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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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very good

1,076 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-10-2008)
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 020. Best before 7/18/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with malty and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a great smell but it's a bit too alcohol forward in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, tan-white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a thick foam ring around the rim of the glass. Hefty amounts of uneven lacing.

S: A little buttery sourdough bread, with some sublime pine, and a little honey and molasses. Nice overall floral aura.

T: Bready, and very piney, with just the slightest hints of sweetness.

M: Mouth-puckering acetone bitterness in the front-end, levels off to a light and subtle soft piney goodness. Thick and syrupy body with a dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The bitterness character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is very good. Great body (which is nice...) including a nice head and some persistent lacing. Nose is very pronounced with a bready pine, balanced with some sweet and savory components. Flavor is doughy bread with pine, and some sweet balancing tones. Tastes like it smells. Heavy body.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a distinctively reddish copper colour, with a nice white head, good lacing and retention.

S- an astringent pine and grapefruit hoppiness, tropical fruitiness, fresh almond nuttiness. Some caramel-like maltiness in the back. Lot of herbal character, somewhat antiseptic but quite interesting.

T- coating herbal bitterness, grapefruit/lemon citrus, pepper spiceiness, lot of dryness and herbal spiceiness on finish. Caramel toffee malt. A slight pineapple, and fruitiness, honey and hazelnut note, strong tart hop character wit ha slight underlying vanilla note.

M- big and slick, coating hoppy oiliness, herbal, moderate carbonation, big and pleasing. Dry and lingering finish. Really drinkable for a high strength IIPA.

A nice solid IIPA, good example. Bold and hop oily yet nicely sippeable, it is pleasing. Perhaps not as complex as the best examples but still a real treat on the UK scene. Well put together and a really quality beer. Big yet drinkable with a tasty complex profile.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark orange. Looks almost like a red ale. Nice two finger white head that leaves big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S - Very straight forward smell. Hop resin and very piney. The aroma isn't very complex but really foretells the flavor to come.

T - Hello bitter slap in the mouth! Wow, I've had this before, but this bad boy has some bite. Not a whole lot of citrus flavor. Plenty of pine and bitter taste. Love the bitter taste, but would like to have a little more citrus in the mix. Now that I'm done whining this beer is a monster. Bitter and strong. Should this be what a IIPA tastes like? Who knows, but cheers to Brewdog for not taking any prisoners.

M - Pretty smooth after taste with a light body for the flavor.

O - Love this beer, but not as good as I remember. The west coast floral style has grown on me over the overly bitter style.

Serving type: bottle

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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 9,2% Abv.
Served chilled in an oversized wine glass.
Batch: 317
Best Before: 09/10/2013

I was so shocked to see some bottles of this sitting on the shelf at my local bottle store. I never thought I would see the day that I could buy a decent beer locally!

Appearance: Hardcore IPA pours a beautiful amber-orange colour (crystal clear), with a rough pour generating a creamy off white head that lasts really well and leaves rings of lacing as it recedes. The 9,2% Abv is noticed as a swirl yields some light alcohol legs.

Smell: Hmmm, well the age of this bottle is certainly apparent (an IPA with a year shelf life! Really?), but it still smells pretty good. Sweet citrus notes (orange/tangerine), grape fruit pith, resin, orange blossom honey as well as caramel and toasted malt make up the bulk of the aroma. Warming yields some additional fruity notes (pineapple and peach) as well as a light floral character. Even at room temperature, there is no trace of the 9,2%.

Taste: Mmmm, this is still pretty tasty. Sweet caramel and orange blossom honey are noted at the front of the mouth, but are quickly overtaken by a massive wallop of bitterness and notes of grapefruit pith, pine resin, sweet citrus, touches of pineapple and peach and some dankness. Warming brings out a little more sweetness and a light toasted note. As with the nose, there is no trace of the Abv.

Mouthfeel: Wow, the mouthfeel on this bottle is far better than I remember - I am not sure I could ask for much more from a big IPA. Medium-full bodied, with a little stickiness and a medium level of ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall: This bottle was not as good as the three week old bottle I had in 2011, but it is still probably the best beer I can buy in the country!

Serving type: bottle

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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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