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BrewDog Hardcore NZ

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BrewDog Hardcore NZ
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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What do you get if you take our World Beer Cup Gold Medal winning Imperial India Pale Ale and replace all the American hops with New Zealand ones?
Hardcore NZ! And we just brewed a tiny batch in one of our baby tanks using Moteuka, Nelson Sauvin, Pacific Gem and Green Bullet. The beer will be keg only and is available in all BrewDog bars from today. Go get some! And hope James and Martin don’t drink it all before you get there!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2740) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Tap at Brewdog Edinburgh, a looooooooooong time ago, but I remember this baby well. Big pineapple, grape, caramel aromas, more tropicalia on the taste. Juicy and lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (436) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 An enjoyable double IPA that initially raised suspicions with a distinct passionfruit aroma (didn’t expect Kiwi smells in a Scottish beer). Recipe may need some tweaking to suit the NZ hops used but it does have a solid foundation to start.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6036) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2012
(Draught at BrewDog Camden, London, 19 April 2012) Reddish amber colour with lasting, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with caramel, red fruit, orange peel, black-currant and resiny hops. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, black-currant, red fruit, resin, orange peel and a solid resinous/citric bitterness in a long finish. Almost full body, fairly sweet. Quite powerful with an impressive hop character. Lovely beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (3410) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 21, 2012
Brown and murky body, firm beige head. Rich malt and hop character, with both a doughy base but clearly some fruity hops going on like mango. Smooth bitterness, dangerously drinkable. To the normal Hardcore this isn’t as fresh but more American and about body. Awesome brew. (Half pint at Brewdog Camden)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3610) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 19, 2012
Draught @ Brewdog Camden, London

Pours dark orange with a smooth head. Aroma of exotic fruits, malts and caramel. Taste is quite malty with some exotic fruits, hoppy bitterness and sweet caramel notes. Finish is sweet and malty with some fruity notes. Alcohol comes through slightly too much. Okay IIPA, but the original one was slightly better

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Big_Dunc (35) - Glasgow, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
An almost perfect beer, refreshing and bitter. The NZ hops used to brew this really set it out from the standard Hardcore IPA. I hope that this goes into full production.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Keg. Served by an awfully-trained barmaid at Brewdog Camden. Deep amber color. Small off-white head. The nose is light tropical fruits, that pacific hop fruitiness. The taste is moderately hoppy, but there’s certainly a strong raisin bread-like malt presence. Medium body. Quite easy to sip on considering the ABV. Overall, an OK DIPA. :/

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2012
On keg at the BrewDog Bar. Pours an amber colour with a thick beige head. A lovely resinous hop aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, pine and grass. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Lingering pine, pineapple and caramel. Alcohol is quite well balanced. A little sweet also.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (1849) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2012
Keg at Brewdog Camden. Pretty clear orange amber colour with golden head. Aroma is cat pee, tropical fruit, lots of booze, bit of malt. Taste is bitter and malty. Some indistinct fruit, maybe pear and some orange. Bit of burnt toast flavour too. Towards end, bit of mango turns up too. The usual spike in the mouth. Not that different from the regular Hardcore, and actually maybe not as good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2012
On tap at BrewDog Camden. Hazy copper, sizeable offwhite head. Intense passion fruit hop nose. Ridiculously bitter, Nelson Sauvin hops rule all the way, but enough body and caramel resistance in the mouth. Hardcore galore.


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