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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | 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 ism
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick 2-finger head, off white, on top of a just-hazy amber body. More than acceptable retention. Nose is sweet grapefruit with a touch of floral, rather straightforward and clean. Gentle-medium carbonation, medium body, slight butter texture from hop oils on the tongue. Taste is big, lots of malt, a good dose of hops, the sweetness edging it out. It isn't until it goes down smooth that the hops truly emerge, citrus at first, then pine resin as it lingers.

A solid DIPA, finely made, just not terribly complex enough.

ism, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of digita7693
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: this is not the same version as the original black label Hardcore IPA, which was 9% alc, this is a new formula and bottle, dark aqua bottle with white lettering and 9.2% alc.

A pours a beautiful amber/orange with a good 2 finger head and decent lacing.

S great citrus (grapefruit) and pine jump out at you, strong hop aroma, smells simply wonderful

T Delicious. Again the citrus grabs you right away, very bitter, then a wonderful sweet malt backbone, not overwhelming, but a nice change to just bitter (honestly reminds me a bit of some fresh barleywines, like a fresh bigfoot)

M sticky and coating on the tongue, which I would expect, and which is not a bad thing... but dont expect to taste too much after this

D good, but I do not think i would drink more than 2 of these, though for me thats saying a lot... so I guess highly drinkable:)

just got back from a few days in Edinburgh and once again got to try many wonderful beers, including several brewdog beers, picked up a bottle of this at Cornelius Beer and Wine near Leith Walk.

digita7693, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of riored4v
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/5/10

Poured a murky, amber colored body in to my tulip glass. Rocky, off-white head that held nicely.

Smell was bitter with a mild malt sweetness. Some caramel notes. Hop presence was citrusy and floral.

Taste had a medium malt sweetness helps balance out the bitterness. Very mild finishing bitterness on the back of the tongue that is mildly resiny. Some grapefruit notes from the hops along with citrus and spice. Notes of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a medium carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Good balance that leaves a touch of bitterness. No signs of ABV and a light sweetness.

riored4v, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz with a batch Number 225 best before August, 2011. Poured into a DFH glass.

A - Cloudy dark orange body holds a smallish off white head. Decent retention with some sticky lace.

S - Pungent and dank pine hops. Citrus rind, orange blossom and wildflowers. Some alcohol and malt sweetness. Clean fermentation with little to no fruity esters.

T - Moderate initial bitterness unfolds into a big malt backbone. There are hints of caramel and toffee and a solid fresh bread character. Loads of hops flavor on the backside. Pine sap, orange rind, and grapefruit slaps you about the face and neck. Alcohol warmth is noted in the belly almost immediately.

M - Medium to big bodied for an IIPA, but not chewy at all, just not "dry"... Bitter aftertaste is a side effect of the hop oils on the tongue. Citrus burps are my favorite!

D - The big ABV holds this one back, but for an IIPA it is what it should be which is on the big side of everything. Underrated on BA IMO. Kudos to BrewDog.

ectomorph, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Brewdog experience ended up being a disappointing one. Pour is nice looking, clear fairly deep amber with a one and a half finger off white head. Decent retention, no lacing. Smell is ok. Noticeable hop presence in the form of pine, only a touch of citrus. I like more citrus and tropicals in my aroma, but this is not too bad here.

The taste is really lacking. Maybe I would like it moreif it was fresher? The best by date is over a year away, so as far as I'm concerned this review is valid. Hops are completely muted for an iipa. Really more like a Barley wine. Flavor starts with a big dose of caramel malts, then shows a biug bready base that rounds into light notes of pine and a hint of citrus. Real malt bomb for an iipa.

HURTemHIZZY, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather pleasing DIPA shining on its malty side without losing the hoppy profile.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Standard Brew Dog design with the worn graphics, white lettering over dark emerald green. Braggy side narrative goes over main intent, brewing, ingredients, Notes batch, best by date ( 17 26 -07-11), and Alc. by Vol. (9.2%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy deep golden pour, good frothy head, fair retention with a good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Good nose highlighting the malty toffee sense with dashes of resin and grapefruit. Not too fragrant but pleasing and in good sync with the style.

T - As with the nose the brew rests on very sturdy malty backbone with a nice caramel and butterscotch sense, hops are woven almost on a second layer to it, citrus and resin with a touch of grass as the boozy sense touches the finish.

M - Medium-full body with medium carbonation and a nice bite in the finish that is quite gentle under all that malt.

D - Nice brew, too cold and obviously it loses some of its nuances, and while one could long for a broader hop side this is quite pleasing.

Notes: Much derided, but this is a actually a pretty good DIPA. Sure, it is not the extreme hop bomb it promises on its labeling, at least not for US palates, but it is pretty pleasing. And while the hoppy profile is not particularly pungent it is there doing a more than acceptable work. If one cuts the hype this is rather commendable.

