Brewdog : Craft Spotlight
Following last week’s report on a lager from the Cornish-borne Harbour Brewing Co., I decided it was time to mix it up a bit and tackle an IPA. Full disclosure: this isn’t the first time I’ve had a Brewdog beer. It’s sort of the first port of call for an independent IPA, and so, being only a touch above a newbie in the beer world, I figure it’s a pretty good one to recommend.
Brewdog is a force to be reckoned with in the beer industry – they’ve been around since 2007, and in that time have achieved some pretty big accomplishments. They became Scotland’s largest independent brewer just one year after their inception, and shortly after then started smashing beer records the world over, including being awarded the title of Fastest Growing Company in Scotland in 2012.
You may also know Brewdog for their bars: though the company started as a brewer, in 2011 they began opening flagship locations across the country. Today, you can walk into one of 52 bars and get a nice, sharp bottle of one of Brewdog’s countless varieties of beer.
But anyway, back to the matter at hand. Punk IPA is Brewdog’s flagship beer – in 2009 it was named the top-selling IPA in all of Scandinavia, and for good reason. By Brewdog’s own words, the beer is “Spiky. Tropical. Hoppy.”, with an ABV of 5.6% and an IBU of 40. From the first sip, you know you’re drinking an IPA. It’s certainly bitter, but the bitterness is accompanied by a crisp, almost nutty taste that just makes you want to take another sip.
Unlike last week’s beer, Punk IPA is a bit more of an acquired taste. I can see the hoppy-ness putting some lesser-seasoned beer drinkers off, but for those who are bored of the standard draught lagers, Punk IPA is a sharp breath of fresh air. This is why I think it’s a good way into IPAs – it’s very drinkable, especially in a 330cl can, but it’s also meaty enough to sufficiently challenge the taste buds and make you feel like a proper hipster.
With that in mind, I’d say I’m less likely to knock back can-after-can of Punk IPA, but rather save it for when I really want it. It’s got that unique kind of flavour that I wouldn’t want to spoil by having too often – to me, it feels less like a session beer and more like something I’d have on a special occasion. Perhaps on a balcony overlooking a calm sea, or on top of a country hill on a hot summer’s evening.
If IPAs aren’t really your thing, then Brewdog’s Lost Lager is a lighter take on the formula, sporting a similar-enough flavour, but with a touch less hops. It’s also nice to note that Brewdog are committed to giving away 20% of their annual profits, to their crew and selected charities, which is a pleasant touch in the age of late-stage capitalism.
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