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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 433
Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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.

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Photo of Nephilium
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
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!

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Photo of schoolboy
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.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
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.

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Photo of Vader444
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!

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Photo of djura
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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Photo of tempest
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
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.

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Photo of aleigator
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.

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Nice pale al colour with a good white head. Hung around for a bit.

Nose has lots of tropical fruit - mango, pineapple with malts coming though afterwards.

Palate follows with mango, pineapple and some nice malt flavours coming through. Very nicely balance.

Very enjoyable beer this one. Nothing too gimmicky which is nice after a bunch of other beers I tried recently. Well balanced, not too hoppy but with some lovely hop aroma and flavour. Very refreshing and sessionable. Great beer.

Mouth feel is is good and perfect for the style
Highly recommended.

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

Orange golden colour with a big but quickly fading head of foam. Full nose of fruits and pine. Lychee is prominent, but also other 'light' fruits like tangerine and peach are present. Very fruity taste as well, with the same kinds of fruit. Lemon and grapefruit add some bitter and sour here. Taste is a wee bit watery, but that's no problem with a light session beer like this. Taste is refreshing. Not a lot of carbonation, so it all goes down pretty smoothly.

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Photo of KlownthenomaD
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This I my usual 'go to beer' as it's such an easy beer to drink and to keep on drinking.

In the same mould as Brewdog's flagship Punk IPA.
A well rounded hoppy west coast IPA.

But where Dead Pony comes into it's own is it's lighter, hoppier, and ultimately more refreshing.

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Photo of sd123
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

drank two months before expiration date. very very bland, not sure if its the age or the beer itself but probably both. would like to try again fresh.

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I pull pine in the nose personally as well as slightly in the taste. It pours a almost orange color with small.not lasting white head. The flavor again i taste the piney flavor and a bit of tropical fruits like citrus maybe lemon. Mouthfeel is where it may want to be slightly less watery for me( however my can says session pale ale so i think thats the idea.)its above average because i like hoppy beer.

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Photo of Spike
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber. Very clear. Big fluffy head after an aggressive pour. Minimal carbonation. Some spotty lacing

Lots of North American hops. Citrus, melon. Prominent nose even when served cold.

Some dryness from the hops. A decent amount of tropical fruit (when slurped). But not as much as the nose implies. No noticeable alcohol.

Being only 3.8%, it's the mouthfeel that really suffers. There's some malt sweetness at the middle of the tongue and some dryness at the edges. But the over-riding feel is thin.

I know this is a session pale ale. The ABV means it's open to serious imbibing after work in the pub in Aberdeen. However, it's just a little too lack-lustre for me. The nose is excellent but the taste and mouthfeel let it down.

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

Served cool from 330ml bottle into American pint glass.

L) Deep golden colour, hazy, lots of small bubbles rising. Thin white fine head.

S) A strong American hop odour even though I have chilled it too much.

T) The American hop flavour is right there and is spot on. A bit of tropical fruit, a bit of bitterness. Behind that the wateriness is obvious although at 3.8% that is not unexpected.

F) Light and refreshing, the hop bitterness is just right and doesn't linger.

O) A very good American-style session IPA. My only complaint is that at 3.8%, BrewDog could give us a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep goloden, almost orange colour, short life yellow head. Aroma is full of tropical fruits, some spices.Medium to light palate, a bit watery. Taste of tropical fruits and citrus. Not the best Brewdog, IMO.

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Photo of MrDell
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hugely hopped with American hops. Big on taste, low on ABV. Tried this on a very hot summers evening knowing that I had a meeting with my boss first thing the following morning. I usually enjoy beers with more body and alcohol but this was perfect for the occasion. Would make a good session ale.

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Dead Pony Club from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 433 ratings