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Make Earth Great Again

December 7, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 3.6

Possibly another marketing gimmick beer from Brewdog, this one is a protest against global warming and the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, with all proceeds are donated the 10:10 Climate Action group as a result. Launched on the night I tried it in a Glasgow Brewdog bar last month, the beer adopts a popular Donald Trump campaign slogan and comes through as a 7.5% abv. farmhouse ale which I ordinarily wouldn’t have went for but it was launch night and I was in the bar so I thought I might as well give it a try. Since this one is only available as a limited release from the brewery, I can’t imagine this is one that I’ll get another chance to try but it turned out to be quite an interesting beer and one worth trying while you still can, particularly if you’re a saison fan.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a clear bodied beer,t his one was a light amber colour with a thin and foamy head on top that had a little more lacing on the sides of the glass but wasn’t too bad a start.
Aroma (6/10): Slightly funky with some lemon and faint tart coming through, the beer was fresh with a few good citrus notes towards the middle but nothing too strong really. Further on I detected some subtle coriander and spices with a few background hops as well.
Taste (7/10): Lemon and tart kick things off here, there was some fresh flavours to the beer as well as some funk and the odd pale malt nearer the middle. Again it wasn’t an overly strong offering but some nice spices and hops made an appearance towards the end to round things off.
Palate (4/5): Medium to light-medium bodied and well carbonated, the beer was relatively fresh and easy-going with some subtle funk and tart throughout. Overall it was quite lively on the palate with some sourness further on and a subtle kick from the alcohol that was enjoyable as well.

Overall (14/20): This one was a decent sour saison that was quite crisp and lively with a subtle hit of funk and tart but one that remained balanced and easy to drink. To be honest, the beer really isn’t anything special despite it being drinkable and easy-going but thankfully it’s a limited release from Brewdog and one that will probably not be around for too long.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2017
Type: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Keg (Schooner)
Purchased: Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.50

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Fallen Grapevine

December 6, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 4.15

M y first ever beer from Stirling based Fallen Brewing, this being despite the fact that it’s a fairly local brewery and their beers are regularly available in my area but for some reason I’ve never tried anything from them before. This one is an American pale ale that I found on-tap at the Schilling Brewing Co. bar in Glasgow recently and enjoyed the sample that I had of it so opted to give it a proper try. Launched around the same time the brewery opened back in 2012, this one is apparently one of the brewery’s core offerings and as good a beer as any for my first one from them; although a further review of an imperial stout from Fallen should follow shortly after this review.

Appearance (5/5): Bright and cloudy looking, the beer is an orange to caramel amber colour that has a centimetre tall, foamy white head with good retention sitting on top. The head holds well over the opening minutes and looks quite thick with some bubbles around the sides as well; an excellent start indeed.
Aroma (7/10): Not a huge nose to this one really, there was some nice pine and grapefruit notes kicking things off with a slight hint of perfume further on. There was a few citrus notes and some biscuit malts towards the middle alongside subtle floral hops. Towards the end I got a nice sweetness with some caramel in there too and a few background fruits rounded things off; most notably some peach and apricot.
Taste (8/10): Following on well from the nose and opening with some grapefruit alongside a pleasant caramel sweetness, the beer definitely wasn’t as bitter and didn’t have as many hops showing as the nose but it still seemed fresh with some pine and subtle fruits coming through; the peach and apricot from the nose both featuring along with some orange and lemon flavours too. Further on and some stone fruits and a floral bitterness made themselves known with touches of mango to see things out at the end.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and very fresh with a consistently bitter feel throughout, this one was lively with some solid floral hops and a nice citrus tang in there as well. The beer seemed quite balanced as well with the caramel providing a nice sweetness that worked well with the hop bitterness and tropical fruits. It wasn’t the strongest beer in the world but there was nice varied and everything seemed to work well together too.

