Brewdog impressed me recently with their seasonal offering Hoppy Christmas, so much so that I opted to shell out for this special brew, and old-fashioned IPA.
They've called it Old World India Pale Ale and had the labels drawn beautifully by Johanna Basford, which combine with the larger bottle size to make this a very presentable beer indeed. It's also rather pretty in the glass, pouring a hazy orange with a creamy off-white head. Bright lemony pith hits the nose first, followed by waxy orange peel and pungent grapefruit. The presence of the caramel backbone is muted but there's a strangely potent bready, yeasty character to the nose. The fruit attack continues on tasting, with loads of citrus, pineapple and soft banana supported on a sugary caramel malt base. Again, there's a slightly farmyardy tanginess right at the finish, but that only makes the beer more refreshing.
Surprisingly drinkable for a 7.5% IPA, this is very refreshing stuff indeed. Cuts through the heat of a pepperoni pizza admirably.