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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 103 | 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 fostachild
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

best before 16-09-11

pours a bronze/copper amber color. ton of foamy head that fades into a nice film of lacing.
very hoppy smell. grapefruit, citrus.

taste is boozy, crisp, and bitter upfront. nice balance of hops, malts. also sweet undertones. nice aftertaste, good carbonation and overall solid iipa.

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Alewife in Baltimore. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a layer of off white head that fades and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: More malt forward than I thought it would be. Some caramel and dark fruit, pine and citrus hops.

Taste: A malty IPA. Hops are more present here than they are in the smell. There is still a lot of malt with carmel and dark fruit notes. Citrus peel hops with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild to medium carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the malt presence. A good beer that reminded me a bit of nugget nectar.

Photo of diamondc
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 16-09-11

A: Frothy head, moderate amount of lacing. Orange/bronze, opaque. So far so good.

S: Grapefruit and a mix of tropical fruits, pineapple and apricots jump out. Some subtle pine notes, but mostly fruity. Excellent.

T: On the sweet side, resiny, almost sticky. Sugary grapefruits, more pineapple. Some malt does show up as toffee and faint caramel on the aftertaste, but the hops shine here. Good stuff.

M: Quaffable, can't detect much hotness. Bubbly til the last sip.

O: A darn good DIPA, worth a single or 4 pack purchase.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper color with a massive head; perhaps a bit too massive, but the retention is strong and plenty of clumpage is left behind

Smell: Sugary malts and pineapple, with grapefruit undertones

Taste: Big malt profile, up front, with a barleywine-like lead-in of pineapple sweetness; by mid-palate, the bitter citrus adds another dimension, but the finish is very sticky and sweet (in a DIPA way, of course)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; sticky and warm

Overall: I;m not a fan of DIPAs with a lot of sweet, sticky malts and this one falls in that category; those who prefer that style may feel differently

Photo of Brabander
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer for sveral months in my fridge. Don't know if i got this one from Apophis666 or Zimbo. Thanks anyway!

Poured in a wide wineglass without a foot this beer doesn't look spectacular. Almost no head and a very darkyellow to lightbrown fluid.

Smell is as can be expected from an IPA. The taste was too bitter for me. I expected more from this very good brewery,

Photo of Kshock
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange color with no lacing and pretty much no retention. Not impressed at all, doesnt look remotely like an IPA, more like a unfiltered wheat beer.

S- A LOT malt sweetness and almost no hops. Smells a tad oxidized with a little buttery-ness. Uh- OH

T- Little hop bit followed by a lot of malt sweetness. A little closer to a hoppy barleywine than a IIPA.

M- Not impressed here either, just a little bit of a mess and drys out a little too much.

O- Not good

Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber. It's an orangish bronze color. Not too much head on it.

Smell is citrusy. Very nice. Not too much hops in the aroma. Maybe some spice at the end.

Taste is very malty almost scotchlike upfront. Some citrus in the middle and lots if hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. It's a smooth beer, good on the way down.

Overall a very good beer. It's a nice nightcap after drinking miller lite at a party tonight.

Photo of MammothBrew
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass:

A: Pours a light amber, citrus like color with 1/4 inch head. Good amount of lacing.

S: There's a lot going on. Grapefruit, lemon, apricots, earthy wood/pine odor, mild hops, with sugary, caramel malt.

T: Heavy malt, citrus, mild hops. Then there's a boozy flavor that quickly gets toned down by the sugary/pine taste.

M: Medium body that tends to seem thick from all the sugar. Also leaves a grimy pine, oil like residue in mouth.

O: It's not something I'd seek out again, it was a tad bit of a sugar bomb. There are better Imperial IPAs out there.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Chouffe snifter

A- Dark golden, caramel color with large bubbles in the lacing on the glass.

S- Big citrus (orange, pineapple, grapefruit) on the nose.

T- Lightly toasted biscuit, lots of citrus going on in the middle with a nice pine bitterness at the end. For some reason I get a hint of cinnamon or something?

M- Medium body, nice carbonation.

O- Enjoy this ipa from Brewdog. Have had several of their beers and have rarely been disappointed. Would choose a lot of US ipa's over punk, but still a nice beer.

