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BrewDog Hello My Name is Vladimir, 8.2% abv double IPA

With all the interest in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, attention has thankfully once again been drawn to Russia’s staggeringly backwards anti-gay propaganda law, a deliberately ambiguous piece of legislation routinely used to crush the freedom of speech and personal expression of Russia’s LGBT population. The recent protests against this law and the support of those victimised by it have been at times both heart warmingly moving and painfully funny. The Scottish beer punks at BrewDog reacted as only they could, with a new beer, some prize worthy piss taking, and the donation of fifty percent of the beers profits to charities that represent oppressed minorities. 

Hello My Name is Vladimir is a double IPA brewed with limonnik berries and a good splurge of irreverence, that shocking pink label depicting an eyeshadow and lipstick wearing Vladimir Putin is a thing of wonder, and even better, they got Russia’s chief Dobby the House-Elf impersonator himself to write the bottle blurb! Honest. It’s absolutely not a parody, no siree…

So, am I hetero enough to tackle this bare chested brew? I shred my vest with a flex of my swoon inducing pecs, pop the bottle cap with naught but a glare, and get ready to find out.

The pour is a beautiful dark amber, the head as white as snow. I inhale and I’m met with an assault of full frontal aromas, mixed citrus, gummy bears, tropical fruit juice, peach cobbler, and plenty of floral notes (but from manly flowers, like GRRR-aniums!)

I take a sip. It’s sweet, juicy and fruity, a tropical fruit punch (but a manly tropical fruit punch, an uppercut to the taste buds) full of grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, peach, pineapple, and dew laden grass on a bright spring morning. There’s a big caramel malty backbone running through this that brings a great balance, and the finish is long and bitter. The silky smooth texture together with the soft carbonation and full body deliver a delightful mouthfeel, like an oil massage for your mouth. 

Now I wouldn’t know a limonnik berry if one was dancing around on my laptop keyboard, but this beer seems to follow the trend of it’s fruit infused cousins in the “Hello My Name is… ” series in that the fruit isn’t meant to be the dominant flavour, but rather add an extra layer to the already complex profile of those gloriously aromatic hops. It’s a lovely beer, and very much a BrewDog style DIPA. If you like hopped up, malty, and bittersweet brews bursting with tropical fruit flavours give it a go if you can find it. And as long as you’re totally not gay or anythin’.

A beer may not change laws or attitudes, but it can help raise awareness of those living in a poisonous political climate. A place where homosexuality is something the state deems perverse and corrupting. A beer can also help fund organisations that aim to give hope and help to oppressed minorities, and to let them know that there are people out there who support them and wish them all the luck in the world in finding the happiness and acceptance they deserve. Cheers.

BrewDog, Paradox Heaven Hill 15.0% abv

BrewDog’s ongoing Paradox series of barrel aged imperial stouts has delivered more than it’s fair share of delights (and one that made me shudder in bleugh-ness), but the delightfully bonkers Scottish craft beer leg ends claim this one aged in Heaven Hill bourbon casks may be the best Paradox yet. ‘Kay. S’pose I better try it out then.

So I did, and sweet lord of fuck this stuff is chuffing amazing! ‘Tis sweet as my smile and smooth as my waxed white bits, It’s loaded with heady bourbon, there’s a dash of prune wine, a splash of tawny port, an Eccles cake dunked in there, a squirt of vanilla paste, a shard of charred salted caramel, an entire slice of black forest gateaux, three hundred weight of wadjamacallits and a brace of oojamaflips.

So yeah. It’s awesome. A beer to make you smile in pure delight, if you like hella sweet whiskey sozzled booze monsters that is. And if you don’t you’re not trying hard enough. Sort it out yeah? Cheers!

Mikkeller Spontansourcherry

Went to the Alesmith tap take over at Brewdog, with Yule smith, IPA, Grand Cru, and Speedway. Only the stout stands out really, so to make up for the lack of oomph I split this beast of a bottle with the Wife.

