The modern, American style hop-fests that Scottish brewer Brewdog produces may not be to everyone’s liking. Those who favour malt-dominated ales and lighter weight beers may be averse to Brewdog’s strong, hoppy beers unleashing their floral notes on the Great British drinking public. However, for a gentle introduction to Brewdog’s line, look no further than the Dead Pony Club.
While a massive leap from Brewdog’s near alcohol-free Nanny State, Dead Pony Club is still quite light at 3.8%. After all, we’re talking about the brewer that created the nuts strong Sink the Bizmarck at 41%.
Dead Pony Club pours a rich amber-toffee colour and fizzes out of the bottle like a real livewire. As you would expect from a “California Pale Ale”, there is familiar grassy hop nose with just a hint of gooseberry fighting to be heard.
The taste is sharp and zesty, and is a more or less toned-down version of the nose…and it repeats well too! It’s relatively smooth going and I must say it might rival the delicious 5am Saint as my favourite of the Brewdog line.
At 3.8% the Dead Pony Club really is a soft introduction into Brewdog and UK takes on American revival beers.