Brewdog are constantly bringing out new beers, and while I strive to review as many as I can for The Brewclub, I’m not yet on their ‘Beer Pixie‘ list, so I’m forced to save up my hard earned pocket money and order when I can.
When ‘Vagabond’ came up on the website at the same time as their ‘Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents‘ I figured that that sounded like an interesting pair of beers to order.
That Brewdog were offering a good price on Punk IPA to fill the shipping case was a pleasant bonus.
Brewdog describe Vagabond as “a kick-ass, hop-forward pale ale, that just so happens to be gluten free.” That’s it, quite staid for Brewdog, no references to misty London alleyways, no hyperbole, I was almost disappointed.
It pours a rich golden Amber colour, with a thin white head.
The nose is indeed kick-ass, apricot and pineapple candy.
It’s light to medium bodied, and the flavour is indeed hop-forward (aromatic, citrussy, Amarillo and Centennial), but without that much behind it. That’s not to say it disappoints, but it doesn’t deliver quite as much as it could.
That said, it’s dry, crisp and refreshing. I would have no problem sinking or sharing a few of these.
And then you recall the fact that it’s gluten free, as far as gluten free beers go this is really, really close to being a triumph.
As an ordinary – non gluten-free brew – I would have awarded this 3½ stars, but in the past I’ve added an extra star to beers for being gluten free so, as such, and in the spirit of consistency this merits 4½ stars.
I really hope that this brew becomes a Brewdog regular, I know that gluten can be a real problem for people, a friend and colleague who loved his beers discovered he had a gluten intolerance, and as a beer lover it’s an allergy that I dread.