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Brewdog B-Side Vermont IPA

Rating: 4.05

Yet another new Brewdog beer now and this one is a new release from them for 2017, following hot on the heels of their New England IPA brewed in collaboration with Manchester’s Cloudwater brewery and released a few weeks ago. This one is a small batch offering from Brewdog under their B-Side label and appears to be available only at some of their UK bars on keg only. The beer, like the New England IPA, is a ‘Vermont’ style IPA that seems to be the latest craft beer trend coming out of the state but it’s one that I’m fully behind if the beers are all as good as the first of the style that I tried. I spotted that my local Brewdog bar had this one on-tap recently and was hopeful of trying it when I visited over the weekend, thankfully it was still available and managed to have it a couple of times over the course of the evening; here’s what I thought of it at the time.


Appearance (4/5): Quite a cloudy yellow beer that is very much like the brewery’s collaboration with Cloudwater what that I reviewed here previously, their New England IPA. The beer is opaque looking and topped with a foamy white head that is about a quarter of a centimetre tall by the time I got it back to my table, about thirty seconds after that it fades to a thin surface lacing but there is at least some nice lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh on the nose with a lot of citrus upfront that are accompanied by a more subtle pine hop aroma. There is some floral hops coming through in the early going too but it’s the tropical fruits that take centre stage, and in particular the pineapple notes are the most noticeable. There was some sweetness and a couple of further background fruits nearer the middle of the beer though and I managed to detect some mango and apricot in there before touches of lemon and a floral bitterness see things out.
Taste (8/10): Matching the nose well, this one opens with some strong hop bitterness that is just a touch stronger than what came through with the nose and it is followed up by some touches of pine and tropical fruits; the mango and apricot again feature with the pineapple from the nose a little weaker here but still the most noticeable of the tropical fruits. Around the middle there is some sweetness off the back of some caramel flavours and other sweet malts. Towards the end some lemon and grassy hops start to come through as well and round things off nicely.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and a very fresh, lively beer that has a subtle bitterness that again reminds me of the recent New England IPA from the brewery. There was a pleasant tang to proceedings with some sweetness nearer the middle thanks to some caramel as well as the tropical fruits. The balance of the beer was a good one and it turned out to be a very easy beer to drink but I felt it could have been a touch stronger at times to make it a great palate.

Overall (17/20): Another very nice ‘Vermont IPA’ from Brewdog and as expected after seeing it pour, the beer was quite similar to their recent New England IPA brewed with help from Cloudwater but sadly this one wasn’t quite as good. This particular offering was a slightly lighter version the same beer with the pineapple flavours again coming through strongest on top of very pleasant floral and subdued pine hops to give the beer quite a fresh, balanced taste. Despite not being the better of the two Vermont IPA’s I’ve tried from the brewery, this beer is still an excellent one that is well worth trying and I’m hopeful it will turn into a regular offering from the brewery in the coming months; very enjoyable and one I’ll try to have again soon.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2017
Also Known As: Brewdog Small Batch Vermont IPA
Type: New England IPA
Abv: 7.4%
Serving: Keg (Schooner)
Purchased: Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.47

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