Keeping in the spirit of reviewing beers with strong, evocative names, this week is no different. This week we’ll look at the Hardcore IPA, made by the BrewDog Brewery in Scotland.
I’ll admit to be somewhat amused at an IPA (India Pale Ale) called “Hardcore”, generally IPA’s have a nice hoppy note and with a nice clean finish. Once I realised this was a beer from Scotland with an alcohol content of 9.2% I quickly changed my tune. What is it with the Scots and big alcohol?
The BrewDog brewers are what one might call beer fanatics, whether it’s the fact they are Scottish or just love big beers (or both) this beer is not for the faint hearted. The Hardcore IPA is very hoppy, strong bitterness, but a really lovely malt note, that would could compare to toffee.
This was a really fascinating beer and definitely high on the recommendation list. Those with strong hearts and constitutions only need to apply. If you like the alcohol strength, strong bitterness and malt smoothness this is for you.