Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Hardcore IPA | BrewDog

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA
Very Good
1,507 Ratings
Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

Brewed by:
Scotland, United Kingdom

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,507 |  Reviews: 555
Photo of dandy14
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

 461 characters

Photo of zacroyce
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of threeviews
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

 725 characters

Photo of Dewsby
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

 564 characters

Photo of Chianti
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

 309 characters

Photo of monkist
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cebeci88
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 193 characters

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 Spike
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

 479 characters

Photo of yaron73
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SsForza
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

 905 characters

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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

 319 characters

Photo of MGibbons
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rex_4539
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 304 characters

Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.

 215 characters

Photo of Everydayoff
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 1,321 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,507 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.