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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%


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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Sunhunters

California

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 330mL bottle into Tulip glass. Bottling date unknown.

Appearance (4.5) - Rich amber and only translucent when help up to the light. Very deep and thick color saturation for the style. Caramel red. One and a half finger head dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell (4.5) - Complex aroma of rich, balanced hops, and malt. Lemon poppyseed. Pine. Sweet cherry truffles, toffee, and strawberry rhubarb. Orange, cinnamon, and clove. Booze is forward, and alcohol notes are very detectable, but an enticing smell overall.

Taste (3.5) - Huge flavor - primarily orange peel, aromatic bitters, and dense dried fruits with a touch of dark rum and grand marnier. Leather and tobacco flavors add earthiness to the mix. Enjoyable, but meaty and palate-bruising.

Mouthfeel (3.0) - Rough hop bitterness scrapes the tongue, extremely dry with a full, viscous body. Pretty formidable.

Overall (3.5) - A complex and really interesting beer, definitely a different take on the IIPA. Its rich and complex character is engaging and the overall product is well balanced. Very enjoyable, though with a heavy bitterness, and a slightly medicinal note. Beefy, layered, and thought-provoking, but perhaps not a frequent repeat.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:33:23 | More by Sunhunters
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 18:29:54 | More by Zimbo
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danieelol

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With great thanks to dgilks.

Pours a nice light amber golden. Good head/lacing.

Smell is so much pine and a melange of tropical fruits. Peaches/lime. Pliney-esque. Lots of almost cocktail-like lime and mint. Nice herbal character.

Taste is good too with lots of bitter pine and tinned peaches. A pleasing sweet malt backbone is present and accounted for but kept in check.

Mouthfeel is good, bitter and hop resiny. Overall a nice, really fresh DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 16:07:03 | More by danieelol
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:06:39 | More by Mora2000
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:02:22 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a hazy, dark amber body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy hops with a touch of toffee and caramel in the background.

T - Caramel and spicy pine hops up front. Spicy clove and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes out with a bit of muddy caramel and pine hops as well as a fairly strong level of bitterness for balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced, finish.

D - Not my favorite DIPA. Both the malt and the hop character are strong, but muddy. Neither is able shine above the other and the sweetness in the finish becomes flabby fairly early on. I have had better DIPAs from both Mikkeller and Brew Dog.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:00:32 | More by nickfl
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Philousa

California

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 04:39:16 | More by Philousa
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cmoody91

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Amber/Copper colored with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with bits of lace.

S: Piney, somewhat herbal, fresh lemon rind, grapefruit etc.

T: Immediately hit with hops: deep citrus, marmalade, grapefruit. Finishes well with mostly malt, just enough sweetness and some hop bitterness that is sought after in IIPA's.

M: Medium Bodied. Pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation,

O: Very nice IIPA, one of the best I've had. A bit expensive at $7 a bottle in my area, but definitely a one time must try to see what two stellar breweries can cook up together.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:55:29 | More by cmoody91
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a tight, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, blood orange, fresh herbs, cedar, and pine sap are present on the nose.

T: Notes of pine, spruce, cedar, lemon, grapefruit, blood orange, cream, caramel, and fresh herbs wash across the palate. The finish is long, resinous, and bitter with notes of blood orange, lemon, pine, and cedar underscored by prickly, peppery alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, oily, and resinous, but very smooth. Carbonation is surprisingly gentle. Alcohol presence is pronounced, but not overpowering or distracting. Very drinkable for the style.

