Saturday, 23 November 2013

#191: Jacked

Brewdog is a producer I don't often buy from, but they have been winning me over of late. Among their more-interesting-looking-but-overpriced offerings you do find a beer that seems to offer a decent return for your precious knuts, sickles and galleons. 

One such beer is Jackhammer, a 7.2% west coast IPA. Take me. 

As the name and description suggests, this light orange liquid delivers a potent bitter whack on the nose, with grapefruit skins and candied fruit making headway from the off. As time goes on the sticky sweetness on the aroma becomes more apparent and pairs rather well with the resinous hop character already there, with the effect being perfumey, but not in a bad way. The taste follows a similar path, with a sharp hop attack of pine and grapefruit opening up for a syrupy full body of caramel and biscuit malt. This, at 7.2%, remains surprisingly drinkable.

Pine, grapefruit, caramel. It doesn't sound totally unconventional, and that's because it's not. And there's nothing wrong with that. Brewdog have done a pretty good interpretation of a west coast IPA that has plenty of cojones without stepping into Imperial- or Double-IPA territory.
Good stuff Brewdog.

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