Hardcore IPA - BrewDog
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4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Interesting bottle...I opened the kegerator to be eagerly greeted by Brewdog Imperial IPA, but before I uncapped it, I began to read the label:
"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.
6 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more.
9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks.
This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars."
Really? First, these numbers seem ridiculous. This sounds like the work of a crafty marketing department, but I question the accuracy. Did they consult with a brewer?
Being an engineer and a homebrewer, I had no choice but to double-check Brewdog's numbers:
By my calculations, to brew a beer at 9.2% ABV, assuming 70% efficiency and single malt (Maris Otter), you need just under 4.75 oz. of malt per 12 oz. of wort. There are 460 grains in a Troy oz., which is an outdated Roman unit of measure based on one grain being that of barley. With 1 Troy oz. equaling 1.097 standard ounces, you get ~2490 grains per bottle.
And this isn't a single-malt beer, so it's reasonable to assume that the discrepancy is in the Crystal and Caramalts. Touche, Brewdog. I was wrong to doubt you. I'll assume if you got the hard calculation correct, that the hops and yeast, which look reasonable, are correct as well.
Anyway, fellas, enough math. Serve it up. Let's see these 2200 grains do their worst.
A: Pours glassy, crystal amber with orange tinges and ruby shadows, giving rise to a full tree-finger head that almost overflowes my New Belgium snifter. The head is creamy and ivory, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S: Wow. The nose is strong, piney hops, some background sweetness and some esters. Sticky desert pine. Pears. Molasses.
T: The flavor is a dead ringer to my expectations - lots of Centennial hops give an aggressive bite over a sticky malt backbone. Strong alcohol is well hidden in the piney hops. This is delicious.
M: Puckeringly astringent.
D: This is a fine beer, but with the hops coating my palette and the alcohol burning my brain, I wouldn't have more than one in a night.
(Reviewed June 14, 2010)
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2010 00:53:29 | More by SPThirtyThree
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4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Serving: 355 mL bottle poured into an IPA glass (batch 081, best before 25/03/15)
Appearance: Bright, slightly hazy orange copper. Frothy, lasting head with moderate lacing.
Smell: Pine needles and candied orange. Clean and welcoming.
Taste: Pine and citrus rind against toffee sweetness. Evenly bitter throughout, but not overly so. Only hints of its 9.2%.
Moutfeel: Smooth, almost oily; medium body with low carbonation.
Overall: Full in aroma and taste, while still nicely balanced and restrained.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 03:21:35 | More by HipCzech
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.