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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy amber. The nose on this one is...different. I feel compelled to say rose petals, or something like that. It strikes me as much more floral (in a petal sense), than I can recall in any other beer. But on to the most important aspect: how it tastes. It's okay I guess. Interesting and smooth, though there is a hop spicyness that nips in a slightly subtle way. The most interesting aspect of this beer is probably the feel which is extremely smooth and borders on silky. I have to say, though, that for a beer that costs $9, I should probably be getting a whole lot more from the experience. I think that's probably one reason why I'm now more willing to spend less than $2 on a beer from some place that I've probably never heard of instead of an exhorbitant amount for a "decent" beer from some uber popular brewery.

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

Reviewed from session notes.

Murky brownish amber with a tan creamy 1cm head, minimal lacing, the foam lasts for about a minute.

Smells of semi-boozey caramel, peaches, ginger, and orange peel. In a very appealing balance with medium strength resin aroma, I should add.

Tastes of solid pine resin, grapefruit, boiled hop oil, and a couple of squirts of those liquid bitters used to make fancy cocktails. About 85% of the strength of the peachy fruitiness from the nose are unfortunately masked by the booze and resinous hopping flavor. For a short while mid-sip , the malt flavor seems to vanish and comes back again just before the finish begins.

Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation keeps things moving around in the mouth. A bt of oily slippery-ness in the mouth does detract from the experience.

If only it was slightly less greasy in texture and kept some more of the promised fruit and the citrus peel aspects from the nose in the flavor, this would have been dialed in to my preferences much better than it is.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (not sure why, though the label suggests that this is destined for the US market where there is no dating requirement). Picked up from Trembling Madness in York just the other week. I've had this once before and thought it was fantastic - been looking forward to it ever since the latest batch was announced.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing to a surface layer. An intense aroma of citrus and pine, underpinned by subtle malt and earthy yeast notes. The abundant aromatic hops have a dry, sherbet-like quality. A whiff of alcohol can be discerned in the background.

Tastes like a sackfull of aromatic hops with an intense bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, peel, resinous pine, earthy yeast, caramel malt and stewed hops. Considerable bitterness upon swallowing, along with a warming hint of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with good body and a strident astringency. Dries the palate thoroughly and leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Bam - hops! This is a fantastic brew; makes my list of top-tier IPAs. Tons of hop aroma and flavour, while the malt takes a back seat (this sets it apart from US west-coast IPAs). Spicy, oily citrus with a hint of pine. Very dry, with a lemon character. Nice body and great mouthfeel. I've only had one of the two beers that are blended to create this (Hardcore), but the result is peerless. If you come across this, don't pass up the opportunity to try it.

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

A- Murky dark amber with a thin white head. No lacing to speak of.

S- A good mix of caramel and pine. Layered, but not delineated.

T- A shot of caramel on entry and through the mid palate. A quick and slightly clumsy transition to intense bitter hops.

M- Nice, but a bit muddled. It has some oily quality, but is still crisp and clean. A little confused.

O- Very good IPA/DIPA. I enjoy I beat You much more, but the regular hardcore IPA a little less. Would buy again.

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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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.

I Hardcore You from BrewDog
91 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.