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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 62 | 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 Travlr
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Travlr, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with stoutfiend27...thanks, stephen. This went right into the fridge. Reviewed verbatum from notes taken the night of the tasting.

A: Dark amber with little to no head even with a down the middle pour. I was hoping for a 3-finger head on 4 fingers of beer. Lace drips slither down the glass and look like the 'legs' of a wine swirl.

S: caramel malts...more than I think there would be if I had this in scotland... Lots of piney and citrusy hops. A fairly formidable bitter scent.

T: piney and citrus hops lot of grapefruit. Balanced by a nice caramel malt backbone. I wonder what this would be like very fresh, because even with the cross-ocean shipment and probably some time on the shelf, its pretty damn hoppy.

M: sticky and resinous, not too carbonated, probably slightly under-carbonated for the style, but this beer does yield a nice smooth finish. Very easy to drink and enjoyable. A good dipa to share. Not a bit of alc heat even at 9%.

NittanyBeerFan, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Half a finger of loose, white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The head quickly dissipates, leaving only a thin ring of fish-eye bubbles and spotty lace.

S - A very fruity hop aroma of pineapple and grapes with just a hint of pine. Some light malt aroma of toffee and toast balances.

T - Strong, resinous hops up front with tropical fruit notes of pineapple as well as some distinct pine. Sweet malt in the middle, bready with toffee and maybe a hint of caramel. Finishes extremely bitter with sharp, grapefruit flavors and some solvent-like pine notes. Lingering soapy bitterness with a little bit of malt.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a slightly sweet, but shockingly astringent finish.

D - WTF. I did not expect this. I was a bit worried that this might be sweet and heavy when I saw the anemic head that warns of low carbonation, but nothing could be further from the truth. The bitterness is overwhelming and so excessively sharp and astringent that any malt character is entirely wiped away by the finish. There are some nice hop flavors and the aroma is pleasant, but the bitterness is by FAR the dominant character in this beer. It works better than it should, but this is still no easy beer to drink; I would recommend it, if for no other reason than because I have never had anything else quite like it, but I seriously doubt I will ever pop the cap off of another one of these. If Brewdog is gaining a reputation for making extreme beers without regard to balance or drinkability, then this bottle is a strong evidence in favor of that opinion.

nickfl, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of skinny0ne
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a light amber/orange and little cloudy. It has very little carbonation. The head that does form is creamy and clings well. The aroma is great. Lots of citrus and pine notes. Under it a bit of yeasty bread. First sip starts sweet. But then the hops kick in. Lots of bitterness. The citrus flavor of grapefruit and orange peel is present. Lots of pine/wood. In the back and on the breath is more citrus. I don't get a lot of bread or yeast. The bitterness lingers nicely on the tongue. Really, it's missing more carbonation. It is a bit flat on the tongue. Overall a very good and strong IPA (9%). Perhaps I got a bad bottle without enough carbonation. Otherwise it would be stellar for a big IPA.

skinny0ne, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a very thin, bubbly head that dissipated quickly to a ring with only a bit of lacing. I honestly wasn't too impressed with the appearance. The aroma seems to have a heavy sweet maltiness that overpowers any hop aroma. In fact, there's not a lot of hops in the nose at all. The taste was bitter and acidic but not in a hoppy way. It tastes almost oxidized though the best by date is pretty far off. The taste had very little hoppiness and more malts and booze than anything. The mouthfeel was a little thin with almost no carbonation.

Anthony1, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Makes a thin lace on top for a cranium, body is cleanly filtered with a copperish golden color.

Aroma is tart and fruity. Perhaps a lick of a tea like aroma.

The taste is full, though the appearance was a bit off. It is rich with under ripe citrus flavors and quite herbal in fact.

MF wise it's prickly, oily, and dense. Warming alcohol in the end.

At first I didn't think this brew was going to measure up for the lack of appearance, but it brings a good zest to the table. A recommend for a first time DIPA drinker to make or break.

TheSarge, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the bomber size bottle a clouded orange and copper colour with an inch high snow white head that reduces slowly and leaves plenty of chunky lace. brightly malty in the nose...bits of flowery hops and a definite boozy spice round things out. nothing special about the aroma. taste is of straightforward maris otter maltiness...followed by some alcohol spice, yeast and ending with a good deal of bitterness. the hopping is flowery in nature to provide a bit of hop depth in the flavour profile but overall is there for bittering mostly. very warming in the belly...but overall just average tasting. full bodied and pretty lush in the mouthfeel...never tingly or overly tongue bustingly bitter. sippability is ok...i'm pretty sure one of these will warm the heart on a cold december eve here in the northland.

this beer reminds me of rogue IIPA...of which i have several bottles aging (geting old) in my basement. i know they both use maris otter malts which has a distinct aroma that i can discern from a mile away. all things aside..this is a big, bold, brash and boozy DIPA but also sort of bland and boring in the same sense. just ok IMHO.

budgood1, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a cloudy golden wheaty color with a very thin white head. Nose is very sweet & hoppy, nice.

