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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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very good

1,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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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 donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on the style from these Scottish rebels. Orangey gold colour with minimal head. The nose is quite hoppy but the beer has good malt balance on the finish. The alcohol shows up from time to time but usually the beer drinks smoothly. I like this beer as it seems full in mouthfeel and balanced

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 11:02:55 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Patrick999


2.08/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 18:36:41 | More by Patrick999
Photo of omnigrits


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though they're a bit pricey, I'm happy that BrewDog products have made it to Texas.

This pours a beautiful clear amber colour but without much of a head. I'm left with a ring of small bubbles clinging to the glass. Nice aroma - plenty of hops of course. Grassy, bready, a bit fruity. There's a touch of malt up front, a nice bitter finish, and in between there's... well, there's some fruit. Almost a raspberry/strawberry/blackberry flavour. Not something that actually tastes of the fruit but just reminds me of it.

Good body with low carbonation. As usual, I've marked it down because of the high ABV because to me, drinkability includes the ability to drink more than one or two of the beer without falling over and waking up hours later thinking 'Never again'.

I think a trip to Scotland might be in the cards.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 23:20:58 | More by omnigrits
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Bodega in Columbus. The beer is pale golden yellow, mostly clear or just a little hazed, very little head. The smell is strong with a sour note that I didn't expect, otherwise pungent hops and way too much malt/toffee in the balance. It's not so much a barleywine but still isn't leaning toward the hop side the way I want a DIPA to do, and the sour note is just odd. The taste is really strongly sweet and bitter at the same time, with a big helping of ethanol holding it together. Way too much evident alcohol for drinkability to be good, it would really be a chore to drink 2 of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 00:49:17 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking and loving this beer for a while now, so I suppose it is time to say what I think.

Appearance: Clear amber, with a pillowy white head. Good carbonation.

Aroma: The nose is bitter, powerfully hoppy. There is grapefruit, light lemon, and a hint of orange. There are also subtle oats.

Taste: Up front there is a caramel and toffee sweet maltiness, which is soon beaten back by the onslaught of the hops, leading into a fruity bitterness that lasts to the end and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Quite heavy, and slightly oily in places.

Drinkability: If I had reviewed this beer when I first tried it, I wouldn't have rated it as high but it has really grown on me over the last few months and I can't get enough of the stuff now. A great interpretation of the big hoppy American IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 20:45:53 | More by PartyBear
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd say this is boardering on a blond barleywine.

A: Hazy, dirty bronze with a thin ring of white head that leaves a little leg.

S: Pleasant hop aroma (tangerine, apricot, nectarine & a little pine) with a hint of fruity esters.

T: Peachy, nectarine, resiny hop flavour, some underlying biscuity malt, light caramel, good bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Heavier than moderate body has some residual sweetness and a drying alcohol finish. Carbonation is quite low. The mouthfeel is definitely more like a barleywine.

D: It's approachable, but it's a bittersweet, alcohol bomb.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 01:18:14 | More by Derek
Photo of AChamberlain


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. Very pretty beer. Crystal clear honey color. Soft off white head, some of which that stayed around on top the entire drink. Caramel and candy aroma, not a lot of hop aroma. I was hoping for more of a sticky aroma. Same with the flavor, no real bitter hop flavor, but a nice sweet caramel bite. Ok, some hop bitterness, but def not sticky. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Overall a nice DIPA, but not the hop bomb I was expecting. Maybe my expectations were wrong, obviously.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 19:59:36 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of crowncapcollect

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle (£1.59 in Sainsbury's and 3 for 4, so great value)

The initial aroma is oddly reminiscent of marijuana, before citrus and floral tones. Not much of a head and carbonation is pleasingly low.

