Vagabond Pale Ale
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Vagabond Pale AleVagabond Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,542
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,512
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
67
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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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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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of fumobici
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.

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Photo of monkist
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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

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Photo of FLima
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of Spike
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.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a BrewDog pub in Brighton, UK. It has basically the same floral taste as Punk IPA, but with a more restrained flavor and lower abv.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. Color: clear, orange. Yellowish foam, made of fine bubbles, creamy, compact and quite durable.
Aroma: very nice composition fruit, we are here mainly ripe mango and oranges with lemon. The aroma is not intrusive but very clear.
Taste: a little less than the aroma. All the previously mentioned fruits are present only if gently.
Gentian: not too tall, slightly dry and sallow. The loading medium toward high, fit.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled
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

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange color with off-white head. Some tart fruits in the aroma along with dank, grassy hops. Taste starts with some fresh fruits like white grapes, melon and avocado. Body is light with soft carbonation. Nice, drinkable pale ale overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 10/09/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass in Cardiff, Wales at a burger joint.

Pours a hazy golden, amber-orange color with high carbonation and one inch of white head. Quite hoppy in the nose, not as much in the taste. Citrus hops, fruity malts, and light bread. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A decent APA.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Keg, The Cider Press, Bristol - Pours a dark amber with a very small head which quickly disappears. Small amount of lacing. Smell - light fruity hops. Taste - slightly sweet, bittery with a hint of fruits. Nice easy drinking, lightly hopped ale when cold from the keg.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Certainly difficult to tell that it is a gluten free beer. However it will probably be a step too far for coeliacs not used to good pale ales. Most coeliacs that I know stay away from beer all together. But must say excellent effort from Brewdog.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£1.80):
At long last a beer from this Brewdog prototype challenge that can be considered as a good beer, don't get me wrong it's not a classic but it is enjoyable and definitely drinkable, particularly when compared to other gluten free beers I've tried in the past. While it's not one I'm likely to pick up more than occasionally it was easily the winner of the four beers I tried in this 'gimmick' annual release from Brewdog.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear Amber, looks like a pale ale usually does.

The smell is citrus and earthy hops, sweet biscuit malts.

The taste is bitter,citrusy, earthy with just a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This beer tastes like a pale ale, if you didn't know it was gluten free I don't think most people would know. Definitely the best gluten free beer I've had.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 67 ratings