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Jack Hammer - BrewDog

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 228
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 12
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dgilks on 01-17-2013

The devastatingly bitter finish will drill straight through your taste buds. If you like hops and bitterness then go ahead. But be warned: this beer has more bitterness than a human palate (or nipple) can detect. For freaks, craft beer junkies and stamp collectors only.

The second placed beer in our 2012 Prototype Challenge is a BrewDog staff favourite, and made a brief guest appearance in our bars last summer.
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Photo of Lucas_Druid
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle in Brewfellas, Nicosia.

A great IPA. A notable impression I got from this is that it has this very strong and unique smell and hint of leeches. And it's not just me; the bartender asked me: "Do you like leeches?" before serving me this beer, and he was quite right. It has a great, fruity and hoppy flavour that's to be expected from IPAs. A great introduction to IPAs, but still rather unique and highly recommended.

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Photo of mrjez
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Pours a bright orangey-gold, slightly hazy, half a finger of disappearing white head, minimal lacing. Huge nose of pine and resin, smells like a bitter hop beast. Tastes similar, doesn't seem like much to it. Thankfully it opens up a bit halfway down the glass, and I get sharp notes of orange rind, grapefruit. Quite a lingering harsh bitterness that does settle. Overall an enjoyable IPA for those who like a bit of kick. A little more bitter and fruity sour than I would've preferred but well done.

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Photo of LantGladstone
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBE March 20, 2016 ABV 7.2% 330ml bottle from ales by mail

Appearance (Look) = 6%
clear straw, lingering white head

Smell = 24%

Taste = 40%
citrus, pine, balanced with malt sweet, bitter punch.

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
full. has very strong hop bitter pucker going on.

Overall = 20%
maybe slightly over hoped but pretty good balanced. I was expecting a hops hammer and this is pretty close. I guess I wanted a bit more aroma and less bitter or maybe bring up the gravity a bit. But still very good.

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Photo of charapaus
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very fruity, very bitter but pleasant. Doesn't seem to have 7.20 ABV, in mouth feel lighter and fresh. Is similar to Brewdog Punk IPA but more bitter. Good job!

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Deep Honey Amber topped by a 1/2 finger white head that wears down to a thin skim relatively quickly. Light lacing.

S- Very strong and aromatic tropical Fruit, Citrus.

T- Identical to the taste. Intense bitterness yet refreshing. Finishes with a sweet caramely malt note.

M- Medium creamy body and Low-Moderate Carbonation. Excellent fit for the style.

O- Another excellent IPA from a brewery that has fortunately been recently introduced into my area. Beautiful, fragrant aroma and taste.

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Photo of jongleich
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this out of a bottle a few years back and wasn't initially overly impressed.

However, since then enjoyed it on tap (Brew Dock, Dublin) and more recently via can with much better effect.

Very strong fragrance of Grapefruit and other bitter citrus. The taste matches the smell - very strong and very bitter, but still a beautiful beer if you go for the Brewdog perspective on beer (and I clearly do).

This is a very different beer from Punk - hoppier, denser, less floral and drier. Some say Jack Hammer is Brewdog's finest IPA, and you can definitely make the argument, despite the near perfection that is Hardcore.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours amber with moderate head. Aromas of lemons, toffee, and tropical fruit. Flavors of pine, toffee, and more fruit. Thick bitter finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, and, as ever was, lots of Brewdog banality on the label, but nothing that actually refers to the beer herein. Sigh.

This beer pours a hazy, pale tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some spectral, hanging rockface lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs into nothingness.

It smells of somewhat dank pine resin, orange and lemon cream citrus notes, bready and grainy caramel malt, toffee pudding, a twinge of earthy yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, musty pine needles, more indistinct green forest floor astringencies, some tropical fruit (guava, pineapple, and kiwi, mostly), more pedestrian orange and red grapefruit flesh, and the same additional floral, herbal, and kind of perfumed hops from the nose.

The bubbles are fairly unassuming in their supportive and playfully frothy measures, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, the local hops minding their own bidness - so much so, that a pleasant creaminess arises as things warm up a bit. It finishes on the sweet side, as complex malt, fruity hop, and heretofore undetected (cognitive dissonance FTW) alcohol make it just so.

An agreeable enough American-style IPA, but hardly something that provides the incisive palate incursion as inferred via the title of this offering. Par for the course, once again for Brewdog, i.e. the beer is actually pretty good, but not quite as good as their egos and marketing budget, it would seem.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
2/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like lychee with some notes of pineapple, which is totally wrong. It is very acydic but not in the right way (the lambic way). It makes a bad pairing with a BrewDog burger in the BrewDog bar.

