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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thepeter on 08-17-2010)
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jealousmonk

California

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured from a bottle (I think the only way it is available) at a restaurant into a tulip and at home into a tulip, a pint glass, and an Arrogant Bastard glass. Recommend a tulip to enjoy the intense aroma.

A - Dark and hazy for an IPA, pours with a dense and long-lasting head.

S - Hops! Extremely strong pine and citrus hops and a lot of malty sweetness, too. This is a very aromatic beer, consistent with the already hoppy components and extra dry hopping. As you can tell from the smell, it needs to be drunk fresh!

T - Hops again! The malts are less pronounced than the smell indicates, but they are still present and give the beer a decent balance. The taste tends toward the I Beat You rather than the Hardcore, in my opinion, but without the somewhat overly aggressive maltiness that comes with the I Beat You. This combination clearly does a service to both beers. The finish is long and bitter.

M - Dense with mild carbonation.

O - Pricey but worth trying more than once. I buy it whenever I see it, and mourn the day that it disappears. This is a phenomenal collaboration from two phenomenal breweries, and in my opinion it outshines the two already good beers from which it is derived.

10-10-2011 03:40:29 | More by jealousmonk
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +18%

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.

07-30-2011 02:41:13 | More by jondeelee
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +18%

Been wanting to try this for a while. I was really happy to run into it at the new Total Wine around the corner :)

A- Dark Hazy sunset Orange nice and sticky. Decent head.

S- intense bitter hops with orange peel and a fair alcohol burn

T- really really nice...mmm. There is a nice bready maltyness on the front. Just a nice bit of sweetness then taking on a great hop character half way through. Really tasty citrus orange/light lemon coming through with a medium dry finish. So yummy.

M- perfect. nice and slick good carbonation. Nice round and full bodied DIPA. Loving it.

O- this is a great beer. Awesome balance of sweet and bitter. Just a like a good DIPA is supposed to be. I love this style. Been stuck on it for a few months now.

04-02-2011 04:40:59 | More by GOGRANDE
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SuperbikeShaun

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

08-21-2013 03:46:48 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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WastedYouth

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-17-2014 21:52:47 | More by WastedYouth
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gnikola

Serbia

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-07-2014 08:58:40 | More by gnikola
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hxcmomma

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

01-29-2013 02:36:32 | More by hxcmomma
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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

10-10-2013 14:07:38 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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analienacorn

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

07-01-2012 19:18:50 | More by analienacorn
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

09-29-2012 20:25:21 | More by MisledTitan
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12owls

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

09-13-2012 09:46:09 | More by 12owls
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tabitha

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-03-2013 01:51:26 | More by tabitha
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Morningstorm

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-25-2012 21:30:52 | More by Morningstorm
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hopheadtony1

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Pours a deep amber beer in my mikkeller glass. Beautiful beige head, compact and creamy. The nose is full of aroma, hops, flowers, the dry hopping has done a very good job here.

The taste is awesome, hoppy, strong with a very good bitterness.
You can clearly recognize the hardcore IPA and the I Beat yoU ipa from mikkeller. this is a e exceptional blend more than a collaboration brew.
the After taste is as good as the mouthfeel itself.

Good work.

04-28-2011 19:54:55 | More by hopheadtony1
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

01-24-2013 20:45:20 | More by GrindFatherBob
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GRG1313

California

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%

Run, don't walk to try this one! Lovely slightly hazy amber with a nice white/off white head.

Nose is full and assertive honey cooked pineapple with rich carmel whiskey tones; wonderfully layered and complex but pleasing nose.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold, assertive, creamy and inviting, while still being wonderfully balanced with light carbonation. A richness and an inviting character one sees in only a few of the best.

Flavors exceed the high expectations set by the look, nose and mouthfeel. Flavors are rich, big, luscious, layered and complex. Big sweet honey and big malt with tones of whiskey give way to malty creamed coffee/burnt toast and oaked whiskey to a big rich and pleasant bitter grapefruit/pine.

Long rich bitter pine finish. Yet, with all of the complexities and goodness of a beer that's most pleasant by itself, it is remarkably drinkable for a big rich and big alcohol brew.

One of the best from BrewDog that I've tasted and I'm a big BrewDog fan in any event. This beer will last a few years in your cellar, without question. However, it's so wonderfully drinkable and pleasant now that it's hard to believe it could actually get better. A big beer for right now!

10-17-2010 20:54:18 | More by GRG1313
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aidanskinner

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%

Everytime I drink this beer I give thanks I ordered 24 bottles of it, and am sad I didn't order more.

A - nice thick head, orangey amber translucent and cloudy. This beer says "I will be delicious"

S - fruity grassy hops backed up by a heavy malt body with some more hops standing at the back cracking their knuckles.

