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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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very good

992 Ratings
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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
It’s just a helluva shock. Something that gets the adrenalin pumping like a 400 volt shot in a copper bathtub has to be good for the soul. Join the hardcore elite, screw down the throttle and ride. Ride until your lungs bleed and your arms numb. Gun the fucker. Don’t pull back, or slow down until the crazy music starts. Then sit, stunned, wall-eyed, open mouthed, in the realization this mother will drill you with Panzer-like efficiency. And you’ll beg for more.

150 IBU

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Photo of maximum12


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint of this was ordered, served, & put down at The White Horse on Parson's Green.

Pours on the darker, redder side of the IPA spectrum. Pure hops assault the nose, with that particular subdued note that is a trademark of cask brews.

Brewdog Hardcore IPA is easy to describe. It's like drinking pine sap. Pine, pine, pine rushes the palate & will not let up. A bit off-putting initially, as my stomach & mouth adjust, I warmed up to it. Perhaps there is honey playing hide-and-seek amongst the tarry pine littering the glass, but perhaps not. Could be the thickest brew I've ever tasted, but its a tribute to its weird appeal that I thought of having another before deciding that riding the barely known Tube drunk wouldn't be such a fine idea.

Very good beer. Glancing at a few other reviews, I can only imagine that this is losing something in the time it takes to cross the pond. Too bad. Fresh, it's a unique, hit-you-in-the-nads IIPA.

Serving type: cask

05-20-2010 15:05:31 | More by maximum12
Photo of BeerBelcher


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Nicholson's in Cincinnati. It was interesting - I wasn't familiar with Brewdog prior to this, and didn't even realize they were from the UK. This may have been prejudice on my part, as the server described this beer as super-big and overly hopped. By English standards, perhaps, but I found this beer to be pretty tame. It wasn't bad, but it didn't have the over-the-top hoppiness I was promised. It was a nice golden color, with a clear body, and a head that looked surprisingly-un-cask-like. Aroma was faintly hoppy, biscuit-y, and toffee-like. A nice malt balance. Flavor was same. Mouthfeel, for a big (9% ABV) was nice and smooth and middle-of-the-road and not too slick or sticky. A nice beer, but not what I was expecting.

Serving type: cask

02-22-2010 17:06:12 | More by BeerBelcher
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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at The Pub in Lexington, KY.

Poured a beautiful deep reddish amber with plenty of nice creamy foam. Nose is big on citrusy, piney hop glory. The smell is terribly inviting and backed with some caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. What a flavor this beer has! Lots of thick chewy malt and a good bit of alcohol up front with an aggressive hop finish. This is quite complex and balanced. The cask adds a bit of spicy funk that is just delicious. Additionally, the cask temperature and light effervescence make for a wonderful experience. What a great beer on a breezy Sunday afternoon! Perhaps the cask added more than meets the eye based on the other (less than stellar) reviews here, because this was one of the better beer moments for me in recent memory.

Serving type: cask

01-31-2010 15:59:42 | More by cdpike
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange with a small white head that evaporates rapidly to leave a few bubbles and some lacing.
S: Aroma of freshly cut hay, with a hint of black pepper.
T: Hops are evident throughout, persistent bitterness, fairly well balanced. Light spice. Dry-ish finish.
M: Good body for an IPA.
D: Nice IPA, not too over-the-top.

Serving type: cask

12-16-2009 17:01:14 | More by Travlr
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a slghtly hazy copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Didn't get a lot on the nose, just some light citrus and graniness. Flavors on the palate are pleasant, with the beer displaying moderate sweetness with citrus, apple, pepper and light bitterness. The bitterness comes on strong in the finish, with a bit of an alcohol bite as well. Mouthfeel is soft and long, with plenty of flavor, and I think there's little doubt that this beer benefited from cask conditioning. Drinkability is OK, though the alcohol became increasingly noticeable as I went on with this beer.

I thought this a nice enough beer, but really, this is nothing to get too excited about. Probably won't order this one again.

Serving type: cask

10-26-2009 14:07:46 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a firkin at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a hazy copper with a thin, white head into a chalice. The aroma was an amazingly huge hit of hop essence: pine needles, citrus, grapefruit - it had it all. The flavor did not dissapoint, with a big hop wallop up front, followed by a clean malt profile blended with a fairly intense, warming hop flavor (with hints of bourbon also), finishing off with the lingering taste of fresh-baked bread and a very strong hop bitterness. The bitterness seemed to actually intensify the more I drank - one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, start to finish. Nice fluffy lacing all the way down the glass. Hard to believe this was brewed in Scotland - a great over-the-top DIPA hopfest.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2009 15:24:34 | More by pershan
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Gotham Cask Festival last week. I noticed that some pretty passionate negative reviews have been written about this beer, but I must say that the Cask I sampled...if only that batch...was divine.

