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BottleBox 31 - Tasting Notes

EFP BrewDog & Guest Beer 

Hello there, Equity Punk!

BottleBox exists to bring to you the very best in cutting-edge, reach-for-the-glassware craft beer. Inside every release are a dozen beers we know you will love, from ourselves and breweries around the world at the tops of their game. So let’s take a look at this edition!

We dedicate this BottleBox to the glory of summer thanks to some of the best modern-day India Pale Ales around, and we start with a single-hop classic straight outta Vermont – Lost Nation Mosaic IPA. Next we head to deepest Wales for Polly's Simcoe Mosaic IPA from the artists formerly known as LOKA POLLY. Following on from that we have Connecticut Valley Let’s Fly Away (tagline ‘enjoy the Citra cloud’) before jetting all of 150 miles north to Brandon, Vermont for Foley Brothers Brewing Big Bang. Our penultimate sunchaser is Siren’s amazing 7.4% ABV Hold The Line and we end on a dark note, in case the sun doesn’t co-operate, thanks to Death By Coconut from Oskar Blues.

But that’s only half the story. BottleBox exists to showcase our own beer too – so what six beers have we included alongside these amazing examples?

We begin with our newly-canned, previously draft only New England IPA East Coast Crush, and we pair that with our latest experimental, ever-changing India Pale Ale Sonic Boom; this V4 version is proudly hopped with French hops. Following on from that we have the first of two collaborations in your BrewDog half of BottleBox – Multitrack, our meeting of minds with the amazing Bearded Iris. The OverWorks get a look in thanks to the benevolent Merciful Maverick, their Brut IPA/Bretted Saison hybrid, and we round out with a couple of heavyweights thanks to BrewDog vs North Brewing Co All Roads (Lead North) (a 7.2% ABV Milk Stout) and this year’s Beatnik release, a 9.0% sticky toffee pudding imperial stout. You’re welcome!

We hope you enjoy sampling these beers as much as we enjoyed putting them together. Until next time, enjoy BottleBox!                       

James and Martin

 

 

Lost Nation Mosaic IPA

 

Brew specs

Country: USA

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Pair With: BBQ Baby Back Ribs (BBQBBR)

IBU: 65

Hops: Mosaic

 

Lost Nation

Co-founders (and co-brewmasters) Allen Van Anda and James Griffith opened their brewhouse in the small town of Morrisville, Vermont (population 2,009) back in 2013. Located only an hour south of the Canadian Border, Lost Nation have an international outlook – they set out to create session-strength European styles from the very beginning. Their six-strong regular line-up contains a Gose, a stout and a Belgian saison for example, so they cover all the bases. This BottleBox contains their single-hop IPA that uses one of the most popular hops around, in any part of the world – Mosaic.

 

Mosaic IPA

Both single-hopped in the kettle and then dry-hopped with Mosaic, this beer is placed in perfect balance between the juicy, mango, stone fruit and berry character the hop is famed for and a cutting, clean bitterness from the 65 IBUs.

 

BrewDog East Coast Crush

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 4.8%

Pair With: Chickpea and Apricot Tagine

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats

Hops: Chinook, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic, Simcoe

 

The Why/The How

Originally released in 2017 this is our session-strength New England IPA, proudly flying the flag for Scotland in a BottleBox featuring three beers from that region of the USA. Formerly available only via our LIVE Beer taps, we decided to can East Coast Crush and release it once again into the hop-charged beer scene. The widespread conversion of said hop-heads to these smoother, hazier, less palate-blistering IPAs has been fascinating to see – nowadays the beer aisles are loaded with intensely juice and full-bodied beers that arrive as characteristically hazy as a Vermont sunrise. Sometimes, less is more.

 

East Coast Crush

We dialled ECC in to be a session New England IPA, with the characteristic low background bitterness and distinctive payload of intense juicy mango, pineapple, peach and pine.

 

Polly’s Simcoe Mosaic IPA

 

Brew specs

Country: Wales

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Pair With: Pineapple pancakes

Hops: Simcoe, Mosaic

Yeast: Wyeast 1318 London Ale III

 

Polly’s Brew Co

Back at the start of 2018, LOKA POLLY began creating beers in a converted stable (Polly being the previous occupant) near the Black Brook river in the hills of Flintshire. From this base on the outskirts of Mold they produced a range of beers, casting their net towards a series of New England-style pale ales, India Pale Ales and Saisons making them one of the up and coming breweries in the UK. Sadly a Swedish conglomerate took offense at their name so in May this year they changed name to Polly’s Brew Co. but this is the only difference – their beer is still amazing, such as this IPA containing Mosaic added in the kettle and both added at the dry-hop stage.

