Native Son

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Imperial IPA
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Jan 17, 2019
Aug 24, 2017
Very Good
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Notes: Well, what else would a Colorado native have in his beer fridge? Jason’s second liquid response to the beery challenge laid down by James is the ultimate US style. If you love C-hops, this one is for you. Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Comet and (honorary C-hop) Simcoe sing from the glass with enormous resin, pine, citrus zest, cut grass and a juicy baseline from Vermont yeast. Brewed with Pale and Crystal malt and at 8.5% ABV this is as American as the 4th of July.

“Well I am American,” says Jason. “Our number one selling beer is an IPA so it seemed like the natural fit. This beer is my take on the classic with a simple yet clean malt base, enough bitterness to appease the taste buds without wrecking them and a hop profile that is loaded with grapefruit, citrus zest and slightly floral aromas. Think Pliny the Elder meets Punk IPA.”
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Rated: 3.93 by nrbw23 from Ohio

Jan 17, 2019
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
My brother in law gave me a can of this for xmas. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had a pleasant mix of citrus peel and pine notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with pine resin and malt base with citrus peel spice highlights. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.
Jan 10, 2019
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Reviewed by pubscout from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
BrewDog’s Native Son is an 8.5% DIPA that most true IPA lovers ( except those who prefer milkshake hop bombs) will enjoy. Crystal clear and golden, with pine and citrus in the nose, this is a very good example of the style. Very well balanced between piney, citrusy hops and sweet malt, Native Son will satisfy okd school IPA lovers, for sure. An excellent mouthfeel makes this beer very drinkable... and very dangerous.
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/20/2018. Pours crystal clear deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. all around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Outstanding Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, Mosaic, Simcoe profile. Extremely vibrant, juicy, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; great bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness from crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on West Coast style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.
Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by prototypic from Ohio

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Nov 20, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Nov 17, 2018
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Rated by OhioKevin4 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can poured into pint glass. Solid AIPA, enjoyed the 6 pack. Would buy again !
Nov 14, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey

Nov 11, 2018
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Rated by baldy00 from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
from the can, in a tulip glass, clear, coppery, piney
Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 09/20/2018.
A: Pours a dark golden, essentially bronze color with a two finger, foamy, lemon chiffon head, but with fairly limited retention and some soapy lacing.
S: Zesty with aromas of lemon even more than grapefruit, pine, and white pepper.
T: Fairly dry or semidry with flavor following the nose. More caramel and grains as it warms. Solid but well balanced bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Honestly, simply not bitter enough to qualify as a West Coast DIPA. That said, this is a very subtle, balanced, and drinkable AIPA, very consistent with what I would expect from a Scottish brewer. Dà ghlainne, ’s fheàirrde ’s cha mhiste.
Nov 10, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 09, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 3.36 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by nhirsch04 from Ohio

Oct 31, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by trdtercel92 from Ohio

Oct 31, 2018
Rated: 3.45 by Zanico from Ohio

Oct 28, 2018
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This brew brings to mind my earliest exposure to Brewdog, the imported from Scotland variety. The brand never much impressed me because the brews were mostly on the nasty side. The opening of a good sized brewery down-state changed all that, as did new recipes. What's not to love about Elvis Juice or Jet Black Heart.

This opens deep yellow with fine head. The aroma is skunky, west coast style. The taste is a bit full and dark, with plenty of the usually skunky, hoppy taste you expect from an over the top AIPA. It works, but it is a bit of a heavy aftertaste.

Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Canned on 9/20/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency; white head that fades leaving decent retention and nice lacing. The aromas are on the subtle and mild side. Some hints of pear and green apple. Lots of crackers and fresh bread. Some floral notes. Some malts. The flavors are clean and refreshing. More pear and green apple along with some hints of lemon and grapefruit. Lots of fresh grass. Moderate bitterness. Malts are there, but almost take a backseat. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA. It's clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. It's not flashy or anything crazy, but it's enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all.
Oct 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
0.33l can.
Not completely clear orange/golden beer with 2-finger off-white head, moderate retention.
Nose - dank & citrusy.
Taste - strictly semisweet, marmelade, dry bitter finish.
Medium body and soft carbonation.
Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

Aug 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 09, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by stephenlee from England

Aug 07, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by robotic_being from Florida

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by emincems from Turkey

Jul 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Goofster from Sweden

2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Thank god this is only brewed once. It's horrendous. Won't even justify it with a proper review. Stay away. I bought 12 cans so it wasn't just a single bad can.
Jul 07, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I was lured to this beer because of the novel - and of course because I love American WIPAs, love Brewdog as well. And this is not a letdown. If not your Native Son from the Deep South either, but rather from the West Coast.
Fruity, tropical, nicely round bodied, the 8+% ABV slightly rearing its head above the waves that rise higher and higher as you really imagine yourself on the Pacific Coast. This is great, reminds me of the San Diego area like Stone or Port Brewing.

Let me just quote what is on the can instead of further ado:

"A turbo charged American Dream. This is a transatlantic super power flexing its hoppy muscles. Delivering a star spangled banner of fruitiness. Massive fruity hop aromas are followed by the main event. Citrus peel, resinous pine and freshly cut Californian grass with juicy notes from the Vermont yeast. Balanced with bursts of caramel malts and sitting on a bitter baseline.

Native Son - trade up and go super-sized."

What else can I add? This is America to me here and now.
Jun 10, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland

Jun 07, 2018
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Amber, light dank + citrus peel, thread of toffee big lemon hard candy + orange marmalade hit and nettly linger with some chalk.

4 4 4 4 4

Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Comet, Simcoe

Old school - very Cali, more than Portland. I guess it could have a couple of angles instead of one axe chop, + the end is rough. But nice not to get a mouth of tropical for a change.
May 24, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by desint from Belgium

May 12, 2018
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L: Quite clear amber color, one finger slightly off white head, nice lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits.

T: Hops, malts, tropical fruits, slightly bitter.

F: Medium bodied, plenty of flavor.

O: Not the best Brewdog beer but quite enjoyable nonetheless.
May 10, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by crewfan1952 from Ohio

Apr 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by trickykid from Russian Federation

Apr 05, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by chebode2 from Germany

Mar 24, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by Vader444 from Scotland

Mar 01, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by Oidmoe from Austria

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 4.07 by CwTeng from Colorado

Sep 12, 2017
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Half pint at Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow (£4.04):
This one proved to be a fairly average beer overall from Brewdog & one that was surprisingly unlike a typical American IPA with the bitterness a little lighter than expected but the floral flavours coming through a touch stronger. There was some alcohol showing throughout with plenty of spice nearer the middle of proceedings but it seemed a little basic at times too, pineapple & mango were about the only fruits worth mentioning & there wasn't a whole lot beyond them to keep you interested.
Aug 24, 2017
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