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

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Looks like it was bottled July 2010.

A: Two fingers of nice creamy head; amazing retention. Lots of bubbles rushing from the bottom to meet the head. Darker chestnut brown at the core, with yellowish hues on the edges.

S: Lovely sweet grapefruit and bountiful hops. An hint of cabbagey/vegetal angle to the hops.

T: Good, but obviously strong. A strange sort flavour, almost like stewed vegetables (cabbage again?) or maybe soy sauce. It's savoury! It's certainly not unpleasant, merely unexpected. Otherwise, a double IPA as normal, if a quite good one. The maintaste is full of a sorta-citrusy maltiness with alcoholic edges. The aftertaste is barely dry and savoury; lingering. Very interesting collaboration.

M: Full-bodied and lightly carbonated. Big beer.

O: Mikkeller and BrewDog are two of my favourite European brewers, so I was really looking forward to this one. I was perhaps a little disappointed, but only because my expectations were so high. I think the Hardcore IPA is a better beer and, though I haven't had the I Beat yoU, most of the other Mikkeller beers I have had are superior. Still, recommended for novelty's sake. I paid $6.99 for it, which feels a bit steep, but oh well. I'm glad I did it.

Notes (from the BrewDog blog): "I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe's most rock 'n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat You [sic]. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. We kinda lost count."

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

A: Big frothy, slightly orangey white head. Cloudy chestnut.

S: Good. Hoppy and a little sweet. Grapefruit. Something that smells a little like vegetables.

T: Very hoppy. more ctirus. Good, but a little odd. Dry. A little soy sauce.

M: Full. Strong. Crisp. Smooth, with a little carbonation.

O: Pretty good. I like both Mikkeller and Brew Dog's own beers and I like this collaboration. Recommended.

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

In bottle form at the Public House in La Jolla. Super beefy beer and looks do not deceive.

Chunky head, deep amber slightly cloudy body. It looks impressive.

Crazy aromas of massive hops and even more massive malts, some yeast in there.

Very powerful all around flavor. Slightly boozy, hot, malted, citrus and pine hops. This is, as advertised, a hardcore brew.

Heavy mouthfeel that I did not find all that great. Fits with the rest of the beer though, so I'm sure they accomplished what they were aiming for.

Good, but not great. Almost a novelty.

Photo of whatthehull
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip

A - A swampy golden/red (awesome), one finger of white head and little lacing

S - PUNGENT! Alcohol, tons of hops, malt and yeast all in your face. Mellows to a nice citrus, pineapple, sugar, grass, wood, soil, a bit sour and just all around lovely

T - Pungent yeast, very sweet malt, toastiness, huge hops, citrus, floral, tropical and nice fruit. Alcohol on crack, but still very nice. A tad sour note that gets tackled by a huge very nice and smooth hop layer. Sugar. Bit of resin in the middle

M - sticky, chewy, FULL body, medium acidity, huge complexity and very long finsih

D - Not for everyone. But those of us who love us some good IPA, this is a beer you need to drink and enjoy. Enjoy this anytime of year and often.

Final thought - $7 a bottle and a 9.5% abv? The price could be lower, but the abv? I am loving it

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent amber with a a thick head of off white fluff. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge herbal, massive amounts of caramel, and toffee, and notes of orange and tangerine jelly candies.
Taste is of the aromas with an abundant sweetness nailing the front of the tongue and rolling along with an herbal rolled tangerine rind.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, balanced, and dessert like. Lots of caramel, and trace amounts of dextrose and and moderate CO2 tingling the tastebuds.

Photo of Bogforce
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was debating on review this or not because I know it isn't complete fresh, but I couldn't resist...

A: Looks like some apple cider in the glass, which is a compliment. The head was a nice off white/brown color and had some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get a the malt right away, which could be due to not being fresh. I get a lot of good fruit notes still as well as some pine notes as well.

T: Getting the malt and pine up from with the lingering fruit and pine towards the end.

M: Great mouthful, would never know this beer is 9.5%. Goes down smooth and doesn't leave your palate destroyed.

O: This beer wasn't fresh so I was lenient but still a great beer!