Very full taste and quite hoppy, but not too sweet at all, esp for a 9% beer. Very lingering aftertaste. My third Brewdog and first in a bottle, impressed so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 20:37:33 | More by crowncapcollect
Photo of ndillon45

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a beer that awakens memories and this one did just that. For some reason this brought back fuzzy memories of Christmas at the pop of the top. Maybe it was the pine notes? Pours a hazy golden color with some carbonation present. Very thin soapy head. I was expecting a bit more after the aroma, appearance and label vocabulary. Not extremely hoppy, but still very good on the palate. I'd be very pleased to see this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:28:09 | More by ndillon45
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The dark brown bomber bottle pours amber-tinted golden in color with a smoky trace of internal haze and a short cap of milk-white foam atop. The head is quick-dissolving in nature, consolidating itself into gassy chunk-bubbles and a thin glossy film that leaves fine wispy drips of lacing clinging to the sides of my trusty DFH shaped pint glass.

The aroma is an inviting mix of floral citrus hoppiness. Sweet orange blossoms and lime zest with a snap of white pepper dominate the show.

The taste is sweetly malty with a sprinkle of toffee and a crisp edge of oily orange rind. The same potent floral sweetness that commanded the nose is front and center in the flavor profile as well, countered by a drop of carbonized caramel and substantial, lingering grassy bitterness.

The drink is undercarbonated. Period. This is my second bottle of Hardcore and my fourth bottle from Brewdog total, and I've been disappointed to find that every single one has left not so much as a tingle of carbonation on my palate. The brew is otherwise medium-bodied and the alcohol is quite well-suppressed, but without some bubbles to liven this sucker up, I wouldn't want more than one.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 21:04:28 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of evoljetta


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/2/2009-Purchased at Binnys in Willow Brook IL. Best before on bottle 7/7/2009

A- Cloudy orange color with white head that leaves and slight lacing.

S- Hoppy, citrus, malty. Malt seems to linger

T- Not as hoppy as expected...honey malt aftertaste. Not the DIPA I was expecting, but a nice take on the style.

M- Full body, nice carbonation with some dryness after.

D- Good effort. Not the hop bomb I thought, but at the same time not too sweet as alot of DIPAs seem to be.

Serving Type: Bomber

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 20:59:30 | More by evoljetta
Photo of GClarkage


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/29/09- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Bastardized odd shaped bottle...20oz?? Best by date on the back of the label. Poured into my 20oz Stone mug.

Appearance- Dirty orange-rust colored pour. Slight 1/4 inch quick fading head. Some light lace trails left behind.

Smell- Sweet hoppy aroma...make that sugary sweet. A mid range malty and bready nose as well.

Taste- Light on the cardboard flavor, but enough to pick up on. Hops are milder and play a backseat to the malt, just as in the regular IPA version. Sugary as in the nose with some light citrus notes.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonation level. Almost a touch creamy. Decent bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Probably my last of the BrewDog experiment...especially at $6 a pop...which is about $5 cheaper than anywhere else. Decent beer at a horrific price.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 19:53:04 | More by GClarkage
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy orangish color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops then a touch of sweet malt

T - Follows the nose pretty much plus a hint of spice

M - This beer has a fuller body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is an easy to drink beer with the abv hidden well worth picking up to try sometime

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:55:00 | More by armock
Photo of JamnesCameron


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- amber colored, thin head, does not last very long, leaving a lace on the glass rim

S - citrusy hops, flinty, and slight mint

T - first sip - Sweet, malty, hop burst at the end. bitterness lingers after the first sip. Impression of candied grapefruit peals. Very malt forward for an IIPA. Alcohol (9%/Vol) hides very well behind the malt and hops. No alcohol burn noticable. This could be dangerous.

M - mouthcoating, no astrigency. Full and sweet. A lot of body (residual sweetness) remaining. Filling.

D - Nice effort. A little too sweet for my liking for an IIPA. I could not drink more than one of these at a time. Not sure that I could drink this with a meal, as it's a meal in itself. Good nightcap though.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 01:00:03 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 25/12/10, served cool in a GBBF 2009 memorial half-pint glass.

