Prologue: There are breweries and beers that you hear about over and over again if you hang about other beer wankers. Brew Dog is one of those Breweries. (Stone & Wood is another one which I’ll be reviewing soon)
Brew Dog are an angry young brewers from Scotland. They give their beers strange names. and produce beers that would kill people, notably the Tactical Nuclear Penguin (see what I mean about the names) which is 32% alcohol and the Sink the Bismark (41%)
Today we were trying the far more approachable Punk IPA just 6%
Appearance: It was golden, misty and a little cloudy, this suggested to me that this was going to be a flavoursome beer.
Packaging: The Scots are angry people. I assume this stems from being forced to wear dresses and being made fun of by everyone from Mike Myers to Hungry Jacks. Brewdog have taken this anger out on their drinkers. Here’s the blurb on the back of the label:
This is not a lowest common denominator beer
This is an aggressive beer.
We don’t care if you don’t like it.
We do not merely aspire to the proclaimed heady heighst of conformity through neutrality and blandness.
It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate the depth, character and quality of this premium craft brewed beer
You probably don’t even care that this rebellious little beer contains no preservatives or additives and uses only the finest natural ingredients.
Just go back your drinking your mass marketed, bland, cheaply made watered down lager and close the door behind you
Nothing pretentious about that is there? Of course all this anti corporate, anti mainstream, anti capitalist ranting has turned Brew Dig into the Brewery du jour.
Taste: So am I sophisticated enough to appreciate this beer? Well partly. The immediate response from both myself and Jord was a hearty Whoa. This thing is powerful. It’s high alcohol sure, but it’s also high taste. It’s everything it claims to be; aggressive, in your face and like many a Scotsman I’ve meet – punchy.
It has a strange aftertaste, like it’s come back to kick you in the stomach whilst you are lying on the ground. Having said that the taste seemed to settle down a little as I drunk more of it and I moved past the initial shock of it all.
Food suggestion: I was eating caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tarts (see I am sophisticated) which were obviously very rich, but this beer cut right through that. It would cut through any high fat foods.
Possible Slogans: Punk’s not dead (to be used with the Darren Hanlon video below)
Random Wikipedia Facts: This ‘underground’ brewery sticks it to the man by producing 1.4 million bottles of beer a year
In July 2010, BrewDog produced a 55% A.B.V. freeze-distilled beer called The End of History, with the bottles packaged in the stuffed dead bodies of small animals, priced at £500 and £700 each
Ranking: Let’s have a Schooner