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Jack Hammer - BrewDog

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 8
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Crystal clear copper-amber pour with pure white one finger head with decent retention and great lacing. Lots of piney hops and citrus in the nose along with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. The taste lives up to the West Coast IPA reference on the label. Bitter, resiny, piney hops dominate with a really nice perfumey, floral finish. Lots of citrus as well with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest. Great balance with some sweet caramel maltiness complementing the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a super tangy, sweet, and bitter finish. Overall, this one took me by surprise a bit. Wasn't expecting it to be this good. Hopefully I can snag a few more of these babies! A really well done West Coast IPA from BrewDog!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of sfprint
4.15/5  rDev +2%

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.

Photo of crosenkrantz
2/5  rDev -50.9%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a small head.
Very fruity aroma with passion fruit and peach characters. Also honey and cookie doughy-like malt. Nice.
Aggressive hoppy flavours. Tropical fruit and resinous hops leading to a sharp, bold bitterness. I'd like a bit more malt.

Photo of EuellGophar
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Isn't just for breakfast anymore...

Photo of Asgeirr
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of vanderSchorpioen
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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!!

Photo of BucBasil
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bark
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strawberry blonde with a fine mist of sediment and clingy loose white froth
Some mango with lots of pissy citrus on top - very NS/Citra.
Batch loaf crust with honeydew, gooseberry, and grapefruit pith hops.
Angostura in orange juice finish and loong bitter lemon rind finish.
Round, some cling, just under medium.

Big IBU hit that I'd swear was from S Hemisphere hops but in the prototype stage was just Columbus and Centennial.
IPA ABV and malt levels for DIPA hopping.
Can hang with any scorching American hop monster, for better or worse.

Photo of clarknova
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

Photo of Tsch
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I feel alcohol in taste

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Tsekouratos
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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!!!

Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-Tap at Brewdog Aberdeen (Schooner):
Light amber with a clear body and a thin, foamy white head on top that is more of a lacing.

Lychee and bitter hops to begin with some pine and citrus along with a bit of grapefruit making up most of the rest. There is a solid IPA aroma to this one with a fruity smell in the background.

Dark fruits and bitter hops to begin and a helping of grapefruit and pine too. There is some strong bitter notes and and touch of sweet malts as well as some tropical flavouring.

Bitter with a medium body and moderate carbonation. There is a nice citrus tang and a slightly dry finish.

A nice, very bitter IPA that had some good fruit notes and a strong, hoppy taste. This one would fall somewhere in between Brewdogs Punk IPA and their Hardcore IPA in both style and taste.

Photo of Dave1999
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Fordizzl3
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop hazed orange colour with a moderate sized, short lasted white head. Not bad.

Dank hop aroma. Lots of resinous, citrussy hops. Nice pine and grapefruit. No malt.

Bitter and resinous. More dank hops combined with a citrus note and earthy bitterness that is killer. Clearly no real malt presence. They have gone for a jackhammer and achieved it.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

A wonderfully full-on beer. Some will say it is too dry and overly bitter but I really do like it.

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Jack Hammer from BrewDog
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