I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 24
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: thepeter on 08-17-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a fairly murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus and perfume-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice sweet citrus alcohol flavor.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin head that slowly faded away and left lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of grapefruit stand out in the overall taste, which also has some initial notes of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the aftertaste.
O: The beer is quite interesting because it has quite a bit of maltiness and almost tastes like a hybrid between an English barleywine and an IPA, but without the strength and intensity of flavors.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deeply resiny-bitter IPA with a more substantial malty body than classic Imperial IPA's.

The pour brings a rusty hazy hue of deep amber and light brown. A dense froathy foam stance shows a great deal of retention and leaves sticky rings of lace as the beer fades. Other than the thick haze, the beer has a superb appearance.

Pine and citrus piths provide a sharp but clean scent with a hearty caramel/bready background provide the bulk of aroma. Mildly estery, the beer favors the sharp spruce and citrus notes over tropical flavors and ripeness.

Again, very resiny bittered with the majority of flavors representing white grapefruit zest, pine sap, and earthy/grassy flavors- a good blend of clean citrus and complex earthy balance. Bready malts have a mild biscuity quality along with medium caramel and light syrups. Any ester profiles are largely lost in the hops. Acetone flavors give rise to the alcohol taste in the finish.

Full and creamy textures hold onto their structure until deep into the finish where the hop dryness crispens the beer and allows for ease of drinking. Alcohol strentgh gives a minty cooling and a growning warmth.

Overall, this is a very good Double IPA. It's richness and malty sweetness prevents the hops from shining as world class IPA's do. A brighter and riper fruity hop profile would add the complexities of tropical (pineapple, tangerine) that makes standout beers of the class.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted orange peel with bright Sunkist edges and a lovely looking lid that is equal parts pastel gold and ecru. The foam is whipped cream creamy, lasts an impressively looong time, and eventually graces the glass with tattered sheets of lace.

The nose features caramel malt and American citric hops that are especially orange juicy. Gotta be Amarillo at least... along with Simcoe and several of the 'C' hops. More pungent would have been great, but then there's no accounting for how long it took this bottle to make it across the Atlantic.

This collaborative American-style Double IPA is a mixture of Mikkeller I Beat You (never had it) and Brewdog Hardcore IPA (had it, didn't love it). It's pretty good big beer that isn't stingy with the little green cones, which is what this style is, or should be, all about.

A more pale malt bill would have allowed the hop flavor to shine more brightly. Toasted bread, caramel, tea leaves, citrus zest and a wee splash of Absolut comprise a flavor profile that is improving just enough with warming to achieve the higher of the two considered scores.

Even though it isn't quite special enough for the 4.5, mouthfeel might be this ale's finest feature. It's at least medium-full for the style/ABV and the laid back bubbles keep the drinkin' easy.

Either my reviewed bottle of Hardcore IPA was past its prime or Mikkeller I Beat You is such outstanding beer that it pulled the BrewDog offering all the way up to good beer status. This stuff is undoubtedly overpriced for regular consumption, but it's definitely worthy of a single bottle purchase for hardcore hop lovers.

Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first off the shelf goodie from CBX and thrilled to be able to drink it. Served in a pint glass.

Pour was amazing with a nice and clean look, dark orange amber, borderline brown notes bouncing around with a full, fluffy white pillow of lace. Aroma is hot, lots of hops, but the ABV is getting in the way, letting it cool helps some and lots of super strong pineapple and grapefruit coming at me, very, very tart and bitter. Flavor bordered on astringent at times and really could have used a little malt to balance it as it became a bit of a chore to finish the bottle.

Overall it was good, but I would have like to see more depth here.

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a nice golden color. The head was fluffy and left a clumpy lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was very hoppy which it should be for the style. The smell of citrus and pine sting the nose. The taste of the beer is dominated by a massive hops character. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and leaves a great dry tingle on the tongue. Overall the beer is a hop heads dream beer in my opinion. I enjoyed it a lot and was very happy to have tried it.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 biboergosum
4.29/5  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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my girlfriend and i liked this one a lot. it pours a rich cipper color, much darker than we expected, with a nice caramel colored head about two inches tall and leaving thick lacing on the sides of the glass. the nose is more balanced than i am used to in such a big ipa, english caramel malts are present amongst the heavy hopping. the hops are pineappley and piney in both nose and taste, especially as the beer warms up a bit. its very crisp in the finish, with a good dose of bitter left in the mouth. there is also some sweeter butterscotchy elements on the front end, but they are quickly overpowered. feel works well, its heavy for sure, full full body and a lot of alcohol than you can really feel. carbonation is moderate, and this is definitely a one beer per session kind of brew. overall a lot of flavor packed into this ipa, and in my mind mikkeller can do no wrong.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Dropped in at the Firk following a trip to the homebrew store and spotted this little guy on the chalkboard. Very little time deciding to order. It pours a cloudy amber-tawn' topped by a finger of tannish-cream foam. The nose comprises white grapes, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, caramel, and pineapple. The taste holds notes of minty pine, grapefruit, light caramel, and orange peel. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, one of the better brews I've had from the BrewDog guys (that wasn't a barrel-aged stout)...perhaps a freshness issue? Either way, this is a darn solid DIPA, and I'm glad I was able to try it.

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I Hardcore You from BrewDog
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.