*Had this again on tap, in early Feb 2011, and unfortunately I was short of notes to make a full review. But it felt mighty good, with truly shiny hops, pungent and deep. An entirely different beast that would have deserved a ranking in the high As.

Daniellobo, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber served in a tulip. review from notes of 11/20/10.

pours a dull orange/coppery tone with a good amount of haze to it. small white head that quickly recedes into a thin collar around the glass. not a whole lot of lacing.

citrusy hops (primarily grapefruit) dominate the nose, with a sweet maltiness hanging in the background. ok aroma; i've certainly whiffed better.

taste opens with a healthy blast of the citrus hops suggested in the nose followed by some balancing sweet malts... noticeable but not overpowering 9.2% ABV alcohol presence.... a decent, tasty, if somewhat unremarkable DIPA.

medium-bodied with middling, slightly prickly carbonation. smooth, goes down easily so pretty drinkable.

perrymarcus, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jlandis
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy and light orange / copper in color with a very thin white head that almost disappears immediately.

Bright grapefruit and citrus with a very sweet candy malt aroma. Candy coated hops...yum!

Bitter and sweet hops hit your right up front. There is some grapefruit with a solid sweet candy presence. There are also a sweet ripe pears and peaches.

Moderate with solid carbonation.

It's alright, but I'm not really impressed. The beer is a little all over the place. The hops are bitter, but not really as flavorful as I would have expected. For a 9% DIPA the alcohol is hidden well, but I think they could have done more for the beer.

jlandis, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Kylito87
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A buddy of mine sang the praises of this beer.

Appearance- Candy apple and burnt amber with a fizzy white cap, Very sticky spotty lacing. At 9% ABV the retention it does have is acceptable

Aroma- Sweet grapefruit an citra hop kick, There is also a slight fruity nose with a slight ester funk.

Taste- very sweet malt with a nice sharp bitterness. IT is definitely a sipper. It has this nice citrusy grapefruit note the is backed by a nice sweet caramel malt. The alcohol is detectable but not intrusive.

Mouthfeel- creamy with a very high carbonation level. It has a slick feel with a nice drying. Very heavy on the pallete. This is my first DIPA so forgive the mistakes.

This is a beer that you want to slowly enjoy. The beer really opens up as it warms up. The point is enjoy each beer for what it is not what you think is should be. This beer is definitely something that fits my taste well but you definitely can't drink more than a few.

Kylito87, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of shambeano
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A Dark amber, almost brown, with about 1cm of head, that slowly falls, little bit of lacing.

S- a little bit of sweet malt, and then a fair bit of citrusy hop. a touch of fruitcake in the smell, a little fruity there too.

T- slighty malty, followed quickly citrusy and piney hop, and finish is qiute bitter. on warming up a little bit of alcohol comes through, the bitterness intensifies, and some fruitcake flavours comes through.

m- nice prickly carbonation and a long bitterness, and a pretty dry finish.

D- although on warming up a bit of the 9per cent comes through, this is a dangerously drinkable beer for the strength.

shambeano, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Big thick head with lace clinging to the sides. Slightly murky, ruby-tinged medium brown. Pretty colour. Some bubbles.

S: Not as fearsome as I expected. Strong hops, yes, but not overwhelming. Lots of malt as well.

T: Mm, remarkably tasty. The website claims 150 IBUs, but I doubt it. Malt is actually the main flavour, if not the most obvious one. Sweet and creamy, bready malt is incredibly substantial and delicious. Of course, the hop character is undeniable -- especially on the end of the taste. However, these hops are not intensely bitter, but softer and more aromatic (though a bit piney on the aftertaste). The aftertaste is long, bitter, and pleasing.

M: Caressing, smooth, filling, and fun, it coats the mouth before turning slightly dry. Never gets old. A high point.

D: The 9.2% is mostly subsumed by the heaviness of the malt, but it's still noticeable around the edges. A pretty delicious beer, although I am partial to DIPAs. It reminded me most of the Great Divide's Hercules. I'll chalk this one up as one of BrewDog's greatest successes. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance of a cream colored head poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Off red copper color to brown, on a borderline opaquenss but still with some see-through quality. Some decent lacing.

Bouquet of faint grapefruit but also sweet maltyness. Tasting of a lemon front giving way to equal but stronger grapefruit and hop characteristics. Aftertaste is a very surprising sugary almost maple sugar sensation.

Body in mouthfeel just about right making for an easily drinkable great Imperial IPA.

smakawhat, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Zimbo
2.33/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Taste. Hmm, pure TCP to me. Not just bitter, not even just warped but full blown psychotic and twisted. Doesn't mean it was enjoyable to drink. It wasn't. More of a beer as a dare. Like an entire pine tree shoved down your throat.
Will need to try this again.