A: pours a clear, dark golden hue with extremely restrained carbonation and a light beige frothy head that leaves uneven lacing along the way.
S: hugely overripe-fruity, the nose is bursting with citric (tangerine+grapefruit) hops, banana-ish fruitiness, richly biscuity+lightly nutty pale malts, and stinky/diacetyl estery elements. The malt backbone is tremendously rich and thick, fortunately not TOO sweet.
T: hoppy in terms of flavour and boldly malty as well from the beginning, the chewy citrusness (mainly aromatic grapefruit-peels) develops along with an intensifying bitter palate, albeit not quite bold or colourful as an American DIPA (partly due to different hop varieties I'm sure), while the biscuity malty body gets thicker by a good margin from both "Punk IPA" and "Chaos Theory" and gets intertwined with the overripe-fruit like yeasty and diacetyl elements. Seamlessly, the flavour settles on a dry-ish and semi-tannic aftertaste with plenty of hop tannins and aroma (plus, guess what, hints of fennel seeds!) to enjoy, while the kickback of alc. only emerges in the very end of each sip, which echoes a good craftsmanship IMO.
M&D: generally speaking, the carbonation is truly commendable, providing just enough fizz to lift up the thick body a bit, while the high-octave tannic & dry mouthfeel ensures a reasonable quaffability. I'm not sure if my tolerance of alc. has increased unreasonably (and dangerously) fast, but I really fail to feel the 9%abv. across my taste buds, down the throat, and up in my brain... The thickness of flavour gives a hint, but overall I find it simply too easy-drinking that I'd drink three bottles without a wobble! This is the strongest IPA I've had produced in this country, and a very decent start for the experiment, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 21:07:31 | More by wl0307
Photo of nycwinter


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.
A= No head. Did I pour it too slowly? Lacing is minimal, and in its stead is a solventy film. Color is a golden semi-cloudy orange.

S= Not too complex. Primarily grains and citrus rinds with a hint of a Red Delicious apple sweetness.

T= Slight honey malt sweetness with a strong heavy-bitter lemon rind. Bready grain flavors mixed in with the aftertaste.

M= Medium to slightly heavy body.

D= The moderately aggressive ABV limits me to dos. But I'm sure YOU can handle more. One is definitely not enough. The bitterness keeps you thirsting for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:59:07 | More by nycwinter
Photo of bark


2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The liquid is at first a little hazy; the colour is pale gold. The two finger head is off-white. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet with notes of toffee and sour fruit candy. Some bitterness. Dried flowers and syrup.

The taste is first grand, but then it fades quite quickly. There are lots of bitter flavours; however they are flat with a metallic slight flavour. The body is weak to medium. The dry tart medium bitterness got metallic notes. The finish is sourish with some cookies.

The carbonation is medium strong, the liquid is mid-smooth.

An OK DIPA. But I demand much more from ale of this style. I want aggressive hops witch are controlled only by a robust sweet maltyness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 16:46:40 | More by bark
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.4oz bomber into Duvel snifter at Flying Saucer's Brewdog NC release party pours a crisp orange with a barely there head that quickly diminishes to nothing. Aroma is slight citrus hops and biscuity malts. The taste is a very nice amount of Earthy citrus hops with a nice backbone of pine hops and caramel malts that linger nicely in the finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with decent carbonation. This is a very respectable DIPA, one I would likely try again!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 02:45:18 | More by atsprings
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.35/5  rDev -65.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:15:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.15/5  rDev -45%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 13:27:42 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seriously hoppy beer...
It reminded me somewhat of the Dogfish Head "90 minute IPA" but with a slightly sweeter finish. But it's hop flavor that dominates-- the sweetness is only there after a 10 second break between sips. Thus, this is a slow beer to drink and savor. Sip, enjoy, wait. Wait. Sip, enjoy, wait. (continue)
The only surprise for me was that there wasn't a whole lot of aroma hops. You can smell hops, yes, but no perfume coming up like many of the NW US IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 14:11:22 | More by MAB
Photo of womencantsail


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 00:00:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BeanBone


2.15/5  rDev -45%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:59:28 | More by BeanBone
Photo of JamesS


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper color with some decent head and lacing throughout. Great scent, very hoppy with great citrus (orange and slight melone) tones right up front. Great taste, a huge thick maltiness up front that goes into a citrus and pineapple flavor afterwards; great balance for a high ABV beer. Smooth for such a thick, high ABV beer. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:07:16 | More by JamesS
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.