Saturday, 31 March 2012

BrewDog Sunk Punk

Good afternoon all. I've amassed quite a backlog of beer tasting notes recently, mainly due to the last few days being packed with coursework, finalising project work and travelling. I'm currently back in Devon for Easter and enjoying a bit of time off before I resume my project dissertation, so I should have ample opportunity to write these up before starting on new ones! The first beer is from a brewery that regularly features on Misplaced Hours, and was brewed at the bottom of the North Sea using buckweed, sea salt, rum and a lager yeast. It can only be Sunk Punk, an American IPA from BrewDog. Review after the pic....

Sunk Punk (7.1% ABV) pours a dark amber colour with a bubbly off-white head that dissipates to a patchy covering over the surface of the beer. It's slightly cloudy but looks like a typical hoppy American IPA, good stuff so far. The aroma is composed of resinous hops, some sweetness (caramelised sugar) and a boozy rum quality in the background. Definitely has a maritime property to it- very interesting stuff and definitely seems like more than just another publicity stunt!. The hops are quite oily and piney, with virtually no tropical fruit character. The taste is predominantly herbal, with resinous hops, citrus fruits and a salty bite in the background. The finish has a warming alcohol quality, with some hop bitterness and a sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting take on a popular beer style, with characteristic piney hop character/bitterness cutting through an unusual oceanic herbal feel. Definitely worth trying once, although the price might be quite a deterrent for the beer equivalent of a curio.

Until next time....

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