Another year, another pack of single hop IPAs from BrewDog! This pack took a little longer to get reviewed since I had them sent to London to get out of A LOT of shipping costs. That is the biggest drawback of ordering at BrewDog, the shipping costs to The Netherlands are ridiculous (£ 25 for one box guys, really?).
Anyway, I tasted those a while ago to see which hop gets my preference this time. These beers are made with the same recipe, but the hops are different. This time BrewDog used El Dorado from the USA, Goldings from the UK, Australia/New Zealand brings Waimea to the table and the last one is Slovenian Dana hops.
I tasted the Dana first. It’s bitter and grassy. Herbal too, with a certain creaminess. Hay, grapefruit and pomelo. It’s quite fierce actually and it focusses heavily on the bitterness of all the aspects of hops. A very good start to this batch.
The USA were up next. An incredibly fruity version this time. Mango and citrus fruits. Sweet lemon and a bit or orange. Peach too. Fresh and fruity, but a lot sweeter than the Dana. Lovely, but I expected a bit more bitterness.
An English hop variety and that is ‘soft of’ clear from the get go. This tastes a bit like a more ‘old fashioned’ IPA you can get in any pub in the UK. It’s a decent IPA, but not too special. It’s a tad fruity, a tad bitter and some spiciness. Not much barley flavour, for some reason.
I didn’t taste this one last, but I wanted to work up to this one. I get a massive boost of barley at first. There’s a light flavour of apples and pears. There’s grass and straw too, with some grapefruit freshness and bitterness.
The Waimea holds the middle ground of the Dana and the El Dorado and that’s exactly where I like my IPA to be. A smack of bitterness but also a tad of sweetness to make up for it.
For some reason, and not just because this pack was the most recent, I feel these four were more outspoken and different than the ones in the second release in 2012. A bigger variety of flavours and therefore a more interesting couple of beers to try.
I’m not sure if there are going to be more packs in the future since BrewDog seems to have made a switch to single yeast IPAs, but that could also be an addition to the range. Anyway, I’m a happy camper and I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on a case of those Waimea IPAs (hint, Brewdog, make my day!).