Brewdog Dead Pony Club Review

Dead Pony Club

Overall Rating

Overall Rating


I’ve had a bit of a thing for Simcoe since sampling the Simcoe Summit at CraftyBeerFest a couple of weeks ago – so naturally, I looked towards the Scottish badboys to slap me in the face with the stuff. The ever controversial “punks” of the UK brewing scene, who have just recently accepted CBEs from the queen mind you, tout Dead Pony Club as a Session Pale Ale and have emblazoned the bottle with their E4P gambit – we’ll ignore this and go straight in for the kill (if you can kill a dead pony?). Dead Pony Club is hopped with Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic – all classic hops, promising a real punch of flavour and has been inspired by the pale ales from California. Needless to say it’s going to be an interesting experience.

Dead Pony Club got energy, gotta lotta energy

Drake would be proud of this bad boy. Even though Brewdog have a lot of enemies – the ASA being one – it definitely hasn’t drained them of their energy. The bottle cap literally flew off, that enticing mist cascaded over the neck of the bottle and that scent was immediate.

Brewdog Dead Pony CLub

I’m looking forward to this

So far, I am not disappointed. Cracking the bottle gave an immediate intense hop hit – almost sterile at first and then twinging to a hint of citrus sweetness as the chill settled. It pours a beautiful rich golden-orange with some insane lacing (see above) that ended up making the head look like a cupcake. It was ridiculously entertaining and took a good 5 minutes for the beer to settle, the head to return within my glass and the carbonation to drop from frenetic to simply frenzied. The whole time the strong citrusy hops smell is so apparent. This is pretty much exactly what I’m after right now and it smells like summer.

Started from the bottom, now it’s beer

At the beginning it’s all hops. It’s all lovely, citrusy, dry, almost metallic hoppiness. The session part comes in where the finish is drier than the average so you need to keep drinking it – and the harshness of the hops numbs your mouth a little bit and then it just ends up with bottle after bottle sliding back easily until you fall off your chair and I’m starting to see why they call it the Dead Pony Club.

After the first few mouthfuls though, the beer begins to lose its impact – it turns from a nice clout at the start to a little bit watery. The carbonation settles rapidly to not much, and the slightly deadened tastebuds no longer zing on each finish – that’s not to say it becomes flavourless, it just noticeably loses that initial impactful wallop as you work further down the glass. This could also be due to the relatively light alcohol content (especially for a craft) as it stands at only 3.8% – making this a very eligible session brew for a hot day.



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