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I Hardcore You - BrewDog

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505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 505 | Reviews: 245
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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Sunhunters
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Zimbo
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, with a lot of orange citrus and floral/perfume notes, as well as some alcohol. The aroma is a big mix of sweet malt and bitterness from the hops. I get some nice orange citrus and pine notes, with some sweet biscuit malt. The bitterness is about medium and there is also some alcohol present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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 nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a hazy, dark amber body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy hops with a touch of toffee and caramel in the background.

T - Caramel and spicy pine hops up front. Spicy clove and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes out with a bit of muddy caramel and pine hops as well as a fairly strong level of bitterness for balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced, finish.

D - Not my favorite DIPA. Both the malt and the hop character are strong, but muddy. Neither is able shine above the other and the sweetness in the finish becomes flabby fairly early on. I have had better DIPAs from both Mikkeller and Brew Dog.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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I Hardcore You from BrewDog
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