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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 Casey10
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is okay I liked it and while I rated it just above average in most categories I would try it again as it definately is well balanced.

A - hazy yellow with minimum head.

S - Fruity almost smells like a barleywine smell.

T - candy caramel apple with a bit of cinnamon.

M - almost dry a little sour as well and a bit puckering.

D - Is good I would have again and I like the fact it tries to be different from all the other IPA's out there as well.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ½ of a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger off white head that dissipated quickly leaving no trails behind. The body is a hazy amber/orange color with lots of active bubbles.

The nose has lots of fruity aromas up front...citrus, apricot, maybe a little pine. A sweet grain (grass like) aroma can be detected in the background.

The flavor starts off sweet and caramel like but turns into a bitter hop bomb at the finish. You can detect some fruits and grains all throughout the drink.

The mouthfeel is medium, slightly drying with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a nice drinking IIPA. The alcohol is hidden well and sneaks up on you. I would have no problem finishing a big bottle or two...!

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Photo of rarbring
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper amber beer, with a pale head leaving some lacing.

The smell is very citric and floral, grapes, pine resin, dried flowers and a whiff of Stilton cheese.

The taste has some sweet, toffee and caramel, then grapefruit seeds, some alcohol and a salty cheese presence.

The carbonation is medium high, a complex feeling with a harsh finish.

An extremely hoppy beer, so when your in for that this is very right.

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Photo of bbeane
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a nice white head that mostly disappears somewhat quickly. Beer is light amber color with very fine sediment and light activity

S- Smells hoppy, bit sour, with hint of booziness

T- Definitely hoppy, but accompanied by a good amount of malt in the finish

M- Light/medium body with little carbonation

D- Not a bad beer, but kind of in the middle of my IPA preferences... too balanced. I either prefer more hops or more malt. In retrospect, well worth the $3 I spent on the bottle


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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper, and small white head on top, some lacing.

S: Fairly malty, but some hops and booze mixed in.

T: Not much hop taste, but a sweet caramel matliness to it. A strong backing of boozy flavor in there as well.

M: Just about right, fairly high carbonation, but nothing impressive.

D: This is a decent beer, but nothing special as a DIPA.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22.4 oz bottle. I recall it was fresh, perhaps drink by 10/10?

Pours an ever-so-slightly-hazy golden with a whitish head that soon becomes a ring. Smell is fruity (apples) and sweet. At first, the taste is oily & spicy, melding into severe hops, and ending with an alcoholic deluge. Akin to a shot of brandy, coating the mouth. Slightly carbonated, but finishes with the dryness/hoppiness. A sticky white-wash of lacing coats the glass the entire way down. Drinkability is low - too alcoholic and not enough natural complexity.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at Bert's Bierhus in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium looking 2 finger off-white head with decent retention. Burgundy or maroon brown in color, perfectly clear with next to zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin film with a ring and leaves some immediate lacing. A wisp remains and leaves some nice looking lacing down the glass. Good looking and a nice color for a DIPA.

SMELL: A nice nose of pale malts, lots of grapefruit and other citrus notes. A light floral hop note makes an appearance as well.

TASTE: Pale malts and a nice amount of caramel sweetness up front, followed by a nice dose of grapefruit, citrus, and other bitter hop flavors. A touch of floral hops as well. Mild and shorter aftertaste of caramel sweetness and bitter hop and grapefruit notes makes an enjoyable and balanced finish.

PALATE: Medium body, but only semi-creamy and smooth on the palate. Goes down fine, no bite, and finishes slightly dry on the palate. The 9% ABV is definitely well hidden. Not bad, but not quite as big as some of the others in the style.

OVERALL: A very drinkable and quite an enjoyable brew. A good offer from BrewDog, rivaling their Punk IPA for top spot in my book. One to check out if you get the chance.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle with a freshness date stamped on the label. Copper orange color with little carbonated bubbles but almost no head. At first there was a strong smell of alcohol but as it sat for a few minutes that mellowed. Strong hoppy flavors are right there. At 150 IBU this is a hop bomb. Well balanced with malts make this almost a barleywine. I love how the boundaries are blurred sometimes among great beer. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. It is relaxing to drink and paired well with some baby swiss.

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bold hopping going on here. Overall, I thougth it fell just short of the double IPA mark, ringing in at more of an APA, but the big ABV does tend to pump it up a notch. Citric, slightly tropical hops hit up front and hang on at the finish. Malt is well balanced.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: looks nice! This beer is very bright and has a light amber color. It's topped off with a frothy bone white head.... Nice lacing and retention.

S: I could smell tropical citrus just from pouring this beer! Mango tangerine and a mild piny quality dominate the bouquet. There is a sweet juicy quality which is pretty nice... Like a more intense sculpin.

T: tropical fruit dominates wow this is great!!! Lots of mango! There is a nice bitter piney finish as well... Other reviews do not do this beer justice (else I got lucky and have a really fresh bottle!!!). There is a best by date which is 16/10/10.... No botteled on date. Regardless this stuff is great!

