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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | 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 kingcrowing


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a cloudy golden wheaty color with a very thin white head. Nose is very sweet & hoppy, nice.

Taste is really sweet and slightly syrupy. Also has some slightly earthy tones I find in a lot of brewdog beers. Very nice and hoppy it's a solid IIPA and worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 15:31:10 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of ryanonline


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours very flat, little head and what is there is very thin and has no consistency in the bubbles, needless to say no real lacing. the color is a clear orangey amber.

light piney, slightly fruity, maybe some dried or candied apricots in the nose. light mint note.

much more piney in the flavor, the light fruit notes come in at the end, but are overtaking by a strong bitter finish.

the mouthfeel is kind of flat. sort of watery.

drinkabilty is kind of hard to describe. its not exactly filling or hard on the stomach, but this beer is all over the place as far as taste goes. I'm not really sure i could handle a lot of that.

i'm not quite sure what to make of this, its not horrible, but its not great either. the smell is the best part but the rest of it kind of leaves you wanting.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 04:15:31 | More by ryanonline
Photo of KickbacksSteve


2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best by date 8/24/10. Thin, loose head lingers for a just a short period of time on top of a golden, very, very, way too clear body. Some sticky, oily lacing. Aroma is definitely hoppy, but not as hoppy as I expected. Some malty sweetness also in the nose. Taste is bitter with some caramel maltiness, with a strange aftertaste that I can't seem to describe, somewhat unpleasant. Shared with my fellow double IPA drinkers and we were all pretty let down. Is it possible that the people of Scotland and England have a different measure for what is a great double IPA and this beer is only good on those palates? Clearly this beer doesn't measure up to some of America's best doubles...at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 07:09:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of rhinos00


2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shakers pint glass. Best before March 28, 2011.

A- Pours a mustard tinted amber. Semi-hazy. After an aggressive pour, produced three fingers width of white, foamy head. Faded to a thin film on top of the beer.

S- To tell you the truth, not really getting anything hear. Faint whiffs of caramel like malts with an ever so slight citrus fruitiness. The back end has trace amounts of horse blanket and hops.

T- Caramel malts come forth along with some candy sugars and a delicate fruit flavor. Beneath it all is an overriding bitterness that imparts an unpleasant aftertaste. This really tasted more like an American barleywine, except very messy and without cohesion.

M- Had a syrup like consistency. Not really what I'm looking for in a DIPA.

D- The extreme bitterness on the finish, lack of flavor, and higher alcohol content, really made this one hard to put away.

As usual, not impressed with Brewdog's product. Do yourself and a favor and pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:31:55 | More by rhinos00
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forth beer in my Brewdog reviewing evening, best before 15 Jul 2010, poured into my huge 'Judas' glass 26 Nov 2009.

Dull orange/tangarine coloured body, white head.

Expected more of a hop aroma, it gave off an all spice smell, some sweeter toffee smells with hops hanging around in the background.

An almost ginger style hotness hit my throat at first, but it wasn't ginger, just a bitter harshness from the hops that I wasn't ready for. Reasonably dry feel to the beer, especially in the aftertaste, some citrusy lemonlike sourness also could be detected. None of the toffee sweetness found in the smell made its way into the taste.

The 9%ABV only hit towards the end of each sip, it being hidden by the hop content of the brew.

All in all, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 19:40:09 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice Maris Otter malt scent along with a wicked bitter hop aroma. There doesn't appear to be much complexity, but it's good in it's simplicity. The taste is good. I don't understand what the problem is with the hop character. I'm tasting plenty. It's bitter up front and resinates in the finish. The malts provide some balance and mouthfeel. Again, the malt bill seems restricted, but straight up pale malts works for me. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carobnation. This is a good drinking beer. It's 9%, but the alcohol is hidden well and the hops help mask the simple malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 20:57:57 | More by WesWes
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
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.