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BrewDog Nanny State

  • BrewDog
  • United Kingdom
  • 0.5 % ABV

"If you think low alcohol equals low taste, think again. We made a hardcore beer and left the alcohol out. Nanny State breaks the curfew and slips under the radar. A brigade of speciality malts and North American hops sends bitterness to the brink and back. Squeezing this many hops in, and the alcohol out, is a testament to our craft." Brewdog

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Adequate (if a bit fizzy) Bitter Ale

Nanny State seems like a fair attempt by BrewDog to create something with a broader appeal than some of their more citrusy beers. It's colour is certainly reminiscent of a traditional ale, and the flavour is fairly low-key compared to BrewDog's more popular alcoholic beers. However, it does deliver a decent amount of bitterness and definitely still packs a punch in the flavour department.

It's pretty fizzy, which when you're expecting something more old-school seems a little bit out of place. I'm all for bubbles in my beer, but I'm not sure I've ever tried an ale containing quite so much fizz and I'm not sure the fizz-factor will go down too well with ale drinkers in general.

Of course, BrewDog's signature style of citrusy smell and taste is lurking behind the more traditional appearance of this beer. It's perfectly obvious that it's part of the BrewDog family, which is no bad thing.

To my mind, BrewDog's Punk AF is a better low-alcohol alternative. However, I can see that BrewDog's super-citrusy IPA style doesn't appeal to everyone. Nanny State may well be a better fit for those looking for a more traditional ale taste - perhaps aimed at fans of BrewDog's Indie Pale Ale.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic ale with plenty of flavour then it’s definitely worth a try. However, Nanny State feels a little bit conflicted - perhaps they’ve missed the mark in attempt to please too broad a spectrum of customers. Fans of BrewDog’s alcoholic beers may well be left a bit disappointed; Nanny State’s just not as good as the others. Similarly, if you’re more of a traditional ale drinker you might be better off going with a more traditional brewery.


Reviewed: 03/11/2019

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