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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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1,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 13
Gots: 56 | 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 PartyBear
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

PartyBear, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

Derek, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

AChamberlain, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of crowncapcollect
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

crowncapcollect, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of ndillon45
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

ndillon45, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

cvstrickland, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of evoljetta
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

evoljetta, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

GClarkage, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +2%

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

armock, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

JamnesCameron, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

wl0307, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of nycwinter
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

nycwinter, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of bark
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%

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.

bark, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

atsprings, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.35/5  rDev -65.6%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.15/5  rDev -45.2%

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.

barleywinefiend, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of MAB
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

MAB, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%

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 BeanBone
2.15/5  rDev -45.2%

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.

BeanBone, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

JamesS, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%

A - Hazy golden/amber. Nice carbonation, little lacing

S - american hops (piney) and sweet malts

T - Very balanced. For a DIPA, I would like more hop flavor.

M - appropriate for the style

D - probably too drinkable for the style given it's balance and lack of "hardcore-ness"

PeterLemonjello, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Head has descent retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Quite a bit of malts (caramel and bready)and not nearly the amount of hop smell that I was expected for this being a double Ipa. What hops do come through is citrus.

T- Disappointed here this is my first from Brewdog. Pretty much like the nose a more bready doughy taste with a bit of hops coming in at the end.

M- Medium in body and pretty low on the carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink just better out there.

nrbw23, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of adamette
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%

Poured from a bomber in my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Bottle purchased for $5.99 at a Cleveland area Heinen's a week ago. Freshness date on back label reads: 109 21/11/10 so I suppose that means Nov. 11, 2010 "best by" date.

A A am a little surprised by the look. Only slightly darker (more brown than a Budweiser in the body. Head is about 2 cm and leaves nice lacing. The body was lighter than I might have guessed. 3.5

S "Grapefruit" tart hops (are those cascade hops?) but they are not overwhelming. I do not taste much malt or really much of anything else. On target for the style as I expected this to be fairly unbalanced (label suggests that it is "expicit imperial ale." 3.5

T Well those cascade hops (I hope I have identified them correctly!) certainly come through with a hop bomb of grapefruit tartness and not much balance. Hops stay with you for about 3 minutes. I do not personally like this taste but I know that it is true to style. I thought that it was a very harsh beer by taste. 2.5

M Big feel with hops bitterness, ABV (which is fairly well eclipsed by the hops). 3.0

D Not that good for me. I did not finish the bomber (which is nearly two pints) as the bitterness was really a lot. I cannot see drinking two pints on any evening. 2.0

Notes: I had never seen anything by Brewdog in any store before that day so I thought I would give this a chance. IPA lovers will want to try this one but I don't know if I am recommending that anyone go out of their way to find this one.

adamette, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of BDTyre
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Nice high-powered IPA from Scotland.

Amber-orange colour with a fairly tame head. Smell of hops, mild malts but it does smell slightly off - not quite skunked, but just...off.

Taste is quite better - zesty, citrusy hops and hints of fresh bread, yeast and dough. Bits of toffee and very faint vinous traces here and there.

Good carbonation, a bit fizzy, but very nice to drink. The 9% ABV is hidden well.

BDTyre, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of CheckMate
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

550ml brown bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. pours a light copper color with extremely little off white head. grapefruit scent, with a hoppy-ness to it. taste of citrus rind and a lot of hops. no carbonation to it and very light bodied for my tastes. an all right beer IMO.

CheckMate, Jul 24, 2009
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.