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Restorative Beverage For Invalids & Convalescents

Rating: 3.95

Yet another new Brewdog beer now and a limited release that was released just last month, in March 2015 and sold out within a couple of weeks on their online shop. I managed to pick a bottle up in a Glasgow bottle shop soon after its release since the concept was one that I though might work quite well, a traditionally brewed IPA in the English style that is incredibly dry and pale before being hopped using the latest techniques to give it a modern spin. The beer is an 8.7% double IPA that apparently looks almost like a pilsner but is “as dry as a Lambic” according to the brewery. Oh and in case you are wondering, beer takes its name from a 19th Century book by Dr. Jonathan Pereira wherein he described IPA’s as “a most valuable restorative beverage for invalids and convalescents”. So there you have it, an old world meets new double IPA that I’m quite excited to try now.

Restorative Beverage For Invalids & Convalescents

Appearance (4/5): Pouring quite a light, golden amber that borders on straw, this one was definitely clear than I expected and was topped with a thin, quarter centimetre head that was white and foamy looking and gradually started to break up a little to leave the odd gap on the surface of the beer. An interesting looking beer but one that just seemed a little light despite the fact this was apparently what Brewdog were going for.
Aroma (7/10): Quite fruity on the nose with a lot of floral notes and tropical aromas coming through, there is some pine hops along with quite a lot of bitterness. There is quite a lot of lemon on the nose with some mango, orange and pineapple as well as some grapefruit adding to the bitterness that the tonnes of hops generate.
Taste (8/10): Quite a hoppy flavour with a lot of bitterness that matches the nose well and is backed up with plenty of topical fruits, the lemon coming through the strongest of the bunch. There is some grapefruit here again that adds to the bitterness with some orange in there too. Some malts sneak in towards the end and overall the beer has quite a good balance.
Palate (4/5): This one is a smooth, very dry beer that goes down easily and despite the huge amount of bitterness with this one the taste was surprisingly well-balanced. The alcohol content is well hidden throughout and the carbonation levels are somewhere just north of medium.

Overall (17/20): This one was another Brewdog beer that I really enjoyed and following on from their Stereo Wolf Stout that makes it two in a row from the brewery. This one was a really bitter beer that still managed to maintain a nice balance with the tropical fruit flavours and hints of malts at the end. The notable alcohol content was well hidden throughout and the beer went down a lot easier than an 8.7% one should have as a result.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 8.7%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.80

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