Photo of salvo
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something happens to BrewDog as it crosses the ocean. On-tap, hardcore is vibrant and almost glows. It has elements that put any west coast American IIPA to the test. Otherwise, the Scottish tap snifter I had at the Edinburgh BrewDog bar is very close to the original bottle tasting review from January in the USA, only everything is heightened at the source:

Pours a beautiful amber from the bomber into my half pint taster with a half inch of Eggshell off-white head. Rich biscuity malt, honey sweet big malty nose gets completely displaced with the first hoppy sip. So big and buttery my instinct is to chew. Warm alcohol shines throu and cuts sweet malt with the citrus hops biting through. Hops turn to resin and pine as the beer warms in the mouth, and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Unfolds on the palate: rich and rewarding. A worthy Scottish competitor for big American double IPAs, DIPA, or whatever. Tis is fabulous. The bottle is silly "Explicit Imperial Ale" and a catalogue of ingredients in each bottle, down to the brewers and the dog, but what's inside is worth any label-posturing. Great stuff.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a large foamy7 head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful with not much else being discernable. Taste packs a powerful punch of citrus hops with a real bitter finish. Malt base is present though doesn’t’ make much of an impression. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. One-dimensional for sure but can’t really argue with the citrusy hops punch of this one.

Photo of PhageLab
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

A - Beautiful blood red brew with an orange hue, slightly hazy, with a tall fluffy head to boot. Laces well, and the head never dissipated.

S - Apricots, citrus hops, and something slightly sweet that I can't put my finger on.

T - Orange peel hits the tongue first, followed by a boozy taste. Very bitter, but the hop profile itself seems a bit subdued.

M - Dry medium body, moderate carbonation that seems a bit too much for this beer.

D - Doesn't taste bad at all, but a little bland for a Double. I should very much like to try this from a freshly tapped keg to compare hop strengths.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice orange / amber color with a one finger off white head. Great carbonation and lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Malt, hops, alcohol, wheat. Hops rule the day, and the nose is really weak for what I was expecting.

T- Much nicer than the nose. All the smells come through, and there's a nice sweet/bitter thing happening. Nice tasting IPA.

M- Very light feel to this beer, but nice bitter aftertaste pulls it through.

O- Enjoyed this one, but probably won't pick it up again. Check it out though, it's worth picking up.

Photo of ExplosivoSR
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Seirra Nevada pint. After pouring and reading the label, I realized that I had just missed the "best before date" (05/26/11). Will review a fresher batch later.

A - Deep, hazy orange with about a finger of head.

S - Citrus, sweet malt.

T - A nice balance of sweetness form the malts and crisp citrus. Gives way to an almost grapefruit bitterness.

M - Nice medium/full body. Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter, and is actually quite nice.

O - I'll be trying this one again, since I missed the BBD, but this was still a very good brew. I'm very interested in what a fresher batch is like.

Photo of Fenris244
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my duvel tulip, Orange in color wit a straw color head(2 fingers worth).

Very citrusy in the nose, lots of grape fruit and orange peel, straight up citrus.

Very bitter, little bit of orange sweetness and then bam, grape fruit and peel flavors, 1st beer ive had in a while that made me pucker.

Heavier in body than I expected i was like bitter syrup.

Overall, It was good but not something I would go back too

Photo of Wattsox
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Jan 2012.

A - Burnt orange body with a tightly-bubbled head that dissipates gradually, leaving thick lacing and cling.

S - Strong aromas of citrusy, resinous pine from the hops with a few malt notes in behind.

T - A touch of malt sweetness on the opener, which gives way to an increasing bitterness and notes of citrus and pine that builds up to a lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and quite creamy, feels like it coats the mouth to keep the flavours lingering.

O - Overall, a fantastic example of the style. The 9.2% ABV probably counts it out of a session beer, but great to sit and enjoy.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.07/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Not even going to bother going into detail with this one. The hops are disgustingly strong, esecially when cold.
IPAs have always been the drink for a hot summers day for me, this one is impossible to drink more than 330ml of.