M: mild carbonation resulting in a sticky mouthfeel... But not too muh so... Leaves a nice lingering finish.

D: pretty high for me... For the abv this one is rather dry! The alcohol comes through a bit but it almost helps to dry the beer out! Props brewdog!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - almost a hefe-like cloudiness to this orange/yellow concoction. A thinnish head even with a rough pour. Little lacing.

Aroma - some sweetness and some grain, no hops though. Reminds me of a helles lager. A little fruitiness comes out with warming but not much.

Taste - biscuity grain to start. An unusual sweetness to this, I think it's just the caramel nature of the abundant malts. It's not the typical flavor though, it's slightly candyish, but still decent. The hops have a good citrusy, pineapple flavor. More bitter and nearly harsh at first, as the bottle proceeds it has a more appealing citrus and mild bitter flavor. Ends with some residual bitterness and some drying, though not as much as I'd expect.

Mouthfeel - just a little heavier than normal, some decent smoothness, but not as near the huge body I'd think for a DIPA.

Drinkability - a quirky kind of double. An enjoyable drink at length, and a reasonably price for a Brewdog bomber at $6. Goodness here, but not greatness.

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Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A large, dense, white head forms, and recedes after a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Pine, citrus, and grapefruit hops are up front. There is a buttery, diacetyl aroma that lingers on.
T: Again, lots of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. A substantial bitterness. Some light buttery, diacetyl flavors again. Hot alcohol is noticeable.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little on the thin side for my liking. A soapy and oily feel from the hops. The bitterness and hot alcohol really makes this a little hard for me to drink.

If I was more of a hop head I think I would enjoy this more. A solid example of the style. Worth a look if you see it.

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Photo of Kromes
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange with no real head. Oily film on the sides of the glass.

S: A big citrus and pine hop aroma with some alcohol thrown in and a slight toasted malt aroma.

T: There is a sweet malt taste to the beer that immediately gives way to the sort of tame citrusy/pine hop. The hop lingers long after the finish.

M: It is heavy and smooth and oily. The bitterness from the hop mixes with the peppery spice of the alcohol in the finish. While it's not unpleasant, it does take away a little bit from the beer.

D: Not bad. An average double IPA. Alcohol is hidden well. Worth a try, but I'm not too sure I would have this again.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 600 ml bottle in tulip glass
A: typical golden color, bone white head that is lose and falling fast.

S: hops present earthy, spicy qualities.

T: this one is hoppy, but it is a one dimensional beer, liquid amarillo hops it is spicy floral and earthy. that is all I get, no booze,

M: thin body the malts are just not there there is no backbone which lends to liquid hops just no character ,lighter carbonation than most which leaves way to more bitterness

D: I am not a fan of this one, and would not buy it again it is to forgeable and it just tastes like I had it before.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA was poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip.

The color is a very pretty deep straw color with a slight haze. The head is bone white, medium-thin and leaves only a little lacing. Not bad looking though I could appreciate a bit fluffier head.

Smells are pine and juniper, a bit of citrus and a bit of yeast. Smells bright and inviting.

The taste is tart, piny, and strongly hopped, though the usual malt balance I find in an imperial is missing.

Mouthfeel is on the oily side of medium, dry and crispy.

Drinkability is only moderate but good for the style.

This is decent beer, don't get me wrong, I just expected more from this one. I like my Imperial IPAs to have more balance, but this is one aggressively hopped monster suitable for hopheads in search of the cure.


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Photo of johnwarne
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beer haiku for you:

"Hardcore? Soft core beer;
Drinkable, but without lust
No raves here, just fair."

Not familiar at all with this brewery or their IPA option, but certainly willing to give any [purported] IPA of quality a go--even one with a less than well known lineage. A decent IPA, but several of our domestics would put this one to the test.


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Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Nicholson's in Cincinnati. It was interesting - I wasn't familiar with Brewdog prior to this, and didn't even realize they were from the UK. This may have been prejudice on my part, as the server described this beer as super-big and overly hopped. By English standards, perhaps, but I found this beer to be pretty tame. It wasn't bad, but it didn't have the over-the-top hoppiness I was promised. It was a nice golden color, with a clear body, and a head that looked surprisingly-un-cask-like. Aroma was faintly hoppy, biscuit-y, and toffee-like. A nice malt balance. Flavor was same. Mouthfeel, for a big (9% ABV) was nice and smooth and middle-of-the-road and not too slick or sticky. A nice beer, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of ebraun
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

A: Cloudy orange, very little head. Looked really thick with slow rolling bubbles. Good lacing all the way down for the style.

S: Orange soda, more Jarrito than Sunkist. Wet leather and tobacco.

T: Just like the smell but with more emphasis on the leather and tobacco. First few sips had huge hops that puckered pretty strong, after that though I settled in for a nice sipper.

M: Thick, chewy, sticky. Carbonation light.

