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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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1,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 13
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of PicoPapa


2.68/5  rDev -31.6%

11.2oz bottle. Batch 072 with a Best Before Date of 28/03/11. Pours a pale hazy orange with no head. Odd aroma. Smells like alcohol, malt and somewhat sour. The taste is also kind of sour and malty. Not much bitterness to speak of. I guess its drinkable but there really isn't a whole lot going on here. Not much flavor for an Imperial IPA. I dont really like this beer. If this beer is an Imperial IPA, I am sober.

09-30-2010 04:41:21 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of mulder1010


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

330 ML bottle into a globe glass

A-- Poured an orange carmel color. Dirty eggshell white one finger head. No real visible carbonation after original pour. A little bit of head retention on swirl and noticeable legs from the ABV.

S-- Caramelized orange mixed with lemon, pine and grapefruit. The Caramelized orange smell stands out in a big way.

T-- Pine and grapefruit taste. Not massive or over the top, but enough to say hello.

M-- Lots and lots of grapefruit in the mouth. Just touches of pine menthol in the background. Very bitter and ripe grapefruit. Not that much carmel sweetness in the mouth though. Very fruit forward. Lower medium carbonation.

D-- Very drinkable and pretty well made. ABV is well hidden and can have 2 in a sitting. I thought needed a bit more carmel to offset the bitterness but that is more my palate than anything else. Have now found 2 Brewdog beers I would buy again. Cheaper than almost all Australian craft for this style.

09-29-2010 13:47:26 | More by mulder1010
Photo of fragilemacabre

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

This reminds me of a very lemony mixed drink. I see where the IPA exists, and it's big enough to fit the double/imperial bill, but I'm getting so much citrus alongside the hops. There's a smokiness to the scent as well. This isn't sneaky with letting you know it packs an alcoholic punch but it doesn't need to be, since the flavors carry across the alcoholic acidity... in fact, they play along with it. Not much head but a great caramel color and lacing left willy-nilly along the glass. I expected a lot from Brew Dog after watching some of their videos, and I am not disappointed.

09-29-2010 06:49:12 | More by fragilemacabre
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Smells like... one of the mixed drinks that I make! There's a distinct lemonade in there, mixed with lemon juice from a bottle. Nothing like I'd expect from a beer of any sort but I do find it enjoyable.
The taste continues to remind me of one of my lemony mixed drinks. It's pretty boozy. Some resinous pine lingers and I'm thinking the big lemon presence comes from the yeast they used in making this. I recall some similar flavors from some big, yeasty Belgian beers.
Not your "traditional" double IPA by any means. This gives inclinations of crazy bartending with beer ingredients.

09-29-2010 06:38:13 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

Two 5oz samples at the BrewDog Beer Dinner at Chancey Smith's in London, ON.

A: dark amber hue with ruby highlights, a thick ring of beige head, and spots of lacing on the glass.
S & T: strong citrus, floral aromas, perfume, stone and passion fruits, toasty biscuit, caramel, taffy, pineapple, toffee, citric and pithy hop flavour, lingering bitterness to end. ABV is undetectable.
M: fuller than medium, a tad spicy, silky and juicy palate, bitter and parched finish. Smooth as hell.
D: spot on for the style, and more drinkable than most DIPAs. My favourite beer of the night. Great stuff, James and Crew!

09-23-2010 20:10:30 | More by cratez
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a cloudy, amber orange which went from cloudy to hazy as it sat in the glass. Minimal head, with nice lacing on the glass. There is not an overpowering nose to this beer, although the citrus, pine and floral hops are evident, with some sweet malt in the background. This follows through on tasting; firm grapefruit flavors balanced by the slightest sweetness, which then gives way to a smoky, dry finish. A very nice drinking IPA.

09-21-2010 00:46:13 | More by malloyca
Photo of peacebone116


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

2010 edition from Batch 62; best by date of 17/4/11

A: I poured (part of) a bottle of this interesting beer into a tulip glass, filling my glass with an opaque liquid the color of a shiny new copper penny. The beer had a solid egg-shell colored head with excellent, clinging lace.

