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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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very good

1,332 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 25
Gots: 127 | 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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A: Copper - orange color. Thick head but with a medium retention.

S: Hoppy. Citruses, but also hints of red fruits. Also a malty, buttery scent.

T: Malty attack, sweet, a bit fatty. Slightly fruity. Grassy, medicinal, phenolic aftertaste. Long long bitterness.

M: a bit sticky (not very pleasant here).

O: Aromas are quite faint here. Not really a bad IPA but not really refreshing nor easy to drink.

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Pours a hazy reddish orange with a medium creamy tan head. Smells of fresh pine needles and molasses. Taste is big sweet malt up front followed by a toungue wrenching bitterness. Some citrus sweetness as well. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is super rich. Overall a great beer, but for the steep price I can think of better options for less money. That makes it hard for a repeat purchase.

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Appearance: Surprisingly a dark amber. Slightly off white head has nice retention and good lacing.

Smell: Strong hops. For this bottle they are on the fading side of things I think. Malt backbone comes through strong and sweet. Reminds me of about a 6 or 7 month old Bigfoot, this might smell a tad more sweet.

Taste: follows the nose. bitter with a big sweet malt backbone. This one is full of flavor with a lot of fruity notes thanks to the excellent blend of hops and malt. reminds me of Bigfoot with 6-7 months on it but taste a tad more sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carb. Tongue scorching bitterness but the heavy amount of sweet malt flavor makes this one a really slow sipper.

Overall: Very surprised by this beer. Was not expecting it to be this big. For the price I'll pass on this one most of the time. I'd like to try a fresher bottle. If you haven't tried this beer I'd recommend that you give it a shot if you like really big IIPAs with lots of malt and bitterness or if you like American style hop forward barleywines.

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Smell: very sweet with a boozy backbone.

Taste: initial hint of sweetness followed by the bitterness you expect from a quality IPA. the hop presence is very pronounced. definately my cup of tea.

Overall: Great choice if you love India Pale Ales. the hops are very noticeable and the alcohol content is not hidden very much at all. definately a mouth pleaser. and the first brew ive had the pleasure of trying from Brewdog. will definately buy again!

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Hazy copper brown colour, 1.5 fingers of off white head, good retention with some lace. Smell is fairly sweet, caramel and toffee malt scents, some citrus and to a lesser degree pine, pineapple, grapefruit, light alcohol. Taste is lightly sweet initially and quite bitter, citrus fruit, pineapple, mango, some earthy pine notes come out in the finish, drying aftertaste. Mediums carbonation, soft feel and quite oily, medium-full body. Not the best from this brewery but still tasty and enjoyable and something I would revisit again, perhaps a touch too sweet for this to become a favourite DIPA but still quite good.

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Smell.- Citrus strong hop aroma.

Taste.- Hops are very strong but faint quite quickly, nice malt flavor.

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