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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 27
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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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4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while. I was really happy to run into it at the new Total Wine around the corner :)

A- Dark Hazy sunset Orange nice and sticky. Decent head.

S- intense bitter hops with orange peel and a fair alcohol burn

T- really really nice...mmm. There is a nice bready maltyness on the front. Just a nice bit of sweetness then taking on a great hop character half way through. Really tasty citrus orange/light lemon coming through with a medium dry finish. So yummy.

M- perfect. nice and slick good carbonation. Nice round and full bodied DIPA. Loving it.

O- this is a great beer. Awesome balance of sweet and bitter. Just a like a good DIPA is supposed to be. I love this style. Been stuck on it for a few months now.

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 dgilks
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold colour. Good clarity. Moderate off-white head. Good.

Citrussy, grapefruit and orange. Mild caramel. A little spicy.

Resinous hop character combined with bright, citrus notes. Mild caramel malt backbone with slightly dark toffee hints. Good bitterness which is supported by the hop flavour.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very good.

A very solid DIPA of a type which is not commonly found in Australia. Unfortunately, the price is extremely high due to import markups which are excessively high. This would be worth the price if it was priced similarly to what it is in the US.

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

Pours a dark, clear, slightly mahogany-reddish amber with a thick, fairly persistent off-white head. Aroma is decently hoppy with an undertone of sweet apple and pear. Strongly hoppy flavor is fairly bitter but not nastily so and has a subtle fruity undertone with just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is rough and fizzy, leaving a fairly strong and persistent hoppy tingle.

Photo of justintcoons
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber/copper with 1 finger of head that leaves nice lacing. Low carbonation.

N: Pine, citrus and candied caramel.

T: Citrus, pine, lemon, spruce, grapefruit and some rye notes backed by toffee and bready malts.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and somewhat sticky.

D: Good DIPA with a nice balance and a spicy kick.

Photo of Delraypete
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the pour into a Dogfish Head signature glass, cloudy appearance with very little aroma, two-fingers head. One sip quickly erased any doubts created by the lack of aroma. Great balance and in my mind it's an improved 90 Min IPA. Great hop character. Smooth mouthfeel. Would buy again.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer from BrewDog/Mikkeller recently. I had been eying it alongside the Devine Rebels for some time, and decided to grab it at long last. Really glad I did. This is a fantastic example of a high-hopped, herbal IPA. The floral tastes are complimented with a fruit-spice that works perfectly with the hoppiness of this IPA. The body is just light enough that the piney/hopey notes don't knock you out. Devine Rebel has a lot to live up to if I ever grab that as well.

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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very murky dark blood orange hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head and lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Prevalent grassy, herbal hops come through. A good dose of spicy hops as well, and a mild pale malt backbone.

T- The spicy hops are most prevelant in the flavor initially, with a citrus rind background. The citrus becomes more prominent and juicy for the finish as the spicy hops back off briefly. What lingers is a mild to moderate hop bitterness, some residual citrus, and some residual spicy hop presence.

M- Mild to medium carbonation and a well done juicy citrus body,

D- This is a pretty good DIPA overall. I'm sure it was much different when it was bottled at Brewdog before it was imported to an OH storeshelf. As it stands-its a good spicy, juicy DIPA.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce (330 ml) bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark orange/amber color with a half inch light tan head that didn't stick around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, bready malt, and some caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, the hoppy and malty flavors are balanced for the most part but the hops are still stronger. There's citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, along with bready and caramel malt. Good hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick. I think this is a solid overall brew, due to the price ($6.99 a bottle) I wouldn't buy it very often but it's definitely worth trying. I thought it was good.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huh. So apparently this a collaboration; I did not know that.

Appearance: A deep burnt orange; sort of the color you might expect in mid-'70s shag carpeting. Clear, slightly off-white head. Nice retention.

Smell: Excellent, Smithers. Citrus punch -- pineapple is prominent -- with a honeyed malt and an unexpected gin-and-tonic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: ...OK. A bit thinner and harsher than I'd like, but not entirely awful.

Taste: Well, it is hoppy, that's for certain. It's actually a lot of things; it's malty sweet, it's lemon sour, it's piney as a redwood forest, and it's aggressively citrus. I can't say that I'm in love with it, but it's THERE, that's for sure.

Drinkability: Pretty good for such a big IPA, but the alcohol pretty much takes this out of session contention, and it's a tad pricey.