Overall (17/20): This one was a surprisingly good first beer from Fallen for me and one that was a lot more varied and bitter than I’d anticipated when I ordered it. The beer opened with some good grapefruit and pine bitterness with a few floral hops not too far behind and some nice caramel that helped keep the balance of the beer and prevent the hops from overpowering further on. Falling somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA given the hops that featured, the beer was an easy on to drink and I’d happily have it again.

Brewed In: Kippen, Stirling, Scotland
Brewery: Fallen Brewing
First Brewed: 2012
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.4%
Serving: Keg (Pint)
Purchased: Schilling Brewing Co., Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.80 (approx.)

Deaf Mermaid

December 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.9

A free birthday beer from Brewdog here, although I opted only for a half pint rather than a full one since I was in a hurry. This offering from Brewdog is a re-release of a beer that previously came in at 5.2% but was made available again earlier this year as a keg-only offering available at their UK bars for a short time. My first review of a new Brewdog beer since trying their Mandarina Lager offering back in August, this one wasn’t a beer that I was holding out much hope for but thankfully it turned out to be a fairly enjoyable offering, here’s what I thought of it when I tried it at the end of October.

Appearance (5/5): Very clear golden in colour with a foamy white head that was about a centimetre tall and quite thick looking with good lacing left on the sides and excellent head retention.
Aroma (7/10): Quite fresh on the nose with some light hops and citrus kicking things off alongside a few lager-type malts. Towards the middle some earthy hops started to make an appearance with touches of pine and mango coming through as well, and there was some zesty lemon not too far behind those. It was a juicy and fresh nose with some floral hops seeing things out nicely.
Taste (7/10): Not quite as fresh or lively as the nose but there was some tropical fruits and hops kicking things off alongside some grassy flavours and pale malts which seemed more dominant but fell short of overpowering. It was almost a hybrid pale ale/lager offering that reminded me of Caesar Augustus from Williams Brothers at times. Further on and there was some nice grapefruit flavours alongside touches of pine but the nose was definitely a little stronger and better, it was still a nice tasting beer though.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied, perhaps slightly lighter but balanced and fresh with the nose in particular coming through relatively strong. There was a zesty feel to this one and it was well carbonated with a smooth body and dry finish that made it quite sessionable too.

Overall (14/20): Surprisingly good stuff from Brewdog, particularly because I wasn’t overly optimistic about this one on the way in but it was a fresh and enjoyable beer from the outset. It was almost a cross between a pale ale and a lager with some nice citrus and floral touches working well with the earthy hops and grassy flavours. It was sessionable and easy to drink too with a few subtle tropical fruits coming through further on and the head retention was excellent as well.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2017
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Keg (Half Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: Free

Trash Soda

December 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.9

My first non-Japanese beer in a while now and one that I tried a few weeks back on a return visit to the Drygate brewpub in Glasgow, opting for a new beer from the brewery that I hadn’t seen previously. This one is a rotating (or perhaps one-off) release from the brewery that appears to have been introduced in September this year and was definitely one of the better beers from the brewery that I’ve tried, coming through quite strong and with plenty hops. The beer will be my twelfth review of a Drygate beer and is my first since enjoying another of their American pale ale’s when I had their Disco Forklift Truck back in May this year. A beer that I really enjoyed, this is one that I had a couple of times at Drygate until eventually the keg was done but hopefully it is a beer that becomes a regular for them in future since it’s one I’d definitely have again.

Appearance (4/5): Quite cloudy with an amber to yellow body that was topped with a thin, quarter centimetre head that was white and foamy looking, leaving a touch of lacing on the sides and covering the surface of the beer well.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with some nice hops and plenty of citrus, the beer was fresh without being overly strong and there was some nice resinous pine sitting in the background too. It was a fresh and lively nose with some grapefruit towards the middle and a few background fruits further on which made for a good start to the beer.
Taste (8/10): Fresh tasting with some nice citrus and pine coming through, the later being slightly less pronounced than with the nose but still remaining noticeable. I managed to detect some grapefruit that carried over from the nose with some floral bitterness and orange flavours further on and some lemon rounding things off nicely too.
Palate (4/5): Medium and quite fresh, the nose in particular being a lively one with a nice tang coming through from the citrus as well. The beer was balanced well and quite easy to drink with a floral bitterness seeing things out nicely.

