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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 45
Photo of janubio
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. bottle, dirty hazy golden colour, with a normal head that leaves a small lace. Smell of citrus, coriander, tropical fruits. Harsh on the palate, sticky, taste of citrus, caramel, tropical fruits and some spices. Not too different to Eldorado or Dana. Good.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle 6,7% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Best Before: 21/03/2014

Reviewed from notes taken in November.

Appearance: Dana pours a slightly cloudy bright golden-orange, with a rough pour yielding a large off-white head. The head lasts well and leaves some good looking rings of lacing.

Smell: The nose here is actually a little better than the Waimea and the El Dorado that I had a few days ago, but it still suffers from freshness issues. There is some citrus, a little garlic, a touch of sweeter tropical fruits and some underlying sweeter malts.

Taste: The flavor offers more bitterness than I had expected which is a very pleasant surprise, however the flavor is still somewhat faded. Notes include: Citrus pith, orange, a light herbal/leafy note and some sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: As with the other beers in the series, the mouthfeel here is actually pretty good. Medium bodied with a nice oily texture and a medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall: I nice drinkable beer, but still lacking on flavor.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows herbal hops, spicy notes, caramel and great cookie dough-like malt notes.
Similar flavours, more herbal, earthy and spicy hops along with more of the cookie dough malt. Some booze shows.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My second foray into the Brewdog "IPA is Dead" 4-pack of single-hopped ales, this one is a Slovenian hop descended from German Hallertau Magnum and various Slovenian locals. Does not appear in recent published sources but a Google search reveals that it is "good for bittering and extraction purposes". Does not exactly scream "put me in a single-hop IPA". The brew itself pours a dark orange honey color with around four fingers of off-white head, left little to no lace on the glass. Odor was actually super citrusy for a pseudo-noble hop, loads of tangerine and perhaps other citrus notes along with UK pale malt. This one breaks the taste follows the nose rule, in fact the flavors are rather odd and at times interesting. I get a lot of black licorice spice, a little white pepper, some bubble gum, stale cooking oil, cat piss, rhubarb or nettles, unripe peach/apricot and a grassy hay/citrus hybrid almost like starfruit (if you've ever had it). The sweet malts actually provide a bit more balance than in its stablemate Waimea, but the odd hop flavors still ride the wave. Finish is dry and puckeringly bitter, with some green vegetal flavors like melon rind (must be the Hallertau germ plasm) and cucumber. Mouthfeel fits a pale ale if maybe a little on the watery side. Brew Dog carbonates heavy as well but this potential mask doesn't stop this from being a very odd IPA. I bet Dana would be a great dry hop for certain lager styles.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks typical, no problems here.
To get the malt out of the way: it's pretty weak, bready and not very supportive, making this one a bit watery.
The hops generate a flash of aromas, that fade away pretty fast and linger lightly; there's nice fruitiness, raw, not really ripe peaches and apricots, some white grape, apple rind, then exotic fruit; lemon lime, tangerine; some floral hints also; the hops are piney, with a dry leafy bitterness, as is the aftertaste;
Not a bad showing, the Dana hops do make a nice refreshing beer, but the aromas seem weak/short and leave the (otherwise nice) bitterness all on its own.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fully hazy dark mustard golden, thumb of white head retained at a half finger with decent lacing
S - hints of lemon lime citrus, raw pale grains, touch of leafs and a slightly sour aroma
T - funky sour citrus, grainy, musty, a minerally thing going on, its definitely different
M - medium body, gets slightly thin and sour, dry mustiness on the finish
O - its not a bad brew but its definitely a different kind of IPA, not really my jam but I can appreciate the intent of the single hop idea

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Photo of bark
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

The colour is gold-red (25 EBC), the liquid got some chill haze. The beige compact head sinks down rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong, almost acrid with powerful bitter flavours, orange peels, sour white grapes, butterscotch, butter essence, and earthy mouldering notes. Hints of alcohol and solvents.

