Lizard Bride

Rating: 3.65

Back to what I know best with this one, Lizard Bride is a new and presumably one-off beer from Brewdog that was released in August this year and is labelled as a cross between an IPA and a sour ale with the brewery putting slightly more emphasis on the IPA side of things so that’s what I’ll list it as here (it’s listed on the bottle itself as a ‘sour Berry IPA’). The beer is actually one that I’ve tried a little of already, having managed to taste some at the brewery’s new Glasgow location ‘Doghouse’ recently and it was one that seemed to go down nicely on keg. It is actually a beer that was listed as keg only in the bar as well as on the brewery’s website but I’ll be reviewing a bottle of it that I ordered from the brewery online shop a couple of weeks ago. It’s definitely on that I’m looking forward to trying more of, after all it’s not very often I get to try a purple coloured beer.

Lizard Bride

Appearance (4/5): Deep red to amber in colour with the odd hint of purple too, this one is unusual looking and topped with a light pink to white head that’s slightly foamy in texture. Retention wise the beer is quite good with the head starting about a centimetre and a half tall and gradually reducing in size to end up about three-quarters of a centimetre tall after a minute or two.
Aroma (7/10): This one opens up with what was initially quite a hop-filled nose featuring plenty of citrus and some light tropical fruits as well. I got plenty of sour berries and touches of tart around the middle, with raspberries making up the bulk of the smell but some cherries and plenty of juices also made an appearance; it was quite a fresh smelling beer with good floral bitterness towards the end as well.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose well, this one is again hoppy with a lot of citrus upfront but there is also some pine with the taste too. I managed to get the sour berries and tart again early on and this gave the beer a funky flavour with the raspberries again dominating but this time the cherries were a little more pronounced. There was some light grapefruit, some passion fruit and even a little lemon with a few backing fruits as well giving the beer a fresh and easy-going taste with that was very sweet and sugary.
Palate (4/5): Fresh with a light-medium body that sat on-top of quite strong carbonation levels and came with quite a lot of sweetness throughout. The beer seemed fizzy but there was a lot of sourness and tart from the start but thankfully some hop bitterness was also present to help even things out a little.

Overall (13/20): This one was quite an interesting and unusual idea for a beer that seemed to work a lot better than I was expecting with the IPA side of things being quite noticeable thanks to the strength of the hops and the tropical fruit flavours coming through but you still got the sourness and tart as well with raspberry being one of the dominate flavours. The beer was quite well-balanced and relatively easy to drink but I’m not sure I could have managed more than one as a result of the sweetness and sugars that featured throughout.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American IPA (Sour/Wild Ale)
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Price: £2.30

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  1. December 14, 2015 at 10:22

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