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Brewdog Nelson Sauvin – IPA is Dead

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  • Brewery: Brewdog
  • Country: Scotland
  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Germany, 10.99€ for 4-pack
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    This is the third part of my four-part review of the Brewdog IPA is Dead series, which (surprise, surprise) consists of 4 different single hop India Pale Ales. They are all brewed with the same malt base, to the same ABV, and to 75 IBU. Next up is Nelson Sauvin, which is a hop originating from New Zealand. Alpha Acid % is usually around 11-13, and the hop is known for its very fruity (grape-like) aroma and flavour. Other hops used in the series are: Bramling X, Citra, and Sorachi Ace.


    Brewdog Nelson Sauvin
    The beers in the series all have a similar appearance, that is a golden-amber color, slightly hazy, with a minimal white head, leaving some traces of lacing along the glass.
    This aroma is full of citrus (orange and mandarin), spices and grapes, with just a slight bit of malt in the background.
    The taste beings with some sweet and caramelly tones from the malt, but moves on to hop flavours with tones of citrus, grapes (white wine like taste) and spices. The fruit flavour that are present are grape, mandarin and mango. As with the Citra version, the aftertaste is only slightly bitter, and more subtle than the Bramling X version. Very interesting hop flavours in this one.
    The beer is quite smooth, with a medium body and carbonation level, and just a slightly oily texture. The beer is easy to drink, and quite well balanced.
    This one is my favorite thus far, and it offers hop flavours I've never tasted in a beer before. The very fruity and almost wine-like flavours fit well in with the rest of beer, and offer a well balanced whole. With only one beer left, I become more and more interested in what the Sorachi Ace can offer me. Known for its extreme lemon flavours, I am really eager to try the last of the series!

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