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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 23
Gots: 113 | 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 ne0m00re
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

07/23/10- Had this one on-tap at Bodega, right around the time of the squirrel debacle.
A: Blood orange amber with a nice cream head.
S: Hops up front, with orange citrus, a strong pineapple character, cheese, basil over caramel, and grapefruit rind.
T: Sweet pineapple, odd sharp blue cheese bitterness. Not very well-balanced.
M: Mildly syrupy, frothy, creamy, good.
D: Ok... it's a little too off-balanced to enjoy more than one.

Photo of WJVII
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog fest samplethon with buddies-8/16/10 from notes:

Poured into a small sample glass this brew is a deep orange color with an amber tint when held to the light. This brew has nice sticky lacing and a thin white cap. There are strong floral hops and pine needles. This is a dry and crisp brew that will satisfy on a hot day. The pine and floral hops go throughout and leave a nice bitter after taste. Definitely a decent IPA but certainly not the best I have had. Worth a try.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Thin and whit head with strong stamina. The body it the glowing color of copper.

S - Citrusy grapefruit, it doesn't get too much better.

T - Floral leafy pine all lead up to the big grapefruit flavor.

M - Watery and somewhat, strikingly average.

~ I do suggest you give this brew a try. I hope to have this beer again during the warmer months of the year.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper pour, a little darker than I expected. nice off white head.

Smells of gobs of fruity hops on the nose. faint nutty, toffee malt backdrop.

Bitter start makes my right eye wink a few times. After a few gulps, the malt coats the palate, and becomes the dominant flavor.

My burps taste like hops.

Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.2% abv. Feeling a head buzz already.

Nothing outstanding here, but it's very drinkable and one of these bombers will leave you feeling right.

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can't complain. this is a solid beer without much character but a proper quality to it that is expected from brewdog. nose of pine and imperial esb lemon malt. palate is tight and earthy bitter. lemon grass... excessive british hopping. i like it...

could serve more promise as an "english" imperial IPA a bit more unfiltered. just a suggestion to give it character in the sea of american doubles...

Photo of Seanstoppable
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date: 27-04-11

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with two fingers of white frothy head,. Head sporadically evaporates, leaving healthy amounts of lacing on the sides.

Hop scents were apparent from the moment I cracked open the bottle. Some pine as well. Solid malt scent in the back, and also a hint of alcohol.

It certainly has some flavor to it. Pretty strong hop bitterness up front, with a bunch of malt flavor in the back. Some caramel and a bit of pine round out the middle. I'm getting a weird nut like taste near the end though. Disappears after a bit of drinking. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Certainly a DIPA, and a pretty intense one too. Quite good and easily the best thing I have tried from BrewDog so far.

Photo of mzrebiec
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber with a thin head that lasts all the way til the last sip. The nose is of straw, dried fruit, and earthy hops. The flavors are very complex with a start of caramel malt and a dominant finish of spicy earthy hops. The finish is long and enjoyable.

This beer was poured from a bomber that has been aged for 20 months.

Photo of rwf08
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the new Hardcore that is 9.2% and won a medal. I couldn't find it so I'm putting it under the retired one.

If this is wrong flag it so it gets moved.

A: Light amber with a thin tight white head. A hard wall of lacing on one side of the glass.

S: Sweet citrus fruits. Oranges seem to dominate. Faint earthy pine on the end and a touch of alcohol.

T: Again citrus but a grapefruit bitterness comes out more on the finish. Lightly sweet and the alcohol is not very present.

M: Thin and dry. Goes over the tounge smoothly with medium carbonation then drys the mouth out.

D: The ABV will catch up to you. A good beer to sit back and enjoy. Not harsh, no odd flavors. Not my favorite but still pretty darn tasty.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold in color with two fingers of fluffy head that lasted longer than I thought it would. Really good lacing.

S - Smell is an inviting combination of grapefruit and resin/pine hops. Hint of sweetness and lemongrass as well.

T - WOW! Intense bitterness, but I certainly don't think it's a bad thing. It is a little less balanced than I am used to, but unique in a good way which I really appreciate. Hoppy grapefruit bite to the max, and a nice malt finish.

M - Medium in body, dances all over the taste buds and lingers for a bit.

