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Brewdog Kingpin

Rating: 3.6

The first review from the latest batch of beers that I ordered from the Brewdog online shop now, this one being their latest attempt to brew a popular lager and as such it follows on from the likes of their 77 Lager, Vagabond Pilsner, Fake Lager and This. Is. Lager offerings that have come and gone over the last couple of years. The beer will be the 110th from Brewdog that I will have reviewed on this blog, and roughly my 105th unique beer from the brewery given I’ve tried more than one version of the same beer a couple of times in the past. This is a beer that I tried to pick up not long after it first appeared in Brewdog bars and shops earlier this summer but it seems to have been quite a popular introduction for it and I was finding it difficult to source any initially, so hopefully that is a good sign of things to come from this one.

Brewdog Kingpin

Appearance (4/5): Quite a bright beer, this one is also pretty clear and sits a medium amber colour in the glass. It is topped with a fairly large, centimetre and a half head that’s a bubbly white once it settles a little but started as quite a foamy one. There was plenty of fine bubbles rising to the surface and the head retention is about average, initially fading to about half its original before finally settling as a fine white lacing atop the beer.
Aroma (6/10): Quite standard fair on the nose in the early going if I’m honest, there was a little grain and the usual grassy hops with a little hay and a faint touch of lemon too. The odd bread malt sneaks through as well before a couple of lager malts see things out. It’s quite a basic nose consider what I’ve come to expect from Brewdog and there wasn’t too much to it really.
Taste (7/10): Opening up with some subtly sweet malts and  a few grassy flavours, there’s thankfully a bit more to it than the nose hinted at, I got some citrus flavours and a little grain but also some background apple flavours and a biscuit taste too. A couple of Czech style hops featured around the middle and a bit of corn followed without anything being overly strong or overpowering.
Palate (4/5): A light-medium bodied beer and with softer carbonation than I’d anticipated although it definitely wasn’t flat. There was quite a sharp, crisp feel to the beer and it was easy to drink with the odd touch of sweetness coming through as well. It’s definitely not the most complex beer out there either though but it was pretty much as I expect from a craft lager I guess.

Overall (14/20): A decent lager from Brewdog and probably better than I thought it would be going in, they’ve released quite a few relatively poor lager/pilsner style beers over the last couple of years so the fact that this one good (not great, just good) is a step in the right direction. It’s probably still not quite as good as their 77 Lager and Vagabond Pilsner offerings of the past but I wouldn’t say no to a second can at least.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £1.70

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  1. May 28, 2017 at 18:41

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