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Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The moment you take the first whiff you get get slapped violently across the face with sweet pine notes supported by apricot nuances. On the mouth it brings massive amounts of pine balanced by some mango sweetness, softened by some yeasty breadiness and elevated by an assertive bitterness.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange. Foamy offwhite head sticks around a awhile.

S: Another beer you can smell from over a foot away. Good fruity and floral aroma with a bit of honey and citrus peels.

T: Big bright flavor up front initially balanced between bread and some floral and citrus, then kicked right out with a big drying bitter hop wallop of sap and orange and grapefruit peel. Makes you want more right away.

F: Medium smooth body with a big drying punch at the end

Overall a good beer. Just enough kick to satisfy, and with enough balance and freshness to be approachable.

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Photo of vanderSchorpioen
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is amazing beer!! Punks from Scotland create a really perfect IPA!! I think IPA is the most popular beer style of craft beer, and this IPA is one of the best IPAs!!

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Photo of sfprint
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Very light orange, a tad hazy with sediment, slow rising micro carbonation.
S: Light, sweet and citrusy
T: Really nice. Yes, more like an american IPA, but I feel like there are some European hops in here, giving it a grassy flavor i associate with certain German beers. But still, unique and very tasty.
M: Smooth
O: A very lovely attempt at an AIPA. Not what you'd find on the west coast, but certainly special in it's own positive way.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Hazy orange pour, with sediments, little foam that disappears relatively quickly. Citrus smell (strong grapefruit), and pineapple. Huge hop taste, very bitter, grapefruit and hints of peach and pineapple. Salty and quite bitter after-taste.

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Photo of Fordizzl3
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Excellent ale, I tried half a pint of this beauty at the Leeds Beer Festival in September 2014 and I loved every second of it. Think of this as Brewdogs famous Punk IPA on steroids.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow colour forming a big, bubbled and creamy light yellow head. Medium retention and lots of chunky and soapy lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity and flowery. Strong notes of pine. Definitely an American IPA. Very fruity. Tropical fruits: Oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. Pale sweet grains and grassy hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of sweet pale malts, crystal malts, caramel malts. Very fruity! Again, strong notes of tropical fruits: Oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. Very piny too. In overall, a slightly sweet taste and a huge hops bitterness

M: Medium molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste. Strong notes of pine

O: Great drinkability. Just another Brewdog masterpiece

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I once tried this when I was already a bit drunk and it was just too much. I vowed to try it again sober, and upon visiting the BrewDog bar in Shoreditch it was the first beer I ordered. Definitely a good choice, as it's best enjoyed with a fresh palette.

BrewDog like their bitter hops, and with Jack Hammer they've upped the ante. The colour is a dark yellow, darker than one my expect from an IPA. It smells very hoppy with hints of mango and pineapple, just begging to be drunk. However, upon tasting it the fruity notes are completely overwhelmed by an intense bitterness. Even by strong IPA standards, this is very bitter! I enjoyed it, but the bitterness gets a bit much and can prevent the drinker from enjoying any of the subtler flavours underneath. Still a good beer, don't get me wrong, but you wouldn't want too much of it in one sitting. In my opinion there are better IPAs, both from BrewDog and from elsewhere, but if you're a fan of intensely bitter IPA it's definitely one to try.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. There is a medium white head with average retention.
The nose immediately picks up citrusy hops - a very distinct and strong aroma.
The taste is like the label describes it: hoppy. Very hoppy.
A strong hoppiness in the body is followed by a strong bitter finish.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy gamboge-to-amber colour along with an off-white crown. The crown in question dissipates rather quickly with scarce 'n' sparse lacing confined to "islands" afloat amidst the brew.

S: Overwhelming heaps of grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit. Sweet and citric in marvellously refreshing scents, all hops no malt though.

T: Bam, right on the Henry Kissinger! Upfront hoppy acridity which bears a striking similarity to that of penicillin. Gradually, it transforms into a more -- I don't want to say metallic but -- resinous bitterness, almost peppery in its own way. Permutations of perplexity and perseverance is the name of the game.

M: Dry and round, alert carbonation, pretty light body albeit compensatingly round.

O: Powerful and manifold in its area and style, but a one-trick pony for anyone who likes more variety, malt or balance. However, then you would've mostly likely opted
for something totally different to begin with.

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Photo of clarknova
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic glass.

a - deep and cloudy organe with a solid head

s - smells like a hoppy hoppy grapefruit juice

t - taste is dominated by heavy citrus flavour with an extreme(!) bitterness, the aftertase is insanely dry and lasts very long

m - slightly oily but not to heavy mouthfeel, a very dry beer

o - this is the nectar of hopheads heaven. an extreme experiment in how bitter a beer can be. I never drank something more bitter than this before. but I liked it...

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Photo of Dave1999
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with a nice fluffy white head.