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

Pretty sure this beer is listed under the wrong brewery. The bottle says specifically this was brewed and bottle by Mikkeller. I think they just used BrewDog's facilities. Nevertheless, on with the review...

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a chalice.

A single finger of light tan foam on a hazy reddish/amber body. Lots of tropical fruit in the aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, big maltiness, and a little bit of alcohol. Bitterness and hops linger on the palate with some mintiness.

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

Excellent beer! I let it warm to a good temp out a the fridge first. Then, poured with a grand, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, cream colored head with peaks and lots of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is hugely hops with malt, caramel and a little floral. Flavor is like nose, but with some additional spice, pine, and old leather. Body is soft and so is carbonation, but not too. Finish is like flavor and alcohol is present not overly so. Fun to try one of and maybe come back to in a while or I'd be interested to see how it would lay by, but couldn't call it a session in any sense.

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I Hardcore You - Imperial India Pale Ale
Brew Dog / Mikkeller collaboration
No apparent dating code
$7.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Cloudy with yeast. Deep amber / almost Russet brown in color. Full head of frothy, slightly yellowed tan. The head retention and lacing are quite good.

Smell: Malty. Bready. Toasty. Almost cake-like with a sweet edge of darkened sugar. Leafy, softly citrusy, and gently floral hops. Yeasty fruitiness (apple, berries). Very "English" in character.

Taste: As the nose suggests, but with more yeasty fruitiness and less malt character. Its surprisingly soft and rounded given the intensity of the aroma. It's rich, to be sure, but its also quite supple and smooth. All of the components combine well, and although you can pick it apart to find the yeasty fruitiness or the hops or malt, they don't just immediately appear to you on their own. The alcohol is present, lying beneath or behind the malt, depending on how you want to look at it, but it doesn't stand out on its own either. Finally, the bitterness is surprisingly soft, blanketed by the rich malt. The one thing that does pop is the spritz of orange from the gently citrusy hops. It pops up mid-palate and lends a refreshing edge, and then reappears with less brightness in the long-lingering leafy/malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth with what seems to be a natural carbonation - I don't know that it is, but I immediately thought of cask beer as that first sip crossed my tongue. Remarkably supple.

Overall: Really quite impressive. It's rich, complex, and velvety smooth. Worth every cent!!!

Photo of bfields4
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice large frothy off-white head. Hazy deep amber orange hue to the body.

Very hoppy aroma some grapefruit and pine, but also that musty hop reminiscent of pliny to me. Sweet malt honey and grainy characteristic.

The taste doesn't stray too far from the aroma. Nice resiny hop flavor with plenty of pine. A little less on the citrusy side, but that could be just due to freshness. I'm sure my bottle is a little old. The malt provides a nice sweet, but not too complex balancing point.

A really good beer nice creamy mouthfeel. A little on kick to it from the booze, but nothing too much. All and all I'm very impressed with how well this beer has held up.

Photo of richkrull
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks bud.

Poured a cloudy copper color with lots of beige head on it.

Smell is incredibly hoppy. Great aroma. I could smell this beer all night.

Taste is just as good. Great bitter hop flavor throughout. Some malt coming through to balance it. Some citrus flavors coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. Nice smooth drinking beer.

I really enjoyed this one. Sadly it will probably be the only time I try it. Very good DIPA though that I would highly recommend!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burnished amber with a wonderful head and superb lacing. The whole package. Smells very sweet with citrus and lots and lots of sweet malt. Tastes very sweet as well, with some additional spiciness and eventually some bitter citrus peel. Starts to develop a grainy taste and body as well part way through, which makes it a bit chewy in the mouth. Solid enough, but a bit too much on the malty side for my taste.

Photo of banesong
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - unfortunately drank from a bottle.

S - definitive hop smell, improved as the beer warmed. Heavy grapefruit smell.

T - very hop forward, hints of cucumber as the carbonation hits the tounge. The aftertaste is citrusy, with a light tang that fades to a slow burn.

M - leaves a light coating on the mouth, easy carbonation.

