Indie Pale Ale
BrewDog

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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #362
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
76
Ranked #47,169
Avg:
3.12 | pDev: 16.35%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
45
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Photo of Chucklechaz
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I purchased a variety pack while in London, UK. The 4.2 % makes for an easy to drink beer but this is barely a pale ale. Being easy to drink is fine, but there isn’t much flavor here for me aside from what I’d say is a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I think a lot of people who drink Budweiser, coors or similarly weak beers will find this to be a good change of pace, but craft beers snobs will run away screaming.

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of lychees, mild biscuit and floral hops.
Flavor with notes of biscuit malt, grapefruit, mild caramel, tangy and floral hops and white grapes. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Rounded English Pale Ale with nice floral and citrusy notes.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third of a litre at the Celle Bierfest.

A: Golden, hazy, thick foamy head, left lots of lacing.

S: Cascade hop dominated.

T: Grapefruit, lime, lots of character for the low adv.

M: Smooth texture, low carbonation.

O: Good sessionable pale ale, seemed stronger than the low abv

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Photo of ozorgnax
2.77/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours yellow/orange with a medium white head. Aroma is malt with some hints of citrus fruit. Taste is flat, some malt and vague hops. Feels a lot more like a lager than a pale ale. Disappointing for a Brewdog.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.24/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

De club del Gourmet del Corte Ingles de Nervion. En copa Teku. En almuerzo, con sopa de fideos. Si bien en nariz tenia al principio alguna nota lupulada agradable, en boca impera excesiva limpieza, aguado y puntito a detergente industrialoide

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Photo of Sigmund
3.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can, from Bunnpris Sauda. ABV is 4.2%. Slightly hazy pale golden colour, large white head. Moderate aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. The flavour is too bland, but has some fruit and very moderate bittering hops. Not bad though, but has very little to do with an IPA.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.42/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber coloration with a small, fizzy head and slightly visible carbonation. Not a lot going on in the nose, just some faint biscuity malt and citrus hops. Taste is similar, with not too intense, but nicely balanced biscuity malt and citrus hops: grapefruit, tangerine dominating. Some lighter notes of grains and grass as well, perhaps the merest hint of pine. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some zesty tangerine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation.

While this may not be great, I really don't think it's as bad as people make it out here. Decent Pale Ale with a good balance of biscuity malt and citrus hops. Perhaps a little light-bodied and grainy, but really not that bad for the price.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can - so what you're telling me is, this product is independent?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some pitted limestone wall pattern lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and crackery cereal malt, an estery yeastiness, faint lemony citrus notes, and some tame leafy, weedy, and dank piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some muddled domestic citrus fruitiness, ethereal yeast, some damp minerality, and more understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite laid-back in its innocuous-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really causing any sort of concern at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the fading malt presiding.

Overall - yeah, this comes across as a typical dumbed-down IPA, and pale ale, for that matter. No real off-flavours like I see mentioned in previous reviews, but that's cold consolation. This offering was surprisingly inexpensive, so that might explain part of it, but I've had way worse beer for way more money, so there is a silver lining, I suppose.

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Photo of monkist
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

After having seen the review of this beer by the Real Ale Guide, I wanted to see if it's really as disappointing as he said. I know he is quite critical about how BrewDog is recently perhaps not without a reason. On the other hand, I only know BrewDog for about 4-5 years and with this superficial knowledge I don't notice any change in the quality of their brews - actually I have found their beers quite pleasant so far, almost without an exception.
But this time he was right. It is really surprise how disappointing this is. A weak, low mediocre, sour English bitter, no craft, nothing special, no real reason to drink this.
And no real reason to review it. The only question is how/why BrewDog had to make such a low quality beer... if this is the future if BD, then this might easily be the end. This is no punk, no craft, no nothing. Just pure disappointment.

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Photo of rex_4539
2.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

L: Quite clear amber color, two finger white head, nice lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Malty, hoppy.

T: Malty, hoppy, watery.

F: Extremely light and watery.

O: Very poor offering.

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Photo of Spike
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml can.
L: Clear, dark gold colour with some carbonation and a thick, fluffy, white head.
S: Faint malt but mainly nothing.
T: Semi-sweet, light malt and a hint of lemony hops. Weak flavour profile overall. The lack of hops and the use of very light malt results in a glass of not much.
F: Light body, almost watery.
O: Not sure what the purpose of this beer is from what is normally a decent brewery. Lacks smell, flavour & body. Not up to scratch. (Def not an IPA - the ‘Indie’ refers to Scottish independence - more like a sub-par session ale).

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned in a crafty craft can
pours a barley sugar coloured body with big thick sticking foamy white head
battery acid lemonade aroma
a big slice of grapefruit that then dissolves with not enough bitter finish or mal backbone

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml can with a BB of March 2019. Free gift from Brewdog - picked up from their bar in York. The guff on the label doesn't give much away, but their website explained that this is supposed to be an entry-level pale ale to entice drinkers to expand their horizons a bit.

A: Poured into a tulip. A rich amber colour with good clarity and low carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding and dissipating.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of yeast esters, stewed leaves, hay, a harsh cardboard twang and a touch of solvent. Not particularly good.

T: Tastes of light, grainy malt with notes of stewed hops, faint grass/hay, yeast esters, cooked husks and wet cardboard. Fairly dry, followed by an acrid leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and an insubstantial body. Needs beefing up a tad. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of grainy malt, harsh stewed leaves and yeast esters.

O: A pretty poor effort. Looks OKish, while the aroma and flavour are insipid, lack depth and are marred by unpleasant off-notes. The weak hopping levels exacerbate this - failing to mask the flaws. So-so body; somewhat insubstantial for the style. Not a good beer, and as this was apparently a second attempt I wonder what the first one was like. I know that Brewdog are capable of making great beer, so I think they need to revisit this idea with a fundamental overhaul in mind. As it stands, I can't see it fulfilling the objective of attracting more people to craft beer - possibly the opposite....

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Photo of flyingpig
2.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Half Pint at Brewdog Doghouse, Glasgow (Free):
This one definitely wasn't a great beer, it proved to be very disappointing with a basic & cheap feel that had me wondering just how bad the original version was if this was the tweaked recipe. It opened with some subtle hops on the nose but soon turned into more of a pale lager than a pale ale with very little going on really; I'm just thankful it was free & I didn't have to waste my money on it.

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Indie Pale Ale from BrewDog
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 45 ratings