Vagabond Pale Ale
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Vagabond Pale AleVagabond Pale Ale
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From:
BrewDog
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #873
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,206
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
51
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 07, 2021
Added:
Feb 11, 2015
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  19
SCORE
85
Very Good
Vagabond Pale AleVagabond Pale Ale
Notes: Vagabond is something brand new for BrewDog – our first gluten-free beer. Brews for people who turn away from gluten have often had very little else to offer other than mere acceptability. Vagabond however shows, once and for all, that a lack of this one element does not equate to a lack of taste, or body. Brewed at 4.5% abv but with an IBU-count that would gratify an IPA (see below), Vagabond has a rioting backdrop of citrus from the Centennial and Amarillo, and could be (if selected) a ground-breaking gluten-free brew.
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Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Oct 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.62 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
18th review, enjoyed on tap in flight at BrewDog Marais, Paris, a great pub. Order the cheese plate please!
As good a Gluten Free - APA - (my fave style) as you'll find, has the key orchard /apricot fruit of great APAs, like Dales , tempered by bright hops and mid-sweet malts.
a) Copper orange body with thin head and wispy lace.
s/t) Temperate apricot and citrus, some pine, caramel malt, smooths out as it warms.
f) mid to light body, low carbonation, good first beer of evening, fresh, aperitif.
o) If you must gluten free then this is a best path to APA.
Mar 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by bird_soul from Netherlands

Feb 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.56 by sha1 from Israel

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by desint from Belgium

Mar 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.72 by Eltrandos from France

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by fumobici from Washington

3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
L: Hazy copper/amber, moderate head quickly settling, some lacing.

S: Dank American-style hops forward, reminds of a restrained West Coast IPA with a little soap thrown in.

T: Surprisingly mild considering the hoppy aroma. A bit like a milder but typical Boneyard IPA with a notably lingering bitterness.

F: Lacking body, carbonation doesn't persist.

O: Okay. I don't give two about gluten-free; I didn't even know barley had gluten. Probably explains the thin mouthfeel. I want to downgrade this to a three just for the trendy "gluten free" labeling, but will resist.
Dec 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by Mattias from Sweden

Sep 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Brob245 from Missouri

Aug 18, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Had this at Brickmakers in Vienna on a bright sunny summer day after the rain. The vivid amber color of the beer matched the weather perfectly and the tropical fruitiness! was just amazing. Both in the aroma and the taste. I chose it as a light starter but was almost like a full-on main course. No surprise, for me Brewdog just can't go wrong.
A great, fruity American Pale for any occassion.
Aug 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Mar 20, 2018
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured to a Ora et Labora taster.

A: The body is orange, a mid-way between the yellowish and coppery hues intended here. The head is one finger thick showing below nominal retention and no lacing. Color is great but anything else is not that great.
S: Nose is weird. This either has some upfront grapefruit flavour or it's just an APA that has passed on my shelf. BBD says 11th March of 2018 though.
T: Taste, after all, starts off with a grapefruity and citrusy pleasant taste. The end of the beer is incredibly smooth with no bitterness AT ALL, or maybe, again, it's just a passed bottle which, in that case, shouldn't be reviewed.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is low. Bitterness is non-existent and alcohol is unnoticeable.
O: Not sure if this bottle is in good conditions but I'll try to be good to it in terms of rating until I get another sip of this.
Nov 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Shanex from France

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a pale Golden body with a big boisterous head that soon becomes a surface donut of tiny white bubbles
Quite a nice citrus aroma, kind of like a good quality Lime bodywash
tastes like a lime wine gum with not enough sugar 
It is a bit thin
It's really good for a Gluten free beer 
but as a pale ale
just ever so slightly better than supermarket fare
Nov 01, 2017
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Amber color with a thin head with short retention.
Mild aroma with notes of malt juice and pineapple.
Flavor with notes of pine, malt juice, lemongrass, gingerbread and grapefruit. Dry aftertaste with a decent bitterness.
Light to watery body with good carbonation. Alcohol feels even lower than its already low 4.5% abv.
Not bad for a gluten free beer, though still feels a bit like watery non-alcoholic brews.
Oct 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by BdM from Netherlands

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands

Aug 13, 2017
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2017. Purchased a while back from the Brewdog webshop. Their version of a gluten-free pale ale.

A: Poured into a tulip. A rich orange-amber hue with light carbonation and faint haze. Produces a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before dissipating completely.

S: Aroma of resinous hops with hints of pine, weed, citrus peel, subtle grapefruit, caramel malt and ale yeast. Satisfyingly hoppy.

T: Tastes of bitter aromatic hops with notes of pine resin, weed, citrus peel, grapefruit, ale yeast, caramel malt and a touch of earthiness in the background. A robust bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Would benefit from a tad more texture. Aftertaste of bitter resinous hops, caramel malt and yeast.

O: A decent pale ale - certainly a cut above most gluten-free beers in terms of character. Lacklustre looks, though the aroma and flavour are pleasantly hoppy. Body is OK. Let down by the lack of head retention and low carbonation. That said, it goes down readily enough. Worth sampling.
Jul 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by cebeci88 from Turkey

May 08, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles El Duque. In Teku glass. Playing Shantae Pirate's Curse. Good bitter bite, with flowerly notes and a bit muted fruityness. Not the most amazing apa but a good option for gluten intolerants
Mar 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by steverx8 from England

Feb 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jan 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by yaron73 from Israel

Nov 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by sephyrott from Spain

Oct 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by Brewhemoth from Netherlands

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by Iano54 from Germany

Sep 14, 2016
 
Rated: 2.5 by pin from Australia

Sep 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by bitterandtwisted from England

Sep 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by parpalapelix from Romania

Jul 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by hoponit from New York

Jun 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.57 by k3ve from Switzerland

May 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by Richie71 from Ireland

Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Spike from England

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Didn't realise this was a gluten free beer until I read the label more carefully at home. It doesn't matter because it's not hugely different from a regular APA. Not having tasted any other gluten free beers I can't say how difficult this is to achieve.

Orange/copper colour with plentiful carbonation and a modest head. Big hoppy, resin & citrus aroma. Tastes of bitter tropical fruit. Plus the malt base is moreish. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is where things taper off considerably. There's decent carbonation upfront but not so much of the bitter, dry finish that I was hoping for. It's a tad hollow even. Maybe this is the impact of the gluten free? Good overall, and great if you have celiac disease, but I prefer their Punk IPA.
Mar 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by Foley67 from Scotland

Mar 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.47 by CharlesStenner from England

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by leginsh from China

Feb 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.28 by Sonmor from Russian Federation

Feb 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by BAsbill from California

Feb 12, 2016
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