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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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Reviews: 531
Hads: 1,420
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 37
Gots: 195 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 TheManiacalOne
1.4/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22.4oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, light caramelized malts, some honey, alcohol and different scent of hops.

T: The taste starts with a medicine-like alcohol bite that over-powers everything else. There are sweet flavors of caramel, honey and citrus that try to poke their way through. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is subdued, providing very little balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and a lot like cough syrup.

M: Crisp but not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not tasty or flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling, strong kick, not a good representation of style, I just flat out did not like this beer at all and would not recommend it.

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Photo of BigMike
1.59/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Batch #207

Pours a hazy light orange color. Even with a hard pour and several hard swirls in the glass i couldn't get any head to form.

Smells a bit like sour butterscotch. A touch of floral and light caramel malts but nothing too pleasant.

Wow. This beer tastes awful. Medicine like bitter sweetness. Tastes like caramel flavor cough syrup.

Not a lot of carbonation. Pretty thick and heavy. Each swallow is torture.

Drinkability = DRAIN POUR This beer is horrendous. I knew nothing about this beer when i saw it. I saw DIPA at 9% for $4.99 and was happy. After smelling and tasting. I was UNhappy. I would not recomend this to my worst enemy.

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Photo of BeerSox
1.73/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

660ml bottle into nonic. Batch 002. Best before 7/7/09.

Dark and hazy golden hue with a one finger off white head that quickly settles to a bubbly partially covered cap.

The aroma is faint and citrusy, but also very tart and sour. It doesn't seem like there is anything wrong with the beer, just how it is.

Very buttery flavors - an oddly high amount of diacetyl. The hops add some bitterness, but are also sour as well. Soapy, used in Ding's review, sums it up pretty good.

Not a very good DIPA at all. Tastes like it was brewed with movie theater butter (which is made using diacetyl). I wish I knew the actual date it was brewed rather than a best before date.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 660ml capped bottle. Bottle was marked best before 7/7/09 batch 002 (Not really sure if it is a limted release or not as the bottle did not indicate, but since another reviewer had similiar marking, I will review it here):

A: Poured an amber color, which was unexpected. With this style of beer I am used to something a little darker and more red. This makes me wonder as to the quality of the beer. No head noted at all. It was a typical pour from me so that I could get a decent head, but I poured two and got nothing. Very disappointing.

S: The aroma was fairly good, but somewhat faint for a DIPA. Most noteably, barley and hops. Nothing to really rave about.

T: The taste was heavy on the barley with the hops clearly taking a back seat.

M/D: This is the big problem with the beer, the lack of carbonation along with the fact that it felt like I was drinking syrup was not appealing at all. It also left a very bitter long aftertaste that was not appealing either. This one really put me off on trying the other beers by the brewer. It would be best to avoid.

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Photo of Crosling
1.94/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Nose is absolutely full of diacetyl, with some mild hop accents (peach, nectarine, but that's a stretch), it's hard to get pass the diacetyl. Flavor is extremely dull, mostly loaded with diacetyl. Sorry, but this is an awful beer. Plain and simple.

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Photo of deepsouth
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

this beer pours a relatively flat looking golden color with a huge four finger rocky head that sticks around a good bit. great head, subpar looking liquid.

this beer smells a bit earthy and funky. i pick up more malty sweetness than i do hoppiness. odd.

this beer doesn't taste that great. hop bitterness and a bit dry, but not much else. what a strange brew.

the mouthfeel is flat, but thicker than i expected. pretty decent, but hard to get around the taste.

man, this is damn near a drain pour and i never do that. i'm going to try to drink this because i think it set me back nearly $15, but that's the only reason. i'm sharing it with my wife and she thinks it's pretty disgusting as well.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
2.01/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

poured with a 1 finger white head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Golden orange color with a small amount of carbonation.

Smells a bit like bread dough actually... light hop smells in the background.

Tastes kind of like the smell, which is dissapointing. I get a doughey taste from it, and not many hops, althought they are there. I will say i cant really taste the alcohol though for 9%.

The mouthfeel isnt bad. I get a dry feeling from it and a clean finish. Too bad it doesnt help the average taste.

I'de say the drinkability is sort of low. I just cant get over the doughey taste that this beer has. Just one for a review, and thats all i can handle.

Ok, editing this: After finishing this beer, the drinkability is really bad... reminded me too much of the dough in the bakery I used to work in, and I found myself choking it down. Not anything near what an imperial IPA should taste like.

I'de rather drink my michelobe golden light ANY DAY.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.07/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Not even going to bother going into detail with this one. The hops are disgustingly strong, esecially when cold.
IPAs have always been the drink for a hot summers day for me, this one is impossible to drink more than 330ml of.

