BrewDog IPA is Dead 2015
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Format: 4 x 330ml Bottles
IPA is Dead sees the same base beer augmented with four very different hops, in quantities that truly showcase their characteristics. The base is a 7.2% IPA brewed with Extra Pale Malt and US Ale yeast, in order to provide a clean and balanced structure for the hopload that follows. And boy, does it follow: a flurry of kettle hops, and then a heavily enthusiastic dry-hopping regime leave each IPA is Dead beer at 70 IBU and with the hops ringing loud and clear.
The overall thought behind the selected hops in IPA is Dead 2015 is to challenge preconceptions about the expectations of traditional regional hop flavours. Lemon citrus from the UK? Soft floral hops from Australia? A German hop that tastes like sucking on the outside of a satsuma? Changeups like these are what's truly great about hops; it demonstrates their versatility and their individuality. And that's exactly what this hop showcase is all about.
BrewDog's 2015 release includes the use of Chinook, Ella, Pioneer & Mandarina Bavaria hops. Grab this limited release four-pack right here and bring the hop adventure home. Experiment with mixing one or more of these delectable hops to make your own extravagant IPA.
Chinook: It wouldn't be IPA is Dead without a powerhouse from the States. Often used as a combination hop for American Pale Ales and IPA's, Chinook can really shine when left to front a beer on its own. The main reason for this is that it's thunderously piney, with a fistful of spice kicked up in your face as you lie on the beach. A true heavyweight of the brewing industry.
Ella: Supremely floral, this hugely under-rated hop is related to Galaxy and was first cultivated in the Australian state of Victoria. Initially given the same name as a certain Eurolager, their lawyers got involved and the St- prefix was dropped. Ella displays subtle notes of spice, but is fundamentally a truly floral bouquet, redolent of the Southern Hemisphere.
Pioneer: Pioneer hails from the hop gardens of Kent, and for those expecting something classically English, they surprise with an unforeseen blast of lemony citrus. Bookended with a herbal, cedar quality, these high alpha UK hops pack a pithy zing not often seen from these hop-growing isles. Grapefruits in Kent? Whatever next?
Mandarina Bavaria: From the central European plains of Germany, comes something very different. A blast of tangerine and orange, Mandarina Bavaria brings a highly distinctive backbone of flavour. This is down to its parent Cascade and a frankly enormous 70% myrcene oil content. If equate Germany solely with earthy, spicy Noble hops, Mandarina Bavaria will make you think again.
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Pioneer 3*- Grapefruit and pine nose. Grapefruit banana apple and pine flavours. Big bitter slightly drying finish and pine linger.
Ella 3.75* - Nose & flavours of Orange & Mango with hints of passionfruit. Bitter finish with lingering citrus. Ella is a great hop though I may be Aussie biased.
Chinook 4* - Floral Citrus and melon nose and Sweet delicious flavours upfront. Bitter finish with earthy pine notes and linger. Great!
Mandarina Bavaria 3.75* - Hoppy citrus peel nose. Delicious mandarin flavours. Oily mouthfeel. Great mandarin linger.