Overall (16/20): Very nice stuff again from Drygate and definitely one of their better beers, this one had quite a fruity feel with a lively body that was well carbonated and some nice resinous pine kicking things off. It was balanced and very easy to drink with plenty of citrus too; definitely one that I’d have again.

Brewed In: Drygate, Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Drygate Brewery
First Brewed: 2017
Full Name: Drygate FT002 – Trash Soda
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Keg (Pint)
Purchased: Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.70

Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale

November 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.75

My sixth Baird offering and one that  follows on from their similar sounding Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale, this one will be my second seasonal offering from Baird and another that I tried at their Harajuku taproom, having been on the look out for the beer before travelling to Japan. Unknown to me at the time, this one is a June seasonal from the brewery that is a cross between a pale ale and an IPA that uses a combination of Japanese wasabi and green tea in the brewing process to create a unique beer that I’m glad was available on my visit to the taproom.

Appearance (4/5): Copper amber in colour with quite a thin, foamy white head on top that fades to a patchy lacing on the surface after a few minutes whilst the beer itself is quite clear and still looking.
Aroma (7/10): Green tea and a few subtle hops kick things off with some biscuit notes and a nice bitterness towards the middle. The beer also had some citrus coming through with a faint spice and touches of wasabi at the end but it could have probably been a little stronger too.
Taste (7/10): Thankfully a little stronger than the nose was and some through slightly fresher too, the taste opens with a pleasant green tea taste that has some match in there and a subtle bitterness towards the middle too. It’s still not an overly strong offering but some spices and wasabi did feature with a few earthy malts and herbal flavours in there as well.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite earthy feeling with some herbal bitterness but it was still relatively fresh as well. The beer had strong carbonation and was easy to drink, although it was more basic and lighter than I expected with some subtle spice seeing things out.

Overall (15/20): Nice stuff again from Baird and one that I enjoyed despite the fact that it was quite a bit lighter than I’d hoped for going in, it was however a fresh offering with good carbonation and some nice green tea, match and wasabi flavours that you don’t find in a beer very often; it’s just a shame that none of them seemed overly pronounced. It was a pleasant enough offering with some hop bitterness at times too and the balance was a nice one but I doubt it’s a beer that I’d be in a rush to try a second time.

Brewed In: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Brewery: Baird Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Herb/Spiced Beer
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Keg (250ml)
Purchased: Baird Tap Room Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
Price: ¥600 (£3.97 approx.)

Angry Boy Brown Ale (368 of 1001)

November 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.6

Following quickly on from their Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale, this one was the third beer from Baird that I managed to try from them in Japan and the second of the day; it was also my second keg offering from them after previously enjoying their Rising Sun Pale Ale in Tokyo a couple of days previously. Like the review of the Rising Sun Pale Ale, this one is another beer from the brewery that features on the 1001 beers list and is actually one I found in a bar in York a few years ago but never got round to ordering at the time so I was definitely keen to try it in Japan if I managed to find it anywhere. After reviewing this particular Japanese beer from the 1001 list, I am now left with eight more to check off and given this was the last Baird offering for me to try I decided to pay their Harajuku taproom in Tokyo a visit towards the end of my holiday in order to tick it off. Originally beginning life as a seasonal offering and a 6.2% abv. beer back in 2001, this one is now a regular in the Baird line up and the version I tried came in slightly stronger at 7% abv. as well.

