#52 BrewDog – Hardcore IPA

BrewDog Hardcore IPAName: Hardcore IPA
Brewery: BrewDog (Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.2%
Source: The Beer Store

Last night I sat down at my computer after drinking this beer and wrote four words: “Oh God. So strong,” before abandoning the post to have a lie-down.

It shows I’m a bit of a wuss because 9.2% isn’t really that strong – not when you consider that this same brewery has made the world’s strongest beer ever. It’s called The End of History and it’s a whopping 55 percent –  stronger than most whiskey! And as if that’s not batshit crazy enough, get this:

“Only 12 bottles have been made and each comes with its own certificate and is presented in a stuffed stoat or grey squirrel. The striking packaging was created by a very talented taxidermist and all the animals used were road kill. ”  – from the BrewDog website.

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I don’t know even know what to say about that… except that I WANT ONE. Seriously, what would be better to have as my 365th beer than one that’s called “The End of History” and would require me to kiss roadkill?

Anyway, it’s not going to happen because of the whole only-twelve-in-the-world thing and the fact that it’s also the world’s most expensive beer. Hmph.

But back to last night’s beer, which was obviously quite strong enough for me anyway…

It poured a golden orange colour which was hazy with heaps of sediment all through it. The sediment wasn’t sinking to the bottom either – it was just sat there (as the English would say) like it was set in jelly.

It smelled really good. Juicy and sweet, with orange and pine hops and strong malt.

The taste took me completely by surprise, much sweeter, maltier, more syrupy than I was expecting (now I know why that sediment wasn’t moving), and then citrusy bitterness, a dry finish, and and warm alcohol heat as it travelled down my throat. It was solid, interesting and enjoyable every step of the way, and as a result I drank it way too quickly.  

This is definitely a beer to be careful with, which is why I was amused to hear that The Malthouse have got four kegs of it to put on for the Quarter-Finals weekend. Best of luck to them!

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