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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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1,184 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 510
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer that pulls back from the aggression that is suggested in its namesake. It's not all that hard core. But it is solid and beautiful.

Sparkling clarity brings a glowing light to the golden-copper elixir. Very good head formation and retention leaves much lacing on the glass despite the soft carbonation.

Maltiness leads the way with crisp, caramel, fresh baked breads, and a lot of fruits. Along with the deep herbs, earthy spiciness, and hit-and-miss waves of pine, this beer begins to take an English turn on things.

Again bready, deep caramels, and fruity estrers set the framework for taste. Well malted and attenuated the beer has a decidedly malty stature that veers away from unresolved sweetness and toward crisp, dry, and fruity taste. Fresh cut grasses, pine needles, and lemongrass flavors come in at mid-palate and set the tone for the finish and aftertaste.

Soft confectionates give a cotton-candy sweetness that lingers on the mouth, similar to aspartame. Otherwise, crisp and clean with just enough sugars to compete with the bitter hops. Thought not crazy on the IBU's, this beer is worthy of the English style IPA's. At 9%, this one hides its strength very well.

A very fine IPA that has some bitter alcohols that weaves in and out of the hops but with a nail polish remover flavor and aftertaste that doesn't settle well.

BEERchitect, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep translucent, slightly hazed, ruddy amber hue, with a creamy, frothy loose bubbled off-white head that hangs around for most of the party. Rippling patches of thin sticky lacing.

Solid bready, caramel malt on the nose, dancing effortlessly with puckering floral and citrus hops.

The flavour is deceptively smooth and somewhat light for the style, let alone what the aroma was hinting at. Earthy, even spicy toffee malt up front, quickly blending with a resiny pine, herbal and grapefruit rind hop finish, getting sticky within the aftertaste already that contains a strong pine presence over anything else. What it lacks in brute force it makes up for in refined manners.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, not quite thick but sticky at times, although surprisingly smooth and creamy for the most part.

A balanced and contained Double IPA, one where the hops definitely rub up against you it's not overwhelming, or even really dominant over the rich malt backbone. Definitely balanced here for a potential monster.

IronDjinn, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 02/02/2010

A - Light hazy hay-like yellow gold. Thinnish slightly off-white head.

S - Malt sweetness shows up in the nose first, almost like candy in a way; then moves on to a light citrusy and floral hop aroma

T - Earthy hop bitterness that doesn't really reflect the citrus aromas; lightly sweet malt back, but not too heavy.

M - Medium; and more than a little slick; moderate to low carbonation

D - Just OK; doesn't have a great deal of hoppiness to drive the interest, and certainly a little sweet for my taste in the style

Overall, I don't see myself going out of my way to try this one again. Not terrible, but why bother when there are so many other better DIPAs on the market.

Nickls, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Redwood21
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head does not last very long at all and is fizzy and bubbly to say the least the body of the beer is a little more straw-like than i prefer

A: the aroma is lacking and a bit weak its not bad, but its nothing that makes your mind melt with excitement

T: way too pineapple citrus for me, tastes almost like a beer mixed in punch. if you can fight past that, its not bad...its just a bit hard too. its just a bit too sweet with out any bitterness to cut it, and for a "hardcore" ipa i would liek a bit more bitter. if however you crave the citrus, this here might be your holy grail

overall this isn't at all a bad beer, in fact i think many people might prefer it over my preferences, but since i like my sweet balanced with bitter im not a giant fan

Redwood21, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of jwheeler85
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on cask at Deep Ellum:

A- Poured a sort of opaque amber brown color with a bubbly white head. There were also some lighter orange tones.

S- Very hopy aroma with a subtle almost vinegar like smell that gives it a sort of roundness and brightness.

T- Lots of floral hop flavors. Malts take a back seat here. It finishes with tart bitter hop notes. This was an excellent portrayal of hop depth.

M- Light feeling for the style, almost silky.

