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Beer – #865 – Brewdog – Albino Squid Assassin

riiight Brewdog. Albino Squid Assassin. BeerClub beer of the week, and because I’ve been busy it’s a couple of days later than normal, but I’m sure they’ll forgive me.

up-front intensity matched with twisted complexity

330ml can of a beer that is 7.4% ABV ,making it 222 calories a serve,  and 65 IBU, this would be 1.93 standard drinks of beer.

Brewed by BrewDog in the style that is of a Specialty Grain  and they do that in the romantic sounding Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

White hair albino

White hair albino

This tentacled terminator packs a punch – ten punches to be precise.

Each hop addition adds to the intense layers of depth in this red rye IPA.

Toasty caramel & cinder toffee from crystal malts, cacao richness from intensely roasted malt and the spiciness of rye. Zesty pithiness from citra and the robust resin of chinook.

This small batch exclusive brew is up-front intensity matched with twisted complexity.

The can features awesome custom art from Joe Wilson.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

I’ve just been for some exercise  and am a bit thirsty, this may end quickly.

Quite a strong citrus aroma on opening, like grapefruits citrus.

In the glass its a slightly murky muddy brown but the aroma is brilliance , citrusy sugary, rich.

You get a lot of sugary malt and a tart tang of alcohol in this, it starts nice, but it’s very peaky and muddled

brewdog-albino-squid-assassin-copyI like the flavours this has, it’s quite rich and sugary, but for me that sharp alcohol tang is annoying. I’m picky what can I tell you.

It’s not quaffing beer though, more a sipping and pondering thing, and as it warms the sharper things begin to tell through, the pine resin notes for example, they just squash the caramel thing that you just enjoyed.

An interesting beer though, mostly the name though, as there isn’t a lot in the beer that is different or quirky.


The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It’s all talk and not a lot to back it up, fantastic can art, but the beer itself isn’t different enough or standout in any other way. I did rate it higher because the aroma is really stand out and the caramel thing does enough to keep you in the game

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? BeerJerk beer club for this, it might though be in good shops.
  • Am I enjoying it? I liked it colder as it warmed up not so much
  • Would I have another? No
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No, aside from the can art there isn’t a lot in this to warrant interrupting a good thing.

Music for this:  Sting ” “57th and 9th” on Spotify

57th & 9th is the twelfth solo studio album by British singer-songwriter Sting, his first rock album in 13 years

To be honest it starts with good intentions then meanders down into some weird tantric madness of self indulgence.


Beer made with a speciality grain, most typically rye, but also common are rice, sorghum, millet, corn, buckwheat, oats and spelt. As this is a catch-all category, alcohol levels, bitterness, and color vary.


6 comments on “Beer – #865 – Brewdog – Albino Squid Assassin

  1. kingmidget
    November 13, 2016

    I have this feeling if I were to sit down with you and have this beer in front of me, I’d likely ask for something else. Just sounds like one of those beers … the sipping kind … that I’m not gonna want to outlast.

    As for the music selection … anything but Sting, anything. 😉


    • Philip Walter
      November 13, 2016

      We’d talk about the art work and cartoons and old marvel comic art work and that, the beer, it;s ok but it’s not different or deserving of a quite wonderful name. As to Sting, there was a couple of brief moments where the Sting from the Police was there, then it kind of wandered off into ear-candle airy-fairy drivel, hardly ‘rock’ and it ended up a rather disappointing mess.

      Coming up : Coors Lite and the best of Sting….. said no blogger ever ….

      Liked by 1 person

      • kingmidget
        November 13, 2016

        Yep … a few Police songs are good, and I can’t possibly top you in how you describe what Sting has done since.

        What is this Coors Lite of which you speak? 😉

        Even when I was in college all those years ago, I never sunk to drinking Coors or Budweiser unless I absolutely had to. And the Lite beers? Horrors!!

        I’ll have to admit, however, to an affinity for Miller Genuine Draft for a year or two before I discovered foreign beers and then Boston Brewing showed up.


      • Philip Walter
        November 13, 2016

        I don’t know you anymore 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • kingmidget
        November 13, 2016

        I’m ashamed as well I don’t admit those things lightly


      • Philip Walter
        November 13, 2016

        There is nothing wrong with bulk over substance, occasionally, I’d hate to be ‘that guy’ that doesn’t like a beer because it’s just suds.

        Liked by 1 person

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