 

Simcoe Mosaic IPA

This is a fruit salad in a glass (the sweet, that is). Sticky, tropical and enormously juicy it is every bit the modern IPA with its aromas of citrus, papaya, berries, blossom and rose.

 

BrewDog Sonic Boom V4

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland/France

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Pair With: Orange Blossom Madeleines

Malts: Pale, Carapils, Wheat

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Triskel, GS-10

 

The Why/The How

Sonic Boom is back for the fourth time and following on from German, Experimental American and Central European varieties we are now embracing the Auld Alliance for the quatrième edition – V4. This latest iteration of our ever-changing hop showcase shines a light on two lesser-used French hops; the softly floral Triskel and the new GS-10 that delivers citrus backed with fragrant Bergamot. This herbal edge takes our ever-changing IPA in an entirely new direction – which is exactly the point.

 

Sonic Boom V4

Triskel was first developed in the Alsace region, a cradle of European wine, and it gives that similar grassy, floral and citrus note to the beer – when combined with the tangerine and Bergamot from the GS-10 the beer has all manner of fascinating, but complementary, elements.

 

Connecticut Valley Let’s Fly Away

 

Brew specs

Country: USA

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 6.3%

Pair With: Pan-fried white fish

Colour: Opaque golden orange

Hops: Citra

 

Connecticut Valley

Steve and Lori Palauskas are a husband and wife who share two distinct passions; craft beer and aviation. The duo began their careers as pilots, but over time the other half of their lives became too big to ignore as they turned a homebrew hobby into a gypsy brewery. Eventually the stars aligned and Lori and Steve built their own brewery, from the ground up, in the town of South Windsor, just outside the state capital city of Hartford. We were the first to bring their beer to the UK – a fitting trans-Atlantic journey for this pilot-run brewery; mirroring their distinctive logo and the aerial pioneers of the 1920’s.

 

Let’s Fly Away

A beer designed to be mellow and easy-drinking at 6.3%? That’s NEIPA. This one is soft and refreshing with light tropical fruit and citrus aromas before the notes of orange and grapefruit finish with a kiss of lime.

 

BrewDog vs Bearded Iris Multitrack

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland/USA

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 8.5%

Pair With: Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta

Hops: Ariana, Chinook, Citra, Mosaic

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats

 

The Why/The How

It’s a long way from Nashville to Ellon – which sounds like the first line of a country song, but is probably what went through the minds of the guys from Bearded Iris when they journeyed from Tennessee to Aberdeenshire a few months ago. Thankfully they made it on one piece, and when our collaboration got going there was really only one style we could turn our collective hands to. They are masters of the hazy, juicy, IPA of the moment so we layered in a high-fidelity of hops over a backing track of pale malt, wheat and oats. The rest is history.

 

Multitrack

Delivering 30 IBU this beer is juicy and comes with layers of stone fruit, citrus oil, lychee and tropical flavours. New England IPA is there to be enjoyed and the hazy, juice-led result of our collab with Bearded Iris is hugely refreshing and rewarding.

 

Foley Brothers Big Bang

 

Brew specs

Country: USA

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 5.5%

Pair With: Lemon Thyme-Roasted Chicken

Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe

Colour: Opaque yellow/orange

 

Foley Brothers

Seven years ago Patrick and Daniel Foley – they really are brothers – began their brewing operations with their help of their sister Christine. Although their name could therefore be the Foley Family Brewery, the boys retained the Brotherly name and instead dedicated their flagship Double IPA to Christine (‘Fair Maiden IIPA’). Both Patrick and Daniel arrived in the brewing world via that of wine, so are no strangers to creating and crafting flavours – and they also know about terroir. Aside from a lone stout, their brewery in the heart of New England produces IPA after IPA after IPA. Big Bang is unfiltered, brewed with five US hops and is Vermont in a can.

 

Big Bang

Hazy golden and with a single thing on its mind – fresh cut pineapple. Other fruit come into play, like nectarine, melon and juicy papaya, but this is a soft, tropical masterpiece that defies its ABV (and its moniker) to deliver a welcome dose of summer refresher.

