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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American 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

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Ratings: 1,514 |  Reviews: 556
Reviews by almychristopher:
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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nearly clear orangish yellow color with an uneven white head that recedes to patchy lacing. the aroma brings a nice amount hops to the nose, with just a bit of the promised marris otter at the back. the taste is dominated by the citrus hops while the sweet malt flavor at the front is nearly forgotten, and the nine percent makes it a bit warm on the way down. the full mouthfeel and good co2 make this overall a damn good beer to split and well worth the money.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found this treasure in the $1 bargain bin at one of our local liquor stores!

It says it is "best before 01-02-14" but in April 2014, it is still outstanding.

Rich alcoholic hop-laden aroma.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a lingering light tan head.

Flavor is rich and balanced. Layers and layers of hops (almost oily with them) and malt. Some coppery notes (which I adore), some chewy wheat bread. A little bit of spices. The aftertaste starts sweet but then ends on a hoppy bitter note. Absolutely beautiful. Sunset in a glass.

Nice full thick mouthfeel. Very full with some almost oily elements (I mean this in a good way) but with a little bit of faint carbonation prickle. Almost like velvet.

An extremely good beer. The best I've had in awhile. Worth buying even if it isn't in the bargain bin. I almost wonder if the cheesy "HARDCORE" name and label design scares people off. This is a very tasty, thoughtful brew.

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber ale that pours a fluffy, off-white head that fades quickly. Smells faintly of hop tanginess. Tastes malty followed by a nice hoppy bite and a copper/metallic tang reminiscent of a Dogfish Head 60. Hides the alcohol well but you'll feel it quickly. Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

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Photo of Bodega95
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer packs a very hard punch, it kicks the shi.. out of your taste buds in a single sip! Almost comparable to what a hard liquor would do! Nice texture and body! definitely not for pussies! Overall a very dry IPA excellent for Loud music and spicy foods.

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Photo of mrc7477
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hardcore IPA has one of the best aromas I have smelt. The taste is amazing. It is the best IPA I have ever tasted. I work at Bayway Market as a beer specialist and I really recommend this IPA to people. Anyone in Coos Bay, Oregon that prefers a really good IPA then come into Bayway Market and pick one up. We have the best prices in town.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had mixed reactions after tasting some of the Brewdog stuff,some I like some I dont,this I liked.Poured into a imperial nonic a brilliant copper color with a well sustained 1/2 finger white head that left broken lace behind as it settled slowly.A mix of resiny hop and English malt in the nose,more hop assertive than I thought it would be really.Flavors remind me more of a big American strong ale than anything else,big dose of piney hop,with big leathery notes as well as some fruity esters from the malt,alcohol creeps with its sweetness and sharpness coming in late as I drink more,there is a big biscuity almost sweet dough-like malt base thruought.I like it,its better than expected and almost feel like Iam drinkin an Old Guardian from recent years,well not quite as good.

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

Appearance - This is a deep copper gold in color with a big, gigantic head that showed great retention.

Smell - There's a nice, juicy caramel malt backbone to this DIPA along with big, monstrous citrus hops. This is huge but rightly balanced.

Taste - The sharp, intense citrus notes are mixed with sweet, caramel-laden sugars that just explode with flavor in the mouth. The malts are very sweet and sugary and have a high quality character to them. The hops are large and in charge but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some nice, light carbs and a collected but serious bitter character.

Drinkability - This is a big but approachable hopper that is chewy and quite fun to drink.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Bought a 4-Pack of bottles for $14.99.

A: Glowing amber poured with almost no head. Lacing not as heavy as expected.
A little bit of a letdown with the appearance.

S: What a unique nose for a DIPA. Quite floral and fruity with the alcohol apparent as well.
A little bit of tropical notes apparent as well.

T & M: Wow, what a hop bomb! Balance is not on top of this brews qualities.
I am a hop fan and this one delivers.

D: Drinkability not a strong trait of this brew. An interesting take but for the money
I don't think I'll be having this beer again.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nismo2
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Dog Hardcore IPA explicit imperial ale brewed in Aberdeensire Scotland 9% alcohol. 22.4oz. bottle with black background and baby blue writing very appealing.

A- Pours a hazed glowing orange fluid with Ipa written all over it. Bubbly head that falls to a stiff loosely bubbled ring and massive sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is a very fresh tangerine and citrus mix almost like it was squeezed recently with hints of alcohol esters tingling the nose.

T-M- Like the smell "fresh" with tangerine and citrus hops upfront. Second is a slightly minty and warm flavor due to the hops and alcohol as well excellent. Malts are very hidden in this DIPA probably due to that being the point. Ibu's seem low but this beer is a great drinking beer. Mouthfeel is smooth but has a astringent lingering feel on the finish... but all and all dry after it subsides.

D- I would love to find this one on tap at a local pub and have a few extra fresh pints or even a beer to go store... cheers!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of woodchipper
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of -DF-
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of interistacanadese
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JasonA
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Im worried about this review. Ive never reviewed a beer at BA that has such a low rating. I fear my preinformation might diswade me from a proper review. Ill do my best.

Pours a unfiltered yellow, pretty light. Head a bit foamy. Not normal for me. Also, there was a bit of head in the bottle that wouldnt go away.

Hoppy smell, though not a hop that Im a fan of. Almost smells german pils. Maybe some citrus, though not over the top. No malt present.

Sweet, bitter, sugar. Weird malt flavor, maybe honey though seems pretty processed. Almost like an artificial sweetner like sweet-n-low.

Sits well, not very balanced though flavor wise. ABV doesnt fit 9%.

This is going to be difficult to finish.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Satyr179
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
2.36/5  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

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper pour, a little darker than I expected. nice off white head.

Smells of gobs of fruity hops on the nose. faint nutty, toffee malt backdrop.

Bitter start makes my right eye wink a few times. After a few gulps, the malt coats the palate, and becomes the dominant flavor.

My burps taste like hops.

Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.2% abv. Feeling a head buzz already.

Nothing outstanding here, but it's very drinkable and one of these bombers will leave you feeling right.

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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