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Nanny State | BrewDog

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
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
Ranking:
#43,511
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
107
pDev:
20.51%
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of acurtis
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty impressive, the beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing is really good on this, very sticky and maintains a great retention. The smell has a nice aroma of malts and hops. The taste of the beer is malty and hoppy also. The flavors are quite nice for a beer with a low ABV. The mouthfeel is drinkable. Overall the beer is good, I would easily say this is the best low ABV beer I've ever had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.71/5  rDev +18.9%
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
£1.29 @ Tesco Metro, Clayton Square, Liverpool, UK

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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2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber, almost brown color with beige head. Aroma has some caramel malt and earthy, resiny hops with a touch of orange rind. Taste is indeed watery, as expected, but there are some hop notes on the finish with some dried orange peel and light caramel without any sweetness, just a light to medium hop bitterness. Light body with a dry a finish. Overall for NA beer it's quite decent.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You gotta love BrewDog's response to its critics who blasted Tokyo* for containing 18% ABV. A near beer with lots of hops, this "IPA" was given to me as a gift from Sergio while I was in Brazil two months ago. On to the beer:

Dark copper color with solid lace and retention. Ok, whatever. Let me smell it...it's got a good nose. Flowery, some passionfruit. No malt whatsoever.

Halcyondays suggested this is like an iced tea with hops instead of tea leaves. I think he's right on. Iced hops? Lots of crisp hops and very bitter, but the bitterness is on the refreshing side, especially as more of it is tasted. Yeah, we have a sense of the malt, but onlya very hint of it. The body is very light (water anyone?) with some carbonation and crispness to liven it up.

Not all experiments turn out for the best, but I must say I did like Nanny State...the beer, not the group of people made of ignorant control freaks. If I needed to quit drinking, this would be a great step to get there...or would it?

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle, courtesy of DoubleJ,

A: Pours a medium-brown with a crisp white head with good head retention.

S: Lots of hop character. Flowers, pine, cedar bark, black tea.

T: Really it tastes like iced tea, bitter with no sweetness, no malt to be found. Hop tea basically with carbonation.

M: Very light-bodied, it is refreshing in an interesting way. Has some creamy carbonation characteristics.

O: I like weird experiments like this in the beer world, drinking this will never let you take for granted the role malt plays even in the most unbalanced of West Coast IPAs. For low alcohol beer though, this kicks the crap out of O'Douls.

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2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours deep amber with a rather large tan head that dissipates slowly leaving rich lacings.

S: Loads of american hops, both floral and bitter. Pine and citric notes - grapefruit and exotic fruits. The weak part is the malt - I can't sence any malt what so ever.

T: The taste proves that there was weakness in the malt - there's no maltyness in the taste either. Bitter and citric - dry.

M: Body is thin so thin and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste is decent.

D: I had it yesterday with some friends and one of them called it "hoppy water" - I can't find any other way to describe it...

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2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
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 bark
2.36/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Batch 001. The BBD is hand written on the label.

The colour is deep amber, the liquid clear. The three finger head is pale beige and compact. Some thick lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, American style. Sharp, almost artificial bitter flavours with a sour hint. Some sweet notes of honey. Nice flavours, but I think it lacks something.

The taste is very bitter/sour, almost tart. No body at all, nor any sweetness. Chemical bitter notes. Odd off flavours of salt, stable, rubber and wool. The aftertaste is raw and bitter with some lightly roasted malt in the background.

The carbonation is mild; the many small bubbles are quite smooth. The liquid is a bit thin.

As unbalanced as one can expect from a beer of 1.1% ABV and a said bitterness of 225 IBU.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent copper with webby parchment foam. 3.75
Big flower + grapefruit oil nose. 4
Tannic tea leaf malts the burnt orange rind and gardenia hops. 3.5
Thin, fizzy, slight chew. 3.5

Brings hops, which is all you can ask. Miles beyond Erdinger or most other N/As. You have to ask, if it’s this dark - more an amber than a pale ale - why there’s not more residual sugars to help both the body and astringency, but you can (and I have) sneak this into your night for pacing without really noticing.

