Beer review: BrewDog IPA is Dead – Dana, Goldings, El Dorado and Waimea

Tonight I’m going to review the latest IPA is Dead mixed pack from BrewDog. This particular pack contains 4 single hop IPA’s, with the following hops:

  • Dana
  • Goldings
  • El Dorado
  • Waimea

Of these I have only brewed with Goldings myself, and I haven’t tried any single hop IPA’s of the other hops, so I’m eager to get started!

I have reviewed two other IPA is Dead 4-packs earlier: Bramling X, Nelson Sauvin, Sorachi Ace and Citra and Challenger, Motueka, Galaxy and HBC.

Dana

BrewDog IPA is Dead - DanaLooks

Slightly hazy orange color with little head.

Aroma

I’m getting some rubbery notes in the aroma. Not pleasant at all. I’m also getting some hints of grass, flowers and perfume.

Flavor

As in the aroma I’m getting perfume and flowers. There are also some hints of burnt rubber.

The mouth feel is creamy and the carbonation is soft and comfortable.

Finish

Long and harsh finish with some nasty rubbery notes.

Rating

Did not finish this one. Not good at all. Score: 1/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - Dana

Goldings

BrewDog IPA is Dead - GoldingsLooks

Like the rest of the beers in the pack.

Aroma

I’m getting some bread-like notes and some fruitiness reminding me of apples. I’m also picking up some grassy notes.

Flavor

The flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma with regards to tasting notes. Fruity with some bitterness.

The mouth feel is pretty much the same as the others in the pack.

Finish

The finish has some boozy notes up front and is quite bitter.

Rating

A lot better than the Dana one, but far from a good (single hop) IPA. Score: 2.3/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - Goldings

El Dorado

BrewDog IPA is Dead - El DoradoLooks

Like the rest of the beers in the pack.

Aroma

I’m getting some distinct lemon-like hints. Really fruity and juciy aroma.

Flavor

The flavor is really interesting. Loads of different fruity notes. I’m picking up melon, pear, pineapple and lemon. Really fruity and refreshing.

The mouth feel is pretty much the same as the others in the pack.

Finish

Some bitterness up front with loads of fruitiness. The finish is sadly a bit short.

Rating

This was a really fruity and refreshing IPA. Lovely balance and really interesting flavors. Score: 3.7/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - El Dorado

Waimea

BrewDog IPA is Dead - WaimeaLooks

Like the rest of the beers in the pack.

Aroma

I’m getting grass, pine, resin and some malty sweetness.

Flavors

As in the aroma I’m getting a good amount of pine and lemon. There is also some caramel-like hints present.

The mouth feel is pretty much the same as the others in the pack.

Finish

Bitter and long finish with hints of pine and some citrus. Leaves me wanting more!

Rating

Not as good as the El Dorado one, but nevertheless a good IPA with some lovely pine and citrusy notes. Score: 3.2/5.

BrewDog IPA is Dead - Waimea

Blend

And now for the most important question, will it blend?

BrewDog IPA is DeadLooks

The color is, not really to my big surprise, like the others.

Aroma

I’m picking up loads of the hints from Dana and some from El Dorado. Sadly the bad parts overpower the good parts.

Flavor

As with the aroma the bad parts seem to take control. I’m getting some hints of burnt rubber, grass, pine and some resin. There is also a sweet and good malty backbone present.

Mouth feel is as expected (like the others).

Finish

Long finish with hints of citrus and pine with some soapy hints as well.

Rating

The blend wasn’t very interesting actually. Too bad the rubbery notes were present, as there was some other good stuff in there. All in all not very good.

Conclusion

This was one of the most disappointing reviews I have done in a while. I know that I haven’t been wow-ed by BrewDog lately, but this was really depressing. I would not recommend this mixed pack to anyone. Finding a better IPA than any of these (with the exception of the El Dorado one) is easy.

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