O: This is an excellent DIPA, one that hits all of the high points of the style. I Hardcore You compares favorably to just about any American DIPA, but retains a unique, decidedly European character. All in all, it has its own personality and is worth a try for any self-respecting hophead.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:21:17 | More by mrfrancis
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-colored beer with a half inch of foam that fades away leaving fits of lace. Smell is pine cones, fresh hay, caramel malt. Taste starts out lightly sweet with caramel candy and orange notes, then a distinct washing of herbal, citric and resin hop over the tongue cuts any sweetness and imparts a very nice melding of malt and hop where each element is balanced off the next. Finish is mildly orange pith bitter. Body is medium heavy, creamy. Tasty beer, would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:16:23 | More by JackieTH
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This could be the most vegital/floral/grassy beer i have ever smelled. Its like fresh mown grass in a field of bouquets of flowers. It truly feels like I took a hop pellet and shoved it into my nose. I love it!

Perfectly clear amber with a thick light tan head that doesn't leave lace on the glass, it leaves a curtain of leftover foam on the glass walls.

WOW! What a change between the aroma and taste! It's very sweet upfront, so much that I can't even detect any bitterness. Big caramel notes throughout carry this same vegetal grassy hop taste. It's like eating candied hop cones!

Bold body on this beer with moderately light carbonation and a sweet finish. A sipping beer for sure, defiantly something special here. I love this.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 18:29:27 | More by tlazaroff
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a large tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are plenty of sweet bready malts and citrusy and piney hops in the aroma. I don't really pick up the alcohol. It's an inviting smell for this DIPA. There are lots of sweet bready malts in the taste balanced by plentiful hop flavor on the band end. The citrus and pine notes really come through here and the aftertaste is bitter. For something with an ABV over 9%, the alcohol is very well hidden here and can't be tasted at all. It's very well balanced. This is a medium bodied beer that feels creamy. The carbonation is adequate and the finish is slightly dry. Overall, this is an excellent beer that is worth trying if you like a good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 18:23:22 | More by acevenom
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BradAndAdele


3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 12:59:35 | More by BradAndAdele
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass from an 11.2-ounce bottle.

A: Slightly hazy deep amber/orange hue with a thick eggshell-colored head that slowly settles to a thick froth on the surface. Lacing is sticky as can be.

S: Very malty up front, with hints of caramel and fresh baked bread. Hops are prominent in the background with citrusy, floral tones, and a touch of astringent character.

T: Hops dominate up front, with grassy, citrusy notes and a hint of pine. Caramel and toasty malt character covers the mid-palate, adding just a touch of sweetness. Finish is drying, with a slight fruity character.

Notes: When the term "balanced" is used to describe a double IPA, this beer expresses that character. malt and hops meld nicely to give way to a very tasty beer. Alcohol is hardly noticeable! One downside is that this beer is a bit on the thick side, but it's easy to get past. A wonderful collaboration! A bit pricey, but worth trying for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:26:42 | More by WYVYRN527
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice deep amber color with a strangely dark tan head on it that is about a finger high and holds some steady retention with some pretty decent lacing. This head is an unusual color that's for sure.

S= I'm usually very sketchy about buying imported IPAs but this one is still nice and hoppy after it's long trip. It's a unique type of smell however. Something different that I can't quite pin down. It's almost like a bright grassy hop if that makes sense. Like a mix of EKG and cascades. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose but it's not overpowering and the malt backbone makes itself known with some malty odors.

T= Just like the smell it's like a bright grassy hop flavor. Really weird because I usually pick it up on one side of the spectrum or the other and nothing between. There is a nice punch to the hops that leaves without much lingering bitterness. The alcohol doesn't come through in the flavor but the malty sweetness does come from behind on the hop flavor.

M= A nice creamy IPA mouth on it.

O= It's odd that I find an IPA that I can describe as unique. I usually just get a hop punch to the face and sometimes I like it more than others. This I will say offers a unique drink. The combination of hops is weird. I dunno what it is and maybe it's just my mind wandering and really loving this after my final exams crushed my brain but this is weird. The head color was weird and the hop profile is new to me. I like it. I can say I'm honestly really happy I bought this after passing it over twice and pulling the trigger on the last bottle I saw. Worth trying and I would actually but it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:43:03 | More by jjanega08
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TheBeerCarl

Idaho

2.4/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 06:12:52 | More by TheBeerCarl
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 22:43:25 | More by bigfnjoe
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kevinv

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 21:28:57 | More by kevinv
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ehammond1


2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 18:37:25 | More by ehammond1
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewdog & Mikkeller corroboration.