 

BrewDog OverWorks Merciful Maverick

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

ABV: 6.4%

Pair With: Spinach, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

Malts: Pale, Oats

Hops: Ariana

 

The Why/The How

This small-batch cellar release from the BrewDog OverWorks is a 6.4% ABV crossover that redefines one of the styles of the last couple of years. Brut IPA. These beers were developed to stand apart from the soft, juicy New England-style India Pale Ales – as with Champagne the word ‘Brut’ means bone-dry, and as with the wine they are typically highly carbonated and hugely effervescent. So far, so typical. But our OverWorks wizards fermented this bone-dry IPA not with Champagne yeast, but with Brettanomyces. The result is a new take on this newest of styles.

 

Merciful Maverick

The Brett does what it always does – adds a signature funk – to the backdrop of dryness, with a hefty dry-hop dose of Ariana giving currants, vine fruits and citrus to the floral expressions from the wild yeast. This is Brut IPA redefined.

 

Siren Craft Brew Hold the Line

 

Brew specs

Country: England

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 7.4%

Pair With: Mexican Cheeseburger

Listen to: Toto

Hops: Simcoe, Ekuanot

 

Siren

Founded in 2012 by Darron Anley, from the very start Siren attempted to encapsulate a style and variety of beer not normally found in Berkshire. They began life with a quartet that made beer fans sit up and take notice; Undercurrent, Liquid Mistress, Soundwave and Broken Dream all reference the spirit of Homer’s Odyssey whilst delivering as strong a core range as any brewery in the UK. The creativity of Siren’s brewhouse team has only continued, with new styles and barrel-ageing becoming cornerstones of a producer continually at the top of their game.

 

Hold the Line

The key pairing in this beer – as with most others – is the hop dose. That combination of Simcoe and Ekuanot give tropical and citrus in equal measure, but with a resinous pine in the mix too. This balances out the sweet and bitter and gives a fantastically sessionable IPA, even at 7%+

 

BrewDog vs North Brewing Co All Roads (Lead North)

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland/England

Style: Milk Stout

ABV: 7.2%

Pair With: Salted Truffle Tart

Hops: East Kent Golding

Malts: Pale, Amber, Chocolate Wheat, Flaked Oats, Roasted Barley, Extra Dark Crystal

 

The Why/The How

The second collaboration in your BottleBox is the result of a journey a little less far than Nashville. Leeds is somewhat closer to Ellon but still a significant chunk of time to navigate – at least the direction is easy enough. We welcomed the guys from North Brew Co who had travelled in that same compass bearing to create this beer – a Tonka bean, coffee and vanilla milk stout. North are making some incredible beer at the moment and we loved brewing with them – Leeds is one heck of a craft beer destination, whether you need to go East, West, South or North to reach it.

 

All Roads (Lead North)

This deep, complex milk stout majors in aromas of warming spice from the Tonka beans, toasted oak and vanilla. Like all good roadtrips, this one is also powered by coffee and it leaves a beer as dark and true as the blacktop stretching out ahead.

 

Oskar Blues Death by Coconut

 

Brew specs

Country: USA

Style: Porter

ABV: 6.5%

Pair With: Chocolate Torte

IBU: 25

Extras: Desiccated Coconut

 

Oskar Blues

Here’s a quiz question (albeit one with a now fairly obvious answer). Which was the first modern American brewery to exclusively can their beer? The answer was, as you will have guessed, Oskar Blues who did so back in 2002 when Dale Katechis opened up his facility in Lyons, Colorado. That brew was his eponymously named Pale Ale but since then the success of his aluminium-only operation has resulted in O.B. breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas. Supplying beer to every State in the US, this BottleBox includes Oskar Blues’ coconut-infused Irish Porter.

 

Death By Coconut

So, is it? Well the coup de grâce arrives on the back of a rich, dessert-like mouthfeel – and there is a lot of coconut in there. With the cacao and roasted malt flavours this beer resembles a certain palm-tree and island-themed chocolate bar, which is no bad thing at all.

 

BrewDog Beatnik 2019

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

Style: Sticky Toffee Pudding Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Pair With: …

Malts: Brown, Carafa, Chocolate Wheat, Pale, Medium Crystal, Extra Dark Crystal

Hops: Bramling Cross

 

The Why/The How

Our Equity Punks are the heart and soul of BrewDog, and every year we give you carte blanche to design a beer of your choosing; inviting you up to Ellon to check the beer out when it is ready (with a few more beers on hand, just to be friendly). Once you guys return home we make the beer available to all – and this year’s release finds its way into your BottleBox, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure. The creation of this beer was great to see and the result even better to taste – there aren’t many sticky toffee pudding imperial stouts out there, but there really should be.

