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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
United Kingdom (Scotland)
brewdog.com

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
0.5% or 1.1% ABV

Added by mdagnew on 11-03-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
102
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
30.28%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
14
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 102
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: you'd be hard pressed to tell this wasn't a high-end IPA. Rich, deep brown with a finger of head that dissipates and disappears, streaking the glass.

Smell is incredible: pure piney, grapefruity hops with a veneer of rich malt.

Taste starts strong and like a west-coast IPA. And then it just disappears, falling off the table like a stone. No finish at all. And that in itself is amazing! Finishes like an unsweetened soda.

Another extreme beer from BrewDog that I have been waiting and waiting to try, and it did not disappoint. Extreme in what it doesn't have: alcohol. Extreme in that it was super-hoppy. Almost hop-tea, which is what I was expecting, frankly. Extreme and I love it, imperfect though it must be. Love to give this another try.

I am very grateful that it was available by the bottle at the new BrewDog bar in Edinburgh in the Cowgait.

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Photo of hoser
4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yes officer I have been drinking tonight as a matter a fact I have a fuck of a lot to drink tonight, I think 12 beers but I can't remember. Yes I will take a Breathalyzer and a blood test. Yes my breath does smell like hops. No your machines aren't broken, I forgot to mention the beers I was drinking are 0.5% alcohol by volume.

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Photo of ricke
2.25/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chestnut color with a medium sized pale beige head. Some lacings.

The smell is impressive. Basically just hops - grapefruit, floral notes, bitter resins, tobacco and grass. One-sided as hell, but kind of cool.

The taste is equally one-sided, but here it just goes wrong. It's just bitter hop notes of grapefruit, resins and grass with absolutely no malts to back it up. No way near enough sweetness to balance it. It tastes like bitter hop water - and that is not a compliment. The finish is short and fairly bitter with notes of earthy and raw grassy hops.

No body to talk about, watery texture, a mess.

Even if I judge this for what it is, it's still bad. The flavor lacks any positive characteristics. If poking at the government becomes more important than brewing good beer, it's no surprise that the quality suffers. This must be a joke, and I don't find it funny.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of Marius
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

33c bottle. Dark amber pour with an almost non-existent tan head. Smells of pine and citrus hops. The taste is very bitter, with notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine resin and no kind of malty sweetness whatsoever. A very harsh bitter aftertaste, but even so, the best non-alcoholic beer I have tasted, to date.

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Photo of innominat
1/5  rDev -68.5%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. ABV is 0.5%. I remember hearing about this beer after Brewdog were attacked by the Scottish government for supposedly promoting irresponsible drinking. This was their response. Two fingers up to the establishment I say!

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam with good retention - this eventually reduces to a nice surface layer. A huge hit of aromatic hops greets your olfactory senses - notes of resinous pine and citrus with an undertone of sweet caramel malt.

Tastes of aromatic hops with some weak malt and a bitter finish. Notes of pine. The hops are there, but the malt is barely present. The bitterness isn't excessive, but the absence of a decent malt backbone leaves it unbalanced. Mouthfeel is equally poor - very thin and watery. Tingly and astringent, but the effect on the palate is more like black tea than beer. Aftertaste of aromatic hops.

Well - it's a good stab at a low alcohol beer. It will end up damned with faint praise, but I doubt there's another low-ABV brew out there with so much hop character. It looks great and smells nice, but falls down hard with the flavour and mouthfeel. Bonus points for effort - alcohol-free beer doesn't get much attention over here. Worth trying once.

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Photo of easy_roller
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mrbigpappa
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew Dog "Nanny State"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "BATCH 078 BEST BEFORE DDAA 17/02016" on 03/31/16

Notes: Crystal clear amber-russet brown. White head. Very good retention and spotty lacing. Bright citrus hop nose. Ahhh, hop wasser! - there's no malt behind it. Light body. Smooth. Short finish with lingering hop: bitter, leafy/earthy. Not a bad non-alcohol beer given the hop aroma, but I still feel there's malt lacking.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ohoh
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, liquid is pretty clear.
Dirty white foam, large head sinking quickly to a lid.

