Hardcore IPA | BrewDog

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Imperial India Pale Ale rocks…hardcore! But don’t take our word for it...this little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell.

2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic. 4 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves to ensure your mouth feels punished and puckering for more. 9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars became alcohol in the depths of our fermentation tanks.

2 humans and 1 canine companion were relatively happy with the results.


150 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,499
Reviews:
551
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
246
For Trade:
2
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Photo of monkist
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cebeci88
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap.
L: Сopper color with a weak foam head.
S: Citrus notes. Saturated and pleasant.
T: Saturated taste. Citrus. Caramel.
F: Tight body and soft carbonation.
O: Very impessive IPA.

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Photo of Nismo2
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spike
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle.
L: Hazy amber with a green tinge. Burnt orange when held to the light. Creamy head reduces quickly to a thick ring. Some lacing.
S: Potent, over-ripe, tropical fruits.
T: Big, confrontational hit of mango and blood orange. Then the resin kicks in. Very bitter. Alcohol not as prevalent in the taste as might be expected.
F: Medium body with low carbonation. Very dry finish.
O: Big, hoppy, American-style Imperial IPA. Fun for hop-heads. But drink carefully!

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Photo of yaron73
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SsForza
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review here!
In last year or so I got through around 100 special beers and this was (in my opinion) the best. I liked it so much that after the first one I bought 5 of them to try them in different stages of ageing. As far as I could taste, the taste got rather more potent with ageing, so I'd say it ages well.

Pours a glass of deep amber to orange color, medium carbonation, finger and a half of almost white head. Smells nicely of exotic fruits, citrus, also some elderberry flower followed with a hoppy component. Tastes WOW! The first impact of exotic fruits/citrus and elderberry is followed by a mouthful of malty sweetness with just the right balance in bitterness. It feels great in mouth and I could just keep drinking it. The high alcohol content kicks in at some point, but is not disturbing or offensive.
All in all a great strong IPA. I'd even say it's worth the (high) price.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with off white head. Aroma is somewhat tropical with marmalade and herbal notes. Flavour is fairly malt forward with caramel and toffee. Hops are somewhat tropical but earthiness lingers in the flavour. The high alcohol comes across slightly hot but not overwhelmingly. Goes well with homemade pizza

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Photo of MGibbons
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rex_4539
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy amber/mahogany color, half finger off white head, messy lacing, nice carbonation.

S: Hops, malts, tropical fruits.

T: Hops, tropical fruits, bitter, slightly malty, a combination of sweet and bitter aftertaste.

F: Good bodied, nice mouthfeel.

O: Very good, hoppy IPA, full of flavor.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber body with a white head. Aromas of hops, sweet passionfruit, and apricots, citrus undertones. Tastes of bitter sweet hops, pine resin, strong grapefruit and touch of sweet passionfruit at the end.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Hazy amber hue with decent off-white frothy head with rather short retention, it dissipates to some sheet of bubble atop along with some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side. There is slow risen effervescence as visible carbonation.

Big in all aspects, significantly sweet caramel/toffee malt, floral, pungent, spice, earthy, fresh cut grass, pine, citrus, and kind of tropical fruit.

Bursting all over with the hoppiness affair with a sharp resinous bitterness covering all the taste buds, beneath that pleasant bitterness there is something mysteriously hidden inside. Well, let’s explore. Sweet toffee/caramel malt as a foundation to all other flavors, hops get connected in business again with a note of citrus, pine, spicy, earthy, herbal, resiny, and astringency. The bitterness is persistent yet remarkable that dwells there from the first sip until long-lasting in the aftertaste.

Full body with smooth mouthfeel and medium carbonation that is good enough to carry all the things well inside the palate sensation, very dry finish.

This beer is truly a treat for hop heads. Despite the high ABV and intensity, it is very drinkable as alcohol is not much existence during the tasting but for sure it is still there lurking and will make you feel the heat.

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Photo of Waggman
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dansmcd
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piercan
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the very best beers I've ever had.
Draft in a pint glass at the Black Peat Scottish Pub, Place Lorraine, Angers, France (Pays de la Loire). A recent addition, Spring 2016.
A firework of hoppiness and flavors, a poem that unwinds, with some distant citrusy notes that linger in the mouth.
More floral than most American IPAs.
More serious bitterness and much more taste than any English IPA.
This a rare jewel of a beer.

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Photo of mikebu
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hamrwolf
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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