2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: BrewDog Punk IPA
September 25th, 2015 by Scott in Walt Disney World Beer Reviews
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Today is the beginning of the 2015 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Let’s talk.
First, the Food and Wine Festival Beer List and iOS app are updated. A couple of locations are still being pinned down, so the locations may shift in the next day or two.
Second, beer sizes appear to be the same as last year. Six ounces for a single pour, and four ounces each for flights with four beers in the flight. I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.
When people think of the alcoholic output of Scotland, they think of scotch, and they should!
Scotch is great, and if you make it out to Scotland I highly recommend visiting at least one distillery (that’s Glenfiddich above). And yes, the Scotland booth this year still carries the Glenfiddich flight. Go for it, I won’t judge.
However, I’m excited to see BrewDog added to this year’s Scotland booth. I wasn’t able to make it to BrewDog when I went to Scotland. Since I was there for work I only had limited touring days, and Fraserburgh, the original BrewDog brewery location, was a couple of hours away by bus.
BrewDog has been known for their extremely high ABV beers, including The End of History. This particular beer was 55% ABV; only 12 bottles were made and each bottle was stuffed in a taxidermied animal. It’s pretty much impossible to get a bottle of The End of History, but BrewDog still produces a 32% ABV beer called Tactical Nuclear Penguin and a 41% ABV beer called Sink the Bismarck!
Punk IPA is one of their flagship beers and has a normal amount of alcohol; it’s a 5.6% ABV India Pale Ale. For some reason I had trouble finding this one and could only find Hardcore IPA (a double IPA at 9.2%) until yesterday.
Somewhere between golden and copper, Punk IPA is a transparent liquid with a small white head. Orange, grass, and pine aroma fill the nose, and the flavors match up pretty well along with a biscuit malt backbone. The hops are bitter, but not overly so. It’s a little thin, but everything blends in nicely and it’s a nice beer to sit back and drink.
More 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival reviews are coming!