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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with lots of off-white head that lingers well in DFH IPA glass. Decent lacing.

Smell is pretty malty with lots of caramel and some hints of banana. Not as much hop character as I would have thought but there are notes of pine and grapefruit.

Taste is similar to smell. More caramel and malt than expected. Mild grapefruit and pine but doesn't linger very long. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was worth a try but I won't seek out again unless on tap.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pristine amber brew with white frothy head that holds well with good lacing.

Aroma: Complex and intense. Spearmint at the front and honey and flowers on the back. It feels a bit rough around the edges but it's notwithstanding very pleasant and powerful.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. Taste is earthy, citrusy (grapefruit comes to mind), spearmint, caramel and toffee. So elegant and balanced.

Palate: Medium full bodied. Medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness.

Overall: When it's good, it's good. They're not reinventing the wheel here sure, but they hit nearly every mark with stupendous craftsmanship.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Best before: 20-8-13

A - Pours a dark hazy copper with a frothy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, baked bread, caramel, toffee.

T - Bittersweet grapefruit, sweet toffee and toasted caramel malts, herbal, pine, and peppery hops. There's a tangy earthy quality that rides along the moderate bitterness. The sweet caramel malt push back against the onslaught of hops to provide pretty good balance.

M - Full bodied, light to medium carbonation, sticky.

A nice example of the style. Not as bitter as I thought i would be but very full flavored and surprisingly balanced.

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Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Super Market, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : hops, alcohol, and caramel flavors, leading to a very bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the American Style Imperal IPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BrewDog Hardcore IPA has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a dark brown (or under light, orange-golden), very hazy appearance, with streaming tiny bubbles and a bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is bold and strong- fruit, fresh-cut flowers (odd, considering this bottle is two years old), malt, and hop oil. Taste is of brown bread crust, hop oil, caramel, bitterness, toffee, light brown sugar, and apple peelings. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and BrewDog Hardcore IPA (2nd Edition) finishes semi-dry, bitter, and not undrinkable. Overall, it's very nice, yet, not exceptional. Still, I'd recommend trying it.


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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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