I wanted to compare how my inspired brew compared to the original. Given the problems experienced during the brew it is no surprise that they are not the same.
First of all, the beers look different. My Little Dead Pony is significantly darker. The aroma also is noticeably different too. I am no expert but I would almost describe my brew as being “off”. Not in a particularly bad way but just a bit odd. Brewdog’s aroma is much more hop-like whereas mine is not that reminiscent of hops.
Taste-wise, things improve somewhat. Mine is very bitter – in a good way. A nice strong after-taste lingers. But if anything, it’s probably a little too bitter. Again I still prefer Brewdog’s because I can’t help feel that there’s something wrong with my brew.
I couldn’t wait for my bottles of nostalgic Punk IPA to arrive. Brewdog have released versions of their original recipe 10 years on. I’ve fond memories of this stuff and I know for sure that it’s changed over the years. Although I was curious to know if my memories were purely nostalgic or not.
So I poured each one into an identical glass and started the test.
The 2017 version as we all know is light, fresh and hoppy. It’s clean with a bitter after taste.
The 2007 version was noticeably bitter, which I liked. However I felt it was bordering on being ‘off’. There was a rather unpleasant fusty smell. This was also reflected in the taste. I am no brewing expert but either my taste buds have matured over he past 10 years or I got sent a dodgy batch.
Light and golden
Noticeably darker and slightly less carbonation than 2017
Floral and hoppy.
Not terribly pleasant. Borderline off and stale.
Clean and bitter.
Stale beginning but hop bitterness kicks in later.
Ahtanum, Chinook, Crystal, Motueka.
Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe.
Overall I think a combination of the two would be ideal. I didn’t like the aroma of the original but I did appreciate the extra hoppiness.
Perhaps my own taste has moved on but I would not buy 2007 Punk IPA today. There are just too many similar beers available that are a lot better. It’s probably a good thing that Punk has changed to keep up with today’s tastes.