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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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very good

1,092 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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 MountainBeagle


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall this beer is outstanding. The name does not really suit it well for west coast IPA fans. You will not be overwhelmed by hops by any means. This does not take from the fact that this is a great beer. It tastes of toffee malts and slightly grapefruit hops a beautiful combo. Highly recommend this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:22:18 | More by MountainBeagle
Photo of alkemy


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden/orange color with a pretty thin head. Lots of sweet malts in the nose...almost had to search for the hops. A bit odd for a DIPA. It kind of reminds me a bit of a barley wine. I hate saying that because I find it aggravating when people say a beer should be classified as a different style than what the brewer intended. I really liked the thick, syrupy feel. This is pretty sweet, but there's also a hint of pepper in the mix. I'd drink it again as a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 21:54:48 | More by alkemy
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Tangerine orange, hazy body with a small head that retains fine and leaves some lines of lacing

S- Sweet smells of overripe tropical fruit along with some dank herbal spice. A bit of perfume which has no place here.

T- The flavor is mango and very sweet. The bitterness definitely comes out in the flavor as orange and tangerine. There are some odd savory flavors that I can't put my tongue on.

M- Pretty damn thick for a DIPA, I like it. The carbonation is a bit underdone

D- The alcohol is covered well enough for this to drink like a 7%ABV. Could serve as a 'high ABV session' if you're in the mood to spend.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:31:14 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Blitzstyle


2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a 22.4oz bottle. Little to no head on a aggressive pour. Beer does lace well. Very golden in color, different from most dipa's.

Sour citrus smell, almost like rotten grapefruit. And a sweet malt scent.

Sour grapefruit dominates the taste, backed up by some sweet maltiness. Some pine notes emerge after it warms to near rooom temp, but still the sourness is there. Checked the bottle its far from its experation date. Not the biggest hop bomb out there thats for sure.

Was hard for me to get past the sourness of the grapefruit. Would pass on this in the future!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 17:54:50 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of cooncat


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a navel orange color into my SA glass with a smallish head which disappates rapidly. Some very nice lacing adorns the glass, giving it a respectable appearance.

The nose is not quite up to IIPA standards .. at least the IIPA standards we expect here in the States. This might be 'balls Marie' over in the UK though. Lots of sweet malt in the nose promises a balanced brew.

The taste is a balance between big sweet malts, and citrus/earthy hop flavors, with the sweet malts winning out. To be honest, I've had standard American IPAs with more hop punch, but, again, for a UK offering this is probably huge. I get the image of honey glazed orange cookies when quaffing this one. Mouthfeel is medium-full; not quite to chewy, but very smooth on the palate. Drinkability is good, although dangerously so at 9% abv. Enjoy responsibly.

Didn't know what to expect from this one. Must say I'm pleased, and find this an enjoyable quaff. Its balanced and not over the top in any way. Hop heads will like it, and those with sweeter tastes will love all the malt. A nice job done on it, and recommended. Looking forward to trying the collaboration beer between Brewdog and Stone. This one is definitely worth checking out.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 22:07:43 | More by cooncat
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a clear orange color body, small whitish head, diminishing. Malty sweet aroma, alcoholy, sweet and scotchy or something. Scotchy taste, some bitterness, strong malty taste. Better taste than it smells. Strong taste. A little dusty/musty.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:14:36 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of lackenhauser


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice pale orange hue to it. Not much carbonation here. Sweetish aroma, somewhat vanilla like, with a decent level of hops though not overwhelming. Sticky and sweet malt upfront with a good bevvy of hop bitterness. Long lingering malt flavor-again a sweetish vanilla taste to it. The hops are not in your face and all that huge as in your usual US double IPA. Trace of alcohol tinge. Good sticky mouthfeel-more from the malt then the slick oiliness of any hops. Nice beer-it just got bumped on the drinkability scale. The soft malt/vanilla taste really grows on me. Balanced against the sharp bitterness it is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:05:34 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this is not an american iipa. This is a british IIPA, a completly foriegn style to me indeed.