O - a fairly big beer, but easily sippable. Not a deep summer beer, but definitely a spring or fall one.

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

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Only had a couple swigs of this because it "technically" belonged to my then-fiancée/now-wife (even though I bought it, am I right, fellows?). But wow...very tasty.

Poured a cloudy orange-brown with a nice white head that receded to a thin layer. Sweet aroma, surprisingly malts come through more than hops; citrus notes. Intense hoppiness up front in the taste (the way an iIPA should be), with a blast of pine, and grapefruit and mango distinctly happening in the background. Medium bodied and finishes off nice and dry. Very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured burnt orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one. The caramel sweetness in this one is a nice touch and helped to cut out a lot of the booziness that was present. Very nicely balanced aroma as well. An absolute must try for any fan of the style.

Photo of peacebone116
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330-mL bottle into tulip.

A: Cloudy copper with fancy, fluffy white head and strong lace.

N: Sweet caramel malts wrapped in pine and grapefruit.

T/M: Bitter (pine-sap & grass) and very oily.The hops are well supported by the sweet malt. Alcohol is hidden quite well, and this excellent brew is quite drinkable.

I wish I could have tried this one fresh--I reviewed it about 3 to 4 months after its initial release, according to my bottle shop (Bobby's). I really like BrewDog's Hardcore IPA, and pretty much all that I have tried from Mikkeller, and this seems to feature the touch of each brewer.

I do not normally discuss the packaging or labels, but I really feel that I must add how romantic the art work is: a couple entwined sharing, not just a moment together, but a delicious IPA....This image immediately invokes thoughts of ever-lasting love!

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber to a caramel tone, deep orange, minimal carbonation slight 1/2 finger head with little to no lacing

S: fruity, orange and lemon notes with a deep herbal finish

T: There is a slight sweetness at the first taste that segues into a deep bitter herbal assault that hits the gumline with a deep fulfilling dryness. The star of this taste is not the first or the second, it is the deep herbal aftertaste, which similar to a spiciness, makes you want to take another sip to keep chaining the after taste. It does a great job of hiding the high alcohol content because the majority of the focus is on the bitter notes so that the warmth of the 9.5 % abv glides by undetected. After one of these though, the extreme drying becomes repetitive, like the 160 bpm of hard house music, it just gets a bit overwhelming and monotanous at the same time.

M: The mouthfeel is inviting and smoothe, not too thin, but not overly malty. There's not a lot of chewiness or coating to balance out whatever crazy hop blast that they have established here. The beer is a bit unbalanced, but not in a bad way, it feels like they knew what they were making and at $11 a 11oz bottle, they knew the niche market they were appealing to. Again, the extreme bitter runs to the sides of your mouth and sets up camp for a lingering 5 to 10 seconds, it will certainly jade your palate for other beers that you may have had planned.

Narrative: You never thought that living in the Bastille in mid-eighteenth century France would be so boring. "Buy a time machine" they said "Meet Voltaire" they said. And yet here you are. The substandard gruel is of the most mediocre consistency and you long for the forthcoming reforms to spruce this place up a bit. BUT THEN YOU NEVER THOUGHT THAT APPEARING FROM THE FUTURE IN A HIGHLY SUPERSTITIOUS CATHOLIC COUNTRY WOULD LAND YOU IN JAIL, IN THE PAST. It was a very intense first few moments, the cobblestone streets, the mahogany bound books, the intensity was in the air, palpable almost. Then the bitterness sets in, again and again, the civil system what with your inability to confront witnesses, until it was just a prison of bitter and sour that you built for yourself. You paid top dollar for a time machine that placed you in a bitter purgatory, to which no amount of sweet can return you. "Loosen my shackles please, I feel that the iron is tarnishing my complexi-" What is that sour taste in your mouth? Bitter irony from a casuistic time traveler.

Photo of hopheadtony1
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber beer in my mikkeller glass. Beautiful beige head, compact and creamy. The nose is full of aroma, hops, flowers, the dry hopping has done a very good job here.