I had the Malaga wine barrel aged version of this before Christmas (this one is still oak aged) and I’ve got to say I prefer this. As expected, massive sweet/tart cherries, funky, loads of citrus, but this has a bigger sour punch than its fancy pants brother, plus Keith Shores artwork is just the best.

I used to be all about IPA’s, then stouts, now it’s sours, love that drying, puckering sourness!

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こんばんは. 今日はブリュードッグのシングルホップ・インディアペールエールシリーズ “IPA is Dead” の1つだった “コメット(Comet)” のレビューをご紹介します. シングルホップ・インディアペールエールシリーズとは,1種類のホップのみで仕上げるIPAシリーズで,これを含めて4種類 (KOHATU, EXP 366, AMARILLO, COMET) がリリースされました.

コメット(Comet)はイングリッシュ・サンシャインと野生種(北アメリカ)の交雑種で,ビタリングホップの一種です. 1974年に米国農務省によって開放されました. スパイシーで(クリスピーで),野生型のアメリカンホップのようなシトラス(グレープフルーツ)のフレーバーを付与するホップです.

ブリュードッグ コメット(シングルホップ・インディアペールエール)
BREWDOG IPA is Dead “Comet” (Single Hop IPA)

製造会社:ブリュードッグ株式会社
Brewery:BREWDOG plc

所在地:スコットランド,アバディーンシャー,エロン,バルマキャシー・インダストリアルエステート
Location: Balmacassie Industrial Estate, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

ビアスタイル:インディアペールエール
Beer Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

発酵上の分類:エール(上面発酵ビール)
How to Ferment:beer of top fermentation

アルコール & ボディ:7.2% ミディアム〜フル
Abv & Body:7.2% & medium-bodied to full-bodied

泡(Foam):立ち方は標準的で,細かいです. This beer bubbles normally and the foam is good.

香り(Aroma):ホップ由来の,まるで果汁が入っているかのようなフレッシュで心地良いオレンジ・パイナップル香です. This beer has fresh, pleasant orange and pineapple fragrances from hop as if it contained their juice.

味(Palate):グレープフルーツなどのシトラスやパイナップルを思わせるジューシーなフレーバーが非常に豊かです. モルトの上品な甘味があり,ホップのフルーツフレーバーが強いからか苦味はあまり強く感じません. 酸味は適度です. This beer has a citrus flavor like grapefruit, a pineapple one richly, and a nice sweetness of malt. The bitterness is not felt strongly because a fruity flavor of hop might be decent. The sourness is moderate.

総合(Overall):今まで飲んだ中で一番パイナップルを思わせるフレーバーが強いIPAでした. IPAとしては飲みやすい一本で,シングルホップIPAということで単体のホップのフレーバーを十分に楽しめて良かったです. シングルホップIPAを飲むのは初めてでしたが,期待以上の美味しさで機会があれば他のも飲んでみたいです. This beer is richer in a flavor of pineapple than IPA I’ve ever drunk, drinkable as an IPA. It is nice for me to enjoy only one hop (Comet) sufficiently. This IPA is tastier than expected, if I have an opportunity to drink other single hop IPAs, of cource I’ll try them. AWESOME.

ブリュードッグの公式サイトはこちらから
BrewDog UK | Scottish Craft Beer Company

ブリュードッグ・ビアバー (東京都港区六本木) についてはこちらから
BREWDOG ROPPONGI

BrewDog, Black Eyed King Imp 11.8% abv

Once upon a time a teeny-tiny batch of a prototype imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs and coffee beans was made by the wide eyed beer wizards at Scotland’s BrewDog. After divining an intriguing future from the entrails of a freshly slaughtered wild haggis they locked the beer away in a couple of haggard old whisky barrels they found lurking amongst the cobwebs at the back of their warehouse. Two long years later this curious concoction was unleashed upon the world!  *dun dun duuuun*  

"So, wossit like then, eh mister?" I hear you call. Well, firstly and most notably, the whisky is incredible! So hugely flavoursome and potent from the off, but that’s not all this beast is about, there’s an incredible depth and complexity lurking here as well. It’s like a chocolate layer cake topped with stewed figs, dates, raisins, thick caramel sauce, pieces of fudge, and washed down with an espresso. And a dram or two. There’s also a pleasantly earthy and spicy bitter hop finish here, this must’ve been a killer old school English style impy recipe before all that dark magic got flung at it.