D- Thoroughly enjoyed, but is the type to take one at a time due to the higher abv.

jwheeler85, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden in color with small white head. Aroma of sweets, candied sugar, cream, and tropical fruit. Taste of thick alcoholic booze, tropical fruit, cream, hops, some medicinal towards the finish. A dull mouthfeel, low in carbonation and thick. High alcohol makes for a heavy drink, maybe an after-dinner one. A slow sipper for sure, not a brew I'd get on more than one occasion.

JRed, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, not a lot of head no lacing to speak of

S - Very malty but no hop smell at all.

Overall, I am wondering if this bottle got the wrong label on it. There is lots of honey sweetness and lots of malt richness, but almost no hops. The beer is good, but not at all an IPA.

Impressively drinkable for a 9% beer, but not at all true to style.

mwa423, May 18, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent dark golden color with very thin, barely rimming white head.
Smells of a little booze, some malt and some honey.
Taste is very smooth, almost syrupy. Definitely there is some booze taste, but that might be the strong honey flavor also.
Finish has a bite at the end but is good.
Mildy smooth, but the bitty is less drinkable.

ThaBobfather, May 18, 2009
Photo of degerbah
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Thabobfather. Poured a pale yellow with no head at all. A slight sweet taste that reminds me of honey is the only scent I can pick up.

Very subtle hops and lots of honey. Tastes very thick with the honey flavor dominant and subtle hop aftertaste. The only thing that qualifies this as a DIPA is the alcohol content. Not nearly enough hops for my taste.

This is the best beer I've had by brewdog, but their beers tend to defy classification by style. I would never buy this again, but I'm glad that I got to try it once.

degerbah, May 18, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 500ml bottle on sale at Wilbur's today. I've always wanted to try beers from BrewDog, especially the paradox series, but they always seem so expensive.

There's a nice story about grains and hops and yeast on the side of the bottle. At least it shows some creativity.

Pours into a belgian goblet with dark copper-orange color, fair clarity, and thick white head. The head sticks around but doesn't leave any lacing.

Aroma is sweet and mild with a definate citrus hoppy character. Not as hoppy as I would expect from an imperial IPA.

Flavor is more sweet than anything. It has some bitterness but you almost have to search for it. This beer has more in common with a barleywine to me only it's not as hoppy. There's lots of fruity sweetness and just enough bitterness to not make it cloying.

It is, unfortunately, a bit syrupy. Mouthfeel is full bodied, low carbonation, and sticky. The hops almost seem more evident in the resiny mouthfeel than in the bitterness. Drinkability seems weak at first but then I realize that the alcohol is almost non-existant for a 9% beer - very well hidden.

I'm not sure what happened with this beer. It seems like it could be so much more but it has missed the mark completely. I'm glad that they were "relatively happy" with the results, as stated on the label. I was relatively disappointed.

GilGarp, May 05, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750ml bottle a couple of weeks ago while in Winooski, VT. Called an "Explicit Imperial Ale" on the label. WTF does that mean?? Batch was # 207, and it noted a best by date of 02-02-10. A Scottish Double IPA? Hmmm...

Quaffed yesterday from an imperial pint glass, it poured a touch cloudy from the bottle. Color was an apricot-tinged golden, though there was negligible carbonation within and hardly any head to speak of. What was there were a few off-white, indifferent bubbles clinging to the edge, with only a bit of lacing left behind. Nose was very citrussy, with some sweetish notes. Was akin to opening a jar of jam. Body was decently medium, and though there was some light prickliness present, the bier still moved fairly smoothly down the hatch.

