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Jack HammerJack Hammer

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The devastatingly bitter finish will drill straight through your taste buds. If you like hops and bitterness then go ahead. But be warned: this beer has more bitterness than a human palate (or nipple) can detect. For freaks, craft beer junkies and stamp collectors only.

The second placed beer in our 2012 Prototype Challenge is a BrewDog staff favourite, and made a brief guest appearance in our bars last summer.

Added by dgilks on 01-17-2013

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is yellow with some relative opaqueness. The head is minimal, shows no retention and there's some lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma has a very prominent pine profile, being bigger than anything else. There's some citrus connecting really well the hops.
T: The taste is much more balanced than the aroma as the pine-ness, citrus and hops appear to have a very round connection. Actually this is really good.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is a bit harsh. Bitterness is good enough for an IPA.
O: Not a Punk IPA but surely the second best IPA from BrewDog.

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Photo of zuun
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit and tropical fruit scented orange color. Aroma is very nice and flavor is quite soft and fruity. Having very nice bitterness, just enough.

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Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-orange colour, medium head with good retention that leaves a good crown and lace. Aroma of resines, fruits, citrics. Medium body with a thick texture. TAste of resines, citrics and fruits.

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Photo of daydesiang
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell of strong citrus, slightly stronger than punk IPA. Taste is very flavorful, good citrus (mainly grape fruit) and some bitter. Aftertaste of citrus. Love it!

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Photo of Spike
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml can into an IPA glass.

L: Dark orange/gold, translucent, without visible carbonation. Two-finger, rich & creamy head has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Heaps of tropical fruits and citrus. Slightly off-putting vegetable background.

T: Confrontational style, in line with the labeling. Less fruity than the nose. LOTS of resinous, earthy hops. Very bitter. Not floral at all.

F: Medium body, chewy. Astringent with a long, dry finish. You'll feel parched after 2-3 of these.

O: This is not a refreshing brew. It's a hop devil. It delivers what it promises in an uncompromising fashion. Hides its alcohol well, partly because the alcohol burn is unable to compete with the hop burn. But it's great. A serious beer, in the style of a west coast IPA, made in Scotland.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden brew topped by a big fluffy head.

Peppery, dank, fruity aroma, atop a pinch of sweet grainy malt.

Very bitter, with plenty of hop character. Orange and grapefruit peel, pale grains, grass, and a slightly sweet dank finish.

Definitely a return to an older, more bitter style of IPA. Quite good, but not a standout.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark mahogany colour. Dark toasted malt nose, citrus hops and a bit of graininess. A brief flash of malt then a strong growing hoppy-bitterness body predominates the flavour profile and lingers long into the finish.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a BrewDog stem glass at Wishbeer Home Bar, Bangkok.

The showcase is bright gold topping with 2 fingers white foamy head that endures with great retention before gradually sinking to thin bubbly sheet along with several nice lacing, not much carbonation in visibility.

Tropical affair led by hops in a nose, pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine, a bit floral, herbal, and spicy, yet with a malty bready sweet too.

Bready sweetness from malt is upfront, then overpowered by the strength of significant hop bitterness that dwells until the end of tasting session. Hoppy goodness also lends a pinch of resiny, piney, and some grapefruit yet tropical notes to add in some depth in the flavor layer. Anyway, not much as fruity and juicy as in the aroma since bitter taste is concrete enough.

The body is medium with medium carbonation, smooth through the mouthfeel and dry finish.

Yes, the beer has extraordinary bitterness beyond the human palate but precisely it is not overly or excessively bitter and in good shape to easily enjoy with.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with fleeting white head Big grapefruit and pine on the aroma Big candied grapefruit flavour with slight sulphur & good bitter finish
Actually lives up to the Brewdog hype

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pine and stone fruit hop flavour. Fairly aggressive hop bite but balanced with lots of late hop complexity. Doubt it's 200 IBUs but very tasty all the same

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can from brewdog soho.

White head. Golden color.

Hop bomb. Resiny and sticky. Grapefruit. Sticky and weedy.

Very nice IPA. Her Americanized.

Well done beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - straw colour with no head

S - peach mostly

T - peach and tea mostly, extrem bitterness

F - good mouthfeel

O - an alright ipa that lack on the tropical fruit profil

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Photo of rex_4539
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a masterpiece.

The hoppiest I've ever tasted. If you like hoppy beers, this is as good as it gets.

One of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft gold, no carbonation, 2 fingers of off white head and nice lacing.

Amazing. Big tropical fruits, and really floral. Makes me feel like I'm in an island paradise. Mangos, papayas, jackfruit.

Fair sweetness, tropical fruits, garlic and onion, grapefruit, pine.

Thick, syrupy body, mild fizzy carbonation.

Really good brew. Amazing on the nose. Drank Jan 30th, 2016 in Chiang Mai.

