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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ianmhall
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(***drinking this beer past the best before date of 8/8/2010)

a- pours a hazy murk sort of neon brown... head is thick and floppy a loose bit of carbonation which dissipates in a rather sloppy manner leaving just thin lace off-white to tan in color

s- is malty and bready with great amounts of fruit... tangerine and melon with some meaty banana type play--- pretty unique bubble gum chewed up with pine nuts?

t- slight hoppiness that really never grabs a hold of my taste buds just sort of dances around on the edges of my taste buds--- this is a post modern uber-english ale... a very lithe bit of carbonation and a buttery spice on the finish with an apple, citrus and pine middle...

m- pearly and kaleidoscopic slippery mouthfeel that gives me sensations of lead and graphite

d- rather drinkable and a beer i would love to have fresh... an ale built for 2025

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a remarkably frothy head, off-white and long-lasting. The liquid is a lightly hazed bronze color, and only small, thin wisps of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma is very much to style, but of course with the usual BrewDog twist. (Wouldn't be a BrewDog brew if it didn't have some kind of twist in the structure.) The nose receives a nice dose of musty, buttery, semi-sweet toffee-like malt, with a little bit of butterscotch coming in as well. Hop presence is merely subtle, with the malt being more upfront than a typical IPA, and there's your twist. A malt-forward IPA. Great!

Flavor brings everything in that could be expected from the aroma, although it's a bit more bitter, even leaning on the metallic/steely side of bitter. Not in a bad way. Lotsa grapefruit buried under the malt. Everything is nicely balanced and earthy. Malt sweetness remains toffee-like and slightly burnt-tasting. Hops are grassy, citrusy and bordering on astringent. Butterscotch remains from the aroma, and the hops exert a nice green snap throughout the finish. With all that, it's the malt that remains the most impressive feature, as with the aroma. The malt serves as a savory, fairly complex anchor in what is a pretty big-tasting beer, never veering into the waters of messiness or, ironically enough, chaos.

Feel is a light, airy sort of thing, not thin or watery but certainly having the kind of incredibly easy glide that makes it too easy to drink too quickly.

I always enjoy the esoteric, even existential ramblings on the BrewDog labels, and I'm a definite fan of these guys in general, all their boundary-stretching and button-pushing is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Chaos Theory is true to style, yet one that takes the road less traveled anyway. Nice work, fellas, this is intriguing.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy sunburst orange. Slight lacing.

Smell: Cirtus, clove and biscuit and toast scents come through.

Taste And Mouthfeel: Firstly, Slight heat from the alcohol...then a sweet caramel taste comes out, followed by a mild hop note and settles with an almost peppermint flavor. The aftertaste on this is so's so sweet once it hits your lips!

Drinkability: This is a deceiving little can barely taste the alcohol. It's quite refreshing and should be tasted. Now this is the sort of chaos I don't mind in my life!

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

With all this news about BrewDog, I decided to try some of their beers out. (Marketing worked?! Actually, I have thought about buying their stuff before, and now that it showed up at my local store, I figured I'd give them try)

This bottle is larger than the one in the photo, 1 pint, 6.4 fl ounces. No batch #, best before 8/16/10.

Pours a nice bright and clear orange color with a solid white head.

Aromas are of brewed tea, cereal grains, and hints of citrus.

Flavors are good, and not overpowering. Some brewed tea up front, as well as soft creamy and toasted malt flavors. Finish is a bit dry, with an earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, pretty smooth, but not overly heavy.

Drinkability is good. Pretty solid English IPA. I like how the malts and the hop flavors are nicely balanced. Pretty good stuff, I'd happily drink another one of these.

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice murky copper color with wonderful head and lacing. Excellent scent; very deep malty sweetness -- very thick; excellent bitter tones in the nose, slight jerky tinge, great English hop scent. Very good taste; it has a great thick maltiness throughout with hints of caramel; wonderful hop attributes throughout, especially with the great English hops at the end that stay on the tongue. Fairly thick, but goes down well for a 7+ ABV brew.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, Batch 012

A: Dark copper body under a small white head. Some lace and small amount of retention.

S: Mixture of sweetish citrus fruit and some grassy hops, good caramel malt backbone. Pretty well balanced, although maybe a little more hop character could be added.

T: Grassy/slighly citrus hops, pretty big bitterness, a bit fruity, caramel malt isn't quite as big as in the aroma. Despite big bitterness, balance still maintained. Pretty tasty.

M/D: Smooth, medium body, carbonation is relatively low, alcohol is not apparent. Drinkability is superb for me. Maybe not a surprising good beer in itself, but definitely surprised how good I find this beer (Brewdog seems hit or miss).

