Hardcore IPA | BrewDog

Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA
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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

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Ratings: 1,506 |  Reviews: 554
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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