I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 38
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
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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 nimrod979:
Photo of nimrod979
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy bronze/amber color with a one finger off white head. Bubbly that eventually calms down to a small film that lingers on top of this brew.
Rather fruity aroma. Citrusy hops with plenty of piney hop aromas as well. Caramel malts on the nose as well and a slight booziness to it.
Taste wise it starts out rathe sweet and fruity. Citrusy and piney hops flavor. Plenty of caramel malt to add to the sweetness before a big hoppy finish that has quite the warming effect from the alcohol. Finish lingers quite a bit.
This beer is full-bodied. Almost a thick yet, oily texture. Chewy and a bit dry on the finish. Pretty solid beer though. Not overly bitter, definitely one of the sweeter tasting DIPA's I've tried.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of ehammond1
2.56/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of mondegreen
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of richkrull
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Photo of BlazerT
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Teku glass.
A: Cooper/burnt orange with low to medium, white head, which dissapears quickly. Very clear no haziness.

S: Intense fruity aromas - citrus (orange, tangerine), some tropical fruits (mango). Clean malty sweetness. Resinous and grassy. Some alcohol notes.

T: Strong an complex hop flavour - mainly citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) and tropical fruits (mango, pineapple) - those two are dominant. In the background some grassy and pine notes. High bitterness from the start till the end in the very end sweet accents. Aftertaste is bitter.

M: Smooth. Medium body. Medium carbonation. No alcohol warmin:

O: Very good, highly drinkable IIPA, good balance between hop and malty/sweet character.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz glass at the official tap takeover @theundergroundedm.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two skinny fingers of thick, puffy, bubbly beige head, which leaves a wash of random inkblot lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells quite pungently of fleshy grapefruit rind, orange cream, pine resin, caramel pudding, rich toffee, and a floral, leafy, somewhat perfumed booze warming. The taste is rather sugary, dense caramel/toffee malt, sharp grapefruit juice, mild tropical fruit - guava and a hint of pineapple, mostly - wet pine needles, and more floral, earthy hops. Only a slight, and now abstracted, alcohol heat lingers at the edges.

The carbonation is quite soft and serene, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and actually fairly smooth, the hop prickliness kept to a dull hum, which even allows for some creamy twists. It finishes on the sweet side, as the malt holds steady, and the hops lose a lot of their bitter bite.

A pretty enjoyable DIPA, one that almost keeps it up through the (so-called) bitter end. Full, round, and with a well-integrated 19 proof booze, this is one heavy hitter that you'd better keep your fool head up around.

Photo of Aml42000
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Murky dark amber with a thin white head. No lacing to speak of.

S- A good mix of caramel and pine. Layered, but not delineated.

T- A shot of caramel on entry and through the mid palate. A quick and slightly clumsy transition to intense bitter hops.

M- Nice, but a bit muddled. It has some oily quality, but is still crisp and clean. A little confused.

O- Very good IPA/DIPA. I enjoy I beat You much more, but the regular hardcore IPA a little less. Would buy again.

Photo of klshanks
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/20/10 - 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance- Orangish Amber in color with a good 2 inch head after being poured. Great lacing and head that sticks around for a while.

Smell- Awesome. Smells super fresh. Citrus and grapefruit, with a little alcohol sweetness in it.

Taste- A bit dissapointing to me after the aroma, a grassy dandelion bitterness to it. I can't identify my hop varieties very well, but tastes very similar to what they used in Sink the Bismarck.

Mouthfeel- Syrupy. Not as bubbly as I would have thought with the amount of carbonation it seemed to have from the pour.

Drinkability- For a 9.5% brew, very drinkable. Not my favorite IPA ever, but pretty solid. Tastes a lot like a much lighter and less concentrated version of Sink the Bismarck. All the same flavors going on, just less potent.

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold into a goblet.

I Hardcore You (love the name) is a very hazy copper color with thick head. As it settles, a nice sheet of lace is left behind.

Aroma is super hoppy and full of great west-coast citrus and grapefruit.

Flavor is incredibly strong and bitter. There is just huge hoppiness with no balance whatsoever. The grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus along with pine and herb, combine to almost overwhelming effect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lowish carbonation.

Overall a crazy good DIPA to come out of Europe. Expensive but worth a try.

Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass. thanks to finewinemike for a quick, somewhat random trade.

A - pours with about an inch of intensely creamy, frothy very light tan colored foam. the beer is hazy, burnt orange in color. random, sticky thin layers of lacing left behind.

S - ripe tropical fruits: pineapple, assertive grapefruit, melon and citrus rinds. slightly spicy and "dank". honeyed biscuits and caramel malt add balance. very nice.

T - very strong bitterness with a massive amount of grapefruit, citrus rinds, mango, and spicy Simcoe hops. solid malt layer brings caramel and brown sugar sweetness. hints of alcohol and pine towards the end.

M - thick, creamy body. light and delicate, fizzy carbonation. oily going down, with some burning alcohol and lingering hop bitterness.

