Nanny State

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Low-Alcohol Beer
Ranked #64
Ranked #29,341
3.15 | pDev: 18.73%
Apr 18, 2023
Nov 03, 2009
Nanny StateNanny State
Notes: 0.5% or 1.1% ABV

If you think low alcohol equals low taste, think again. We made a hardcore beer and left the alcohol out. Nanny State breaks the curfew and slips under the radar. A brigade of speciality malts and North American hops sends bitterness to the brink and back. Squeezing this many hops in, and the alcohol out, is a testament to our craft.

Nanny State - no compromise, no surrender, no alcohol.

MALTS: Amber, Chocolate, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Munich, Rye, Wheat, Caramalt
HOPS: Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe
50 IBU
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Reviewed by Papercut4 from Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours out of the can a crystal clear amber-gold with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Bubbles race up the side of glass rapidly. Smells slightly piney and gently citrusy. Tastes much more muted than the smell. Just a slight bitterness. Very thin mouthfeel but extra bubbly.
Apr 18, 2023
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

3.19/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a malty cardboard tinged color. Low aroma with a wort/unfinished fermentation character, so common to the NA field. Novelty aside, this didn't do much for me.
Mar 20, 2023
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
From the can, it pours a clear light golden color with a nice bubbly white head that soon reduces to a thin layer. Some spotty lacing. The nose gets a nice hoppy citrus and pine scent - some tangerine as well. The mouth gets a lightly odd bitterness, more like an off flavor but not too distracting, followed by a light malt.
Mar 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
Sep. 2010: 330 ml bottle, from the n/a selection of Vinmonopolet. ABV is 0.5%. Amber colour, big head, slightly off-white. Lovely aroma of fruity and piney American hops. Thin mouthfeel. The flavour is all American hops throughout, with a very pronounced bitterness in the finish - 45 IBU sounds not shockingly high, but with a beer this thin, it is. The aftertaste is too bitter and medicinal.
Mar 11, 2023
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can. White head. Clear darker golden color.

Earthy, grassy, floral. Nice hop profile. Bready and biscuit malts. Light, but fairly flavorful for 20 calories and being an NA. Light bitterness in the finish as well. Pretty solid.
Jan 13, 2023
Rated: 2.76 by Danzifer from Ohio

Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by elminy from Ohio

2.28/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I’m just now getting into NA beer and this Brewdog Variety Pack is my first experience trying them out. Nanny State definitely smells like an IPA. A little watered down tasting. Had a metallic, unpleasant aftertaste, but I’m not sure if that has to do with NA or the IPA style itself. I never drink IPAs when having normal beer. Would not buy Nanny State again.
Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by mdshensky74 from South Carolina

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 3 by iftcoach from Germany

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 2.84 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.14/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear deep amber with a two-finger foamy white head that has long retention and leaves some lacing

S- vegetal aroma up front with hints of garlic. Undertones of stale citrus and leafy hops, also a bit of a cooked spinach note

T- oily hops up front with some grassy and citrus notes that turn stale at mid palate, the finish drops off with more stale hops on the linger

M- medium-light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish
Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by A_Wobbly from Ireland

3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Looks like a light brown ale in the glass and has a decent (albeit just slightly “off”) hop smell. Tastes like hoppy seltzer water to me, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Very light body. Refreshing finish. Not at all sweet, but I miss the malt.
Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

2.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Had this on 2021-11-03 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 12oz canned on 2021-05-24

A - Pretty hazy gold with a 2.5 finger head that drops quickly leaving mild lace

S - Peach, sorghum cereal, grassy hops. Don't love the aroma but I'm sure the hops have faded/morphed in the 5.5 months since canning.

T - Bread crust, sorghum, grassy/herbal spice, tangerine zest, mildly bitter.

M - Thin body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry

O - It has an OK flavor that drinks like a session Pale Ale. I would have enjoyed a fuller feel. Impressive that it is only 28 calories.
Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.37/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
APPEARANCE: Golden partly hazed, with an off-white head and no lace.

NOSE: Citrus shops, Nice.