On tap at the Fridge, notes taken when served.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter.

Pours a nice medium ¼”, off white head, rapidly diminishes to nothing. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. It is a live ale.
Medium deep amber color.

The aroma first hits you with medium distinct hops, with a herbal/resiny/bitter smell, spicy with a hint of grapefruit. There is a medium distinct malt with some nuances of roasted grain and whole wheat bread. As the ale warms the malt becomes a little more distinct but not that much really.

A medium crisp entry on the palate of medium distinct hops, herbs, spice and resin follow from the smell, the hops are refined and very enjoyable. Then comes a medium, refined, off dry malt, with much of character of the smell showing again. Very drinkable, classy. Medium acidity with a full mouth feel, off dry sweetness and fine carbonation makes for a very balanced brew.

Very long finish of bitter hops and some light malt, the hop oils hang very well.

Well all this being said this was an enjoyable ale, though in truth I expected more intensity overall. It is a very balanced and very drinkable ale with lots of refined bitter hops. Rather expensive compared to its peers.
Recommended if you stumble across a bottle or tap as I did, but I would not go out of my way for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 17:36:36 | More by JTSbeerislife
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Brad007

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust copper with a very frothy head into my glass. Staring into the belly of the beast.

Citrus, pine resin and a great malt base greet the nose. Not as overwhelming as previously thought.

This errs more on the side of the piney, east coast style IPAs. It's bordering on a barleywine at this point but the bitterness is still there.

Mouthfeel is unorthodox. Suspiciously clean with pungent remnants of citrus.

It's strong and it's hoppy but save for the artwork, it's not HARDCORE!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:03:23 | More by Brad007
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aasher

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:29:09 | More by aasher
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle; no freshness dating apparent. Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a two-finger off-white head. Very goo retention and a head that settles into a creamy cap leaving thick lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very "east coast" DIPA with a nearly equal combination of fruity hops and caramel malt. The hop aromas lean toward a citrus and slightly pine resin presentation while the malt is not overly sweet.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, but the malt notes come through stronger. The hops are not necessarily muted, but for those used to very hop-forward DIPAs, this one is definitely more balanced.

The texture in the mouthfeel is very thick for an IPA. Actually, the balance in this brew makes it very drinkable, save the high abv. Decent brew but nothing special for a collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 23:20:00 | More by FanofHefe
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden-copper, 1 finger bubbly off white head, decent lacing.

S - Fragrant hops, mango, slight funk, candi sugar.

T - Bitter/fruity/pungent hops intertwine with apple at the start of the sip, leading into notes of brown sugar, whisky, grass, & slight olive, finishing with yeasty, breadiness that is slightly dry.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Very complex, but there is a certain taste that is off putting, that I noticed in the Mikkeller All Others Pale, strange.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 21:26:26 | More by Rickythejeweler
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doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy amber with a fine head that leaves some but not much lacing. A creamy white lace clings to the side of the glass upon settling.

S - Complex. Sweet malt comes up with alcohol and resinous hops. Some fruitiness is present with citrus and figs coming to mind. The fragrance is dense and comes in waves. Very unconventional and appealing nose.

T - Large malt and aggressive hops up front followed by a strong alcohol bite that gives way to an almost gin-like herbal character. The alcohol gives way to bitterness and subtle basil and malt. Somewhat fruity and sweet but really has an herbal character and quality all of its own. Seems to possibly be oaked, but I'm not really sure.

M - Explosive carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel fro the style.

O - A good beer to try! A bit pricey but its certainly unique and worth giving a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:52:51 | More by doopydoogle
I Hardcore You from BrewDog
90 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.