This one was verry fruity all over. Though there was some subtle toasty malt, the palate was inundated by flavors of peach, apricot, and tangerine. All of this was actually quite puckery and rindy. Sort of like a scone covered with fruit marmalade. A different take on a DIPA, for sure, but I rather liked it.


look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Bierman9, May 03, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm. Pours a murky orange/golden with no head. Looks like a protein soup. Very light and slightly citrusy on the nose,but not enough aroma is present. The taste is a quite a bit more robust with a long, earthy, woody bitterness, a bit of citrus, and some pine. Just a touch of sweet malt helps balance things. Quite austere in style rather than juicy, I found this interesting as a sipper, but although there are clearly a lot hops here, I don't see them showcased in a way that makes me want more. Just okay.

Georgiabeer, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of spratmi
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep golden amber color with a thin one finger head. Maintained a bubble filled lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Notes of caramel and malt initially dominate the nose with background hints of floral and citrus hops. The alcohol becomes more evident in the nose throughout the tasting.
T: Orange rind and grapefruit bitterness from the hops with strong notes of caramel malt are the prevailing flavors. This beer finishes with a citrus bitterness that builds on the tongue. The sweetness becomes more evident throughout the tasting.
M: Creamy and medium-to-full bodied. Average carbonation.
D: This beer is fairly drinkable. I could drink more than one but prefer other IIPAs.

spratmi, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

(Served in a tulip glass)
best before 02/02/10 on bottle
A- This beer has a crystal clear orange body with a milkshake creamy dense foam head that last for a few sips soon turning into a ring of big bubbles. There is a few tiny bubbles of carbonation that launch to the surface.

S- The soft caramel sweetness from malt gives way to a faint hop bitterness at the finish. There is a perfume quality to the malt that comes through as the beer warms.

T- There is a faint malt sweetness that takes on a caramel quality as the beer warms but it soon gives way to a big bitter dandelion finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer doesn't have any hop aromas or much hop flavor just a big hop bitterness that grows more bitter with every sip. The malt that is in here is mostly in the aroma and not much other characters are in the taste making this a pretty thin beer. I love big hops but this beer didn't have any hops other than the kick in the teeth bitterness.

rhoadsrage, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 1 finger white head, color is a foggy amber

I wouldn't call this an DIPA or IIPA... but this is quite a good regular IPA.

The carbonation is low, I think I'm enjoying this more because it is a bit colder then normal - not straight from the fridge - but colder. I'm getting honey in the nose and some sweet aftertaste that pairs with the hops.

Now, if you are looking for a hopslam go someplace else. The hops here are subtle, much more like a subtle IPA... personally I think 2-hearted has more hops then this beer. Maybe it has something to do with the brewery being from the UK? Maybe this is considered hoppy over there.

In either case, if you come with the expectation that you are going to get muted hops with a bit of honey then you should be happy. However, if you are looking for a grapefruit-and-citrus-slam-in-your-face-dipa then this isn't going to be the beer for you.

cadenwhitaker, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish-blond color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is smooth with a nice wihiff of floral hops and sweet malt underneath.

Taste is strong and bready with a nice kick of floral hops. Seems to have a lot more malt present than hops.

It goes down well and leaves a decent aftertaste. The malt sticks out more but the hops and alcohol are quite present in the middle.

Not bad. An interesting take on the style but it seems to value malts over hops. Not the best example but drinkable nonetheless.

Brad007, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass bottle.

Appearance: Clear and orangish amber. Almost no head but more than Punk IPA. White coating on the surface of the beer.

Nose: More like Pacific Northwest IPA aromas. Caramel-like malt (label reveals it's Maris Otter), sweetened yellow grapefruit, fresh pine needles, Douglas fir, fresh cut grass, lemon.

Palate: Medium-bodied and moderately sweet for the style. Toffee joins the aromas above, plus kiwi (oddly enough), lightly toasted oak, and mixed berry hard candies. Moderate finish and fairly bitter.

Notes: Like an East Coast meets West Coast IPA. Some malty sweetness and and flavor with fine dry hop character. Well made.

SFLpunk, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of ThePeskyDingo
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

poured with a 1 finger white head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Golden orange color with a small amount of carbonation.

