I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 514
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 38
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of Spider889
1.98/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Ugh, this beer just keeps hitting me while I'm down...

I mistakenly bought this at the bottle shop the other day, and dislike the idea of returning alcohol. My fault for not being more careful about what I was looking at, etc. The price is a rip off at $6.99 a single 12oz bottle. Then it's a huge disappointment of a beer to try and drink.

A - Pours very dark for a DIPA - an oxidized copper color - and I was getting plops of sediment entering my glass before the bottle was even half empty. A short but firm grayish-white head rises and very fine bubbles are always in supply around the edges of the glass.

S - At once overwhelming, even from a distance. Sweetness is pervasive and annoying. Like Hopslam amped up a few notches. Faint citrus rind is there, but is bowled over by pine and other vegetable matter. Then the aroma finishes with a slap in the face of booze.

T - Hoppy but not all that bitter. It's just boozy - unpleasantly so. The taste is more of a mouthfeel than anything. Not good.

M - Hot. The carbonation is prickly... couple this with extreme booziness and the beer literally stings my tongue and lips. Sweet as hell, too.

O - What a waste of money, very disappointing. A great example that just because a beer is a collaboration doesn't mean it will equal success. (1,293 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very tiny amount of white head (can be typical of a beer this high in alcohol) and a rich amber orange color with little to no haze.

Smell: Nothing too powerful on the nose. Subtle hints of floral and piney hops with some lingering caramel.

Taste: Two things stand out immediately in the taste: alcohol and acidic bitterness. Coupled with that are some hints of pineyness and subtle burnt caramel. Quite disappointed in the flavor. While Mikkeller in my experience is usually not amazing, it has never been below average... until now.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation (in my opinion too much) and light to medium bodied.

Can't say that I'd recommend this beer to anyone. I'm a huge fan of IPAs and Imperial IPAs and this one fell short of being even acceptable. Brewdog facilities and/or staff must have done something to this beer because I just looked back at my rating of Mikkeller's I Beat You and it got close to a 4. (937 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
2.56/5  rDev -36%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.59/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter. Undated, as usual

A- pours a dark shade of orange with a half finger offwhite head that quickly fades. Typical Mikkeller IPA, looks awful

S- nice citrus aroma, hints of cat piss as well....but it has the typical "Mikkeller aroma"

T- very mild citrus hops coming through...very, very mild. Tastes quite old and faded.

M- thick and syrupy. Disgusting

O- yeah, no thanks. I have one more Mikkeller IPA, then I'll be done with them all... (480 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
2.76/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber color with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S: Huge malty sweetness and a ton of oak. Malt extract and gym sock as well. I have a feeling this bottle may have been past its prime.

T: An absolute malt bomb. Tons of oak and caramel with some faint hop resin on the finish. Drainpour. (289 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.84/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz botte.

It pours a orange/reddish copper with a foamy white head that holds and recedes slowly with some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit of a letdown, Brewdog seems to never be prudent with their shipment of beers overseas and it is apparent here. That plus the fact that is is dominated by the turpentine scent of Hardcore IPA

The flavor is a bit better It is mostly caramel with a hint of pine. It has an okay amount of bitterness, though the alcohol seems to be more apparent in the profile than the bitterness.

It really is just a gimmicky label beer (565 characters)

