Challenger (IPA Is Dead)

Challenger (IPA Is Dead)Challenger (IPA Is Dead)
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American IPA
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Challenger (IPA Is Dead)Challenger (IPA Is Dead)
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 24
Photo of dansmcd
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber under a finger of frothy white head and spotty lacing.

S - Nothing big and brash about this, some tame fruity hops and tea and not a lot else.

T - Earthy english hops, earl grey tea, some lemon and herbs. Subdued for a supposed Amercian style IPA.

M - Light to medium body with decent carbonation.

O - I probably won't revisit this.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows honey and herbal notes, also spicy and grassy hops along with biscuit notes.
Weird flavours, very herbal, earthy and spicy. Some caramel underneath, followed by an assertive but well-balanced bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of bark
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is gold with a tint of brown, the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is off-white and compact. It leaves some lacing.

The smell got notes of lemonade and summer meadow flowers. Buttercups and fruit candy.

The taste got quite a lot of fruit esters. Summer flowers, but also an artificial note of citric scent block. Elegant and smooth flavours, although a bit artificial. Balanced aftertaste with flowers and a touch of citric peels. The finish is long and smooth.

The carbonation is smooth, the many bubbles small. The liquid is smooth.

I reviewed it together with the three other IPA Is Dead ales, and this one was the most complex one. Shame about the artificial flavours.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

BB 2013

Pours cloudy amber - pillowy white head fizzes and dies. Spotty lace.

Aromas of citrus mandarins - but add earthy herbal notes

Taste less good, more tea-like, with earthy herbal hops, you almost forget citrus in an AIPA!!

Mouthfeel nicely carbonnated, medium bodied. All good here again.

Worst of IPA bunch - well made beer, I just don't like the taste

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Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The third in the fourpack that im trying and pours a hazy golden honey hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is lemon tea,freshly picked blackcurrants,herbal hops,caramel malts and honey,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and suits better than the other two previous sampled with tastes of lemon honey,herbal earthy hops,nectarines,lemongrass,toffee malts and finished with a herbal bitterness and overall not a bad IPA and i must admit these showcasing of single hops is a good thing i know Mikkeller was the first one to do it but it really does give certain hops the justice they deserve on their own cheers.

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Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is almost clear amber, small bubbles, an off-white head with some lacing, but rather good curtains.

The smell is lemon, black currant and a hint of smoke.

The taste is rather sweet, toffee and bread, some nuts, grass and nettles.

Medium low carbonation, soft and oily, a good body, a slow dry finish.

A nice calm and harmonic single hop, that's good.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tihs is one of four I'm reviewing from the second 4-pack single hop AIPAs called IPA is dead. I'm gonig to review them side by side.

A: Pours copper with some small bubbles in the liquid. A medium large but soapy uneven head leaves decent lacings.

S: Sweet caramell malt with lots of floral and also some bitter hops (in this case Challenger). Blood-grapefruits and oranges.

T: Sweet caramell malts, rich bitter hops some faint piney and citric notes.

M: Aftertaste lingers with nice bitterness. Body is full while carbonation is moderate.

O: A nice AIPA. The Single hopping makes it less complex.

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3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Deep golden color, crystal clear appearance. Off-white, brief, crown. Earthy hops ,hints of banana & fresh bread notes to the nose. Slightly green fruit upfront, bitter quite earthy flavor. Moderate resins in the middle. Medium to light body, moderate to high carbonation. Fluid bitterness lingers in to the finish. Very subtle winey-wood touch on the aftertaste.

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Photo of Aethien
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/copper coloured and with a small off white head with a yellowish hue, odd colour. The head sinks down to a film on the beer and it leaves some spotty lacing around the glass.

There are earthy hops and sweet tea with tangerine and some caramel in the smell. Quite fruity smelling.

Lots of hop up front with some fruity tangerine and melon flavours, strong earthy and some sweet tea flavours in the middle and there's a lingering taste of liquorice root and earthy notes that is very nice.

Light bodied and with a lot of carbonation that prickles a bit too much at times.

Overall this is another very nice IPA that was quite fruitiy, sweet and refreshing.

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Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a smooth, white head. Good head retention. Pretty.

Earthy hop aroma with a hint of tea. Nice caramel backbone. Light orange note. Surprisingly fresh and fruity for an English hop.

Deep hoppiness with plenty of tea like character and lots of earth. Some fruitiness and the yeast come through but it is intensely earthy.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Slightly tannic.

A really nice American IPA using an English hop. It is possibly a little intense but I like the way it works.

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Challenger (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 24 ratings