Appearance: no head. Slightly cloudy. Tan colored. Not too appetizing looking

Smell: caramel malts. Not too heavy on the hopa aroma. Could use more.

Taste: first taste you recognize this is british. Hops are english noble. Malt is maris otter with a load of light caramel. Not clean ferment like n american ipa.

Mouthfeel: moderately heavy. Low carb.

Drinkability: I need to get used to the style but not a bad beer

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 23:05:05 | More by Squelch
Photo of John_M


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a slghtly hazy copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Didn't get a lot on the nose, just some light citrus and graniness. Flavors on the palate are pleasant, with the beer displaying moderate sweetness with citrus, apple, pepper and light bitterness. The bitterness comes on strong in the finish, with a bit of an alcohol bite as well. Mouthfeel is soft and long, with plenty of flavor, and I think there's little doubt that this beer benefited from cask conditioning. Drinkability is OK, though the alcohol became increasingly noticeable as I went on with this beer.

I thought this a nice enough beer, but really, this is nothing to get too excited about. Probably won't order this one again.

Serving type: cask

10-26-2009 14:07:46 | More by John_M
Photo of pershan


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a firkin at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a hazy copper with a thin, white head into a chalice. The aroma was an amazingly huge hit of hop essence: pine needles, citrus, grapefruit - it had it all. The flavor did not dissapoint, with a big hop wallop up front, followed by a clean malt profile blended with a fairly intense, warming hop flavor (with hints of bourbon also), finishing off with the lingering taste of fresh-baked bread and a very strong hop bitterness. The bitterness seemed to actually intensify the more I drank - one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, start to finish. Nice fluffy lacing all the way down the glass. Hard to believe this was brewed in Scotland - a great over-the-top DIPA hopfest.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2009 15:24:34 | More by pershan
Photo of jnezda


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer during a tasting paired with cheese and it came out nicely. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a fine eggshell head, about 1 finger. The head did not stay around too long and left little lacing on the glass as the beer was enjoyed. The smell was dominated by the spicy hop florals with a little citrus. The taste was nicely balanced with some malt and a good dose of herbs and spices. The complex flavor did hide the alcohol well and left a clean finish on the palette, especially for an IPA. The carbonation for this beer was fairly low but it did have a pleasant mouthfeel. The pairing we enjoyed with this IPA was La Cocina Caciotta from the Mozerella Company. This was not the best IPA and was toned down considering the name. This is a very drinkable IPA and I noticed from many of the less hop centric folks that this was a good introduction that could lead to them trying some other full flavor beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 05:11:56 | More by jnezda
Photo of kaseydad


2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this because I never heard of it before and the label was pretty cool.

Pint glass pour with an apricot, cloudy pour and a white foamy head with staying power. Lacing throughout the session.

Dark fruit aroma with pineapple and apricots as the main smells coming through.

Fruity taste with an odd bitter swallow. It's hard to describe the taste on the swallow but I do know that I am not digging it. Kind of a subtle bitter AND sweet grapefruit taste. Malty characteristics are also present. Just a weird combo.

As much as I liked the label look, this brew was not to my liking. That is not to say I wouldn't venture out and try the other BrewDog beers. This one, while I don't regret trying it, was not to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 18:59:37 | More by kaseydad
Photo of mdwalsh


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This time it poured a crappy head, but it's been open for a while, so I won't deduct that. I've seen it give a good head. The color is amber-golden, a little hazy and a very little active carbonation.

S: Sweet, herbal hops dominate, but some maltiness as well. Can't smell the bitterness of the hops, though there may be a little alcohol.

T: A very nice blend of honey sweet and herbal bitter. The sweet sticks to the front of the taste, the bitter drys out the end.

M: Creamy, then quickly drying out.

D: A little like aged hopslam, I think it requires a certain taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 21:39:38 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of Spineypanda


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a medium gold, slightly cloudy. Smell has a nice hoppy, floral scent and a bit of spice.

Taste is great, its not overly bitter, but just enough that you know it is an IPA. Nice sweet finish I find common in Imperial IPA's but not as sweet. Aftertaste is a bit like green plants. Mouthfeel is nice... less carbonation common to scottish beers.

