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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,241 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-10-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent drinking beer by itself, though not up to the standards of recently produced double IPAs.I had the first edition, and was gladly abe to finish the whole bomber without feeling it too boozy. t was like a 1.5 IPA with good bitterness, lemoney, and malted down or balance.A tad above average mouthfeel,a tad of hoppy aromas.

Sammy, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 020. Best before 7/18/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with malty and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a great smell but it's a bit too alcohol forward in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

nmann08, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GRG1313, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper color with a massive head; perhaps a bit too massive, but the retention is strong and plenty of clumpage is left behind

Smell: Sugary malts and pineapple, with grapefruit undertones

Taste: Big malt profile, up front, with a barleywine-like lead-in of pineapple sweetness; by mid-palate, the bitter citrus adds another dimension, but the finish is very sticky and sweet (in a DIPA way, of course)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; sticky and warm

Overall: I;m not a fan of DIPAs with a lot of sweet, sticky malts and this one falls in that category; those who prefer that style may feel differently

brentk56, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer that pulls back from the aggression that is suggested in its namesake. It's not all that hard core. But it is solid and beautiful.

Sparkling clarity brings a glowing light to the golden-copper elixir. Very good head formation and retention leaves much lacing on the glass despite the soft carbonation.

Maltiness leads the way with crisp, caramel, fresh baked breads, and a lot of fruits. Along with the deep herbs, earthy spiciness, and hit-and-miss waves of pine, this beer begins to take an English turn on things.

Again bready, deep caramels, and fruity estrers set the framework for taste. Well malted and attenuated the beer has a decidedly malty stature that veers away from unresolved sweetness and toward crisp, dry, and fruity taste. Fresh cut grasses, pine needles, and lemongrass flavors come in at mid-palate and set the tone for the finish and aftertaste.

Soft confectionates give a cotton-candy sweetness that lingers on the mouth, similar to aspartame. Otherwise, crisp and clean with just enough sugars to compete with the bitter hops. Thought not crazy on the IBU's, this beer is worthy of the English style IPA's. At 9%, this one hides its strength very well.

A very fine IPA that has some bitter alcohols that weaves in and out of the hops but with a nail polish remover flavor and aftertaste that doesn't settle well.

BEERchitect, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a large foamy7 head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful with not much else being discernable. Taste packs a powerful punch of citrus hops with a real bitter finish. Malt base is present though doesn’t’ make much of an impression. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. One-dimensional for sure but can’t really argue with the citrusy hops punch of this one.

Phyl21ca, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Egg yolk yellow with softly falling showers of fine yeast. There's also a hint of orange when the beer is backlit. The three finger crown is elephant tusk ivory and features hundreds of bubbles on its surface. As they slowly pop... pop... pop... they deposit an extensive array of lace that looks like it was etched into the upper portion of the glass.

The nose is nowhere near hoppy enough to be considered adequate for the style, much less *hardcore*. Given the optimistic 'best by' date of 03/03/09, age is extremely unlikely to be a factor. The beer is faintly citrusy, faintly herbal and faintly peach skin musky.

Punk IPA is damn good beer so I know these guys know their way around a brew kettle and a hop cone. I expected Hardcore IPA to be the same, only more so. Instead... it's less so. Much less so. This will take a few more mouthfuls to sort out properly.

First of all, where the hell are the hops? Bitterness is no more than moderate and hop flavor is seriously lacking. Ain't no way in hell this sucker can go another six months. Especially since it tastes past its prime today. Plenty of unmasked alcohol does it no favors either.

The malt backbone is just sturdy enough and features sugar cookies with a thin layer of brown sugar icing. Next we have ripe pears, peaches and oranges sprinkled with white pepper. Citric American hops would have worked much better than the grassy, intensely floral Euro hops that were undoubtedly used. This is a strange hodgepodge of a beer that is interesting, if nothing else.

That off-beat quality keeps drinkability somewhat high (okay... medium) because I keep trying to figure out what makes this brew tick. It's disappearing much more quickly than the flavor suggests that it should. The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of the style spectrum, but then most DIPAs are too full and sticky anyway.

With respect to scoring, Hardcore IPA is all over the map. In the final reckoning, this is an interesting mess of a beer that misses its style marks by a country mile. Note to BrewDog: start with Punk IPA, bump the pale malt by 50% and double the hops. Was that so hard?

