First off, I want to give full disclosure before I get into reviewing this Double IPA from Glasgow indy beer brewing behemoths BrewDog (trying saying that five times fast!) – I am a BrewDog shareholder and have been for a couple of years now. They’re the brewers that got me into craft beer and they’re undoubtedly one of the leading breweries that made craft beer as popular as it is today. But, all that being said, I will always be honest when reviewing any beer from any brewery, no matter what personal interest I may have in their success and I’ve not been a fan of everything that BrewDog has done over the years. Now, with all that being said, I am a BIG fan of Native Son.
Native Son is described as a “West Coast Double IPA” and is BrewDog’s take on the classic American IPA, which weighs in at a considerable 8.5%, and a bloody good take it is too. On the initial pour it’s a lovely, golden, orangey, amber which is a little hazy and with medium foam. But it only gets better from there – bringing the beer up to the nose and the first thing that hits you is tropical and citrusy aromas, especially passion fruit, orange, mandarin, and pineapple. Honestly, I could sit there for a while just smelling the beer and it hits all the right notes for me.
But, as with any beer, the proof is in the tasting – and Native Son is on point there too. As it’s a Double IPA the first thing you get is a big hit of hops, which then makes way for the fresh, fruity notes you get from the aroma, which gives you big hits of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest which makes for a lovely and fresh beer which makes it far easier to drink than it’s strength would belie. The finish is slightly bitter at first but ends sweet and with a slightly oily texture and medium carbonation – it makes for an extremely drinkable beer and goes to show why BrewDog have the reputation that they do in the craft beer world.
A wonderful Double IPA which shows why BrewDog are so good at what they do.