Love it and would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:21:40 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of benclimbs


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank God for Brewdog - even though all their beers aren't amazing, at least they brew BIG BEERS! shit is this the ONLY brewery in this country that brews a proper strong, hoppy, floral intense IPA???? Well done boys!

Pours a copper golden with minimal head and lacing (a flat bottle perhaps?)

The smell is about perfect for a east coast/english double IPA...lots of sticky malts, tons of citrus hops with some orange peel i haven't picked up in other IIPAs - reminds me a bit of 90 minute.

Taste is an immediate sticky sweet apricot with some honey followed quickly by an alcohol bite and a dry bitter finish. A bit heavy on the alcohol for only a 9% beer, but good other than that.

Mouthfeel is lacking as this beer was a bit flat - a lot like cask carbo.

Drinkability is diminished a bit by the apparent alcohol taste, but that could just be because i've been drinking 4% beer for the last month.

Overall, its a solid IIPA contending with some of the middle of the road US versions, doesn't touch Pliny or Stone, or even Dogfish, but still really really solid! Damn strong hoppy beer tastes awesome, i missed it!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 14:35:10 | More by benclimbs
Photo of GordonQuid


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimpled pub mug.

Golden with a slight chill haze. Half inch crisp white head with thick lace.

Smells of juicy fruit gum, apricots, ripe mellon and lemon grass.

Taste is a complex fruit cake/caramel covered yellow cake (buttery) up front and a bitter finish; very earthy grassy hop profile. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste but the memory of the sweetness brings you to take another sip. As this beer warms I detect the suble apricot along with darker fruit in the profile. The bitterness is distictive in flavor; a hop variety I have never experienced before. The alcohol notes ome out as it warms also giving it more of a Scottish Wee Heavy in the finish.

I would suggest only having one of these per session. Heavy and complex. This was an enjoyable "first frost" brew, October in the great state of Michigan.


Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 13:39:06 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright golden in color but not much of a head to speak of. Lasted for a minute max and then turned to film.

S - Pine needles, honey and oranges. FULL STOP

T - Pine needles and honey, and a bit of tutti Fruity (well maybe not ALL the fruits, but my pallet can't distinguish them). Lot's of hop bitterness at the back end.

M - Fantastic! more full bodied than I would have guessed. great carbonation and feel.

D - I prefer the floral hops so this one leave a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I am sure some would disagree but that's just my deal.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:16:41 | More by thepeter
Photo of erz316


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

batch 198 29/10/10, poured into maudite snifter.

A - apple vinegar orange with a mostly clear body. the head is a white colour, reaches about a one finger maximum height and then falls to nothing. good amount of lacing, but the ultimate lack of foam and the lack of retention bring down the rating.

S - an incredibly potent nose of lemon grass and tangerine rind. the lemon grass mixes with the big malt back bone to make an intersting smell, that is in constant conflict with itself. the malts fight to have this caramel sweetness come out, while the hops have their floral citric, lemony bounty come out on top. the nose can offer this odd cat piss/litterbox kind of ammonia smell at times, quite weird. something's definitely missing with the taste.

T - a solid good taste, not too bitter not too malty. the hops are extremely fruity, more so than I can really remember in this style. the initial taste is a light melon flavour, with some apricots; then the bitterness of the hops begins to set in, offering a brutal herbal bitterness that is a turn off for some, a little while after this is slight malt presence. the finish has the malts increase in strength, while the alcohol mixes with some of the more bitter hops to make a dry bitter burn. the aftertaste is bitter, moreso than malty. yeah its just kind of bitter.

MF&D - the feel is lacking, body is too light, feels almost watery. carbonation is also lacking. the drinkability is alright, not something to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 01:53:16 | More by erz316
Photo of zeff80


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a short-lived, small, tan head. It left streaky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tons of toffee - very sweet. It was also fruity and floral.

T - It tasted of toffee and sweet caramel malt. It had some light, piney hops providing a little bitterness to attempt to match the sweet toffee and caramel flavors.

