Monday, 12 October 2009

Brew Dog - Hardcore IPA

Finally managed to track down some Brew Dog at the weekend. Sainsburys in Tunbridge Wells had some on their shelves. Going straight in at the deep end I chose a bottle of Hardcore IPA. Only 9% abv said the bottle, with enough hops to "ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more".

They weren't kidding either. Just opening the bottle released a strong hoppy aroma, which was further enhanced when I poured the beer into a glass. It reminded me of my home-brewing days, when the hop cones are added to the wort as it comes up to the boil; absolutely incredible! The uncompromising bitterness of the hops is balanced by the strong residual malt sugars present in this powerful brew. This really is extreme beer at its best!

33cl isn't normally enough for me, but in this case it was. Hardcore IPA is definitely not a beer for everyday drinking, but for special occasions it really hits the mark.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Sainsbury's were flogging off loads of Brewdog beers cheap and at 3 for 2 in the Tonbridge store the other week. Have you tried their 'outrageous' Tokyo imperial stout yet? Got a spare bottle going if you want it.