TASTE: Thin body and bitter hops. Hop water or hop tea describes this as well as “near beer”. Not bad for what it is.
Aug 27, 2021
Rated: 3.14 by Rich-Ry from California

Aug 23, 2021
Rated: 3.21 by Parsifalstaff from New York

Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
This stuff smells like cabbage soup. Absolutely disgusting. If you can get past the smell it has a nice hop bite and pleasant body. The only other alcohol free beers I've tried are Athletic Brewing and they tasted and smelled much better.
Jul 28, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by leinie13 from Ohio

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A: amber brown in color with a small white head that raisin dissipates.

S: grainy, husky, with some hop aroma.

T: slightly bitter, notes of citrus pith. Slightly grainy.

M: light with moderate carbonation.

O; I think this is my least favorite of the brewdog NA beers.
Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Tastes generously hoppy with a bit of malt aftertaste, much like a pale ale. Heavily carbonated. The feel is pretty watery, almost like a beer-flavored pop. Not too bad honestly.
Mar 17, 2021
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
L - 1-finger smoker’s teeth yellowish-brown head atop a dark maroon near-opaque body. Not very attractive.

S - caramel, orange, molasses, floral. Decent.

T - Lots of citrus hops. Caramel, molasses, and general worty middle. Finishes dry. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness.

F - just south of medium body with spritzy carb.

O - this looks fugly for an ipa, but I actually dig how it smells and tastes. Despite its age, the hops are still coming through. Surprised by how much I like this.
Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Pours clear, amber in color with three quarter inch head. Taste is cracker, pale malt and lemon. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. Makes for a slightly below average pale ale. Easy enough to drink but there are a lot better non alcoholic pales. Will finish the four pack and unsure if I will get again.
Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by digitalflood from New York

3.74/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours with a decent head that quickly fades to very thin one, but very good lacing retention remains long term when poured into a standard pint glass. Fairly active carbonation albeit less than some other light beers. Aromas of roasted walnuts, peanuts, and smoked peat. Amber/brown and crystal clear in body. Thin mouth feel. Wet on the tongue, but crisp on the aftertaste. Front palate is all roasted walnuts, peanuts, and a hint of roasted barley/cereal. Some bitter hops notes. Not piney or juicy though. This is straight up old school English extra bitters/ESB style brown ale hop notes. Just a good quick strong bitter note to balance all the sugary malts and with a surprisingly thin/wet mouth feel it results in a crisp clean finish and balance. Mid-palette is mostly smoked peat and walnuts. A bit of pecan or sweet malt that quickly fades to bitter notes. Back palette is all roasted coffee lending bitter acid notes and a mild nut malt note. Some biscuit malt notes too. Very faint. Lots of bittering at this point and then finishes very clean on the aftertaste. Crisp wet mouthfeel clears up fast with a little lingering smoked walnuts and coffee. Some biscuit. Then nothing. Very drinkable and surprisingly refreshing. I know some people haven't been able to make heads or tails of these tasting notes because they are not very popular ones and definitely more of the style of the old school English brown ales that are not very popular outside England (and mostly among the older generations). If that is your thing though this is a surprisingly good beer especially at like 20 calories and less than .5% ABV! It's perfect with a winter English dinner like a stew or some brown gravy covered beef cut and veggies. Even with roasted chicken and potatoes. Well done for a NA beer-- very well done.
Dec 21, 2020
Rated: 3.41 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Taste: crisp super airy, slight bright hops, caramel malts, semi artificial or airy taste. slight bread, nutty nose. Amber/copper hue, semi clear, whit head some lace. Medium light body. Gentle dry finish, subtle hopped, a boating beer. Non Alcoholic style with a bit more taste.
Sep 29, 2020
Rated: 3.35 by Lelampp from Ohio

Jul 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12 oz can

Pours clear amber, eggshell head is coarsely textured and dissipates slowly.

Aroma is of cereal and grassy malts with a very dry, thin vegetal bitterness.

Tastes of stale cracker and dry bitter grassiness.

Body is thin, carbonation stings on the tongue.

