Hardcore IPA | BrewDog

Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA
BA SCORE
3.94/5
1,507 Ratings
Hardcore IPAHardcore IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,182
Reviews:
555
Ratings:
1,507
pDev:
12.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
246
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,507 |  Reviews: 555
Photo of Robertturnbull3
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vic_Darrell
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingPurple
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Foley67
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersareonme
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great Imperial IPA. Unlike some other similar styles, you cannot actually taste the 9.5% alcohol. But you can sure taste the bitter!! Brewdog rates it at 150 IBU, which I'm not sure of. Like many of the same line of thinking, I think any IPA rated over 120 is "just a number". Let's just say its really bitter and great tasting with a lingering finish but not a bad aftertaste. I only wish the head was foamier and longer lasting. Overall a super Imperial IPA.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shockey
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sellen
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zinzi
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQLaw
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being a Scottish IPA, it leans toward the bitter end; much less citrusy- but in a good way. The caramel color is beautiful and it has a pleasant bite at the finish. A great mix of bitter, toffee malt.

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Photo of CharlesStenner
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ke1
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint glass. Orange copper color. Floral and citrus hoppy scent. Taste is cloyingly sweet.. Can't get past it... Blech.

The hops are there in the taste though unbalanced with the sweetness.

This isn't for me, though I love imperial pale ales..

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Filtered golden-yellow, with a small head. Floral, hoppy aromas, holding of a little. Malt is also recognizable, along with hints of citrus. This beer tastes actually much intenser than is smells. Begins hoppy, fresh for an imperial IPA, with grassy, citraic notes, along with bready malts. But that impression lasts only for the first moment, after that an incredible bitterness cuts of the upcoming malt sweetness. Hops get supported well by the bitterness, altough the bitterness soon stands on the palate more or less alone. Hop bitterness kicks in with an explosion on the tongue, which is, at first glance a little unpleasant, because it totally washes away the whole up to that point developed taste. But hop flavors get back and work well together with the dominant bitterness. Also some hints of malt tend to pass through, which adds an exquisite depth to the ale. Mingle together to a suble honey impression which underlines the still bitter, hoppy, dry character. Seems still a little unbalanced, but in a way the ale intends to be, therefore you can expect a rollercoaster on the palate.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial IPA. Deep, robust malts and hops. Earthy caramel/toffee flavors. I prefer traditional IPA but a nice substitute for a single brew on a cold night. Good with steak, pork and root vegetables.

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Photo of Bershad22
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like a punch to the face with hops in a good way. James and Martin definitely know what they are doing when it comes to a good IPA

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Photo of EDABarret
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.74/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber red color with some decent activity. A weak brownish creamy head that last for 5 minutes and doesn't produce much legs. The smell is piney and buttery. The flavors are strong orange peels with a little pine and some strong hoppy spices. The body feels full and slick with prickly carbonation. The finish is boozy with low freshness, highly bitter, and some peppercorn. Ending with a very strong puckering citrus attack. Overall the craft is average but true to it's name = hardcore. Not accessible at all, only for those who like heavy IBU and chewing on an orange peel. I find the flavors off and unbalanced, poorly presented, and nothing pleasing.

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Photo of Barnsley
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLapadura
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,507 ratings
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