I’ve tasted BrewDog’s Watt Dickie 35%, Ice Distilled IPA Beer – should you buy a 6cl bottle or leave it on the shelf?
BrewDog’s Watt Dickie PR blurb? BrewDog, Scotland’s largest independent brewery has lifted the curtain on its most eccentric and absurd project to date – a ground-breaking new style of spirit given the name Watt Dickie. The offspring of a radical brewing and ice-distillation process, held secret until its patent is approved, the new 35% ABV spirit, created using an IPA style beer, has been given its first public outing at BrewDog’s speakeasy Underdog. The initial batch of Watt Dickie will be available in the 12 BrewDog bars and at the brewery’s online store BrewDog.com/shop late June.
OK: BrewDog is a cult-craft Scottish brewery that pushes the flavour boundaries of its beers, lagers and stouts to the limit. At a mega 35%, Watt Dickie is not going to be ‘session’ beer, but surprisingly, this high octane blockbuster is not out of balance with its pungent flavour. So full marks to the BrewDog brewing team on that score! However, just like Old Style Barolo, its pronounced assertive taste, prods and pushes the tastebuds a tad too hard to be drunk in anything other than sparingly, sip by sip.
The tasting note: Watt Dickie is a high octane, ice distilled IPA beer from the trend-setting BrewDog brewery. What does it drink like? The nose presents aromas of a hoppy honeyed cough-mixture. The silky palate adds notes of bananas, yeast & liquorice which combine to deliver a swallow with a long salty treacle lick. A must try for BrewDog fans, but once will be enough for most of them.
Can you drink it? Has BrewDog’s radical ice-distillation process destroyed the beer’s gluten? At the moment this is an unanswered question. Until then, it is a no-go for drinkers with a gluten intolerance..
Should you buy a 6cl bottle or leave it on the shelf? If you are BrewDog collector or fan it is a must buy and try, but for most beer drinkers -it’s a leave it on the shelf BrewDog.
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BrewDog Punk IPA
Want a pale beer that delivers serious hoppy flavour – then this boutique beer will hit the hop spot? If the style, size and price fits – put a can or two in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark
Hops: Chinook, Ahtanum & Nelson Sauvin
Malts: Marris Otter Extra Pale Malt
BrewDog Hardcore IPA
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BrewDog Dead Pony Club Pale Ale
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BrewDog Tokyo Oak Aged Stout
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Malts: Marris Otter, Dark Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt & Roast Barley
BrewDog Hello My Name is Beastie IPA
If you’re looking for an easy-drinking bottle of IPA- then a beer from the BrewDog brewery is not for you. Leave it on the shelf. However, if you relish the taste of pungent spiky hops – then this double IPA with a bramble lick is heaven sent. If the style and price fits – put a bottle or pack in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark