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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1269   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.

Simonsen's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Simonsen (699) - - NOV 16, 2012
Kjøpt på polet i vika under navnet "hard høst ipa". Mørk rød farge, nesten ikke skum, en frisk iPa med smak av humle, jord, løv, hint av karamell. Liker den veldig godt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bewyder (40) - FRANCE - NOV 20, 2014
Une IPA forte, houblon bien présent mais accessible. Côté fruité important, litchi. Bouteille bue au bar La tête à l’envers, Vincennes, France, le 21/05/2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lobs_ols (129) - LATVIA - NOV 14, 2014
Clear red gold, strong white head. Delightful hoppy aroma - I’d say the fruity notes dominate - with hints the alcohol as well. Very distinct bitternesswith notes of.. cellar, roasted malt, caramel and warming alcohol. Finish is... tingly bitterness with warming sensations. Interesting, hardcore indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5061) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body under a one finger frothy white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is rather heavy on the malt, lots of caramel, a little husky malt, moderate alcohol, and hefty amount of piney and resiny hops. Unfortunately, the flavor is overly malt driven, with a fairly heavy caramel sweetness. The hops are fairly bitter, but not especially bright or juicy tasting. Not exactly my kind of IIPA. Medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. I think I’ll pass on another go at this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obrewfriends (1) - FRANCE - NOV 11, 2014 does not count
Une belle surprise dans la lignée de la brasserie brewdog! Une hardcore avec une amertume extrême, très houblonnée avec des arômes de fruits exotiques d’agrumes et de fleurs suivi par une finale tout en douceur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (232) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Format: Bottle from Safeway in Redwood City, CA
Appearance: Medium to deep amber with a creamy, light khaki head
Aroma: Caramel, mango, sweet flowers, pine
Taste: Sweet malts upfront followed by spicy rye notes and slightly bitter hops that linger nicely. A smooth bitterness, if that makes sense.
Overall: A big, creamy and balanced Imperial IPA that borders on being a barleywine (but without the booze).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eduardovl (914) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 10, 2014
330ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color forming a big, creamy and persistent beige head. Good retention. Forms a lot of lingering and molasses lacings in the glass. S: Really powerful grassy and piny hops in the nose. Strong notes of caramel malts. A bit fruity and booze in the end. Alcohol is well hidden by the hoppy bouquet. T: Upfront is a slightly sweet. Strong notes of caramel malts and toffee which is followed by a strong bitterness kick. Strong notes of piny, grassy and herbal hops. American style hops profile. M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Caramel and hops bitterness in the aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. Strong and lovely. Authentic American style IPA made in the old continent. For hardcore-punky-hopheads! ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bozo_skeleton (555) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 7, 2014
Robe orangée, voilée, grosse carbo, collet moyen persistant. Aromes caramel, seve, légèrement fruité. Puissante, notes fruités et caramel ressortent bien. Belle amertume sèche sur la finale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sucharek147 (24) - Dębica, POLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Barwa czerwonawo- miedziana. Piwo jest idealnie klarowne. Piana dość obfita, ale w miarę szybko opadająca. Aromat bardzo wyraźny, zdecydowanie cytrusowy z lekka nutą słodową. Smak na początku dość słodki, a następnie do głosu dochodzi dość wyraźna i niezalegająca goryczka. Generalnie piwo jest bardzo dobre, a urzekło mnie w szczególności swoim bardzo wyraźnym aromatem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marcius (221) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Appearance with amber color, cloudy liquid and medium head. Extremely hoppy aroma with fruit (passion fruit, mango) and caramel. Pretty strong. On the palate, it is extremely bitter, hoppy, malty, caramel and alcoholic. A beer personality! Very good! Recommend to be enjoyed by the latter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
curdy (6) - Lodge Park, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2014 does not count
(Tesco, American Double IPA) Sweet, fruity aroma. Deep, deep ruby appearance. Sweet malt taste with a gorgeous bitter after taste....so bitter I felt a pepper tickle in the nose. At 9.2% ABV, why drink a glass of wine ever again?! A really, really good ale. A real coup for Tesco to get hold of this BrewDog Hardcore IPA.

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