Stu’s thoughts :
Half the fun of doing this spot on the blog is getting to try the wacky drinks i dubiously eye on a regular basis, before proceeding with a purchase of mass-produced chemical swill.
This brew is no exception. I’ve often scrutinized it’s label en route to a more appealing sup. Well now – I can wonder no more. The name is my favourite thing about this one. Whilst i am a fan of the name and the king himself – i think it’s a bold statement to assume Mr Presley would endorse this one. Maybe an IPA made from KFC gravy would be more up his street?
From the offset it smells grapefruity. I know you’re probably thinking “No shit, Sherluke” (My name is Stuart Luke. Thankyou) but that’s a pretty big deal for many of these craft beers : they make claims about the taste and rarely live up to them. The fact that BrewDog deliver on this claim is a refreshing development for me. And refreshing is my second favourite thing about this one. It’s refreshing as hell! I could definitely sink a few of these lying in a hammock somewhere listening to the beach boys…
I like grapefruit, I wouldn’t say i love grapefruit exactly. I wouldnt eat one. I have, but it’s not something i actively engage in. Well maybe i would if i was in the mood. Either way i think it definitely helped that i had a good thirst built up before cracking this one open. It’s still got that musty heaviness that i find with most IPA’s and that hoppy after taste that hipsters like to twist their moustaches over. I’m no expert just a thirsty man and for me it’s just a good solid sipper.
If you’re going to try this one I’d get it nice and frosty. I loved this crooner. Good work beer doggo!
First up for the sipping is Elvis Juice by Brewdog brewery and it touts itself as a grapefruit infused IPA which in itself, sounds class. The bottle is appropriately the colour of the Galway hurling team as they get ready for the ref to throw in the ball and get this final underway.
Just after the game gets started, I crack the cap off to unleash a fruity and pleasant aroma, I take a swig. At the first taste, I notice how smooth it is with the grapefruit notes definitely coming through on top but it’s also hard-hitting, just like the Limerick forward who collided with one of the Tribesmen just then.
A quick glance at the label reveals that the tipple is a healthy 6.5% which explains the hard-hitting side of this IPA. At this point, I’m enjoying myself, sipping away at this tasty beverage whilst the chaos of a GAA final unfolds right before my eyes. It has to be said that I noticed there’s Elvis Juice residue getting caught in the moustache bit of my beard after each sip. I love this – I lick it off like an eager doggo lapping up gravy off some chicken, it’s like second drink.
I’m halfway through the bottle and we’re approaching half time, there’s an injury on the Galway side. I don’t care though, I’m pretty giddy at this stage, such is the level of relaxation. There’s such a pleasant smoothness to this Brewdog creation but I think of having a few of these at such a percentage. You wouldn’t be long drinking them before you’re calling for the taxi home, with a pretty awful kebab and a horrible morning ahead of you. So, heed the bottle’s advice and drink responsibly!
My mind continues to wander and I ponder if the King himself would have chosen this beverage to wash down the aptly named ‘Elvis sandwich’. Which, for the uninitiated is a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich, fried in a pan with optional chocolate spread added. Actually, I’d like to take the opportunity to give a shout out to General Merchants on Ormeau Road who recently had an Elvis Sandwich on the menu (of course I had one and it was class). But of course, if you’re going to go down the road of testing your digestive system in such a fashion regularly, definitely keep the emergency services on speed dial.
The half time whistle just blew, the bottle is empty and ready for the recycle bin. Brewdog’s Elvis Juice is fantastic, it’s a smooth talking, no nonsense IPA that can set you up for a great evening. Definitely check it out if you see it in your local.
You can read more on this brew HERE : https://www.brewdog.com/beers/brewdog-elvis-juice