BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was fantastic. Had with the beer geeks of Arkansas NW. Clean and crisp without being overwhelming.
chumba526 (6) - Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2009 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally an IPA that combines the style of a classic UK IPA with slight nuances of the "new" American--style IPA. IPA originally was pale ale that was aged slightly; Hardcore IPA is a Double IPA in that style, but updated of course, with modern twists. With this said, if you are seeking a West Coast, heavy carbonated, heavily hopped IPA, this is not your bottle of beer.
Hardcore, had little carbonation, no substantial head, even with a sloppy pour. The color was dark orange amber so slightly darker then most modern IPAs’. The Smell was rich; I could tell much of the flavors of the IPA from the smell. The smell is hard to describe, but has a rich malt smell to it that is balanced off with slight citrus overtones.
When I first tasted a sip no bitter hop taste punched my palate, instead a bold rich creamy malty taste with a mild almost unnoticeable taste of citrus tasting hop. The after taste does hit you with hoppy bitterness though it hits in a way unlike any ale I have ever drunk. The malty first flavor seems to fully develop and then disappear as a hoppy bitterness appears. It s very sticky in the mouth and the taste lingered on my palate for around thirty minutes.
Hardcore contains more malt then most IPA’s which gives it a slight barley wine type taste though without the sweetness. It seemed like BrewDog did it in the traditional UK classic way, but with more hops. Over all one of the best unique imperial IPA’s I have ever had; it truly is far different from any Imperial IPA I have had, it’s a shame I only had one bottle.
serxusolares (38) - - FEB 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Una auténtica joya. Nariz muy afrutada con matices de fruta madura, herbáceos y lúpulos cítricos. En boca tiene cuerpo y un gran equilibrio amargo!
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MattyKakes (117) - Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good American style IPA double, and it’s smooth. Doesn’t hit ya in the beginning. Refreshing! Cheers!
bobinlondon (1276) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just had to delete previouus rating after drinking 2 pints of handpulled cask at the Rake C/O Tom. I had just tried a second batch mail ordered from the brewery after reading that the hoppage had been upped dramatically. It didn’t taste too different to me. I rolled up late at the Rake last night and was delighted to see this beer on handpull at a bargain £4 a pint. It was superb! I sank 2 in no time and would have had more if closing time had not iintervened. The best cask beer that I have sampled since Sheps/Stones California Double IPA last year. This is a F**king monster! Get down there and neck some if you possibly can. It is so much better than the bottled offering.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
550ml brown bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. Pours a bit hazy golden amber body with a half inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Grapefruit and toffee equally share the aroma, hinting at a good malt backbone for this DIPA. Orange, lemon, grapefruit hit the palate first, with toffee and chocolate malts shortly thereafter to help balance and bring some complexity to the show. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a very easy drinking DIPA and is disappearing much faster than I’d like. This beer is phenomenal - bold but balanced, complex yet approachable. I’m impressed.
bobolev (11) - RUSSIA - SEP 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This Imperial India Pale Ale rocks?hardcore! But don?t take our word for it...this little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell.
2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic. 4 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves to ensure your mouth feels punished and puckering for more. 9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars became alcohol in the
Thibord (1) - Palis, FRANCE - OCT 26, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Belle définition d’une impérial IPA. Couleur caramel. Limpide et belle mousse.notes maltées puis houblonnées. Belle longueur en bouches. Zero déception CQFD pour une brewdog
Nephilium (1594) - Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Batch # 190, BBD: 29/10/10; new recipe) Nice piney hop nose, with a touch of caramel in the back end. Pours a clear amber, with a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing behind. Very visible carbonation in the beer itself. The flavor of this is amazing, crisp bitter hops, with a long bitter finish. A touch of caramel sweetness, but this still showcases the hops. One of the better IIPA’s I’ve recently tried.
williamherbert (1425) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serious bitter hop aroma. Both oak and cat-piss. Tangerine and grapefruit. Tremendous.
Appears hazy yellow, like a hefe. Little to no head. Tiny, stray, upfloating bubbles. Pale amber/gold.
Flavor is blood orange and tangerine. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste. All citrus with a mild okay aftertaste as well. Roasted burnt cookie malts.
The palate is thick and creamy. A nice bitter fizz. An outstanding beer. Hops of a harvest ale; malts of a burnt nature.