Overall, a nice, big IPA, but since I'm already here on the west coast, a bit more trouble and expense than I need; I can get one of the Plinys easily and for far less cash. So I'll do that.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA, a beautiful offering and rendition of the style

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Mikkeller layout label, with a light green and the drawing of a couple lying against a tree and sharing a cup, icon of the brewer´s head, and Brewdog in the same graphic style. Notes style, and 9.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour, tall and rich frothy head, good retention, nice surface memory, and rich lacing.

S - Nice hoppy note, resinous, pine with an accented sense of caramel. Fresh feel with a bready and lightly spicy sense.

T - Hops shine nicely, grapefruit, resin, earthy touch, plenty of caramel and malt in the backbone, even a soft spicy touch. Truly long and nice... ,

M - Medium/full body with soft carbonation, creamy and smooth with a final hint at a bitter bite woven with some stickiness.

D - Great DIPA, fresh, complex, long, very likable.

Notes: Now, as of today I have had both brews that support this take: Hardcore IPA both bottled (maltier), and on tap (beautifully pungent and fresh), and also I Beat U bottled a couple of times (both quite pleasing). This might be the best, close to the Hardcore on tap... But the only way to discern it and educate my palate is to further create an horizontal of these brews if and when I can ever get around it :P Great brew in any case...

Photo of rrski198
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep ambver and slightly cloudy. Big white fluffy head, Outstanding lacing.

S: Deep dank pine. Amazingly sweet balance, but again musty, dank wet pine smell.

T: Outstanding deep bitterness followed by an incredible butter sweet malt. Its almost like a hop jolly rancher. HOP CANDY!

M: Average carbonation and deeply bitter. This beer coats my mouth in a thick honey sweetness and has the consistency of olive oil. Absolutely fabulous.

D: Fantastic. The booze is so well hidden as it blends with the hop spice. I paid for the first one on tap and it wasn't cheap, but I bought another because it was so damn tasty. I would absolutely purchase again, but the price tag, $6/bottle is steep.

Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh 12 oz bottle.

Pours a rich amber with a decent head. Very thick and syrupy.

Smells very citursy and has a strong hop forward head. Also smells a bit like old flowers.

I really did not taste anything special in this one. Just very hoppy with a bit of grapefruit and citrus. It is a bit bready and earthy.

Very drinkable. Had this down very fast but for the price I could get many better beers. I recommend trying this once but not really what I was expecting.

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy amber color and formed a foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present and makes it look like a float. The aroma was of malt, hops, pine, floral and a hint of pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, pine and citrus. The body was medium light and the finish sprite.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy,burnt orange with a quickly dissipating one finger head that resulted in a thin soapy ring and some sparse lacing.

S-Sweet alcohol and citrus upfront.Smells a lot like Grand Marnier with some floral undertones.

T-Sweetened grapefruit,herbal hops,fruity alcohol and some brown sugary malt.

M-Not a real pronounced hop presence for the style.Decent balance overall.Slight oiliness.

D-Maybe not enough there to bring me back to this one.

Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Novare Res, 1/23/11.

A-Pours a hazy copper amber with a frothy off white head. Some decent lacing.

S-Plenty hoppy.Mostly citrus with some piney resin as well. A bit of malt but this is almost all hops.

T-Quite tasty. Bready malt in the front is quickly overtaken by grapefruit and orange hop notes. Some piney hops in the finish as well.

M-Medium bodied and nicely oily.

D-Quite tasty and drinkable for its size and style. I quite enjoyed this one.


Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color, thick fluffy head that dies down quite quickly and leave a thin layer across the top, carbonation in minimal.

S - Lemon grass, biscuity malt, ruby red grapefruit, slightly floral.

T - Balance is even across - onion, lemon grass, and soft lavender floral bouquet. The hops are quite oily and pine resiny. There is a noticeable warming from the alcohol as it goes down.

M - Slight pricklies on the tongue and a thick, bold body for a Double IPA.

D - Very good.

I may pick up a few more bottles of this one before they're not available any more. This is one of the more unique D-IPA's that I've had.

Photo of snpub540
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber copper hue with a fluffy eggshell colored head. Head is very clingy at first but turns into a thin ring of bubbles that leaves some scattered lacing on the glass.

Aromas were very hoppy at first but then they faded away. Grassy and piney are the dominate hop notes. Also a great deal of caramel and bready notes in the nose as well. A nice amount of alcohol is present in the nose too.