D - Don't know if I could do another one, but I am enjoying this one. Something different and I look forward to trying more from brewdog as they seem to push the envelope as often as possible. Try it.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours warm orange with a medium large off-white head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Lots of American hops, both floral as well as bitter. There's rich citric notes together with pine and pineapple, but also a well balanced bitterness. The malt is a bit in the back but the caramell malt is present.

T: The hops from the smell are as present in the taste. But there's also a more roasted malt-character - really nice. Well balanced.

M: Aftertaste is really long and rich. Bitter and warm citric at the same time. Body is medium as well as carbonation.

D: A great DIPA, probably on of the best beers from Brewdog, in stiff competition...

Photo of larryi86
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

660 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A dark amber color with a 2 finger off-white head

S- Hops, citrus, and earthy floral notes.

T- Citrus and hop flavors stand out, nice malt backbone with hints of floral notes. Hop are not very bitter.

M- Smooth, good body.

D- Enjoyable and easy to drink. I would buy this again, but I feel that this is not quite an IIPA, but more like a hoppy IPA. I was thinking that this was going to be hoppier.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a pale orange, nice clarity, with a razor-thin bubbly head. No lacing.

Smell -- DANK! Citrus, cannabis, pine resin, and buttered bread.

Taste -- Citrus and tropical fruits up front, along with pine resin, tobacco, cannabis, caramel, toffee, and rich buttery bread. The hop bitterness is forward, but not overwhelming; it's reminiscent of certain American Barleywines. The finish leaves a menthol flavor in the mouth, along with buttery malt and a faint vegetal taste.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with mild prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is very unique. By no means a typical IIPA. It might not be in my short list of go-to IIPA's, but I'm really glad I pulled the trigger on this beast. This beer shows that BrewDog isn't all squirrels and sloats!

Photo of JamisonM
2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
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!

Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are of sticky resin, hard candy, and citrus. (Mostly grapefruits.) This beer has a pretty pungent nose.

Taste is a little astringent, bitterness is a little too strong. Starts out pretty bitter, with hard candy notes, some faint creamy malts, and a mixture of citrus. Finish is crisp and dry, with a mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel starts out well, but thins on the finish.

Drinkability is ok. This is a pretty good Double IPA, but it needs a little tweaking, (mostly more balance) to be a good one.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear amber color with a medium white head that dies down quickly. Scent is extremely hoppy with a TON of grapefruit... and maybe a bit of that cat piss I got when I smelled HopSlam. Yeah, I'm getting some honey and some cat piss for sure. But it actually smells great with the hops and grapefruit. The taste is very nice.... I REALLY LIKE IT! I went into this beer with all the badmouthing of BrewDog for their "extreme" brewing. This beer is wonderful. Initially I get some melon, grapefruit, and orange, followed by some sweet malts. Then you get some bittering hops at the end. The mouthfeel is great. Not too chewy for a DIPA, and a great drinkability. I'm gonna end by saying that this brewery gets a bad rep for shitty reasons. Some of their beers may be mediocre (I had Punk IPA and would never buy it again), but I loved Bashah and also LOVE this beer! IMO, this beer tastes like a nice balance between HopSlam and Maharaja.

Photo of beancounter
2.51/5  rDev -36%
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.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark copper color, with a dark tan head and lots of sticky lace.

S- Big aromas soar from the glass: grapefruit, Fir bud resin, citrus zest, caramel.

T- A balance of caramel sweetness & grapefruit bitterness, butterscotch butteriness & piney acidity.

M, D- Viscous, oily, and with a pronouced butteriness. Palate coating.

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle (courtesy of Long813) into a pint glass, Batch 071 with a BBD of April 27, 2011. My bottle has this listed @ 9.2% ABV.

Cool bottle first and foremost; I know BrewDog is notorious for being over the top and what not but I always enjoy reading crap they put on their bottles. The Hardcore IPA goes into a bit about the sacrifice and determination of the malts grains, hop cones and yeast cells involved in this brew. I don't mind this kinda thing at all.

Pours a golden red/deep orange with a light golden brown/tan head. Sheets of lace and good retention. Smells of a grapefruit/citrus fruit, with a crisp and sharp bitterness I can already feel tingling my in my nose. A sweet, rich malt can also be detected here. Taste is initially strong in an orange/tangerine flavour, which fades quickly into the malt base which has an odd yet interesting taste and feel to it. Bit of a grainy/bready feel to it? Really not sure how to describe this. The more I drink this and sense this happening, the more I'm warming up to it, but not loving it. Finish is quick and dry with a lingering bitterness (lots of pine!) and a palate-zapping effect; oily mouthfeel and not a significant amount of carbonation. Bit of alcohol detectable, but is generally unnoticeable in this, making this fairly drinkable given the ABV.