D - solid beer, held back only a bit by a somewhat dull mouthfeel and alcohol which cant find a place to hide. still, brings a massive amount of hoppy goodness in the glass. one of the better Brewdog beers.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Cleveland. Big hoppy acidic aroma. Huge soapy white head on cloudy golden, lacey. Retained head of 1.5 inches. Very citrus, a sipper, grapefruit and orange. tastes as if IBU of 90 plus. Spot on the style, but more malt would make it more drinkable.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is an autumn cherry cloudy and thick. The head of two fingers turns slowly into laced dirty snow melt on the sides of the port glass...

Fruits' aroma hits hard, the heaviest is lychee, then grapefruit, and strawberry, pine sap answers for the hop notes

Bitter hops mingle with bitter fruits, the sweet aroma meets here with a unsweetened tea version. There is a tad bit of fructose but that is almost an overstatement. Definitely a hoptastic journey

The mouthfeel lends a medium body and a viscous texture marked with medium bubbles

Fantastic smelling, great bodied, beautiful looking brew, however, the nose promises something sweet and if that were there it would be perfectly balanced and perhaps on my top list of all time, but it did not. Sad. I highly recommend it still.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I Hardcore You - Imperial India Pale Ale
Brew Dog / Mikkeller collaboration
No apparent dating code
$7.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Cloudy with yeast. Deep amber / almost Russet brown in color. Full head of frothy, slightly yellowed tan. The head retention and lacing are quite good.

Smell: Malty. Bready. Toasty. Almost cake-like with a sweet edge of darkened sugar. Leafy, softly citrusy, and gently floral hops. Yeasty fruitiness (apple, berries). Very "English" in character.

Taste: As the nose suggests, but with more yeasty fruitiness and less malt character. Its surprisingly soft and rounded given the intensity of the aroma. It's rich, to be sure, but its also quite supple and smooth. All of the components combine well, and although you can pick it apart to find the yeasty fruitiness or the hops or malt, they don't just immediately appear to you on their own. The alcohol is present, lying beneath or behind the malt, depending on how you want to look at it, but it doesn't stand out on its own either. Finally, the bitterness is surprisingly soft, blanketed by the rich malt. The one thing that does pop is the spritz of orange from the gently citrusy hops. It pops up mid-palate and lends a refreshing edge, and then reappears with less brightness in the long-lingering leafy/malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth with what seems to be a natural carbonation - I don't know that it is, but I immediately thought of cask beer as that first sip crossed my tongue. Remarkably supple.

Overall: Really quite impressive. It's rich, complex, and velvety smooth. Worth every cent!!!

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into Bruges snifter.
A: Pours with frothy two finger head, that is a stark white. The body is a deep hazy orange. The line between the head and the body is a crisp line of definition. The head sinks into a foam island on top of the glass. Lacing is left in a layered form.
S: The high intensity of citrus aroma, are welcomed by the smooth off aroma of an earthy aroma.
T/M: A hop bomb of a beer. While the flavors are such a powerful blast of resins and dry hoppy flavors, there is still a nice malt balance. The sweetness is balanced by the dry finish. The body is a smooth and thick cream. Major grapefruit tastes on the off.
D: The overall taste is great and other characters such as aromas and feel. The ABV in this beer is shown and does decrease the overall drinkability.

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orangish hue with a thin head and great retention; beautiful lacing; this is one bubbly beer with bubbles sporadically popping through the thin head

S: Major tropical nodes: mango; grapefruit, and pineapple; a little bit of woodiness; also a strong alcohol presence; all of this sits on top of a decent malt backbone

T: Alcohol is well masked; bitter hops but tropical fruits--although less prevalent than in the aroma; the alcohol numbing does become more evident as the beer goes down the hatch; there is a malty undertone that is grainy, earthy, and even woody

F: A bit oily and sticky and nicely carbonated; nice medium body; good overall mouth feel

O: A very good, slightly boozy DIPA--such a nice collaboration

Photo of hooliganlife
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a RR belgian glass

pour is a light ruby and brown. quite murky and hazy. thick creamy head that hangs and hangs and hangs. nice lacing on the walls.

huge citrus punch in the face. lots of orange, tangerine, pineapple, and sweet red grapefruit.

quite bitter through out. solid pine bitterness blended with a bitter citrus. nice faint peachy flavor. a bitter white grapefruit like finish. very malty overall but held back behind the hops. faint booze.

fairly thick body with a bit of chew. moderate carbonation.

quite drinkable although at 9.5%, only 1 at a time. i will seek out more of this, this is outstanding.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange color, very hazy. Pours with a good head and good lacing. Just too dark and too sedimenty, though. Looks like a homebrew DIPA.

Smell - Hoppy and a bit boozy. Smells like it was fermented at a high temperature. Very estery. In that regard, it smells like a homebrew DIPA, also. A bit of wood on the nose, but very faint until it warms.

Taste - Follows the homebrew theme, but it tastes good. Fruity hops and fruity esters. The wood flavor persists and dulls the sweetness of the malts a bit. Gives it a slight bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Par for a DIPA. Syrupy, but not viscous. Medium carbonation. Slightly warming in the finish.

Overall - Not bad, but not fantastic. It is dangerously close to having off-flavors, but they never really materialize. I wouldn't buy another bottle of it, but that's partly because it's super expensive.

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