New Hardcore IPA released!
imperial india pale ale for punks....
This is the new 9.2% Hardcore IPA. An Imperial India Pale Ale which is an all out flavour onslaught very much lives up to the Hardcore name! This beer was first unveiled and tasted last Friday at the Sink the Bismarck! event we held at The Rake in London.
We have been working super hard on our beers over the last couple of months, the new Hardcore is one of the results of this process. We have been relentlessly testing new yeasts in our higher alcohol beers and found a perfect strain which produces much less off flavours than our previous yeast above 8% and ensures we have a much smoother fermentation. In addition we have changed the way we carbonate our beers. No longer are our beers carbonated inline which led to low and inconsistent carbonation and the extra pump increased oxygen pick up. Our beers are now carbonated by carbonisation stones in tank prior to bottling which means we are now far more consistent in our carbonations levels.
The new Hardcore is much darker and more malty than its previous incarnation. The huge beer benefits from having a more robust, encapsulating malt backbone for the ensuing avalanche of high alpha American hops. This beer is absolutely loaded with awesome hops making the theoretical IBUs all out off the charts. Our first double dry hopped beer, Hardcore has an insane aroma which hits you as soon as you open the bottle. The avalanche of Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe provide an intense rush of flavours and mercilessly hammers the hop resins into your tongue as the bitterness punishes your pallet. Our new very light filtration regime means the mouth feel and body of this beer are incredibly full.
The new 9.2% Hardcore also has different packaging with a petrol blue and white label.
This IPA is our tribute to the awesome Imperial IPAs of American craft brewers as we try to recreate a little bit of California is snowy, cold and dark North East Scotland. This is a beer we have worked really hard and are pretty excited about the results, you can try it for yourself here: http://www.brewdog.com/product.php?id=32