Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Bottle: Filtered. Cask: Unfiltered.
Also sold as Tesco Finest American Double IPA
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Crystal malt, Caramalt; Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe hops. Dry Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe. IBU 150
This Imperial India Pale Ale Rocks... Hardcore! But donít feel obliged to 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 in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more.
9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks.
2 humans and 1 canine companion are relatively happy with the results
Note this is for the new petrol blue coloured labels with white lettering, which is 9.2%. Ratings for the older bottles with with bright blue label and black lettering should go under the first edition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 20, 2011
22.4 oz bottle. Pours a hazy coppery red with a thick, dense khaki head. Aroma is full of caramel and resinous pine sap with some grassy and hay scents too. The flavor is pretty sweet up front, lots of caramel malt and some sugar with a hop bitterness that fades in and finishes strong. Medium body with an average carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. This is definitely one of those IPAx2ís that are on the sweet side, the big hop character helps it out a lot though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep golden amber with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma is very citric hoppy, a touch of cheesiness, so obviously not the freshest bottle which I was worried about, but also not nearly as bad as it could be. The nice mango and tangerine come through very well with a pretty strong sweet caramel and candy note. Flavor starts with a quick touch of honey before a burst of citric and mango fruit. A touch of the stale cheesiness comes back but only for a moment Finishes with a biting lightly piney hop note and a bit more herbal and earthiness. A touch of booziness lingers. Medium to medium body and a softer carbonation. Glad it wasnít terribly oxidized, I could see what they were going for, and its not bad, though no where near something like Dreadnaught

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1607) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2011
33cl bottle from Brewery. I did wonder how much this would vary from the Mikkeler joint production. My immediate thought was not as much of a caramel character, but certainly like a sack of fresh hops in your glass. Quite a plain Autmnal red appearance, so much mouthfeel, tonnes of grapefruit and grassiness and that rich warming sensation as it slides its way down the throat and into the chest. Quite superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2011 OK, Iím afraid Iím kind of guessing these ratings a little bit. But I do have some notes... Had this a couple of times now. Once with a Burrito, it was a good match. Rather sweet opening, almost like syrup. Very spicy, hoppy, full body. Lots of fruit bouncing around too. Very nice. Re-rate: keg at BrewDog. Fresh, pungent pine and fruit nose. Spicy, bitter, fruity & hoppy with decent carbonation. Massive resinous hops but strong caramel malt backbone to balance it out. Brilliant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber colour. Small, long lasting head. Aroma is all hops, tropical fruit, floral and some citrus. Taste is bitter, resiny, mango, peach, passionfruit, floral. The malt is lost in the pot pouri of hop flavours. Some sweetness, the effect with the resiny quality is cloying. Wish I had a curry to go with this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1538) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2011
650 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City. Rusty orange pour with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma of tangerines, grapefruit, pine needles, and grass. Flavor is delicious with nearly equal parts bitter pine, bright citrus, and sweet caramel. Slight alcohol warming on the finish. Another stunning DIPA from BrewDog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2011
To me itís not much more than a standard IPA, and although the IBU and ABV would say otherwise...itís certainly not "hardcore". Now, thatís not to say it isnít darn tasty, itís just to say that I could find an equally compelling IPA in a 6-pack that costs less then this 4-pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle, cool but not cold and into a chalice glass. Not quite bright, the body a ruddy chestnut thatís radiant in the lights. Head a flaccid mess of dense off-white bubbles that lace well. Resiny hop nose displaying notes of strawberry, guava and paw-paw, a strange-lick of fondant icing and vine-clippings, some softer peach and lychee notes come through late. A lot of bitter orange, musk and rose-petals in the mouth, quite perfumy and all the more with the mild burn of alcohol in back. And pine, this has a whole state forest, it seems to have replaced malted barley in the grain-bill! Wads of orange and lime peel start to become pronounced mixing with the musk makes for a strange flavour profile that doesnít work. Bitterness is restrained though. Has an earthy, grittiness to it just after swallowing. A little rough all-in-all. Body is just lighter than that of the Punk IPA but it has the same soft feel. Might cellar one to compare but I can only see the hops fading to reduce it to nothing. Disappointing!!! (33cL, Batch 072, 26/05/11, The Beer Store Morley)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IluvatarMilan (279) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear, honey brown body with a big - but quickly dissipating -fluffy head. Strong aroma of pine, some sourness, intense fruit and flowery hops. Taste is menacingly bitter, but in a highly pleasant way. Very stringent and sticky, pine hops character. Earthily and mildly sweet malts create balance. Very worthwhile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (816) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle: pours a hazy straw color with a thin whispy white head, aroma of reminds me of some past barley wines that I have had - hoppy, dark fruit - plus maybe some citrus, taste is hoppy, citrus with a bitter (but not overpowering) finish.

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