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Tesco Finest American Double IPATesco Finest American Double IPA

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AEK on 04-15-2011

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of captaincoffee
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supermarket brand IIPA? Okay, its Brewdog. Pours near orange with a thin head...potentially not a clean glass, so giving benefit of the doubt. Nose is classic c hops, pine and citrus. Definitely malt behind the hops. Flavor is a quick flash of maltiness followed by astringent bitterness. Actually, a bit disappointing after the nose. Lacks real malt or hop flavor...aside from the initial hit and bitterness. Overall, good, especially for the price, but not great.

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Photo of hdtrice
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Tesco's, Bristol - Pours clear amber with small head that quickly dissipates to film. Strong carbonation. Small amount of lacing. Smell - Hops to the fore with pine and citrus. Taste - citrus at the front, sweet with a sharp bitter finish. One to seek out again and sip longingly.

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Photo of Tdenham
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thommo_nk
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never tried an American Double brewed in the UK before, this is a very very good beer. Does not quite reach the hoppy heights of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial but still packs a significant punch. The alcohol kick is nice but not surprising from the 9.2% abv.

When you consider you can buy this in Tesco for less than two quid it really is a no brainer.

Well done Tesco and Brewdog, more please.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 330ml bottle into Brooklyn American pint glass. BBD

A) Copper, a fair few bubbles, clear with persistent white head. Looks the part.

S) Smells exactly like SN Torpedo, although more muted. Again, smells the part of an American DIPA. Starting to get excited now.

T) Like Torpedo, but way more bitter. Bitter aftertaste is very long lasting. Definite warming of the chest from the high ABV.

M) Again, on style. Medium mouthfeel, not to fizzy. Smooth. Great.

O) Tesco don't sell Torpedo any more; bad times. They sell this instead; Good times. Having said that, Torpedo has a bit more flavour and is smoother and more balanced than this, despite being a full 2% lower ABV. Bravo Tesco and Brew Dog, a good value DIPA (£1.99 / 330ml) on the supermarket shelves.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of chromestar
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of xhuang61
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MikeKSmith
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of vinicole
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks, smells and tastes like an American Double IPA should.
Golden, citrus and pine hops aroma continuing to the flavour. Shock of bitter at the end.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and sampled on numerous occasions over the past five years
Re-reviewed to take into account
the very much inconsistent quality later on
This started as a ultra citrus big hitter that then went at times awry

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Arboug
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've seen a DIPA over in UK and in that respect I've compared it to those I've had in the US. To be honest it doesn't come that well. It is ok but is probably below the average you would expect in the US. I wasn't blown away by the smell - I expected that full-on hops gonna get ya thing - but it was quite subdued. Could have been the age. It was quite tropical though - citra?

The hop taste was medium. I could taste them but again it didn't assault me. (I may be ruined of course).

And it seemed pretty sweet.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fortunately the major supermarket chain in South Korea (where I live) is part owned by Tesco so every once in a blue moon an interesting import arrives. This bugger cost me £5.80 but what the hey.

EDIT: This is a slight edit as I've had a few since my first review and I've got to know it better.

A: An intense amber with champagne bubbles and a respectable off-white head.

S: Pungent tropical fruits and pine needles.

T: Strong orange marmalade, pine needles, floral grapefruit, tea leaves and a bit of carbonised toast. Alcohol is well hidden. The bitter to sweet balance is perfect, with a lovely residual bitterness. Nice bit of solvent in the last glug.

M: Lightish with soft but active effervescence.

O: I'm starting to find exaggerated hop flavours a bit wearisome but this was awesome.

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Photo of BILF
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden transparent body with a hint of amber. Frothy and bubbly off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Huge fresh hop explosion with a lot of pine and some citrus. Very sweet citrus aromas come through at the end with orange and tropical fruits. Really smells like a fresh hop.

T- Very hoppy with pine and citrus upfront and tropical fruits coming through in the middle. There is a hint of sweet malt in there too to balance it out, but this one is very hoppy.

M- Full bodied, somewhat creamy with medium carbonation. Not as much of a bite as some other palate wreckers.

O- Very impressive beer. Hops are right up front, but still extremely drinkable.

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Photo of FinalFantasyBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown Bread Baby! This might seem overpowering at first, but this is to be taken with sips rather then chugging it down. Dark amber almost going into red, thin head (but you'd expect that from a 9.2%)

As first mentioned thick brown bread - heavy digestive biscuit notes. This beer is recommended to polish a night off as your last beer for the evening as a night cap.

Very drinkable, does not have much alcohol burn (only when going into your stomach) Excellent beer probably the best you can get in tesco.

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