Taste is really sweet and slightly syrupy. Also has some slightly earthy tones I find in a lot of brewdog beers. Very nice and hoppy it's a solid IIPA and worth giving a shot.

kingcrowing, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours very flat, little head and what is there is very thin and has no consistency in the bubbles, needless to say no real lacing. the color is a clear orangey amber.

light piney, slightly fruity, maybe some dried or candied apricots in the nose. light mint note.

much more piney in the flavor, the light fruit notes come in at the end, but are overtaking by a strong bitter finish.

the mouthfeel is kind of flat. sort of watery.

drinkabilty is kind of hard to describe. its not exactly filling or hard on the stomach, but this beer is all over the place as far as taste goes. I'm not really sure i could handle a lot of that.

i'm not quite sure what to make of this, its not horrible, but its not great either. the smell is the best part but the rest of it kind of leaves you wanting.

ryanonline, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best by date 8/24/10. Thin, loose head lingers for a just a short period of time on top of a golden, very, very, way too clear body. Some sticky, oily lacing. Aroma is definitely hoppy, but not as hoppy as I expected. Some malty sweetness also in the nose. Taste is bitter with some caramel maltiness, with a strange aftertaste that I can't seem to describe, somewhat unpleasant. Shared with my fellow double IPA drinkers and we were all pretty let down. Is it possible that the people of Scotland and England have a different measure for what is a great double IPA and this beer is only good on those palates? Clearly this beer doesn't measure up to some of America's best doubles...at all.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shakers pint glass. Best before March 28, 2011.

A- Pours a mustard tinted amber. Semi-hazy. After an aggressive pour, produced three fingers width of white, foamy head. Faded to a thin film on top of the beer.

S- To tell you the truth, not really getting anything hear. Faint whiffs of caramel like malts with an ever so slight citrus fruitiness. The back end has trace amounts of horse blanket and hops.

T- Caramel malts come forth along with some candy sugars and a delicate fruit flavor. Beneath it all is an overriding bitterness that imparts an unpleasant aftertaste. This really tasted more like an American barleywine, except very messy and without cohesion.

M- Had a syrup like consistency. Not really what I'm looking for in a DIPA.

D- The extreme bitterness on the finish, lack of flavor, and higher alcohol content, really made this one hard to put away.

As usual, not impressed with Brewdog's product. Do yourself and a favor and pass on this one.

rhinos00, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forth beer in my Brewdog reviewing evening, best before 15 Jul 2010, poured into my huge 'Judas' glass 26 Nov 2009.

Dull orange/tangarine coloured body, white head.

Expected more of a hop aroma, it gave off an all spice smell, some sweeter toffee smells with hops hanging around in the background.

An almost ginger style hotness hit my throat at first, but it wasn't ginger, just a bitter harshness from the hops that I wasn't ready for. Reasonably dry feel to the beer, especially in the aftertaste, some citrusy lemonlike sourness also could be detected. None of the toffee sweetness found in the smell made its way into the taste.

The 9%ABV only hit towards the end of each sip, it being hidden by the hop content of the brew.

All in all, not bad.

BlackHaddock, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice Maris Otter malt scent along with a wicked bitter hop aroma. There doesn't appear to be much complexity, but it's good in it's simplicity. The taste is good. I don't understand what the problem is with the hop character. I'm tasting plenty. It's bitter up front and resinates in the finish. The malts provide some balance and mouthfeel. Again, the malt bill seems restricted, but straight up pale malts works for me. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carobnation. This is a good drinking beer. It's 9%, but the alcohol is hidden well and the hops help mask the simple malt bill.

WesWes, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of MountainBeagle
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall this beer is outstanding. The name does not really suit it well for west coast IPA fans. You will not be overwhelmed by hops by any means. This does not take from the fact that this is a great beer. It tastes of toffee malts and slightly grapefruit hops a beautiful combo. Highly recommend this beer!

MountainBeagle, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of alkemy
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden/orange color with a pretty thin head. Lots of sweet malts in the nose...almost had to search for the hops. A bit odd for a DIPA. It kind of reminds me a bit of a barley wine. I hate saying that because I find it aggravating when people say a beer should be classified as a different style than what the brewer intended. I really liked the thick, syrupy feel. This is pretty sweet, but there's also a hint of pepper in the mix. I'd drink it again as a change of pace.

alkemy, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Tangerine orange, hazy body with a small head that retains fine and leaves some lines of lacing

S- Sweet smells of overripe tropical fruit along with some dank herbal spice. A bit of perfume which has no place here.

