A carefully constructed game of Beer Chess
So, to finish up the Brewdogs from Aberdeen. Once we got into the mid-afternoon, the cues around the bars were beyond ridiculous. It was taking a good 20 minutes to get served, so we decided to get three lots of three drinks at a time, and ended up with mostly what was left, which included 5am Saint, Dead Pony Club and Hardcore IPA. You can see some of them in the rather interesting mix of pints and half pints up above, but I’ll be damned if I can remember which is which.
Anyway, I did at least write some notes on each, even if I didn’t take a good photo. 5am Saint was a very nice amber ale, the colour of fresh brewed tea, and full of sweet caramel and tropical fruit flavour.
Dead Pony Club is their “tribute” to the Californian style Pale Ale. it’s actually more like a traditional English IPA, being fairly mundane by Brewdog’s standards, with some decent but unspectacular dry hoppiness and grapefruit tang, but a rather thin texture. Brilliantly, this 3.8% was actually once banned by the Portman Group, which overseas alcohol advertising, because it promoted excessive drinking and alcohol consumption – of all the beers they make, this would not be the one to fall into that category.
Hardcore IPA is more the sort of beer you expect from these Scottish brewing wizards, weighing in at a hefty 9.2%, this is a mass of evaporate on the tongue booziness, dark roasty malt richness and a punchy and long lasting hoppiness. Perhaps too strong and OTT for my liking, still a beer worth trying.