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

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RATINGS: 1190   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2375) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2010
Amber. Still beneath a pale beige head that fades to a lacy coat but returns with a swirl. Lots of pine and zest in the aroma with nectarines, flowers and toffee poking through. Quite a lot of malt sweetness and it’s got stone and orchard fruit as well as toffee. Bitterness is pretty big, but it’s a pretty balanced beer. Resinous bitter finish has some sweetness too. Not surprisingly, it’s noticeably boozy. Pretty good, though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2010
Aroma - Huge fresh hop aromas - passionfruit, pine with deep earthy notes punching from underneath. Nutty, chocolate fudge malt backbone. Steely, peppery alcohol is there too, but well hidden considering the abv. Very tight and sophisticated, everything is there in perfect harmony, eg nothing overwhelming (or underwhelming) or out of place. Wow. Flav - Incredibly fresh, zesty US hops upfront, malt strengthens mid-pallet, primarily caramel, peanut brittle and fudge. Subtle alcohol is always there. Bitterness is firm, but not mouth puckering, making the beer surprisingly drinkable. Harmonious and beautifully drinkable. Thanks Brewdog.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simcoe_citra (12) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle delivered from Brewdog. Clear red-orange with a thick head. Aroma is very complex with many layers : caramel then citrus then pine and then cats wee (in a good way). Slightly burnt caramel gives way to a lovely lingering bitterness. The alcohol is nicely warming in the mouth but not overly so. Slightly sticky and resinous. The finish is long and beautifully bitter. Overall, a wonderful beer, but at 9.2% I probably should stick to only 4 or 5!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4946) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2010
0.33 l bottle, thanks Sampo! Amber color. Firm flowery and lemony hop aroma with mango. Very bitter and hoppy flavor, lemony , flowery and slightly nutty. Bittersweet, but still nicely drinkable. Oily palate. Strong fruity bitterness lasts forever.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle. Clear reddish amber pour with a fluffy beige head that lasts a while. Aroma has some strong toffee-like malt but is still very hoppy, with notes of pine, lemon, passionfruit and pineapple. Flavour is very similar although the hops are more powerful and have a stronger herbal, menthol-like character to them. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and a long bitter finish. Great IIPA, more more balanced and complex than the first edition.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaksmart (404) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle. Clear orange/amber colour with a light, off-white foam. Aroma is huge on hops, with a caramel-malt base. Also elderflower, grapefruit, taffee, lime, and some pine. Taste has a large malt base with lots of caramel and lime. Also some syrup, fruits and lemon. The finish is very dry and big on the hops. Slightly oily texture, full body, long duration, medium carbonation. Very complex, heavy-duty and in-your-face-ish. Very nice and fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3280) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
12 oz bottle, Batch 72, best by date 3/20/2011. Orange pour with very little white head. Aroma of citrus peel, mandarin oranges, pine. Light fruitiness, some resin. Flavor is forwardly high on the bitter scale, mild citrus and pineapple peak out behind the strong bitter hops. Certainly better than I remember the original being. The bitterness is a tad one dimensional, though strong. A bit of honey malt comes out as it warms up. However, this is probably fresher than the bottle of the original version I had. Mouthfeel is a touch oily. Finishes medium and bitter. A step in the right direction for BrewDog.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Large head, good retention and plenty of lace. Seriously murky copper orange colored ale. Nose is genteel for an IIPA. Soft fruitiness, gentle citrus notes and a light earthyness. Body is decent, med/full, lightly oily and resinous with a prickly carbonation. Lotsa big piney hoppyness, caramel malts, dry with some pithy fruityness, dry and juicey, tastey. Dry, bracing finish, lasts and keeps yer attention. Bottle procured @statelineliquors. Swell.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcot (771) - Campomorone, ITALY - JUL 17, 2010
Bevuta in bottiglia da 0,33 al pub del Duca, Genova Capolungo. Ha un colore ramato, versa poca schiuma beigiolina e poco persistente. E’ una versione imperial delle ipa già proposte in altre versioni da questo birrificio scozzese. Luppolatissima e molto aromatica, i 9,2% sono ingannevoli si sentono solo alla fine. Decisamente non una birra estiva ma è fantastica nel suo genere

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (3951) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a deep, clear orange body with a medium-sized white head. Smell is - as expected - very hoppy, with a floral, grassy profile. Taste is matching: floral, grassy hops with hints of spruce, cough syrup and peppery caramel. Not too aggressive, actually; I was expecting something a bit more in-yo-face like their Punk IPA but with even more punch. Instead, the Hardcore IPA is relatively well-balanced - the hops are bitter, particularly in the finish, but still much less pronounced than in other BrewDog beers. Thumbs up for this smooth, yet hard IPA.


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