Will not buy again.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.09/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Sam Adams glass. Really light, hardly any foam. This beer looks lifeless.

Aroma is that of a fairly bland barleywine - some nail polish remover, a little tropical fruit, mostly passionfruit.

Wow. This is shockingly bad for a DIPA, in my opinion. Alcohol and some apricot, malt bill entirely lacking. There is a lot of bitterness, mostly provided by a very uninteresting hop profile, and alcohol.

Feel is very limp - it's way undercarbonated and thin for the style.

Even taking into consideration that this particular bottle is a couple months past its prime, it's still shockingly bad. Other past-prime IPAs don't go to crap like this, leading me to believe that this was never very good in the first place. I really don't want to drink the rest of this. BrewDog continues to be really hit or miss for me.

This is a weird beer, and not to my liking.

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Photo of BeanBone
2.16/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange capped by a slow-to-form finger of off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Mild citrusy and herbal hops over a caramel malt base. Missing the punch you'd expect from a "Hardcore IPA."

Taste: Where in the hell are the hops? According to the bottle, this bottle will still be fresh for over six months, so I'm sure this isn't a freshness issue. Some grassy and herbal bitterness builds up as time goes on and it warms, but it never really gets much "hoppiness" going. With the hops not making much of an impression, the plain caramel malt body makes up the bulk of the flavor profile. Plenty of butteryness and unmasked alcohol throughout, making a boring profile into something unpleasant. The aftertaste is bitter and boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and some slight burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Rather poor due to the flavor profile and alcohol content.

Verdict: Hardcore IPA is a thoroughly confusing beer; I was ready for something different, but I've never had to search for hops in an IPA. Even if you take style off the table and try to rate this beer in a style-vacuum, it's still not a very pleasing beer. When you take into account that this bottle cost me over seven dollars, this really becomes a hot mess.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a pale golden color with small white head.Nose, what nose? I smelled grain. Taste is grainy, lightly boozy, bland with no hops. A dull mouthfeel, low in carbonation and thick. Expected more. Not a well crafted IIPA and I would consider this a C IPA at best but not IIPA at all.

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Photo of morimech
2.24/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch #002. I have not seen a yellow Imperial IPA before. Practically no head formed but some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

Has a soapy aroma. Some malt and grapefruit is detected.

Tastes like a poorly done homebrew IPA. The hops that are present are more for bittering but lacks any flavor dynamic. Overly sweet malt base makes this one poorly crafted ale. Alcohol taste lingers in the aftertaste.

Almost completely flat carbonation really hurts this already hurting ale.

Had a difficult time drinking the entire bottle. I only endured because of the expence of said bottle. This is one beer to avoid.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
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

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow-orange body, more yellow where the glass is thinner, more orange in the bowl, very hazy, scattered carbonation streams. Good sticky snow white froth and lacing.

Mild orange aroma, with a muted background of other citrus. Expected more at first pop.

Toffee sweet base coats the tongue. Juicy fruit -oranges and other citrus. Very mild hop bitter nip at the swallow. Fruit soaked in alcohol finish, though its a tingle not a burn.

Slighty sloppy mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, though the alcohol is dicouraging while the hop profile does not add enough desire.

Disappointing. The only thing "double" about this ipa is the alcohol.

Maybe in Scotland this can pass for a DIPA/IIPA, but not in the US. Way too much hype, including the name and bottle copy, for what is here. Not a good first impression from a brewery that may be trying too hard for buzz.

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Photo of Zimbo
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Taste. Hmm, pure TCP to me. Not just bitter, not even just warped but full blown psychotic and twisted. Doesn't mean it was enjoyable to drink. It wasn't. More of a beer as a dare. Like an entire pine tree shoved down your throat.
Will need to try this again.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a 22.4oz bottle. Little to no head on a aggressive pour. Beer does lace well. Very golden in color, different from most dipa's.

Sour citrus smell, almost like rotten grapefruit. And a sweet malt scent.

Sour grapefruit dominates the taste, backed up by some sweet maltiness. Some pine notes emerge after it warms to near rooom temp, but still the sourness is there. Checked the bottle its far from its experation date. Not the biggest hop bomb out there thats for sure.

Was hard for me to get past the sourness of the grapefruit. Would pass on this in the future!