N: Pine sap and honey sit up front, but a hint of grapefruit and some spiciness... maybe crushed black pepper corn... flirt with my olfactory senses. The main component is definitely the pine and honey.

T/M: BAMM!!! Toasty, smoky citrus hop followed with a bread-like foundation then lingering citrus notes. Alcohol warms the mouth. The beverage has a very oily texture that overpowers its prominent carbonation. This beer tastes excellent! A very drinkable double-IPA, but a little heavier than others.

I had heard good things about this brewery, but I really expected more of an "interpretation" of a West Coast DIPA; I was pleasantly surprised. The guys across the pond did an excellent job with this beer, capturing the soul of a classic WC DIPA, while giving imparting their own identity.


09-13-2010 22:53:03 | More by peacebone116
Photo of twilight


4.35/5  rDev +11%

Very high scores for this brewery out of Scotland. The 4-pack was purchased at the Berlin International Beer Festival from the BrewDog stand. I even asked the guy at the stand that I didn't want the four pack that hadn't been in the sun, and he obliged by opening a bunch of boxes to find this one.

Beer pours amber orange with just a very slight head. The nose is all citrus with hops hops and more hops leading to a floral scent when overinhaled. The taste is very citrusy with a forefront of bitter hops and much grapefruit with a slight acidity in the bitter aftertaste leaving a palate of herbal goodness on the tongue once the beer is gone. The malt backbone is there, but it's not very strong. If anything, it's a good malt backbone because you don't notice it, nor the lack of it.

I know I could not drink this all night, but a damn fine sipping beer it is. The floralness and the hops just overwhelm leaving you with a nice sensation afterwards. Perhaps it's not Hardcore in comparison with some of the beers out of the US, but for Europe it is plenty hardcore.

09-10-2010 18:19:30 | More by twilight
Photo of joecast


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Haven't had a double ipa for a while. Hope It doesn't shock me too much.

Nice clear light orange color. Low to med carbonation. Thin lightly tanned head. Nothing too hardcore yet.

The smell is something to notice though. Resiny sweet citrus. Slight alcohol, slight breadiness. All standard stuff for this style. A bit floral. Again, nothing too hardcore.

Hops tend to bitterness more than flavor. A touch metallic at the finish maybe? That seems to overwhelm the rest of the beer. Even the considerable malt is beaten into submission here. Hardcore bitterness for sure. Much nicer in small sips as the harshness is minimized showing a pretty drinkable beer underneath.

A welcome sight on hobart bottle shop shelves. A nice treat, but not an everyday day beer for me.

09-02-2010 08:40:29 | More by joecast
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a medium, reddish amber. Fairly creamy head lowers somewhat quickly. It keeps about a 2mm skim on top, though, with only light / sparse lacing.

Smells of evergreen, florals, and citrus (grapefruit especially). My wife said she smelled strawberries in it. A nice smell, but a bit more subdued than something like Hop Stoopid or Red Racer IPA.

Tastes also of evergreen, florals (wild Alberta roses, I think), the citrus I mentioned, as well as a bit of a light malt flavour... makes me think it has a bit of an amber ale / Irish red quality.

Not as bitter or refreshing as the above-mentioned beers. The 9.2% is hidden well, but does come out a bit near the end of the bottle. I think that's what gives it a slight sharpness, but that is mostly masked by other things going on. The aftertaste rests mainly in the middle of the back of the tongue rather than the sides.

Pretty drinkable! Looking for a refreshing IPA, I'd pick something else. Looking for a good IPA to have at a pub or some such place... for a beer a little warmer, I may go with this.

09-01-2010 21:16:18 | More by PEIBeerGuy
Photo of AndrewNations


2.85/5  rDev -27.3%

A - Nice color and a bit darker than average for this style.

S - I didn't get a whole lot on the noise. Nothing overpowered the other and all in all not a whole lot going on.