Photo of popery
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 7/8/11. This is a definite step down from I Beat yoU for me. It’s not bad, but there’s too much crystal malt flavor and the hopping just doesn’t seem quite right. The beer is nearly burnt umber in color with a thin but lasting ecru head. The aroma is caramel with sticky hops. It has that hop candy smell that is both good and bad. Surprisingly, the taste is rather mild, and I was left wondering what happened to the early hop additions. Some pine needle bitterness pokes its head out in the finish, but it’s too little, too late for me. Mouthfeel should be fuller for a big malty DIPA like this. I’m not exactly disappointed, as I went into it with a not altogether positive feeling for normal Hardcore and I don’t find the beer distasteful or anything. It’s just a ho-hum, crystal malt-forward DIPA. I imagine if it came from a random East Coast brewery, no one would pay it any mind (and it probably wouldn’t sell with the same price tag). (970 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.07/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottles just arrived in Indianapolis the other day. This beer pours a light bodied dark copper in color with a one finger soapy, off white head. The nose is very fresh and hoppy but I get a lot of onions and garlic to pair with some slight sweet malt. Uh, Summit hops perhaps? The flavors are light and hoppy with a moderate amount of spice. The spice is a nice feature and there is some sweet caramel malt. The onion is there again but it's almost candied. It's definitely toned down, which is a good thing but it's still not preferred. It drinks light and sticky, definitely showing off residual sugars. Overall this beer is pretty average. I don't know why, but almost all of BrewDog's hoppy beers have been a miss for me. (731 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1 finger of cream-colored- head with great retention. Hazy, very bubbly reddish-orange liquid. Too hazy, great head, great color.
S: Pine, dank marijuana, faint cardboard, some citrus, some under the house.
T: Sweet hop juice at first right up front. Very little alcohol, in fact it's almost like drinking wort. Some alcohol flavor increases with each sip. Not terribly hoppy flavor, but it is bitter. Tasty, but a bit old tasting. Balance and clarity improves with warming.
M: Syrupy sweet and a tad astringent.
O: 9.79 for a 12 oz bottle. Not worth it! Fair, but there are better DIPAs made closer to home that I can get fresher. (659 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Pete for picking this bottle up for me from State Line.

Pours a copper-caramel color into my tulip. Single-finger white head quickly dissipates and leaves a few bubbles atop the brew. Not much lacing. Nose is some light citrus and floral hops with a few tropical notes. Definitely some sweetened malt in the background. Really faint.

Taste brings a pretty good dose of bitterness as well as a bit of green-hop heat, although I don't believe this uses fresh hops. Crosses over into some booze. Slight caramel and toffee base. The feel is a bit boozy with a pretty good amount of bitterness. A very dry finish and a bit of cardboard shows up after the swallow. A bit off. (681 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- The beer pours out as an incredibly cloudy orangish amber with very minimal light penetration; Seems rather odd for the style. There is a slightly off white one-finger bubbly head that after dissipating, leaves behind a thick collar and an ample amount of lacing upon the surface.

S- The nose is full of faded hops combined with carmalized malts. There is a fruitiness too it that seems to be a huge mishmash of pommegranite, plum, strawberries and melon; really just a train wreck of scents that reminds me of how sugar-laden wildberry pie filling smells. Malts dominate the finish giving off a bready toffee-like aroma.

T- The taste is very caramelly and full of super faded hops. The malts give off a very grainy bready sweetness. There are also some notes of honey, and heather. There is a sour-like bitter finish very reminiscent of sour bread, that is rather unpleasant.

M- near the heavy side of having a medium body with somewhat lighter carbonation.

O- Its obvious that this beer is somewhat past its prime and that time did not do this ale any favors. Very unfortunate. I would have loved to try this fresh. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

A: Dark bronze, cloudy, one finger head with lasting lattice

S: Intense, caramel, tangerine, toffee malty sweetness. A little bit of resin.

T: Very complex, caramel and toasted malty flavor. Really smooth. Complex, strong flavor with little bitterness. Taste is smooth with a little bit of a soury, bitter backlash at the end.

M: Smooth. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Taste sticks in your mouth for awhile.

O: A complex beer that tends to the malty side. Not as strong hops as you would expect with an IIPA. Not too heavy but strong lingering taste. (565 characters)

Photo of coachdonovan
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip, this is sort of a pale copper with a little red thrown in. The head is about the same color you'd see atop a Guinness. Smells like pine sap, but in a good way.

The first sip is bitterness all the way, and while it and the aroma are very inviting, the drinkability (and my enjoyment) of this beer goes down in a hurry. Crazy hop heads will probably love this one, but my tastebuds and palate are fried before the glass is empty. Based on the other reviews I have to assume this was fairly fresh, so I'm glad I got to try it. The mouthfeel was surprisingly not too syrupy, but at almost $7 a bottle I won't go back for seconds. (647 characters)

Photo of BradAndAdele
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a bottle in Melbourne, Australia.

