Jack Hammer

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American IPA
Ranked #514
Ranked #4,953
4.05 | pDev: 9.63%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Jack HammerJack Hammer
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 348
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet toasted caramel taste with pine and citrusy bitterness.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyably rich Isles IPA. Small on head, but robust arona and but flavor. Burnt caramel, toasted toffee like backbone with nice hoppy presence in the pallete after swallowing. Medium-thick bodied. A new favorite.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft

Doesn't really pour much of a head. Low amount of bubbles coming up. Visibility very high. Light orange/yellow in color. It looks ok, nothing too great so far.

Nose of grapefruit, juicy, lovely. A little sweet, but certainly not too much. Mostly a fruity sweetness, not overly malty. Hop profile is dominant, but not super sharp or harsh, mostly fruity. Very good overall.

Flavor is much the same, delicious. A little more of a bitter punch from the hops than was there on the nose. Still, loads of grapefruit. Not super citrusy though, it's a soft fruit profile. It feels like a tropical IPA, but it's definitely more grapefruit oriented. Not boozy, which I guess it shouldn't be, at 7.2%. It has about the level of sweetness I was expecting, maybe a hair higher. Still, it's nice. Very well done beer.

The mouthfeel is very nice. The carbonation is spot on, it's over medium, but certainly not overly carbonated. Bitterness doesn't really linger. Mouthfeel is pretty wet and the body is quite full.

The drinkability is as good as you can get for a 7.2 percent beer. It goes down very easy.

The appearance left a little to be desired. Lacing was basically non existent. Coupled with a less than impressive start, it wasn't a strong part of the beer.

Overall this is a very tasty beer. Well done.

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Photo of drmeto
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-some particle floaties visible
-grapefruit,orange zest,pine,honey
-Follows the nose
-high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Just as advertised.A big bitter Grapefruit burst.Not very complex, but it works.

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Photo of FLima
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Nice tropical aroma with notes of passion fruit, mango, oranges, some pine, lemongrass, honey and more green and floral notes.
Hoppy flavor with notes of pine resin, grapefruit, mango, lychees, tea bags, lemon, mild toast, melon and berries. Dry and quite bitter aftertaste. Paying respects to is 200+ ceiling IBU.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is absent.
Excellent American IPA. As a hophead I sure am, I was very pleased to have this nice tropical, floral and resiny punch in the neck. But still as balanced as it can be and you can feel all the nuances of the recipe. Hops go from dank to vivacious. Worth trying, search for this fresh.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/8/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large spiced pine, citrus rind, peppery, herbal, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is an awesome IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the increasing bitter/resinous/drying finish. Aggressive as hell, classic west coast style example. Extremely dank/vibrant hops with a nice solid pale malt backbone. Loved the hop profile. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My bro in law brought a can of this over for the holidays. It poured a clear yellow with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The aroma starts with a bright floral note, with a touch of caramel behind it. It pours a pale, clear, straw, with a quickly fading white head. While the beer may look like a lager, the hop presence makes itself known immediately after the first sip. Big resin notes, with earthy and herbal notes fading out to a long lingering bitter finish. Lighter bodied then I would like, but overall this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow, another great AIPA. What do we do with so much richness? This one is the second Brewdog from Columbus that is clearly in the American mainstream, instead of the old style Brewdog Scottish offensice.

It pours a pale dirty yellow with fine head. The aroma is an enticing hops smell. The taste is a mostly dry hoppy bitter with loads of complexity to keep it interesting.

This is another great AIPA. Some much to drink and so little time.


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Photo of BB1313
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 8/22/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are citrus forward. Citra hops seem to shine. Some sweet cream in the mix. Malts are in the background. The flavors are pretty bold. Lots of fresh pine. Sweet orange is there. Subtle hints of lemon and grapefruit. Really nice sharp bitterness. Malts seem to take a backseat. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy and ultimately smooth.

This is a very nice IPA. It's more on the classic traditional side, but has some "new school" to it as well. Nice hop aromas and flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. It's fun to drink. Well done.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Teku glass. Playing A Foretold Affair. Very hoppy, herbal and tropical with also refreshing sweetness. Alcohol noticeable but adding to it positively, making it feel more robust

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Photo of vinicole
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Hazy orange. Thin wispy head.
Light citrus aroma with tropical fruits. Tangerine most noticeable.
The taste is an understated reflection of the bouquet. Long bitter finish.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Tesco's, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a medium foamy white head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma- citrus at the front - grapefruit/mango, light resin at the back. Taste - citrus notes at the front - grapefruit, light resin, hints of caramel, finishes with a large dry bitter finish. Best beer in my opinion of Brewdog's core range. If you like strong bittered American hopped IPA's this is for you.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden color with plaque foam scented to pineapple, tropical fruit in the drunk an edge of citrusschil and after a light water tooth dry after,Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Simcoe

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +10.9%
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 -19.8%
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 -7.4%
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 +1%
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 -7.7%
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 -2.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +2%
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 +0.2%
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 -1.2%
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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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 348 ratings