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Brewdog Hops Kill ? (Nazis)



  • Brewery: Brewdog
  • Country: Scotland
  • Style: Imperial Amber Ale (could be classified as an American Strong Ale or even an Imperial IPA)
  • ABV: 7.8%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Brewdog Shop, ~3€
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    After a tough week of studying and exams, it was time to have a rewarding beer. Another bottle from my recent Brewdog order, this beer was advertised as 5AM Saint’s bigger brother, and shareholders (see Equity For Punks) were allowed to pre-order it from Brewdog’s online shop. Unfortunately for anyone else wanting to try it, it sold out extremely quickly (even before non-shareholders had a chance to buy it). The beer is described as an Imperial Red Ale, and it has been kettle hopped with Centennial and Chinook to an IBU of 80, and dry hopped with Chinook. This should be interesting, as I usually like maltier hop-centered ales.

    Brewdog Hops Kill ?
    The beer pours with a dark amber-mahogany color, is just slightly hazy, and forms a slight cream colored head, that quickly collapses leaving some lacing along the glass.
    The aroma is a battle between the sweet caramelly and toffee-like tones from the malt and the citrusy, piney and floral tones from the hops. I think the aroma is lovely, so that promises good. There is also a slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms up.
    The flavor begins with some malty tones, featuring caramel, toffee and even a slight roastiness. These are joined by tones of resin, pine and grapefruit, contributed by the C hops. The flavor ends dry, with a huge bite of bitterness. I felt the flavors competed/clashed a bit too much, and didn't fit together as good as in say Port Brewing's Shark Attack. Tasty, but in no way perfect. The combination of the dryness and bitterness in the finish bothered me as well a bit.
    The beer has a smooth and medium-full body, and a moderate carbonation level. Felt it was quite drinkable, but the dryness and the flavor clashes draw some points from the score.
    An interesting beer, that definitely is a bigger and meaner brother to Brewdog's 5AM Saint (which I just noticed I haven't reviewed yet even though I've had it several times already). The beer featured some great tones from both malt and hops, but I felt they didn't fit together so well. I have another bottle of this in the fridge, and will let it age a bit, to see if the flavor changes (this one had only been in the bottle for 1.5 months).

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