Appearance (4/5): Caramel amber and quite clear with a one and a half centimetre tall, foamy head that is an off-white colour and holds with good retention over the opening minutes with some nice lacing on the sides and quite a thick look to it.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a light aroma here, there was some caramel and a slightly nutty smell with a couple of roasted malts and grains following on behind. The beer seemed fresh on the nose with a few subtle hops further on and grassy touches nearer the end without it ever really being as strong as I’d have liked.
Taste (7/10): Light, almost roasted malts and nut flavours kick things off with the taste before some subtle hops and citrus start to come through towards the middle. The beer was again fresh with a grassy hop taste further on and faint caramel that carried over from the nose featuring towards the end without it being as sweet as the nose, it was at least slightly stronger though.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite a clean beer on the palate, this one had some subtle hop bitterness coming through and it was moderately carbonated and easy to drink but also a little basic at times.

Overall (14/20): Quite a pleasant offering from Baird, albeit one that came through slightly lighter than expected but at least it was fresh and had some bitterness showing too. The beer was easy to drink and balanced with some subtle hops showing without being overly pronounced and overall the beer was quite a clean, sessionable offering that was well worth trying too.

Brewed In: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Brewery: Baird Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2001
Type: Brown Ale
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Keg (250ml)
Purchased: Baird Tap Room Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
Price: ¥600 (£3.97 approx.)

Rising Sun Pale Ale (365 of 1001)

October 31, 2017 2 comments

Rating: 3.65

My third ever beer from the Baird Brewing Company but only my first new offering from them since I sampled their Suruga Bay Imperial IPA and Teikoku IPA way back in 2012 when they were more readily available in Brewdog bars in the UK. This one is my first from the brewery to feature in the 1001 beers list making it the 365th from the list that I’ve tried but I still have a review of their Angry Boy Brown Ale to follow as well as one other beer from the brewery that I managed to try in Japan; this one is also the eleventh Japanese beer from the list that I’ve tried now and I still have a couple more from my recent trip to add here as well but there is still a long way to go. This was one of the beers that I was most looking forward to trying while in Japan recently and I was surprised to find that it wasn’t quite as readily available in convenience stores as I’d have thought but I eventually managed to find it on-tap at the Goodbeer Faucets bar in the Shibuya area of Tokyo on my first night back in the city; thankfully it did not disappoint either.

Appearance (4/5): Bright amber to orange with a slightly cloudy body that’s topped with a half centimetre, foamy head with a creamy white colour and some bubbles round the sides too. Head retention is quite good too with little reduction in size over the opening minutes and some lacing left on the sides too.
Aroma (6/10): Subdued citrus and pine hops kick things off here, there is some light sweetness and touches of lighter, almost tropical fruits with mango in particular coming through stronger than the pineapple that followed. There’s some bread malts and earthy touches further on which made for quite a pleasant smelling beer, although it wasn’t quite as strong as expected really.
Taste (7/10): Slightly more fresh than the nose with some citrus and pine hops kicking things off alongside some sweetness from the fruits. There’s a nice combination of pineapple and mango that matched the nose well, I also detected some peach coming through as well. Towards the end there was some pale malts and further sweetness alongside a couple of bread malts but thankfully it was a stronger tasting beer than the nose indicated it might be.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied with a smooth, hoppy feel that had a subtle citrus tang as well. The beer wasn’t quite as fresh or crisp as expected but there was some good sweetness coming through from the tropical fruits and the balance was quite good throughout too; I’d still have liked it to be a touch stronger at times but it was an enjoyable beer.

Overall (15/20): This one was quite an enjoyable beer from Baird and about on par with the previous two from the brewery that I’ve tried; their Suruga Bay Imperial IPA was probably marginally better but this one was still a solid effort. The nose was a lot lighter than expected but things came through stronger with the nose with some good sweetness and tropical fruits coming through in the early going alongside touches of citrus, mango and pineapple being the most pronounced of the fruits which helped make this one of the better beers I tried while in Japan.

Brewed In: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Brewery: Baird Brewing Company
First Brewed: circa. 2001
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Keg (473ml)
Purchased: Goodbeer Faucets, Tokyo, Japan
Price: ¥900 (£5.96 approx.)