Big success on its own terms. 4

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it the later version – after 2009 - with lower IBU (45) and lower alcohol. The initial version had around 4 times more IBUs and twice as much alcohol.
Dark Amber color with low head with medium retention.
Aroma is pretty good, citric and fruity with notes of passion fruit.
Hoppy flavor with a strong bitterness that keeps strong in the aftertaste, which is also dry and watery.
Medium carbonation with small bubbles. Body too thin.
I am afraid it was quite watery given the very low alcohol. Some malt presence would help as well. Interesting as an experience and good alternative to beer juice drinkers (non-alcoholic).

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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 388 (0.5%). Best before 19 December 2011. A self-described "insanely hopped imperial mild."

A: Very clear. Dark, nutty brown with lots of bubbles and an unsustained head that, though large, collapses in on itself. Pretty with lots of lace.

S: REALLY nice. You'd never know this was a (virtually) non-alcoholic beer. Smells as an American IPA should -- boatloads of citrusy, piney hops that are noticeable even from a distance. Mmm. To be fair, the smell fades with time, but I'm leaving the score a notch higher in light of the style.

T: Ah...the downfall of Nanny State. Overly bitter, with no balance from the "8 speciality malts." All I'm getting is weak-bodied, astringent/soapy hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly less of a letdown, with a hoppy/piney linger. Nice. Overall though, completely one-dimensional.

M: Abominably weak. Some sparkle from carbonation and pleasantly drying hops save it from even a worse score.

O: This is my second Nanny State, and I can say that drinking from the bottle may ameliorate/hide the taste, but precludes this beer's best feature: the smell. Still, it has redeeming features (and it's low ABV can even be considered a virtue in some situations) and I would have another if the circumstance warranted. Very nice with spicy food. Only recommended for novelty value.

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Massive piney, lemony passionfruit hop aroma. Lots of citrus and delicious smelling hop character. Mild notes of spice as well. One of the best beers I've ever smelled.

Clear dark amber colour with a creamy, dense light tan head. Great head retention.

Like cold and exceptionally strong black tea. Rounded tea flavour. Lots of bitterness. Mild citrus. A hint of resin. I actually like this. A lot. A bit more hop flavour would be great but the tea like flavour and balance works for me.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good but a bit astringent and tannic.

A really interesting beer and something completely out of the ordinary. A tasty beer and well worth trying even if only for the novelty.

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A heavily hopped .5% provocation. It works!

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Smudged and a bit trite design of semi erased and dusty fonts displaying the brew name in light green. Side notes goes over brew intent, main characteristics, and brewery ethos. Notes best before date and batch (19/12/11 388). Shows Alc. by Vol. (0.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear amber pour, rich foamy head with nice retention and a persistent surface memory, great lacing.

S - Richly hoppy nose, plenty of resin, citric notes, a bit grassy, quite intense and rich…

T - Taste maintains the range without the intensity, hoppy, citric and resinous with that grassy touch, minimal touch of malt.. the softness can felt already but the lingering bitterness and aroma sustain the brew rather well.

M - Medium/light body. Medium carbonation holding throughout rather well and helping soften the sometimes watery mouthfeel.

O - If the point is to prove that a low Alc. and flavorful brew can be done then this one does it. If somewhat thin on the palate, the aroma shines, the flavor stands and the overall experience is quite pleasing.

Notes: Polemic aside it is actually a rather quaffable brew, full of hoppy flavor, so it is not for all palates, but it has a fun edge to it. I would not mind to have a few of these around. Funny how well I´m told this is selling in some places for people looking for the hops without the alcohol...

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Big hop low/no alcohol beer? Nearly and a good attempt
Worth a try just for novelty
there is some hop profile here but also that distinct tinny taste to these beers overwhelming it
Better than most full strength macro lagers though

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Nanny State from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 107 ratings
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