Russian Doll

Our latest fantastic voyage into the essence of beer

Russian Doll

We love to dig deep into what makes beer tick. Our brewers know much more than how to make awesome beer - they love to immerse themselves in the science and understanding of how the smallest changes to a brew can affect the colour, aroma, flavour and mouthfeel of the finished article. For IPA is Dead, we single-hopped the hell out of 18 batches of identical 7.2% IPA, each with a different hop, to appreciate them at their finest. We unleashed the yeast upon four batches of pale ale, to understand just how much impact the yeast strain has on the same base wort. We love to experiment with barrels, to see what they bring to our huge, decadent Paradox imperial stout. And now, we’re taking things in a new direction.

Our Russian Doll is a little different to your standard Matryoshka - ours get stronger with each iteration. The range of flavours and aromas present in Russian Doll come from the same malt bill, the same four hop varieties and identical water and yeast. We’ve adjusted the ratios and volumes of malt and hops to suit specific styles, and these variations are what drive the huge differences in what you taste.

Pale malt provides most of the sugars in all four beers, and the amount used rises in line with the strength. However, the cara and dark crystal malts, used sparingly in the Pale Ale and IPA, are more prevalent in the Double IPA, and pack a huge toffee punch in the Barley Wine - just a small amount of these speciality malts is enough to blow the malt profile through the roof.

The levels of hops vary more throughout the range. We love hops, so all four beers are big, bitter badasses, but by tweaking the amount of each hop used in the whirlpool and during dry-hopping, we can balance the malty backbone with some unexpected flavours. We’ve gone for a North American hop invasion - Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade and Citra.

Simcoe is used in the whirlpool for all four beers, and yet still lends different characters to each, like some sort of shape-shifting uber-hop. From zesty citrus pith in the Pale Ale, tropical orangey overload in the IPA, sweet refreshing stonefruit in the Double IPA, to big resinous jammy notes in the Barley Wine, four of our favourite US hops twist and turn as the ABV builds.

Russian Doll comes as a four pack on the online shop, and will also be available in our UK bars on draft today from 6pm - head on down, try them out and let us know what you think!

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Comments (11)

George11 12.09.2014 @ 1:45pm
Labels looks so unattractively aggressive... The victim of European and US anti-russian propaganda.
PeteH 12.09.2014 @ 1:30pm
Now available on draught !Thats tonights plan sorted. See you in Brewdog Nottingham this evening.
Sunscreem 11.09.2014 @ 9:16pm
Had a flight off these bad boys at #flagship this evening. Its a proper education in how just changing two ingredients can make a huge difference to the beers. The ipas werent as hoppy as Brewdogs regular ipas but thats not an insult. Delicious, the lot of them, get a flight!
Dmytro S 11.09.2014 @ 5:57pm
Very good design. Pretty nice uncovering of true Russian soul :) Well done!Greetings from Ukraine.
Vince 11.09.2014 @ 12:36pm
Hello. Are you exporting this to the colonies? And by colonies, I mean Australia!
sasha of moscow 11.09.2014 @ 11:56am
it would have been truly very great if you had taken time for making of beautiful hand drawn labels by 4 russian artists... more in style of new labels which i enjoy. instead you have unattractive and aggressive looking caricatures. Shame for Russia!
Spidey 11.09.2014 @ 11:50am
Will all 4 beers be available in all bars tonight?
Viking 11.09.2014 @ 11:31am
I think you should send some across the north sea. Saves us from pillaging and looting you.
Gorky P 11.09.2014 @ 11:24am
Please brew 12, 14, 16 and 18% beers to follow this.
incontinentia buttocks 11.09.2014 @ 11:22am
a very cool concept. Cant believe no one has thought of this before. I heart brewdog and cant wait to try that filthy barelywine
Vlad the Lad 11.09.2014 @ 11:20am
HOW DARE YOU!