Total Score: 7.55/10
Well, well, looks like BrewDog Elvis Juice has a new sibling in Pump Action Poet Stonefruit IPA… it’s no secret that I am a big fan of Elvis Juice, to me it is the best (and most consistent) fruit-infused beer. So expectations are very high indeed. A thing that a seasoned Elvis drinker (like me) notices right away is the higher ABV from 6.5% to 7.5%… Elvis was such a drinkable brew at 6.5%, my only concern is that at 7.5% Pump Action Poet might be a bit too on the nose [or tongue in this specific instance]… not the name though – Pump Action Poet, it’s another great brew name from BrewDog, hopefully they won’t get sued for this one… though that does look like Master Chief on the label… shhh, don’t tell Microsoft!
Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Fairly hazed golden amber hue body with a nice white cappuccino foam head on top that compacts down to about half a centimetre. I declare this looks like a tasty fermented beverage! 8/10.
S: Fruity… stone-fruity. Peach and apricot rule this Pump Action Poet aroma! As advertised then. With notes of grapefruit, orange blossom and a thick biscuit malt base. Master Chief: “Reporting for duty!”. Wait, does the Master Chief even speak? I don’t ever remember hearing him speak. Regardless he has the soul of a poet I am now swayed to believe. 8/10.
T: Yep, stone-fruit for days – it’s carnival time in Georgia (the US state – not the Eurasian country). It’s a bit like an American IPA with some Southern Comfort – that extra 1% ABV does give it a slight spirit edge unfortunately. Other than a bold peachy character there’s a light grapefruit/orange citric backbone and a biscuit base underlying everything… however that spirit edge only serves to detract from the flavour overall. Still it’s good. Not great. Good. 7/10.
M: Medium bodied with a reasonably dense carbonation, not as gassy as Elvis, but then he did eat a lot of hamburgers… 8/10.
D: It’s no Elvis, but it delivers what it sets out to do on the can where it says “Stonefruit IPA” – it is definitely one of those. The whole spirity/SoCo vibe detracts from what could have been an easy-drinking fruit beer like Elvis. Elvis is a breeze at 6.5%, this is almost a chore at 7.5%, goes to show just how much of a difference 1% can make. However: there is a good beer in here. Oh yeah, not a fan of peaches, but I didn’t let that affect the score [I’m a mofressional]. 8/10.
Food match: This beer made me think of sashimi for some reason.