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Dead Pony ClubDead Pony Club

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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.

Added by flyingpig on 07-21-2012

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Photo of djura
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -7.7%
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 +7.2%
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 -10.7%
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 -19.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +12.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +18.7%
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 -10.7%
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 -11.7%
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 -1.3%
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 +6.7%
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 -20%
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 +0.8%
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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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from the local supermarket (yay!). Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Smells of tropical fruit, citrus and honey. Bitter and refreshing, with the same taste notes as the aroma, though toned down quite a bit.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Obvious riff on a hopped-to-high-hell American pale ale, gotta say the nose is spot on though, resplendent with fresh citrus, body is a little thin, not surprising given the ABV, but somehow the decently buzzy carbonation makes it all work. It's a bit of a niche beer -- you'd have to be in the mood for something as brash as this. But, if so, I think it'd work rather well.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with thin head. Orange, lemon, peach and tropical fruits. A bit piney. Hits with nice bitterness then turn sweet, caramels and biscuity. The finish is dry and mild bitter.

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.64/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sorry I cannot "get" this beer. Presentation in a wacky bottle should have alerted me. This is a yuppy beer and where comments are made to keep up with the in crowd rather than as a true reflection. It has a cracking colour, crazy description and a taste far from that expected from a pale Ale albeit the background is USofA rather than UK. Sorry but throughout the drinking of this beer the taste of tinned pinnapple predominated above all in both smell and taste. Yuk.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Dundee BrewDog pub.
Clear copper colored body with a good head.
Aroma: pungent but pleasing mix of fruity and resinous hopst.
The hops are also quite pronounced in tasting, but this has mild bitterness,
Near medium body with medium carbonation.
O: wow, this is a great session APA for hop heads! It has a load of hop aroma and flavor; you'll think you are drinking an IPA. Very impressive: a big beer at 3.8%.

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Photo of drmeto
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours clear amber with a medium white head
-high carbonation visible
-great head retension
-Grapefruit,Orange zest,Melons,Mango,slight pine
-follows the nose plus a grassy bitter note
-high carbonation,very light-bodied (watery on the back-end)
very nice PA bogged down by a very watery finish

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Photo of doktorhops
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to review a beer from my next favourite brewer with ‘dog’ in their name, those wily Scottish rapscallions: BrewDog. It got me thinking that ‘dog’ seems to be a popular animal to name your brewery after, as such (and in the spirit of equality) I will now create my own brewery with the word ‘cat’ in it... something like “WortCats” or “Cat Ester Beers”... of course all of this is nonsense and very very silly indeed as I already own and operate a one man brewery: DocBräu, purveyor of the now classic drain pour known as “Accidental Weizen” (don’t ask, really don’t). Annnnyway, today’s BrewDog is an American Pale Ale “Dead Pony Club” which tips the scales at a hefty 3.8% ABV - coming from the brewer of the lethal 55% ABV “The End Of History” I’m curious as to whether or not they can pull off a decent mid strength, we’ll see hey chaps (and chapettes).

Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy yeast sediment an orange body and a thin beige lace greets the drinker, i.e. me, with a “How do you do?”. “Quite well thanks for asking” I reply. 7/10.

S: Like a bowl of fruit salad containing pineapple, papaya and pears in syrup. Very pungent and moreish... Dead Pony Club are you sure that you’re only 3.8% ABV? I haven’t whiffed Double IPAs with this many bold hop aromas - most impressive! Backing up the hops is a solid biscuit malt base. Damn this smells great. 9/10.

T: Taste is a bit of a step back from the aroma, as I was secretly hoping it wouldn’t be but knowing better at such a low ABV, oh well it’s still a corker anyway. Starts out with hints of sweetness, macerated fruit salad mix (the pineapple/papaya/pears), then towards the back it becomes a touch sour and finishes with a light marmalade bitter twang. It goes down easy but you can imagine how bitchen it would be with more flavour intensity. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with some slight hop oils and a light carbonation. 7/10.

D: Damn this one came close to blowing the socks off my feet (a common and unexplained occurrence that happens when a great beer meets my tastebuds - I assure you that I’m seeking medical treatment for this malady). The rift between awesome aroma and OK taste is intriguing with this brew and I can only imagine that BrewDog aimed purposely towards aroma rather than flavouring hops. Which is disappointing because I have always valued flavour over aroma (flavour is 45% of my score in fact). Is this a sessionable beer though? Yes, yes it is. 7/10.

Food match: I’m thinking light Asian fare like a good Pad Thai or Nasi Lemak.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with an off-white head.
S: Pine and orange marmalade.
T: Toasty malt backbone. Dry, and slightly bitter. The hops come through but it's kind of bland tasting.
O: Not a great beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cL can into a wine glass. Best before 14 October 2015.

A: Healthy head tops an almost-clear golden-orange beer with lots of effervescence.

S: Fruity hops. Piney hops. Orange juice. I like it a lot. Remarkably pungent, with no evidence of dry-dry malt I expect from hoppy beers this light.

T: Quite good! A tinge of dusty-dry pale malt, but this is soon swept away by the potent hop bill that refuses to be denied. More abrasive than anticipated, the fruit comes later, just before the bitter aftertaste.

M: Light and dry and pretty fun.

O: Overall, a great 3.8% drinking experience. Recommended! Hope to have again.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an english pint.
Pours orange amber with some sediment, head is off-white 2-finger, quickly dissipating to some foam on a surface. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Taste is well balanced - ample bitterness, light body and drinkability. Excellent session beer.

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