I Hardcore You

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,151
Ranked #4,070
4.08 | pDev: 12.01%
Scotland, United Kingdom
I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You
Notes: 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 Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beat of an IIPA pours a murky
brown tinged amber with a decent head of off white foam that subsides to a
thick ring, light layer, and spotty lacing. Nose of deep and rich caramel malts,
zesty, spicy, floral, citrus, and grassy hops all around in this one---lots of resinous
hoppy goodness. Flavors follow the nose with caramel malt backbone and every
darn hop you could throw at it with citrus notes of pineapple and orange with pine
and herbal notes all around. Very nice mouth feel, slick, smooth, warming, and
lightly coating as well as sticky. An excellent example of BIG done right.


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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden clear body with decent enough white head
Big citrus and cream of bicarbonate aroma
Theres that characteris tic big hop flavour but also that drebin downpour
Good but not wow

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Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My ears are burning, and that’s just the first sip. Surprisingly, the malt still shines through this dense hop bomb. Orange body with a skin of off white head, pungent, almost sour aroma. Taste is very much pine resin, followed by burn. A hop lovers dream.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picking up this bottle I expected it to be super old but it's still in date drink by July 25th! Either way I only got it for a dollar.
A - Very little sediment in my bottle is nice. A 1/4 inch of sticky head is good.
S - As expected it is less hoppy in the smell and more malt forward but it still smells quite good.
T - Malty this DIPA is very smooth. Not as bitter as I expected and malty so I assume the fresh beer must be a hop bomb!
M - Slightly bitter, with no noticable ABV bite and a good malty body.

If you find older bottles of this discounted pick them up they hold up well!

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Photo of madelfonatree
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Dark apple juice body. Thin white head even with strong pour. No lacing.

Smell - Malt. Malt. Malt. Hops are stirred up when swirled.

Taste - Malt. Grass. Wheat. Hard candy. Not bitter until the after taste.

Feel - Medium to heavy body. Carbonation heavier than what look hints. Alcohol is warm but not sticky.

Overall - This is not what I was looking for in a Brew Dog / Mikkeller. Very candied malt. Almost a barley wine and not what I want in an imperial IPA. Fours across the board for the hope I had a bad/old bottle AND would rate well if labelled as a strong ale or barley wine.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy brownish amber. 1” white head that leaves Belgian Lace designs on the glass.
S: Rich malt, light fruit and hop aromas.
T: Rich caramelly malt, light fruit and an assertive hop finish. F: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: A full flavored, well balanced DIPA

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Photo of Zahmzwickler
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquisition: 02.24.2015 @ Bottle Bar, Frankford Ave - PHL 19125

When I first poured this beer I quickly realized it was too cold. This beer really warmed up to me as it warmed up.

(Appearance) - Chill haze, red / orange glow, initial head is decent although diminished to 1/4", lacing minimal. Tight bubbles bottle conditioned carbonation.

(Aroma) - Very Nice. Big fruit, possible Amarillo, peachy, held almost till the end. Typical for the style although I bet a rare treat for the Scottish, IMO.

(Flavor) - Very Nice. Taste like an award winning home-brew. Malt to Hop balance is really nice. Perfect front end bitterness with a candied malt, possible long boil time as apposed to specialty grains. Nice weight in the mouth, malt sticks around without seaming sweet. Alcohol is present, although smooth for 9.5.

I enjoyed this beer although I did feel foolish paying $9.00 for one bottle of IIPA. The price was expected although if your on a budget you can purchase two other IIPA's and are not missing out.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Best before 7/25/15 printed on the label.
Pours a pale straw color with a white, somewhat foamy head. Minimal head retention with deceny lacing around the glass. Smells of sweet, bready Malt, rose petals, floral hops. Tastes sweet on the front with an extremely hoppy, bitter aftertaste. This drinks like a 6.5% abv beer not 9.5. The alcohol is masked very well. Quite drinkable dispite the high abv. Would get this again as it was overall a solid DIPA

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper. The nose is fabulous – both citrus fruits and hops are well represented. This beer is certainly hoppy enough but it also is accompanied by a touch of sweetness. The malt profile is well represented in this offering.