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Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, murky orange-amber in body with white bubbly head. English aroma of butter, light fruit, caramel. Buttery flavor with caramel, butterscotch, light fruit, alcohol booze towards the finish. Medium bodied with an oily slickness on the palate. A strange, malty drink that does defy many styles. The caramelized sugar is a bit much towards the end.

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Photo of trygger87
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 ounce bottle of this stuff because iv Never had Any of brew dogs stuff and this one for some reason caught my attention.
Looks are a dark copper thing with NO head what so ever.Also no carbonation from the looks of things.
The smell is extremely biscuity, like all i smell is biscuit and iv never smelled that in any kind of IPA.Big time malts are also present and taking stage.Hops are mixed in but play a very minor role in the scent.
Taste is sweet at first followed by hints of pear and apple. Then bitterness ensues and lingers around for a while.
Refreshing mouth feel on this one! Unlike most IPA iv had its not over whelming at all and not sticky. In my opinion the mouth feel is one of the best aspects of this beer.
The drinkability is middle of the road. While its got a great mouth feel, its bitter like any IPA would be.Thought this is not a bad beer at all, in fact if you like IPA's but want some thing new try this beer and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of bceagles39
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at home (poured from a bottle) in May 2010.

Pours a cloudy amber color. Low carbonation, average lacing.

Smells fruity and hoppy, familiar smells (like it's an American IPA).

Great refreshing first sip, great balance.

Hoppy, strong bitter finish and aftertaste. Kind of soured my view of the brew. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of champ103
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper reddish color. A two finger, bubbly white head forms. The foam recedes in a second, and leaves light lace.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. Light citrus. Sweet caramel. Doughy and biscuit malt. Really well balanced, as an English IPA should be.
T: Light citrus with a strange bitterness. Rough and grainy malt. Dry moldy wood. Light smoke. Not bad, but odd.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Not hard to drink. Though the ABV catches up with you.

A pretty good attempt at an English IPA. Well balanced. There is nothing wrong with this, it just does not do it for me. Still, something that is worth a try.

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

In a pint glass this beer was an orange/amber color. It had a medium off white head, and a fair amount of lacing. Sweet malt aroma, very floral, and a bit of citrus. I caught more grapefruit in the taste, some pine, and a nice malt backbone. Slightly oily mouthfeel, balanced. Nice beer.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twenty two ounce bottle poured into my tulip. Says batch 012 with a best before date of 8/16/10. Good looking shade of dark and hazy amber. Minimal head present, though there is nice lacing.

Smell is a musty type floral scent, bits of pine and a bit like grapefruit also. A nice departure from the insanely hopped American IPA style.

Taste is on par with the smell, though a bit better since it coats the palate with a nice, slick, oily feeling. A good malt backbone follows up the wonderful hop flavour. Overall, seems to be very balanced in the taste department.

As stated in the taste sector, this does coat the whole mouth with that hop oil, giving rise to a slick and very easy brew to swill, though I do not suggest swilling. Drinkability is slightly above average for me, due to a slightly elevated alcohol content. A decent brew we have here, looking forward to trying more from BrewDog.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been trying all the Brew Dog I can get my hands on and these boys make some interesting beers. This one is a 22.4 ounce champagne bottle with some sediment at the bottom.

Appearance is a musty orange/amber with a soapy little head and some linear lacing that leaves a mark in memory of each sip.

The nose and taste is of sweet yet earthy hop nectar and biscuit malt. Very awesome example of English-style IPA. I've never really had one that excited me, but this one is very interesting! Can't really say its an authentic English version but I can say that I like it.

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Photo of Moonraker7
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks great, nice amber color, nearly no head.

S: Smells fruity, very hoppy, lots of grapefruit, flowery also.

T: Taste follows the smell. Very flowery, lots of hops and grapefruit. Very bitter. Similar to an IPA.

M: Average amount of carbonation.

D: I wouldn't drink more than one at a time, it's not bad, but it really just reminds me of a mediocre IPA. This beer leaves a strong bitter aftertaste. Given the cost, this isn't something I would buy again.

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Photo of Diomede
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared with a good bud, thanks for the bottle.

Off to the review...

Appearance was nice...a solid amber color, nice one-ish finger head on a mildly aggressive pour.

Aroma of malty hoppiness. A bit of a honey sweetness in the mix as well.

Flavor is definitely more bitter/hoppy than anticipated. I mostly get a strong bitter flavor over anything else. Not really picking up many other flavors.

Mouth is a bit chewy, especially as it warms. Develops a syrupy quality as you go along. Not a bad thing, just a bit different for an IPA.

Overall, a solid, drinkable IPA with some pretty bitter qualities. Alcohol probably prevents it from being sessionable (or maybe just the bitter), but still a solid offering from BrewDog.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled 500mL bottle into a glass. Best before 08/10. Purchased at Whole Foods Los Altos against my better judgment. I can't stand BrewDog. But I was basically pushed into it on the buyer's strong recommendation.

