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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 don’t 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2010
660mL bottle. Batch #62. Best before: 04/17/11. A slightly hazy rust colored pour with a smallish antique white head. Pine trees, grapefruits, lemons, and enough caramel maltiness to keep things from being completely one-sided in the aroma. Medium body. Decent balance taste-wise. Plenty of caramel and toffee upfront. Some plums and a hint of rye follow. A resiny finish with lots of bittering grapefruitiness. Spiciness and a bit of warming alcohol throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (355) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 28, 2010
Bottle, 355ml. Pours a clear reddish/orange colour with a magnificent fluffy, Belgian, offwhite head, a bit darker than your usual IPA. Aroma is excelse, all about the hoppiness, intense and extremely citric. Quality hops being used here! Body is robust and very complex. Very bitter finish. Extraordinary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Die_Kapusta (190) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2010
Pours in a deep red amber color and beige head. I pick up cherries, arrack, herbs, molasses, old leafs and a bunch of hops in the aroma. Taste is rich, sweet and a bit salty with plum, licorice and a whole lot of hops in the finish. Really nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4362) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Off-white head quickly recedes leaving no lacing. Thick, sweet caramel and upfront turning to a dry resin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13596) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Ok so I’ve had this several times and not done a rating for it, so I had a bit of someone’s bottle. Better than the previous Hardcore, which was too metallic for me. This is a lot more fruity with grapefruit to the fore and is a rather superb DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10770) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2010
caramelly brown smooth lacing offwhite head 3 very nice dry and flowery hoppy aroma 8 flavor is caramelly, malty, insanely hoppy, sweet brown sugary. hops blew out my nose when sampling aroma, and also blew out my tounge when sampling the flavor this is in fact hardcore. OV 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PMastrop (3) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2010 does not count
Poured hazy with a foamy head. Very hoppy scent. Smooth taste and very easy to drink. Overall a nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1933) - New York, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Poured a nice orange-amber hue with a thin white head that had a thin coating for retention and mild lace. Aroma had some big citrus hop notes, some pine and a caramel malt presence which cut right through the hops. Flavor had a great balance between the hops and caramel malts. Each of them held there own and neither over powered the other. A smooth finish that was a light then i would have liked. But still a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Bottle. Hazy, deep amber body. Frothy, off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma is heavy on the malts. Notes of caramel, toasted grain, orange, citrus, dough and alcohol. The flavor is moderately bitter, moderately sweet and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately to heavily bitter and moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture and average carbonation. Average to below average double ipa. It comes off too malty with little complexity, especially in the flavor. Simply, the malts don’t meld with the hops to give you any noticable flavors, like orange or grapefruit juice. On top of that is the alcoholic finish. Tough to waste sobriety on this messy, malt bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2010
From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010 Fruity hop aroma. White head. Amber golden coloured and strong in alcohol with a hoppy pine flavour. Very dry creamy and bitter finish.

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