So it's a non-alcoholic beer AND a joke beer. Given this you can't really expect too much of it. That said, the taste is frankly off putting. I've had near beer before that tasted a bit too much of unfermented wort to pass the test; this goes in the opposite direction and had practically no malt flavor to speak of. What's left is effectively hop water, and the hops aren't interesting. As far as appearance goes, it looks nice enough. Aroma isn't terrible. And the body is fine for a light lager. The taste will probably prevent me from trying it again. If I had to drink only low alcohol beer, I could maybe live with this, but I would certainly try other ones first.
Apr 20, 2020
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75
overall score simply for the statement. remember this coming out, remember finding it by sheer chance here in TX. love these ragtag bandits turned brewers.
Mar 19, 2020
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Reviewed by steveh from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
In a new turn at lowering my alcohol intake, and still wanting to drink beer, I've been trying some of the "craft" brewed non-alcoholics. Glad to see BA including them in the listings because many of them aren't the NAs of years past.

Poured from a 12 ounce can into my Imperial Nonic.

L -- Pours a clear bronze color with a sudsy, off-white head that crashes pretty quickly.

S -- Light DMS, pine resin hop character. No malt notes.

T -- Taste is almost exclusively piny and spicy hops with some grainy malt flavor back. The hop character is well blended through 6 different hops and provide a nice flavor to fool you into thinking you're having a true IPA, but I wish more malts could have been brought out.

F -- Mouthfeel is pretty thin and the body a medium light to almost medium (the malts are in there).

O -- This is a great step forward for NA beer that actually tastes like beer. If I'm in a mood for a hop fix I know this will quench it, but I do like my malts so I'm hoping to find a good NA that leans to malts without having that unfermented wort character so many NAs have.
Feb 18, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
The popularity of alcoholic seltzers leaves the beer brewer at a crossroads. How much of their stock do they put in keeping things beery versus making things contemporary? BrewDog has been there all along, making basically a non-alcoholic IPA that reads as much like seltzer as it does anything IPA.

Turbulent in its pour, the sparkling malt beverage, Nanny State teases the nose with a tingle of citrusy, grassy and stemmy hops along with slim suggestions of granola in a grain-driven support. Scant sweetness is pulled from the tongue by the exuberant carbonation to facilitate a low malt presence on the tongue.

Its militant carbonation batters the middle palate and sheds any malt sweetness leaving tracks of toasted grain, husk and nuttiness in a void of honey or caramel sweetness in an otherwise granola taste. The sharpness of citrus pith and peel hangs on the character of white grapefruit, under ripened orange and lemon. Sharply grassy, a hay-like hoppiness seems peppery, acute and minerally late in its taste.

Light bodied and quite refreshing, the sparkling beer bounces off the palate and carries a crisp and light demeanor throughout. An outlasting dry hay bite easily extends past any malt influence, the beer's bubbly spice is spot on seltzer water with an assertive hop bite. Its a perfect beverage for that special occasion that I just never have.
Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 2.83 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2019
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a teku glass

This beverage pours a brilliant copper color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves lacing rings as it recedes.

The smell is hoppy and citrusy. It is nice.

The citrus comes through nicely in the flavor. The finish is clean leaving me ready for the next gulp.

Thin bodied with a watery mouthfeel

This is as good or better than any watered down "session" IPA that breweries put in 12 packs. I was surprised at how much flavor this NA has. Someone could have handed me this, and I would have not known it was an NA. If I ever have to abstain from alcohol this would be a nice savior.
Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Paulcgar

1.97/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
Slight citrus taste up front but then immediately overwhelmed with pine scent and flavor. Watery body that finishes with a weak club soda mouth feel.
Not my cup of tea and definitely not worth the money, sorry Brewdog.
Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Oct 06, 2019
Rated: 3 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by sisterofba from Maryland

Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 3.64 by drunkenmess from Michigan

Jun 22, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/7/2019. Pours crystal clear deep golden/orange/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 big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready/rye malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness; and rye spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light caramel/nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready/rye malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 0.5%. Overall this is an excellent NA IPA.All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready/rye malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestely bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe profile. Extremely vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hop complexity; with a nice solid Munich/rye/wheat malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding beer for the style/ABV. No cardboard NA off flavors or anything.
Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle. Clear amber with an off white frothy head.
Hoppy aroma. Malt in the background. Hints of chocolate?
Tobacco, stewed greens and grass upon tasting. Worty bitterness.
Light to medium body. Not too watery.
Not bad for such a low ABV.
Apr 25, 2019
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