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Brewdog Beatnik Imperial Red Ale

Rating: 3.85

A second beer under Brewdog’s Beatnik Brewing Collective banner now, this is another beer that is brewed by company shareholders (of which I’m one but I’ve nothing to do with this beer sadly) and available only to these Equity for Punks members in Brewdog shops and online. The beer is my first imperial red ale in a while, I’ve only tried two or three others of this type of beer but it’s definitely on that I was looking forward to trying when I seen Brewdog were releasing another. The beer follows on from the Bounty Hunter as my second Beatnik beer and it again uses quite a standard and fairly average label to distinguish it from other Brewdog beers and I’m not sure how many bottles were brewed but the beer no longer seems to be available online or in Brewdog’s Glasgow bars so I guess I was lucky to grab a bottle a couple of weeks ago when I spotted it.


Appearance (4/5): A clear bodied amber to caramel red that’s topped with an impressive, three or four centimetre tall head that looks quite foamy and holds pretty well. There’s some light lacing on the sides and the head is a very slightly off-white to cream colour that looks great; a very good start.
Aroma (8/10): Quite hoppy initially but with a lot more sweetness than expected, there’s a combination of caramel and biscuit malts that kick things off before some touches of boozy alcohol and lighter fruits start to come through. The beer is lively with some hints of pine and citrus on top of a toffee base. Some further sweet malts back things up nearer the end with a bit of spice and some floral touches in there too.
Taste (7/10): Following on well from the nose, the taste kicks off with the same sweetness thanks to plenty of caramel malts and toffee coming through alongside plenty of sweet biscuit malts and spice. It’s a malty offering that features a plenty combination of spice and citrus around the middle before subtle fruits make an appearance; there’s a little berries and raisin with touches of blackcurrant in there too. Towards the end some further dark fruits and spices feature with a light bitterness rounding things off nicely.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and definitely a sweet beer, this one is quite a lively offering too with above average carbonation for the style and some nice spices too. Around the middle there was a light citrus tang and although it’s very sweet at times, the balance was better than expected. It’s an easy one to drink and quite moreish too with a lot of fresh, floral hops adding to the bitterness.

Overall (15/20): This one was a pretty good beer and a rare imperial red ale for myself, it was definitely a sweeter than expected beer with a lot of caramel and toffee flavours opening things up alongside the biscuit malts. Some pleasant darker fruits and berries came through with the taste and added a new dimension that wasn’t there with the nose and the beer had enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting too. It was quite an enjoyable beer from Brewdog under their Beatnik Brewing Collective banner and although I probably enjoyed their Bounty Hunter offering marginally better, this one is still a beer well worth trying if you can manage to find a bottle.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Full Name: Brewdog Beatnik Brewing Collective – Imperial Red Ale
Type: Imperial Red Ale
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BrewDog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £3.89

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