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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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark coppery amber with a nice two finger yellowish off-white head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, pineapple and sweet malt. Flavor follows with citrus hops and and a quite tasty caramel malt and fruit body. Interesting sweet fruit element to the hoppy malt finish. Not as hop intense and many west coast DIPAs, but a quite enjoyable, well integrated flavor with decent flavorful hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess, nice mouth feel. A quite enjoyable DIPA.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of crowsoup
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a nice white head. Conservative in its foam. Doesn't look hardcore at all, but one whiff will tell you different. A super hoppy aroma with a perfect note of maltiness. Some citrusy undertones give way to a slight spice. Real nice.

Taste-wise it has a lot of caramel and malt on the front end with the bitter hops giving way to a sweetness on the finish. The malt comes back in the aftertaste and sticks around, waiting for the next mouthful to quench it.

There's a surprisingly smooth body/mouthfeel to this considering the 9.2%. Perhaps the light carbonations lends a helping hand there.

A nice offering, not easy to find, but worth a taste when you do.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It can be tough to find fresh Brewdog in this neck of the woods, so when I saw some four-packs in a local that were less than a month old (assuming a year on the Best By date), I jumped on one. This beer pours out a muddy orange color with a large head that laces very nicely. The aroma is very robust for an IPA, it's got a huge amount of hops and a huge amount of malts. The taste, again, is very robust. It's hoppy as hell, for sure, but is balanced by a huge amount of malts as well. It just tastes "big". The mouthfeel is a little too slick, and the drinkability is good. This is a great Double IPA that's just a bit different from the hordes of American offerings on the shelf. If you see it fresh, pick it up.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of mscudder
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe. Best before Jan. 2013.

A - A deep dark amber with an orange hue. A pale head with fair retention.

S - Lots of warm bready malts and an ABV presence is noticeable. A touch of citrus on the end.

T - Big explosive hops up front. A bit on the aromatic side but a touch of bitterness rounds them out. The hops fade father quickly in front of a firm malt backbone. Crisp, simple and fresh.

M - For the style, standard with a fair sized medium body. Carbonation is perfect with just enough to set off the hops.

O - A solid and firm IPA with a nice progression. A tad warm from the high ABV but otherwise rather subtle, which is quite nice. I would deem this as a bit sweeter version of the Dogfish Head 90 min. Perhaps it is a bit of a bold statement, but I would easily recommend this beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a light haze and a low, lazy effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with an orange cast, and has a nice level of retention. Good!

Smell: big, rich malt aroma with a burst of fruity, citrusy character. Simple, but good!

Taste: very malty with more of that good citrusy hop flavor. Fruitiness is mild but present, and could really either be hops or yeast character. Bitterness is moderate and the overall effect is very smooth indeed. I like it.

Mouthfeel: moderate body with a decent level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. There is a nice silky texture as well, and I think just a little bit more thickness to the body could really put this guy over the top vis-a-vis smoothness.

Overall: an enjoyable, if strong, imperial IPA. I like it.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Bought at Sainsbury the other day; they were selling them off cheap. Explicit Imperial Ale - indeed.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, coppery sunset-orange with decent carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam with good retention and a fine texture; it slowly reduces to a surface layer. An intense aroma of hop notes: grapefruit, bitter orange, citrus, pine and tropical fruit. This is underpinned by biscuity caramel malt with a hint of grain, and followed up with a huge warming whiff of booze.

Tastes of intense, spicy aromatic hops with a strident bitter finish. Notes of caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, pine, mild tropical fruit and a hint of dry yeast. Faint sweetness, though this is buried by the flavour tsunami, and a distinct note of alcohol in the background. A powerful bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, with a mild tingliness. Decent body, though a bit thin for it's strength and rather undercarbonated. Highly astringent - dries the palate. A lingering aftertaste of bitter aromatic citrus and pine, along with a hint of malt.

An impressive, if slightly flawed, effort. It looks great. Superb hop aroma and flavour - tons of citrus and pine note compete for your attention. The malt presence is also good; sufficiently substantial to balance the hops. However, a more prominant yeast profile would have been welcome. And the body leaves something to be desired - a shade too thin and seriously lacking in carbonation and texture. Perhaps bottle-conditioning might have been beneficial? A big beer with it's heart in the right place, but not the best DIPA I've tried. Nonetheless, if you love hops then Hardcore will whip you into a state of arousal - grab one if you see it.

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Photo of B33R501
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle "2 humans and 1 canine companion are relatively happy with the results" well make that 3 humans and really, what else do you need? a good beer and a good dog. Now maybe my knucklehead 50 lb 6 month old puppy will be a great dog and take care of my girls soon.

Getting serious, this beer is made with my favorite malts (Maris Otter) and Centennial and Simcoe hops, my favorite hop combo, yes try Port High Tide, one of the best IPA's on the planet.

Beautiful copper amber look. Best before 12/4/13 so I dont really know exactly how old this is, from the aroma I'll guess brewed 12/4/11, 7-8 months old. Doesn't matter, the aroma is refined, but the taste just pops, bitter grapefruit, bitter orange, tons of hops on a gorgeous caramel, toffee malt base. Finishes dry, bitter, with even some butterscotch malt on the last sip. Lingers forever, love that.

Outstanding. Unique. Enjoyed 2, went back and got the last two on the shelf. $2.99 per single Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting, where great beer meets great value. If this beer is indeed 7-8 months old, just proves my point, a great IPA will last a good long time.

One of my favorite doubles, one kick ass hardcore beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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