Beer Review: New England IPA – BrewDog x Cloudwater

Today’s review is quite special in that it is my first ever collaborative beer! This collaboration comes from craft beer heavy weights BrewDog and their ‘VS’ series of collaborations. It has been brewed with the team at Manchester based, Cloudwater Brewing Co. and they’ve gone for a New England IPA as the style.

First of all the visual on this beer is amazing and looks like a proper NEIPA. The beer is almost indistinguishable from a glass of tropical fruit juice! The nose has an incredible scent of peach with undertones of passion fruit, giving you a fantastic aromatic hit every time you go for a sip. The taste itself is really good. A slight hoppy, full tropical flavour. You can taste the strong 6.8% ABV but it is actually incredibly smooth to drink with a hint of bitterness on the finish. A really decent NEIPA!.

A quick note on the can art: It appears BrewDog use this style for all their collaboration beers. I really like that they keep it uniform so you know exactly what you’re getting and they tend to use atypical colours which is nice.

Overall, I think this is a really good collaboration. More importantly I think it is a cracking New England IPA. Granted, this is a relatively new beer style to me, but it ticks off the main aspects you’re looking for. It’s full-bodied with good flavour and an amazing nose. It’s quite strong which makes it perfect as a nice treat or a great way to start off a session. I had mine with a roast dinner, and they honestly worked well together!

Really looking forward to dipping my toe into some more BrewDog collaborations and also trying some more Cloudwater.

Score: 8/10

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: 30
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Purchase Price: £3
  • Purchase Location: Tesco

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