Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Anti Establishment IPA from ALDI Beer Review. I've completed all the LIDL beers, and the B&M beers, and now I'm closing in on completed ALDI, well done me. For the life of me I can't figure out who brews Anti Establishment IPA but what I can tell you is that it's brewed in Warwickshire exclusively for ALDI. What I can tell you though is that it looks for all the world like Brewdog's Punk IPA. It's probably just a coincidence. What I would say though is that Punk IPA is pretty good so if this tastes as similar as it looks, and only costs £1 I might be in for a bit of a treat. After a quick Google it turns out I'm not the only one who thinks this beer looks familiar as Brewdog are planning to launch a new beer called YALDI. Let battle commence.
Anti Establishment IPA comes in a reasonably cool 330ml blue and white can, which is the same colour as punk IPA. It boasts an impressive 5.6% alcohol content, which is the same as Punk IPA. The beer pours a fairly pleasant gold colour with a substantial white head, it's certainly a lively offering, which is exactly what I wrote for (you guessed it) Punk IPA. Genuinely the two look identical in pretty much every way. It's probably a good thing Brewdog seem to have a sense of humour or they may well have had a copyright case against the supermarket chain.
The aroma is again more than a little familiar with grapefruit and orange the dominant forces. Despite matching Brewdog's 5.6% alcohol content Anti Establishment IPA smells slightly weaker and none of the aromas come through quite as clearly as they do in the original. I'm not really sure how I feel about this copycat thing, is it really right that a supermarket can create a slightly cheaper version of a classic beer and get away with it? I guess given that you get store brand crisps that seem to be Walkers, store brand chocolates that seem to be Kitkats and all the rest there's no surprise that this has happened eventually.
Anti Establishment even has a near identical taste to Punk IPA. It's crisp, light, refreshing and fruity, it might even be more refreshing than its only slightly more expensive idol. I guess if imitation is the highest form of flattery Brewdog should really be feeling good about themselves as ALDI have nearly exactly matched them. I gave Punk IPA 7.5 out of 10 a few months ago and while I had initially marked ALDI's Establishment IPA exactly the same I feel like on reflection I should knock it down to 7 out of 10 just because it's nearly always best to have the original.