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

large 3 finger head, the body is an amber color, darker then what i personally desire in an IPA, but i can't knock it for being what it is.
nose is a bit resiny with an orange sugar candy aroma too, like those brachs orange slices. Alcohol is easily detected here too, and is somewhat solvent like.
I guess Scotland is on the East Coast now, this is not very hoppy and i am still 4 months within the best-by window. Flavors are not bad per say, but i did reach for this wanting an IPA, a "Hardcore" one at that. The non-hardcore flavors include Candied Pears that are slightly fruity but more sugary, some piney notes, and a mist of citrus to make things obligatory. Besides the Sugar coated light fruits there is some caramel thrown against this canvas.

If this was called an English Strong ale, maybe i would approach it better, but i wanted an IPA. Mission Failed.

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Photo of Axic10
2.51/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with no head.

Smell: Different nose for a DIPA. Hoppy yet medicinal. Not bad, but not great.

Taste: Bitter candied citrus. Bitter, but not in a good way. Slightly medicine taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: It's honestly tough for me not to make this a drain pour. It started off promising, but failed to deliver in taste.

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Photo of beancounter
2.51/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A -Substantial foamy head that stayed for a while. Amber color, and high carbonation.

S- Mildly floral, but odd. Something else in there I can't really describe. The smell stays there for the entire time I'm drinking. I find myself not looking forward to smelling it again.

T-Noticeably bitter, as appropriate for the style, leaves an odd aftertaste. After a few more sips..bitterness is the only flavor.

M-A little thin for the style, but doesn't detract.

D- Aside from the smell that I mentioned above, it goes down easily, but I'm really not looking forward to another sip.

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Photo of JamisonM
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: cloudy burnt orange

S: bit of citrus

T: ultra bitter! wtf man its so bitter!

M: big mouth med carbonation

D: not drinkable at all its so bitter it took me a huge effort to finish this beer

overall: 150 IBU done in a ultra bitter way I am a hop head and love hops but this is over the top. ruination is mild after you drink this!

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Crizay for sharing this bottle. Pours amber in color with a small white head. Smell is odd and not really hoppy. Butterscotch, and diacetyl I think. Taste is bittered from the hops but not flavored much from them. Strange band-aid malt flavor. Dry, and interesting, but not particularly good.

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Photo of crnipeter
2.61/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml, Batch 333, BB date reads 26. November 2011, into tulip. Pours reddish coppery body with a good clarity, topped by medium, frothy beige head with good retention that sticks to the walls. Aroma is caramel-malty sweetness with earthy, grassy, spicy hops and evident fruitiness that might be either hop or ester-derived. Faint, skilfully hidden alcohol. The flavor starts with deep caramel-toasty malts followed by earthy, spicy and grapefruity hop flavor leading into resinous bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. Finish is medium, without harshness and hop-astringency of the Punk IPA. Unusually full bodied for an IIPA, almost sticky with soft carbonation and creamy texture. Somewhat unbalanced, leaning towards the malty side. Not necessarily a bad brew but I was rating to the style hence the low score.

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Photo of milkbaby9
2.61/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650ml bomber (Batch 071, Best before 72-04-11, drank on 16 Mar 2011) into Duvel tulip. 2 finger beige to tan very small bubbled foamy-looking head. Big patches of foam left as drank down. Came out of the bottle a very murky dull amber color, cloudy looking. Very hazy and unappealing in looks, kinda yucky, was this mishandled?

Aroma of pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit -- very fruity and a hint of earthy floralness and some alcohol too.

Taste is malty in the beginning, a bit of butterscotch, caramel, a light sweetness. Then bitterness gently rises with a grapefruit rind taste, followed by tropical fruit - guava and papaya - on the sweetish finish. A raw flour taste and salty minerality that lasts into the aftertaste, the flour not being very appealing. Some alcohol in the back of the mouth and nose but not too much.

Moderate to lowish carbonation, a bit of a creamy heavy mouthfeel, but also a bit gritty too, weird.

Great name and label graphics, but the beer itself was disappointing. Not totally sure that this was a well handled bottle that made it overseas through a distributor and then to the store intact? Plenty of other DIPAs round these parts that are much better value for the money. This was almost a drainpour.

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Photo of JasonA
2.62/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Photo of twaddlac
2.64/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Looks like Budweiser with a yeasty head. Lace hangs around for a long time and is very sticky. Decent carbonation.

S- Strong hops, and not to be offensive but it smells like feet..

T- All hops, not much else. Maybe a hint of grapefruit, but it punches you in the face.

M- Smooth and silky with a dry finish.

D- Very bitter, overpowering but you do have to appreciate something like this. It took me a long time to finish, and I'm an IPA person. I don't recommend this to anyone, but if you're up to the challenge, then go for it! NOTE: DRINK ROOM TEMP!!

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