Hello My Name Is Sonja
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.81%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
48
From:
BrewDog
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by EmperorBevis:
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EmperorBevis from England

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled
Interesting mix of piney, grassy mosaic and sour blueberries with a touch of caramel malt. That is exactly what you get, a mixed of all good tastes, I like it.

Nov 01, 2013
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Feb 06, 2014
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Sammy from Canada

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Dec 24, 2013
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wedge from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +2%
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
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Kirk from England

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Dec 27, 2013
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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
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timmy2b from New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Dec 28, 2013
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Griffith from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jan 20, 2014
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campfirebrew from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jan 16, 2014
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Jan 08, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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NuclearRich from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jan 17, 2014
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Feb 28, 2014
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ADZA from Australia

3.86/5  rDev -3%
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
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t420o from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Jan 09, 2014
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ncelauro from New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Jan 02, 2014
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HomerS from Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Mar 07, 2014
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Mattias from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Feb 15, 2014
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dheacck11 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Jan 20, 2014
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GrindFatherBob from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Dec 30, 2013
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TheBaumer from California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Oct 29, 2013
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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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flyingpig from Scotland

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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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MisterTwitchy from Arkansas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

May 31, 2014
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 48 ratings