Jack Hammer

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IPA - American
Ranked #573
Ranked #6,124
4.05 | pDev: 9.63%
Scotland, United Kingdom
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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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misteil from Ireland

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look: one finger bubbly white head with ok retention, beer is a hazy amber colour with good levels of carbonation in the beer.

smell: lot of orange, lot of mango, nice bit of pine, quite dank, caramel, toffee, resin-y hops, lightly earthy, hint of vanilla, floral, smells decent.

taste: that’s a good ipa there, nice citrus fruit flavours, orange, orange peel, hint of lemon, nice bit of grapefruit, caramel and fudge, nicely sweet, nice floral character, dank, resin-y hop flavour, big whack of bitterness on the finish, fruit and floral flavours linger, nice.

feel: medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, very drinkable at 7.2%, big lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

overall: definitely one of the better beers i’ve had from brewdog, big hoppy ipa here, good stuff

Nov 08, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My latest brewery horizontal returns me to the BrewDog boys, whom I have met on two ocCANsions - first at TJ's in Paoli & again at Victory BC in Downingtown. I think that they would wholeheartedly approve of The CANQuest (tm) & be proud of their inCANsion!

From the CAN: "Jack Hammer Ruthless India Pale Ale"; "Get ready to hammer your taste buds. Start with massive grapefruit aroma. Then accelerate hard into mind bending bitterness. Ride the spike of caramel craziness until the end of the line. And let the bitterest of bitter finishes nail your taste buds to the floor."; "Jack Hammer - If bitterness is a place, you have reached your destination."; "Born In Scotland. Brewed In the USA".

I was really CANxious to Crack! this one open since it really sounded like something that I wanted to try! After all, I have been a self-described, self-avowed hophead since the first time that I drank Victory Hop Devil. I went with a slow, steady C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass since this one did not mention CANything about haziness. It formed two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention, leaving a load of lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold, leaving me to wonder if this was a chill haze, CANtesy of my very cool reefer, or a naturally ocCANning phenomenon. I shall keep an eye out for clarity as I proceed, saving that score for last. Nose was a peppery grapefruit and I think that it may have seared at least one of my nostrils! 8=O Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was a riot of grapefruit, black pepper, peach, pineapple, pine mintiness & all held slightly in check by a caramel sweetness. 8=O It stood as yet CANother reminder of how much I have missed unabashedly bitter IPAs in the midst of the tropical & hazebro eras. My eyes watered in response. Finish was dry, bitter & just the wakeup call that my tastebuds needed! It never CANpletely clarified, so I guess that such was by design. YMMV.

Sep 17, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stange: color is straw gold, moderate haze, great frothy bright white head with fine bubbles and dense top that lingers quite long, nice lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is tangerine, grapefruit, citrus zest, some peach, pepper, herbs, some mint, moderate bread like malt; quite enticing.

Taste follows with similar notes of citrus forward flavors - tangerine/grapefruit/citrus, then some peach and stone fruit, herbs, pepper, mint and then a hint of malt and bread. Really good bitterness, like big bitterness that makes your tongue curl slightly.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, light sweetness, then near puckering bitterness and drying.

Overall this is a great big, bitter ipa with great hop aroma/flavor depth.

Feb 25, 2020
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-amber, with a huge off-white head of suds. Thick web of lace.

Aroma: Bitter grapefruit-citrus hops. Very nice.

Taste: Hype big bitter grapefruit, balanced with malts for a really delicious layering. Well worth finding this impressive IPA.

Feb 15, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden and clear with brilliantly white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a dank and grapefruit aroma with some earthly elements.

Taste: It has strong grapefruit flavor with low earthly elements in the background.

Feel: It has a moderate body with pleasant bitterness.

Overall, clean flavors and refreshing.

Feb 14, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a muffin top, taster pint; canned 09/01/19.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with ochre highlights, a one finger, short-lived, white head, no more than cap retention, and limited, spotty lacing.
S: Floral at first, carnation and rose, giving way to white grapefruit and pineapple. Definitely a peppery note.
T: Semisweet. Flavors mirror the fruit side of the nose with caramel, cane sugar and cumin to wasabi style bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with low to moderate effervescence.
O: Really wanted to give this a try when I read that it had "more bitterness than a human palate (or nipple) can detect" Not really getting the nipple angle, but, at 250 IBU per the BrewDog website, I really didn't know what to expect. I thought the floral/fruity aromas and flavors were in impressive counterpoise to the sweetness and bitterness. I've had hop bombs that have made my mouth pucker, but this seemed "just right." Maybe I'm more tolerant to bitterness than I thought. Regardless, this is a really a nicely crafted AIPA. Looking forward to my next.

Nov 24, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

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.

Apr 05, 2019
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NastyNorseman from New York

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.

Dec 07, 2018
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

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.

Nov 21, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

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.

Aug 29, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

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.

Apr 22, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

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.

Jan 20, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Dec 22, 2017
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Nephilium from Ohio

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.

Sep 28, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

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.


Sep 17, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Sep 17, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

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

Aug 22, 2017
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vinicole from England

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.

Jul 20, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

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.

May 21, 2017
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schavuytje from Netherlands

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

May 13, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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.

Dec 04, 2016
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zuun from Korea (South)

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.

Oct 31, 2016
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janubio from Spain

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.

Oct 15, 2016
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daydesiang from Malaysia

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!

Sep 14, 2016
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Spike from England

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml can into an IPA glass.
L: Hazy orange/gold without visible carbonation. Two fingers of rich & creamy head has good retention and leaves arcs of lacing.
S: Heaps of tropical fruits and citrus. Slightly off-putting vegetable background.
T: Confrontational style, in line with the labeling. Citrus and resin with hefty bitterness.
F: Medium body & chewy. Astringent with a long, dry finish. You'd 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, brewed on the east coast of Scotland.

Sep 06, 2016
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