 

Beatnik 2019

This year's Beatnik beer is a belt-loosening belter; a six malt thriller straight from the dessert counter. Rich and warming for days, this fireside after-dinner treat is smooth, sticky and with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and syrupy toffee.

 

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EFP BrewDog 

 

Hello once again from the internet!

BottleBox exists for a single reason – to keep you up to date with all the releases that roll from our Ellon packaging line. Each edition contains new beers and old favourites that make their way into your eager Equity Punk arms. So let’s check the running order on your latest delivery!

We begin with our newly-canned, previously draft only New England IPA East Coast Crush, and we pair that with our latest experimental, ever-changing India Pale Ale Sonic Boom; this V4 version is proudly hopped with French hops. Following on from that we have the India Pale Ale that started it all – Punk IPA. We also have a bottle of our session sour Quench Quake and continue the citrus theme with the mighty BrewDog Elvis Juice. Next up, two recent canned small-batch releases in Walking Dead Rambling Society and Mail Order Martian, and then the OverWorks get a look in thanks to the incredible Merciful Maverick, their Brut IPA/Bretted Saison hybrid. We round out with a couple of heavyweights thanks to this year’s Beatnik release, a 9.0% sticky toffee pudding imperial stout, and the returning champion to end all champions – Anarchist Alchemist. You’re welcome!

 

BrewDog East Coast Crush

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 4.8%

Pair With: Chickpea and Apricot Tagine

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats

Hops: Chinook, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic, Simcoe

 

The Why/The How

Originally released in 2017 this is our session-strength New England IPA, proudly flying the flag for Scotland in a BottleBox featuring three beers from that region of the USA. Formerly available only via our LIVE Beer taps, we decided to can East Coast Crush and release it once again into the hop-charged beer scene. The widespread conversion of said hop-heads to these smoother, hazier, less palate-blistering IPAs has been fascinating to see – nowadays the beer aisles are loaded with intensely juice and full-bodied beers that arrive as characteristically hazy as a Vermont sunrise. Sometimes, less is more.

 

East Coast Crush

We dialled ECC in to be a session New England IPA, with the characteristic low background bitterness and distinctive payload of intense juicy mango, pineapple, peach and pine.

 

BrewDog Sonic Boom V4

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland/France

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Pair With: Orange Blossom Madeleines

Malts: Pale, Carapils, Wheat

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Triskel, GS-10

 

The Why/The How

Sonic Boom is back for the fourth time and following on from German, Experimental American and Central European varieties we are now embracing the Auld Alliance for the quatrième edition – V4. This latest iteration of our ever-changing hop showcase shines a light on two lesser-used French hops; the softly floral Triskel and the new GS-10 that delivers citrus backed with fragrant Bergamot. This herbal edge takes our ever-changing IPA in an entirely new direction – which is exactly the point.

 

Sonic Boom V4

Triskel was first developed in the Alsace region, a cradle of European wine, and it gives that similar grassy, floral and citrus note to the beer – when combined with the tangerine and Bergamot from the GS-10 the beer has all manner of fascinating, but complementary, elements.

 

Punk IPA

 

Brew specs

Style: IPA

ABV: 5.6%

Pair With: Chicken tikka

Malts: Extra Pale, Cara

Hops: Simcoe, Chinook, Ahtanum, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo

 

The Why/The How

The beer that started a revolution. Our flagship India Pale Ale was the direct result of James and Martin brewing beer they wanted to drink, based on the influences of the burgeoning American craft beer scene. The resultant trans-Atlantic IPA is fresh, full-forward and pays due homage to the India Pale Ales of yesteryear. With explosions of fruity hops at every stage, it is truly a beer to rally behind – something we have done since the day BrewDog was formed, twelve years ago in 2007.

 

Punk IPA

With tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, the palate soon becomes assertive and resinous with the New Zealand hops balanced by the biscuit malt. The finish is aggressive, dry and resinous, with the hops emerging over warming alcohol. This post-modern twist of huge levels of dry-hopping give that characteristic explosion of tropical fruit flavour from start to finish.

 

BrewDog Quench Quake

 

Brew specs

Style: Sour

ABV: 4.5%

Pair With: Orange Fool

IBU: 10

Extras: Grapefruit, Tangerine

 

The Why/The How

Our masters of mixed and alternative fermentation over at the OverWorks have been rocking astonishing beer of late, so we decided to release this kettle sour to act as the perfect wingman to their work. Rolling in at 4.6% ABV, Quench Quake is a Grapefruit and Tangerine Sour and is the beer you need in your life when you are catching those rays of summer sunshine. A session-strength sour, Quench Quake is a down-the-lines citrus bomb, brewed with pale malt and wheat and then hopped with the classic German aroma variety Perle.

