Brew dog ‘Hardcore’ Imperial IPA


image“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. 6 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. This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars.”

This new drop from the Scottish Brewers is a beast. It sits at 9.2% and uses centennial, simcoe and Columbus hops. It is a whopping 150 IBU!??. Wow. Pours a dark golden/copper/Amber that has an ivory head that has mild to medium retention. Leaves a nice rim of lace. Nose is quite floral and piney, with also tropical fruits, and a bit of toffee. This must be the caramalt. First sip is lovely. Sweet malt encompasses bitter grapefruit and lemon, along with dark stewed fruits. We get huge puckering bitterness on the tongue as you swish it around the mouth. We get a definite booze burn on the tongue also but it’s well disguised by the sweet, toffee malts. This is the fourth sip and we can feel the effects of the high alcohol content already! Mouthfeel is large; almost chewy. Good sign. There is mild to medium carbonation here. Basically in a nutshell, there is powerful bitterness that mixes well with sweet malt and leaves a spicy, slight booze burn on the palate that’s balanced out. We have many DIPA’s lately and this is a nice drop. Stick to one only cause it’s extremely strong.