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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Dead Pony Club

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
365
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
30.93%
 
 
Wants:
22
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 365
Photo of Lonxu
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a newb this is what tops my list at the moment.

Great dry taste, somewhat bitter, citrus, tropical fruits.

Somewhat watery feel, medium carbonation.

I thought this had more ABV, but it's just 3.8%

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer, and at only 3.8%, it's a real session ale. Pours well with a thin head which disappears to leave a dark golden body. The smell is instantly hoppy with an undercurrent of citrus fruits. Tastes great and delivers enormous flavours which defy the relatively weak alcohol content. Magic

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Photo of tonecoleman
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expected this to be a weaker version of Punk IPA. What a pleasant surprise! For me this Beer deliveres what it says on the bottle! Strong hop/ citrus aromas & flavours that certainly make sure that this is a beer that punches above it's ABV. Looking forward to cracking a few bottles of these at next summer's barbeques.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a local beer and wine store in Shanghai. I like PunkIPA a lot and wanted to give this one a shot as a session type of beer.

The beer looks great with its orange body and foamy offwhite head and you can smell it as soon as you open the bottle. The beer is fruity and citrus smelling and very fresh. It's very inviting. The taste is very hoppy but accessible. Fruity mostly with lots of light fruits, citrus, and honey. Not much of a malt profile in here. Good for a hop fix if you don't want a lot of booze.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Oxidized apple, cloudy, medium soda like carbonation, 2 fingers of off white head with good retention and fine lacing.


S: Tropical fruits like mango, papaya, some orange, caramel, lightly sweet.


T: Passion fruit, papaya, soft tropical fruits, ruby red grapefruit, malt, some slightly funky white pepper, light sweetness, little bitterness, light sourdough.


M: Medium light body, medium peppery carbonation.


O: For such low alcohol, the flavor really grows on you and its delicious. My wife got it in Chiang Mai, and I’m drinking it Jan 9th, 2015 in Kunming.

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Photo of interzen
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Dark amber with a fingers width of head which doesn't stick around for too long. Diminishes to a few odds and ends of surface foam with no apparent lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit by the bucketload - mainly pineapple and papaya but there's a definite hoppy vibe there too, rather like Citra-based beers (eg. De Molen Citra). Overall, extremely fruity - quite unlike the other BrewDog beers I've had (Punk IPA and 5am Saint)

Taste: Take the blurb on the bottle at face value and you'd be preparing yourself for a hop bomb. Sure, there are hops there but the fruity flavours are dominant. Quite a dry and bitter finish with hop and pine resin undertones. I reckon the balance between the hops and other flavours is pretty much bang on.

Feel: Mouthfeel is a little bit insipid, although given that this is 'only' 3.8% ABV that's probably not surprising. Quite an astringent finish, although not unpleasantly so.

Overall: Colour me surprised - for all their bluster and predeliction for high-octane novelty beers, BrewDog have won themselves another convert with this. Having my tastebuds assaulted with hop bitterness isn't on my top 10 things to do, yet this works a treat. Eminently sessionable, if that's your idea of a good time, and definitely more drinkable than some of their other offerings.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light hazy amber in colour with minimal CO2 activity a single finger of rocky head that dies quickly and leaves very little lace.

Smell – Piney resinous hop with herbal mint and coriander very similar to other aroma profiles of many Brew Dog beers.

Taste – Very mild light malt with that is slightly sweet but is totally dominated by the herbal piney flavour of the hop.

Mouthfeel – Thin and cloying with mild astringency.

Overall – So, so. In my opinion too many of the Brew Dog beers have the same dominating pine hop presence. In the IPA that is fine but in the others it is a bit too much for the styles most of the time. For me I’ll stick with the Red Ale and be done with it. Having said that they are all more than drinkable and I would never turn my nose up at any of them.

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Photo of deanhead
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Arrived via a friends suitcase from his overseas visit. drink by 12/16/14 on the bottle. Wowzers...Me love you long time. six-nine months max for a run of the mill ale.
330ml bottle. Brewdog was once ubiquitous in New England when it first invaded the shore of the continental US. Due to the surge in US craft beers I think this English outfit to a backseat du to it's geographic proximity.
It's appearance is outstanding. Bright and brilliant for a pale ale. Good lace, good head retention. Textbook qualities. This beer looks like it will taste outstanding.
This beer has no aroma. The hops are completely muted.I can't say it smells bad, or dank or good. It has no aroma. It tastes alright though with a slight warming bite at the end. Light mouthfeel that includes a tiny bit of clingy-ness with the hops. Must be something amazingly neutral they used as this despite it;s lack
The beer has some good qualities and some that just don't shine through. It could be old beer or just some crazy experiment that went slightly arrive and still ended up tasting good. I enjoyed this beer despite it's lack of character.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Wine glass. Amber color, clear appearance. White froth, thin layer on top, good retention when shaked. Intense herbal & resinous aromas. Sharp resinous bitter upfront on a solid malty backbone. Light body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Hints of herbal infusion, sharp grapefruit & lima flavors. Malty, bitter & refreshing sensations !!