 

Quench Quake

Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine peel, hints of lime, and a touch of apple pie, followed by flavours of lemon juice, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a dry biscuity malt note supporting them. A juicy tartness gives this beer a short and snappy finish.

 

BrewDog Elvis Juice

 

Brew specs

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.5%

Pair With: Grapefruit Soufflé

Malt: Cara, Extra Pale

Hops: Amarillo, Citra, Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe

 

The Why/The How

BrewDog Elvis Juice comes with quite the story. First released as a white-labelled Prototype in mid-2015 (only four years ago, yet it seems like it has been around for ever), our American hopped citrus IPA was destined to be a go-to takeout beer for picnics, road trips and other similar occasions. The addition of zest dials in the fruitiness on an epic scale – BrewDog Elvis Juice is a hop heavy juice bomb but unlike the Vermont-style beers of the moment, it packs a bitter punch. And that’s exactly the way it should be.

 

Elvis Juice

Bursting with layer upon layer of grapefruit and tangerine from the judicious amount of zested peel playing off the five different US hops, Elvis is truly citrus on top of citrus. With a baseline of caramel malt, the waves of crashing orange, grapefruit and pine can take centre stage.

 

Walking Dead Rambling Society

 

Brew specs

Style: Brut IPA

ABV: 6.0%

Pair With: Salt & Pepper Squid

Hops: Ariana, Hallertau Blanc, Hallertauer Taurus, Mosaic

Can Artwork: Chris Bianchi

 

The Why/The How

Our latest Wildcard comes ready to satisfy any craving (brains excepted). If you are unfamiliar, Brut IPA is a relatively recent style developed by brewers in the US to stand apart from the soft, juicy New England-style India Pale Ales and as a cousin to the more heavily hopped resin bombs that emerged two decades ago from the West Coast. As with Champagne the word ‘Brut’ means bone-dry, and as with the wine they are typically highly carbonated and hugely effervescent. Brut IPAs are crisp, refreshing and proof than even in its go-to style, craft beer can still evolve.

 

Walking Dead Rambling Society

The canvas of Pilsner malt gives a backdrop to the Hallertauer Taurus, Ariana and Mosaic. These hops give notes of white grape, melon, apricot and peach and pave the way for a subtle fruity, Sauvignon Blanc-esque flavour profile.

 

Mail Order Martian

 

Brew specs

Style: Oat Cream DDH IPA

ABV: 7.0%

Pair With: Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Hops: Ariana, Cascade, Chinook

Can Artwork: Sharmelan Murugiah

 

The Why/The How

Our Wildcard beers exist to push the boundaries. As limited-edition releases they enable our world-beating brewers to pin back their ears and go for it. For the revival of the series we have pulled out all the stops thanks to a 7.0% ABV Oat Cream Double Dry-Hop IPA. The combination of milk sugars, flaked oats and Cascade, Chinook and Ariana added in the dry-hop stage ensures this Mail Order Martian arrives at lightspeed but with a smooth touchdown.

 

Mail Order Martian

Delivering just 10 IBU this beer is juicy and comes with layers of stone fruit, mixed berry, lychee and kiwi flavour. Our brewing team created this rounded, lasting backbone thanks to the judicious late-hopping regime – DDH beers are typically given twice the hops of regular IPAs – and the hazy, juice-led result is hugely refreshing and rewarding.

 

BrewDog OverWorks Merciful Maverick

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

ABV: 6.4%

Pair With: Spinach, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

Malts: Pale, Oats

Hops: Ariana

 

The Why/The How

This small-batch cellar release from the BrewDog OverWorks is a 6.4% ABV crossover that redefines one of the styles of the last couple of years. Brut IPA. These beers were developed to stand apart from the soft, juicy New England-style India Pale Ales – as with Champagne the word ‘Brut’ means bone-dry, and as with the wine they are typically highly carbonated and hugely effervescent. So far, so typical. But our OverWorks wizards fermented this bone-dry IPA not with Champagne yeast, but with Brettanomyces. The result is a new take on this newest of styles.

 

Merciful Maverick

The Brett does what it always does – adds a signature funk – to the backdrop of dryness, with a hefty dry-hop dose of Ariana giving currants, vine fruits and citrus to the floral expressions from the wild yeast. This is Brut IPA redefined.

