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Hardcore IPA - BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 13
Gots: 56 | 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 kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange without too much head. The head starts out a bubbly white, then dissipates with faint lacing. The smell is very malt forward, with some citrus hops. More bitterness in the flavour, with the hops coming through. Still sweeter than I was expecting. Even though head was lacking, the body is still nice. This is dangerously drinkable as I found myself to be quaffing this faster than many beers that have half the abv.

kwjd, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of biggietattoos
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewdogs Hardcore IPA is the first beer of I've had the pleasure of trying from the Brewdog line-up.

I poured this beer into my usual Tall Pilsner glass.

The aroma of the beer is a slightly sweet hoppy scent comparable to DFH's 60 or 90 minute.

Pours a golden amber tone, not much head, decent though not excessive lacing.

Upon the first sip the beer shares some similarities to 90 minute like I said earlier about its scent. but once you're a few sips deep it definitely takes on its own unique flavor, rich but not overly sweet hops work to keep it very drinkable and not have too much of a boozy taste to it despite the 9% abv.

mouthfeel is average

Drinkablity is moderately high for a 9%er and the alcohol taste didn't come forward as it often does when the beer warmed up closer to room temp.

I would recommend this IPA to anyone who is a fan of the beer type that wants a new taste but not something too unfamilar.

biggietattoos, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of gregmoscetti
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tastes like a boozy sierra nevada. Brewdog will never get all that much love out here for an IPA. It was irresponsible even buying it, knowing that the hops were probably poorly cared for in transport, and knowing that this is southern california and we drink Pliny all day. All and all, this beer isnt crap but its by no means good. Im sure to a scotsman its hoppy and delicious. to a so cal local its a heaping pint of lame sauce

gregmoscetti, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 2. BB 28/03/11. Consumed 1/6/10.

A: Poured a bright tangerine orange with a quickly diminishing beach sand colored head that didn't care to leave a lacing. Visible effervesce was exceptionally light, with only brief, sporadic glimpses of bubbly outbursts. A pastel like color, poor lacing, weak head retention as well a weak effervesce garnishes this just average regards.

S: Musky tangerines appear on the nose along with soggy bread. The strength was weak, especially for a beer calling itself "hardcore ipa" which was about as hardcore as scrambled porn. No signs of hops nor its 9.0% abv to be detected or appreciated.

T: Finally something that resembles hops and its namesakes makes an appearance. Tart oranges, very dry with some toasty grains. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, perhaps a bit to much so to the point it distracts from the flavor. Tart, dry but ultimately comes off one-dimensional.

M: The mouthful was thick and creamy, tart with a good wallop of heat upon the swallow. Felt like a screwdriver.

D: Drinks like a high octane sour blonde. Not something that will go down well in multiples. Some heat from the alcohol as well hinders things a bit. Good for a single serving, not so much enjoyable. Going bigger is not necessarily better as evident here, as this tries to hard to stand out like the smart kid in class and is as equally annoying, thus alienating itself drinkability wise.

beerthulhu, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of DenverLogan
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear copper yellow color...small head that lingers. Big aroma of hops. A bit rough in flavors...strong hops with some citrus, cream of tartar, subtle pine oil. Decent, but not a US West coast double IPA, which alone is not a deciding factor, but it's not a Pliny or Green Flash and not something I'd crave. Not bad but decent.

DenverLogan, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, scarce layer od head that fades instantly to a wispy 'layer' of lace, if i can call it that, and a few medium sized bubbles. dark tangerine color, with minimal bubbling - great label though! haha.

s- clea nosed, light hop/malt, not overly fragrant, herbal tones make they're way out with some mystery fruit esters.

t- not the hop bomb i was bracing myself for. moderately bitter, herbal, earthy, there is a slight warming that evolves to a slight burn as it warms. light toffee notes, orange, earthy, pithy hops, and candied sugar as it warms.

m- medium body with slickness and coating.

d- okay, probably won't seek this one out again, i've had many better dipas and this just didn't stand up - it's solid, but i was expecting more from my first brewdog.

thecarster1, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of ericj551
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewdog Hardcore IPA pours a hazy deep copper with a decent head that lingers just a bit. Big bitter citrusy and grapefruity hops burst out in the aroma, with plenty of herbal pine. The hop flavor comes through first in the taste, but seems mild for a moment. As the beer hits the back of my tongue the sticky, resiny bitterness and come through and linger well after the beer is gone.

ericj551, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy/cloudy light amber with a rocky one finger white head that has fair retention and leaves some sticky lacing.

