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Jack Hammer | BrewDog

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
271
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
26.12%
 
 
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15
Gots:
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 271
Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -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 -1.7%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.7%
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%
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 -0.5%
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 -3.2%
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 +22.9%
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 +2.5%
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 +12.7%
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 +8.2%
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.

Enjoy

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Photo of Dentist666
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -12.4%
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 -9.2%
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%
citrus


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%
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 +8.7%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -50.2%
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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Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The moment you take the first whiff you get get slapped violently across the face with sweet pine notes supported by apricot nuances. On the mouth it brings massive amounts of pine balanced by some mango sweetness, softened by some yeasty breadiness and elevated by an assertive bitterness.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange. Foamy offwhite head sticks around a awhile.

S: Another beer you can smell from over a foot away. Good fruity and floral aroma with a bit of honey and citrus peels.

T: Big bright flavor up front initially balanced between bread and some floral and citrus, then kicked right out with a big drying bitter hop wallop of sap and orange and grapefruit peel. Makes you want more right away.

F: Medium smooth body with a big drying punch at the end

Overall a good beer. Just enough kick to satisfy, and with enough balance and freshness to be approachable.

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Photo of vanderSchorpioen
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is amazing beer!! Punks from Scotland create a really perfect IPA!! I think IPA is the most popular beer style of craft beer, and this IPA is one of the best IPAs!!

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Photo of sfprint
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Very light orange, a tad hazy with sediment, slow rising micro carbonation.
S: Light, sweet and citrusy
T: Really nice. Yes, more like an american IPA, but I feel like there are some European hops in here, giving it a grassy flavor i associate with certain German beers. But still, unique and very tasty.
M: Smooth
O: A very lovely attempt at an AIPA. Not what you'd find on the west coast, but certainly special in it's own positive way.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hazy orange pour, with sediments, little foam that disappears relatively quickly. Citrus smell (strong grapefruit), and pineapple. Huge hop taste, very bitter, grapefruit and hints of peach and pineapple. Salty and quite bitter after-taste.

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Jack Hammer from BrewDog
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