Hardcore IPA | BrewDog

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA
Very Good
1,508 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: 1,508 |  Reviews: 555
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent drinking beer by itself, though not up to the standards of recently produced double IPAs.I had the first edition, and was gladly abe to finish the whole bomber without feeling it too boozy. t was like a 1.5 IPA with good bitterness, lemoney, and malted down or balance.A tad above average mouthfeel,a tad of hoppy aromas.

 330 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 020. Best before 7/18/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with malty and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a great smell but it's a bit too alcohol forward in my opinion.

 605 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a deep copped color with a really nice tan colored head. The lacing was really good on this brew. The smell was excellent, really enjoyed the hoppy pine aromas this one had. The taste was also very hoppy with some light citrus fruits and a powerful pine sting that really males this brew special.'the mouthfeel was a little on the thicker side which I liked. Overall this is a great ipa. I could drink many of these along with several other IPAs out there. Really worth trying!

 500 characters

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and toffee malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but also has strong flavors of pine resin hops that persist through the finish and contribute a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The hops in this beer are very assertive and make your mouth pucker, but there is just enough of a heavy dose of underlying malts to prevent this from being a complete hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

 803 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, best before Sept 2010, though I doubt the proclaimed hops would be able to last that long.

I must say, although Stone's, Lagunitus' and Sherbrooke's smart-ass label ramblings set the industry standard, I'm coming around to BrewDog's 'storytelling' in a big way. They do give the impression of a few gregarious north shore Scotsman shirking tradition and brewing by personal wont in the land of the Wee Heavy. As with the company they keep in this regard, they usually back up the bravado with the proof in their proverbial pudding.

This beer pours a perfectly clear, bright medium golden copper hue, with a few skinny fingers of dense, puffy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky remote island chain lace around the glass as it slowly seeps out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet grapefruit, pineapple, and blood orange fruitiness, floral field honey, a twinge of earthy yeast, and heady biscuity caramel malt. The taste is big and bold, bitter pine/herbal hops up front, followed by some relatively mild mixed citrus rind, solid caramel/toffee malt, with some earthy hoppiness and building estery alcohol on the palate toward the end.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pithy and somewhat pesky frothiness abounding, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, largely smooth and even a tad creamy. It finishes bitter and kind of acrid, the piney and citrusy hops lingering like the spice in a good curry in a bad part of town.

Overall, a balanced enough DIPA, but the individual metrics do have their extremes, or 'explicit' apogees, rendering this a verily warm offering, but only after you think about it, and only a little in a way that smacks you upside the head to remind you of the fact. Although you can sense a hint, a tiny delta, in the old-World pull here, this is by far the biggest, hoppiest beer I've ever had from the UK, building on the Punk IPA in the best of ways. Aye, fae Aberdeenshire.

 1,963 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer that pulls back from the aggression that is suggested in its namesake. It's not all that hard core. But it is solid and beautiful.

Sparkling clarity brings a glowing light to the golden-copper elixir. Very good head formation and retention leaves much lacing on the glass despite the soft carbonation.

Maltiness leads the way with crisp, caramel, fresh baked breads, and a lot of fruits. Along with the deep herbs, earthy spiciness, and hit-and-miss waves of pine, this beer begins to take an English turn on things.

Again bready, deep caramels, and fruity estrers set the framework for taste. Well malted and attenuated the beer has a decidedly malty stature that veers away from unresolved sweetness and toward crisp, dry, and fruity taste. Fresh cut grasses, pine needles, and lemongrass flavors come in at mid-palate and set the tone for the finish and aftertaste.

Soft confectionates give a cotton-candy sweetness that lingers on the mouth, similar to aspartame. Otherwise, crisp and clean with just enough sugars to compete with the bitter hops. Thought not crazy on the IBU's, this beer is worthy of the English style IPA's. At 9%, this one hides its strength very well.

A very fine IPA that has some bitter alcohols that weaves in and out of the hops but with a nail polish remover flavor and aftertaste that doesn't settle well.

 1,360 characters

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Alewife in Baltimore. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a layer of off white head that fades and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: More malt forward than I thought it would be. Some caramel and dark fruit, pine and citrus hops.

Taste: A malty IPA. Hops are more present here than they are in the smell. There is still a lot of malt with carmel and dark fruit notes. Citrus peel hops with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild to medium carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the malt presence. A good beer that reminded me a bit of nugget nectar.

 647 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper color with a massive head; perhaps a bit too massive, but the retention is strong and plenty of clumpage is left behind

Smell: Sugary malts and pineapple, with grapefruit undertones

Taste: Big malt profile, up front, with a barleywine-like lead-in of pineapple sweetness; by mid-palate, the bitter citrus adds another dimension, but the finish is very sticky and sweet (in a DIPA way, of course)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; sticky and warm

Overall: I;m not a fan of DIPAs with a lot of sweet, sticky malts and this one falls in that category; those who prefer that style may feel differently

 654 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a short-lived, small, tan head. It left streaky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tons of toffee - very sweet. It was also fruity and floral.

T - It tasted of toffee and sweet caramel malt. It had some light, piney hops providing a little bitterness to attempt to match the sweet toffee and caramel flavors.

M - It was sharp and a little sticky. Almost a barleywine feel with some alcohol heat. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting brew, very sweet and malty, like a barleywine. Quite a bit of toffee flavor makes it very unique.

 610 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a large foamy7 head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful with not much else being discernable. Taste packs a powerful punch of citrus hops with a real bitter finish. Malt base is present though doesn’t’ make much of an impression. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. One-dimensional for sure but can’t really argue with the citrusy hops punch of this one.

 465 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, best before 7-26-11. Pours hazy dark red-orange color with a huge 3 finger off white head with fantastic retention that eventually reduces to a thin lacing. Aromas of huge pineapple, mango, orange, and pine; with caramel and a some honey. Very nice an balanced aromas, a bit different than I am used to in a DIPA though. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, pine, and spices on the front; with big caramel sweetness afterward. Nice strong bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with caramel, citrus and pine flavor. Very well balanced bitterness and sweetness with the sweetness being a bit more prominent. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. No alcohol noticed on taste or finish. Overall a very good and unique imperial IPA.

 770 characters

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +1.5%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,508 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded 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.