S-Pine, citrus and floral hops along with a biscuity malt backbone. A bit subdued, but pleasant.

T-Follows the nose with pine/citrus hops with a nice malt backbone.

M-Almost creamy, slick, relatively low carb level.

D-Goes down fairly easy, but doesn't really lend itself to making you want another.

Overall, a solid, but not great DIPA.

Lerxst, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bargain at $3.59! Purchased @ DeCiccios's in Ardsley, NY. Batch 072, with best before dating of "28/03/11" Ah those Europeans...gotta love em... Pours lighter, on the golden amber side, hazed, with a dull orange hue. Moderate and loose darker eggshell head. Thin film, collar and plenty of fine, loose sheeting and strands of lace left on the glass. Minor hops and light cookie dough on the nose. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Alcohol masterfully hidden. Plenty of grapefruit hop notes, undercoating of caramel tinged maltyness. Well done. Cost is prohibitive, doubtful I'd go for this one again due to this factor. Glad I gave it a try as its a nice subtle take on the ever popular and enjoyable DIPA style.

Billolick, May 24, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds my of an Englidh style IPA that just ot kicked in the junk. Pours a clear copper color with an 1/8 inch off white head. The nose has sweetend ruby red grapefruit, pine and orange, nice hop presense but with a slight sweetness. The palate had dominating flavors of grapefruit (it is an IPA afterall), banana and orange peel. The hops show through the longer you hold it in your mouth and finishes a little hot.

WhatsNewinBooze, May 21, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint of this was ordered, served, & put down at The White Horse on Parson's Green.

Pours on the darker, redder side of the IPA spectrum. Pure hops assault the nose, with that particular subdued note that is a trademark of cask brews.

Brewdog Hardcore IPA is easy to describe. It's like drinking pine sap. Pine, pine, pine rushes the palate & will not let up. A bit off-putting initially, as my stomach & mouth adjust, I warmed up to it. Perhaps there is honey playing hide-and-seek amongst the tarry pine littering the glass, but perhaps not. Could be the thickest brew I've ever tasted, but its a tribute to its weird appeal that I thought of having another before deciding that riding the barely known Tube drunk wouldn't be such a fine idea.

Very good beer. Glancing at a few other reviews, I can only imagine that this is losing something in the time it takes to cross the pond. Too bad. Fresh, it's a unique, hit-you-in-the-nads IIPA.

maximum12, May 20, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a creamy off-white head that sticks around for a long time and dissipates with good lacing.
S. Floral hop smell that is strong, but not overwhelming. Much more delicate than most IPAs from Pacific NW.
T. Begins and ends with a pine-resin hop bite. Bitter citrus peel in the aftertaste. Not overly complex, but pleasant.
M. Decent body, maybe slightly thin, but with a good level of carbonation.
D. It certainly tastes like an IPA, but it hides the alcohol very well.

Has anyone set some of these down to cellar to see how the flavors develop over time? I noticed that the first bottle I cracked was filled literally to the cap; I wish I had noticed before hand - a perfect bottle to lay down so that the oxidation would be very minimal. Anyhow, I put a couple down to see how they develop over the next year. More to come...

BeerAndBourbon, May 10, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, nice white head, but no real lacing. Hoppy but not much complexity there. Seemed to taste less American and more like a British IPA, oddly enough. Bitterness was spot on. Medium bodied, mild carbonation. It hides the alcohol very well and is easy to drink, especially since its a 9.00%. Glad I tried it.

SkunkWorks, May 09, 2010
Photo of paxton1978
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this because i really didn't like the first hardcore, but this is amazing. Beautiful golden colour, great head with nice retention and the taste really stands up to the double IPAs i've had from the states. It's great to see a brewer go back to the drawing board with a beer and make something so great- this really gives me high hopes for future brewdog ventures!

paxton1978, May 09, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's nothing prettier than an IPA, and this one is no exception. Dark amber color, thick white head, tons of lace. A unidimensional aroma of citrus. Huge, huge grapefruit taste. This is a true hop bomb. Couldn't detect much in the way of a malt influence with all those hops. Pretty good beer, but just drink one at a time because your tastebuds won't be able to take it.

lordofthewiens, May 08, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, sweet hop aroma. Good crystal malt profile backed up by mango, tangerine and candy-like hops.

