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.I 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