Brewdog’s Best: Elvis Juice.

I like Brewdog.

Who doesn’t? They’re one of the most well known craft breweries in the U.K. (Do they even count as craft given how big they are?) But I’ve never had anything from them that’s blown me away. Don’t get me wrong, everything I have tried has been more than decent, and I drink Punk IPA quite often (partly  because there’s not much choice in my local tesco) but I’d rarely choose a Brewdog brew when out in a pub. (well…unless that’s the only craft option, which happens quite often come to think of it.)

But I’ve stumbled upon an absolute Gem in theform of Brewdog’s Elvis Juice.elvisjuiceI spent last week away in the country side with the significant other, and we stocked up on beers for the occasion. There wasn’t an amazing amount of choice in the Glastonbury Morrison’s, but I grabbed whatever craftys I could, including a handful of Glastonbury home-brews which I’ll write about later, but the Elvis Juice certainly left a lasting impression.

Let me start by saying it’s suitable for vegans (I’m not vegan but that info seems important.) This Grapefruit infused IPA is stronger than what I’d usually go for at 6.5% and I was a little nervous about trying it, expecting the flavour to be too heavy for me. But I was oh-so pleasantly surprised. It has a sweet, malty body with an intense hit of American hops all undercut with a zesty grapefruit sour. The flavour is complex but not overly so. I loved that the citrus flavours from the grapefuit were just subtle enough to avoid this beer feeling like a sour style. It went down so smoothly I wish I’d bought more than one bottle. Will definitely be going straight for this should I ever see it on draught.

“An American IPA with a bitter edge that will push your citrus tolerance to the brink and back; Elvis Juice is loaded with tart pithy grapefruit peel. This IPA has a caramel malt base, supporting a full frontal citrus overload – grapefruit peel piled on top of intense us aroma hops. Waves of crashing pine, orange and grapefruit round out this citrus infused IPA.” – Brewdog

This or That: Orbit White Label #2 Vs Project Babylon Pale Ale.

Evening Beer Bellies. Due to general craziness at work and in life I haven’t been able to give this blog half as much attention as I would like to. I promise I haven’t forgotten about it. 
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So a friend and I have a pretty aggressive competition going on Untapped, which brought to life this little unofficial ritual; after we finish our shifts, we run to the Craft Beer co High Holborn to grab two halves of something new just before they ding their last bell. Only the other night did I realise this is the perfect opportunity for a regular blog feature! Instead of oh-so-selfishly enjoying my beers and then heading off to Soho square with a few take-aways, I’ll briefly review my two halves, pit them against eachother and pick a winner. so, here’s to the first:

This or That?

Todays contenders:

Orbit: White Lable #2: Citra Kellerbier(4.9%) VS Gun Brewery: Project Babylon Pale Ale (4.9%)gunbreweryvsprbitI’ll be honest, I wasn’t raving about either of them. Both were pleasant enough but neither would I buy again.

Let’s start with the Orbit brew: It pours a hazy dark golden colour, with a citrusy, slightly herby aroma. The taste is similar to the smell, but I felt it smelled nicer than it tasted. There’s alot going on here, citrus fruits, wheat, bitters, bread and a light fizz. It’s quite dry on the palate which I do like but all in all I found it didn’t go down smoothly.

On to the Gun: pale golden/yellow colour, a lemony, slightly grainy aroma. Also quite dry on the tongue, the taste is crisp, with citric hops and hints of malt, also a light fizz. I found it to be quite refreshing but nothing worth blogging shouting about.

I think it’s pretty clear from my comments that the winner for me was the Project Babylon pale ale. Whilst I won’t be rushing out to buy it again, it was a tasty enjoyable brew, and went down much smoother than the Orbit.

Let me know if you agree!