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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

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245 Reviews
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 516
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 41
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thepeter on 08-17-2010

What do you get if you blend Hardcore IPA and I Beat You together and then add even more dry hops?

I Hardcore You of course. This is the return, for a limited time only, of a beer which proved firm favourite with hop heads.

I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale. After blending these two awesome beers, the beer is then dry hopped another two times.

80 IBU
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Reviews by WildTurkey:
Photo of WildTurkey
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A: Coppery orange color. Pretty hazy. Thin head.

S: Primary smell is citrus hops. Grapefruit. Then some lighter fruit like Apple or pear. Pale malts - Sweet bready smell.

T: Surprisingly, Hops are not the first thing I noticed. Malty sweetness is the primary flavor. Bready, biscuity. Hops are of grapefruit and come across as very juicy. Hops are definitely there but much more subdued and not as hop forward as I expected (for a DIPA). This is actually a pretty balance IPA -- take that however you want.

M: Medium body. Little bit of carbonation. Not too dry. Pretty smooth.

D: For my preferences, this is very drinkable. The smell is very fruity which I like and the hop bitterness is there but relatively mellow. I don't feel like this is going to burn a hole through the roof of my mouth. This might leave some wanting more but for me this is real good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a clear deep burnt orange with a large crown white top that settled oh so slowly into a mustache giving white head.Aromas are a mix of resiny,citric hop and caramel toffee,neither one has a big advantage over the other.This has a big balanced almost American barleywine palate,a big does of citric,piney hop mixed with dark fruit and alcohol sweetness.I like this beer but not as much as I Beat U,the sweetness kinda takes away from the big dose of hops.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.
A hazy persimmon color. The head was thick, resembled whipped cream, and left a good deal of lace.
Great aroma. Citrus/tangerine, sweet malt. It was even a little peppery.
The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, but was still very good. Grapefruit and tangerine predominated, biscuity malt.
Sweet mouthfeel, a bit understated (in a good way). Alcohol not at all noticeable.
Nice beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Pours a hazy tea-like amber with a smallish off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of fruity, piney, resiny hops with a little stinkiness. It fades a lot as it warms and some cola comes out.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts with a little cola and tropical fruit followed by a big piney, resiny bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation and a bit syrupy.

Overall, an nice, huge DIPA. A little pricey at $7 a bottle though. Best a bit cold. As it warmed, it lost some of the hop characteristics and became a little overly sweet and treacly.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, with a lot of orange citrus and floral/perfume notes, as well as some alcohol. The aroma is a big mix of sweet malt and bitterness from the hops. I get some nice orange citrus and pine notes, with some sweet biscuit malt. The bitterness is about medium and there is also some alcohol present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jondeelee
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I Hardcore You sounds like a dream collaboration: two absolutely incredible microbreweries blending together two of their most delicious beers, then fiddling with them a while longer via extra hopping. Judging by the smell alone, the result is amazing: a massive aroma that can be detected a good foot or so away from the open bottle, bursting with sugary, citrusy, hoppy notes: apricot, orange, crystallized sugar, maple syrup, rose hips, wildflower honey, grapefruit, candied honey.

On the tongue, the taste is no less incredible, beginning with a rush of grapefruit hops that slowly lets in a thick runnel of sugar, filling the mouth with, at first, oranges and apricots, rosewater and honey, but then, as the sugars die off, a strong nutty biscuit-and-toast grain backing comes through strongly. The hops are always present, of course, and in massive quantities. I couldn't find an IBU anywhere, but it has to be in the high double digits, if not low triple digits. And the hop flavor profile changes over the course of the mouthful, beginning with a grapefruit slice flavor, then adding dry pine and grapefruit rind after a few seconds, then slowly--ever so slowly--fading to a grapefruit and rosewater sweetness near the end of the aftertaste (which lasts for a very long time). Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is superb fare, and has obviously been crafted by not only expert brewmasters, but by people who truly love beer. A must-try.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy brownish amber. 1” white head that leaves Belgian Lace designs on the glass.
S: Rich malt, light fruit and hop aromas.
T: Rich caramelly malt, light fruit and an assertive hop finish. F: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: A full flavored, well balanced DIPA

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Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ehammond1
2.56/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazed dark amber and copper with a creamy, small-bubbled off-white head that eventually leaves lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet and aggressive aroma of pine, caramel, toffee, dark fruit (fig?), and alcohol.

The flavor follows the aroma, with the sweet malt and pine flavors combining, along with a bit of dark fruit character, lots of alcohol harshness, and huge levels of bitterness. This is not at all refreshing. This is a harsh, aggressive, abrasive drink.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Two of my least favorite brewers combine to make one of my least favorite IPAs. Shocking.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (not sure why, though the label suggests that this is destined for the US market where there is no dating requirement). Picked up from Trembling Madness in York just the other week. I've had this once before and thought it was fantastic - been looking forward to it ever since the latest batch was announced.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing to a surface layer. An intense aroma of citrus and pine, underpinned by subtle malt and earthy yeast notes. The abundant aromatic hops have a dry, sherbet-like quality. A whiff of alcohol can be discerned in the background.

Tastes like a sackfull of aromatic hops with an intense bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, peel, resinous pine, earthy yeast, caramel malt and stewed hops. Considerable bitterness upon swallowing, along with a warming hint of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with good body and a strident astringency. Dries the palate thoroughly and leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Bam - hops! This is a fantastic brew; makes my list of top-tier IPAs. Tons of hop aroma and flavour, while the malt takes a back seat (this sets it apart from US west-coast IPAs). Spicy, oily citrus with a hint of pine. Very dry, with a lemon character. Nice body and great mouthfeel. I've only had one of the two beers that are blended to create this (Hardcore), but the result is peerless. If you come across this, don't pass up the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mondegreen
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 200ml Samichlaus Tulip.

Pours a hazy tangerine orange with a half finger of sticky head. Plently of lacing. This certainly looks like a nice DIPA.

Kicking hops aromas. Big citrus with a solid malt sweetness. The hops smell fantastic!

Taste is good. A bit too sweet for my liking, but still acceptable for a DIPA. Highly bitter in the front and middle, with a lingering bittersweet finish and a decent alcohol kick.

Mouth is a tad heavy, but still good.

This is a pretty monster DIPA that begs to be sipped and savored. A great interpretation of an American twist on a British style by a Dane and two Scotsmen.

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I Hardcore You from BrewDog
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.