Jack Hammer
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From:
BrewDog
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #802
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,095
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
305
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 08, 2022
Added:
Jan 17, 2013
Wants:
  20
Gots:
  143
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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Rated: 3.5 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 2.82 by stephenlee93 from England

Aug 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by Goity from Scotland

Jun 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by shigg85 from Japan

Apr 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.45 by TheCube from Scotland

Jan 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by koolkitty from England

Dec 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.76 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.57 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Oct 26, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.17 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jul 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Apr 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Feb 26, 2020
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.3 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Feb 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by tux_alin from Romania

Jan 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by C_Adams from Ohio

Dec 09, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by Lanas from Greece

Nov 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.58 by Eychung from New York

Nov 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.26 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Nov 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Oct 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by Eltrandos from France

Aug 19, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by Helgi from Iceland

Dec 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic

Dec 16, 2018
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Reviewed by NastyNorseman from New York

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.73 by Swoosl from Austria

Oct 17, 2018
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
L:
-pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-some particle floaties visible
S:
-grapefruit,orange zest,pine,honey
T:
-Follows the nose
-high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Just as advertised.A big bitter Grapefruit burst.Not very complex, but it works.
Aug 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by Bocuma25 from England

Aug 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Aug 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Rumlibeers from Switzerland

Jun 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by mishi_d from Romania

Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

May 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

May 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by trickykid from Russian Federation

Apr 27, 2018
Jack Hammer from BrewDog
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 371 ratings