 

BrewDog Beatnik 2019

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

Style: Sticky Toffee Pudding Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Pair With: …

Malts: Brown, Carafa, Chocolate Wheat, Pale, Medium Crystal, Extra Dark Crystal

Hops: Bramling Cross

 

The Why/The How

Our Equity Punks are the heart and soul of BrewDog, and every year we give you carte blanche to design a beer of your choosing; inviting you up to Ellon to check the beer out when it is ready (with a few more beers on hand, just to be friendly). Once you guys return home we make the beer available to all – and this year’s release finds its way into your BottleBox, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure. The creation of this beer was great to see and the result even better to taste – there aren’t many sticky toffee pudding imperial stouts out there, but there really should be.

 

Beatnik 2019

This year's Beatnik beer is a belt-loosening belter; a six malt thriller straight from the dessert counter. Rich and warming for days, this fireside after-dinner treat is smooth, sticky and with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and syrupy toffee.

 

Anarchist Alchemist

 

Brew specs

Style: Triple IPA

ABV: 16.5%

Pair With: Carrot Cake

Malts: Pale

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe

 

The Why/The How

Seven years ago we had just left Fraserburgh, opened our tenth bar and released a little-known beer by the even lesser-known name of Dead Pony Club. 2012 seems like a lifetime ago. But thankfully we have a time capsule in the form of our BrewDog back catalogue. #ReBrewDog exists to return the highs of the past into the limelight of the present – and fewer beers we have brewed could reach the heights of Anarchist Alchemist. Our mission to push IPA as far as it could go yielded this; a 16.5% ABV Triple IPA. Rolling in at 80 IBUs and with an OG of 1.112 this is a monster in every respect.

 

Anarchist Alchemist

Brewed with our favourite US hops added at the boil, whirlpool and dry-hop stage, Anarchist Alchemist is a laser-guided fusillade of tropical and citrus fruit, spiced orange and with a bitter, warming afterburner hop hit on the finish. Let anarchy (and alchemy) rule.


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Public BottleBox


Welcome to your latest BottleBox!

As ever we have assembled a game-changing selection of up to the minute BrewDog releases and biggest-hitting classics just for you, and delivered it direct form our home to yours.

Your latest shipment comes from our packaging line in Ellon to wherever you are, at a stroke shortening the distance between ourselves and you guys – the people that drink and enjoy our beer. So without further ado let’s tear that box open and dig in!

Inside this time we bring you our newly-canned, previously draft-only New England IPA East Coast Crush. We also have included the latest release of our ever-changing IPA Sonic Boom, as well as the latest release from the BrewDog OverWorks – Merciful Maverick.

Your case also features our collaboration with the mighty Bearded Iris Multitrack, and depending on whether you are currently looking down at eight, twelve or eighteen beers (remember you can switch up your BottleBox subscription at any time on our website) you’ll also have such amazing BrewDog beer as our session sour Quench Quake, our praline porter Zombie Cake and the heavyweight Beatnik 2019 release, a 9.0% sticky toffee pudding imperial stout!

However – and wherever – you enjoy these beers we hope that your love them as much as we loved brewing them!

James and Martin

 

BrewDog East Coast Crush

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 4.8%

Pair With: Chickpea and Apricot Tagine

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats

Hops: Chinook, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic, Simcoe

 

The Why/The How

Originally released in 2017 this is our session-strength New England IPA, proudly flying the flag for Scotland in a BottleBox featuring three beers from that region of the USA. Formerly available only via our LIVE Beer taps, we decided to can East Coast Crush and release it once again into the hop-charged beer scene. The widespread conversion of said hop-heads to these smoother, hazier, less palate-blistering IPAs has been fascinating to see – nowadays the beer aisles are loaded with intensely juice and full-bodied beers that arrive as characteristically hazy as a Vermont sunrise. Sometimes, less is more.

 

East Coast Crush

We dialled ECC in to be a session New England IPA, with the characteristic low background bitterness and distinctive payload of intense juicy mango, pineapple, peach and pine.

 

BrewDog Sonic Boom V4

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland/France

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Pair With: Orange Blossom Madeleines

Malts: Pale, Carapils, Wheat

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Triskel, GS-10

 

The Why/The How

Sonic Boom is back for the fourth time and following on from German, Experimental American and Central European varieties we are now embracing the Auld Alliance for the quatrième edition – V4. This latest iteration of our ever-changing hop showcase shines a light on two lesser-used French hops; the softly floral Triskel and the new GS-10 that delivers citrus backed with fragrant Bergamot. This herbal edge takes our ever-changing IPA in an entirely new direction – which is exactly the point.

