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Brewdog No Label

Rating: 3.9

Another new brewed bottle for 2015 and one that I managed to try in the brewery’s newly opened ‘DogHouse’ BBQ joint/bar in Glasgow when I visited it recently, soon after it opened. I had initially been hoping to try this beer on-tap after spotting it in the menu but as it turned out the keg had just finished so I was offered it by the bottle instead and gladly accepted. Labelled as ‘the world’s first non-binary, transgender beer’ and it is brewed with hops that have changed from female to male flowers prior to harvest. No Label was brewed in partnership with LGBTQI+ events organisers Queerest of the Queer with all profits from the sale of the beer going to Queerest of the Queer to distribute to charities of their choosing.

Brewdog No Label

Appearance (4/5): This one was quite a light looking beer but also quite bright, there was a golden-yellow body that was clear and topped with a thin and foamy white head that was patchy and sat mainly in the middle of the glass.
Aroma (8/10): The aroma was a fruity one with some nice hops coming through early on, there was certainly more of them than I had been expecting and some pine and tropical fruits were imparted on the smell as a result. There was a nice citrus backing and touches of grapefruit coming through as well before a few pale malts and freshly cut grass showed themselves. The beer seemed lively and fresh on the nose with a good balance and the odd herbal note into the bargain.
Taste (7/10): Fresh and floral tasting with more of a fruity taste than expected, there was strong citrus flavours to begin with and this was followed by some pine, grapefruit, pineapple and even some faint banana. There was some pale lager malts in the mix as well and I managed to detect some nice bitterness around the middle with some biscuit too before some grassy hops and lemon seen things out.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and definitely a lot more fruity than anticipated with lots of hops, particularly on the nose, and a very fresh, lively feel to the beer. The body was a light-medium one and it was quite dry but strongly carbonated as well as featuring a nice tang from the citrus and a good balance overall.

Overall (16/20): This was a beer that I was very glad to have ordered, an excellent twist on the Kölsch style of beer with plenty of fresh hops and quite a lively feel to keep things interesting; it almost seemed like a hybrid pale lager/American IPA with some nice pine and grapefruit coming through alongside the dominate citrus flavours. This one seemed very well-balanced and easy to drink, it’s definitely a good session beer alternative to the usual pale lagers out there and one I’d like to try again; it’s a pity this one will only be available for a short time so grab a bottle if you get a chance.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Kölsch
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BrewDog DogHouse (Glasgow)
Price: £3.70

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