It is pretty hard to pass-up anything from BrewDog so I was pleasantly surprised to see a general increase in the re-stocking of some of their regular line-up as well as some new offerings in the local private liqour stores here in British Columbia.
In particular I was drawn to the brightly coloured four pack proclaiming IPA is Dead. Never one to shy away from a less than popular sentiment or from brewing up some crazy good beer, BrewDog has created a wonderous little tidbit for beer geeks and wannabe beer judges everywhere four beers brewed with the same ingredients except for the hop. Each beer contains a distinct hop variety, which just begs for a side by side by side by side comparison. So lets get to it…
The four beers are Waimea, El Dorado, Goldings and Dana named after the single hop varietal used in each beer.
What these beers have in common…
Based on appearances alone you might have a hard time discerning hop from hop. All four pour a hazy orange gold colour with pretty good clarity and bright white head. Lots of head on the initial pour that dies off to a light skim and some lacing around the glass. Where it really starts to get fun is the nose as hops are all about the aromatics.
How they differ…
Waimea Grapefruit on the nose and a little bit of earthiness. As you drink the resin notes crop up and there is a bittered almost pungent finish. This one grew on me the more I drank it as I was a little unsure on the initial pour. #2
El Dorado Tropical fruits on the nose citrus and pineapple, slightly sweeter on the nose than its’ brethern. The sweetness carried through as you drink this one. I found El Dorado to be very well-balanced with the hop allowing the malt to have its’ place on your palate. #1
Goldings Reminds me the most of an American style IPA, a bit more floral than the first two beers. Overall the hop taste remains quite forward lingering for a long time on the nose and carrying through to the bittered finish. #3
Dana This beer seems to have a more complex hop profile (though only one hop is present) I feel like I am getting floral, citrus and some resin notes on the nose. As you drink I find this one malt forward with a dry bitter finish. Reminds me of a UK bitter. #4
*numbers indicate rankings based on me and the hubby’s taste preferences.