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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 26
Gots: 129 | 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 Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +1.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -19.1%
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 -28.5%
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 -2.8%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22.4 oz. bottle tried 7 Jun 2010. Batch 109 best before 21/11/10.

Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Medium sized tight off white head. Almost no carbonation. Slight haze, orange color. Aroma of citrus and hay. Starts fairly bitter but balanced by caramel and orange zest. Somewhat juicy through the middle. Touch of toffee and bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is reminiscent of aspirin. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Ethanol warming.

First BrewDog, figured we'd see what the fuss was all about even if they didn't send us any free bottles... ;)

Photo of kwjd
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange without too much head. The head starts out a bubbly white, then dissipates with faint lacing. The smell is very malt forward, with some citrus hops. More bitterness in the flavour, with the hops coming through. Still sweeter than I was expecting. Even though head was lacking, the body is still nice. This is dangerously drinkable as I found myself to be quaffing this faster than many beers that have half the abv.

Photo of biggietattoos
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewdogs Hardcore IPA is the first beer of I've had the pleasure of trying from the Brewdog line-up.

I poured this beer into my usual Tall Pilsner glass.

The aroma of the beer is a slightly sweet hoppy scent comparable to DFH's 60 or 90 minute.

Pours a golden amber tone, not much head, decent though not excessive lacing.

Upon the first sip the beer shares some similarities to 90 minute like I said earlier about its scent. but once you're a few sips deep it definitely takes on its own unique flavor, rich but not overly sweet hops work to keep it very drinkable and not have too much of a boozy taste to it despite the 9% abv.

mouthfeel is average

Drinkablity is moderately high for a 9%er and the alcohol taste didn't come forward as it often does when the beer warmed up closer to room temp.

I would recommend this IPA to anyone who is a fan of the beer type that wants a new taste but not something too unfamilar.

Photo of gregmoscetti
2.36/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tastes like a boozy sierra nevada. Brewdog will never get all that much love out here for an IPA. It was irresponsible even buying it, knowing that the hops were probably poorly cared for in transport, and knowing that this is southern california and we drink Pliny all day. All and all, this beer isnt crap but its by no means good. Im sure to a scotsman its hoppy and delicious. to a so cal local its a heaping pint of lame sauce

Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 2. BB 28/03/11. Consumed 1/6/10.

A: Poured a bright tangerine orange with a quickly diminishing beach sand colored head that didn't care to leave a lacing. Visible effervesce was exceptionally light, with only brief, sporadic glimpses of bubbly outbursts. A pastel like color, poor lacing, weak head retention as well a weak effervesce garnishes this just average regards.

S: Musky tangerines appear on the nose along with soggy bread. The strength was weak, especially for a beer calling itself "hardcore ipa" which was about as hardcore as scrambled porn. No signs of hops nor its 9.0% abv to be detected or appreciated.

T: Finally something that resembles hops and its namesakes makes an appearance. Tart oranges, very dry with some toasty grains. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, perhaps a bit to much so to the point it distracts from the flavor. Tart, dry but ultimately comes off one-dimensional.

M: The mouthful was thick and creamy, tart with a good wallop of heat upon the swallow. Felt like a screwdriver.

D: Drinks like a high octane sour blonde. Not something that will go down well in multiples. Some heat from the alcohol as well hinders things a bit. Good for a single serving, not so much enjoyable. Going bigger is not necessarily better as evident here, as this tries to hard to stand out like the smart kid in class and is as equally annoying, thus alienating itself drinkability wise.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear copper yellow color...small head that lingers. Big aroma of hops. A bit rough in flavors...strong hops with some citrus, cream of tartar, subtle pine oil. Decent, but not a US West coast double IPA, which alone is not a deciding factor, but it's not a Pliny or Green Flash and not something I'd crave. Not bad but decent.

Photo of thecarster1
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, scarce layer od head that fades instantly to a wispy 'layer' of lace, if i can call it that, and a few medium sized bubbles. dark tangerine color, with minimal bubbling - great label though! haha.

s- clea nosed, light hop/malt, not overly fragrant, herbal tones make they're way out with some mystery fruit esters.

t- not the hop bomb i was bracing myself for. moderately bitter, herbal, earthy, there is a slight warming that evolves to a slight burn as it warms. light toffee notes, orange, earthy, pithy hops, and candied sugar as it warms.

m- medium body with slickness and coating.

d- okay, probably won't seek this one out again, i've had many better dipas and this just didn't stand up - it's solid, but i was expecting more from my first brewdog.

Photo of ericj551
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewdog Hardcore IPA pours a hazy deep copper with a decent head that lingers just a bit. Big bitter citrusy and grapefruity hops burst out in the aroma, with plenty of herbal pine. The hop flavor comes through first in the taste, but seems mild for a moment. As the beer hits the back of my tongue the sticky, resiny bitterness and come through and linger well after the beer is gone.

Photo of Lerxst
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy/cloudy light amber with a rocky one finger white head that has fair retention and leaves some sticky lacing.

S-Pine, citrus and floral hops along with a biscuity malt backbone. A bit subdued, but pleasant.

T-Follows the nose with pine/citrus hops with a nice malt backbone.

M-Almost creamy, slick, relatively low carb level.

D-Goes down fairly easy, but doesn't really lend itself to making you want another.

