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Born To Die 04.07.2015

Rating: 3.95

This one is another rotating release from Brewdog that I’ve been quite excited about trying ever since they first announced they would be brewing this one. Taking inspiration from Stone’s Enjoy By series, this one is a self-styled “terminally hoppy IPA” that was released online and in some stores on the 21st of May 2015 and with an expiration date of July 4th that gives everyone 44 days to try this at its best. I’ve wanted to try a version of Stone’s Enjoy By series for some time now but given that the one time I’ve seen it available in the UK it was priced through the roof I decided to give it a miss, hopefully this one will prove a suitable substitute in the mean time. Apparently this is a beer that will be released twice this year, although I’ve no idea when the next batch will be out so I decided to take no chances and order a bottle online the day it was released (along with a few other beers of course) but I’ve since seen that it is available in 660ml ‘bombers’ from a couple of shops in the Glasgow area as well as on keg at all UK Brewdog bars – maybe I’ll even sneak in a half pint over the next couple of weeks if they have any on when I’m next in.

Born To Die

Appearance (4/5): This one poured quite a lot lighter than I’d been expecting and it was surprisingly clear bodied with the beer sitting a light amber to golden colour in the glass. The head started as a thin, half centimetre one that’s a bubbly white colour and disappears quicker than I’d have liked before sitting as a very patchy surface lacing after about twenty seconds.
Aroma (7/10): The beer is as hoppy as promised, there is a tonne of resinous pine, grapefruit and citrus notes upfront with touches of apricot and orange in there too. Some touches of alcohol also appeared early on with this one but the hop bitterness is what comes out on top. The beer is rounded off by some mango and topical fruit notes and a hint of sweetness.
Taste (8/10): Opening up much like the nose, this one starts with a strong hit of resinous pine and grapefruit before some apricot, mango and oranges start to come through. Again some of the alcohol is showing through but it’s not overly strong or off-putting with a few tropical fruits covering at least some of it before some floral flavours and a touch of grassy hops see things out quite well.
Palate (4/5): This one came through a little lighter than I anticipated, falling somewhere around light medium bodied with a sticky feel and moderate carbonation. Naturally it was quite a bitter beer with a lot of hops coming through and some sweetness off the back of that. Despite some touches of alcohol showing from early on with this one, it was still a dangerously easy beer to drink and a bitter one at that.

Overall (17/20): I was originally a little disappointed straight after opening and pouring this one, the beer didn’t look particularly great sitting in the glass but one I’d smelt and tried it then I’m glad to say that I immediately changed my mind. This one was a really hoppy and bitter double IPA that remained quite an easy on to drink although some touches of alcohol were apparent throughout. I particularly enjoyed the resinous pine flavours and the fruit backing they received with this one going down a lot easier than it should have; a beer well worth picking up and one I’ll be on the lookout for the next time Brewdog decide to brew it (assuming it’s a little more reasonably priced anyway).

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 8.5%
Serving: Bottle (660ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £7.50

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