The taste is sharp with exotic fruits, wax crayons, dried flowers and minerals. The bitterness is strong and fading. Medium to full body. Earthy and fruity notes in the aftertaste. Oranges, grapefruits, pineapples. Strong raw alcohol flavours and some solvents. The finish is harsh with detergents and dried exotic fruits.

The carbonation is strong with lots of small sharp bubbles, the liquid is mid-smooth.

Technically, this beer lacks off-flavours, but the hops are all over the place with sharp raw notes. It might gain of some cellaring which is odd for an IAP.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 14/8/13

A murky pale orange with some tiny particles being pushed around by a few bubbles that only pump out a short lived thick film that leaves random lace where it existed

S floral, earthy, and tropical hops mix well together, lots of citrus and some bubblegum seems out of place but it works, a little caramel and bread with just a hint of spruce

T a little toned down compared to the nose with more rind the fresh flesh I was smelling, sweet malts and a little booze, nothing mind blowing but decent

M medium bodied and seems flat at first then some bubbles pop up, a little slick, with just a little heat, rind lingers

O OK beer but doesn't hit all the spots, smell was promising but ended up as the highlight

This IPA is Dead mixed pack isn't quite living up to its price tag, strange hops I've never heard of and I've yet to be impressed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle. Nice to see a single hop series from this hop-crazy UK brewery. Kind of weird though, how this arrives to we in western Canada via a Swedish importer, bottle translations and all.

This beer pours a hazy, dark muddled burnt orange hue, with two hefty fingers of somewhat puffy, but mostly caked dirty white head, which leaves some nice drooping spectral lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of a muddled pine resin and orange/grapefruit pith hop bitterness, softly bready caramel malt, and a further floral, musty forest floor detritus organic essence. The taste is really not all that IPA-like, with a sort of up-front mash of lawn-clippings and fresh autumn leaves, and a sour-ish bready caramel malt. More like a bland experimental pale ale, really.

The bubbles are fairly restrained and not really that noticeable after a wee spell, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and smooth, kind of, as the musty pithiness from the hops bleeds through in a wan party crashing manner. It finishes off-dry, I guess, but still replete with that bland, chalky, musty 'hoppiness'.

Well, as an experiment this particular offering has succeeded - it's shown me what the heretofore unknown Dana hop can do. On the flip side, in the actual beer sense, this has also shown me that this hop has no business being near an IPA - on its own, especially, and likely not recommended to play with others, as well.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy copper pour with a medium tall off-white head, somewhat compact.

S: Bready malt, semi-sweet, loaded with bitter hops. Then there is also quite some floral hops that bring pine and citric fruits.

T: Again bready malt, but overpowered by the bitter hops! Some mild tropical fruits from floral hops way in the back.

M: LONG bitter aftertaste. Body is medium to full while carbonation is rather mild.

O: I really liked the bitterness, but it was never challanged by anything else, as a result; this is a raw and unbalanced beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.81/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle:
Hazy orange amber, 0.5cm head that turns to a soapy lacing with some on the side of the glass.

Pine hops and a touch of citrus with some background floral notes and malty base that is slightly earthy and there is a hint of garlic towards the tail end that isn't that noticeable but nonetheless quite strange. Some lemon too.

Malty hops taste with citrus and pine. Earthy taste and some light, bitter hops that are soft with some floral flavours following with hints of tropical fruits towards the end.

Smooth with a citrus tang and a light medium body that has moderate carbonation. There is some earthy bitterness and a tiny bit of sweetness.

This one was one of the worst Brewdog beers I've had in some time. A pretty average taste, a poor smell and a terrible mouthfeel all added up to a pretty forgettable IPA, hopefully the next one in the series is a step up from this one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle purchased directly from the brewery as a 4-pack with the others in this series. This is the "purple label" of the four.

Pours a hazed, but not opaque orange-golden hue, with an initially frothy head of off-white that froths out and becomes a bubbly ring with islands of film. Body is decently weighted, and forms some fine carbonation when tilted. Lacing is decent where it forms, but a little transient.