Overall, a solid, but not great DIPA.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bargain at $3.59! Purchased @ DeCiccios's in Ardsley, NY. Batch 072, with best before dating of "28/03/11" Ah those Europeans...gotta love em... Pours lighter, on the golden amber side, hazed, with a dull orange hue. Moderate and loose darker eggshell head. Thin film, collar and plenty of fine, loose sheeting and strands of lace left on the glass. Minor hops and light cookie dough on the nose. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Alcohol masterfully hidden. Plenty of grapefruit hop notes, undercoating of caramel tinged maltyness. Well done. Cost is prohibitive, doubtful I'd go for this one again due to this factor. Glad I gave it a try as its a nice subtle take on the ever popular and enjoyable DIPA style.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds my of an Englidh style IPA that just ot kicked in the junk. Pours a clear copper color with an 1/8 inch off white head. The nose has sweetend ruby red grapefruit, pine and orange, nice hop presense but with a slight sweetness. The palate had dominating flavors of grapefruit (it is an IPA afterall), banana and orange peel. The hops show through the longer you hold it in your mouth and finishes a little hot.

Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint of this was ordered, served, & put down at The White Horse on Parson's Green.

Pours on the darker, redder side of the IPA spectrum. Pure hops assault the nose, with that particular subdued note that is a trademark of cask brews.

Brewdog Hardcore IPA is easy to describe. It's like drinking pine sap. Pine, pine, pine rushes the palate & will not let up. A bit off-putting initially, as my stomach & mouth adjust, I warmed up to it. Perhaps there is honey playing hide-and-seek amongst the tarry pine littering the glass, but perhaps not. Could be the thickest brew I've ever tasted, but its a tribute to its weird appeal that I thought of having another before deciding that riding the barely known Tube drunk wouldn't be such a fine idea.

Very good beer. Glancing at a few other reviews, I can only imagine that this is losing something in the time it takes to cross the pond. Too bad. Fresh, it's a unique, hit-you-in-the-nads IIPA.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a creamy off-white head that sticks around for a long time and dissipates with good lacing.
S. Floral hop smell that is strong, but not overwhelming. Much more delicate than most IPAs from Pacific NW.
T. Begins and ends with a pine-resin hop bite. Bitter citrus peel in the aftertaste. Not overly complex, but pleasant.
M. Decent body, maybe slightly thin, but with a good level of carbonation.
D. It certainly tastes like an IPA, but it hides the alcohol very well.

Has anyone set some of these down to cellar to see how the flavors develop over time? I noticed that the first bottle I cracked was filled literally to the cap; I wish I had noticed before hand - a perfect bottle to lay down so that the oxidation would be very minimal. Anyhow, I put a couple down to see how they develop over the next year. More to come...

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, nice white head, but no real lacing. Hoppy but not much complexity there. Seemed to taste less American and more like a British IPA, oddly enough. Bitterness was spot on. Medium bodied, mild carbonation. It hides the alcohol very well and is easy to drink, especially since its a 9.00%. Glad I tried it.

Photo of paxton1978
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this because i really didn't like the first hardcore, but this is amazing. Beautiful golden colour, great head with nice retention and the taste really stands up to the double IPAs i've had from the states. It's great to see a brewer go back to the drawing board with a beer and make something so great- this really gives me high hopes for future brewdog ventures!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's nothing prettier than an IPA, and this one is no exception. Dark amber color, thick white head, tons of lace. A unidimensional aroma of citrus. Huge, huge grapefruit taste. This is a true hop bomb. Couldn't detect much in the way of a malt influence with all those hops. Pretty good beer, but just drink one at a time because your tastebuds won't be able to take it.

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, sweet hop aroma. Good crystal malt profile backed up by mango, tangerine and candy-like hops.

Amber colour with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention.

So, it appears I have the old formulation of this beer but I love it. Big, hop flavour with tangerine, pine, resin, passionfruit. Strong bitterness which is relatively clean. Good malt profile to back it all up. Really solid.

Medium-low body with moderate carbonation. This works well.

A really tasty DIPA with plenty of complex hop flavour. The malt profile sits nicely in the background. Well done.

Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Easily the palest DIPA I've seen. It was a clear, extremely pale golden color. It poured with a somewhat sticky, large bubbled head.

s: Neither hot nor overly sweet the way so many DIPAs can be. I smelled toffee and plenty of tea-like distinctly English herbal hops. I generally prefer American hops but I find this to be undeniably appealing.

t: This hides its abv extremely well. It starts off tasting of toffee with a hint of brown sugar. Shortly thereafter a wave of herbal bitterness all but washes away the maltiness. The bitter finish is long lasting and pretty damn tasty.

m: Chewy and sticky at the same with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Its been a long time since I enjoyed a DIPA this much. I prefer American IPAs to their British counterparts by a wide margin, but the opposite may be true for DIPAs. I haven't tried any other English DIPAs, but I hope I get the chance to. This wasn't overly sweet and not at all hot. In fact, it drinks like an IPA with a 6% abv. At about $3 for an 11.2 oz. bottle these were priced pretty fairly as well. What a pleasant surprise.

Photo of dstc
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark honey color with a small, bubbly head. Head falls to nothing. Very thinnest of lace.

Nice hop aroma but has a noticeable malt background to it.

Full hop taste, quite nice. Can distinguish the malt characters in the body as well. Ends a bit clean but has a very, almost too much so lingering bitterness.

Nice and smooth and medium bodied in the mouth. Has a little bite.

Decent enough, easy drinking Imperial IPA.

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