origin: Ellon, Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Beer from Brew Dog? I was soured early on by a piss poor attempt at an IPA that was backed by some bullshit dick swagging (on the label). But then I made a visit to Brew Dog in Firenze (Florence), Italy, and I decided to revisit their beers.
This is their "hoppy red ale", which is hoppy enough to make me forget about the under-attenuated malt base (it should be about 7%) and the dirty water / metallic sips and the slight funk on the tongue. It's a good beer, to be sure, but I find myself projecting quality into the future, imagining that after just a few months of extra shelf time, this will taste like shit (once the hops have degraded in "freshness"). It may be perfect for a nice day in Scotland, though.
This is imported by Anchor, so I'm wondering if we see it more ofter in the bay area than, say, San Diego. Maybe not, but at least it's at the local Trader Joes at a very reasonable price. So I'll buy it, but mostly because I rarely have access to Blazing World; and Hop Head Red is 8%. And I'm not totally convinced it should be in the Lotion Club.