Taste was nicely balanced between malt and hops. Maybe fresher this beer is more hoppy but is has more of an English IPA flavor. Bready and nutty maltiness with a slight roast followed by a dry, resinous hop finish. The finish is almost sticky.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it has a pleasant touch on the palate. Drinkability is good as there is a nice balance. Its not the smoothest but it isn't harsh and in your face.

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with a thick frothy off-white that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an intense hop bitterness as well as an equally intense malt aroma. It's bold with pale and biscuit malts which provide not only a base for the piney hop character, but also an excellent bready aroma that really stands tall. The taste is good. It has a very nice malt character that boasts of pale/Marris Otter and biscuit malts. It has an intense bread-like flavor that really compliments the piney hop character. It's delicious. It's a cross between an English IPA and an East Coast DIPA. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. It's not a cookie cutter DIPA like everyone is making these days. It's smooth and balanced with tremendous malt character.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous amber orange with lots of head. very nice head retention and beautiful lacing. Quite pretty overall. Smells very hoppy on the nose. A combination of grapefruit and piney resin off the initial smell. The grapefruit backs down a bit after letting it sit and the pine overtakes. On the tongue there is tons of bitterness. The resiny pine overpowers. There is some nice grapefruit on the background but not as nice as on the nose. The hop profile is a bit one dimensional and the pine punch is a bit abrasive but its very smooth and drinkable for such a hoppy high alcohol beer. I would put it a significant step below abrasive and hopslam but similar in many ways to pliny from my experiences. Overall, would definitely drink again if it were ~3 dollars per bottle instead of >6

Photo of Beejay
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy medium amber with red tones. A nice fluffy tan head towers over the beer.

S: Huge hop aroma. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and perhaps a touch of sweet onion. There is a syrupy sweetness in there as well. Smells nice.

T: Hops come right out, piney and resiny, with notes of grapefruit, and a touch of onion, though not enough to offend. Solid malt backbone on this, with caramel notes. The finish is lingering resiny bitterness.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fairly high, with a dry finish. It leaves an oily/resin feel in your mouth.

D: Definitely a tasty brew, though the price ( and abv)is somewhat prohibitive in making this an 'everyday' kind of beer. All in all I think it is very well made, and very tasty, but for the price and limited status there are better brews of similar style.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap to Beer Temple in Amsterdam.

A: Murky, dark copper colored. Two fingers of white head..big bubbles. Recedes slowly and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Eye opening citrus smell. Heavy grapefruit, orange..maybe even a little lemon zest. Can smell the sweet malts hanging around in the background.

T: Taste follows the nose. Malt does a good job of taking the edge off of the extreme amount of hops. With that said, the citrus taste from the hops are front and center. Very little alcohol in the taste.

M: Sticky, resinous and coats the mouth. A big beer for sure.

D: I could drink a couple of these in one sitting. Easy drinking considering the IBU and ABV level.

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

12oz bottle, no freshness date but a very recent delivery to the state of Georgia so it should be quite fresh.

Pours very murky & hazy copper/amber with a large 3 finger foamy off-white head that leaves some sheets of lacing and holds a good foamy island.

Aroma is heavy on pungent citrus rind, grapefruit especially as well as some orange, fairly dank, cat spray Simcoe goodness, caramel malt and bread. Very good strength.

Flavor is some serious resinous hops, tons of grapefruit and citrus, good caramel malt backbone offering just a touch of sweetness which is immediately swept away by a strong wave of bitterness. Alcohol content is masked and integrated very well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied (almost full for a DIPA), low to medium carbonation.

Big dank and pungent DIPA, but still maintains a good balance. Not very complex but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copperish amber color with a short head
Pungent layers of citrus and pine hoppiness from the nose
Beautiful complexity and balance in the mouth. Fruity notes brought to life with hoppy, piney, beautiful bitterness
Great, smooth mouthfeel
Very nice beer!

Photo of dbmernin83
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head, leaving decent lacing.
Immediately after I finish pouring, I can smell the citrus hops and a slight malt sweetness without even putting my nose to the glass
Heavy, oily, citrus hops, malts smooth it out but piney hops remain for awhile after.
You definitely feel the weight of this Imperial IPA; thick body with booze all through the middle.
Maybe it's because I just worked for 14 hours on my feet that I want 3 more, or maybe it's because this is a fine Imperial IPA. I'm gonna side with the latter.

I Hardcore You from BrewDog
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.