Breakfast Beer Tasting: Brewdog Magic Rock Stone Dog

Well, well, well. This one certainly comes with some pedigree and being Brewdog it isn’t backward in coming forward. Yes, it arrives with hyperbole not seen since, erm, probably the last Brewdog beer.
They say: “A hoppy ménage a trios of epic proportions, Magic Stone Dog is a rustic farmhouse pale ale mash up. Brewed in collaboration with Greg Koch (Stone) and Rich and Stu (Magic Rock) just before our AGM, Magic Stone Dog has the best qualities of a saison and a pale ale, combined. The nose has a citrus punch straight from the US West Coast, boasting zest, pineapple and orange notes, offset against a big spicy clove warmth courtesy of the saison yeast.
This continues into the flavour, where the best of both worlds combine - orange, spice, a touch of lemony tartness - and sit alongside a thirst- quenching dryness and refreshing effervescence. This bright, zesty, subtly tart, Belgian-inspired brew is the perfect beer to enjoy during the Indian summer we all know is definitely coming. Definitely. For sure.
Malts: Extra Pale Amber Wheat Rye Oats
Hops: Amarillo Simcoe
Twist: Mash up style with both saison and pale ale character.”

But is it more of a dog’s dinner than a magic dog? Or is there still life in the old pups yet? I say enough with the canine puns and onto the business at hand.

It’s a 330ml bottle and is 5%. It poured a very light hazy golden-orange with plenty of carbonation and a one-finger white head. The aroma gives the game away immediately. It’s got saison written all over it. Definitely funky with powerful notes of herbs and spiced yeast. Taste wise; it was very refreshing. It’s light on the palate with more of the initial funkiness kicking in with the expected bread and malt characteristics. However, the hops are cleverly deployed not to overwhelm and transform it into a hop bomb, but rather to add another layer to it. It has underlying citrus notes that build to a pleasingly dry, lemon-zest finish.

Tyson says: Was there any doubt, taking into account the brewers involved with this collaboration? Not from me, there wasn’t. And they have certainly delivered a top-drawer beer that is indeed perfect for these Indian summer days. 


steve lamond said…
I wasn't ovely enamoured with it on draught, though perhaps a bit young (over a year ago) with the hops clashing against esters
Bowlercat said…
Brewdog makes excellent beer. But this beer is totally new to me. The citrus punch and spiciness sounds delicious though.

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