The smell is citrus, oranges, lemons and a bit of sweet malts.

The taste is citrus hops, not very bitter with a slightly sweet malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is actually quite light with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty good IPA, a little more on the malty side but the hops where definitely still present.

Note- I'm not sure how old this bottle is, it's a prototype bottle.

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Photo of Tsekouratos
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Local pub, Athens.

Apperance: Coppery golden colour with a nice white foam forming clouds in my beer!!! Foam didn't stay long, but formed little "holes" on the surface..

Smell: DAMM!!! This is good!!! My pint comes and the whole place just smells of citrus and lemon!!! It was all about citrus and lemon. And pineapple. But mostly citrus! Reminded me of Oakham Ales Citra in an extremelly high level!

Taste: Same as the aroma!! Extremelly bitter!!! GO HOPS!!!! I could bet my whole fortune they used Citra hops, which apparently they did not, as I found out! Thank BrewDog I didn't bet! Bitter aftertaste, dry finish, typical of a happy hoppy IPA, especially a strong and aggressive one!!

Mouthfeel: The ody was a little light with medium carbonation. I didn't expect a more full-bodied beer, but it may have been a little watery.. Excuse for a second try!!

Overall: An exceptional IPA on the extreme hoppy side, a must have for all sworn hopheads out there!!!

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Photo of bark
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The three finger airy head is off-white, it slowly sinks leaving no lacing. The liquid is clear, although there are lots of small particles floating around in it.

The smell is bitter. Bitter and fresh, dry, and hoppy. It reminds me a bit of their low-alcohol beer Nanny State, although this one is more balanced and not that sharp. Lime, bitter oranges, lemon zest and grass. Some vanilla and sweet dough.

The taste is first bitter. Bitter. Bitter! Then, clean sweetness kicks in, followed by dough and a hint of yeast. Citric zest, lime juice, minerals and fresh meat. Medium to full body. Alcohol in the aftertaste, as well as French loaf and harsh grapefruit peels (the inner white part). Hoppy citric and somewhat bitter-sweet notes in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the mid-sized bubbles fresh. The liquid id medium thick.

This one reminds me quiet a lot of BrewDog’s 2 % Nanny State. With added body and sweetness, of course. I still get the raw unclean hop flavours in this one.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Acquired from Brewdog's online shop. The label describes it as a West Coast IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A golden-amber hue with faint chill haze and medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of overwhelmingly fruity hops with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape and tropical fruits. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt, faint diacetyl and a hint of booze. Tasty!

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with an extreme bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape, mango, tropical fruits, mild caramel malt, faint earthy yeast and stewed hops. Highly attenuated, with an incredible bitterness upon swallowing. Hits you like a sucker punch! Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation and body. Very astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of stridently bitter aromatic hops.

Nice one - an imposingly hoppy brew from the folks at Brewdog. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are all about the hops. Plenty of fruity/piny notes and bitterness, while the malt lurks discretely in the background. Body is OK, though could have been a shade more substantial for the style. All in all, a great showcase for the vigorous flavour that hops can deliver. If IPAs are your thing then give this beer a whirl.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle purchased as part of an order from the brewery. Bottle conditioned by the looks of things.

Pours a pale golden yellow hue, with a very fine, but rather timid head of pure white. Lacing forms in tiny specks as a result. Body is actually relatively fluid, but the carbonation is very limited. Looks decent enough.

Nose is intensely sharp and bright. Huge pine resin and sweet citrus charged right up my nostrils with massive power. Crisp sharp gooseberry and a hint of passionfruit as well: so intense that the aroma is almost sentient. There's malt in there too, probably, but I can't find it. This is all about the hops, and the purported bitterness on the palate (according to the label), but I'm so glad to see that such an emphasis has also been put into making the aroma so intense as well.

Taste is actually less intense than I thought it might be: this is no iso-hop bomb like Mikkeller's 1000IBU. This is certainly hoppy, and the resiny character provides the bulk of the flavour, but has a restraint: the hops are so forward more because the dial has been placed so heavily in their favour. Malt takes a backseat here, so much so that although I know it must be providing some basis, there's almost not a trace of it in the flavour of the beer. Instead we get that clean, sharp, piney fragrance through the centre of the palate—a vector directed towards a astringent, oily aftertaste that wants to shoot through as fast and as raucously as possible. It's extremely well done—it makes the hops so extremely prominent without really sacrificing too much in the way of drinkability.

Feel is actually very light: like the malt, it's just enough to provide some body, but to almost leave no discernible impact otherwise.

Overall, I'm extremely impressed. This is a wonderful framing of our favourite alpha acids, and is done in a way that makes a remarkably drinkable product. I love how well it balances the ridiculous aggression and the restrained gentility. Awesome stuff.

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Jack Hammer from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.