T - BAM. Malt. Then some hops. Then more malt, some hops and some more hops. That's just up front. Through the finish there's some citrus, hops and more hops carried through the finish by a lovely malty base. And some hops. All delicious. There's a lot going on with this beer without it becoming overwhelming. Pleasingly complex. Unlike, say, the dogfish 120 the hops aren't the only thing here.

M - Surprisingly unthick, considering everything going on flavour wise. Full bodied but not cloying, the carbonation cuts through things nicely.

D - It's 9.2%. It's delicious. I suspect after 3 or 4 330ml bottles I might start to struggle but I've had to stop myself at 2 to conserve stocks and have always wanted more.

12-11-2010 02:46:27 | More by aidanskinner
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rummy666

Utah

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%

A: Pours a nice gold-amber color with a slight red hue. Nice full bodied white head. Slightly viscous.

S: Great smell. Citrus, malty, and of course, hops. Beautiful floral hops smell.

T: It's an Imperial IPA and it tastes like one. Great hop flavor. Bitter, but like it should be. Great high carbonation level. Alcohol taste, but smooth, followed by bitter hops, followed by malty sweet character. Very nice, very drinkable (especially for 9.5 ABV).

M: Syrupy viscosity, thick mouthfeel. Nice for an IIPA of it's type. Carbonation level adds a nice feel to it as well.

Overall a great beer. Complexity is nice without being difficult to drink. Wish I bought more than one bottle!

04-10-2011 01:49:44 | More by rummy666
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%

pours a cloudy, brown/amber color. tons of off white head - good retention.

smell is crazy good. super hoppy, sweet/fruit, citrusy, a little bit of alcohol/bitterness.

unlike most iipas that are super strong upfront, this is incredibly drinkable from start to end. grassy, citrusy hops. sweet malt with a really nice fruity/bitter aftertaste. extremely well balanced and great carbonation.

so impressed with this beer - would definitely recommend trying it if given the chance.

08-31-2011 03:35:18 | More by fostachild
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%

A: Light amber to a caramel tone, deep orange, minimal carbonation slight 1/2 finger head with little to no lacing

S: fruity, orange and lemon notes with a deep herbal finish

T: There is a slight sweetness at the first taste that segues into a deep bitter herbal assault that hits the gumline with a deep fulfilling dryness. The star of this taste is not the first or the second, it is the deep herbal aftertaste, which similar to a spiciness, makes you want to take another sip to keep chaining the after taste. It does a great job of hiding the high alcohol content because the majority of the focus is on the bitter notes so that the warmth of the 9.5 % abv glides by undetected. After one of these though, the extreme drying becomes repetitive, like the 160 bpm of hard house music, it just gets a bit overwhelming and monotanous at the same time.

M: The mouthfeel is inviting and smoothe, not too thin, but not overly malty. There's not a lot of chewiness or coating to balance out whatever crazy hop blast that they have established here. The beer is a bit unbalanced, but not in a bad way, it feels like they knew what they were making and at $11 a 11oz bottle, they knew the niche market they were appealing to. Again, the extreme bitter runs to the sides of your mouth and sets up camp for a lingering 5 to 10 seconds, it will certainly jade your palate for other beers that you may have had planned.

Narrative: You never thought that living in the Bastille in mid-eighteenth century France would be so boring. "Buy a time machine" they said "Meet Voltaire" they said. And yet here you are. The substandard gruel is of the most mediocre consistency and you long for the forthcoming reforms to spruce this place up a bit. BUT THEN YOU NEVER THOUGHT THAT APPEARING FROM THE FUTURE IN A HIGHLY SUPERSTITIOUS CATHOLIC COUNTRY WOULD LAND YOU IN JAIL, IN THE PAST. It was a very intense first few moments, the cobblestone streets, the mahogany bound books, the intensity was in the air, palpable almost. Then the bitterness sets in, again and again, the civil system what with your inability to confront witnesses, until it was just a prison of bitter and sour that you built for yourself. You paid top dollar for a time machine that placed you in a bitter purgatory, to which no amount of sweet can return you. "Loosen my shackles please, I feel that the iron is tarnishing my complexi-" What is that sour taste in your mouth? Bitter irony from a casuistic time traveler.

05-04-2011 07:07:57 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-31-2013 22:39:48 | More by FadetoBock
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-07-2012 17:25:45 | More by xdefeatsy
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fionn13

Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-10-2012 16:42:07 | More by fionn13
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DonGuido

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-30-2014 18:03:43 | More by DonGuido
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-21-2012 05:36:14 | More by Beezee
I Hardcore You from BrewDog
90 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.