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Born To Die 27.11.2015

Rating: 4.4

Following on from the 04.07.2015 dated version that I had back in June, this one is the second in the Born To Die series from Brewdog that takes inspiration from Stone’s Enjoy By beers. I managed to try a bottle of this over the summer after ordering a bottle online so I was in two minds about reviewing it again when the second edition came out but after finding myself in Brewdog’s DogHouse bar/BBQ joint recently and spotting it on tap I thought I’d do so and compare it to the bottled version as I went. I’ve since learnt that there has been a few small changed to the recipe since the first edition hit the shelves so I feel justified in giving the new draft version a separate review here despite the beer being the same one for the most part; this one definitely seemed fresher anyway and I can see this beer a beer that I go back to time and time again, with each new release.

Born To Die 27.11.2015

Appearance (4/5): Light amber in colour with a semi-clear body and a thin, quarter centimetre tall head on top that is quite and leaves some touches of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh and very hoppy on the nose with a good mixture of orange and peach coming through early on. There was plenty of pine and grapefruit, especially as the beer started to heat up a little and was given time to breathe. I managed to detect some mango alongside plenty of hop bitterness and a few hints of alcohol too. There was a lingering bitterness on the nose that was similar to the bottled version, maybe even a little better.
Taste (9/10): Following on in a similar fashion to the nose, this one was again a very hoppy and fresh IPA with a lot of hops coming through from the very start, most notably of the pine and citrus variety. This was followed by some sweet malts and a caramel but there was also a good amount of grapefruit, tropical fruits and mango in there too before touches of alcohol and a lingering bitterness come through right at the end; this one was an excellent beer and a step up from the bottled version.
Palate (5/5): A smooth and well carbonated beer with a very fresh feel as you would expect given the concept of the beer. There was a slight warming alcohol feel to proceedings and a nice tang from the citrus that helped the beer going down frighteningly well. The balance seemed excellent and the palate was quite a deep, complex one.

Overall (18/20): Amazing stuff, this one was another excellent offering from Brewdog and tasted every bit as good as their first version of the beer and then some. There was tonnes of flavour coming through, most notably a pine hop bitterness with some great, sweet malts off that back of it. There was some great fruity flavours and a nice tropical taste in places giving a fresh, lively tasting beer that went down incredibly well. I’m always in two minds about ordering a beer that I’ve already tried (or tried a version of), especially when I’m out somewhere with so much choice and plenty of new beers for me to try but this one was outstanding and I’m glad I went back to it, I’d do it again given the chance.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 8.5%
Serving: Draight (Half Pint)
Purchased: BrewDog DogHouse (Glasgow)
Price: £4.65

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