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Brewed by:
BrewDog
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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

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101
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
20.5%
 
 
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Photo of laituegonflable
2.51/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a red-tinged amber with light but steady bead feeding a beige, quite dense head that sinks in parts, leaving uneven texture on top, but nice retention and a big run-on sentence. No lace but otherwise very nice.

Nose is pleasant enough; hop aroma which is the overriding characteristic. Citric on the front but quickly becomes very metallic, with big brass notes, hint of floral at the back. A bit thin, almost like a hop soft drink, but decent.

Front palate has virtually nothing on it, just thin with slight tang from the hops which come more to the fore midway, nice and citric. Towards the back they become again very metallic, with a real ashy astringency on the back that is just unbalanced and simple with no nuance. It's inevitable from something with no body but I still can't forgive it. The whole palate is as empty as life itself, there's nothing here but bitterness and disappointment.

Watery and flat, couldn't expect much but that doesn't elevate it from nothing.

This beer is evidence that a sense of humour and clever marketing do not equal good beer. Under the circumstances, this is a pretty good brew; but this is the same as saying "That girl's a pretty good ballet dancer, considering she hasn't got any legs."

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
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 NilsFrisk
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks amber with a head of pretty big bubbles, good retention.
Smells hoppy, kind of floral.
Tastes like water and hops, the malt is really missing here, way to unbalanced.
This would work for the days you really want hops, but not alcohol, but compared to other IPA's, this does not make it.

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +31.5%
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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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 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 dgfair
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance - pours a nice clear ruby amber color with a large off white head. Lacing all over the glass. Looks as nice as any regular IPA.

Smell - very hoppy, pure grassy, resiny hops. Definitely smells like a fresh hop cone, but no balance from any other scents.

Taste - basically hop water. Very earthy, grassy hops. Not much definition and definitely no balace from any other flavors. Expected this though.

Mouthfeel - decent, very dry, nice carbonation.

Drinkability - doesn't really leave me wanting more. I don't think I could have more than one of these because the unbalanced bitterness is too much to handle.

I like the creativity here from Brewdog, but not a beer I would want to have more than once.

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Photo of rarbring
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This review is of the 0.5% ABV version. The beer is clear, amber, has a tan head, a rather quickly receding head, but leaves some lacing and curtains!!

It smells lovely, a dash of toffee, grape-fruit juice and some hay. A proper AIPA so far!

Then the taste, very fruity, lemon, lime, red grape-fruit, no malt at all, much bitterness.

Medium carbonation, NO body, just water, spritzy bubbles.

Well, if you want a near-zero ABV, and want hops, this is probably as good as it gets. That does not mean it's good!

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Photo of Zimbo
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't expect to stumble across this beer and ironic that I sampled it on the day of the government's spending review. Given the cuts there probably won't be much left of a nanny state soon.
But...in terms of the beer I really expected nothing at all. Having heard the stramash a year ago about the immature reaction in releasing this beer and the fact that this was a toned down version I expected something totally forgettable. But it was a real surprise. A thin rust brown colour this beer impressed with its hop presence and gave the impression of being a much stronger beer. I will need to give Nanny State another go as I'm judging not just on memory notes but on two separate 2 oz samples as though I was ticking for Scotland. And that just won't do. Still, from my meagre 4 ozs this was very good for what it is.Just wish I tried the original 1.1% 200IBUs when it was avaialable. As a dare of course.

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Photo of Sjokvistarn
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review of the 0,5% ABV version.

A: Pours a malty, golden, quite fantastic looking brew with a compact head that grows stuck like a lid.

S: This section is really where this beer shines if you are a fan of American over hopped ales. Apparently there are six different kinds of malt in here, but you would never guess. Extremely hoppy smell, creamy bitterness and a sense of metallic tones. Somewhere in the back there's pine needles and artificial smoke. But in one word; hops.

T: As expected, the emphasis is on hops, sour citrus and some "juicy" flavors that taste like tropical juice you'll have at the breakfast table. Some anise and fresh spiciness. The aftertaste offers a hint of resin.

Mouthfeel then; despite the lack of both carbonation and ABV it has it's charm in my opinion, given the shock of hops that hits you it's more of an experience than a great beer. The question stands, where are the malts? Sure, it's more of a hopjuice than a beer, but still...
Unbalanced. Pretty weird. Pretty fun.

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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 soulgrowl
4.06/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Rusty brick red with an amazing head, the kind that rises an inch above the rim of the glass and retains very well. There is a lovely full-on IPA nose with pine, lemon, lemongrass, pineapple, and orange blossom syrup, and a wholewheat bread aroma. I get some lemon as well. The flavor echoes the aroma, but the mouthfeel isn't quite up to scratch - weirdly thin and watery, which does no favors to the toasty, nutty, tea-like, and hoppy notes that are all individually assertive but harmonious and balanced in tandem, like a good jazz band. Defanged brandy, red and black tea, toast, and citrus are key flavors. I must say, the body here is generally too thin, but that doesn't stop it from being an excellent beer and a perfectly drinkable quaffer.

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Photo of dqrull
2.05/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

0.5% ABV version

Pours a clear copper with a lightly tanned head, very clear beer.