D: One bomber of this is plenty. It's a lot to take in with the high alcohol and super-rich backbone. The leather and tobacco notes can really wear you out. This left me wanting something light and crisp not another one.

I thought this was a really good beer and thoroughly enjoyable. The hops weren't as huge as the label might lead you to believe. I'm sure it's been in the bottle for a while on its way across the pond so the hops have likely faded. Nevertheless, really good beer even if it's a special treat.

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Photo of zoso1967
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light amber with light carbonation. The head is just okay, but it does have nice lacing. The aroma is quite interesting. I am getting a lot of peach, apricot, flowers and a hint of toasted malt, as well as way too much of what seems like a medicinal sort of smell. The taste is moderately bitter with a very interesting hop profile. A bit more citrus than in the nose, but still mostly peach and floral notes. The bitterness is nicely supported by a toasty caramely malt backbone. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but seems awfully light to style and the finish is a bit sticky. The lighter body no doubt lends to what appears to be a fairly good level of drinkability. I have to say I am disappointed. All in all a decent brew, but not up to par with many of the other doubles I have had over the years. Worst of all, this brew is far from "hardcore."

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Well starting off to say that there was absolutly no depressurization when I uncapped this 22... Pours cloudy orange amber with dismal head. large bubbles, either this beer wasn't shipped well or my local brew shop owess me an apology.

S: almost none without the head. stirred up a bit (i know) it gives off a very pleasing citrus/floral bouquet that really gets my hopes up

T:Not at all like the nose.. Maltier up front with a creeping bitterness without any real hop notes, almost tastes like they used Noble german hops like hallertau... not what I was hoping for, it's missing the botanicals that really keep me an IPA fan, a little spice/citrus finish perhaps? I'm hoping i just got a bad bottle because i really wanted to like this beer.

M: A little oily, chalky. A kind of alcohol tingle on my tounge that almost feels like this beer is carbonated.

D: Now I will drink almost any beer for the the experience and this one is tempting my first drain pour... Well I can't in good conscience pour my hard earned dollars down a drain, can I?

Oh Well, in the words of Dave Chappelle playing Samuel Jackson, "IT'LL GIT YA DRUNK" but thats about all. Sorry Brew Dog, I was pulling for you being half scottish, I like your stout but you might have to call this an english IPA rather than the American (West Coast/San Diego) style that we've been spoiled on.

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Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy baby aspirin orange with a low wispy head that disappears quickly. Low aroma of floral notes.

Thick and chewy flavors of doughey malt, with citrus and floral notes, hints of cinnamon and toffee.

Thick mouthfeel, viscous and chalky. Could use more complexity, flavors are muted, would like more hops.

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Photo of Axic10
2.51/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with no head.

Smell: Different nose for a DIPA. Hoppy yet medicinal. Not bad, but not great.

Taste: Bitter candied citrus. Bitter, but not in a good way. Slightly medicine taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: It's honestly tough for me not to make this a drain pour. It started off promising, but failed to deliver in taste.

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Photo of dqderrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy with a golden color. There is a slight brown tint. The head is light but healthy. It exhibits a clean hop scent. I pick up a scent of rye or maybe old hops. Batch 357 and appears to say best before 10/16/10 (actually says 16/10/10.

The nose is a little light when compared to what I'm used to with west coast style but smells inviting. Maybe even a little Pliny the Elderish?

Taste is good but not great. I'm enjoying the mild flavors and balance. It has an interesting aftertaste that is difficult to place. I don't think I like the aftertaste too much.

One big bottle is enough.

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Photo of BigMike
1.59/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Batch #207

Pours a hazy light orange color. Even with a hard pour and several hard swirls in the glass i couldn't get any head to form.

Smells a bit like sour butterscotch. A touch of floral and light caramel malts but nothing too pleasant.

Wow. This beer tastes awful. Medicine like bitter sweetness. Tastes like caramel flavor cough syrup.

Not a lot of carbonation. Pretty thick and heavy. Each swallow is torture.

Drinkability = DRAIN POUR This beer is horrendous. I knew nothing about this beer when i saw it. I saw DIPA at 9% for $4.99 and was happy. After smelling and tasting. I was UNhappy. I would not recomend this to my worst enemy.

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Photo of snpub540
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a mostly clear orangish-amber hue with a foamy almost soapy white head. Left some nice grabby lacing during the whole glass though.

Smell was very complex and different than what I'm used to for an IPA. Very fruity and floral at the same time with a sweetness and a touch of honey. Also a hint at the the alcohol, actually a pretty big hint.

Taste was not what I expected. It seemed it was going to be balanced as I got a caramel malt sweetness up front that turned into bitter and a harsher alcohol taste in the finish. Not alot of hop flavor, but it was bitter.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side of medium if that makes sense. Alcohol and bitterness make it kind of difficult to put down. Don't get me wrong I love hoppy beers more than most, but this is just bitter without the flavor.

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