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Vagabond Pale Ale

Rating: 3.8

The last of the four beers I picked up as part of the 2014 Prototype Challenge ran by Brewdog and follows on from their All Day Long, Alt Amber and Hop Fiction IPA offerings that I reviewed here previously. This particular beer actually came out top of the public vote when the challenge was launched at the end of last year and that is part of the reason I decided to save it until last, hopefully I have actually left the best until the end but if I’m honest then it’s going to have to be one hell of a poor beer to fail to beat the previous three offerings. It is actually the first ever gluten-free beer that Brewdog have brewed and shouldn’t be confused with one of their previous beers, Vagabond Pilsner which was briefly available as a draught beer in Brewdog bars back in the summer of 2013.

Vagabond Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a clear bodied, light copper colour with red tinges and looks still in the glass. The head was a foamy looking, cream coloured white one that fades to a fine lacing covering the surface after about forty-five seconds.
Aroma (7/10): Finally a beer that actually smells like a Brewdog one here, it starts with some citrus hops and caramel with the odd floral note featuring as well. Nothing is in your face or overly pronounced but the nose initially seems to be a good one. Some earthy notes backed up with some background fruits and biscuit come through as well and beer is a good one on the nose at least.
Taste (8/10): Quite tangy initially with a lot of citrus and spicy flavours kicking thing off nicely, there is caramel malts adding some sweetness too. The biscuit from the nose follows before the hoppy bitterness really kicks in, helped along by some nice floral flavours.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and well carbonated with some nice fizz without seeming gassy or unpleasant. The body was a light-medium one with  quite a crisp feel to proceedings and plenty of bitterness throughout.

Overall (14/20): At long last a beer from this Brewdog prototype challenge that can be considered as a good beer, don’t get me wrong it’s not a classic but it is enjoyable and definitely drinkable, particularly when compared to other gluten free beers I’ve tried in the past. While it’s not one I’m likely to pick up more than occasionally it was easily the winner of the four beers I tried in this ‘gimmick’ annual release from Brewdog.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £1.80

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  1. April 26, 2015 at 21:25

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