Brew Dogs Hardcore IPA

I’ve always loved everything about Brew Dog. Their 4 packs stick out on American shelves with it’s unique enclosure. The simple dog-in-shield logo is simple and particular. The Brewery’s image is that of a punk rock band. They want to stick it to the man – AKA fizzy, yellow and tasteless mass produced beer. They want to be the solution with their hoppy, juicy and extremely tasty beer. I am fortunate enough for Bier Cellar to be carrying their beer.

Type: Imperial IPA
Brewery: Brew Dog
ABV: 9.2%
IBU: 150
Availability: Year round
Consumption: Dogfish Head IPA Glass
Color: Deep golden color.
Body: Medium body
Head: Off white head, a bit thin and left quick.
Aroma: Very floral and alcohol in smell, you can smell the 9.2% ABV. Sweet caramel and slight fruity.
Taste: Super bitter with caramel and citric. Caramel again in the flavor. Floral with a sweet finish.
Overall Rating: 10/10
Beer Advocate: 88
Rate Beer: 99

This beer weighs in at 150 IBUs and you can certainly smell and taste it. The bitterness is the first thing you smell and taste followed by the alcoholic notes. But with that said, you aren’t scared away by it at all. The bitterness and alcohol notes are masked immediately by the sweet, fruity, and citric wave of senses. All of the flavor is quite enjoyable. Brew Dog has done well with a 9.2% ABV beer that is crushable.

Brew Dog brewed this Hardcore IPA with Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe. They use the same hops in the dry hoping process as well. I love how Brew Dog describes their own beer:

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.