Magic Stone Dog

Rating: 3.15

A fairly new beer from Brewdog here, this one was brewed in collaboration with Greg Koch from Stone Brewing and Stu from England’s Magic Rock brewery. The beer was released just last month and I quickly picked up a bottle, I’m always fearful that these limited releases from Brewdog will sell out fast when in truth they rarely seem to. The beer was brewed at Brewdog’s new brewery on the eve of their AGM and was labelled as an American pale ale by them but is in truth a hybrid saison/pale ale but I’m confused as to what exactly that’ll turn out like; hopefully it’ll be a good one though.

Magic Stone Dog

Appearance (3/5): The beer initially looks like a saison, either that or a watered down American pale ale but I’ll trust the commercial description and treat it as the pale ale it claims to be. The beer is quite clear with a finger-sized, foamy white head on top that has decent retention initially and looks like it’ll leave some minor lacing on the sides of the glass too. Colour wise is is a light amber to golden colour and there is the odd fine bubble rising to the surface too.
Aroma (4/10): Again it seems more like a saison or at least a Belgian ale with some spice and yeast upfront, quickly followed by some citrus notes and pepper. Some sweetness also comes through with the odd tropical fruit and some pineapple but it the yeast that seems to be most pronounced, at least initially anyway. Towards the end there is a fusty and kind of odd aroma though, it is almost like dust or suit on the nose and this definitely takes away from the smell quite a bit although it wasn’t exactly a classic before that.
Taste (7/10): Much like the smell was initially, there is some Belgian style yeast and plenty of citrus coming through with a solid helping of spice and some lighter tropical fruits, in particular some pineapple and touches of mango seem the strongest. The beers taste was a marked improvement on the aroma in my eyes and some subtle hops helped to round things off nicely.
Palate (4/5): Slightly spicy with a strong citrus tang and hints of sweetness throughout. The beer was light medium in body with medium carbonation and a some tart throughout.

Overall (13/20): I had high hopes for this one going in given that it’s a collaboration between three excellent breweries but in truth it failed to deliver, at least in part. The beer was quite enjoyable but it wasn’t as good as I’ve come to expect from these three craft breweries, the aroma in particular being a real disappointment and what brought the beer down some in my opinion of it.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog / Stone / Magi Rock (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.40

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  1. September 17, 2014 at 09:03

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