We're not really loving it. Feels like we're not drinking beer anymore but have gone onto the spirits. A visual resemblance to cognac -- clear, welcomingly golden and bubble-less. No head. Looks like a gem, and despite a mouthful of hops it's still, somehow, not a beer.

Smells beautifully of hops, but with burnt orange, rum and brandy it nearly overpowers the hops. We're not sure this combination really works.

First taste is strong hops. Then it's oddly sweet with hints of marmalade -- but this dominates the bitterness, giving it an almost tart feel.

An aftertaste of marmalade. Murder to the wallet. (659 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a finger of white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Some good citrus notes to the nose with a fair amount of grapefruit. Oily pine notes and a slight resinous quality. Definitely some caramel malt and hints of toffee. A touch of grass as it warms up a bit.

T: Not as hoppy in terms of the flavor. Some good grapefruit and citrus peel notes, but a fair amount of booze and brown sugar. Caramel as well. Resinous pine provides a moderate level of bitterness.

M: Medium to full in body with the carbonation being a bit on the low end of medium.

O: Surprisingly decent for a BrewDog beer. The nose was certainly better than the flavor, however. (689 characters)

Photo of kevinv
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. No bottle dating noted.

A - Pours a dark copper color with a full, frothy off-white head. Nearly over poured the glass. Delicate lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Caramel malts seem to be the most prevalent with toffee notes. Sweet and fruity. Oily, piney hops seem to be trying to come through, but the notes are light. Alcohol is present at warmer temps.

T - The taste is more fruity than the smell suggested. Grassy/earthy notes from the hops make way to only a slight bitterness. Surprisingly weak for the style. This kind or reminds me of a barleywine. Quite boozy.

M - Full bodied and very creamy, low carbonation, very reminiscent of a cask ale.

O - Overall, not a bad DIPA, but nothing spectacularly over the top either. At $6.99/bottle, there are many others I'd rather drink at less than half the price. (850 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at The Refuge on 5/25/2012.

Poured a clear copper with thin head. Seems appropriate for a near 10% beer. Great hops up front on the nose, kinda mild - piney, somewhat resiny. Mostly malty aroma. Caramel, crystal malt up the wazoo, and nutty. Somewhat floral hops come out with a swirl. The malt starts things off with a nutty smoothness. Hop flavor comes in, somewhat barky. Turns bitter and resiny. A little thick in feel, and finishes dry.

I feel like my review was compromised by the glass, which was filled too much (not much aroma because of this) and wasn't washed properly. Didn't really introduce any off flavors or aromas, but I wish it was served in a Duvel or pint glass so it had some headspace to breathe. Would try again though. Seemed like more than what I was exposed to. (804 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy ruddy copper and ruby color that also has a strong tan head of three fingers and a nice foam to follow. I can only see a little bubbling.

Earthy hop aroma of dirt, grass, and a little pine sap. The malts add some mild biscuit aromas and the yeast gives the aroma a littl general fruit puff.

Bubbles upfront on the palate. Then the palate gets wood dry and some soil covered pine wood. The middle has some toasted, bisciut malts and bread crust flavors. The finish has some heat from the alcohol that lends some toasted wood flavors to the finish, along with a wet field in the Midwest.

Not a bad sipper, but I expected something a little more from this brew overall. (679 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mike, 12oz into some tulips.

Poured a hazy reddish brown, with a slightly offwhite head with decent lace and a bubbly collar left behind. Nose has some sweet caramel malt, pineapple, tangerine, pine but still quite saccharine in terms of the malt qualities. Hops are there, but the malt dominates the nasal cavity. Taste has more pine, pineapple and other tropical fruits and some potpurri floral. Chewy hops but the overly sweet malts take over the profile. Medium carbonation with a fairly heavy mouthfeel. Lightly mineral-ly and chalky feel takes away from this. Not enough balance here and too much in terms of the malts to make this worth another go, but this could be a result of bottle freshness. (721 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes

hazy, almost murky apricot color with a slightly tan colored head. Average lacing, but decent retention composed of soapy looking bubbles. Not bad, but doesn't blow me away.