Nose is a little dusty and dry, with a rather organic hop character a little like undergrowth. Some pepper, a little dried ginger, and perhaps something a little sweet. Pie crust, perhaps, again with a slightly savoury spice character. It's not all that exciting, or all that appealing to be honest, although the hop character is robust and forthright.

Taste is also a bit dull, but pleasant enough in its way. Supply supported fruit characters give a slight tropical feel, with much green vegetation and a slightly underripe bite towards the back of the palate. Some slightly phenolic, almost medicinal or chemical notes come through if you let it sit in your mouth for a while—it's interesting, there was not much fruitiness on the nose, but on the palate there's an almost unripe tropical character about it.

Feel is pleasant, and adds something to the palate and taste overall.

Overall, this is decent, but I feel as though it either doesn't explore Dana that well, or just exposes it for a pretty mediocre hop. Still, it has a uniqueness to it: something I can't quite put my finger on, so maybe it's doing a better job of showcasing the hop than I think.

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Photo of wl0307
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 25/03/2014, served mildly chilled in a short-stemmed goblet. Tasted alongside Goldings (GD) in the same 2013 series.

Appearance: pours a translucent, bright orangey amber hue with very mild carbonation and a thin sheet of white foamy head. Looking almost identical with GD.
Smell: more resinous than GD, the aroma mainly consists of piney, prune-ish and ripe guadalupe melon-ish elements, edged by deep honey-ish notes and against a sweet pale malt background. Showing more contrast in a strange harmonious way b/w the hoppiness and maltiness. A swirl gives rise to an intense aroma as of sweet musty & flowery esters. Very pleasant and very different indeed.
Taste: slightly more fizzy than GD on the foretaste, the flavour is so… different than GD, showing a lively floral, piney, mildly sour-sweet, vegetation-focused flavour as well as a soothing yeasty-bready kind of feel on top of mild pale-r malts; the aftertaste shows a thicker backbone from the hop juice and resins, as well as a belated entry of lightly pear-ish esters with a lightly spicy kick. The malts lend a faintly… “gristy” quality on the palate. Compared with GD, it’s rounder in the overall flavour profile though more aromatic at the same time, but the bitterness is much much less pronounced, comparatively.
Mouthfeel & Overall: mildly carbonated and overall quite rounded and quieter in taste than on the nose, the slightly more oily-resinous feel of the hop profile drives it apart from the more focused, tannic bitterness as in GD. Both are pleasant, and maybe not a great idea to compare the two very different hop-takes based on the same malt backbone. This is perhaps my very first beer made with this special hop variety, and I thank Brewdog for making it.

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Photo of godzillalad
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Quite malty and very dull hop flavor

Lots of complex flavors that last linger in your mouth but none that were too appealing.

If mixed with a fruity hop could be very interesting.

It's a bit stupid that reviews need to be of a certain length....

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber with clingy off white forth.
Herbal, crushed leaf nose that recalls lemon balm and a bit of mint - bright, fresh, unique.
Toasted hazelnuts and sour caramel then earthy, tobacco leaf, and barky hops.
Orange cocoa hard candy finish (?!) and tart linger.
Crisp, light-med, a bit oily.

Smells better than it tastes. Some vegetal and lemon notes over the usual Noble (this is a Hallertau Magnum descedent) notes. BrewDog site says musty spice, I could see that.

Interesting, even if I don't need to taste this hop again.

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Photo of dgilks
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy amber colour with a small, off-white head. Fair head retention.

Lightly floral with some tropical fruit notes. Some garlic chives which is disappointing. Light malt in the background. This hop is a mixed bag.

Very soft bitterness which is nice but the hop flavour just doesn't work. It is garlicky and backs that up with a meaty note which isn't nice. Some light malt notes. Disappointing really.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but that is it. The base is good but the Dana hops just don't work by themselves as the garlic notes dominate.

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Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 45 ratings