Smells a bit like bread dough actually... light hop smells in the background.

Tastes kind of like the smell, which is dissapointing. I get a doughey taste from it, and not many hops, althought they are there. I will say i cant really taste the alcohol though for 9%.

The mouthfeel isnt bad. I get a dry feeling from it and a clean finish. Too bad it doesnt help the average taste.

I'de say the drinkability is sort of low. I just cant get over the doughey taste that this beer has. Just one for a review, and thats all i can handle.

Ok, editing this: After finishing this beer, the drinkability is really bad... reminded me too much of the dough in the bakery I used to work in, and I found myself choking it down. Not anything near what an imperial IPA should taste like.

I'de rather drink my michelobe golden light ANY DAY.

ThePeskyDingo, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rivers Bend.

Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a very drinkable beer and my expectations where met.

tmoneyba, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this was a bit underpar. And I feel sorry for my friend who paid $14 for a large bottle of it. The aroma has a mixture of light diacetyl and spiced liquor. It's strange and I'm not sure if I like it or not. Yes, it's different, but I think it could be too different. The hops are all too simple in the taste. Just a plain, grassy lemon rind note, that fades away. Bottom line: save your money.

tempest, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of velkyal
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber and the white head didn't last very long, although every time I would swirl the glass there would be a nice fresh head. The nose was sweet citrus all over the place, grapefruit mainly and lots of it, and the first taste was a bitterness explosion but backed up with a smooth, soothing, toffee like sweetness. American style IPAs are something new to me, and the more I try the more I like.

velkyal, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of biker30x
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An American DIPA from Scotland. Oh, I want to love this beer. I guess it's good to want things.
Pours a hazy honey gold that clears after a few minutes. A fine head also clears within a minute or so. The lace is light but persistent. The nose is sour and grapefruit citrus, the pine of the hops is lost in the background. The first sip is all apricot, grapefruit and sweet malt, followed by a punch of hop spice. Where most DIPAs unbalance in favor of hops, this one tips to the malt and sweet fruit. The hop is there and lasts well after the swallow. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly thick. The hop tang on the tongue afterburn is oddly numbing. All in all, not the finest moment for DIPA or for Scotland. Didn't really want another. Sigh.

biker30x, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of JasonA
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Im worried about this review. Ive never reviewed a beer at BA that has such a low rating. I fear my preinformation might diswade me from a proper review. Ill do my best.

Pours a unfiltered yellow, pretty light. Head a bit foamy. Not normal for me. Also, there was a bit of head in the bottle that wouldnt go away.

Hoppy smell, though not a hop that Im a fan of. Almost smells german pils. Maybe some citrus, though not over the top. No malt present.

Sweet, bitter, sugar. Weird malt flavor, maybe honey though seems pretty processed. Almost like an artificial sweetner like sweet-n-low.

Sits well, not very balanced though flavor wise. ABV doesnt fit 9%.

This is going to be difficult to finish.

JasonA, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small head with small patches of lacing.
The nose has a pleasant aroma of apricots and honey. The taste: Strong presence of floral and sweet honey mixed with fresh apricots and soft caramel. The mouthfeel comes of light but silky,the honey and caramel work well to make a smooth finish. A solid IPA that has it's own identity.

athensbeermaster, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
1.7/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

660ml bottle into nonic. Batch 002. Best before 7/7/09.

Dark and hazy golden hue with a one finger off white head that quickly settles to a bubbly partially covered cap.

The aroma is faint and citrusy, but also very tart and sour. It doesn't seem like there is anything wrong with the beer, just how it is.

Very buttery flavors - an oddly high amount of diacetyl. The hops add some bitterness, but are also sour as well. Soapy, used in Ding's review, sums it up pretty good.

Not a very good DIPA at all. Tastes like it was brewed with movie theater butter (which is made using diacetyl). I wish I knew the actual date it was brewed rather than a best before date.

BeerSox, Jan 02, 2009
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.