The nose is predominantly hops-- it seems there must be a sweet malt base under there, maybe some caramel and pale malt? The predominant nose is that of hops... and it's big on pine and citrus. Not bad, but it doesn't strike me as being intense and bright and fresh-- this is kind of murky and muddy.

The taste has a touch of sweet malt then the same hops as the nose had me expected. Hugely bitter. Lots of lingering bitterness. I'd give the taste a 3.75... but I'm rounding down today.
The body is pretty full. Plenty of carbonation. This is one of those: glad to try it, no need to ever have it again. (801 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Was glad to get my hands on a few bottles at my local Binnys.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper with a finger of off white head that lasts a few minutes, then leaves some very nice lace behind.

Strong grapefruit aroma and some sweetness in the background. Very resinous.

First sip is bitter, lots of grapefruit hops. Almost puckering bitterness. Some sweet malt in the backbone. Nice balance toward hop bitterness and flavor, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel is medium, not sticky sweet. The hop bitterness coats your mouth in every nook and cranny.

Very drinkable DIPA. Could even be considered an entry beer into the style. HOWEVER...at $8 for a 12 oz, it's a bit over priced. No special ingredients, no special brewing process. Just a beer. A good beer, but not worth the price tag. Spend your money elsewhere. (822 characters)

Photo of GuyIncognito
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What does a crazy Danish guy and a Scottish brewery know about making an American Imperial IPA? Apparentely, exactly what you'd expect from a Scottish beer: malt, honey, heather, and with a little hops tucked in at the end. Nice beer, kinda sweet, not what I'm looking for in a DIPA... (285 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on a hazy copper body.

S: malty, candied orange, musty hops and earthy notes.

T: a touch boozy but not too bad for the ABV. Strong malt backbone with resin, earthy, citrus and candied orange hop notes mostly in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth

Overall: Compared to other brews from these breweries. too malt forward. I had higher expectations for this one perhaps. (407 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty orange with a beige, 1 finger, frothy head that sits proudly atop with no where to go. Loads of lacing grace the glass with wavy elongated lines of modest width running circles all the way downward with very good coverage.

S: Freshly sliced grapefruit, alcohol laced toasted malt with a moderate level of hoppiness. Underneath had light indications of dried herbaceous chives and pine. When first poured the strength was dominant but weened off rather quickly.

T: Alcohol laced toasted grains, perhaps a bit to much so of alcohol starts things out. Pungent bitterness was well received but limited in complexity of grapefruit and pine which finished off with a bit of flowery coating on the tongue. At only 9.5% it seemed to appear much higher, unlike their devine rebel which at 12.1% drank several points lower. The hops are bitter and strong though like mentioned earlier very narrow in complexity with no flavor transition. The malting was huge, though probably overshadowed by the alcohol warmth with a sweet and boozy nature of toasted malt juice that finishes up with a flowery bitterness.

M: Medium feel, syrupy feel composition, with a warming glow of on the inner cheeks of alcohol and warm citrus juice.

D: A hop bomb with a complimentary second detonation of alcohol makes this an honest sipper. More emphasis on the alcohol while the hop bitterness was good, but nothing that surly hasn't been realized before. Overall good quality but falls short on craftsmanship to push it to the next level. (1,522 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is a hazy sunburst orange hue. There is a huge off-white head that leaves some good lacing behind.

S: Scents of pine, pine cones soaked in alcohol.

T: Another balanced, aka malty, DIPA. No thanks! Strong and malty does not equal American DIPA. Little to no citrus flavors. Mikkeller and BrewDog each brew some pretty mediocre IPAs, so this collaboration is mediocre, not surprisingly.

M: Alcohol present throughout, with caramel malt lingering in the aftertaste (this is where the hop bitterness should live).

D: Best in small quantities, or not at all. At least it's too expensive. (639 characters)

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