Dead Pony Club

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #993
Ranked #24,345
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Dead Pony Club and Dead Pony

This Californian Pale Ale packs a huge hoppy punch. A 21st century low amplitude, high voltage hop hit. Some people say slow is good. We believe fast is better. Being shot from a Hoppy Howitzer beats the hell out of trotting round a submissive paddock. That's why the internal combustion engine got mounted onto two wheels. Screw down the throttle and listen for that dull banshee howl floating back from those malted mufflers. Drink fast, live fast, sleep late and rip it up down empty streets. This pale ale is chopped, tuned and ready to roll. Fuel up and hold tight, this little thoroughbred kicks like a mule. Perfect for drinking by the bottle, case or even keg.
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elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De color ámbar, con una espuma de buena retención. De cuerpo medio, textura cremosa y carbonatación media/alta. Aroma afrutado y lupulado. Sabor agridulce, con un ligero amargor en el final.

Apr 29, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, from MENY Stadionparken. ABV is 3.8%. Deep golden to brown colour, slightly hazy. Large white head. Strong aroma of American hops fruity (grapefruit, pineapple) and piney notes. Relatively light bodied, but not too bad for a 3.8% beer. Packed full of hop flavour - quite dry, but loads of grapefruity and piney hops throughout. Not too bitter though. Quite impressive for a beer of this ABV.

Mar 18, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Hipercor. En copa Teku. Jugando a Downwell y, luego, Fall Guys con Rodrigo. Para ser IPA de bajo alcohol, un agradable perfil maltoso, quizás algo industrial y metálico, toma el protagonismo frente al lupulo, que es de carácter más bien neutro, aportando amargor pero poco en sabor y aroma, algún toque herbal y alimonado si acaso. Géiser al abrirla

Dec 19, 2020
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qrazvan from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark-orange colour, medium head.
Citrus smell, with some ripe fruits and caramel.
Bitter citric taste, bit of pineapple and honey. The yeast isn't very present.
Bitter herbal aftertaste.
Very refreshing and easy to drink, low alcohol, great for a hot summer day!

Nov 13, 2020
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Daniel473 from Netherlands

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second American IPA from the same brewer, the name
.. Lol... W/e another unique smell.. High points on that. I don't wanna drink it, so good this smell... But I will...

Gulped down half of the glass.. Ah it is light, fruitful and refreshing. Hands down, I used to HATE IPA's but these are great!!

May 02, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Tesco. Light amber, foamy head subsides to spotty skin. Light malty aroma. Taste is dry and leathery, some caramel, very subdued.

Jan 06, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at United Club, Heathrow Terminal 2, London, England

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has very good retention properties and also left a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - oranges stand out in particular - along with slight hints of caramel and toasted hops.
T: The taste is nearly a mirror image of the smell with flavors of orange citrus and hints of toasted malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA has a nice amount of hop aromas/flavors and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 02, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really i impressed for that beer here.. I don't expecting such good beer..
First of all this beer has amazing attitute.. The label outside is really awesome like the others from the same company.. Second when you open it, one awesome fruity refreshing aroma come in your nose and break you in pieces.. Perhaps the most greater aroma i have get from one beer.. I love grapefruits and for that i like so much this smell. It give you the feeling that is one refreshing and not some beer..
The taste is very sour and bitter and the carbonation is very punchy... All these things make this beer very refreshing and an excellent choice to drink it in some club or somewhere outside. Really can make your night this beer with the taste it has.. Hit very hard your brain and force you to open your eyes..
Overall one of the most unique beers i have drink and i'm look forward to drink and other beers from the same company.. Has insane aroma, great sour taste, is refreshing and has decent aftertaste.. Try this in some night outside.. Can't disappointed..

Sep 21, 2019
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold, very slight haze, firm permanent off white head.

Citrusy, spicy hops and a nice toasted malt background

Strong charge of hops and a firm toasted malt backbone

Light, CO2 is on low end, no excess astringency


Aug 05, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/23/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a very nice session American pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Nice Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic showcase. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; nice dark/bready malt backbone for the ABV, and minimal residual sweetness. Would like to revisit with a fresher can eventually, would likely be even better. A very enjoyable and well made offering. Very impressive considering the ABV.

Jul 28, 2018
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Shanex from France

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dull orange/amber body, with a slight haze within. Off-white head that started thin but stayed the distance.

Citrus nose with a malty biscuit aroma as the beer warmed.

The taste was also citrus in the fore with the malts arriving later: the hops re-asserting themselves towards the end of each sip.

I'm not a huge 'citrus' flavoured beer man but this had something extra to offer somehow.

Nov 01, 2017
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a grassy hop aroma, pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Light bodied, with a little biscuit and caramel notes followed by a mild bitter finish. Easy drinking, not too complex, but that's not what you should be looking for in a session pale ale.

