Sunday, March 26, 2017

Who let the (Brew)dogs out?

Brewdog definitely has a nice range of different craftbeers which are worth trying... I went through a few of those, here are my impressions.

Five AM Red Ale

The nose is very malty with a roasted aroma combined with some hops.

The taste is also very malty with a decent bitterness.

Dead Pony Pale Ale

Lots of tropical fruits with a good amount of malts...

The tropical fruits like mango and pineapple are also present of the palate with some maltiness in the background. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, lightly hopped.

Punk IPA

A load of citrus and hops hits the nose, well, that's an IPA like I would expect it.

On the palate the citrus is a bit more in the background, hoppy notes combined with tropcial fruits are the main flavors. A really good IPA.

Jack Hammer

Tropical fruits and citrus, intensive orange color. That's the first impression.

Very earthy, hoppy and intensive bitterness with less fruits than in the nose. The alcohol is well hidden behind the intensive hoppiness and bitter notes.

Santa Paws

The aroma is what you would expect from a beer with that color: some coffee, hints of caramel and some yeast, some sweetness in the background.

The taste is more intensive: dark malt with a decent bitterness, again some coffee and caramel. The yeast comes up from time to time, very creamy in the mouth.

It's a bit weak for my personal opinion...

Hardcore IPA

It's named Hardcore and its attributes are definitely more on the extreme side: caramel, malt, spices, citrus, tropical fruits and hops.

The hoppiness is definitely there from the first sip, combined with the flavors which came to the nose before: hops, citrus, spices, herbs, malts and caramel. The full load.

If you are a hophead, I am sure you will love it, I did so. Even though the ABV is high, it is very drinkable! Be careful!

Paradox Macallan

I got this bottle from a friend (thx Seth!) while I was in Florida a few years ago... the description itself sounds really interesting... a beer which's been stored in a Whisky cask... a 1987 Macallan Sherry cask.

Ok, let's give it a try. Very dark color, the foam is beige and very creamy... Fat in the mouth, reminding a bit of chocolate with some decent bitter notes, you can really chew the roasted malt... a very intensive taste... and after a while: oh yeah, there´s the influence of the cask. There's definetly Sherry, creamy dried fruits... some hints of smoke... from time to time the alcohol gets more intensive and then fades away again... it's bottled at 10 %.

This one went very well with the 1997 Diplomaticos No. 2 which I fired up... good combo.