Hardcore IPA - BrewDog
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3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle poured into goblet. Batch 18. BrewDog is new to Maine, and this is my first offering from them.
A: Pours a solid amber with a thick, voluptuous cream head. Very attractive and inviting; the clarity is exceptional.
S: Grapefruit, grapefruit, and...more grapefruit. Honestly, if it weren''t for the more herbal qualities of the hops, I'd think I was smelling a freshly sliced piece of grapefruit. Perhaps a little one-dimensional, but really refreshing. I can't wait to take a sip!
T: Interestingly enough, the grapefruit aroma transitions to oak and booze on the tongue. The alcohol lends a very sharp bite with a warming finish. Hops are there, but a bit overpowered by the boozy nature of this brew. Leaves a resiny, bitter flavor on the palette. I don't dislike it, but then again I'm not sure how much I do like it.
M: Carbonation is fairly strong, which is good considering how cloying the alcohol is. Although it seems to drink easily, it does leave a very bitter coating on the tongue.
D: For what it is, It's a pretty good beer. As far as I'm concerned, however, there are much better representations of the DIPA style available. Stone's Ruination Ale & Dogfish 90 Minute IPA - while two very different beers - both have the rampaging hop quality to them that Hardcore IPA hangs its hat on, but they also have a smooth, malty finish, which is entirely what makes them so drinkable. This may just be too bitter for me, which is saying a lot.
Worth a try, but skip out on buying a case.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2010 21:05:58 | More by sk8man121
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