Fanzine, The Fantastic Fifth

For the last Fanzine box, hit the Fourth Feature

‘New Beer Thursday’, literally! These beers arrived whilst I was at work, but my fiancée placed them into the fridge, meaning that the chilling time was completed prior to arriving home. Perfect!

All 330ml cans, the fifth set of Fanzine beers are as follows:

  • Alice Porter
  • King of Eights V2
  • Origami Orangutan

 

Mandatory ‘Alice Porter’ Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.88 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • IBU: 50
  • Style: Porter
  • Tagline: Enigmatic Nitro Porter
  • Descriptive Comment: nitro is go

Part of the fun of fanzine is to bring back retired, but unforgettable beers! This is a prime example of one. ‘Alice Porter’ has been successful in the past, with a few different tweaks to its recipe over the years. Given that I tend to distance myself from porters, I had never noticed this beer before. The can has a striking neon pink base colour, which looks gorgeous.

I poured this nitro charged porter into the Teku glass. It appeared jet black on direct observation, with a thick latte-esque head. Upon raising the glass to light however, a deep dark brown liquid was revealed. Aromas weren’t particularly satisfying, to the extent that they were actually quite unpleasant! Given the nitro-base of the beer (an infusion of nitrogen gas to create a draught-like head), an undeniably smooth texture is experienced on sampling. A mix of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla started the beer, with a touch of coffee flavour at the end. On the can there are comments about coconut, which I didn’t identify, but I was not bothered at all about its absence!

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Rating: 3.25/5. ‘Alice Porter’ was a fan favourite that has been brought back and reimagined from the BrewDog history books. I never experienced it the first time around, so I cannot compare to the previous versions, but I really liked this. Hell, I’m actually starting to really enjoy stouts and porters. If nothing else comes from future Fanzine beers, the subscription has helped develop my palate. Therefore to BrewDog, I am truly grateful!

 

Mandatory ‘King of Eights V2’ Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.9 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 7.4%
  • IBU: 20
  • Style: NEIPA
  • Tagline: V2 – Double Dry-Hop Edition
  • Descriptive Comment: cue ‘em up

This is the second V2 that fanzine has release to date. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original ‘King of Eights’, in Fanzine box 2: I felt it just lacked a little. Consequently, with this beer, having been revamped into a NEIPA, I was hoping for a more positive experience. The deep green can is identical to its predecessor, with the differences only being clear upon closer inspection e.g. the ABV, IBU, etc.

A true, hazy, unfiltered NEIPA beer was produced; a cloudy, bright citrus colour, with a modest white foam head. The beer smelled wonderful, with soft citrus juices flowing from the top of the beer. On tasting, this beer certainly classified itself as an upgrade from the previous namesake… It started off as a juicy, smooth, tropical-inspired beer, with refreshing tastes of mango. The drinking experience was smooth, an effect of the oats used within the brewing process. A gentle warmth floated through at the tail end of the drink, just at the point I would typically expect bitterness, but given that this beer has a mere 20 IBU, this remains largely unnoticed.

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Rating: 3.25/5. So overall, ‘King of Eights V2’ is an upgrade on V1, but I would love the mango and tropical notes to come through just a bit more, with the addition of a contrasting bitterness at the end. Nonetheless, this beer is definitely getting there!

 

Mandatory ‘Origami Orangutan’ Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.89 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: 70
  • Style: DIPA
  • Tagline: Tangerine Double IPA
  • Descriptive comment: nil

A neon orange can design would stick out on any shelf, let alone from this box. That’s before the name ‘Origami Orangutan’ is used! It poured a beautiful golden amber colour which just adds to the vibrancy of the overall experience. It had the largest of foam heads produced upon any of the beers consumed in this sitting. Even at a good six inches away, the tangerine and orange scents were noticeable. I’m delighted to say that this carried through on taste. Imagine BrewDog’s previous beers ‘Clockwork Tangerine’ or ‘Tangerine Style IPA’ on steroids. The boozy flavour came through, but not in an overwhelming way: it just added a light warmth. A contrasting hit of bitterness clashed at the end of the beer, which was necessary – this beer needs either a big hit of bitterness, or to perform like a gose/saison, otherwise it would run the risk of being one-dimensional.

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Rating: 4.0/5. ‘Origami Orangutan’ is a great summer beer that I would highly recommend trying if you are able to get my hands on it!

 

Box Rating: 3.5/5

Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.33/5

 

Enjoy your beers! Let me know what’s on your beer menu.

Dr Beer

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