The beer poured a nice orange/copper, with a thin head, expectedly no carbonation, and good lacing. The aroma was an inviting mix of pink grapefruit, mango, peach, and honey, with very subtle hop bitterness. The flavor progression impressively started with a round full-bodied bouquet of the aforementioned fruits, which dissolved to a nice hop-bitter finish, and a dry mouthfeel aftertaste. The body overall was medium, but the flavor progression with each sip made this an excellent experience. If I didn't want to try some of the other great Casks on hand, I probably would've drank this one all night.

Serving type: cask

09-25-2009 06:30:06 | More by donniecuffs
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: As the beer is served it has a rich dark orange/gold color with a thin-off white head. There is a light ring of foam around the glass and some patch patches of foam on liquid. Most of the bubbles are relatively large and eventually disappear but do so before the beer is half gone. Early on sipping leaves part of a ring and sparsely speckled lacing. About half way through there is minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma is clearly hoppy, but with lots of floral, herbal notes and some citrus character, mostly tangerine and orange zest. There is also a hint of the caramel malt but no alcohol.

Taste: Taste is definitely that of an English style IPA but no single hop flavor stands out above the rest. The bitterness is herbal, floral, citrus (tangerine, etc)all bundled together with a clear backbone of sweet caramel malt. The alcohol is well concealed and not really detectable

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied but carbonation is light and pretty much gone by the end of the beer. The finish medium in length with the malt fading away to leave the dry bitterness of the hops

Drinkability: I thought the drinkability on this one to be just fine and I could have had another. I certainly would sample it again on cask. But this is not an American style DIPA and is best thought of as an English style (Scottish style?) DIPA. It also was a fine beer to go with the Bangers and Mash for supper that was served about half way through the beer.

Serving type: cask

07-12-2009 00:32:37 | More by drtth
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4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great beer. Poured into a pint glass. Had a copperish hue and was expected a golden hue instead. But it was a good smell good taste and over all mouth feeling was quit o refreshing not an overall bad beer. Love the taste of the Maris Otter Hops in the beer. Kudos

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 21:56:37 | More by yuenglingfan101
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ive been getting stuck into a few Brewdog beers lately (5am Saint, Punk IPA, dead pony club) and have found them to be a bit of a mixed bag. Having heard this beer's reputation, I left it to last. The bottle best before date is August 2014.

A - brown/ruby red, pours a minimal head that lingers as a frothy lacing. Looks inviting.

S - Floral odours, with a faint basil and citrus (orange) smell. Actually smells pretty nice, like an air freshener.

T - Hoppy bitterness at the start, with the malt kicking in pretty quick. The malt flavours combine with slightly alcoholic taste that lingers for a looong time. The alcohol tinge is fairly mild considering the ABV, and rather warming.

M - Slight carbonation, medium body, slightly dry.

O - Great IPA, it has shown me that good IPAs can be made outside of the new world. The alcohol taste, while mild relative to the ABV, would prevent me from drinking this on a regular basis however. Certainly worth a go.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:49:36 | More by chogm54
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found this treasure in the $1 bargain bin at one of our local liquor stores!

It says it is "best before 01-02-14" but in April 2014, it is still outstanding.

Rich alcoholic hop-laden aroma.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a lingering light tan head.

Flavor is rich and balanced. Layers and layers of hops (almost oily with them) and malt. Some coppery notes (which I adore), some chewy wheat bread. A little bit of spices. The aftertaste starts sweet but then ends on a hoppy bitter note. Absolutely beautiful. Sunset in a glass.

Nice full thick mouthfeel. Very full with some almost oily elements (I mean this in a good way) but with a little bit of faint carbonation prickle. Almost like velvet.

An extremely good beer. The best I've had in awhile. Worth buying even if it isn't in the bargain bin. I almost wonder if the cheesy "HARDCORE" name and label design scares people off. This is a very tasty, thoughtful brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:46:49 | More by jmbranum
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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber with a best by date of 7/9/14 poured into pint glass.

A: Thick, murky orange/amber brew generates sizable, lasting toffee colored head. Retention is decent. Looks pretty good.

S: Really strong fruit rind smell, alcohol, caramel, pine, and distinct marijuana odors. Good on the nose, too.

