Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 172 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-10-2008

This Imperial India Pale Ale rocks…hardcore! But don’t take our word for it...this little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell.

2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic. 4 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves to ensure your mouth feels punished and puckering for more. 9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars became alcohol in the depths of our fermentation tanks.

2 humans and 1 canine companion were relatively happy with the results.


150 IBU
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Reviews by C20Percent:
Photo of C20Percent
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Bottle says best by 1/27/2013*

A: Pours a slightly clear semi-dark amber with an average amount of light tan head. Color is very unique for an IPA -- walking a think line between hazy and clear. The complexity in the color carries the beer's appearance.

S: Malt heavy at first whiff -- somewhat boozy with a decent balance of pine and citrus in the back. Kind of reminds me of a Hopslam or a Hoptimum. The aroma really starts to shine a bit more once it has had a chance to sit.

T: A sweet malt and citrus combine to attack the palette before leaving behind a dry finish. A piney backbone in there too. But, yes, a little bit of a sour citrus taste. You could call this a poor man's Hopslam. Good, though.

M: For me -- this is where the beer trips up a bit. It' smooth - nice medium body. But, too thin -- carbonation is almost non-existant. No chewiness. And, a bit flat. Compared to other DIPAs or IPAs in general -- this feels average.

O: Pretty good brew -- but probably not worth the dough you'll drop on it. However, I would drink again and I'd suggest people try it to see what they'd probably be drinking in Scotland. Much respect to this brewery.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jmbranum
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found this treasure in the $1 bargain bin at one of our local liquor stores!

It says it is "best before 01-02-14" but in April 2014, it is still outstanding.

Rich alcoholic hop-laden aroma.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a lingering light tan head.

Flavor is rich and balanced. Layers and layers of hops (almost oily with them) and malt. Some coppery notes (which I adore), some chewy wheat bread. A little bit of spices. The aftertaste starts sweet but then ends on a hoppy bitter note. Absolutely beautiful. Sunset in a glass.

Nice full thick mouthfeel. Very full with some almost oily elements (I mean this in a good way) but with a little bit of faint carbonation prickle. Almost like velvet.

An extremely good beer. The best I've had in awhile. Worth buying even if it isn't in the bargain bin. I almost wonder if the cheesy "HARDCORE" name and label design scares people off. This is a very tasty, thoughtful brew.

Photo of BastardFromABasket
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber ale that pours a fluffy, off-white head that fades quickly. Smells faintly of hop tanginess. Tastes malty followed by a nice hoppy bite and a copper/metallic tang reminiscent of a Dogfish Head 60. Hides the alcohol well but you'll feel it quickly. Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Photo of Bodega95
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer packs a very hard punch, it kicks the shi.. out of your taste buds in a single sip! Almost comparable to what a hard liquor would do! Nice texture and body! definitely not for pussies! Overall a very dry IPA excellent for Loud music and spicy foods.

Photo of mrc7477
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hardcore IPA has one of the best aromas I have smelt. The taste is amazing. It is the best IPA I have ever tasted. I work at Bayway Market as a beer specialist and I really recommend this IPA to people. Anyone in Coos Bay, Oregon that prefers a really good IPA then come into Bayway Market and pick one up. We have the best prices in town.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had mixed reactions after tasting some of the Brewdog stuff,some I like some I dont,this I liked.Poured into a imperial nonic a brilliant copper color with a well sustained 1/2 finger white head that left broken lace behind as it settled slowly.A mix of resiny hop and English malt in the nose,more hop assertive than I thought it would be really.Flavors remind me more of a big American strong ale than anything else,big dose of piney hop,with big leathery notes as well as some fruity esters from the malt,alcohol creeps with its sweetness and sharpness coming in late as I drink more,there is a big biscuity almost sweet dough-like malt base thruought.I like it,its better than expected and almost feel like Iam drinkin an Old Guardian from recent years,well not quite as good.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a deep copper gold in color with a big, gigantic head that showed great retention.

