For those of you that arn't familiar with Brewdog, they are a small craft/micro brewery just outside Aberdeen that have a number of high quality beers available. I'll be trying to review as many of them as I can, giving some tasting notes and more information about the beers themselves.
Name: Hardcore IPA
This beer was one of the first ones that I ever tried from Brewdog, and it started a slight obsession with them (and also beer craft in general!). It is described on the bottle as being "hopped to hell" and this couldn't be more wrong! It contains:
-Centennial: An american hop used in a large amount of their beers
-Columbus: Again, american but can produce a bitter taste
-Simcone: Yes...another american one - but normally added later on in the brewing process
These three hops are added both as normal hops and also dry hopped to give an even bigger bitterness to the flavour.
This is a very very strong beer (9.2%) so it isn't one that you would have more than one bottle at a time, and even then its better sharing a bottle with someone else. I always try to serve this in stemmed beer glasses - helps enhance the flavour and also makes it look a lot nicer.
Now I don't know the best way to describe a beer's taste, I wont sit here and say it tastes of pine cones and autumn mornings...but I do know it does taste really really good - its insanely bitter but with a nice citrus finish.
This beer is generally only available through Brewdog themselves, being available in all of their pubs and also their online store in 330ml bottles. Apparently you can get it on tap in some places but I've never seen this.
The big surprise is that it has recently become available in tesco for the stupidly low price of £1.99 a bottle, but under a different name. In tesco it is called "America Finest Double IPA - By Brewdog". Now I haven't seen anything official saying that this is the same beer - but its got the same hops, made by the same brewery and has the same ABV - just a lower price!