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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
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Among British IPAs and IIPAs, this is easily one of the hoppiest, brewed with American West Coast hops. Says "full flower hops" without saying which, but I'm guessing Zeus and/or Cascade or one of the newer cultivars. It's bitter, it's hoppy, and its fragrant of citrus and pine. The head collapses quickly and leaves little (resin or lace) on the glass.

Taste is intensely bitter and the malts are really struggling to balance: the softer, subtler British approach to IPA/IIPA is just abandoned. Not bad, just descriptive. I find myself speculating which malts were used: not that that would change my review so much as it makes me think if Bewdog is doing what I'd been dreaming about: brewing an American double with a traditional English caramel malt base.

Taste blends the British and American traditions really well: enough sweetness from the caramel malts are traditional while the bitter pine-citrus-orange-and-lemon American hops really deliver a punch, particularly given the 9.2% alcohol which is clearly there and more noticeable in comparison to traditional British IPAs and doubles. I'm blown away and and Brits or Scots pining for a West Coast American (pun intended) should really check this odd marriage of Brewdog and Tesco of all things. David marrying Goliath, really: inventive micro bedding down with the Megalomart. And it somehow works.

It is, however, imperfect. There's some funk in the bottle, a dirty smell that thankfully stays in the bottle and doesn't transfer to the glass. The hops are huge but rather one-note: they burn, then bloom, and finish slow, but it's pine, pine, citrus, citrus: unrelenting and steady whereas better American doubles will cycle through a number of hoppy subtleties. But I quibble.

I checked out this Tesco American Double on a lark, and didn't notice till I popped it open that it was done by Brewdog. 12oz bottle, actually it's a 330ml, but it sure looked like an American 12oz on the shelf of pints at Tesco. Dated "Best Before End 1-04-12." The Brits may never be the same: mass distribution of this fine DIPA may awaken a taste for American hops here north of Hadrian's, among the Celts, and all around the UK. Or so I can hope! Thank you Brewdog, thank you Tesco!

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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 stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013 - so it should be in good condition. This first appeared in Tesco last year; I take it as a sign that US craft beer styles are percolating down to the UK masses....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear coppery-red hue with surprisingly low carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a minute or two before dissipating. Extreme fruity hop aroma; plentiful notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine - a veritable smorgasboard of hops.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a spicy quality and a strident bitterness. Notes of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical/citrus fruit, underpinned by hints of caramel malt and dry yeast. Powerful, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with a prickly sensation from the hops. Highly astrigent - dries the palate completely. Overpowering aftertaste of spicy, fruity aromatic hops.

Like a bullet to your tastebuds, this brew packs a punch. Aromatic hops obliterate your senses and all other flavours. It's good stuff; the only flaw is a lack of balance. The malt is there but barely makes itself known. Still, if you love hops then this is a beer for you.

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Photo of AEK
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. A clear, deep orange almost red coloured ale topped by a good bubbly off-white head.

S. Lemons, plenty of hops, leather, raisins and a slightly burnt wood aroma. This is on a par with Stone's Ruinition IPA.

T. A great hop taste in this beer, bitter oranges, grapefruit and dark fruits.

M. Full bodied.

D. Best Brewdog beer I have had to date, it reminds me so much of Stone's Ruinition. I could drink this all day and al night.

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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 pknyc
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 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 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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Photo of jakea
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MikeKSmith
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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 Hanglow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DLeep
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of Kal
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Viceroy
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

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