The taste is awesome, hoppy, strong with a very good bitterness.
You can clearly recognize the hardcore IPA and the I Beat yoU ipa from mikkeller. this is a e exceptional blend more than a collaboration brew.
the After taste is as good as the mouthfeel itself.

Good work.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is an autumn cherry cloudy and thick. The head of two fingers turns slowly into laced dirty snow melt on the sides of the port glass...

Fruits' aroma hits hard, the heaviest is lychee, then grapefruit, and strawberry, pine sap answers for the hop notes

Bitter hops mingle with bitter fruits, the sweet aroma meets here with a unsweetened tea version. There is a tad bit of fructose but that is almost an overstatement. Definitely a hoptastic journey

The mouthfeel lends a medium body and a viscous texture marked with medium bubbles

Fantastic smelling, great bodied, beautiful looking brew, however, the nose promises something sweet and if that were there it would be perfectly balanced and perhaps on my top list of all time, but it did not. Sad. I highly recommend it still.

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

A: pours amber orange and is a little bit cloudy. The head is about a finger at first then settles to a thin layer. Head is light brown to tan.
S: can smell the hops without even having the glass near my nose. Nose is a mix of pine, light grapefruit, and sweet malt with a touch of caramel
T: sweet caramel malt upfront. Hops are pine and some citrus. Hops sit long on the aftertaste.
M: seems thick but carbonation seem to thin it out some.
O: its a good DIPA, hops are good and bitter, wondering if this could be aged a little.

Photo of feylure
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Brew Dog and Mikkeller have yet to disappoint!

Appearance is like a double should be; a nice golden amber that is slightly clouded. Nicely carbonated and appears thick.

Smell is sweet, quite sweet and bitter with deep caramel notes.

Taste is fantastically well done. The bitter hop and the sweet barely both pop out of the thick-caramel like a west coast IPA with a nice amount of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is quite full upfront but becomes slightly dry at the tail.

Overall, I would have this IPA again. It's a great beer, but I'm not sure about the price.

Photo of Sensaray
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orange amber. The full head dissipates slowly, with some lacing

The smell is a balanced hop and malt. Some light sweet tropical notes, possibly peach, and pineapple juice.

Bitter on the immediate up front, the a cascade of flavors from tropical to a more sweet malt towards the end take over the hops for a moment. Some citrus combines with this towards the end of the middle, but for the most part, the hops during the middle of this subside. Leaves with a bitter piney close and aftertaste. The flavor tastes really good when I just drink this beer, as opposed to trying to discern all the flavors. So that's what I'm gonna do now.

This is the mouthfeel of a DIPA. Medium, smooth.

This is good but for the price I paid I wouldn't get again. I'm glad I tried it once though, has a lot to take in in terms of flavor and smell.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange color, very hazy. Pours with a good head and good lacing. Just too dark and too sedimenty, though. Looks like a homebrew DIPA.

Smell - Hoppy and a bit boozy. Smells like it was fermented at a high temperature. Very estery. In that regard, it smells like a homebrew DIPA, also. A bit of wood on the nose, but very faint until it warms.

Taste - Follows the homebrew theme, but it tastes good. Fruity hops and fruity esters. The wood flavor persists and dulls the sweetness of the malts a bit. Gives it a slight bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Par for a DIPA. Syrupy, but not viscous. Medium carbonation. Slightly warming in the finish.

Overall - Not bad, but not fantastic. It is dangerously close to having off-flavors, but they never really materialize. I wouldn't buy another bottle of it, but that's partly because it's super expensive.

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

A: Hazy orangish hue with a thin head and great retention; beautiful lacing; this is one bubbly beer with bubbles sporadically popping through the thin head

S: Major tropical nodes: mango; grapefruit, and pineapple; a little bit of woodiness; also a strong alcohol presence; all of this sits on top of a decent malt backbone

T: Alcohol is well masked; bitter hops but tropical fruits--although less prevalent than in the aroma; the alcohol numbing does become more evident as the beer goes down the hatch; there is a malty undertone that is grainy, earthy, and even woody

F: A bit oily and sticky and nicely carbonated; nice medium body; good overall mouth feel

O: A very good, slightly boozy DIPA--such a nice collaboration

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