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The glass is filled with a clear bronze/orange color. There is about two finger of solid white head.
The aroma is very pleasant - sweet, citrusy hops fill your nose.
The taste is quite bitter, although still remarkably easy to drink. It has a very dry feel, with pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Again, although more bitter, still very easy to drink.

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Photo of Tsekouratos
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Orange body with a nice white head. The smell was mindblowing! Pine, citrus, pineapple, Grass, some earthy and floral notes from the hops, all in a perfect balance, right in your face!!! The taste was pretty much the same but subtler, with notes of grapefruit and very hoppy! The body was light, which makes this beer a perfect session beer, one you can’t stop in the first bottle!!! Excellent!

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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a two finger head with good retention.
Very strong aroma of pine cones, grapefruit, oranges, lemon and hints of toasted malts.
Citrusy flavor with notes of grapefruits, earth, slightly toasted malts, lemon, pine and tea bags. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Thin body with low carbonation.
Interesting beer that leverages its hoppy kick on its thin body, making it very refreshing and not boring. It can be a controversial beer once there is not really a benchmark, so focus on its purpose, which may be to be a Session beer ou thirst quencher for hop heads.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow-amber pour with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention and lacing. Big, bold, perfumey West Coast nose full of resiny hops, citrus, and tropical fruit with hints of peach, orange zest, pine, grapefruit, and a touch of pineapple. The taste mirrors the nose, albeit a tad less bold. Resiny hops, pine, peaches, grapefruit, tangerines, and some great herbal and subtle vinous notes. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderately fizzy carbonation, slightly oily, with a nice tangy bitter finish. Overall, this is a really well done APA. It's well balanced, flavorful, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with a small foamy white head.

The smell is citrus, oranges and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter, some citrus, fishes very wet and watery.

The mouthfeel was light and watery.

Not terrible but way too watery and thin bodied.

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Photo of stcules
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber color, beautiful off-white foam, quite creamy.
In the smell a citric hppiness, something like nettle, something floral.
In the mouth malt, citric, light body. And again something floral.
Quite short aftertaste, again citric and fruitiness.
Drinkable, but nothing exceptional.

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

Big thanks to Sc0pey for hand-delivering this one from across the pond! Poured from a 330 mL can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Nearly clear with some chill haze, amber in color. Forms less than a finger of white head that recedes quite quickly. Somewhat above average amount of carbonation bubbles streaming to the top.

S: Citrus (lemon and orange), tropical fruit and resinous hops. Some lightly toasted malts give it some sweetness on the nose as well. Just a bit of floral or herbal character as well.

T: As in the nose, citrus and tropical fruit hops hit the tongue first. The cracker malt backbone shows up to give just a bit of balance, followed by some spicy, melon, herbal, grassy hops. The citrus and spicy/melon hops linger into the hang - moderately bitter. The melon and spice character increases as the beer warms somewhat during the drink.

M: Medium body for style. Lots of carbonation sensation plus the hop bitterness leads to a very effervescent mouthfeel - quite unexpected, but not a bad thing. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: I'm confused...BrewDog can make a solid, tasty APA without any weird flavors, ridiculous alcohol content or advertising gimmicks? I'm kidding (kind of), but really this was a surprise. Not the best APA out there (not even close), but really quite enjoyable. I don't know what the cost on a can would have been, but if this were reasonably priced, cans would often be in my fridge. My biggest objection might be the melon/spice hop character - still not my favorite. But a minor quibble. Solid, well-done.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good amber colour, quite thin head bur firm and a good thickness, also foamy.
It won't fade away after a few sips.

The nose is really marvelous! A true smell of fresh pineapples are there, very fruity with a linger of sweet spices and tropical fruits. I really want quickly a taste of this great BrewDog beer.

Nice, delicate, smooth and a touch of bitterness of the good roasty hops. Not so fruity as the smell. It gives a quite long aftertaste of still that smoothiness.

Very good beer and very drinkable, good cold, and a perfect alcohol of 3,8%.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle: BBD 25 Jul 2013. Poured into a Duvel glass at home on 5 Jun 2013.