Zimbo, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of SHODriver
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a bottle into a mug. hazy light gold in color with a finger of dense white head. Looks good but a little lighter than I thought.
S: Very sweet with a nice dose of bitterness. Some piney notes with a hint of citrus.
T: a blanket of bitterness that gives way to some piney flavors with a touch of grapefruit. Some caramely sweetness as well keeps things in check. Plenty of hops on the back end with a final bitter punch that gives way to a lingering piney aftertaste.
M: A little heavy but this is a high gravity brew. Carbonation is enough to let you know it's there without being over the top or flat. a solid mouthfeel for sure.
D: this bomber is gonna go down without any issues. I kinda wish I had another one.

Overall: Good but not great. I needed a hop fix and a decent amount of alcohol. I'd buy it again and it tastes good enough that I'll probably buy it again if I find it.

EDIT: this beer is kinda sneaky. I was feeling fine and now the alcohol is starting to kick in.

SHODriver, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a deep copper gold in color with a big, gigantic head that showed great retention.

Smell - There's a nice, juicy caramel malt backbone to this DIPA along with big, monstrous citrus hops. This is huge but rightly balanced.

Taste - The sharp, intense citrus notes are mixed with sweet, caramel-laden sugars that just explode with flavor in the mouth. The malts are very sweet and sugary and have a high quality character to them. The hops are large and in charge but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some nice, light carbs and a collected but serious bitter character.

Drinkability - This is a big but approachable hopper that is chewy and quite fun to drink.

RoyalT, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of phantomwyse
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out the color of frozen honey. Highly opaque Frothy off white head fades to large patchy bubbles.

S: Starts off very malty. Smells a lot like breakfast pastries, scones, croissants, tea biscuits. There is a heavy hop undertone, but it's very muted - typical aromas of pine and grapefruit. Some bubblegum and rock candy. Fruits like figs and dates.

T: Very well balanced. Oily hops up front initially, big pine and spoiled orange juice. Malts fill in big, very similar to the aroma. Lots of sweetness, sugary plums, dates, and grapes. There is that hint of bubblegum, too.

M: Medium to full bodied with a syrupy smoothness.

D: These is a hefty beer. Thoroughly enjoyable, but a knockout in all aspects.

phantomwyse, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Had a best by date of Feb '11 on the label. Was a hazy amber color with lots of carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a good collar and some wisps. Good quick sliding lace but none sticking.

The aroma was piney hops with some citric as well and slight toffee malt. Was really good aroma when first poured but then quickly faded to average. The taste was good as well with the bitter piney hops leading the way. Some malt to balance but it's a moderately bitter hop show. Good but didn't leave an impression in a crowded ADIPA field. Full mouthfeel with too much carbonation for me. OK aftertaste.

Overall, a good ADIPA but didn't stand out. Good bitter bite but not overly bitter so liked it for that as a bitter hop trainer. Recommend if you can easily get. Avail here in TX. Rotation - the occasional single to work on the bitter hop palette. [O;O;BHT]

TexIndy, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of tbrown4
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first time with this brew, and my first BA review.

Poured from 11.2oz. bottle into DFH signature glass.

As soon as I cracked this one open a pungent aroma rushed out. More so than other brews. Quite startling, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sort of a nice preview of things to come.

An aggressive pour left a nice three finger head, off-white/cream colored.

Very malty aroma after the pour. Nice hop bite to it with a decent malt backbone that balances nicely. In fact, this is seems to be an extremely well balanced IIPA. Slight citrus notes and some earthy flavors. Quite drinkable, I could put back a few of these with no issue. Surprisingly a challenge to find the 9.2%ABV.

This isn't an overly complex or developed IIPA, but there is enough depth to it to make me look forward to another. Picked up a 4 pack at about $13 from a local store. The price will keep this from being a regular purchase for me. Will consider it a decent import treat a few times a year.

Keeping a few bottles cellared for a few more months. Eager to see how it changes.

tbrown4, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10/1/2010. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 660ml bottle. Best before 2/2/2010. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with a some floral hops. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel, touch of pineapple. The hops are herbal and piney. There is a little age on this bottle so it's starting to make that morph to a barley wine. The hop character is going away, but there is still a really nice hop profile as the malts start coming up. A touch of orange. A little sweet at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of ralree
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, orange, no head.

S: Really malty, not citrus, a bit of brown sugar.

T: Lots of English/Scottish hops, very alcoholic, no fruit. Barley is nice and strong. There are some mega hops in this. Has a nice bitter aftertaste with a little sugar. Very toasty malt.

M: Chewy, thick, medium-heavy body, good carbonation. Rather astringent. This is great for the style.