 

Sonic Boom V4

Triskel was first developed in the Alsace region, a cradle of European wine, and it gives that similar grassy, floral and citrus note to the beer – when combined with the tangerine and Bergamot from the GS-10 the beer has all manner of fascinating, but complementary, elements.

 

BrewDog OverWorks Merciful Maverick

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

ABV: 6.4%

Pair With: Spinach, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

Malts: Pale, Oats

Hops: Ariana

 

The Why/The How

This small-batch cellar release from the BrewDog OverWorks is a 6.4% ABV crossover that redefines one of the styles of the last couple of years. Brut IPA. These beers were developed to stand apart from the soft, juicy New England-style India Pale Ales – as with Champagne the word ‘Brut’ means bone-dry, and as with the wine they are typically highly carbonated and hugely effervescent. So far, so typical. But our OverWorks wizards fermented this bone-dry IPA not with Champagne yeast, but with Brettanomyces. The result is a new take on this newest of styles.

 

Merciful Maverick

The Brett does what it always does – adds a signature funk – to the backdrop of dryness, with a hefty dry-hop dose of Ariana giving currants, vine fruits and citrus to the floral expressions from the wild yeast. This is Brut IPA redefined.

 

BrewDog vs Bearded Iris Multitrack

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland/USA

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 8.5%

Pair With: Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta

Hops: Ariana, Chinook, Citra, Mosaic

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats

 

The Why/The How

It’s a long way from Nashville to Ellon – which sounds like the first line of a country song, but is probably what went through the minds of the guys from Bearded Iris when they journeyed from Tennessee to Aberdeenshire a few months ago. Thankfully they made it on one piece, and when our collaboration got going there was really only one style we could turn our collective hands to. They are masters of the hazy, juicy, IPA of the moment so we layered in a high-fidelity of hops over a backing track of pale malt, wheat and oats. The rest is history.

 

Multitrack

Delivering 30 IBU this beer is juicy and comes with layers of stone fruit, citrus oil, lychee and tropical flavours. New England IPA is there to be enjoyed and the hazy, juice-led result of our collab with Bearded Iris is hugely refreshing and rewarding.

 

BrewDog Quench Quake

 

Brew specs

Style: Sour

ABV: 4.5%

Pair With: Orange Fool

IBU: 10

Extras: Grapefruit, Tangerine

 

The Why/The How

Our masters of mixed and alternative fermentation over at the OverWorks have been rocking astonishing beer of late, so we decided to release this kettle sour to act as the perfect wingman to their work. Rolling in at 4.6% ABV, Quench Quake is a Grapefruit and Tangerine Sour and is the beer you need in your life when you are catching those rays of summer sunshine. A session-strength sour, Quench Quake is a down-the-lines citrus bomb, brewed with pale malt and wheat and then hopped with the classic German aroma variety Perle.

 

Quench Quake

Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine peel, hints of lime, and a touch of apple pie, followed by flavours of lemon juice, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and a dry biscuity malt note supporting them. A juicy tartness gives this beer a short and snappy finish.

 

Zombie Cake

 

Brew specs

Style: Praline Porter

ABV: 5.0%

Pair With: Hazelnut fruitcake

Hops: Amarillo, Bramling X

Malts: Pale, Brown, Cara, Carafa, Crystal

 

The Why/The How

We returned a dark beer to our Headliner range in the form of this praline porter that originally burst forth from the line-up of a Halloween-themed Fanzine. You just can’t keep a good zombie down. Hopped with US and UK varieties this beer is malt-driven thanks to three different dark malts and the inclusion of crystal malt giving a toffee, nutty edge to all of that darkness.

 

Zombie Cake

Toffee and chocolate unite and come a-knocking. Open up to layers of smooth roasty character, with notes of vanilla, mellow coffee and a subtle nuttiness. And a bitter sweet cliff-hanger finale.

 

BrewDog Beatnik 2019

 

Brew specs

Country: Scotland

Style: Sticky Toffee Pudding Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Pair With: …

Malts: Brown, Carafa, Chocolate Wheat, Pale, Medium Crystal, Extra Dark Crystal

Hops: Bramling Cross

 

The Why/The How

Our Equity Punks are the heart and soul of BrewDog, and every year we give them carte blanche to design a beer of their choosing; inviting them up to Ellon to check the beer out when it is ready (it’s just one of the perks of being a BrewDog shareholder). Once they return home we make the beer available to all – and this year’s release thus finds its way into your BottleBox. The creation of this beer was great to see and the result even better to taste – there aren’t many sticky toffee pudding imperial stouts out there, but there really should be.

