Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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88
very good

1,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 173 | 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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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper with little clarity, 1 finger of head and beautiful lacing left all over the glass. Gorgeous IPA

S - Huge hops, whole cone

T - Citrus and pine, perfect blend of both. Well balanced all the way through. Nice kick of alcohol in the aftertaste

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - An awesome DIPA. Well done!

Photo of MaximalC
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque bronze color with a meager head of khaki froth that rapidly settles into a layer of frogspawn. Aroma smells like a basket of rich, candied, tropical fruit, featuring mango, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit...you name it. There’s also an intoxicating layer of brown sugar, toffee, butterscotch, and booze on the nose; one of the most complex, best-smelling IPAs I’ve come across.

The taste is monstrously full-flavored and decadently sweet for an IPA. The sweetness is a deft amalgam that’s hard to pin down, though raisins, brown sugar, toasted bread, white grapes, and even plums are discernable. The hops are mostly resinous and slightly spicy, with rumors of pineapple representing the tropical fruit that was so prominent in the aroma. Warming alcohol manifests just enough to add more character without taking anything away. A palpable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips. Big body and fine carbonation yield a full, creamy mouthfeel that is absolutely spot-on before yielding slightly on the back end.

And so here we have the secret to a great IPA as I see it: a gargantuan, complex malt profile that makes the reams of hops look like an afterthought by comparison. This IPA would pass admirably for a top-flight American barleywine. Indeed, I’d rank this as one of the best I’ve had in either of those styles. This was my first BrewDog beer, and it was enough for me to totally understand their reputation. I wish I had a second glass to simply enjoy after spending nearly the entire first glass analyzing its many depths--impressive.

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 DukeRanger17
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a long day at work this is well deserved!!! Yum!!!

Photo of RicardoSousa
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bitterness and flavour to bring tears to your eyes of pure joy. Excellent color and texture. Only superseded by the hammer jack.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- poured reddish-copper with 1FH off-white in color. Heavy lacing.
S- piney resiny hops, slight citrus, caramel maltiness.
T- piney hop resin, toffee malt, good bitterness, orangey citrus.
M- medium feel. Higher carbonation.
O- pretty nice IIPA, especially if you line them with more of a malt presence.

Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle, batch 314, best before 26/08/15. Thanks to my friend, Derek, for giving me this bottle to try.
A - foamy tan head sits atop an amber colored ale
S - fruity, piny, a bit earthy, crystal malt
T - big, bold flavors of pine, grapefruit, and caramel with some background earthy & grassy hops
M - fuller bodied, ample carbonation, quite boozy as expected, sharp bitter finish with lingering pine resin
O - pretty good DIPA, but I doubt I'd get it again. Its so called 150ibu doesn't seem any different than 100, but I've read that beyond 100 the palate has a harder time distinguishing increases in bitterness.

Photo of amorpork
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper hue. Smell is malty and boozy. First taste was very malty with fruity overtone. After a minute or so the maltiness subsided and I could get the character which is a real nice balance of hoppy bitterness and a touch malt. Will have this again.

Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial IPA it says and an Imperial IPA it is. A cracking IPA. The after taste feels like you have been liking raw hops. If you are not a hop head stay well away.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, lacing, red, 1FH.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, smooth, clean, light.

VALUE - $8 for 12-oz bottle. Average.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - ABV well-hidden. Easy drinkin'.

Photo of RockinRich
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. For IPA lovers only. This won't make any converts, but if you're a hophead, you'll like it a lot. (Wish I had a second bottle! ;) )

Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to Very good double ipa. Had in bottle. Get again. Smooth n tasty for a dipa. Not too sweet.

Photo of scotorum
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half thick offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Moderate pine resin

t: Caramel malt under pine with moderate strength. Bitterness and some malt sweetness linger in the finish. High ABV is quite well covered.

m; Moderate to full, nice body, quite oily, considerabel carbonation tingle.

o: Pretty much as anticipated, a malty, heavily-hopped DIPA, English bitter taken to new heights of bitter. Rather similar to US DIPAs in the malty vein such as Green Flash Palate Wrecker, and at a similar pricepoint.

