Weak Does Not Equate to Boring
A Review of Dead Pony Club by BrewDog
Posted on 11/17/2013 by Chops
                   
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Mention the name BrewDog to the average craft beer fan and you're bound to get a good story. This Scottish brewing outfit is well known for their face puckering, taste bud scorching, nostril singeing power nectar. Big and bold are terms people use to describe their baseline brews. So imagine my surprise to come across Dead Pony Club, a wee 3.8% Californian Pale Ale. What made this doubly confusing was finding this beer on a recent trip to Manchester, UK. Your average English pub is chock full of English bitters that rarely crest 4%. So stepping into a BrewDog pub, the last thing I expected to find was a weak session ale. No worries though, because in BrewDog we trust. We've come to expect ulterior motives.

In the glass, this beer has a warm light golden coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that has good retention. On the nose, I found a earthy biscuit aroma and plenty of hop presence. The aroma is surprisingly complex for such a small beer. I found notes of piney citrus, peppers, grapefruit, apples, grass, and an inviting floral character. At that point I knew exactly what was going on. It's almost like BrewDog stood up, popped both middle fingers, and barked ''Screw your weak pansy beers, here's a small beer with big hairy balls!'' Damn right, let's dive right in.

Dead Pony Club has a light and crisp mouthfeel complete with a needling hop presence. Its moderate aggression makes for an easy drinking session ale. But, this beer is by no means forgettable. It has the flavor and character of a great American Pale Ale at twice the strength. The flavor closely matches the aroma, so drinkers are treated to peppery, piney, fruity, grassy goodness. Biscuits, citrus, it's all there and easy to grasp. The beer finishes dry with a lightly malty bitter aftertaste.

Overall, BrewDog's Dead Pony Club is an excellent session ale for the hop heads among us. This is BrewDog's answer to beer drinking complacency. It's proof that weak does not equate to boring, and I imagine this is the take home point in crafting this beer. I couldn't agree more with the premise, which is why I can recommend this beer to any and all beer fans. Seasoned drinkers will be rewarded with a surprising complexity that they can enjoy all day long. Same goes for novices, making Dead Pony Club a fantastic bridge into better beer.

It was especially awesome getting to try this beer at their Manchester pub. BrewDog has been busy opening up pubs throughout the United Kingdom. Opening pubs means opening eyes and I applaud them for the effort. Their mission is simple: turn as many people onto craft beer as they can. And in that arena, they are kicking some major ass.

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