T: Strong orange and herbal notes throughout. Not as bitter as the supposed 150 IBUs would lead you to believe. Really strong malt base. Alcohol presence is strong, but not overpowering. Finishes citrusy and a bit bitter. There are a lot of strong flavors going on here.

M: Surprisingly, this is pretty easy to drink. Medium body, low carbonation, pretty smooth overall. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but not overpowering.

O: Pretty good DIPA, as you'd probably expect from BrewDog. It's hard hitting all around, but nothing is really too exceptional. This one easily could have gone overboard with the malts, but thankfully it never gets cloying.

B+/A-...would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:36:28 | More by TTAmod
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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great buy for hop heads. Picked up a 1 pint 6.4 fl oz bottle from Walgreen for $5.99. The price probably having quite a bit to do with my favorable review. The 150 IBU might detract those used to a Lagunitas IPA or DFH 90 minute but for those that enjoy hoppier beer it's all-in-all a tasty brew that can certainly stand with most better IPAs

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 20:31:50 | More by hugod
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North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Note: Batch 175, Best Before 31-07-14

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper in color with some light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass, light amounts of fine particulates in suspension, and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light tan head that reduces to a small mottled patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and citrus/orange rind hops over slightly lesser aromas of toasted and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of toffee sweetness followed. Then there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and citrus/orange hops which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but a little too much alcohol presence to be an easy drinker or a beer that I would want to have more than a single glass in a session. Pretty bitter so if you like a sweeter DIPA, this is not the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:12:06 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I was expecting a lot from this...dissapointing...very dissapointing. Carbonated but virtually no head. This is a more of a thin barley wine then an ipa....and not a good barley wine. These guys are very entertaining on TV ...how about less words on the bottle and make a better product!

Would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 00:51:43 | More by Hourglass
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Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into an English pub glass. This high ABV brew is a dark brownish orange amber hue with tons of beige head. Considerably darker than Punk IPA and actually somehow looks thicker as well. Smells richly malty and sweet with some toast and butterscotch notes, with this malt base initially overshadowing the hops a bit. But there they are now, faint pine with more noticeable orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, fruit chews. Palate mirrors this, initially very malt-forward but with the hop flavors asserting themselves over time. Rich toffee and pancake backbone overlaid with candied orange, grapefruit, and lime, saltwater taffy, licorice, stone fruit ... There is a nice evolution from caramel sweetness to medicinal fruit to fizzy, slightly piney spice and back to lightly roasted malt. Medium heavy body, with a nice oily and juicy mouthfeel. Well-carbonated but this somehow works. Finishes medicinal yet sweet, with the malts refusing to go away completely. Does numb the mouth a little by the end. Although I have had more hop-forward bitter DIPAs with more clear-cut American-influenced citrus and tropical flavors, I've also encountered another family of IPAs that are darker, maltier, and feature more medicinal, earthy, and candied flavors and this one falls firmly in the latter camp. I don't get the hate although I can understand needing to be in the mood for something this sweet and dark, with many IPA drinkers these days expecting pine boughs and guava groves. Variety is the spice of life and this is a worthy beer if you can snag it fresh. Drinks almost like a fine rum or fruit liqueur.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:09:40 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: 330mL brown bottle. Pretty plain, yet kind of stylish. At least it's different.

Appearance: pours a hazy / murky copper-orange colour with a big ivory head that drops quickly to a solid, rocky two-fingers. Great lacing.

Aroma: plenty of toasted malts, caramel and toffee, with some citrus hops over the top. Not quite as hop-orientated as I expected.

Taste: much the same on the palate - caramel and toffee, some liquorice with bright hops along for the ride. Not an unpleasant beer, but certainly not what I was expecting from a 'Hardcore IPA'.

Aftertaste: all of the flavours hang about for quite a time, with some bitterness finally coming through.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with low carbonation. I can't help thinking it could have used a bit more carbonation to spruce up the hops a bit.

Overall: not a bad beer, but I certainly wouldn't have given it the moniker 'Hardcore IPA'. Still quite drinkable, but not for AU$140 a case (2014).

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:48:58 | More by SmashPants
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4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber ale that pours a fluffy, off-white head that fades quickly. Smells faintly of hop tang The taste is great: malty with lots of hop tang. It has an almost metallic flavor that reminds me of a Dogfish Head 60/90. Hides the alcohol well but you'll feel it quickly. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:32:16 | More by BastardFromABasket
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer packs a very hard punch, it kicks the shi.. out of your taste buds in a single sip! Almost comparable to what a hard liquor would do! Nice texture and body! definitely not for pussies! Overall a very dry IPA excellent for Loud music and spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 21:51:51 | More by Bodega95
Photo of Roguer


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice thick cream-white head. Beer is thick and cloudy, a very dark orange - almost brown - lightening to a barely translucent gold-orange at the bottom of the glass. Very good retention and excellent lacing.