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 Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fresh floral citrus notes with lightly sweet undertones. Taste is also dominated by fresh citrus notes with light floral notes and sweet undertones with fresh fruity esters. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nice fresh hops profile with nice mix between Simcoe and Citra hops with plenty of character with little alcohol.

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Photo of wl0307
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 02/05/2014, served mildly chilled in a tall tumbler.

A: pours a dark burnish gold colour, coming with a thin off-white foamy head and semi-lively carbonation.
S: American hops are predominant upfront against a rather “relaxed” malt backbone, giving sweet citric, grapefruity, mildly lychee-ish, apple-ly candy-ish and mildly caramely notes.
T: the taste comes light-bodied, dry-ish, tannic bitter, slightly mineral-ish and also faintly buttery from the beginning, almost like a super-charged hoppy, low-gravity English Bitter, followed by flavoursome but light-bodied citric fruitiness, while malts are generally very muted, not unexpected judging by its alc. content, 3.8%abv. Despite the good level of bitterness, it is rather clean in the finish, with a remnant citrus-peel-ish feel lingering alongside very faint undertones of caramel malts.
M&O: refreshing on the palate, light-bodied, the flavoursome hop content makes up for the thin-ish mouthfeel overall; a really thirst-quenching, likable hoppy Bitter, or so-called “Californian Pale Ale”, to me!

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Photo of dgilks
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber colour. Small, but persistent, off white head.

Lovely hoppy aroma. Bright citrus notes. Light caramel malt.

Lots of crisp, citrus hops. Nice orange and pine notes. Light caramel malt. Firm bitterness. Very good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good. Very crisp.

A nice, easy drinking pale ale. Very quaffable.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle 3,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 02/10/2013
Batch: 312

Appearance: Dead Pony Club pours a bright (crystal clear) golden-orange colour, with a rough pour yielding a large white head. The head retention is outstanding and thin rings of lacing are left clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this actually smells pretty damn good, especially given the time in the bottle! Sweet fruits (litchi, pineapple, tangerine and peach) dominate the nose, with a dank character, orange peel and a touch of grapefruit pith also present. As one would expect from a beer of 3,8%, there is not even a trace of malt character.

Taste: Sadly the age of this bottle is far more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the nose. While there is still some hop character present, it seems rather tired and is somewhat overshadowed by the remaining bitterness. Flavour notes include: Tangerine, orange peel, a light dankness, grapefruit pith as well as hints of peach and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Initially the carbonation is a little harsh, but thankfully it settles down quite quickly.

Overall: Judging by the nose and the bitterness in the flavour, I think this must have been an outstanding pale ale when it was fresh. I am really confused as to why the guys at Brewdog gave this a year shelf life!

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

Pours a burnished amber colour, listless white head. Lacing is pretty decent. Not too bad.

Smells very floral, with rose and lavender, white tea leaves, a bit of lemon tang and an unusual meaty character which may just be the clash of hops with the malts which seem somewhat darker than I might expect from the style. Light, fairly pleasant though.

Fairly light on the palate. Quite grainy upfront with honeyed oats and wheat bran. The honey character continues to midway where there's a yeasty touch, plus some light floral hop character with kiwi, grapefruit and lavender. Finish is very light but quite clean. Not bad; pretty drinkable and fairly simple.

Fluid, pretty decent body though; hop oils add some texture.

Yeah, fairly standard APA but decently handled.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From SlowBeer. BB Aug 13.

Pours hazy amber. One finger coarse white head fades to film. Spotty lace.

Aromas of grassy hops, citrus, lemon zest.

Taste is good for ABV. Hoppy, balanced, citrus. Grapefruit, dry pine. The typical Brewdog hops are always present on the back palate, but do not overpower.

Mouthfeel is light, just a smidge watery, but lets call it plain drinkable.

Really good beer for the ABV.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's Burns night so what better way to celebrate than with a scottish celebrity.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber body with a big thick white head that halves to a more manageable and believable size quickly a spread of tiny, small and medium size bubbles that cover the surface totally.

Big aromas hear taking me back to Dobbins Green Bullet as it almost sparkles on the nose, there is citrus and carbolic soap and sherbet .

Quite a merry little adventure the tongue is led on starting with quite a unusually dull barley sugar flavour that hops up with bitter orange with a hint of the taste of a Swann Match now is it that the smell is so awesome that makes the taste seem like there is something missing?

Nicely carbonated with decent mouthfeel.

Shame Brewdog has decided to abandon cask because I think this would be amazing served like that.

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Dead Pony from BrewDog
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