sweet mild toasted malt upfront is swept out by resinous hops. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Spicy & slight sparkling in the middle. Dry sweet/low bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste.
Mar 09, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by HomerS from Sweden

Mar 07, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by jondavidsson from Sweden

Mar 07, 2014
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Reviewed by CrazyDavros from Australia

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours deep amber with a large head.
Nose shows fruity hops, sweet crystal malt, passion fruit, lychee and pear.
Fruity flavours too, but this time the blueberry comes into play in a subtle way. Lots more sweet clean malt in true Brewdog fashion followed by an aggressive, piny bitterness.
Body feels a little thick.
Mar 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by Jah_Json from Sweden

Mar 04, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

Feb 28, 2014
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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
@ Tasty Beverage

Mostly clear amber color with a tall, fat white head. There's certainly some blueberries in the aroma along with other berries, apricots, and grapefruit...everything is coated with a slick, oily hop character. A little less from the blueberries in the flavor, but they're still there in more of a sweet pie-like manner. Oily, resinous hops and ripe tropical fruit. Medium bodied, moderately bitter, and sticky. There's a sort of creaminess that fluffs up the body a tad and a slight acidity to dry things out. A neat, interesting beer here...the blueberry plays very nicely with the Mosaic and everything comes together smoothly with no heat or overbearing sweetness.
Feb 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by Goofster from Sweden

Feb 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by rickcrip76 from Georgia

Feb 18, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Mattias from Sweden

Feb 15, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by aztraz from Sweden

Feb 15, 2014
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Reviewed by eric5bellies from Australia

3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - pours a clear copper colour.

S - Plenty of citrus grapefruit.

T - Not much blueberry, taste is pretty up hop driven.

M- Medium body and low carbonation.

O - Would have liked to have tasted a more pronounced Blueberry flavour.
Feb 15, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by weeare138 from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2014
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. Described on the label as a double IPA infused with blueberries - fruity....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep orange-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of overwhelming fruity hops with notes of white grape, melon, berries, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, tropical fruit and grass/hay. Underpinned by caramel malt and faint earthy yeast. The blueberry is exceptionally subtle but adds a rounded fruitiness that pervades the hop character.

Tastes of intense fruity hops with an aromatic bitter finish. Notes of white grape, berries, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, tropical fruit, mild grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. A blueberry hint is just discernible, though virtually drowned out by the hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a powerful hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of juicy aromatic hops, berry notes and acute bitterness.

Boom! This is what a double IPA is all about - a hop tornado. It looks good, while the aroma and flavour are simply stunning. Intense hop notes that touch every nerve. Nice body. The blueberries are faint but add something extra to the mix. Well worth sampling if you have the chance. Sonja unleashes an unstoppable torrent of hops - you will succumb....
Jan 25, 2014
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Reviewed by Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
draft at a friends house in raleigh. thanks will!

dark yellow pour, big, nice head . smell huge on mosaic hops... this is fresh. taste hits you with the hops up front, good flavor not too fruity or bitter. great balance. medium bodied and carbonated.

overrall a very solid dipa colab. recommended!
Jan 24, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by dheacck11 from Connecticut

Jan 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jan 20, 2014
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Reviewed by ADZA from Australia

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Hello my name is Adza and was looking forwards to this til I heard about the blueberries added but anyways it pours a hazed golden orange hue with non lasting two finger head that slowly spreads out to a nice outer rim and some tight lacing but not much,on first pour all I get is blueberries but as it warms a little the blueberry front falls away to reveal big NZ berry fused hops along with caramel malts and a distinct herbal grassy hoppiness,the feel is full bodied,lightly carbonated and resinous hop sticky and on taste the blueberries are no match for the big berried hops,toffee sticky malts and finished with a grassy herbal hoppy semi bitterness and overall the addition of blueberries should not be a deterrent to any non fans of blueberries like myself but they are only there to subdue the hops a touch and suprisingly I'm a big fan of this IPA it's weird but good weird and ill definately drink again cheers.
Jan 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ELECTRONICAnonymous from Massachusetts

Jan 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by NuclearRich from Connecticut

Jan 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jan 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by jkball01 from Kentucky

Jan 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by campfirebrew from New York

Jan 16, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

Jan 13, 2014
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Chocked full of hop aroma and flavor, My Name is... is bursting with all the juicy and exotic of the citrus and tropical fruit families and gives this massive IPA a vibrancy and mouth-whetting character that's unmatched. So, how fruity is this Sonja chick?

As the beer pours, its medium amber color glistens as the bubbles that are embedded within slowly pull from the body of the liquid. Lightly hazed, the beer offers a soft and diffused glow from back lights. Creamy and frothy, its ivory-stained head builds into a gentle lather that endures the session very well, trailing with broken lace left behind on the glass.

The single-source "Mosaic" hops resonate on the nose with starbusts of pineapple, mangoes, apricots and passion fruit. After weaving in a citrusy thread of tart oranges and red grapefruit, the ale becomes decidedly fruit. Wafting about it all is the unnecessary twang of berries, but it continues to reinforce the fructose sweetness to come. And its that tangy fructose that's propped up by the thin caramel and biscuit malts lurking in the background.

Acting in reverse, its the malt sweetness that greets the tongue first. Somewhat of thin honey and caramel, the taste is woven together by a light bready-sweet taste. But that's all short-lived as the middle palate comes quickly, knocking with the plethora of citrus, tropical fruit and berry deliciousness. The tangy bitterness of grapefruit links up beautifully with the vibrant and drippy sweetness of passionfruit. As the berry additions bring and earthen juiciness, it also surprises the taste buds with peps of ribes, currant leaves and oddly enough- marinara. And its that peculiar medley of fruit flavors that fuse together and develop into an acute bitterness that's pleasantly grassy, lemony and minty.

Medium-dry on the palate, the beer carries slightly more heft than a standard American IPA, but avoids the barricade sweetness that many "imperial" versions fall into. Its creaminess springs from the palate and pricks at the tongue lightly. This brings the beers bright acidity to life and ushers in a malty-dry and resinous finish.

...Sonja is a fantastic IPA that showcases the New Zealand hop variety, "Mosaic" extremely well, however the blueberry additions masks its uniqueness to some extent. Dangerously smooth, the fruit simply heightens the fruit character that the ale possesses already. If Jeppe's mom, Sonja is anything like the beer..., do you think she'd go out with me?
Jan 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Nordbier from Georgia

Jan 10, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by t420o from Colorado

Jan 09, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Jan 08, 2014
Rated: 5 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania

Jan 05, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Jan 05, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by ncelauro from New York

Jan 02, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by GrindFatherBob from New York

Dec 30, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by simont1 from Sweden

Dec 29, 2013
Hello My Name Is Sonja from BrewDog
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 49 ratings