Amber colour with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention.

So, it appears I have the old formulation of this beer but I love it. Big, hop flavour with tangerine, pine, resin, passionfruit. Strong bitterness which is relatively clean. Good malt profile to back it all up. Really solid.

Medium-low body with moderate carbonation. This works well.

A really tasty DIPA with plenty of complex hop flavour. The malt profile sits nicely in the background. Well done.

dgilks, May 07, 2010
Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Easily the palest DIPA I've seen. It was a clear, extremely pale golden color. It poured with a somewhat sticky, large bubbled head.

s: Neither hot nor overly sweet the way so many DIPAs can be. I smelled toffee and plenty of tea-like distinctly English herbal hops. I generally prefer American hops but I find this to be undeniably appealing.

t: This hides its abv extremely well. It starts off tasting of toffee with a hint of brown sugar. Shortly thereafter a wave of herbal bitterness all but washes away the maltiness. The bitter finish is long lasting and pretty damn tasty.

m: Chewy and sticky at the same with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Its been a long time since I enjoyed a DIPA this much. I prefer American IPAs to their British counterparts by a wide margin, but the opposite may be true for DIPAs. I haven't tried any other English DIPAs, but I hope I get the chance to. This wasn't overly sweet and not at all hot. In fact, it drinks like an IPA with a 6% abv. At about $3 for an 11.2 oz. bottle these were priced pretty fairly as well. What a pleasant surprise.

DIM, May 07, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark honey color with a small, bubbly head. Head falls to nothing. Very thinnest of lace.

Nice hop aroma but has a noticeable malt background to it.

Full hop taste, quite nice. Can distinguish the malt characters in the body as well. Ends a bit clean but has a very, almost too much so lingering bitterness.

Nice and smooth and medium bodied in the mouth. Has a little bite.

Decent enough, easy drinking Imperial IPA.

dstc, May 05, 2010
Photo of sk8man121
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into goblet. Batch 18. BrewDog is new to Maine, and this is my first offering from them.

A: Pours a solid amber with a thick, voluptuous cream head. Very attractive and inviting; the clarity is exceptional.

S: Grapefruit, grapefruit, and...more grapefruit. Honestly, if it weren''t for the more herbal qualities of the hops, I'd think I was smelling a freshly sliced piece of grapefruit. Perhaps a little one-dimensional, but really refreshing. I can't wait to take a sip!

T: Interestingly enough, the grapefruit aroma transitions to oak and booze on the tongue. The alcohol lends a very sharp bite with a warming finish. Hops are there, but a bit overpowered by the boozy nature of this brew. Leaves a resiny, bitter flavor on the palette. I don't dislike it, but then again I'm not sure how much I do like it.

M: Carbonation is fairly strong, which is good considering how cloying the alcohol is. Although it seems to drink easily, it does leave a very bitter coating on the tongue.

D: For what it is, It's a pretty good beer. As far as I'm concerned, however, there are much better representations of the DIPA style available. Stone's Ruination Ale & Dogfish 90 Minute IPA - while two very different beers - both have the rampaging hop quality to them that Hardcore IPA hangs its hat on, but they also have a smooth, malty finish, which is entirely what makes them so drinkable. This may just be too bitter for me, which is saying a lot.

Worth a try, but skip out on buying a case.


sk8man121, May 02, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you love the smell of hops, this is great stuff. Brewdog again did it for me.

Dark orange to brown ale, good head with good lacing, but hardly any carbonation.

Smell is fantastically green herbs hops and grass, also the apricot(?). Taste is bitterness all over. It's demanding and intriguing.
Smooth, but a tough bitterness.

Maybe the IPA style, which is quite new to me, has more balanced experiences in store fore me in the future, but for now, I'll gladly settle for a bottle of this brew any time.

RuudJH, May 01, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a redgum honey,light amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger frothy head that stays around,the smell is very nice,sweet and subtle with aromas of grapefruit,confectionary and honey,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which really suits the style and doesnt feel heavy and has a rather sweet,fruity,hoppy taste to it with tastes of rockmelon,honeydew and confectionary and for a DIPA i dont get very much bitterness and the 9.0% ABV does not rear its head at all to quite simply make this brew very sessionable and even though its not my most favourite Brewdog brew its right up there with some of their best that ive tasted and will definately drink it again.

