A short break from the Beer Bloggers Conference posts today.
Picture the scene. The door opens up at the brewdog brewhouse and three eager and possibly sleep deprived bloggers stumble in to the brewhouse to be greeted by shiny stainless steel everywhere they look.
Like Magpies they flock to the Mash Tun and start grabbing all kinds of grain and start chucking it in. Someone stops to ask the question "Ere.. what are we brewing anyway?" The cogs start turning and it is eventually decided that your average Pilsner is not good enough so they brew an Imperial Pilsner.
There may have been a little more organisation than that but I wonder just how much. Not a whole lot more according to Zak Avery.
The Brewdog account can be found here.
I was rather surprised to find I could get it in Ireland to be honest but the good folks at Drinkstore came through.
The beer itself? I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. I think one little bottle of a beer style (imperial pilsner) that is new to me is not enough to form a proper opinion but I liked it, even if it was a little odd. Then again in that case it complements the people who brewed it perfectly.
It really does smell and taste like hop juice or hop tea (mental note, make hop tea). The aroma is certainly vegetal hops but I did not get much else. I am blaming my glass on that, I think it was fresh from the dishwasher.
In the mouth I found it rather chewy and a little oily perhaps. Plenty of grain along with a slight booziness reminding you that this is 7.5% and you better not treat it like a bottle of Stella. The pleasant peppery spice was quite nice too.
The amount of Saaz hops used in this monstrosity is unreal. Not including the dry hops, they used 50kg of hops (about half my weight) in a 50hl batch! They must have been acting like Dr Frankenstein trying to bring his monster to life.
I'm not sure what it goes for in the UK but in Ireland it costs €3.90 per bottle which is not cheap but it is a 7.5% limited edition beer and I will probably get some more next time I have a cause to buy beer.