M - It was sharp and a little sticky. Almost a barleywine feel with some alcohol heat. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting brew, very sweet and malty, like a barleywine. Quite a bit of toffee flavor makes it very unique.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:25:20 | More by zeff80
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Gotham Cask Festival last week. I noticed that some pretty passionate negative reviews have been written about this beer, but I must say that the Cask I sampled...if only that batch...was divine.

The beer poured a nice orange/copper, with a thin head, expectedly no carbonation, and good lacing. The aroma was an inviting mix of pink grapefruit, mango, peach, and honey, with very subtle hop bitterness. The flavor progression impressively started with a round full-bodied bouquet of the aforementioned fruits, which dissolved to a nice hop-bitter finish, and a dry mouthfeel aftertaste. The body overall was medium, but the flavor progression with each sip made this an excellent experience. If I didn't want to try some of the other great Casks on hand, I probably would've drank this one all night.

Serving type: cask

09-25-2009 06:30:06 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Nice take on the style from these Scottish rebels. Orangey gold colour with minimal head. The nose is quite hoppy but the beer has good malt balance on the finish. The alcohol shows up from time to time but usually the beer drinks smoothly. I like this beer as it seems full in mouthfeel and balanced

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 11:02:55 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Patrick999


2.08/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Sam Adams glass. Really light, hardly any foam. This beer looks lifeless.

Aroma is that of a fairly bland barleywine - some nail polish remover, a little tropical fruit, mostly passionfruit.

Wow. This is shockingly bad for a DIPA, in my opinion. Alcohol and some apricot, malt bill entirely lacking. There is a lot of bitterness, mostly provided by a very uninteresting hop profile, and alcohol.

Feel is very limp - it's way undercarbonated and thin for the style.

Even taking into consideration that this particular bottle is a couple months past its prime, it's still shockingly bad. Other past-prime IPAs don't go to crap like this, leading me to believe that this was never very good in the first place. I really don't want to drink the rest of this. BrewDog continues to be really hit or miss for me.

This is a weird beer, and not to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 18:36:41 | More by Patrick999
Photo of omnigrits


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though they're a bit pricey, I'm happy that BrewDog products have made it to Texas.

This pours a beautiful clear amber colour but without much of a head. I'm left with a ring of small bubbles clinging to the glass. Nice aroma - plenty of hops of course. Grassy, bready, a bit fruity. There's a touch of malt up front, a nice bitter finish, and in between there's... well, there's some fruit. Almost a raspberry/strawberry/blackberry flavour. Not something that actually tastes of the fruit but just reminds me of it.

Good body with low carbonation. As usual, I've marked it down because of the high ABV because to me, drinkability includes the ability to drink more than one or two of the beer without falling over and waking up hours later thinking 'Never again'.

I think a trip to Scotland might be in the cards.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 23:20:58 | More by omnigrits
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Bodega in Columbus. The beer is pale golden yellow, mostly clear or just a little hazed, very little head. The smell is strong with a sour note that I didn't expect, otherwise pungent hops and way too much malt/toffee in the balance. It's not so much a barleywine but still isn't leaning toward the hop side the way I want a DIPA to do, and the sour note is just odd. The taste is really strongly sweet and bitter at the same time, with a big helping of ethanol holding it together. Way too much evident alcohol for drinkability to be good, it would really be a chore to drink 2 of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 00:49:17 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking and loving this beer for a while now, so I suppose it is time to say what I think.

Appearance: Clear amber, with a pillowy white head. Good carbonation.

Aroma: The nose is bitter, powerfully hoppy. There is grapefruit, light lemon, and a hint of orange. There are also subtle oats.

Taste: Up front there is a caramel and toffee sweet maltiness, which is soon beaten back by the onslaught of the hops, leading into a fruity bitterness that lasts to the end and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Quite heavy, and slightly oily in places.

Drinkability: If I had reviewed this beer when I first tried it, I wouldn't have rated it as high but it has really grown on me over the last few months and I can't get enough of the stuff now. A great interpretation of the big hoppy American IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 20:45:53 | More by PartyBear
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.