Brewdog: Russian Doll: Pale Ale (Scotland: American Pale Ale: 4% ABV)
Visual: Pale gold. Moderate tight bubbles white head that rises to a froth. Low carbonation.
Nose: Biscuity. Light resin. Custard cream biscuits. Light pineapple. Crisp hops.
Body: Nettles. Dry cardboard malt. Simple bitterness. Sherbety feel. Dry. Kumquat. Light fruit sugar sweetness. Pineapple.
Finish: Slight charring and bitterness. White wine dryness. Pineapple.
Conclusion: Hmm, not a good start for this series. Now, this could just be me and American Pale Ales, they can be a hard sell for me unless well done. However this, like quite a few APAs, feels too heavily attenuated for me. As the lowest malt expression of the Russian Doll series, the sweetness is very reined in, which creates a very dry beer. It causes the hops to come in as feel mainly, rather than flavour – with just a bitter prickle against an almost cardboard…
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