Breakfast Beer Tasting: Brewdog Electric India
It’s definitely away from the basics today with a little number from the people that are now referred to as “the Scottish brewery”. A bit like Hamlet, you’re not supposed to say their name now. No, I don’t know why, either. Those crazy craft kids, eh?
Official description: “One day. One brewery. Seven thousand co-creators. Two hundred brewers. The result? Electric India. This beer is the bastard love child of the craft beer revolution. An unholy union between a Belgian Saison and an India Pale Ale; democratically brewed by our very own Equity for Punks shareholders. Electric India is a hoppy saison brewed with fresh orange peel, lashings of heather honey, crushed black pepper corns and enthusiastically hopped with mountains of amarillo and nelson sauvin. A beer for the people, by the people direct from the craft beer republic of BrewDog.”
It’s the usual 330ml bottle and comes in at 6.5%. It poured a bright golden-orange with good carbonation and a one-finger off-white head. Looks good, it has to be said. It also smells good. The pungent aroma is definitely funky. It screams Belgian Saison at you but you get those citrus hop notes and, yes, a little black pepper.
The taste is more of the same. It’s easy on the palate and does a belting job of hiding its strength. It’s a bold, complex beer with the Saison element most definitely to the fore. Before that dies off, the wave of orange, gooseberry and lemon hops comes washing over you; building to a citrus fruit, medium-bitter finish.
Tyson says: For once, this does live up to the hype. It delivers just what it promises; a classic Saison with a great hop kick.