Sep 29, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives hazy and orange colored with a decent head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Fruit tones of pineapple and peach

Taste: Pineapple forward with peach undertones; the middle is moderately bitter and the finish is dry

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Pretty surprised by the low scores here as on tap and fresh this is a nice session IPA

Sep 18, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canning date of 7/29/2017 (brewed/canned by BrewDog USA). Served in a BrewDog pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like toasted malt, tropical fruit, and a bit of citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some floral hoppiness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good choice if you want a lower ABV hoppy brew, I liked it! This wasn't my first time drinking Dead Pony Club, and it won't be my last!

Aug 12, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I went to the new Canal Winchester site a few weeks ago for dinner, and now the first of the brews from down there are showing up in Northern Ohio. Nice.

This one pours a deep golden color with an odd head that is very weak. The aroma is wonderful. Hops, mostly, with other things mingling in there.

The taste is expectedly dry, but it works for this style. The aftertaste is also mostly just bitter, but there is pretty good balance. For as light a brew as this is, this is pretty enjoyable.

Recommended for when you want to drink all day.

Aug 10, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while on vacation in the UK.

Appearance - a nice looking dark copper coloured beer. Small half finger of head stays for a short duration and plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell - some citrus namely grapefruit orange and a subtle underpinning of lime, with a surprisingly well developed caramel backing.

Taste - exactly like the nose also with the surprisingly good malt bill.

Mouthfeel- spot on with a light sessionable feel, brisk carbonation and just enough body to warrant this not be called hop water.

Overall - a rather enjoyable APA/IPA whatever it may be, dead pony club is a very enjoyable light hoppy ale.

Jul 29, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Canal-Winchester, OH brewery. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a spotty lace. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a great beer.

Jun 02, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Tesco's, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - Citrus to the fore - grapefruit/orange. Taste - Citrus hoppy front - grapefruit, malty overtones, light resin, crisp bitter finish. Not a heavy hitter but nothing wrong here. Solid session APA.

May 07, 2017
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Vader444 from Scotland

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can pour into tulip.

For a low ABV (3.8%) pale ale this packs a shit load of flavour. Tropical fruit is plentiful but it's the depth of the malt character that makes this beer so good. Incredibly well balanced and drinkable. I've been putting this one off as I prefer my beers on the heavy side but I'm very pleasantly surprised. A truly sessionable pale ale to rival Sierra Nevada in terms of availability in the U.K. Cheers!

Mar 31, 2017
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djura from Serbia

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33 l

A - Red to honey color. Very tin white head, medium carbonation.
S - Very intensive aromas of different malt and hops, highly pleasant. Some honey aroma also.
T/M - Medium carbonation and bitterness. Aromatic, refreshing, crisp. Bitter and, herbal.

O - Good hop selection in this ale.

Feb 12, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can to a nonic glass.

A: The body is orange with coppery hues. The head is minimal as it has almost no retention. There's some lacing. In general, I was expecting a bit more retention here.
S: The smell is very loose as you can only feel malts and a really minimal profile of citrus. Strong pine and citrus profiles is what to expect here.
T: The taste shows some improvement on the aroma by concealing some earthy tones like pine but it's way to fainted to provide a damn good taste profile.
M: Density is rather low. Carbonation is a bit harsh. And bitterness is relatively good.
O: I find this beer good for a beach purpose, for example. When you want to have a good option to take with you to sip and not overthink things. Sinceramente the taste profile is very simple and the density is low, this would be a good choice to soak up the sun.

Nov 19, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very cool beer. It reminds me greatly of Founders All Day IPA, with the crisp pine and orange peel over a subtle backbone of toasty barley. Yes, I'll have another.

Sep 27, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: amber, clear. Foam light orange, medium-sized and average life. After reduction remained only a gentle ring.
Aroma: strong fruity. Tangerines, oranges and peaches beside them form a thick sweet mixture.
Taste: is generally lightly and gently, of course, are the fruit above. Here, however, they are much less intense. Sweetness was replaced by a light acidity of lemon and lime, there was a hint of dry, grassy.
Bitterness: light, grassy and perfumed.
Saturation: High.

Sep 01, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear amber, copper color with a huge, spongy white head.

Smells of cakey sweet malts, fresh cut grass and citrus zest. Malts are quite profound on the nose and define the aromas with a nice hoppy accent cutting through.

Has a lower, not well fitting carbonation as it reveals the beers watery, overly light body to easily.

Tastes of an aqueous beginning, mixed up with some cakey malts and dry, herbal, orange hops. Finishes watery and dull with a soft hop presence prevailing, which unfortunately is not able to safe this from being boring.

One dimensional, not overly refreshing or clevery put together. Just making it a lower alcohol "session" beer does not justify it for me to tone down all the flavors till they are hardly recognizable any longer.

Aug 21, 2016
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant orange-tinged copper hue.

Lovely American SIPA aroma: bright, grassy, herbal.

Flavor follows: hugely dank, with sickly sweet earthy tones and hints of tropical fruit juices.

Jun 09, 2016
Dead Pony Club from BrewDog
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 453 ratings