Review #11 – Brewdog Hardcore

Hardcore IPA (Imperial/Double IPA, 9.2% abv) by BrewDog (Fraserburgh, Scotland). $8.50/330ml bottle.

From the label: “4 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron (sic) that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more.” They’re half right.

A second round of redemption Thursday and this time around it’s the Brewdog Hardcore, a beer I’d had during last year’s world footy cup or whatever it was, apparently New Zealand won it and there was much rejoicing. At the time I described in my notes as “f…ing awful. Too hoppy, bitter, fruity and stenchy” but of course I hadn’t really given it a fair chance. It was served to me in a plastic cup – I believe I have elsewhere expressed my opinion of such an abominable act – and from memory I was coming off a row of porters and stouts so it was never going to sit well. And so, now, swollen with magnanimity in the comfort of my own home, I am willing to give it another try. Continue reading

Review #1 – Epic Larger

It really brings out the yellow in your walls, too.
From the label: Tigers. Balls of Twine. Pyramids. Waimea Bay waves. Ohakune Carrots. Some things are meant to be big. Flavours. Aromas. Beer. The list is large but we think it should be bigger. There is a time and place for subtlety, for a delicate touch. This is not one of them. Turning the amplifier up to eleven? Yeah, that’s it.

Epic Larger – Imperial Pilsner, 8.5% abv., (Auck., NZ). $11/500ml bottle.

So, finally, here we go. And what better place to start than with a beer recommended by a complete stranger over the internet from half a world away? As it turns out, this is by no means a bad beer. In fact it’s very good, and if you’re a fan of other beers in Epic’s range, you’ll know what to expect and probably find it even better than that. But there is something that bothers me about it, though it did take me a while to figure out what it was. Continue reading