Hardcore IPA

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Scotland, United Kingdom
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,146
Ranked #13,747
3.94 | pDev: 12.69%
Wednesday at 01:57 PM
Mar 10, 2008
Very Good
Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA
Notes: 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
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3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Poured this from a bottle.
A: Pours an orange amber body with a thick and silky white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: sweet grapefruit flesh smell with slight alcohol and toffee notes.
T: pretty bitter, grapefruit rind taste with an earthy and leafy, bitter aftertaste.
M: pretty full-bodied and smooth.
O: ok feel and taste combo; decent DIPA.

Wednesday at 01:57 PM
4.19 by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio on Jul 22, 2021
3.81 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 16, 2020
4 by BdM from Netherlands on Sep 08, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

16 ounce can, canned on 06/02/20, BrewDog USA brewed. Served in BrewDog pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark gold/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrusy hops, tropical fruit, toffee, and some bready malt. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also some caramel and pine flavors noticeable too. Good amount of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's smooth, creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good Imperial IPA, thanks to my buddy Denis for this one!

Aug 21, 2020
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only IPA I will drink, this stuff is truly delicious.

Sep 26, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jul 13, 2019
4.15 by dbarny76 from Oklahoma on Jan 21, 2019
4.15 by le00metalero from Canada (QC) on Sep 19, 2018
4.35 by tylerjin from Michigan on Aug 20, 2018
3.74 by corywalston from North Dakota on Jul 05, 2018
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jun 30, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle picked up in London. Aroma is nutty and sweet, taste has up front elements of caramel and toffee. A nice break from the usual bitter style. Flavor to enjoy...

Mar 05, 2018
3.45 by Cooporp from Israel on Dec 13, 2017
3.88 by dandy14 from Brazil on Sep 28, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by emincems from Turkey

One of the most mouth puckering beers, IBU is 150; like a fist in the face! Duration of the foam is not long as I expected. Smell of dry hops is apparent; smells citrus and herbal because of centennial and columbus hops and there is some toasted sweet malts in background. Taste is grapefruit and slightly pineapple with pungent bittering hops. Overly sharp on the palate with dry lingering bitter finish. Medium to full body. Difficult to drink, but I like it.

Sep 22, 2017
3.02 by zacroyce from England on Sep 14, 2017
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4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by threeviews from Florida

Typing on my iPad here, so I need to make it brief.
Poured from a bottle into a Brewdog Teku...at the Brewdog Brussels location.
A - Clear, Dark Gold/Burnt Orange color with minimal head (1/2 pour)
S - Hops equally tropical and resinous (mango, papaya, blood orange, pine and pineapple) with an ample dose of caramel malt.
T- Sweet malt followed by ample bitterness to buttress the sweetness but far from astringent...balance achieved nicely.
M - Full mouthfeel for a DIPA clocking in under 10%ABV. However it has a silky feel akin to a beer brewed with oats (which I don't think this has).
O - This is the closest thing I have had to the Ruination 10th Anniversary. I was a fan of that beer and am a big fan of this as well.

Aug 23, 2017
3.81 by Dewsby from Kentucky on Jul 12, 2017
3.92 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jun 29, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance is mostly hazy dark golden/orange colored body with a foamy white head that dies within a minute and leaves some lacing that tries to stick but slides for the most part. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit/pine/caramel action going on, combined very nicely. The taste is mainly citrusy sweet with the pine/caramel action coming through more so in the background; a wonderfully combined citrusy sweet/pine/caramel malty aftertaste; sweet watery finish. Its fairly easy on the mouth (not too hard on the palate). Overall, its a decent DIPA, maybe again.

Jun 25, 2017
4.82 by Chianti from Spain on Jun 08, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bruno74200 from France

For such a high IBU beer it doesn't taste that bitter, it's balanced with a certain sweetness. The caramel is quite present in here. The beer is very fruity with citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) but also a bit piney and floral. It's balanced and can be drunk quite easily but watch out, it hits you hard

Jun 02, 2017
4.88 by monkist from Hungary on May 08, 2017
4.31 by cebeci88 from Turkey on May 08, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dzu from Russian Federation

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.

Apr 30, 2017
4.45 by Nismo2 from Greece on Apr 20, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Spike from England

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 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 responsibly!

Apr 05, 2017
4.58 by yaron73 from Israel on Apr 01, 2017
3.85 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Feb 07, 2017
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by SsForza from Slovenia

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.

Jan 31, 2017
4.01 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Nov 19, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

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

Oct 16, 2016
3.65 by MGibbons from Maryland on Sep 18, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rex_4539 from Greece

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.

Sep 07, 2016
3.92 by bitterandtwisted from England on Sep 03, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

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.

Aug 14, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Everydayoff from Thailand

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.

Jul 19, 2016
3.79 by Waggman from Sweden on Jun 30, 2016
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