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Photo of Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

A: Dark bronze, cloudy, one finger head with lasting lattice

S: Intense, caramel, tangerine, toffee malty sweetness. A little bit of resin.

T: Very complex, caramel and toasted malty flavor. Really smooth. Complex, strong flavor with little bitterness. Taste is smooth with a little bit of a soury, bitter backlash at the end.

M: Smooth. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Taste sticks in your mouth for awhile.

O: A complex beer that tends to the malty side. Not as strong hops as you would expect with an IIPA. Not too heavy but strong lingering taste.

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Photo of Beertraveler73
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On Draft at Meddlesome Moth. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Copper. Little head that dissapeared quickly. Very little lacing. Clear as day

S - I'm getting caramel and citrus

T - Candied sugar and bitterness blend well

M - Smotth. No alcohol burn

This tasted better the more it warmed up. I'd definitely let it sit a bit before drinking.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Teku glass.
A: Cooper/burnt orange with low to medium, white head, which dissapears quickly. Very clear no haziness.

S: Intense fruity aromas - citrus (orange, tangerine), some tropical fruits (mango). Clean malty sweetness. Resinous and grassy. Some alcohol notes.

T: Strong an complex hop flavour - mainly citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) and tropical fruits (mango, pineapple) - those two are dominant. In the background some grassy and pine notes. High bitterness from the start till the end in the very end sweet accents. Aftertaste is bitter.

M: Smooth. Medium body. Medium carbonation. No alcohol warmin:

O: Very good, highly drinkable IIPA, good balance between hop and malty/sweet character.

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Photo of Laxadaisical
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Johnny's Off License in Rome.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/orange, quite hazy. Even though clarity was poor, I do appreciate the color of this brew. It's capped with a nice, fluffy head of off-white bubbles. Mostly very fine foam, some larger bubbles. It immediately begins sticking to the glass, leaving some nice patches.

Aroma: Quite hoppy, definitely some tropical fruit in there, a bit of citrus, but balanced by a good amount of pine and even a little herbal, minty character. The hops seem balanced, with no single overwhelming aroma. There is definitely a bit of sweet malt backbone underlying that hoppy character.

Taste: Whoa. Definitely not what I was expecting from a blend of two hoppy beers from two brewers who like hops. The taste really leads with some sweet maltiness. Almost tastes like a sweet Belgian malt profile, with caramel, toffee, and a little vanilla extract flavor. The hops come in surprisingly late, and are quite subdued compared to the nose. The fruitiness is toned down, and seem a bit less complex than in the aroma. Some floral and light fruity character is balanced with some good pine. The pine seems to be the only part that matches the nose. The hops also seem a little dry, earthy, spicy. Alcohol is pleasantly hidden, especially when the beer is still chilled. As it warms, perhaps a bit peeks through, but for 9.5%, it is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Decently full, a little oily, really coats the mouth. Carbonation is moderate to moderately low. It feels like a full, rich DIPA that really coats the mouth.

