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#Mashtag 2014

Rating: 4.4

It’s that time again and I’m sitting down to review the 2014 edition of Brewdog’s annual #Mashtag release, a crowd sourced beer that follows on from the first ever #Mashtag that was voted for and brewed in March last before being released a few months later. Brewdog launched the concept on Twitter, Facebook and via their website blog, giving fans a chance to vote on each aspect of the beer from a list they provided with a brown ale coming out on top last year. For this years edition, a process that I again voted in, the winner was declared to be an Imperial Red Ale with blood orange, lemon peel and orange peel thrown in during the brewing process as an added twist. It is brewed using hops from New Zealand, Germany and the United States; it’s definitely one I’ve been looking forward to since voting closed. The tagline reads “#Mashtag 2014 – a beer for the people, by the people” so hopefully it is one that will please the people (and more importantly me)!

#Mashtag 2014

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark copper to amber colour with a clear body and a one centimetre tall, foamy white head on top that is a beige to creamy colour with the odd bubble. The beers head retention is good with no movement over the opening couple of minutes before it eventually turns to a slightly creamy looking one that is about half its original size.
Aroma (8/10): Starting very hoppy,the beer has a lot of resinous pine notes and a strong citrus aroma. The beer seems quite thick with a lot of bitterness showing and some orange in there too before the sweetness starts to come through and balance things out. There is some sweet malts and a little caramel that sit in the background along with some faint alcohol notes but these don’t seem overly strong or noticeable thankfully.
Taste (9/10): There is quite a strong and in your face bitterness to this one that I enjoyed with some strong pine, grapefruit and citrus flavours that features some orange too. The alcohol was also noticeable, more so than it was with aroma, and the sweet malts and caramel seem to have more of a presence here too. The beer almost tasted like a double IPA at times but the sweetness definitely balanced things without crowding out the bitterness towards the end; excellent stuff.
Palate (5/5): This latest Brewdog effort was very smooth on the palate, more so than I had been expecting given the high alcohol content. The body was a medium one but carbonation was a little lighter and the beer almost felt syrupy at times with some alcohol coming through, particularly towards the end.

Overall (18/20): This one was an excellent Brewdog beer in almost ever sense of the word and is probably my favourite beer of theirs, no mean feat considering this one will be the 69th beer from the brewery that I have reviewed here. The beer had an excellent balance and a wonderfully hoppy, bitter taste that went down a lot easier than it should have. This is definitely on of their beers that I would love to see brewed on a regular basis, or at least on a semi-regular one; I’ll have to grab another couple of bottles of the stuff before it’s gone forever.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Imperial Red Ale
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.50 (approx.)

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