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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

22oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 8$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a fair amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some apricot/guava notes. It ends with a sweet fruity and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – I've only had a few beers from this brewer, but they have all been solid. I really enjoyed this one and I'd drink it again anytime. If I had to adjust anything, I dial down the sweetness a bit.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it fresh on tap in one of the Brewdog bars. Amber color, a bit ruby. It made a thin head with short retention.
Extremely resin hop aroma which is predominant. Medium to full body, a bit oily.
Flavor follows the nose, resin like, perfume and fruity hops are dominant over malt. Strong bitter taste which continues with its full strength in the aftertaste. The 9.2% alcohol is hidden in this potent hop bomb. Hopheads behold!

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My reward for getting the Christmas lights up. A beer I've been meaning to have for years but never got to it.

Aroma is very malty but it's not an overly old bottle. There's a little citrus hop and some woody aroma but mainly it's a barley wine like deep malt.

Amber, a little cloudy with a very thin and slightly tan head.

Very hop bitter with pine, grapefruit and flowery hop flavors. Big malt backbone behind it. Nice bitterness and a sweet middle with a hop oil aftertaste. Lots of complex malt flavor and some yeasty fruitiness too.

Big, big body, almost chewy. The hop oil finish seems like a little coating on the tongue. a little bit warming in the stomach but that's the only noticeable alcohol.

Glad I had this today. A nice strong sipper for watching what's left of football.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WesM63
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a large tulip.

A: Pours a dark clear ambers with s towering 3finger head that lasts. Tons of retention and lacing.

S: Smells of pine and resin. Plenty of crystal malts with a hint of citrus.

T: Close to the nose. Plenty of malt sweetness mixed in with some hop bitterness. Minor amounts of resin and citrus throughout.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: I will say, this beer is far from what I was expecting. However, I applaud BrewDog's efforts. Plenty of flavor and very drinkable for being 9.2% abv. I wouldn't hesitate to buy/drink again.

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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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