 

Beatnik 2019

This year's Beatnik beer is a belt-loosening belter; a six malt thriller straight from the dessert counter. Rich and warming for days, this fireside after-dinner treat is smooth, sticky and with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and syrupy toffee.

 

 

Punk IPA

 

Brew specs

Style: IPA

ABV: 5.6%

Pair With: Chicken tikka

Malts: Extra Pale, Cara

Hops: Simcoe, Chinook, Ahtanum, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo

 

The Why/The How

The beer that started a revolution. Our flagship India Pale Ale was the direct result of James and Martin brewing beer they wanted to drink, based on the influences of the burgeoning American craft beer scene. The resultant trans-Atlantic IPA is fresh, full-forward and pays due homage to the India Pale Ales of yesteryear. With explosions of fruity hops at every stage, it is truly a beer to rally behind – something we have done since the day BrewDog was formed, twelve years ago in 2007.

 

Punk IPA

With tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, the palate soon becomes assertive and resinous with the New Zealand hops balanced by the biscuit malt. The finish is aggressive, dry and resinous, with the hops emerging over warming alcohol. This post-modern twist of huge levels of dry-hopping give that characteristic explosion of tropical fruit flavour from start to finish.

 

BrewDog Elvis Juice

 

Brew specs

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.5%

Pair With: Grapefruit Soufflé

Malt: Cara, Extra Pale

Hops: Amarillo, Citra, Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe

 

The Why/The How

BrewDog Elvis Juice comes with quite the story. First released as a white-labelled Prototype in mid-2015 (only four years ago, yet it seems like it has been around for ever), our American hopped citrus IPA was destined to be a go-to takeout beer for picnics, road trips and other similar occasions. The addition of zest dials in the fruitiness on an epic scale – BrewDog Elvis Juice is a hop heavy juice bomb but unlike the Vermont-style beers of the moment, it packs a bitter punch. And that’s exactly the way it should be.

 

Elvis Juice

Bursting with layer upon layer of grapefruit and tangerine from the judicious amount of zested peel playing off the five different US hops, Elvis is truly citrus on top of citrus. With a baseline of caramel malt, the waves of crashing orange, grapefruit and pine can take centre stage.

 

Mail Order Martian

 

Brew specs

Style: Oat Cream DDH IPA

ABV: 7.0%

Pair With: Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Hops: Ariana, Cascade, Chinook

Can Artwork: Sharmelan Murugiah

 

The Why/The How

Our Wildcard beers exist to push the boundaries. As limited-edition releases they enable our world-beating brewers to pin back their ears and go for it. For the revival of the series we have pulled out all the stops thanks to a 7.0% ABV Oat Cream Double Dry-Hop IPA. The combination of milk sugars, flaked oats and Cascade, Chinook and Ariana added in the dry-hop stage ensures this Mail Order Martian arrives at lightspeed but with a smooth touchdown.

 

Mail Order Martian

Delivering just 10 IBU this beer is juicy and comes with layers of stone fruit, mixed berry, lychee and kiwi flavour. Our brewing team created this rounded, lasting backbone thanks to the judicious late-hopping regime – DDH beers are typically given twice the hops of regular IPAs – and the hazy, juice-led result is hugely refreshing and rewarding.

 

Dead Pony Club

 

Brew specs

Style: Session Pale Ale

ABV: 3.8%

Pair With: Prawn tempura

Malts: Pale, Cara, Crystal

Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic

 

The Why/The How

Inspired by the wave of classic American Pale Ales arriving in the UK, Dead Pony Club was first brewed at the start of 2012. As a showcase for the amazing qualities US hops can bring to beers of mid-range ABV levels, as such we took pointers from a number of different (but similar) styles to merge into a Session Pale Ale. Once released, Dead Pony Club very quickly became one of the most popular beers on the BrewDog roster – and it still remains one of our top sellers behind Punk IPA.

 

Dead Pony Club

Light, aromatic and zesty, Dead Pony Club revels in big citrusy aromas of lime zest and lemongrass against a light caramel backbone. At the first sip, there’s light toffee malt before grapefruit and pine come crashing in – this pale ale packs a full throttle hop punch, making it a low amplitude, high voltage hop hit.