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Hello, My Name Is Ingrid

Rating: 4.05

Probably the beer I’ve been most wanting to try from Brewdog now, this one was a beer that they initially released way back in 2011 as a limited release for the Swedish market and since then it’s made a couple of brief appearance on-tap the odd Brewdog bar in the UK over the years. This one was the first beer the brewery brewed in their ‘Hello, My Name Is…’ series but will actually be the seventh in the series that I’ve tried and with the exception of the last I tried, last years Holy Moose offering, they have all been excellent beers. Earlier this year Brewdog launched their ‘#ReBrewdog’ poll that gave everyone a chance to vote on which past Brewdog beer they would like to see re-brewed and this one was a clear winner in the poll. I managed to pick this one up last month from Brewdog’s online shop after it was re-released as a shareholder exclusive and now I’m finally able to give it a try; it’s been a long time coming. The beer itself is brewed with Swedish cloudberries and was initially brewed in collaboration with BeerSweden, the Swedish importer of Brewdog beers and it’s one I can’t wait to crack open now.

hello-my-name-is-ingrid

Appearance (4/5): A bright caramel amber colour, this one had a slightly hazy body but not many bubbles rising to the surface. The head was a thin, half-centimetre one that was foamy in texture and faded over the opening minute or so to leave a thin surface lacing that looked like it was about to turn patchy without actually doing so.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a fruity opening, there’s some nice peach and mango notes to start things off here and they are quickly followed by touches of citrus and pine. A few malts start to appear as we get nearer the middle, with some grapefruit accompanying them before a little sweetness and some caramel touches sneak in. It’s a refreshing introduction to proceedings with a pleasantly hoppy start before some apricot and orange round things off very nicely indeed; an excellent start.
Taste (8/10): Fresh and hoppy to start, there’s a very nice bitterness opening things up and it goes a step further than with the nose. There’s some pine and grapefruit in there before some apricot and mango follow on behind. There’s an excellent juicy taste around the middle of the beer that is coupled with some sweet malts and faint caramel, although neither are as strong as they seemed with the nose.  Towards the end there was a slightly floral taste with some citrus and berries, the later presumably the cloudberries mentioned on the label of the beer but it’s not exactly a fruit I’m overly familiar with really; overall the beer was a great tasting one though and it went down a treat.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and medium bodied, the beer is a sticky sweet one that comes through with plenty of bitterness that gives the beer a refreshing feel. Overall it’s quite balanced and was very easy to drink despite the strength. There was a touch of alcohol showing in parts but for the most part the juicy fruits and hop bitterness was enough to cover most of this.

Overall (17/20): Pretty nice stuff from Brewdog here, I can see what all the fuss was about when this one was first released back in 2011. The beer opens with quite a fruity taste that was loaded with pine and grapefruit hops but still seemed fairly juicy and fresh. There was a nice bitterness to proceedings and the alcohol content remained well hidden throughout as well. It’s definitely not an all-time best from Brewdog but it is a pretty nice beer and one that I’d happily go back to again were it to find itself as a regular offering from the brewery and it’s certainly well worth looking out for while it’s still available.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2011 (re-released in 2016)
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 8.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £2.95

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