BrewDog first announced the death and rebirth of IPA with a series of four “single hop” beers called IPA is Dead, in February 2011. A year later, a new batch was brewed with the same principle: a common base beer: a modern IPA at 6.7% ABV brewed with one variety of hop in four new beers. Now we’re up to the third edition, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
When the second edition of IPA is Dead was first released in March 2012, I tasted it fresh on draught at BrewDog Bar, Camden. Then, with a 4-pack from the BrewDog online shop stored safely away, I waited patiently, in the interests of science, to see what a year’s age would do to these fresh, new hops.
Edition 2 tests some new-world – and new-to-me hops, and gauges them against a noble old-world type. From New Zealand: Motueka, from Austrailia: Galaxy, from the USA: the experimental HBC, and from the UK: Challenger.
Let’s just scratch this “single-hop” itch I have. Each beer in IPA is Dead should really be described as “single-hop varietal”. But hey! let’s let that one side and see what they were like. I’m posting these as a series of “Swift Half” single-beer varietal short posts.
Update 11 November
I posted my tasting notes in late October and early November, and have now re-dated them so they appear in my timeline on the dates I originally wrote them. They are all in the category “Swift Half”, in order:
BrewDog IPA is Dead II. Motueka: A new batch is hatched
BrewDog IPA is Dead II. A Galaxy not too far away
BrewDog IPA is Dead II. An old-world Challenger
BrewDog IPA is Dead II. HBC: Can it save the Aussies?
Read my post on the first edition, from February 2011: IPA is Dead, Long Live IPA!