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DNA New World IPA

Rating: 2.3

I was quite surprised to find this beer in Tesco’s a couple of weeks ago, it’s not often you get anything associated with Dogfish Head in the UK so I quickly grabbed a bottle. The beer is a collaboration between English brewers Wells & Young’s and American craft brewers Dogfish Head; a surprisingly partnership to say the least given the former of the two isn’t even close to being considered a craft brewery in my book. The beer is brewed in England and is apparently a Dogfish Head’s 60 IPA and Wells & Young’s traditional brewing ingredients, a beer that is described as either an American pale ale or IPA but after trying I’ve labelled it an English IPA although an English bitter would be wrong either. As I’ve mentioned it was a beer that I was much looking forward to trying but in the end it failed to deliver and in truth I’m surprised Dogfish Head put there name to such a dismal offering despite the fact that I’ve only tried two of their beers previously.

DNA New World IPA

Appearance (2/5): Amber to light copper in colour with a tiny, bubbly white head on top that turns to a very patchy lacing after a couple of seconds when ends up as a touches of lace around the circumference after that.
Aroma (5/10): Quite a weak beer on the nose with some earthy hops coming through initially, touches of light citrus backing this up and a bitter base. There is the odd grassy note and some subtle hops coming through with toasted malts closing things but in truth the beer is quite a boring smelling one.
Taste (5/10):
 Some citrus up front with a bitter and earthy malt taste that hints at some hops. There is a few background fruits lingering in there but the taste is much like the smell, very basic and almost bland with nothing exciting about it.
Palate (2/5):
Touches of grain with a slight tang from the citrus and the light medium carbonation. There is a slightly oily texture to the beer and it is medium bodied but yet again it is also disappointing.

Overall (10/20): I was really disappointed with this beer, I was expecting so much better down to the fact that Dogfish Head was involved in the brewing of this one and allowed their name to be put on the bottle. After trying it I quickly realised that this one is nothing more that your ordinary, run-of-the-mill English bitter and is in fact probably slightly below average with nothing to grab your attention or keep you interested; avoid this one folks, there are much better beers out there to try first.

Brewed In: Bedford, England
Brewery: Wells & Young’s
First Brewed: 2014
Type: English IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Tesco
Price: £1.65

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  1. April 22, 2016 at 08:15

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