D: Thickness and richness hinder drinkability. So does the alcohol content. Definitely good on its own, but a little rich to drink with a meal.

ralree, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best By Date February 2010; Sampled January 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a pale copper color that shows a hazed, gold-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of crushed, lightly caramelized, pale malt, some earthy hops, an interesting sort of cinnamon like malt character, some light citrusy hop notes and some stronger hop notes of menthol, pine, and almost rosemary like herbal notes. The aroma is definitely quite malt focused for something labled and IPA, in fact it took a while for me to even notice the hops.

Lightly sweet up front, with a light, though noticeable hop bitterness that lingers through to the finish, but is very faint for an IPA. The hops contribute flavors of ruby-red-grapefruit, a mix of citrus oil and hemp, an almost cheesy hop character, some herbal notes as well as a touch of pine sap and even some menthol like notes. The finish has a nice biscuit like malt character to it as well as some caramelized crystal malt like flavors that are a bit more pronounced than I would expect in a beer that is this light in color. The hop character is quite a bit more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma, it even manages to be the dominant note, but it still doesn't seem like much of an IPA and certainly doesn't approach anything close to hardcore. I can only assume that this just hasn't traveled well across the Atlantic; and not knowing how they date there bottles I don't actually know how old this is. Wow, I just realized this is supposed to be a Double IPA, I had no idea it was 9% alcohol...

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew Dog Hardcore Imperial IPA

Appearance: Cloudy light-orange, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Hops and subtle malts.

Taste: Strong malty hops, slight caramel in the backbone, and a slight alcohol tinge.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy and slightly syrupy.

Overall:
The first taste is a malty hop blast. Hops scream out, but they have good flavor.

megahurts4, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- remarkably clear for the ABV. excellent deep amber color. nice off white head, with great head retention. - especially for the style, the high ABV beer always have lame head stability.

s- smells more like a barley wine than an IPA. has that booze filled aroma. almost no hoppiness in the smell, (I aged this bottle a good while before drinking it.)

t- good bitterness. again booziness is very apparent. I am kind of bummed its not an IPA. I feel this beer was mislabled. Its is a well crafted barley wine. With well used booze content, bitterness, and complex malty flavors.

m+d= full mouthfeel. still tastes young even though I aged it personally for what I thought was a good amount of time. 6-8 months. could last another 1-2+ years more.

mlazzaro, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one at the Brewdog dinner hosted by James Watt at Beerbistro. A pleasant DIPA.

Pours a deep amber with orange highlights and a finger of off-white head that leaft some nice lace streaks. Tropical nose, with lychee, pineapple and grapefruit, along with a definite streak of pine and biscuit base.

Big bitter flavour delivers on the hops. The pine is more prominent, as is grapefruit pith, though the tropical fruit notes never completely go away. All of this is supported by a good biscuit base, which provides a nice springboard to showcase the hops. Medium body and carbonation.

A really satisfying and meaty DIPA.

bobsy, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting bottle...I opened the kegerator to be eagerly greeted by Brewdog Imperial IPA, but before I uncapped it, I began to read the label:

"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.

6 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more.

9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks.

This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars."

Really? First, these numbers seem ridiculous. This sounds like the work of a crafty marketing department, but I question the accuracy. Did they consult with a brewer?

Being an engineer and a homebrewer, I had no choice but to double-check Brewdog's numbers:

By my calculations, to brew a beer at 9.2% ABV, assuming 70% efficiency and single malt (Maris Otter), you need just under 4.75 oz. of malt per 12 oz. of wort. There are 460 grains in a Troy oz., which is an outdated Roman unit of measure based on one grain being that of barley. With 1 Troy oz. equaling 1.097 standard ounces, you get ~2490 grains per bottle.

And this isn't a single-malt beer, so it's reasonable to assume that the discrepancy is in the Crystal and Caramalts. Touche, Brewdog. I was wrong to doubt you. I'll assume if you got the hard calculation correct, that the hops and yeast, which look reasonable, are correct as well.

Anyway, fellas, enough math. Serve it up. Let's see these 2200 grains do their worst.

A: Pours glassy, crystal amber with orange tinges and ruby shadows, giving rise to a full tree-finger head that almost overflowes my New Belgium snifter. The head is creamy and ivory, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Wow. The nose is strong, piney hops, some background sweetness and some esters. Sticky desert pine. Pears. Molasses.

T: The flavor is a dead ringer to my expectations - lots of Centennial hops give an aggressive bite over a sticky malt backbone. Strong alcohol is well hidden in the piney hops. This is delicious.

M: Puckeringly astringent.

D: This is a fine beer, but with the hops coating my palette and the alcohol burning my brain, I wouldn't have more than one in a night.

(Reviewed June 14, 2010)

SPThirtyThree, Oct 06, 2010
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.