Smell - There's a nice, juicy caramel malt backbone to this DIPA along with big, monstrous citrus hops. This is huge but rightly balanced.

Taste - The sharp, intense citrus notes are mixed with sweet, caramel-laden sugars that just explode with flavor in the mouth. The malts are very sweet and sugary and have a high quality character to them. The hops are large and in charge but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some nice, light carbs and a collected but serious bitter character.

Drinkability - This is a big but approachable hopper that is chewy and quite fun to drink.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Bought a 4-Pack of bottles for $14.99.

A: Glowing amber poured with almost no head. Lacing not as heavy as expected.
A little bit of a letdown with the appearance.

S: What a unique nose for a DIPA. Quite floral and fruity with the alcohol apparent as well.
A little bit of tropical notes apparent as well.

T & M: Wow, what a hop bomb! Balance is not on top of this brews qualities.
I am a hop fan and this one delivers.

D: Drinkability not a strong trait of this brew. An interesting take but for the money
I don't think I'll be having this beer again.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Dog Hardcore IPA explicit imperial ale brewed in Aberdeensire Scotland 9% alcohol. 22.4oz. bottle with black background and baby blue writing very appealing.

A- Pours a hazed glowing orange fluid with Ipa written all over it. Bubbly head that falls to a stiff loosely bubbled ring and massive sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is a very fresh tangerine and citrus mix almost like it was squeezed recently with hints of alcohol esters tingling the nose.

T-M- Like the smell "fresh" with tangerine and citrus hops upfront. Second is a slightly minty and warm flavor due to the hops and alcohol as well excellent. Malts are very hidden in this DIPA probably due to that being the point. Ibu's seem low but this beer is a great drinking beer. Mouthfeel is smooth but has a astringent lingering feel on the finish... but all and all dry after it subsides.

D- I would love to find this one on tap at a local pub and have a few extra fresh pints or even a beer to go store... cheers!

Photo of JasonA
2.62/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Im worried about this review. Ive never reviewed a beer at BA that has such a low rating. I fear my preinformation might diswade me from a proper review. Ill do my best.

Pours a unfiltered yellow, pretty light. Head a bit foamy. Not normal for me. Also, there was a bit of head in the bottle that wouldnt go away.

Hoppy smell, though not a hop that Im a fan of. Almost smells german pils. Maybe some citrus, though not over the top. No malt present.

Sweet, bitter, sugar. Weird malt flavor, maybe honey though seems pretty processed. Almost like an artificial sweetner like sweet-n-low.

Sits well, not very balanced though flavor wise. ABV doesnt fit 9%.

This is going to be difficult to finish.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's nothing prettier than an IPA, and this one is no exception. Dark amber color, thick white head, tons of lace. A unidimensional aroma of citrus. Huge, huge grapefruit taste. This is a true hop bomb. Couldn't detect much in the way of a malt influence with all those hops. Pretty good beer, but just drink one at a time because your tastebuds won't be able to take it.

Photo of gregmoscetti
2.36/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tastes like a boozy sierra nevada. Brewdog will never get all that much love out here for an IPA. It was irresponsible even buying it, knowing that the hops were probably poorly cared for in transport, and knowing that this is southern california and we drink Pliny all day. All and all, this beer isnt crap but its by no means good. Im sure to a scotsman its hoppy and delicious. to a so cal local its a heaping pint of lame sauce

Photo of andyfrancis
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper pour, a little darker than I expected. nice off white head.

Smells of gobs of fruity hops on the nose. faint nutty, toffee malt backdrop.

Bitter start makes my right eye wink a few times. After a few gulps, the malt coats the palate, and becomes the dominant flavor.

My burps taste like hops.

Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.2% abv. Feeling a head buzz already.