Overall: A surprisingly malty DIPA, with a sweet malt profile and a subdued hop profile. The hops are varied, and actually balance well with the maltiness. It is surprisingly balanced and drinkable, while boasting a 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, no BB date available on the beer label, served lightly chilled in Tripel Karmeliet’s branded long-stemmed tulip-bulb shaped goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue, coming with a thick creamy dark beige froth settling to a thin carpet to last on top of constant and fine carbonation.
S: richly fruity on the nose, the exotic fruity and piney hops, flowery esters and fulsome malts are totally intertwined, to deliver a thick, jammy, bold aroma packed with sweet pink grapefruits, ripe lychees, ripe melons, ripe nectarines and pears, sour-sweet mangoes, random passion fruits, piney hops, sultanas, white prunes, creamy sherry, decent and not OTT caramely notes, flowery fragrance, added with a noticeable trace of warming alc. Against such a heavy body of diverse aromas, a mild tinge of acidity almost like that of white wine struggles through the middle, providing a little refreshing touch overall.
T: the thick and sweet malty foretaste packs a lot of intertwined fruitiness in the middle, mainly lychee flesh (on shells), super-sweet pink grapefruit, flowery & piney hoppiness, rounded phenol and a decent dose of acidity… then closely, the tea-stem-like tannic bitterness intensifies as the alc. warmth creeps down the palate, leaving behind a rather slick mouthfeel of hop resins alongside the deep flow of “robust” – not harsh – bitterness and caramely malt’s aromatic flavour to linger. At the end of each sip, the chewy, tea-ish bitterness gets more and more noticeable, yet never feels rough or so tannic around the gum and taste buds, suggesting a wonderfully skilled work of multiple dry-hopping (as the website describes) was applied.
M&O: the mouthfeel is generally smooth and slightly lacking an ideal amount of carbonation, never cloying, just lightly slick to reflect the thick malt base, while keeping a medium-plus body, and the alc. hides well. Being a blend of Brewdog and Mikkeller’s heavy IPAs before multiple times of dry-hopping, I find this beer surprisingly drinkable and pleasantly balanced. As it is not bottle-conditioned, I might have to consume the other three bottles soon, as the carbonation level does seem to wane over time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a fairly murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus and perfume-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice sweet citrus alcohol flavor.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 27/7/13

A clear copper with just a lonely stream of slow bubbles but I know there's some bubbles hiding in there because there's a finger of foam that sticks around for a while leaving lots of random lace

S lots of tropical fruit, over-ripe pineapple, mango, guava, and lemon, pine and caramel rounds things out

T a little booze I wasn't smelling and some rind comes out, grapefruit juice and pine resin works well and its a little sweet, stereotypical DIPA and that works for me

M a little syrupy, a bitter bite, more bubbles then I could see in the glass, just a little heat and a lemon rind and pine finish

O well rounded and fairly well concealed booze, about what I look for in a DIPA, I'd drink this again

About what I expected when two great brewers meet to brew a DIPA, yet another welcome addition to Alberta's shelves

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Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the first ipa I've seen with sediment on the bottom(?)
golden honey color, minimal head, unfiltered and thick.
smell is . . . very malty. not much hops, but we'll see in the taste.... could it be that it's 'retired' and i'm only now tasting it here in July???? I've gotten a LOT of OLD BEERS from Hollingshead deli in the past....
taste is.... okay, hops and bitterness is ther, but not overwhelming like a west coast ipa. taste is kind of funky and I don't know whether to attribute that to design or being OLD. no date on the bottle. kind of funky taste, i'm NOT getting the floral, grapefruit-y taste others are professing in earlier reviews so I am VERY skeptical of what I purchased from this 'deli' again....
it doesn't really taste 'bad', just kind of weird, ya know?

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz glass at the official tap takeover @theundergroundedm.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two skinny fingers of thick, puffy, bubbly beige head, which leaves a wash of random inkblot lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells quite pungently of fleshy grapefruit rind, orange cream, pine resin, caramel pudding, rich toffee, and a floral, leafy, somewhat perfumed booze warming. The taste is rather sugary, dense caramel/toffee malt, sharp grapefruit juice, mild tropical fruit - guava and a hint of pineapple, mostly - wet pine needles, and more floral, earthy hops. Only a slight, and now abstracted, alcohol heat lingers at the edges.

The carbonation is quite soft and serene, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and actually fairly smooth, the hop prickliness kept to a dull hum, which even allows for some creamy twists. It finishes on the sweet side, as the malt holds steady, and the hops lose a lot of their bitter bite.

A pretty enjoyable DIPA, one that almost keeps it up through the (so-called) bitter end. Full, round, and with a well-integrated 19 proof booze, this is one heavy hitter that you'd better keep your fool head up around.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (330ml, £3.80):
Mild amber with a thin looking, bubbly white head on top about 2 millimetres tall that manages to stay consistent.

Tropical fruits, lots of pine and some pretty strong grapefruit too. Strong bitter notes and a hint of alcohol along with some caramel malt undertones. This one was pretty much what I was expecting from a beer that had been dry hopped so many times, lots of pine and bitterness with some good tropical fruits and a nice sweetness to it as well.

