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Ace Of Equinox

Rating: 3.25

The fourth and final offering in Brewdog’s 2016 single-hop, ‘Ace of’ series that has seem them release three previous offerings over the course of the year; the first being their Ace of Simcoe offering that was launched at the end of February and has so far been the best in the series. That one was followed by their Ace of Chinook and Ace of Citra offerings, the Chinook turning out to be an okay beer and the Citra being one to forget in my opinion. I’m hoping that this one is a beer to end the year on a high with from the brewery but since the last two in the series haven’t been anything special, I’m not overly excited about this one although it was nice that they spaced the beers out over the course of the year rather than releasing them all at the same time. Like the Ace of Chinook, I will be reviewing a bottle of this one that I picked up from a local Glasgow bottle shop a couple of weeks ago and despite the fact session IPA’s don’t really scream Christmas beer, I’m hopeful this one will go down relatively well. It’ll be interesting to see if this Ace of Hops series is one that Brewdog continues into 2017 or whether they will despite to change things up slightly and give another style of beer a turn.

ace-of-equinox

Appearance (4/5): Quite a clear looking amber colour but it’s also quite light looking, sitting with a quarter centimetre head that is foamy and white in colour. Head retention is okay with not much movement in the early going and there is even a touch of lacing stuck to one side of the glass but eventually it does start to turn a little patchy, breaking up around the one minute mark.
Aroma (6/10): Quite fresh and full of citrus, there is some orange and lemon opening things up here alongside touches of pine and grapefruit which give the beer a lively, exciting nose to start. There was some pineapple around the middle with the odd touch of caramel that made the beer seem more like a regular American IPA as opposed to the session IPA I was expecting. Unfortunately this doesn’t hold up quite as long as I would have liked and things started to weaken a little from the middle on wards with a weak tropical aroma and some biscuit malts rounding things off; it still came through as quite a nice beer on the nose but I’d have liked something a little stronger down the stretch.
Taste (6/10): Opening with some early pine and citrus flavours helped this one got off to a great start but like the nose things faded soon after thanks to some lager type malts coming through unexpectedly and distracting from the tropical fruits that followed. There was some mango and pineapple coming through with touches of caramel following alongside the earthy bitterness that the malts provided and that seemed a little stronger than normal for the style. There was some background hops and a few biscuit malts coming through soon after but the beer didn’t quite manage to recover sadly.
Palate (3/5): Light medium bodied and fairly fresh to begin with, this one came through with less carbonation than expected but it definitely wasn’t flat. There was a slight tang from the citrus coming through and I got faint sweetness from the caramel malts however the most noticeable thing about this one was the earthy bitterness that started around the middle and persisted from then on.

Overall (13/20): This one was a beer that started very well indeed, particularly early on with the aroma but sadly things started to fade from then on and the nose weaken somewhat thereafter. There was some pleasant tropical fruits and a little pine in there to keep things interesting but I was expecting something a bit more from this one but again a session IPA lets me down. Overall this series of beers from Brewdog was an interesting idea, albeit one that has been done multiple times before, but it was definitely an underwhelming bunch of beers; the sole exception being the Ace of Simcoe that kicked the series off.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.10

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