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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 104 | 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 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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Dog Hardcore IPA explicit imperial ale brewed in Aberdeensire Scotland 9% alcohol. 22.4oz. bottle with black background and baby blue writing very appealing.

A- Pours a hazed glowing orange fluid with Ipa written all over it. Bubbly head that falls to a stiff loosely bubbled ring and massive sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is a very fresh tangerine and citrus mix almost like it was squeezed recently with hints of alcohol esters tingling the nose.

T-M- Like the smell "fresh" with tangerine and citrus hops upfront. Second is a slightly minty and warm flavor due to the hops and alcohol as well excellent. Malts are very hidden in this DIPA probably due to that being the point. Ibu's seem low but this beer is a great drinking beer. Mouthfeel is smooth but has a astringent lingering feel on the finish... but all and all dry after it subsides.

D- I would love to find this one on tap at a local pub and have a few extra fresh pints or even a beer to go store... cheers!

Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first BrewDog beer.

Pours a light golden in color with a short white head. It leaves lots of lovely lacing in my glass.

The aroma is of vegetable hops with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is interesting. It's quite bitter -- not massively so -- but also sour, but not in a way I'm familiar with from sour beers. It's distracting at first, but I find I'm warming to it after a few sips. It's like BrewDog sucked all the essence out of hops and put them in the beer. If you've ever eaten a fresh hop cone, (guilty!) you'll know what I mean. There is a good amount of malt flavor here, too. I see they used all Maris Otter malt. That's a good one: I made a double IPA myself once using 100 percent Maris Otter and Colombus hops.

The body is slick and oily, no doubt thanks to the high alcohol level.

Seek this beer out if you're a hophead like me. Otherwise it might be a bit too much for you.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Brew Dog thanks to Ding!

11.2oz best by April 27, 2011, listed as 9.2% abv on the label.

Good hazy orange gold colour with a small but looking like stubborn head of foam. It certainly isn't lacking in lacing.

A very hop forward DIPA greets my nosebuds. Oodles of grapefruit with a side of grass. No malt that I can pull out.

The taste is, well, very nice. The hops dominate, as expected from the smell, with loads of grapefruit and grass, hint of tropical fruits, but the malt bill is actually quite decent. Adds a cool impression, at least, of some balance. This taste darn good!

A nice medium body with medium carbonation and the mouthfeel is very smooth for me. Nice.

Drinkability? Tasty as hell and pretty much NO evidence that it's packing a hefty +9% abv....this is super easy to drink. Well done, Brew Dog!

Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before April 27, 2011. 9.2% ABV.

A: Light to medium orange body. A bit darker than the typical DIPA. Head fades and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: A good blend of citrusy American hops and malt sweetness.

T: Grassy and piney with a good dose of bitterness. Citrus lingers in the aftertaste. Slightly peppery. Honey and caramel notes from the malt.

M: Decently heavy, but not as sticky as I expected.

D: In the past, I've shied away from Brewdog partly due to sticker shock and party due to their masturbatory marketing, which at times veered into blatant Stone ripoff territory. Now that their prices are more reasonable, I've been more inclined to give them a try. I have to say, they make some damn fine beer. I just wish they'd concentrate on that rather than world's strongest beer pissing contests and sticking it to British watchdog groups.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby/amber with a creamy head quickly fading to a thin layer.
Nose shows lots of resinous pine, pineapple and grass. Underneath is some subtle, clean crystal malt and cookie-dough characters. Later on spicy and floral hops are more noticeable, pilsner style.
Very bold flavours: first up is a healthy dose of caramel malt before fruity hops enter, followed by an aggressive bitterness that is partially restrained by the lashings of sweet malt.
Velvety body and great creamy carbonation.

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

Notes of Hardcore 1st Edition, 9.0%: Bottle, at Blackfriars, Glasgow. Deep golden colour. Intense aroma of fruity hops. The flavour is very hoppy (too hoppy for me) and quite alcoholic. Rerate: 2nd Edition, 9.2%: 330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Batch 62, ABV is 9.2%. Orange colour, big to moderate off-white head. Very nice aroma of fruity (mainly citrussy) and piney American hops. Also notes of crystal or caramel malts. The flavour has loads of piney hops throughout, with a substantial bitterness, on a fairly sweet malty background. Hints of tomcat. Not "well balanced", but what do you expect from an imperial IPA?

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

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color forming a big, creamy and persistent beige head. Good retention. Forms a lot of lingering and molasses lacings in the glass

S: Really powerful grassy and piny hops in the nose. Strong notes of caramel malts. A bit fruity and booze in the end. Alcohol is well hidden by the hippy bouquet

T: Upfront is a slightly sweet. Strong notes of caramel malts and toffee which is followed by a strong bitterness kick. Strong notes of piny, grassy and herbal hops. American style hops profile

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Caramel and hops bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Strong and lovely. Authentic American style IPA made in the old continent. For hardcore-punky-hopheads! ;)

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Promises of this beer being great vanished after the appearance. Looks great. Mahogany, clear, semi-ruby pour with a nice, soft, chunky head. Great lacing.

Smell is citrus and pine resin. Has a bite in the nose, but with very little balance. If they're going for bite and hops, this will do well.

Except the flavors just aren't there. Citrus and pine up front, then resin and alcohol. Very light malt, and the hops flavors just don't last that long. Carbonation can't save it, almost a Pine Sol blast, but thankfully not very thick.

Photo of popery
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh, BrewDog. I want to like your beers, but you aren't making it easy. This one is just too malty with a huge turpentine kick standing in for more delicate hop notes. The aroma seemed pretty good when I uncapped the bottle, but, once the beer hit the glass, things went downhill. The aroma is paint thinner, pine resin and too much caramel malt. The beer looks nice enough, but that's not much of an accomplishment, to be honest. The flavor is over-sweet with sticky malt sugars and the hops lack complexity. This beer needs a water chaser just to get the film off my teeth. I'm not trying to say its awful, but it's absolutely not how I like my DIPAs. Pine resin lingers in the aftertaste, which would be nice but the cloying caramel flavor kills it. Booze, turpentine hops and sticky malt is a poor combination. I guess I'll stick to the Paradox series.

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

Hardcore IPA pours a cloudy, dark copper color with a big, creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the beer leaving only a couple of spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is full of citrus hops. Orange peel, grapefruit and pine are all present. A little bit of malt sweetness mixed into the nose.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a fizzy effervescence on the tongue. It's soft on the palate and slightly chewy with a dry finish. The flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of orange citrus and pine hop notes. It starts bitter, however towards the end some malt sweetness presents itself. To me there doesn't seem to be enough malt sweetness to balance out all the hops. It finishes with a mild alcohol burn. Once gone the pine hop notes linger on the palate.

All the hops and alcohol make this a sipping beer. The flavor really comes out as the beer warms, however I feel this beer could use some more sweet malt flavor to balance out the hops. Overall I enjoyed the hop flavor and aroma.

Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.