I Hardcore You - BrewDog
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Ratings: 447 | Reviews: 238 | Display Reviews Only:
1.95/5 rDev -51.9%
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.
12-14-2011 08:15:20 | More by Spider889
2.4/5 rDev -40.7%
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.
04-19-2012 06:12:52 | More by TheBeerCarl
2.53/5 rDev -37.5%
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.
04-10-2012 18:37:25 | More by ehammond1
2.55/5 rDev -37%
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...
04-17-2012 22:43:25 | More by bigfnjoe
2.73/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
09-19-2011 21:35:53 | More by notchucknorris
2.85/5 rDev -29.6%
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
11-21-2010 21:58:20 | More by crossovert
3.05/5 rDev -24.7%
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).
08-16-2011 04:31:57 | More by popery
3.1/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
10-17-2012 00:14:42 | More by dfillius
3.13/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
03-28-2012 00:29:09 | More by aasher
3.18/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
11-10-2010 00:09:29 | More by Thorpe429
3.18/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
02-10-2013 22:34:03 | More by Zachtheporter
3.28/5 rDev -19%
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.
09-06-2010 19:58:00 | More by coachdonovan
3.35/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
03-31-2011 19:08:43 | More by womencantsail
I Hardcore You from BrewDog
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