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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 MsRif
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one at Pinocchio's in Media, PA and grabbed it. Poured a hazy dark orange color with a frothy white head that receded, leaving nice lacing. Smelled of citrus, pine, sweet fruits and light malty-ness. Tastes strongly of citrus and piney hops, sweet fruits and a small undertone of sweet malts. Bitter and hoppy for sure, but there is a lot of sweetness...and is that mango I taste? MMMM! This is a really good DIPA.

Medium bodied...goes down smooth but finishes dry. VERY drinkable. I normally do not go for DIPA's but this one was very tasty. I will get it again if I ever see it.

Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of jealousmonk
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of isitsavage
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. A hazy orange/copper color with a thin white head that faded rather quickly, this seems contrary to other reviews here. Minimal lacing.

A nice smelling beer, very perfumery, flowery, and herbal. Sweet smelling like caramel or even burnt sugar, mild yeast aroma.

This is about the most flavorful DIPA I've ever had. Follows the nose pretty closely. A lot of herbal tea flavors, rose hips really stand out, definitely a burnt sugar and yeast flavor, could be overly sweet but all those hops really take over in the end. That being said the hops really dont overpower anything else going on here, pretty well balanced if you know going in that you're getting a lot of hops. This is a very flavorful, complex beer and definitely a sipper. Nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Haven't had either of the beers that his one is based on so I can't speak to how it compares and what beer stands out here but I did very much enjoy this for what it was. Don't think there is much I'd want to change here.

Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 11.2 fl oz bottle of this w/ loldmopar @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO (price unknown). Poured from the bright spring green/blue colored bottle with crazy people on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date.

Aroma- Has an Unbelievable lemon and strong citrus aroma. Great amount of malt too that seems like it will be sweet in the drink. I'm wondering why so boozy though... No problem for me

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, off white head that stays for a good amount of time. Has a thick, copper body with gold tint to it. Thick ole' lacing is left! Perfect Appearance!

Flavor- Has a nice lemon, citrus taste from the beginning and then the strength and light boozy mouthfeel comes into play. Has a high hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Moderate Carbonation, Smooth, and has a decent/appropriate mouth warming from the high abv.

Overall Impression- A very perfect example of this style! I was hoping there was a freshness date on this brew but no... Still was very strong with hops and then a lemon taste came out huge here! Huge fan of BrewDog & Mikkeller. Go for it (if you can get it fresh!).

Photo of mattbing
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with a Bolivar Royal Corona.

Pours a deep amber red with a big white head. Smells of grapefruit and piney hops, which is exactly how it tastes. Get a hint of caramel, but whoa this needs more malt to balance out the hops.

This is a blend of two European beers that I haven't tried, so I can't compare to the originals. Seems like a take on the big American DIPA, but nothing really groundbreaking here..

Photo of notchucknorris
2.76/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 rbhockeyfan
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors a nice dark golden color, lots of hops, citrus and caramelly malt on the nose. Taste is a little disappointing as it not as hoppy as the smell would have you think it is. Over a good beer, but my preference would be for the hops to come through a bit more.

Photo of nimrod979
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy bronze/amber color with a one finger off white head. Bubbly that eventually calms down to a small film that lingers on top of this brew.
Rather fruity aroma. Citrusy hops with plenty of piney hop aromas as well. Caramel malts on the nose as well and a slight booziness to it.
Taste wise it starts out rathe sweet and fruity. Citrusy and piney hops flavor. Plenty of caramel malt to add to the sweetness before a big hoppy finish that has quite the warming effect from the alcohol. Finish lingers quite a bit.
This beer is full-bodied. Almost a thick yet, oily texture. Chewy and a bit dry on the finish. Pretty solid beer though. Not overly bitter, definitely one of the sweeter tasting DIPA's I've tried.

Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours hazy dark red-orange color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, orange, pine, spices, and alcohol. Strong malty aromas, but they are quite average and a bit boozy. Taste of big pine, grapefruit, orange, caramel, and some tropical fruits. Nice strong bitterness on the finish, that lingers for a bit with caramel, orange, pine, and a bit of tropical fruits. Big malt load with a fairly nice balance to the bitterness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but there is still a fairly strong warming on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied, with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Good drinkability for the level of alcohol, but still a sipper. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA, but I have a feeling this was past it’s prime due to the lackluster aromas.

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

Had to grab this at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Reddish-amber body, 1/2 finger smooth, off-white head, drops to a thin ring & leaves a few strands of lacing.

Citric nose, orange peel, not a lot to say - pretty standard, but good.

Grapefruit in the taste, with a dry & woody bitterness, a little pithy. Nice & crisp with a lightly sugary sweetness about 3/4 through. Some dry booze notes catch up after a bit.

Medium-full-bodied, some heat & bite from booze.

Overall pretty nice, nothing really standing out but nothing to detract from it.

Photo of fostachild
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I Hardcore You pours a cloudy amber with a big, frothy white head on tap. The foam, dissolves very slowly leaving behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with notes of orange citrus, pine and hints of caramel malt.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very soft on the palate with a mild effervescent fizz. The flavor is a nice balance of malt and hops. Lots of pine, orange citrus and lemon rind with a malt background of caramel and toasted malt. It finishes with a touch of fruit flavor (peach) and bread. Once gone the caramel malt and orange citrus lingers on the palate.

The Brew Dog crew knows how to make an American IPA. Very flavorful!