Nothing outstanding here, but it's very drinkable and one of these bombers will leave you feeling right.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bargain at $3.59! Purchased @ DeCiccios's in Ardsley, NY. Batch 072, with best before dating of "28/03/11" Ah those Europeans...gotta love em... Pours lighter, on the golden amber side, hazed, with a dull orange hue. Moderate and loose darker eggshell head. Thin film, collar and plenty of fine, loose sheeting and strands of lace left on the glass. Minor hops and light cookie dough on the nose. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Alcohol masterfully hidden. Plenty of grapefruit hop notes, undercoating of caramel tinged maltyness. Well done. Cost is prohibitive, doubtful I'd go for this one again due to this factor. Glad I gave it a try as its a nice subtle take on the ever popular and enjoyable DIPA style.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the new version, with the tweaked recipe and 9.2 percent alcohol.

The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange and grapefruit hops with some resin mixed in. The flavor is orange and pine with some caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I think this batch was better than the first batch.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in June shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy but bright golden orange with very little head. If this really were a DIPA, I would dock it for lack of head. However, as I will get into below, I do not think this is a true DIPA, so I will consider the look as pretty good for an English Ale.

Smell: Semi-sweet tea-like malts and English hops. Some alcohol detected. Smells like a strong English IPA.

Taste: Slightly sweet malts with notes of fruit, caramel, toast and tea. Nice English hop counterbalance that is somewhat metallic. Very bitter at the end.

Feel: Low carbonation and medium, but slightly creamy and chewy, body. Pretty smooth and very dry. Warming.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, as it seems like a kick ass English IPA. Never would have known it was 9%, other than the warming sensation.

As DIPA is a very American style, and this beer is not at all American (other than the level of bitterness), this is not really a DIPA. Maybe it could be called an English DIPA, but this is the only example I am aware of. Really, it seems like a cross between an English IPA and a Barleywine. Regardless, comparing it to a typical DIPA, with all of its citrus and pine hop taste, is not really fair. This is a unique beer.

Photo of magictrokini
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy auburn with a i cm tall but very thick white head. Oranges, pine sap, mango, and grapefruit candy in the nose. Denser mouthfeel than the Punk IPA. Grapefruit and orange peel with resin in the taste, with that iced tea flavor. Biscuits. The malt is earthier than the Punk IPA, which seems to fit with the higher alcohol. Again, different than my usual West Coast IPA's, but very good.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a cloudy golden wheaty color with a very thin white head. Nose is very sweet & hoppy, nice.

Taste is really sweet and slightly syrupy. Also has some slightly earthy tones I find in a lot of brewdog beers. Very nice and hoppy it's a solid IIPA and worth giving a shot.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber under a 1” cream colored foam cap that hugs the side of the glass. It clears up as it warms.
S: Spicy, earthy hop aromas are much more prominent that malt. Not much fruity ester aroma.
T: Fruit, big bitterness, citrus, malt toffee and light caramel, finishing with a lingering bitterness.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: This is a DIPA with big bitterness with a balancing malt presence.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

batch 109 best before 11-21-2010. 1 pint 6.4 fluid oz.

poured into a goblet style glass. pours a hazy yellowish red, a little golden. a small white head that faded into a ring somewhat quickly. small amount of lace.

not a huge aroma like you would expect in an imperial ipa. the aroma mostly consists of alcohol mixed with earthy floral hops as well as grapefruit hops. there is some caramel malty sweetness tryin to break through the hops as well as a slight bready graininess.

in the taste you get some caramel sweetness, grapefruit, citrus that turns into a little bit of bready grains followed by some alcohol warmth with a bitter tropical fruity lingering flavor. a good taste but is much different than your usual american double ipa. its bitter, but defiantly not knocking your teeth out. has a nice malty side to as well as some fruity flavors. the taste is a little more balanced than the aroma, but still pretty hop forward.

has a big, full body. a nice resiny oily mouthfeel from the hops. a minimal carbonation. overall a good mouthfeel.

this beer goes down easy, but your going to want to take your time and sip this one down. alcohol is definatly not hidden. this one 22oz bottle is all i would need of this beer in one sitting.