My second offering from BrewDog was certainly more impressive than my first (the Punk IPA), and stands as a decent brew in their lineup.

Photo of Long813
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: batch - 071 , best before 27-04-11
From: Premier Wine & Spirits
ABV: 9.2% on bottle.

A: Dark hazy copper body with two fingers of off white head. Retention is minimal and lacing is good.

S: Huge fronts of citrus fruits and pine. Quite pleasant.

T: Following the aromas, loads of pine flavours and cirtus fruits. Very pleasant tasting brew.

M: Medium light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Leaves a huge pine dry/bitter after taste. Can't note much alcohol.

D: Another good beer from BrewDog, doesn't live up to the hype, but it was pleasing.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip orange with a thick white head, great retention and lacing. The scent is of floral hops and sugars. There is a good hop bite to this one considering it's trip across the pond. Not much really wrong with this, which is a first with my Brewdog experience. Eveything I would want in an IIPA is there. Might be a little high in the carbonation, but nothing severe.

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Dog Hardcore IPA ABV: 9%

A: Orange, yellow hazy color. Minimal head that falls to a very minimal appearance. Almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a freshly cut orange. Very appealing IPA! Smell of the citrus and alcohol esters.

T: Taste very citrus. Has a grapefruit taste, following the grapefruit taste is a exhilerating taste of hops and a minimal hint of malts. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste.

M-D: Mouthful has a very astringent feel with a carbonated thickness that coats the palate leaving a very dry mouth feel. Very carbonated on the toungue and smooth down the palate! Would definitely drink again... Contributed by Wesbrownyeah!!!!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and hazy amber, nice glow with a large, clumpy, tan colored head...sticky icky lacing all over.

The aroma is just exploding with hops, acidic-pine tree needles and pineapple sweetness...smells as if the hop cones are just floating in the liquid. sugary candy with an equal amount of citric snappiness on the nose. The malt gives off the toffee-like mellow sweetness. Easily one of the hoppiest aroma's I've ever sniffed at.

whoa mama! The first thing I noticed in the flavor was the amazing balance. sure it's hoppy, actually very complex on the hoppy side, but the malt deliver's a crispy, gentle sweetness of a less hoppy ale, more like a session brew believe it or not. Lots of crispy wheat and earthy yeast flavor's, did I mention crispy, earthiness?? 'cause this thing is loaded with it, which I really dig. Very gentle toffee is exactly what the malt is like, but it never comes across as slick or heavy. The feel is full for the style, crispy but you know it's going down!! The heat is very gentle, which is a nice surprise and the amazing citric, pine tree sap and and earthiness keeps it from getting too bitter which can get to be too much for me sometimes. No problem here, the drinkabilty is really high due to the fact that the malt is in perfect balance with the hops and earthy, heary flavors abound with no effort.

This is easily one of the best DIPA's i've ever had, I had actually grown tired of very hoppy brews...until this one. I'm glad I kept a very open mind! Cheers BD!! ooops, forgot to mention this is my 900th review.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz botle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a white and dark teal/blue label, different from the one pictured on the BA website. Lists the alcohol as 9.2%, again slightly different from this site.

Pours a deep, hazy amber, with a thick tan head that pillows down. Mild retention down the sides.

Has a fruity, yeasty hoppy smell to it, like sweet grape and apricots.

Yowza! This one's bite is stronger than its bark. Plenty of resin and astringency, it is sightly sweet with a sharp, bitter hop taste that dries the tongue as it goes down. Mixed with the sweet is the fruity, yeasty smell mentioned above, along with malt, peach, and lemon. Complex, and tasty.

I let it warm before opening, and as such, this imperial ale has a nice buttery mouthfeel that slides around the tongue, while chomping on the tongue itself with its bitterness.

Drinkable, sure, but at 9.2%, you won't want more than one in an evening.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the new version, with the tweaked recipe and 9.2 percent alcohol.

The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange and grapefruit hops with some resin mixed in. The flavor is orange and pine with some caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I think this batch was better than the first batch.

Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.