Hardcore IPA - BrewDog
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Best before 08/28/2012
A - Pours a cloudy and murky burnished orange color with two fingers of bubbly, light-tan head. The retention is decent, and a soapy cap drifts lazily on top of the liquid when it recedes. Sticky lacing precariously hangs on, but gradually washes away with the strain of gravity.
S - The nose immediately brings a strong presence of C-hops with bold aromas of pine, soap, and especially grapefruit. Somewhat fruity, but the bitterness is almost palpable here. A touch of sweetness from the malts, but that impression is fleeting even as I type.
T - The flavors initially start with a puff of sweetness and caramel, but the bitterness practically explodes from these hops. Resinous pine gives off a sticky feel and flavor, and from there it's nearly all grapefruit. With this type of hop profile, sometimes you can get the residual flavors from oranges and other citrus, but this is pretty tightly contained to grapefruit. The malts do give off a slight brown sugar sweetness in the background, mixing with a touch of soap and alcohol.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. The hops leave a sticky, heavy feeling on the palate, and the abundance of hops lends to a long-lasting bitterness that lingers well into the finish.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is pretty impressive in terms of inking out every last IBU from the hops, but in terms of flavor I found this to be a little lacking. The amount of bitterness that starts in the flavor and draws out in the finish is somewhat expected but still doesn't absolve it as a distraction. If you don't mind a face-smacking bitterness, seek this out.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 04:12:05 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
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
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