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

This brew pours a graded sunburst color. The bottom is a dark raw honey color, while the top coloring fades to a slightly lighter, more orangey-yellow coloring. It holds a brief one finger head of cream-colored bubbles. This recedes quickly into a film of fatty bubbles skirting across the top of the liquid. With a quick swirl the head is instantly rebuilt. There is a thick haze about the beer, with no real sediment noted, although a thicker yeasty dredge pours out with the last drops of the bottle. Carbonation appears to be standard. The nose breathes with bright sweet, earthy, and grassy hops. There is a high pitched mustard spiciness, with a bit of black pepper from the booze. The malts are equally as present, and mix nicely with the hops in all of their slightly toasted, caramel glory. As we sip, a limey grassiness presents up front. The hops here are both citric and sweet. There is also a drying tannin-like quality, adding a softer tea flavoring. The middle moves forward with a significant lemony twist, and bittering caramel and lighter grain. An herbal hop bitterness carries us to the finish. Here, herbal and grassy hops dominate, along with bitter orange peel, and paler caramel malts. The aftertaste breathes with peppery booze, and a lemony citric hop quality (as in the front). The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium to light. The brew is slick and syrupy, and leaves the mouth quite dried, despite a nice initial coating. The abv is high but appropriate, and the distinct alcohol presence makes this brew more of a sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the richness of caramel. The malts are deep and sweet, and really steal the show from the hops. The citrus of the hops really dominates much of their flavoring, owning up to a lemony bitterness. This is less apparent in the nose, but rather comes forth more in the flavoring, where it became muddled at times between the big malts and the slickness of hops.

Photo of chocosushi
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pressie from saramisu's last 'Rado trip
330ml->Unibroue Tulip
A ~ Pours a dark & dirty amber with very deep rooted orange highlights. Spotty lacing.

S ~ Smells like very hearty tree sap, combined with that "dank" smell with a liberal dusting of citrus zest & minerals. Lots of healthy grass as well.

T ~ Abundance of flavors that meld together seemlessly.
Pine, Citrus zest, Pineapple Rings, Pulpy grapefruit juice, fresh apricot, & thick sea salt caramel. At times theres a cactus fruit flavor which was really odd.
Hop Oils by the thousands lending floral, organic, & spice notes.

M ~ Prickly, bright & acidic with enamel stripping levels of bitterness. Flavors linger for quite awhile. Sav blanc elements were going on at times. Large amount of mineral-y qualities. Carb was suited.

D ~ Will probably not come across this anytime soon, so It was a much appreciated brew & I am forever grateful. I would really like to try the source beers for this, it definitely had a blended quality to it that worked. Acidic, Tangy, Resinous, Bitter...yet crisp, if you believe it. A bomb in every sense of the word.
cheers.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Pours a hazy tea-like amber with a smallish off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of fruity, piney, resiny hops with a little stinkiness. It fades a lot as it warms and some cola comes out.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts with a little cola and tropical fruit followed by a big piney, resiny bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation and a bit syrupy.

Overall, an nice, huge DIPA. A little pricey at $7 a bottle though. Best a bit cold. As it warmed, it lost some of the hop characteristics and became a little overly sweet and treacly.

Photo of popery
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
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).

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 jeffjeff1
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits the other day.

Appearance- hazy amber color, some head that dissipates quickly

Smell- very citrusy hops, very fruity

Taste- very hoppy, immediate bitterness that follows through to the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, I like the hoppiness.

Photo of jondeelee
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CWBlues for this treat.

A - Pours a nice orange/amber color with a thick foam head. Foam shows a little bit of orange color as well and the liquid appears a little cloudy.

S - Scents of alcohol, citrus, sugars, and some pine too. Some caramel notes in there as well mixed in with some hops.

T - Loads of citrus along with pine and a splash of peppermint. Its a faint splash that only appears for a second as it goes down and provides and interesting twist to this brew.

M - Nice and sticky with light carbonation and fizz. Almost too sticky for me giving that sweetart (candy) feeling after you've had a few sips. Leaves a funny film coating on your tongue afterwards.

O - A very nice IPA with no heavy alcohol despite the 9.5%. That 9.5 is really disguised well.

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Malty, hoppy and flavor is good sweet malts with the balancing hops, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Good DIPA but Brewdog's regular DIPA (ABV 9.2%) is just as good at half the price. Pricey at $7.85 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of brotherloco
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours a very hazy orange amber. Inch of beige foam settles to a medium ring with some large bubbles. Bits of thick lacing.

A real sweet BrewDog style nose, citrusy notes poke through as well, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruits. Very promising.

Nicely balanced flavor. The caramel malt is a large part of the flavor, but there's a lot of oily hoppy bitterness right on top. There's a kind of odd earthy burnt flavor that lingers in the aftertaste, but it adds a distinct character. ABV is buried really well.

Body is on the high end of medium-full with medium carbonation, very nice.

Photo of shanblur
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on a recent trip to Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Murky brown with hints of orange and red. Head slowly recedes to some moderate lacing.

S - Hops dominate on the nose with some citrus hops aroma as well as some piney hops notes. Faint malt aromas in the background.

T - Generous hops with a minimal sweetness from the malts. Very well balanced. Hides the alcohol well.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer. It is one of the best of the style I have tried. I will definitely try more from Mikkeller.

I Hardcore You from BrewDog
91 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.