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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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Photo of froghop
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a semi-hazy yellow-orange with a thin wisp of a head, good lacing though.

smell is of leaves, light grapefruit, malt, caramel, earth, some lemon, floral, pine.

taste is malt, light citrus, spice, some caramel, wood, becomes more hoppy as it rests, ends with a oily mouthfeel.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
1.93/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 660ml capped bottle. Bottle was marked best before 7/7/09 batch 002 (Not really sure if it is a limted release or not as the bottle did not indicate, but since another reviewer had similiar marking, I will review it here):

A: Poured an amber color, which was unexpected. With this style of beer I am used to something a little darker and more red. This makes me wonder as to the quality of the beer. No head noted at all. It was a typical pour from me so that I could get a decent head, but I poured two and got nothing. Very disappointing.

S: The aroma was fairly good, but somewhat faint for a DIPA. Most noteably, barley and hops. Nothing to really rave about.

T: The taste was heavy on the barley with the hops clearly taking a back seat.

M/D: This is the big problem with the beer, the lack of carbonation along with the fact that it felt like I was drinking syrup was not appealing at all. It also left a very bitter long aftertaste that was not appealing either. This one really put me off on trying the other beers by the brewer. It would be best to avoid.

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Crizay for sharing this bottle. Pours amber in color with a small white head. Smell is odd and not really hoppy. Butterscotch, and diacetyl I think. Taste is bittered from the hops but not flavored much from them. Strange band-aid malt flavor. Dry, and interesting, but not particularly good.

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Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a very clear light golden colour with a centimetre or so of white head that falls away very quickly.
S - A grainy maltiness with some ripe, citrus fruit hop notes.
T - Also grainy maltiness but a lot more DIPA hops; piney wood sap & citrus fruitiness. A slightly warming alcohol presence too.
M - Light to medium bodied, a fairly bitter bite & low to medium carbonation.
D - I haven't had many DIPA's but this isn't one of the better ones.
Still worth a try though and good to see a fairly new brewery doing a style not commonly seen in Scotland/UK.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Laverys off licence, Belfast...

Poured a very pale straw yellow colour with a light golden hint. White head poured loose and frothy and faded quickly to light bubbly coating with thicker edging... no real carbonation... some faint lacing...

Quite a strange aroma for a DIPA this one - not as in your face as i was expecting. The first thing that hits me is some lager like graininess then some spicy and juicy overripe fruits (limes, some pineapple, grapefruit), quite sweet biscuit malts, floral honey, some marzipan traces, salty notes, bready, some soapiness, a hint of the alcohol just noticeable...

Taste is a lot more DIPA like... Big blast of puckering (maybe harsh ?) citrusy and pine hop bitterness followed by warming alcohol notes, again some sweet slightly overripe fruits (grapefruits, caramlised pineapples, pears), resiny, some buttery notes, quite grassy and peppery, sea salt traces, some metallic hints, quite herbal...

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily... medium bodied... because of the high alochol and extreme hops this probably isn't the most drinkable brew...

Overall - An OK if maybe slightly harsh DIPA.... probably worth a try though...

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Photo of cypressbob
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, served chilled in a Delerium Tremens glass

This is the firs beer i've reviewed in a very long time, lets see how it goes...

Pours with a light straw yellow body, thin whispy white head about half a centimetre thick, pretty poor retention. Some little bubbles of lacing stick to the side of the glass

Smell, lots of thick buttery diacetyl notes highlight a strong english ale character in an otherwise american styled imperial ipa. Some fresh fruit and almonds, little bit of a belgian yeast character also.... sugary sweets, little touch of lavender and purple violets

Taste, crisp strong bittering hops, lots of tart citric and grapefruit bitterness. A slightly dry and musky finish, some harsh bitterness on the palette along with a hunk of sticky fresh wort character

A pretty tasty and bold ipa, not quite as refreshing or balanced as some of the american offerings but still.... solid

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Photo of Crosling
1.94/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Nose is absolutely full of diacetyl, with some mild hop accents (peach, nectarine, but that's a stretch), it's hard to get pass the diacetyl. Flavor is extremely dull, mostly loaded with diacetyl. Sorry, but this is an awful beer. Plain and simple.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Distinct butterscotch candy scent with additional notes of lemon and grass.

Taste: Buttery candy taste with some grass and citrus creme. Medium-high bitterness. Lemony buttercream frosting. Finishes with a long, lingering bitterness. Hmm.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit odd, but it's okay if you can stand a fair amount of diacetyl.

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

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this out to Japan. Shared with Mumbles and Ryan.

A really great ale, loads of bitterness balanced with hops. Not much sweetness or yeast, just pure hops on a solid malty backbone.

Nothing over the top despite the 9% alc. Completely integrated. Awesome.

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Photo of budsboy
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear, orange amber with a big white head that lasts.

Earthy, hoppy smell with a bready quality. Not what I expected given the style.

Odd tobacco-like bitterness, very dry with little malt flavor coming through. Interesting, but just on the outside of being good. The bitterness that lasts is not pleasant.

Full and smooth, the mouthfeel almost as good as the looks.

A good beer, but the flavors just don't get it for me. It seems too unbalanced with little malt sweetness to compete with those hops, which are apparently are of a variety I do not enjoy. Disappointing.

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

A: Golden coloured with a quite large head. Looks like a lot of carbonation with it.

S: Fucking beautiful smell. The American hops pop right out into your nose. There is an undertone of fruits too.

T: The beer tastes a lot like the Brew Dog Punk IPA but with double the hops and more carbonation. There are very small hints of fruits. The alcohol comes out a bit more towards the end but quickly leave with the hops staying on your toungue. The more you drink the more flavours come out. Compared to the Great Divine Double IPA, this is pretty lacking the flavour department, but it's a solid brew.

M: It's quite light, and refreshing. A smooth feel in your mouth.

D: Double IPAs are incredibly drinkable to me. I can barely taste the alcohol and I love the hops.

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