Born To Die 05.05.2019

The limited run of Born To Die has been reborn! This time, the date on it is 05.05.2019. For more information on the background of the beer, see my previous Born To Die review. The can is labelled with a date, or more specifically, a deadline: from that point, it will be laid to rest. In life, we do not get such forewarning…

Mandatory “Born to Die 05.05.2019” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.37 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • IBU: 60
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Tagline: Terminally Hoppy IPA
  • Descriptive Comment: To the bitter end.
  • Serving: Can, 330ml

I was excited to see this series revitalised! The can poured a straw-coloured beer: slightly hazy, with minimal transparency. There was a soft, bubbly, bright white foam head on top, from which the main aroma was of resinous pine. On sampling, the deep resinous tone was predominant, but citrus tones gently complemented it. The beer had a soft, smooth mouthfeel and there was an incredibly bold bitterness that built upon further drinking – it fizzed laterally on the tongue. The 8.2% ABV accumulated too, which provided a subtle after warmth. I almost felt as though I had tasted the beer before, it was familiar… I realised that it was very similar to one of my favourite BrewDog creations: “Jack Hammer”.


Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “Born to Die 05.05.2019” is resinous and buoyed by both citrusy and boozy elements: the trio form a perfect combination for me. Nonetheless, it loses a couple of marks as I feel that it is less original, given its striking similarity to “Jack Hammer”.


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Enjoy life and enjoy great beer

Best wishes

Dr Beer

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