Smells very hoppy, old spices.

It's very fizzy, not sweet. No body, looking for any lasting taste. There's no maltiness.

It's too light and fizzy for a lasting appeal, but it gets more interesting after the fizziness dies out.

Interesting experiment.

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Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Pours pale copper with a small head.
Nose shows sweet malt, bready and toasty notes, spicy and resinous hops.
Flavours include soft sweet malt at first with a hint of roast and some grapefruit/spicy hops.
Watery body as expected.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, batch 189, best before 7/21/2011. Not sure how fresh this is, but I'll drink it anyway. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is grassy and a bit of citrusy (grapefruit) hops, and some bready malt. Unfortunately the taste isn't as nice as the aroma. It tastes like bitter grassy hops, but not much else. The bitterness isn't exactly nice, but for a beer that has just 0.5% ABV, at least it does have some taste to it. Moutheel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. It was nice to try this brew, and would try it again if I had a chance to.

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Photo of desint
2.87/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of craft_is_king
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Liquoric3
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden colour wih a nice 2 finger white head. Low carbonation and decent lacing on the glass, The smell is pretty good you get Mango, lemon, tropical fruits and some hop bitterness.
The taste on the other hand is disappointing, No fruit aromas present like the smell indicated, only some hop bitterness combined with foul water flavor, my friend even tasted smelly feet. Body was medium with some hop bitterness lingering on the palate.
Sorry that was my first and last Nanny State.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle. Date stamp 160314 MJ 21/05/17. Served in a collins glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber to brown color. Sudsy white head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Quite hoppy. Pine, grapefruit rind.

Taste: Very hoppy. Pine, citrus bitterness from start to finish. Very little malt underneath it all. Maybe some at the finish, a bit cracker-like.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but sticky due to all the hop oils. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: The brewers nailed what they were going for - a low alcohol beer amped up. It's hoppier than some American pale ales I've had. It is, also, unbalanced, and I like hops. This much in hops needs to be paired and balanced with something. One 330mL bottle is more than enough. I think I would have a hard time finishing a whole pint of this as this starts to tire my palate out after awhile as I'm not getting the malt to counter the hops. Worth a try though, and if you're a hop-head, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of LillJoel
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This review considers the 0,5% ABV version. I like the appearance of it, aswell as the smell. Think hop juice, lots of tropical fruits, citrus, even a hint of licorice. The fun ends here. The taste i PURE hops, a light bitter liquid that leave a long aftertaste. Thats it really. I think it needs a bigger body and a bit more malt to be enjoyable. But it's certainly very interesting for a beer with 0,5% alcohol in it.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-dark, typical light bronze bitter colour. Surprisingly authentic-looking one finger head, although quite airy (disappears quickly). Looks like real beer, so splendid for a low ABV.

Aroma: Full-on flowery hops, but obviously no alcohol. Fresh and a little sweet.

Taste: Hops.. hops.. and then flatness. The sharp hops on the tongue make you expect something like an American-style strong IPA, but the finish is super light and the bitterness is just left in the air. It's a bit of a strange feeling, actually. The initial flavour is good though, and the flowery hops do linger a little at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Low to moderate carbonation, some sharpness from the hops.

Overall: Excellent for a low ABV, but a little disappointing once you notice that there's no body to back up the strong hops. Still, this is a brave attempt at making a tasty low ABV brew, and certainly the first one I've ever tried that has anything close to real hop flavour. An added bonus is that the beer isn't too sweet, which is a major flaw of many low ABV beers. This will certainly be a regular low ABV beer for me, although the cost is rather high compared to some of the competition (at least in Finland).

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Photo of Foley67
2.87/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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Nanny State from BrewDog
3.17 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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