Photo of Dentist666
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into english pint.
Pours copper-orange hazy beer with 1-finger off-white head, mediocre retention. Sticky aroma, malts and tons of floral hops. Massive body, noble bouquet of hops, masculine embodiment for gentry and blessed.

Photo of aHaplessOldLady
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An exceptionally well done Imperal IPA. Malty sweet with enough floural hoppiness to complement the brew without over bitterness.

Photo of alextreinhard
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tastes kind of like scotch, mixed with an old margarita. Really pungent, good, heavy mouthfeel

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So powerful and rich in both the aroma and the taste. Perhaps the best IPA I have ever drunk.

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and toffee malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but also has strong flavors of pine resin hops that persist through the finish and contribute a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The hops in this beer are very assertive and make your mouth pucker, but there is just enough of a heavy dose of underlying malts to prevent this from being a complete hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of dmgeng
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy watching BrewDogs and I figured that this beer would show me their prowess.

A - Deep orange color. Hazy from the dry hops with a bountiful white head and light lacing.

S - Pungent and strong hop fragrance with lots of citrus fruit, pine, and dank hops. Could smell it before I picked it up. Almost perfume like from the magnitude of aromatics. Some slight alcohol presence while at 45 degrees.

T - Awesome flavor with the strong citrus hop character. The alcohol and strong hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. I think there is a ton of hops in order to keep this hight ABV beer as delicious and hop forwards as some 6% ABV IPAs. There are also light malt and caramel character in the middle but is in no way balanced.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Very similar to many other big DIPAs but it is still really delicious and worth a try. Not all the way at the top but I really enjoy the hop explosion that is present in this bitter and alcoholic brew. This beer is great if you like Imperial IPAs.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of Dawk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Very good clean taste

Photo of mr-jj
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured into a hotel tumbler. Purchased from Don Quixote in Kawasaki, Japan.

Couldn't assess color in the tumbler. Head is nice and thick. Aroma is piney, citric hops and booze. Flavor is similar - strong hop and alcohol presence with just a bit of malt. Finish is lingering and bitter. Body is medium/full.

Overall, a good beer, but not as well balanced as its little brother.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The aroma includes bread, a touch of pine, and a good citrusy accent akin to grapefruit and orange rind. The body is dark amber with an off-white head. The flavor is dominated by bitter pine needles and soap, a little orange rind, and some sweetness and a little bready flavor from the malt. It's smooth and on the light side of medium-bodied with a good bite.

Quite intense with bitter soapiness dominating in the flavor with just a little sweetening from the malt. Could be better balanced and better tasting. Kudos to them for making the 9.2% ABV virtually imperceptible though.

Photo of ImusBeer
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Hazy orange small head died
Pine honey nose
Heavy pine
Sharp sicky mouthfeel, bitter finish very dry

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +1.8%

• Nice pour with 1.5 inches of initial head that fades to a thinner carpet that remains the whole time, clear orange color, minimal lacing
• Can’t get much smell other than strength
• Medium mouthfeel – slightly sticky but not chewy and definitely not thin – whatever the hell that means!
• Kind of a sweet earthy slightly tangy taste with lasting bitterness – a malt forward IPA
• 4.0 rating - overall a pretty decent imperial IPA

Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bomber into a bow-tie pint

A - muddied orange with a big two finger off white foamy head, thick lacing.
S - Lots of citrus and orange, some hidden melon and grape notes, tangerine, alcohol, hop resin, grass and pine, caramel malts, toffee.
T - Lots of massive bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuity malt base, lots of agressive hop spice and citrus bite.
M - Thick, massively thick, alcohol burn, chewy.
O - I think this will be the last time I taste anything from BrewDog in a while.

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