Open It! Beer Review: Hardcore IPA by BrewDog
Open It! is an event originating out of the UK, and UK bloggers often bring up BrewDog. I never have had the pleasure to enjoy BrewDog and picked this one up to give it a go. I was surprised by the beer. I expected a lot of hops but it just wasn’t there. Their website claims 150 IBUs which should have blown me away, but it didn’t. However, I would say I enjoyed this beer. I think one of two things is going on here 1) I somehow got a bad bottle or 2) people on this side of the pond calculate IBUs differently. I did look at reviews online. Some match mine and some say I am way off. Please read my tasting notes and leave your theory on what happened in the comments.
This should be version 2.0 of this beer indicated by white lettering on blue label. Poured a copper color and a bit cloudy. A nice head formed and gave off aromas of grapefruit, maybe even pineapple and bready malt. I did not expect so much malt. The malt was on the tongue as well and had a bitter finish which was nice. There were note of citrus with a medium body, making it very drinkable. My bottle had a batch number of 174 and best before date of 26-07-11. I served it at 50F degrees.