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Hobo Pop

Rating: 3.45

This one is another beer I have been keeping an eye out for recently, one of the three prototype beers released by Brewdog for the 2013 Prototype Challenge in December. This one is an American style wheat ale brewed with Amarillo and Centennial hops and is what in my opinion (without trying any of course) will be the worst of the three offerings. That being said I was pleased to see that the three beers this year are all manageable abv. beers for once. This is a contest that was won by Cocoa Psycho last year with Jackhammer coming a close second. The prize at stake for the winner is a place on the Brewdog rotating beer roaster and of the three available I was able to pick up two, the other being Interstellar but I was unable to find the third, Brixton Porter, anywhere so I may need to make a trip to a Brewdog bar before the end of the challenge if at all possible. Also if going by the name alone, this one should probably be declared the winner.
Hobo Pop

Appearance (3/5): Bright, clear amber with a finger-sized, foamy white head that fades to a foamy looking lacing on the surface with further built up on the edges of the glass and some lacing too.
Aroma (7/10): Hoppy, more so that I had been expecting and with some nice bitter notes coming through as well. There is a background tropical fruit aroma and citrus, although I was struggling to detect anything in the way of any wheat coming through. I did get some mango and a little caramel though but the aroma was a fairly good one.
Taste (7/10): Light tropical fruits and some bitterness, but now with some wheat that was missing from the nose.There is a good mix of fruits with mango, citrus and some all featuring and some pine hops in there too, as well as some caramel but this is minimal.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and slightly bitter with a juicy feel to it but that comes across as a little watery in areas but this luckily isn’t throughout. Both the carbonation and the body of this one are about medium and the beer is quite easy to drink with a semi bitter, pine like finish that lingers a little.

Overall (13/20): This one was not too bad an effort from Brewdog although I wouldn’t be rushing out to buy it if it were a year round offering due to the fact they have so many better American pale ale and IPA style beers out there. Yes, despite the fact that this one is labelled otherwise this one is most certainly more pale ale than wheat ale in my opinion. The beer was enjoyable enough but the fact that it seemed a touch watery in areas was enough to make my mind up for me, this will most likely be the last time I try this beer.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American Wheat Ale
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.00

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