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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of maleman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle had batch number and freshness dating. Poured a dark amber, with one-finger head that receded to a very thin cap and nice, oily lacing. The nose is full of resin and grass, and maybe a little banana? Mouthfull of biscuits up front, grapefruit and grass at the finish. Definitely medium-bodied with higher than average carbonation. Aftertaste is fairly heavy. Overall, a very good beer! It has great smell and nice taste even with the touch of alcohol you'd have to expect from a 9.2abv. Will purchase if I ever see it again.


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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of C20Percent
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Bottle says best by 1/27/2013*

A: Pours a slightly clear semi-dark amber with an average amount of light tan head. Color is very unique for an IPA -- walking a think line between hazy and clear. The complexity in the color carries the beer's appearance.

S: Malt heavy at first whiff -- somewhat boozy with a decent balance of pine and citrus in the back. Kind of reminds me of a Hopslam or a Hoptimum. The aroma really starts to shine a bit more once it has had a chance to sit.

T: A sweet malt and citrus combine to attack the palette before leaving behind a dry finish. A piney backbone in there too. But, yes, a little bit of a sour citrus taste. You could call this a poor man's Hopslam. Good, though.

M: For me -- this is where the beer trips up a bit. It' smooth - nice medium body. But, too thin -- carbonation is almost non-existant. No chewiness. And, a bit flat. Compared to other DIPAs or IPAs in general -- this feels average.

O: Pretty good brew -- but probably not worth the dough you'll drop on it. However, I would drink again and I'd suggest people try it to see what they'd probably be drinking in Scotland. Much respect to this brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

A: Pours a rich copper color with with a thick, creamy off-white head that hangs around and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is all hops with a strong pine and lemon citrus smell.

T: The full force of the hop bitterness hits you with a pleasant lemon citrus taste that finishes dry with a bitter hop and alcohol aftertaste.

M: A creamy medium bodied feel with medium carbonation on the tongue.

O: If you are a sucker for very bitter IPAs with a strong alcohol content - than this beer is for you. Others need not apply.

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3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in a tulip.

pours a dull orange/coppery tone with a good amount of haze to it. small white head that quickly recedes into a thin collar around the glass. not a whole lot of lacing.

citrusy hops (primarily grapefruit) dominate the nose, with a sweet maltiness hanging in the background. decent aroma even if it doesn't enliven the olfactory senses. taste opens with a healthy blast of the citrus hops suggested in the nose followed by a little pine and sweet malts... too noticeable (albeit not overpowering) 9.2% ABV is at play.... a decent, tasty, if somewhat unremarkable DIPA.

medium-bodied with middling, slightly prickly carbonation. i like my DIPAs with some semblance of balance but IMO the malt characters are overdone here. still, worth a try.

originally reviewed: 11-21-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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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  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz bottle into my long stemmed tulip. best before 01-27-13.

A: a very clear, very rich amber color. dark. head is bubbly and starts about three-fingers. retention is more of a rim and leaves some lacing behind.

S: reminds me of popping open a fresh, vacuum sealed bag of centennial hops. fresh nugs. wow, this thing is really stinky. glad i like hops or it would be overbearing.

T: the body is super rich, caramel malts, little bit of brown sugar. loads of american hops. piney, grapefruity, and melon. theres enough malt to provide a backbone while still letting the hops shine. really tasty.

M: carbonation is pretty subtle, but its just what the style calls for. full-bodied for sure.

D: i have been putting off trying this for far too long. a little pricey for a 12oz bottle (almost $4), but definitely worth it. compared to what i pay for some other DIPA's it is actually pretty reasonable. great, super fresh, super american hop characteristics should make this a hop lovers dream.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 660mL bottle into an SA perfect pint.

A- pours a rich copper with a thin white head leaving little lacing. This doesn't have as much carbonation as i expected. I'm glad im using the perfect pint for this one.

S- aroma of american hops and some english malts. definately picking up on the simcoe for sure. Grapefruit, pineapple, and maybe a hint of caramel apple.

T- A good solid american hop profile. The malt backbone does stand its ground enough to call this brew balanced. Definately not in the west-coast IPA vein, but i'm not complaining one bit; this beer has a wicked good flavor.

M- fairly dry, but i expect as much from a brewery across the pond. The light carbonation of my pour does leave a little to be desire. This beer could do for a little more fizz.

O- Overall this is a great beer, at $7 a bomber it lands about midrange (for me at least). I'm considering buying another bottle or 2. I actually think that this might be an ageable DIPA; Call me crazy but with the strong malt backbone of this brew i could see it passing for a decent English barley wine as the hops drop off in a year or so. The only potential complication would be the already low level of carbonation.

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Hardcore IPA from BrewDog
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