Brewdog: Russian Doll: IPA (Scotland: IPA: 6% ABV)
Visual: Clear gold. Half an inch of tight bubbled white froth.
Nose; Pineapple. Resin. Pine cones. Moderate hop character. Custard cream biscuits.
Body: Dried apricot. Solid hop bitterness and light prickle. Sour grapes. Soft grapefruit. Vanilla and toffee backing. Shredded wheat.
Finish: Hop oils. Honey. White grapes and grapefruit. Dry malt. Light burnt rice.
Conclusion: This is a bit more like it, It seems that 2% extra abv worth of malt really pulls its weight here, and it shows. There is a thicker, sweeter taste than the pale ale version and so the hops have more room to play. You get better detailed flavour such as sour grapes, pineapple and hop oils – all which makes for a more satisfying and better defined overall beer.
It is odd how the malt load affects the hop character, but right from the moment I…
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