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Albino Squid Assassin

Rating: 3.75

A real milestone here now with this one being what I believe is my 100th review of a Brewdog beer here, I’ve come a long way since first trying a bottle of their original Punk IPA here back in 2010. Like so many of their offerings, this one is a limited release beer that I picked up earlier this year when it was initially released. The beer is a new offering from the brewery for 2016 and is brewed as a rye beer/speciality grain which isn’t a style I’m overly familiar with but it’s one that I’m looking forward to trying. It was released in January of this year as a canned offering with limited availability on keg at Brewdog bars as well. The artwork and can design was by Joe Wilson and is up there with some of the better can designs that I’ve seen; the likes of Beavertown spring immediately sprung to mind. Although this one is a one-off release from the brewery, I hear they have plans to age some of this red rye IPA in rye whiskey barrels as well so that could be an interesting release further down the line too.

Albino Squid Assassin

Appearance (4/5): Pouring slightly darker than I’d expected, this one sits a caramel brown to copper colour in the glass with a clear body and is topped with a centimetre tall head that is a foamy texture and slightly tanned brown in colour. Retention is okay but it soon settles as a thin and slightly patchy surface lacing after a bit.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a hoppy nose to start with some subtle tropical fruits kicking things off; there was some grapefruit and pine with some orange and floral notes off the back of them. It wasn’t the most pronounced nose but there was some caramel sweetness and toffee leading up to the middle. Some toasted notes and the odd grassy aroma featured towards the end but the tropical notes along with some rye and citrus notes were what immediately jumped out at you with this one.
Taste (7/10): Following on from the nose well, this one was a tropical tasting beer with some solid pine flavours and plenty of hops coming through; thankfully they seemed stronger here than with the nose too and there was some good bitterness coming through. Some citrus flavours and touches of orange came through around the middle with some rye and grain as well as faint alcohol but the beer was definitely more hoppy and tropical than anything else. Towards the end there is some herbal flavours and a good amount of sweetness coming through from the nose thanks to the caramel.
Palate (4/5): Quite a bitter beer with some nice fruity flavours and plenty of sweetness following on off the back of that, there was a nice balance to the beer and the texture seemed quite oily. Touches of alcohol did come through but not enough to overpower, just some boozy touches really. There was moderate to fine carbonation and the beer was an easy one to drink with a lingering bitterness at the end.

Overall (17/20): Another pretty enjoyable Brewdog offering that started off fairly average but grew on me some, particularly the taste. The beer was nice and fruity with good tropical fruits and a lot of bitterness with only some subtle hints of grain and rye coming through that made it seem more like a regular IPA than a rye beer really. There was definitely a solid kick to proceedings with the alcohol seeming a little stronger towards the end but it wasn’t too strong really. I definitely enjoyed this one and wouldn’t mind having it again but I’m not sure it’s quite a classic.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Rye Beer/Speciality Grain (Red Rye IPA)
Abv: 7.4%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

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