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Photo of Zinzi
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml can, bought at a Brewdog Pub in Italy.
This beer pours a hazy, pale yellow colour, with three fingers of rather bubbly foam,
At the nose is sharp and bright. Lots of pine resin and pineapple.
Carbonation is quite strong, which imho makes the beer more drinkable.
The taste is really bitter at first, with lots of resin, followed by sweet pinapple and guava. I was expecting it to be even more bitter, since Brewdog claims "The devastatingly bitter finish will drill straight through your taste buds. If you like hops and bitterness then go ahead."
Feel is really light considering the 7.2% abv.
A great ipa.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Someone gave me a sample. Served at 7deg C or so in a plastic cup.

A- Opened well and poured a nice head that can't be judged well in a 3oz sample cup. Nice dark gold colour and appears to be unfiltered

S- This has A LOT of hops.

T- Nice and bitter and a touch sweet. Not the super high bitterness you would think but it is balanced. Would venture a guess at 75IBU not 120+. Nonetheless a nice soft blend.

M- Typically quality IPA

O- I like this one. Wish I had access to more. Mild IPA overall but it is blended very, very well. Will buy on sight if I ever see it.

Food Pairing

Sorry but I only had a 2oz sample so I cannot provide a food pairing on this one.


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Photo of Dentist666
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.
Pours clear orange golden with 1-finger white head. Moderate to low retention, some laces.
Smell - citrusy, somewhat tropical.
Taste - citrus, pine, strong hop bite.
Drinkable, medium body and carbonation. Good IPA indeed, contemporary classics to some extent.

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle in Brewfellas, Nicosia.

A great IPA. A notable impression I got from this is that it has this very strong and unique smell and flavourt of lychee fruit. And it's not just me; the bartender asked me: "Do you like lychee?" before serving me this beer, and he was quite right. It has a great, fruity flavour. A great introduction to IPAs, but still rather unique and highly recommended.

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Photo of LantGladstone
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBE March 20, 2016 ABV 7.2% 330ml bottle from ales by mail

Appearance (Look) = 6%
clear straw, lingering white head

Smell = 24%

Taste = 40%
citrus, pine, balanced with malt sweet, bitter punch.

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
full. has very strong hop bitter pucker going on.

Overall = 20%
maybe slightly over hoped but pretty good balanced. I was expecting a hops hammer and this is pretty close. I guess I wanted a bit more aroma and less bitter or maybe bring up the gravity a bit. But still very good.

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Photo of charapaus
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very fruity, very bitter but pleasant. Doesn't seem to have 7.20 ABV, in mouth feel lighter and fresh. Is similar to Brewdog Punk IPA but more bitter. Good job!

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Deep Honey Amber topped by a 1/2 finger white head that wears down to a thin skim relatively quickly. Light lacing.

S- Very strong and aromatic tropical Fruit, Citrus.

T- Identical to the taste. Intense bitterness yet refreshing. Finishes with a sweet caramely malt note.

M- Medium creamy body and Low-Moderate Carbonation. Excellent fit for the style.

O- Another excellent IPA from a brewery that has fortunately been recently introduced into my area. Beautiful, fragrant aroma and taste.

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Photo of jongleich
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this out of a bottle a few years back and wasn't initially overly impressed.

However, since then enjoyed it on tap (Brew Dock, Dublin) and more recently via can with much better effect.

Very strong fragrance of Grapefruit and other bitter citrus. The taste matches the smell - very strong and very bitter, but still a beautiful beer if you go for the Brewdog perspective on beer (and I clearly do).

This is a very different beer from Punk - hoppier, denser, less floral and drier. Some say Jack Hammer is Brewdog's finest IPA, and you can definitely make the argument, despite the near perfection that is Hardcore.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours amber with moderate head. Aromas of lemons, toffee, and tropical fruit. Flavors of pine, toffee, and more fruit. Thick bitter finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, and, as ever was, lots of Brewdog banality on the label, but nothing that actually refers to the beer herein. Sigh.

This beer pours a hazy, pale tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some spectral, hanging rockface lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs into nothingness.

It smells of somewhat dank pine resin, orange and lemon cream citrus notes, bready and grainy caramel malt, toffee pudding, a twinge of earthy yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, musty pine needles, more indistinct green forest floor astringencies, some tropical fruit (guava, pineapple, and kiwi, mostly), more pedestrian orange and red grapefruit flesh, and the same additional floral, herbal, and kind of perfumed hops from the nose.

The bubbles are fairly unassuming in their supportive and playfully frothy measures, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, the local hops minding their own bidness - so much so, that a pleasant creaminess arises as things warm up a bit. It finishes on the sweet side, as complex malt, fruity hop, and heretofore undetected (cognitive dissonance FTW) alcohol make it just so.

An agreeable enough American-style IPA, but hardly something that provides the incisive palate incursion as inferred via the title of this offering. Par for the course, once again for Brewdog, i.e. the beer is actually pretty good, but not quite as good as their egos and marketing budget, it would seem.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
2/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like lychee with some notes of pineapple, which is totally wrong. It is very acydic but not in the right way (the lambic way). It makes a bad pairing with a BrewDog burger in the BrewDog bar.

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