this is an interesting take on such a popular style. im prolly not going to seek this out again, but it was nice to try. i wouldnt recommend this beer, but brewdog makes some other interesting beers that i would recommend for sure. went well with some tortilla chips and salsa but kinda overpowered the tangyness of the salsa

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Bought at Sainsbury the other day; they were selling them off cheap. Explicit Imperial Ale - indeed.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, coppery sunset-orange with decent carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam with good retention and a fine texture; it slowly reduces to a surface layer. An intense aroma of hop notes: grapefruit, bitter orange, citrus, pine and tropical fruit. This is underpinned by biscuity caramel malt with a hint of grain, and followed up with a huge warming whiff of booze.

Tastes of intense, spicy aromatic hops with a strident bitter finish. Notes of caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, pine, mild tropical fruit and a hint of dry yeast. Faint sweetness, though this is buried by the flavour tsunami, and a distinct note of alcohol in the background. A powerful bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, with a mild tingliness. Decent body, though a bit thin for it's strength and rather undercarbonated. Highly astringent - dries the palate. A lingering aftertaste of bitter aromatic citrus and pine, along with a hint of malt.

An impressive, if slightly flawed, effort. It looks great. Superb hop aroma and flavour - tons of citrus and pine note compete for your attention. The malt presence is also good; sufficiently substantial to balance the hops. However, a more prominant yeast profile would have been welcome. And the body leaves something to be desired - a shade too thin and seriously lacking in carbonation and texture. Perhaps bottle-conditioning might have been beneficial? A big beer with it's heart in the right place, but not the best DIPA I've tried. Nonetheless, if you love hops then Hardcore will whip you into a state of arousal - grab one if you see it.

Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy baby aspirin orange with a low wispy head that disappears quickly. Low aroma of floral notes.

Thick and chewy flavors of doughey malt, with citrus and floral notes, hints of cinnamon and toffee.

Thick mouthfeel, viscous and chalky. Could use more complexity, flavors are muted, would like more hops.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark orange color, 1" head, white. Aroma was missing the dry hop feel of a beer, some hops, but nothing pungent like the name hardcore ipa might conjure up.

Highly bitter beer, not bad, but hops again missing from the mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol. I don't know if I'm being fare, judging a beer that is better fresh, that had to travel halfway around the world. This could be an excellent beer without the 6000 miles on it or whatnot. Sticky. Not a malt bomb by any means, but there's enough substance to it that it doesn't become simply sweet and bitter, it is sturdy. Lots of toffee and caramel to it.

Would love to see some born on dating with these.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip orange with a thick white head, great retention and lacing. The scent is of floral hops and sugars. There is a good hop bite to this one considering it's trip across the pond. Not much really wrong with this, which is a first with my Brewdog experience. Eveything I would want in an IIPA is there. Might be a little high in the carbonation, but nothing severe.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from this little 11.2 oz bottle from across the pond in Scotland. By a couple guys around my age who got bitten pretty hard by the brewing bug. Thank god they did, I don't care if these kids are ADHD bastards looking for attention in the classroom. They're brewing both extreme brews, and those requiring a good bit of finesse. Pours into my Allagash chalice as a bright crystal clear copper amber hue with head dwindling down slowly...leaves behind intricate even thick bands of lace that form nicely with the brews overall experience. Aroma has an explosion of citrus and spearmint in the nose. Also a piney resinous layer of hops going on in the nose with the big Marris Otter caramel aspects going on. Flavor brings on a rush of citrus aka grapefruit flavor that bites your tongue unrelentingly with enjoyable hop bitterness, this is one of those eye opener boozey hoppy brews that will live on, fuck Adderall I think these guys are self medicating with brews like this to control their hyperactivity. Definitely coats the palate with layers of hop oils, medium bodied easy going carbonation a bit of an alcohol burn but really well hidden compared to most DIPAs/barleywines. Overall drinkability this one lands in the really good if it's every once in awhile. Nothing I'll buy loads of but when fresh this is damn good DIPA.

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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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