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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

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BA SCORE
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480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: thepeter on 08-17-2010)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comparisons between this and the standard Hardcore are inevitable but objectively this is the real deal. Slightly lighter than Hardcore, this has a sharper more penetrating pine nose, forms reasonable head but really delivers in the mouthfeel with the taste. Supple, balanced and complex compared to Hardcore's more weighty boozy maltiness this is more enjoyable and undoubtedly a more balanced beer.

Zimbo, Jun 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

oberon, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Tiernan, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

FadetoBock, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Beaver13, Aug 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

megamass, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

SuperbikeShaun, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Marius, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -1.2%

innominat, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jaminjohnson, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.78/5  rDev +18%
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.

jondeelee, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

xdefeatsy, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

virinow, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

fionn13, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

ehammond1, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of DonGuido
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

DonGuido, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Mantooth, May 06, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of mondegreen
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

mondegreen, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of nicole-mac
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

nicole-mac, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of pine hops. Also present are slight amounts of herbal hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors with lighter pale malts kick things off. Joining in almost immediately are large amounts of sticky pine flavors. Midway through the sip hints of herbal hops work their way into things, fading out into a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall there wasn't anything overly exciting about this beer but it's nicely done. Worth a shot.

glid02, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of richkrull
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks bud.

Poured a cloudy copper color with lots of beige head on it.

Smell is incredibly hoppy. Great aroma. I could smell this beer all night.

Taste is just as good. Great bitter hop flavor throughout. Some malt coming through to balance it. Some citrus flavors coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. Nice smooth drinking beer.

I really enjoyed this one. Sadly it will probably be the only time I try it. Very good DIPA though that I would highly recommend!

richkrull, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
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I Hardcore You from BrewDog
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