T - Lost of malt and burn sugar. The hops played backseat the the maltyness for me.

M - fairly thick and not much carbonation.

D - Not Impressed. It wasn't horrible but I don't need another.

08-29-2010 19:43:41 | More by AndrewNations
Photo of rootbeerman


3.88/5  rDev -1%

poured into duvel tulip

A: initial pour of three fingers, which settled to a finger then to a 1/4 finger layer. pours dark cloudy amber to brown.
S: caramel sweet malt, with a dry grapefruit hop.
T: burnt sugar, a light tinge of barley, hops are the tongue wrap-around grapefruit, with a long lasting bitter aftertaste
M: seems thick with a low carbonation
D: nice change between the usual east west coast IPAs, not overpowering.

08-27-2010 09:34:18 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of carpezytha


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into tulip at 55 degrees F.
Batch 62

A: Cloudy apricot body topped with a robust cream colored head whose large bubbles settle down to a somewhat thin head.
S: Hops and red licorice candy on the nose with a hint of dried fruit. As it warms up, wool and spice arrive on the nose.
T: Hops, loquat, with a warm caramel surge and then, of course, hops again. Spicebox appears with some cedar and more caramel as it gets up to 62 F. Not at all a one-note wonder as so many "radical" IPAs are these days.
M: Tingly but not prickly on the tongue, is a little hot as it warms up but not uncomfortably so.
D: Drinkable for sure, it grew on me. For obvious reasons this is not a session beer. I am not a hop head but I like this- I actually think it is well balanced for such a hopped up, high octane brew. Will try again.

*I probably should not have had a pile of vanilla beans lying on the table next to me as I tasted this...but it didn't hurt.

08-24-2010 02:10:07 | More by carpezytha
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Orange gold pour with 1-finger thick head. Not much in the way of retention, but very nice thick rings of lace. Slightly cloudy with fairly active carbonation.

Nose is fairly bready and yeasty with floral hops contributing. The hop contribution increases substantially as the beer warms.

Sweet hit with a smooth creamy finish. Hop burn kicks in very late. Floral, herbal tastes with pine on the back end. Alcohol packs a serious punch with a nice burn, too.

Feel is very nice. Decent malt body against the growing hop profile.

One of the best from Brewdog.

08-24-2010 01:46:11 | More by beer2day
Photo of david18

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

I was very excited about this beer with all I'd been hearing about BrewDog in recent months. I had a twelve ounce bottle of this at dbgb on Manhattan's lower east side. It was as good as I had hoped. Very good aroma, great hop flavor, nice carbonation...overall among the better double IPA's that I've had. It's fun to see all these european breweries creating american style beers.

08-20-2010 19:39:00 | More by david18
Photo of mmahut

Czech Republic

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Orange bold color with shy head that disappears after short moment.

S: Typical Indian Pale Ale smell in stronger version, probably due to high volume of alcohol.

T: Hardcore bitterness. Very very strong IPA taste.

M: The taste stays for a long moment, you can even still smell the beer in your month.

D: Special beer to try for every IPA fan.

08-20-2010 12:35:01 | More by mmahut
Photo of ne0m00re


3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

07/23/10- Had this one on-tap at Bodega, right around the time of the squirrel debacle.
A: Blood orange amber with a nice cream head.
S: Hops up front, with orange citrus, a strong pineapple character, cheese, basil over caramel, and grapefruit rind.
T: Sweet pineapple, odd sharp blue cheese bitterness. Not very well-balanced.
M: Mildly syrupy, frothy, creamy, good.
D: Ok... it's a little too off-balanced to enjoy more than one.

08-20-2010 01:26:05 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of WJVII


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Brewdog fest samplethon with buddies-8/16/10 from notes:

Poured into a small sample glass this brew is a deep orange color with an amber tint when held to the light. This brew has nice sticky lacing and a thin white cap. There are strong floral hops and pine needles. This is a dry and crisp brew that will satisfy on a hot day. The pine and floral hops go throughout and leave a nice bitter after taste. Definitely a decent IPA but certainly not the best I have had. Worth a try.