Will not buy again.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, best before 7-26-11. Pours hazy dark red-orange color with a huge 3 finger off white head with fantastic retention that eventually reduces to a thin lacing. Aromas of huge pineapple, mango, orange, and pine; with caramel and a some honey. Very nice an balanced aromas, a bit different than I am used to in a DIPA though. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, pine, and spices on the front; with big caramel sweetness afterward. Nice strong bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with caramel, citrus and pine flavor. Very well balanced bitterness and sweetness with the sweetness being a bit more prominent. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. No alcohol noticed on taste or finish. Overall a very good and unique imperial IPA.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 041-21

A - Pours a medium gold color, 1 finger head.

S-- Sweet IPA, very light malt, clean finish.

T/M -- Tastes nice and sweet, clean, crisp, a very drinkable yet nicely palatable IIPA.

O- Gotta say, pretty impressed compared to their single IPA, I was majorly disappointed and thought they deserved another shot. Gotta say very drinkable, and not weak in any way, I could slam this whole Bomber and have another one!

PP (Price Point) - $7.49 for a 22.4oz bomber, very very nice PP especially for a 9.2% ABV IIPA

Photo of NATOuk
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large bubble glass, it pours a hazy deep orange colour with a decent head settling to a ring around the glass.

Massive amounts of citrus and resinous pine. Divine.

There is a definite malt sweetness at the very front of the mouth at the start, it gives way very quickly to a building bitterness which crescendos on the finish and stays at the back of the mouth for a long time. There are notes of citrus and pine through from the start to the middle. A very aggressive beer but if you are a fan of American hops in large quantities this beer will not disappoint.

Feels thicker than usual beers, almost like a very light syrup. Coats the mouth and ensures the flavour hangs around.

As a fan of American Double IPAs, this beer is a very good representation. Massive amounts of hops, a well balanced sweetness and a hefty alcohol content makes this a fantastic beer. I could quite happily recommend this as a session beer although your session won't last too long at 9.2% ABV! They've nailed this one, I'll be making sure to keep a regular stock of this one.

Photo of JayAre46
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12oz bottle with a best before late july 11' poured aggressively into a nonic, deep amber color, very light tan colored head 2 1/2 fingers here. transparent this one makes me think of a a barley for sure, shows good lacing.

A - sweet caramel notes, citrus present can't put a head on what it is though orange? light pine aroma

T - ITS A BARLEYWINE, fuck bigfoot has more hop presence, its good though sweet caramel presence again, strong citrus that has an amazing flavor transition, piney flavors are here as well, slightly hot, not very bitter at all more sweet and hot with a balance of citrus hops. wish there was more bitterness, oh yeah its from the uk, my impression is they don't like hops as much as we hopdemons.

M - medium, not a lot of carbonation, very creamy. the alcohol gives its presence not over powering though. good feel

O - good barleywine, i mean ipa, i like what they're doing with the citrus and pine, but i would love more bitterness, and the price tag doesn't help my decision to get this again or many more times i should say, but a good beer and i was not disappointed. drink it ya wanka!!!!

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange body, trace head,

S: peach/mango, booze, light pine scent

T: citrus front, solid malt, big boozy + bitter sticky finish

M: med body, plenty slick/oily mouth

O: Usually like my bigger beers to
have the alcohol well hidden,
but alas, this one has it right in your face.
big sipper, go slow.
I have enjoyed Brew Dog, but this is my least favorite.


Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange and hazy iwth a thin white head of tiny bubbles, some lacing but low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with alcohol and some piny hops. Smells fine I guess.

Beer is thin and sweet up front with some piny hop flavors in the midpalate and a bitter finish. This is one of the better beers I've had from brewdog but overall just a slightly above average kind of hot double ipa.

Photo of deskim
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very solid IPA. More east coast than west coast (malty vs. hoppy). Poured a copper yellow into a DFH signature glass. Sweet alcohol smell along with yeast and malt. Not hoppy at all. Comparable to a DFH 90 minute, but a little less malty. Hints of toffee were more prominent as the beer warmed up. It was a little on the expensive side, but would gladly drink it again on tap or if it were a bit cheaper.

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a deep copped color with a really nice tan colored head. The lacing was really good on this brew. The smell was excellent, really enjoyed the hoppy pine aromas this one had. The taste was also very hoppy with some light citrus fruits and a powerful pine sting that really males this brew special.'the mouthfeel was a little on the thicker side which I liked. Overall this is a great ipa. I could drink many of these along with several other IPAs out there. Really worth trying!

Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.