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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 1399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1018) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2012
The entire kitchen filled with hoppy aroma the second I opened this beer. Pours orange with a small very sticky head. Great burning beer, with hops for days, really well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (2517) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2012
330ml bottle. Fruit aromas. Pours clear amber, with nice frothy white head, persistent and good lacing. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is a bit fruity, alcohol noticeable (maybe too much). Not very well balanced. Long warm finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (10259) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 3, 2012
330ml bottle (Hell Hunt, Tallinn) Batch -104, BB 04-04-13, Drunk 2012-06
Pours a very bold reddy orange, fairly persistent tight off-white head. Aroma totally packed with hop resins, quite fresh, but quite messy and a little oppressive - like there’s some dodgy chemicals in the glass. Smoooooth palate, soft carbonation, but alas that becomes slicker and stickier later. Big sweet malty base, but totally slathered in resiny hops. Less messy in the taste, the caramel toffee and treacle provide a soft cushion that the hops simply and safely bounce you against. Perhaps a little too sweet, but just within acceptable bounds. Some zesty orange makes it almost cakey. Hops are a little directionless, not giving any clear details, it’s basically all over the place. However, the up-side of that is that there’s a fair bittering component which leaves you with a nice bitter finish. Way less of a trainwreck than the first version - could it be that those crazy Scots are finally actually learning to brew pale ales? The IPA is dead series corroborates that progress.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
undercurrent25 (1578) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
Pours an amber colour, strong grapefruit in the aroma and on the taste, oily on the palate and has a strong alcohol aftertaste, would be nicer if was brewed to a lower abv

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1379) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2012
Mid to dark amber brown coloured beer with a weak white head. A massive hop aroma, resinous and fruity, in particular passionfruit and a touch of orange, with a slight hint of sweetish malt in the background. Dry mouthfeel. The hops are abound again in the taste, the fruit element is present, passionfruits and oranges, but this time its along side a really green, grassy flavour, a hint of spice would liken it to rocket leaves! The finish is a little more subdued, being tempered by a soothing sweet malt flavour that takes the edge of the hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
japi (128) - Neubrandenburg, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2012
An amber coloured beer with a big, two or three finger head, but it’s early almost disappeared. Very complex flavours! It has a piney, fruity, floral and citrus aroma. The taste is a little bit sweet and fruity, first. But then the alpha acids come and kick your mouth. It has brutal bitterness. Love it! The texture is oily, the body is full.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2051) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2012
11.2oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem $3.39 Nice darker burnt orange colured body with a good sized (1cm) head..its off white in colour. Great wafts of spicy,resiny hops greet the nose..some semi-sweet citrus aspects also.Great Taste is somewhat the same maybe sweeter than expected,slight but pleasing alcohol taste. Rather odd in the mouth in that the carbonation is very low and what there is gives a silky smooth texture..almost bottle conditioned! Good stuff and from my old neck of the woods

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sask89 (498) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
Pours a nice clear ruby red colour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is of toffee and caramel with plenty of floral and citrus hops. Taste is mildly sweet, but quickly gives way to a robust bitterness. Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth and creamy mouth feel. Overall an excellent Double IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElDesmadre (2129) - Mikołów, POLAND - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle. Reddish brown with a frothy head. What a tropical hop-bomb this is! Citrusy, floral, with mango, pineapple and pine, all with a solid, caramelly-malty base underneath. Full, oily body complemented by oily hops caressing the palate. Light sweetness balancing the very strong bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth in the finish, well integrated into the noble bitterness, that is additionally balanced by the solid, chewy body of this brew. Floral-tropical-hoppy taste with a floral-piney-earthy aftertaste. Finally a beer that manages to live up to its hype entirely!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle 33 cl @ Karhisma Birroteca (Piedimonte Matese, Caserta - Italy). Pours a lively rusty orange, almost clear and with a beautiful-to-look-at white head. Aroma is undoubtely Centennial, filled with citrus, grapes, tropical fruits, caramel, icing sugar, grass. Body is medium to full, a classic Brewdog malt taste you could feel also in 5 A.M. Saint, just doubled in strength. This is heaven and hell, since you could get bored from this mark. Soft carbonation, good. Great white grapes and grapefruit contribution, caramel is heavy but not overrides everything. Finish is dry, among pink grapefruit and resin. Really dry, last long and satisfies palate. Well, in my opinion there are many better european DIPA than that (some examples: Djævlebryg OriginAle, Nogne #100, Haandbryggeriet Fyr or Flamme), but, in reference to massive-distribution or big names, Hardcore IPA is the european answer to Great Divide Hercules or Founders Double Trouble. And is a good answer indeed.


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