Immediate aromas of grapefruit and floral hops, and caramel malt, with a hint of brown sugar. Smells way too boozy and malty, but the beer is perfectly fresh. Still smells like an old IPA.

Flavor follows the nose, and while it has characteristics of what might normally be ascribed to a past-prime IPA, it's really indicative of the intent. Hops are strong and floral, but the malts dominate the flavor with caramel, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. The hops give a nice balance, keeping it from being too sweet, and give you a floral and light citrus finish, as well as some spicy, earthy hop bite.

Lively, with a bit of a sting, but an otherwise full mouthfeel. Slick and slightly oily, with an almost resinous brown sugar coating.

I'm more used to American IPAs, but once you get past that, this is a very, very good beer. It reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Brown Shugga and DFH Burton Baton (the latter crafted after an English style ale). It would make for a good nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:57:14 | More by Roguer
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4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hardcore IPA has one of the best aromas I have smelt. The taste is amazing. It is the best IPA I have ever tasted. I work at Bayway Market as a beer specialist and I really recommend this IPA to people. Anyone in Coos Bay, Oregon that prefers a really good IPA then come into Bayway Market and pick one up. We have the best prices in town.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 10:00:26 | More by mrc7477
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4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you love IPA's... I mean love as in the more Hops the better, then this one does what you need.

It's somewhat cloudy, which I kinda liked because it reminds me of my brews. Smells fantastically hoppy. I'm guessing a lot of Cascade Hops maybe. Very piney. The taste is just the same. All hop and some sweetness actually. Being 9.2% you would think some alcohol flavor would slip through. But if it was there, I didn't catch it, and I've drank it several times.

I'm on the search for another place that sales it in my area. Unfortunately the liquor store I bought from burned down.... All that beer...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 00:03:15 | More by BWE
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanx Lynn:

Found a date on this one: Batch 278 - Nov 11, 2013 (okay just under a month past its limit)

Into a tulip:

A: mostly hazy dark golden/orange colored body with a foamy white head that dies within a minute and leaves some lacing that tries to stick but slides for the most part

S: holy grapefruit/pine/caramel action going on, combined very nicely

T: mainly citrusy sweet with the pine/caramel action coming through more so in the background; a wonderfully combined citrusy sweet/pine/caramel malty aftertaste; sweet watery finish

M: this one actually sits on a medium sort of body, there's a part of me that wants to say close to light, but for the most part, its a medium; yeah - not really sessionable; carbonation tries to make some sort of assault, but there's actually not much action

O: I understand this is a bit old, but I thought I'd do this since its at 9.2% and thought it would've been ok to review, I'll stick by this until I can find fresher and would definitely have again to re-review as well as I believe this is a well worthy beer to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 05:45:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pint Glass

A - Very hazy dark cloudy orange, almost copper. one inch head.

S - Grapefruit,pine, A little earthy and some other tropical things happening as well...simcoe hops make a presence as well.

T - The only problem I have with doubles is that the alcohol sometimes takes over the beer..this is one of those beers. All you taste are the simcoe hops and alcohol in this brew, everything from the nose is now gone. Im seeing all the reviews saying this is the best ipa theyve ever had. I dont feel the same way...

Overall, this beer was decent at best. It was not rough going down whats so ever but all im getting is alcohol, and a little bit of sweetness....i dont know, I myself am a west coast style hop head but I have had some east coast(style) IPAs that have been great, this was not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:29:05 | More by Glennlawless
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4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a single at ABC. Best before date 141 15-0?-14
Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Amber leaning towards orange. Off white rocky head with minimal retention and lacing.

S: Big on the piney hops. Very nice! It would make a great air freshener.

T: Big on the malts with biscuit and orange. Each sip left you wanting another. This was a hard beer to put down.

M: Medium to heavy, somewhat oily. Carbonation was on the lower side. Coated the tongue and taste buds with a lasting flavorful bitterness that left you wanting more.

O: This is my second offering from BrewDog. I wasn't impressed with the first one (punk IPA) so my expectations were not that high. What a surprise! One of the best DIPA I have had. Very well balanced between the malts and hops.
Damn that metric system, only 11.2 oz

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 21:06:41 | More by bcsbeer
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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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