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Sunday
Dec292013

BREWDOG HARDCORE IPA

BrewDog Hardcore IPA. An Explicit Imperial Ale. Unsure of the best serving temperature I let this warm a fair bit and when I popped the cap I was taken aback by the hop blast.

The label rabbits on about the number of Maris Otter grains, Hop Cones and billions of Yeast cells needed to produce this beer, but in the end if it is not satisfying it is a waste of good ingredients. No problems here. The claimed 150 IBU is greatly tempered by the malt to give a mix of sweet caramel and bitter spicy hops. It works, with most of the drink showing no signs of the 9.2% ABV.

A word of warning when using the Spiegelau IPA glass with high alcohol beer. As you near the bottom the bulbous base generally refreshes the head and releases more hop aroma. This felt more like sticking my head in a whisky barrel. Not unpleasant, but not what I was expecting.

 

8/10

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