A: Pours a clear amber body in my Stone tulip. Half a finger of light beige head that retains decently well, leaving some scattered bubbles and a medium collar on the edge when all is said and done.

S: Biscuit malt, earthy hops. Some grass and a light spice note.

T: Biscuity up front. A touch of caramel. The hops take over as a lightly earthy flavor, with some grass decorating the flavor. Lemony citrus and light spice in the finish; I can't exactly place it, but I admit it's pleasant. Strong lingering bitterness.

M: Strong, sticky bitterness and hop oils after the swallow is over. Light-medium bodied, with slightly low carbonation that is somewhat velvety.

D: More bitterness than hop flavor. I like the Great Lakes interpretation of this style a lot, so I'm comfortable calling this one a pretty mediocre attempt. At least I didn't pay much for it.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a an amber color with a nice off white head that recedes to lacing. the aroma speaks of floral hops with a nice malt backing. the taste brings a bit more hop than i'd expect from an english ipa, but very nice malt balance and dry finish none the less. the medium body and good co2 make this a nice drinkable ipa.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Batch 012, best before 8/16/10.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with sticky slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and lightly of earthy hops. Taste is sweet upfront, lightly citrus in the middle, and closes with the earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Not quite the cutting edge in-your-face that I was expecting, but a good brew.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours amber golden with no head and just a bit of lacing - for some reason all the brewdog beers i was sent were ridiculously flat - maybe a bad shipment? how does that happen

anyway, smell is so classic, hoppy goodness, so much grapefruit, citrus, piney hoppy gooeyness - really reminds me of a west coast ipa

taste is soo fruit hoptastic...not dry british at all...once again, grapefruit, even some ripe berries in there along with some lemon peel, finishes clean and smooth with a balanced bitterness - extra points in my mind just because its a british brewery doing a totally west coast usa IPA

Mouthfeel gets some knocks because of carbonation points...should be a bit more bubbly from a bottle...better in a cask perhaps.

summary - a great adaptation of a west coast ipa from brewdog, a UK brewer striving to make US style ales...boom, you did it, great beer!

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is light ruby with orange and copper. light cream colored head, light foam, light lacing and retention

faint floral and bitter hops. a bit of booze and light malts. would like some more hops here

nice and very balanced. bitter hops are there throughout but not a smack in the face. light pine and citrus grapefruit through the finish. malts are a bit light with a light read flavor.

has a nice body, nice and heavy with a bit of chew. as for an IPA, this is damn near perfect.

this is my first brewdog ale and i am impressed. it has that UK IPA with an american twist. super easy to drink and a lot of fun. ABV is a bit high, that was my only complaint.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/light orange body with two finger frothy head that quickly dies. A mild honey/sweet maltish smell along with floral hops. Taste is more of same as this lighter-bodied beer goes down easy, dangerously easy that is. Light sweet malts like honey, caramel along w/ a breadiness and tea leaf note plus floral and bitter hops combine for a mild, easy to drink session beer. Not complex or groundbreaking, but just a nice easy to drink beer that I could have anytime.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ale, or sort of IPA. Its in the style, its higher than average IPA, and so its above average bitterness for sure than your local British empire beer. Pours medium yellow, with some off-white head. Some citrus taste. Very drinkable, a bit of ageing helped.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22.4 oz. bottle. Slightly cloudy amber color, nice thick tan head with abundant lacing.

A nice malty caramel aroma, some piney hops in the background. Also light citrus character with a touch of spice. Aroma is malt forward, not unexpectedly. Taste also is earthy malt first, some caramel, hop flavor is minimal, mostly spiced citrus in nature. Big bitterness in the end though, as the hop bite hits hard and lingers for quite a bit.

This beer is a touch thin, good carbonation and certainly a nice drinkable English IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22.4oz Bomber
Batch: 9
Best Before: 08/16/10

Poured into a chalice a nice golden orange color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop, some citrus. The taste is malty, some hop notes, sweet, bitter, some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, but was expecting more.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The slope-shouldered bomber bottle pours an orange-tinted golden brew with a short cap of grainy pale ecru foam atop that fizzes out faster than it took me to type this sentence. Really. The skimmy ringlet that outlines the naked surface of Chaos Theory deposits token drips and drabs of leftover foam onto the sides of a shaker pint glass, resulting in minimal lacing.

The aroma is musky mix of fruity apple and melon-like notes and a twist of green herbal spice.

The taste is mildly fruity and sweetly malty with a little dose of unflavored bitterness for balance. Alcohol is thinly masked and chemically unpleasant, contributing to the fruitiness a bit before scouring my palate clean. Belly warming is almost immediate and palpable.

The drink is medium in body and undercarbonated, leaving me with little desire to even finish the first pour from the bottle. Avoid.

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