I’m pleased, nay delighted to say this is probably my favourite barrel aged impy, and BrewDog beer yet. Alas, being such a limited release, and being so damned expensive at £14 for just 330ml (or over $21 for 11.2 fl oz), I fear this will be my only dalliance with this masterpiece. Nevertheless, I am immensely grateful to have tried it at all. Sublime stuff. I am in awe. Cheers all!

BrewDog Roppongi, Tokyo

The Scottish scoundrels behind BrewDog brewery continue their plans for worldwide craft beer domination by opening their first brew pub in Tokyo, right in the heart of Roppongi…

I popped in for a few brews on my last visit and snapped a few pics to share with you all. Here’s a quick look…

While the prices are a tad high, as you can see, the staff was super friendly and extremely knowledgeable about beer, both their own and the the other brewers’ selections; the vibe was chill and quite mellow, with low music and soft lighting; and while I didn’t eat, I hear from friends that the food is excellent! I’ll most likely be spending a little more time here on my next visit to Tokyo.

Also, I hear an exclusive Japan-only BrewDog beer is in the works!

BREWDOG ROPPONGI

Roppongi 5-3-2

Saito Bldg, 1F

Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 

Japan

http://www.brewdog.com

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BrewDog Russian Doll

The beautifully labelled creations you see before you (courtesy of the fantastic Esther McManus) form the most recent of BrewDog’s special releases. Four beers brewed with the same ingredients but with the hop and malt ratio altered to suite the specific styles, which increase in strength from a pale ale to an India pale ale to a double IPA to a barley wine. Pale, cara, and dark crystal malts do the malty thing while Cascade, Centennial, Citra, and Simcoe represent the green stuff.

Without further ado (I know, right?) it’s time to try ‘em. First up is the Russian Doll Pale Ale (4.0% abv), modestly hopped with tropical fruit fruit flavours, orange, and pine needles, it wasn’t ‘til it warmed in my hand towards cellar temp that it came alive with malty goodness, caramel drizzled chopped nuts getting a nod of appreciation. Light and eminently crushable, a good start.

Russian Doll IPA (6.0% abv) moves in exactly the direction you’d expect, hoppy with stripped back malts. Freshly squeezed orange juice leads the citrus hop charge, there’s a nice resinous quality and a hint of biscuity malt. A good hit of bitterness brings things to a close, the body’s more substantial and the mouthfeel more rounded than the pale. A better suit for me.

My love of DIPA’s meant that the Russian Doll Double IPA (8.0% abv) was the one I was most looking forward to. Sweet up front with bags of chewy, resinous, citrusy, tropical hops, a touch of caramel malt that kinda pretends to reign in the hop overload for a second or two then just says “fuck it” and stands back as the bitter wave of hop aggression charges past heading straight for your taste buds. A nice US style DIPA, not their best, but highly enjoyable.

Last up, after a hour or so recuperation, was Russian Doll Barley Wine (10.0% abv). By far the most gorgeous colour of the four, it and kinda tastes like blackberry jam, caramel sauce, and grapefruit juice all stirred together with a pine bough. Being an American style barley wine it’s certainly hoppy, but the hops never overshadow the malts and drag it into DIPA territory. It’s sweet and sticky, nicely boozy but not overpowering, a real tasty brew. 

And I’m done. Of the four the DIPA and barley wine were (rather predictably) my favourites, but I can’t honestly say that any of these beers come close to surpassing BrewDog’s other examples of their particular styles. For a mere tenner though, this new piece of playful experimentation from the Scottish craft brewers has been highly enjoyable. And that artwork almost makes the purchase worthwhile in itself. Cheers!