Alcohol laced, sweet malt base and some very bitter flavours following it. There is also some strong pine hops as you would expect and a huge amount of tropical fruits and grapefruit too, together with some citrus and a hint of caramel. There is a bit of orange towards the end and a very bitter and hoppy finish.

Very bitter, some light alcohol that is covered by the sweetness and the bitterness. The body is about medium and the mouthfeel is a rather smooth and boozy feeling one.

Very bitter beer with some great tropical fruits and a nice caramel base that does well to cover the 9.5% abv. of this one. Whilst a very strong beer, this one was also a pleasure to drink and one that I will try to pick up again should Brewdog/Mikkeller decide to release it again in the future.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep orange/copper opaque pour with 2 fingers of off-white head, great head retention and nice lacing. smells of orange, lemon, citrusy grapefruit with a heavy malt profile. the flavor is very tangy and sweet at the same time. lots of sweet malt, with a good amount of citrusy hops, slight grapefruit towards the finish.. heavy barley flavor almost like a barley wine. this is a medium body beer on the heavy side, mild carbonation and has a sticky resinous feel to it.

this is a pretty good dipa, though i would have loved it fresh i'm sure - the hops seemed to fade quite a bit but the malt profile is insane. really tasty.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- The beer pours out as an incredibly cloudy orangish amber with very minimal light penetration; Seems rather odd for the style. There is a slightly off white one-finger bubbly head that after dissipating, leaves behind a thick collar and an ample amount of lacing upon the surface.

S- The nose is full of faded hops combined with carmalized malts. There is a fruitiness too it that seems to be a huge mishmash of pommegranite, plum, strawberries and melon; really just a train wreck of scents that reminds me of how sugar-laden wildberry pie filling smells. Malts dominate the finish giving off a bready toffee-like aroma.

T- The taste is very caramelly and full of super faded hops. The malts give off a very grainy bready sweetness. There are also some notes of honey, and heather. There is a sour-like bitter finish very reminiscent of sour bread, that is rather unpleasant.

M- near the heavy side of having a medium body with somewhat lighter carbonation.

O- Its obvious that this beer is somewhat past its prime and that time did not do this ale any favors. Very unfortunate. I would have loved to try this fresh.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in NC in November and I thought a 9.5% DIPA would maintain its hoppiness far better than this one has, so my mistake in not drinking it immediately. Bottle pours a murky, orange brown, with almost no head . Not a visually appealing beer, and the (appropriate) oiliness is exaggerated by the lack of carbonation.

Aroma is unfortunately of faded hops, with an underlying caramelized malt sweetness. None of the citrus or floral tones for which I'd hoped. The flavour has held up better, as there is still a very nice bitterness to the finish. The high alcohol level is terrifyingly well hidden, and tropical fruit hop notes balance well against the red malt body.

Although I'm a fan of both Mikkeller and BrewDog, still struggle with having paid $7.99 for a faded 330 mL bottle...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, sweet caramel malts, some brown sugar, and a bit of booze.

T - Grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, and a bit of brown sugar and booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Nice hopp DIPA. Good overall balance with a nice hop profile.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What does a crazy Danish guy and a Scottish brewery know about making an American Imperial IPA? Apparentely, exactly what you'd expect from a Scottish beer: malt, honey, heather, and with a little hops tucked in at the end. Nice beer, kinda sweet, not what I'm looking for in a DIPA...

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a deep orange that is nearly brown that's slightly hazed with a small off white head that fades to a collar
S: smells of tropical fruit, alcohol, a bit of sweetness and general hop bitterness
T: tropical fruits, a bit of melon, some alcohol, pine tar and a slight sweetness. swallow brings a huge amount of hop oil bitterness and a small amount of caramel sweetness
M: medium in body and a little slick with soft carbonation that's almost not there. slightly drying finish
O: hops are the shining start on this one and it's pretty abrasive. not a lot of balance and very in your face. It has some nice qualities but there are better offerings out there that are more well rounded.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 518 ratings