Jack Hammer

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Scotland, United Kingdom
American IPA
Ranked #774
Ranked #9,241
4.03 | pDev: 9.68%
Mar 23, 2024
Jan 17, 2013
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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Reviewed by travis1108 from Missouri

3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
False advertising for sure

This beer isn't anything close to as hoppy as It claims to be

That said It is still very enjoyable

If I rated it blindly I would give it a higher score but with a name like jackhammer and all the nonsense printed on the can, it just doesn't add up
Mar 23, 2024
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From the can in the 2023 BrewDog Advent Calendar, it pours a clear light yellow golden color with a modest white head that slowly reduces. Lacing. Scent is citrusy. Taste follows nose with bitterness.
Jan 26, 2024
Rated: 3.94 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jan 16, 2024
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can

pours a slightly cloudy light golden in color, thick white head. decent head retention. hop aroma is floral and grassy. similar flavor, fairly dry and bitter finish. thin to medium bodied.
Dec 19, 2023
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Can from the advent box
Pours a hazy dark straw color with a good sized frothy bone white head that persists. Earthy pithy citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of bread underneath.
Dec 17, 2023
Rated: 4.03 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Dec 17, 2023
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Reviewed by DDiFran from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
L: poured from a can. 2023 advent beer of the day. pale straw with a light haze. Thin white head that leaves a bit of lace
S: lots of citrus zest
T: follows the nose but with a sharp bitter finish
F: crisp
O: it’s fine. Like most Brewdog beers. Nothing outstanding in my opinion though
Dec 16, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Dec 07, 2023
Rated: 3.35 by DOCRW from Kentucky

May 12, 2023
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%
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 +6.7%
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