Friday, July 1, 2011

BrewDog Avery Brown Dredge

For the second episode in a row I'm reviewing a beer that was literally brewed by people I know! This is the first-ever beer brewed by beer bloggers! Zak Avery, Peter Brown and Mark Dredge - all bloggers based in the UK (two of whom occasionally vlog too, that would make this beer 2/3rds beertubers!). Anyway, there's a long story behind this beer so I'll add links to the bloggers' blogs describing it. Thanks to Zak Avery for sending me this beer from across the sea!


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - JUN 30, 2011
There’s probably fewer moments in life more satisfying than seeing your name on a beer bottle. While this hasn’t happened to me, I do take some pride (and beer geek glee) in seeing the names of three of my fellow beer bloggers with their own brew. Zak Avery, Peter Brown and Mark Dredge were invited to brew their own beer at Brewdog and decided to make an "imperious pilsner" bearing their name. The result is a very tasty and highly drinkable beer of a style you don’t see too often.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark orange/apricot skin hue with partial haziness, but plenty of speed demon carbonation bubbles visible. Forms a small, white, fluffy head which leaves fantastic lacing down the glass.

Smell: It’s clear from the nose this beer was made with tons of hops. Orange pith, sherbet and a light floral fragrance indicate this is going to be a bitter beer. Unlike regular pilsners, it seems like a real craft beer, and not just another fizzy yellow beer from Europe.

Taste: Not being a beer expert by any means, it’s probably not correct for me to compare an imperial pilsner to an IPA, but that’s a very accurate description of Avery Brown Dredge. Immediately the hops assault the palate with a robust, citrusy bitterness. There’s an underlying sweetness as well, mostly of orange sherbet or some type of crème. The second half is equally bitter, but finishes with the very familiar flavor of noble hops - reminding me that is indeed a pilsner and not a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with a slightly creamy texture. Feels much more like an ale than a lager from sensation alone.

Drinkability: Lagers are often described as "crisp and clean", but imperial lagers are just the opposite, as is this beer: soft and drying. The hops definitely linger here and dry out my tongue. The thicker, softer body makes is quaffable, which is very impressive considering how highly carbonated the beer appears to be. The 7.5% ABV seems a tad high, as this drinks and feels like a traditional pale ale, but is clearly more energetic than your average pilsner.

Overall, a fun beer to drink that really satisfies for so many reasons. It’s too bad this is such a relatively scare beer (I believe it will be a one-time-only brewing and in limited quantities). Beer drinkers could learn a lot from Avery Brown Dredge.

Grade: 8/10

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