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Reviews of Non-Alcoholic and Low-Alcohol Drinks from Brewdog

BrewDog Raspberry Blitz

"Raspberry Blitz delivers a tangy payload. Packing more fruit than the State of California. Layers of vibrant raspberry aroma, with hints of fromage frais and citrus peel, give way to a mouth-
puckering lemon sherbet acidity and a full-on raspberry jam hit. All bolted on to a super smooth oat base, rounding out this juice machine." Brewdog

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Disappointing

I was reminded of attending conferences where the beverage choice available was 'still' or 'sparkling'. Add a rasberry tinge to the sparkling (and I only mean a tinge, not the 'more fruit than the State of California' claimed by Brewdog, and a slite sournesss and...I'm still at the conference. It's not unpleasant and I had moments where I quite liked it, but do try the supermarket own brand fizzlers out there too as you may get more for your money.

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BrewDog Hazy AF

"No alcohol just got juiced up. And Hazy AF lives up to the hype. All the attitude, all the flavour but none of the alcohol. Say hello to the juiciest alcohol free beer in town. Tropical fruits and grassy notes mix it up. Oats and wheat unite for a smoother ride. Full flavour, no alcohol, all out New England" - BrewDog

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One of the good ones

Another good one added to the BrewDog AF range. The pour concerned me as it looked a little watery, but my fears were soon put to rest. The aromas soar from the glass as it's poured, the mouthfeel is subtle,, and it slides down very nicely. This feels like BrewDog got serious about AF beer - I really like the direction they are going!

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BrewDog Punk AF

"Juicy tropical fruit mixes it up with grassy and pine notes. All sitting on a solid malt bassline" (Brewdog)

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It's very drinkable

Punk AF feels like a toned down version of Nanny State, and thus I personally prefer it. There is a mild fruitiness, along with the hops, and it's drinkable. I didn't find it hugely satisfying at first but it did grow on me. No doubt, many may well love this and it helps a great deal that it's easily available. Hats off to BrewDog for bringing a trio of NABs to the market and hopefully we'll see some more in the future. 

Update: I'm not sure why, but this has grown on me so much that I'm going to increase my rating from 3.5 to 4.5. I bought a 12 pack of bottles and drinking one from the bottle at a cool but not fridge temperature really hit the spot. Maybe I've been drinking it too cold previously. Apologies, BrewDog, you have converted me. 

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BrewDog Wake Up Call

"No alcohol just woke up. And Wake Up Call rises to the occasion. All the attitude, all the flavour but non of the alcohol. Say hello to the most rousing alcohol free beer in town. Subtle roast coffee notes are rounded out with milk sugar for a smooth delivery. Full flavour, no alcohol, wide awake." - BrewDog

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Coffee and Beer - A Match Made in Ellon

I rember growing up, thinking that stout was an old-fashioned beer for old-fashioned people. However, they say that with age comes experience and in my experience stouts are shaking off their reputation, and with good reason!

The proviso for this one is that you like coffee. Which, thankfully, I do. Opening the can I got an immediate hit of coffee aroma, which was a pleasant surprise. It's a smooth taste, with a definite coffee kick. In fact, I'd say this is almost more coffee than beer. We know Brewdog are big on flavours, and 'Wake Up Call' is no exception.

If was to describe 'Wake Up Call' as a cold, carbonated black coffee you'd probably avoid trying it. However, don't be put off! Modern stouts make up some of the best alcohol free beers we've tried and this one is well worth a try. If nothing else it shows that the bigger breweries are taking alcohol free beers seriously and offering a diverse range of options to suit a variety of tastes.

If you don't really like coffee but do like stouts you might prefer to checkout the Big Drop Brewing Co. Stout which is a bit more chocolatey or the Nirvana Rich & Dark Stout

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BrewDog Faux Fox

"Welcome to a very different animal. Driven by curiosity, honed by craft. Faux Fox started with a desire to go beyond beer. To see what's possible when you cast off the limitations of alcohol. Unleashing more flavour than a derailed high-speed fruit train, it's an exquisitely sharp and refreshing micro-fermented sour. The hunt for alcohol-free choice that delivers on flavour is over." - BrewDog

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A sly transition towards the soft drinks market, or is pink beer actually a thing?

Like the Raspberry Blitz (in fact, so much like it I think most people would be hard-pushed to tell the difference), this is not going to be for everybody. What it has got going for it is an amazing colour. But I guess that can work both ways. It's not going to appeal to your traditional real ale drinker that's for sure.

It's properly sour - kind of like a sherbet Dib Dab (remember those?) And it definitely tastes of raspberries. So, taking into account that this is not an everyday kind of beer, I'd have to say I actually quite enjoyed it. But I wouldn't got back for another immediately. It seems like Brewdog desperately want to break into the soft drinks market and have engineered a way of doing so without leaving their beer-brewing roots behind. Clever. Like a sly fox.

If you hate beer you may well enjoy this. But the opposite is also true. Try it with an open mind. This one's going to be divisive, so we've marked it bang in the middle. Let us know what you think!

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BrewDog Nanny State

"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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In your face

Extremely hoppy, fizzy and citrusy, this brew says ‘HELLO - fancy an IPA?’ in BOLD. You can’t escape from those springy ripe hops no matter what the subject matter of your conversation. Some may prefer their beer respected their personal space a little more and reach for something else after one or two of these, returning at a later date for a metaphorical smack in the face with a bine. This is modern Essex, rather than ancient Wessex and personally I'm more of a Thomas Hardy fan. 

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