T- The flavor is mango and very sweet. The bitterness definitely comes out in the flavor as orange and tangerine. There are some odd savory flavors that I can't put my tongue on.

M- Pretty damn thick for a DIPA, I like it. The carbonation is a bit underdone

D- The alcohol is covered well enough for this to drink like a 7%ABV. Could serve as a 'high ABV session' if you're in the mood to spend.

EnojysAnyBeer, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
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!

Blitzstyle, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of cooncat
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a navel orange color into my SA glass with a smallish head which disappates rapidly. Some very nice lacing adorns the glass, giving it a respectable appearance.

The nose is not quite up to IIPA standards .. at least the IIPA standards we expect here in the States. This might be 'balls Marie' over in the UK though. Lots of sweet malt in the nose promises a balanced brew.

The taste is a balance between big sweet malts, and citrus/earthy hop flavors, with the sweet malts winning out. To be honest, I've had standard American IPAs with more hop punch, but, again, for a UK offering this is probably huge. I get the image of honey glazed orange cookies when quaffing this one. Mouthfeel is medium-full; not quite to chewy, but very smooth on the palate. Drinkability is good, although dangerously so at 9% abv. Enjoy responsibly.

Didn't know what to expect from this one. Must say I'm pleased, and find this an enjoyable quaff. Its balanced and not over the top in any way. Hop heads will like it, and those with sweeter tastes will love all the malt. A nice job done on it, and recommended. Looking forward to trying the collaboration beer between Brewdog and Stone. This one is definitely worth checking out.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a clear orange color body, small whitish head, diminishing. Malty sweet aroma, alcoholy, sweet and scotchy or something. Scotchy taste, some bitterness, strong malty taste. Better taste than it smells. Strong taste. A little dusty/musty.

jujubeast6000, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice pale orange hue to it. Not much carbonation here. Sweetish aroma, somewhat vanilla like, with a decent level of hops though not overwhelming. Sticky and sweet malt upfront with a good bevvy of hop bitterness. Long lingering malt flavor-again a sweetish vanilla taste to it. The hops are not in your face and all that huge as in your usual US double IPA. Trace of alcohol tinge. Good sticky mouthfeel-more from the malt then the slick oiliness of any hops. Nice beer-it just got bumped on the drinkability scale. The soft malt/vanilla taste really grows on me. Balanced against the sharp bitterness it is quite nice.

lackenhauser, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this is not an american iipa. This is a british IIPA, a completly foriegn style to me indeed.

Appearance: no head. Slightly cloudy. Tan colored. Not too appetizing looking

Smell: caramel malts. Not too heavy on the hopa aroma. Could use more.

Taste: first taste you recognize this is british. Hops are english noble. Malt is maris otter with a load of light caramel. Not clean ferment like n american ipa.

Mouthfeel: moderately heavy. Low carb.

Drinkability: I need to get used to the style but not a bad beer

Squelch, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

John_M, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of pershan
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

pershan, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of jnezda
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer during a tasting paired with cheese and it came out nicely. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a fine eggshell head, about 1 finger. The head did not stay around too long and left little lacing on the glass as the beer was enjoyed. The smell was dominated by the spicy hop florals with a little citrus. The taste was nicely balanced with some malt and a good dose of herbs and spices. The complex flavor did hide the alcohol well and left a clean finish on the palette, especially for an IPA. The carbonation for this beer was fairly low but it did have a pleasant mouthfeel. The pairing we enjoyed with this IPA was La Cocina Caciotta from the Mozerella Company. This was not the best IPA and was toned down considering the name. This is a very drinkable IPA and I noticed from many of the less hop centric folks that this was a good introduction that could lead to them trying some other full flavor beers.

jnezda, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this because I never heard of it before and the label was pretty cool.

Pint glass pour with an apricot, cloudy pour and a white foamy head with staying power. Lacing throughout the session.

Dark fruit aroma with pineapple and apricots as the main smells coming through.

Fruity taste with an odd bitter swallow. It's hard to describe the taste on the swallow but I do know that I am not digging it. Kind of a subtle bitter AND sweet grapefruit taste. Malty characteristics are also present. Just a weird combo.

As much as I liked the label look, this brew was not to my liking. That is not to say I wouldn't venture out and try the other BrewDog beers. This one, while I don't regret trying it, was not to my liking.

kaseydad, Oct 16, 2009
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.