Smells of raw, grassy hops, almost as if you'd smell a heap of hops that has been out of its vaccuum packaging for a few days. Nothing but hops, earthy, resiny, grassy and slightly fruity.

Ouch. Hopped mineral water anyone? I really get no malt character at all, only hops, but they overpower themselves in that the bitterness really crushes any real pleasantness they could have brought to this, not my cup of (hop)tea.

Mouthfeel is as expected quite watery and just a little bit creamier than carbonated mineral water.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
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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Photo of Jeffo
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. It would always just stare at me in whenever I went in there. Finally I broke down.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Note: 1.1% ABV version

APPEARANCE: Nice looking pour. A bigger, medium looking, three finger beige head forms with decent retention. Deep rosewood red in color with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades unevenly to a decent foam cap and leaves pieces of lacing down the top of the snifter. Good wisp remains until the end and leaves sheets of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Decent nose on this one. Pale malts with some good citrus notes; grapefruit especially. A bit of caramel sweetness and some floral notes, but citrus and grapefruit are much more prevalent. For what it is, the nose is quite impressive.

TASTE: Not as full as the nose. Pale malts, some caramel sweetness, and faint floral hops as well. A touch of citrus through the middle, leading into a very bitter hop finish. The bitter hops are quite prevalent after the swallow. A big, overly bitter aftertaste lingers and lingers on the back of the palate. Packs a good amount of flavor for the ABV, but it's obviously missing an element and the finish is anything but balanced. If you were looking for balanced though, why did you drink this?

PALATE: Medium body and quite creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes rather dry on the palate, bordering on being too astringent.

OVERALL: The reviews are far too harsh on this one. This is not an attempt at making a balanced IPA, so we shouldn't expect one. For what it is - namely, an attempt at making a very flavorful and bitter IPA with an extremely low ABV - this brew is definitely a success. I'm glad I finally caved and bought a bottle.

Besides the fact that it looks great, it's got a bold nose, lots of great flavor, and a very nice creamy mouthfeel. The only real beef I have is that it is a little astringent on the finish, but that is also a product of its bitterness. This brew may not be as big and bad as some other IPAs, be as "balanced" as some, or have the flavors that the alcohol contributes, but as an attempt at "reverse extreme brewing," for lack of a better term, this one is sure worth the effort. One of the better BrewDog achievements so far. Recommended.

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Photo of digita7693
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at pré ZBF

I am kinda surprised by all the bad reviews here, I know it's partially a joke, but they actually put together quite a good and drinkable beer here. It seems sometimes if its not over 7%abv, people deride it for something, anyway...

A clear amber, good lacing

S piney, citrusy, spices, some floral notes, quite nice!

T pretty much the above

D rather dry, but nice,

notes, nice option and nice to see a low ABV beer that tastes good, I know many people at pré ZBF, March 2010, were rather impressed with it. I had tried it initially out of mere curiosity, i was pleasantly surprised

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Photo of bark
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
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 BDTyre
2.37/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ehhh....so so offering from BrewDog. Very dark amber with definite coppery hues. Extremely hoppy scent, but I do detect some malt in there.

Fairly fruity and spicy taste. Citrus, grass, hints of tobacco. Really one side and boring. Too much hop character.

Fizzy, but not like a soda. Actually not too hard to drink, but really not something to get excited about. By far my least favourite BrewDog beer.

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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 PartyBear
2.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Rich dark amber colour with a small bubbly off-white/tan head, with very little carbonation.

Aroma: Big and hoppy on the nose, much like a DIPA. There is lots of fruitiness pineapple, melon...it's kinda like tropical bubblegum actually.

Taste: Rubbery perfume bitterness, like when you accidentally inhale too much when you're spring cologne. There are hints of...nope, all i get is the clingy soily perfume. It taste a massive amount of hops have been crammed into a glass of water

Mouthfeel: Very light, and watery, no really substance to the feel.

Drinkability: I really don't like this at all. I'm a massive BrewDog fan but I think this is just a publicity stunt too far, it's about "great tasting beer" guys, remember? A brave concept or a pointless publicity stunt, either way, it's not a good beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml "white label" bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast..

Poured a deep amber colour. Slightly off white head poured fairly thick and foamy then fades quite quickly to light patchy covering... some sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy and maybe slightly tropical fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapple), spicy yeast, pine, light palm sugar / caramel sweetness, sea salt, light toasted malt, fresh cut wet grass, light herbal notes, floral (lillies maybe ?)...

Taste - Big blast of spicy, piney and floral mouth puckering hop bitterness - maybe just a little on the harsh side, watered down toasty / biscuity maltiness, slightly washed out light caramel sweetness, some tea leaf traces, decent fruitiness (oranges, strong grapefruit), very herbal, perfumed, metallic traces, faint soapy hints... way more flavour than i was expecting in a 1.1% brew...

M&D - Very sharp and dry. Light / medium bodied... Suprisingly drinkable but one is more than enough and you'll be tasting hops all night long !!

Overall - A pretty good experiment and definitely not as undrinkable as some people have stated... worth a try...

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