08-20-2010 00:31:57 | More by WJVII
Photo of cdkrenz


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

A - Thin and whit head with strong stamina. The body it the glowing color of copper.

S - Citrusy grapefruit, it doesn't get too much better.

T - Floral leafy pine all lead up to the big grapefruit flavor.

M - Watery and somewhat, strikingly average.

~ I do suggest you give this brew a try. I hope to have this beer again during the warmer months of the year.

08-19-2010 02:38:12 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of andyfrancis


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Cloudy copper pour, a little darker than I expected. nice off white head.

Smells of gobs of fruity hops on the nose. faint nutty, toffee malt backdrop.

Bitter start makes my right eye wink a few times. After a few gulps, the malt coats the palate, and becomes the dominant flavor.

My burps taste like hops.

Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.2% abv. Feeling a head buzz already.

Nothing outstanding here, but it's very drinkable and one of these bombers will leave you feeling right.

08-18-2010 04:37:00 | More by andyfrancis
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev +2%

can't complain. this is a solid beer without much character but a proper quality to it that is expected from brewdog. nose of pine and imperial esb lemon malt. palate is tight and earthy bitter. lemon grass... excessive british hopping. i like it...

could serve more promise as an "english" imperial IPA a bit more unfiltered. just a suggestion to give it character in the sea of american doubles...

08-17-2010 00:13:37 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

Best before date: 27-04-11

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with two fingers of white frothy head,. Head sporadically evaporates, leaving healthy amounts of lacing on the sides.

Hop scents were apparent from the moment I cracked open the bottle. Some pine as well. Solid malt scent in the back, and also a hint of alcohol.

It certainly has some flavor to it. Pretty strong hop bitterness up front, with a bunch of malt flavor in the back. Some caramel and a bit of pine round out the middle. I'm getting a weird nut like taste near the end though. Disappears after a bit of drinking. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Certainly a DIPA, and a pretty intense one too. Quite good and easily the best thing I have tried from BrewDog so far.

08-16-2010 21:55:22 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of mzrebiec


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

The beer pours a hazy dark amber with a thin head that lasts all the way til the last sip. The nose is of straw, dried fruit, and earthy hops. The flavors are very complex with a start of caramel malt and a dominant finish of spicy earthy hops. The finish is long and enjoyable.

This beer was poured from a bomber that has been aged for 20 months.

08-15-2010 19:42:01 | More by mzrebiec
Photo of rwf08


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

This is the new Hardcore that is 9.2% and won a medal. I couldn't find it so I'm putting it under the retired one.

If this is wrong flag it so it gets moved.

A: Light amber with a thin tight white head. A hard wall of lacing on one side of the glass.

S: Sweet citrus fruits. Oranges seem to dominate. Faint earthy pine on the end and a touch of alcohol.

T: Again citrus but a grapefruit bitterness comes out more on the finish. Lightly sweet and the alcohol is not very present.

M: Thin and dry. Goes over the tounge smoothly with medium carbonation then drys the mouth out.

D: The ABV will catch up to you. A good beer to sit back and enjoy. Not harsh, no odd flavors. Not my favorite but still pretty darn tasty.

08-11-2010 03:56:03 | More by rwf08
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Hazy gold in color with two fingers of fluffy head that lasted longer than I thought it would. Really good lacing.

S - Smell is an inviting combination of grapefruit and resin/pine hops. Hint of sweetness and lemongrass as well.

T - WOW! Intense bitterness, but I certainly don't think it's a bad thing. It is a little less balanced than I am used to, but unique in a good way which I really appreciate. Hoppy grapefruit bite to the max, and a nice malt finish.

M - Medium in body, dances all over the taste buds and lingers for a bit.

D - Don't know if I could do another one, but I am enjoying this one. Something different and I look forward to trying more from brewdog as they seem to push the envelope as often as possible. Try it.

07-30-2010 18:50:39 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.