ADZA, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from this little 11.2 oz bottle from across the pond in Scotland. By a couple guys around my age who got bitten pretty hard by the brewing bug. Thank god they did, I don't care if these kids are ADHD bastards looking for attention in the classroom. They're brewing both extreme brews, and those requiring a good bit of finesse. Pours into my Allagash chalice as a bright crystal clear copper amber hue with head dwindling down slowly...leaves behind intricate even thick bands of lace that form nicely with the brews overall experience. Aroma has an explosion of citrus and spearmint in the nose. Also a piney resinous layer of hops going on in the nose with the big Marris Otter caramel aspects going on. Flavor brings on a rush of citrus aka grapefruit flavor that bites your tongue unrelentingly with enjoyable hop bitterness, this is one of those eye opener boozey hoppy brews that will live on, fuck Adderall I think these guys are self medicating with brews like this to control their hyperactivity. Definitely coats the palate with layers of hop oils, medium bodied easy going carbonation a bit of an alcohol burn but really well hidden compared to most DIPAs/barleywines. Overall drinkability this one lands in the really good if it's every once in awhile. Nothing I'll buy loads of but when fresh this is damn good DIPA.

WVbeergeek, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was really surprised by this beer. Pours true cooper in color, think copper piping and thats the color. 2 finger white head with great retention and lacing. Smell was great with a strong citric and pineapple aroma too it. Very much like a West Coast IPA but a little more aromatic I thought. Taste was a beautiful balance of malt and hops, with hops obviously being dominant. A nice caramel malt backbone with a strong, but not overpowering, hop bitterness (more on the citrusy side than piney side). Mouthfeel was rich and fuller with a nice oily residue left behind each sip. Overall I have to say this beer was terrific. You would never guess the ABV on this and I cant believe how balanced and palatable this was.

bunnyhustle, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

batch 109 best before 11-21-2010. 1 pint 6.4 fluid oz.

poured into a goblet style glass. pours a hazy yellowish red, a little golden. a small white head that faded into a ring somewhat quickly. small amount of lace.

not a huge aroma like you would expect in an imperial ipa. the aroma mostly consists of alcohol mixed with earthy floral hops as well as grapefruit hops. there is some caramel malty sweetness tryin to break through the hops as well as a slight bready graininess.

in the taste you get some caramel sweetness, grapefruit, citrus that turns into a little bit of bready grains followed by some alcohol warmth with a bitter tropical fruity lingering flavor. a good taste but is much different than your usual american double ipa. its bitter, but defiantly not knocking your teeth out. has a nice malty side to as well as some fruity flavors. the taste is a little more balanced than the aroma, but still pretty hop forward.

has a big, full body. a nice resiny oily mouthfeel from the hops. a minimal carbonation. overall a good mouthfeel.

this beer goes down easy, but your going to want to take your time and sip this one down. alcohol is definatly not hidden. this one 22oz bottle is all i would need of this beer in one sitting.

this is an interesting take on such a popular style. im prolly not going to seek this out again, but it was nice to try. i wouldnt recommend this beer, but brewdog makes some other interesting beers that i would recommend for sure. went well with some tortilla chips and salsa but kinda overpowered the tangyness of the salsa

dogfishandi, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cloudy redish amber kinda colour. A bubbly yellowy cream head which seems to stick around for a while.

This is the older version, not the new 9.2% version but to me it smells like a combination of freshly opened packets of centennial, simcoe and, well, weed. Smells really dank. Have real trouble picking out some malt, but it is there.

Taste is not as brutal as I'd hoped, still very pleasing though. First up is a malty sweetness, followed by some really super fresh, slightly vegetal hops. Some presence from the malt profile steps in lending a caramel like sweetness but then the big old american hops step in with their resinous, grapefruity flavours and powerful bitterness to take over the show. Definitely a robust IIPA. I can see why people wouldnt like this, but I'm totally in to it.

Mouthfeel is good, but not exceptional. Though it is reasonably full, it is not full enough to justify the slightly sticky feeling you are left with after a mouthful. I'm marking the drinkability down due to the sheer intensity of the hop flavours. I can't sip at this one very quickly, nor do I want to. It's a good 5 minutes before the flavour has subsided from my tongue.

jbowers56, Apr 19, 2010
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.