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Elvis Juice

Rating: 3.55

My 102nd Brewdog beer now and my second from over the weekend in the brewery’s DogHouse bar in Glasgow. The beer in question this time is their Elvis Juice graepfruit infused IPA that I had soon after trying (and not really enjoying) another grapefruit offering, Magic Rock’s High Wire Grapefruit. This particular beer is actually the third from Brewdog to bear the name Elvis Juice with the brewery originally introducing a prototype of the beer at some point last summer, with that one coming in at the slightly stronger 6.7% abv. and coming as a bottled only version. This was then succeeded by another prototype, this time aptly named Elvis Juice V2.0, that was released in January of this year and was eventually replaced by the final version that I tried in their bar over the weekend after it was released towards the end of last week. Despite being a new Brewdog release, the beer was introduced as a can only offering but that’s not set in stone and may change at some point in the future and although I usually prefer beers on-tap, it’s nice to see cans become more common at Brewdog now; long may it continue.

Elvis Juice

Appearance (4/5): The beer pours a slightly darker than average amber colour and has quite a clear body with some red tinges coming through. There was a thin, half centimetre tall head on top that was a foamy texture and white in colour, although it was a little patchy in areas.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fruity beer with some nice pine and tropical fruit notes coming through but as expected the grapefruit is what appears to dominate in the early going. There was some lighter malts coming through with a nice citrus backing and some touches of sweetness as well. It was a lighter than expecting beer on the nose, coming through with hints of a radler in there and it seemed a touch artificial in places but it wasn’t a bad-smelling beer at all.
Taste (6/10): Like the nose, this was again quite a fruity beer with strong grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours to kick things off with a touch of pine, mango and some citrus backing things up. There was some grain showing through in places and a couple of lighter malts made an appearance around the middle with floral hints and a bitter-sweet taste towards the end that featured a tiny bit of alcohol too.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and coming through as a lively, well-carbonated offering made the beer seem fresh in areas but also slightly artificial too. There was a hint of fizz in there from the citrus and a slight tan as well before a moderately bitter aftertaste seen things out.

Overall (13/20): This one turned out to be a fairly average Brewdog offering and is far from their best, although it did prove to be a lot better than the Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit beer that I’d had just prior to this one. I wasn’t aware the beer was a grapefruit infused one until I read it on the can but at least some grapefruit was noticeable but it seemed overdone when compared to what you usually get from a regular American IPA. There was some nice tropical fruits and a little pine/citrus but these could have been a little strong and helped with the balance of the beer some; still it wasn’t a bad offering by any means. To be honest, I was hoping for something a little better from this one given that it is the third incarnation of the beer from Brewdog but it was quite standard and I imagine it’ll prove to be a fairly forgettable one as well; hopefully they don’t make it a regular beer without improving it some more first.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.00 (approx.)

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  1. September 21, 2016 at 08:09

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