Total Score: 7.4/10
I’ve been looking forward to a BrewDog for some time now, the allure of a company that touts the strongest beer in the world has been brewing inside me (no pun intended).
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.
A: BAZZAM! This beer does not like being kept under 4 degrees in the fridge – it came bursting out of the bottle like it had something to prove before the slightly tan head died down to nothing. Body is a cloudy honey orange. 4/10.
S: Smells like various herbs and cannabis… a party waiting to go down. The grains are bludgeoned to death by the hops in this so-called Lager. There is also a hint of cut grass (grains?). 7/10.
T: The hops dominate with a spicy/herby character that finishes dry and soured. It’s like a challenge thrown down by Brewdog, a gauntlet slapped across the face of US micro-brewers saying “Oi! We Scots can brew complex hop driven beers too”… I like it. There are much stronger beers out there that have much less flavour than this. The only thing that detracts from the taste is that it doesn’t really qualify as a Pilsener in my books – it’s more of an APA in flavour style… bit of false advertising there. 8/10.
M: Maybe as a result of the explosion of foam that came out of the bottle when I opened it but this beer is fairly flat (making it seem even more like an Ale), not that I have a problem with that. 6/10.
D: It does say “Juxtaposition Pilsener” on the bottle – perhaps that’s the juxtaposition (that it doesn’t taste like a Pilsener). Who cares? It’s a decent beer that goes down well, that herbaceous character is at home with my taste buds any day of the week. 8/10.
Food match: I would juxtaposition this brew with a gourmet pizza and be quite satisfied… in fact I will!