BuckeyeNation, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased at the lovely gbx, i cracked this open along with a bunch of others in a mini tasting last night. served cold into a pint glass.

great pour with a dark amber color that had slight hints of reddish notes around the side that gave it a really nice color. smooth head of about three inches comes up and drips lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is huge hop bomb with tons of citrus coming forward. sharp grapefruit an pineapple with a hint of malt hiding underneath that really does not come out until it warms up. smooth, creamy feel with a warm and easy carbonation it rips the tongue at fist with countless ibus. warming settles it an brings a back bone of really nice caramel malts and a more orange like flavor as it dries out.

overall a very big dipa, but very well done. impressed as i usually find brewdog terribly unbalanced but this worked great for me.

mikesgroove, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jaydoc, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kylehay2004, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden color with a barely visible white head. Good carbonation.

S: Malty and very fruity. Not necessarily the kind of fruity you would typically associate with hops, either.

T: Was really disappointed by this beer (the first offering I had from BrewDog). It's sweet, not really all that bitter, and rather doughy. I was hoping for a lot more of a hop kick.

M: Light-Medium body, nice carbonation. Kind of slick.

D: It's not a terrible beer, and it tastes fine, so it's definitely quite drinkable. But it was very lackluster.

womencantsail, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a deep copped color with a really nice tan colored head. The lacing was really good on this brew. The smell was excellent, really enjoyed the hoppy pine aromas this one had. The taste was also very hoppy with some light citrus fruits and a powerful pine sting that really males this brew special.'the mouthfeel was a little on the thicker side which I liked. Overall this is a great ipa. I could drink many of these along with several other IPAs out there. Really worth trying!

Knapp85, May 20, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Distinct butterscotch candy scent with additional notes of lemon and grass.

Taste: Buttery candy taste with some grass and citrus creme. Medium-high bitterness. Lemony buttercream frosting. Finishes with a long, lingering bitterness. Hmm.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit odd, but it's okay if you can stand a fair amount of diacetyl.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had mixed reactions after tasting some of the Brewdog stuff,some I like some I dont,this I liked.Poured into a imperial nonic a brilliant copper color with a well sustained 1/2 finger white head that left broken lace behind as it settled slowly.A mix of resiny hop and English malt in the nose,more hop assertive than I thought it would be really.Flavors remind me more of a big American strong ale than anything else,big dose of piney hop,with big leathery notes as well as some fruity esters from the malt,alcohol creeps with its sweetness and sharpness coming in late as I drink more,there is a big biscuity almost sweet dough-like malt base thruought.I like it,its better than expected and almost feel like Iam drinkin an Old Guardian from recent years,well not quite as good.

oberon, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Sept 2010.

I must say, although Stone's, Lagunitus' and Sherbrooke's smart-ass label ramblings set the industry standard, I'm coming around to BrewDog's 'storytelling' in a big way. They do give the impression of a few gregarious north shore Scotsman shirking tradition and brewing by personal wont in the land of the Wee Heavy. As with the company they keep in this regard, they usually back up the bravado with the proof in their pudding...

This beer pours a perfectly clear medium golden copper hue, with a few fingers of dense, puffy off-white head. It smells of sweet grapefruit, pineapple, honey, and caramel malt. The taste is big bitter pine/herbal hops up front, a some very mild citrus following, solid caramel malt, and some earthy hoppiness toward the end. The carbonation is moderate, the body big and creamy, and it finishes bitter, the pine and citrus hops lingering like a good curry.

This is a balanced DIPA, in the overall sense, but the individual interim points have their extreme, or 'explicit' apogees. I suppose that I should mention the 9% alcohol, conspicuous in its absence. This is a warm beer, but only after you think about it, not in a way that smacks you upside the head to remind you of the fact.

Although you can sense the old-World pull even in this valiant attempt at the style, this is by far the biggest, hoppiest beer I've ever had from the UK. It builds on the Punk IPA in the best of ways. The mirror-world shaped bomber threw me for a loop, as I didn't approach it as such, and it disappeared into my belly before I could reconcile this fact. Aye, fae Aberdeenshire.

biboergosum, Jul 11, 2009
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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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