Hardcore IPA | BrewDog

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Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA

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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

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Ratings: 1,509 |  Reviews: 556
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 660mL bottle into an SA perfect pint.

A- pours a rich copper with a thin white head leaving little lacing. This doesn't have as much carbonation as i expected. I'm glad im using the perfect pint for this one.

S- aroma of american hops and some english malts. definately picking up on the simcoe for sure. Grapefruit, pineapple, and maybe a hint of caramel apple.

T- A good solid american hop profile. The malt backbone does stand its ground enough to call this brew balanced. Definately not in the west-coast IPA vein, but i'm not complaining one bit; this beer has a wicked good flavor.

M- fairly dry, but i expect as much from a brewery across the pond. The light carbonation of my pour does leave a little to be desire. This beer could do for a little more fizz.

O- Overall this is a great beer, at $7 a bomber it lands about midrange (for me at least). I'm considering buying another bottle or 2. I actually think that this might be an ageable DIPA; Call me crazy but with the strong malt backbone of this brew i could see it passing for a decent English barley wine as the hops drop off in a year or so. The only potential complication would be the already low level of carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the BrewDog pub in Camden Town; served in a Lost Abbey style tulip.

A: Clear red-amber body with a finger of creamy, ultra-fine white head. Great retention for the strength, and great lace as well. Terrific.

S: Tons of hops - floral, piney, minty, and just straight bitter; significant, but not overly obtrusive, booze. Very solid.

T: Some caramel malt shows up right away, melding nicely with the fruitiness of the hop notes. The bitter herbalness takes over on the finish, closing things out with a powerful, mildly boozy punch. Tasty.

M: Creamy, frothy, sticky medium-full body. Big.

O: While it's not a really spectacular beer, just getting to enjoy a solid hop-bomb of a DIPA fresh in London is a real joy.


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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one while in Rotterdam earlier this year(2012).

Copper color beer, quite dark with a sticky foam head on top of it. The head is beige. Soapy looking head. The aroma is caramel malts with piny and grapefruits hops. Complex body. Very thick! Fruity in the mouth with some caramel notes. Not very aggressive, I was expecting more. Tasty! Honey-like in the mouth. Very bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden... this one is a monster!

Overall, a very good beer with some bite... not over the top.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BugattiRoo
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brown red color with a head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a wonderful lacing.
Smell: Big citrus hops with a sweet carmel malt and fruity pine resin.
Taste: A bit of citrus with some hops bitter but leaves a nice finish inviting you to drink more
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied warming and well carbonated.
Overall: Nice double IPA. Good if you get the chance to try it.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I’m not the one to go to when inquiring about IPA’s, and to be honest the only reason I tried BrewDog’s Hardcore out is because I became such a big fan of their Tokyo that I decided to try out any and all BrewDog products that I could get my hands on. Not being a fan of IPA’s much at all, I must note that this is one of the few that I found was more pleasant to drink that others of its kind.

Like all India Pale Ales, the Hardcore offers hops upon hops and packs a punch, but there is a nice malty aftertaste that provides a bit of a balance.


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

Batch 378

A - Pours a nice orange golden color, unfilitered and cloudy, minimal light makes its way through (even my small allagash stemware). A solid finger of light, near white head, fair retention, superb lacing!

S - Lots of citrusyness, some sweet caramel malts as well. Tropical passion fruit, grapefruit, almost a mild pineapple aroma as well. Very inviting, citrus aromas dominate the hop bite in the nose.

T - Quite dry up front, nice hop blast (Which was a little surprising had I not known the IBU's. The aroma indicates more of a sweet tropical fruit aroma but the taste is much more forward with bitter boldness.) The sweet and citrusy fruit soon follows and the sweetness from the malts come in as well. Slightly dry towards the end but I still find my mouth watering a bit after the dryness subsides.

M - Medium bodied, very bitter and refreshing, a really nice summer session brew. Appropriately carbonated.

O - Alcohol is well hidden and it's very enjoyable and refreshing as i find most bitter ipas.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle. Hazy amber colour, decent foam that does not hold much. Leaves a lace in the form of tiny bubbles in theside of the glass. Strong funky aroma of tropical fruits, citruses, spices and some toffee. It feels very nice in the tongue, bitter and roasted, but silky. Taste of tropical fruits, spices, toffee, sweet and sour, but more on the bitter part.

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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,509 ratings