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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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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle purchased as part of an order from the brewery. Bottle conditioned by the looks of things.

Pours a pale golden yellow hue, with a very fine, but rather timid head of pure white. Lacing forms in tiny specks as a result. Body is actually relatively fluid, but the carbonation is very limited. Looks decent enough.

Nose is intensely sharp and bright. Huge pine resin and sweet citrus charged right up my nostrils with massive power. Crisp sharp gooseberry and a hint of passionfruit as well: so intense that the aroma is almost sentient. There's malt in there too, probably, but I can't find it. This is all about the hops, and the purported bitterness on the palate (according to the label), but I'm so glad to see that such an emphasis has also been put into making the aroma so intense as well.

Taste is actually less intense than I thought it might be: this is no iso-hop bomb like Mikkeller's 1000IBU. This is certainly hoppy, and the resiny character provides the bulk of the flavour, but has a restraint: the hops are so forward more because the dial has been placed so heavily in their favour. Malt takes a backseat here, so much so that although I know it must be providing some basis, there's almost not a trace of it in the flavour of the beer. Instead we get that clean, sharp, piney fragrance through the centre of the palate—a vector directed towards a astringent, oily aftertaste that wants to shoot through as fast and as raucously as possible. It's extremely well done—it makes the hops so extremely prominent without really sacrificing too much in the way of drinkability.

Feel is actually very light: like the malt, it's just enough to provide some body, but to almost leave no discernible impact otherwise.

Overall, I'm extremely impressed. This is a wonderful framing of our favourite alpha acids, and is done in a way that makes a remarkably drinkable product. I love how well it balances the ridiculous aggression and the restrained gentility. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of interistacanadese
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kaneel
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Marius
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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 fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of stephenlee
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Acquired from Brewdog's online shop. The label describes it as a West Coast IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A golden-amber hue with faint chill haze and medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of overwhelmingly fruity hops with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape and tropical fruits. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt, faint diacetyl and a hint of booze. Tasty!

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with an extreme bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape, mango, tropical fruits, mild caramel malt, faint earthy yeast and stewed hops. Highly attenuated, with an incredible bitterness upon swallowing. Hits you like a sucker punch! Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation and body. Very astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of stridently bitter aromatic hops.

Nice one - an imposingly hoppy brew from the folks at Brewdog. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are all about the hops. Plenty of fruity/piny notes and bitterness, while the malt lurks discretely in the background. Body is OK, though could have been a shade more substantial for the style. All in all, a great showcase for the vigorous flavour that hops can deliver. If IPAs are your thing then give this beer a whirl.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nicole-mac
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jeschaefer
2.09/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TheBrk
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of RickyS
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noice
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of intoxabroad
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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 Graeme24
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of schavuytje
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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 beerinabottle
4.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Salty, very bitter. Powerful aroma.330 ml bottle with bbf of 10-03-2016 purchased in Dublin enjoyed in Offaly.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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 mcthfg
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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