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I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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

Added by thepeter on 08-17-2010

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Photo of Laxadaisical
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 Zimbo
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass from an 11.2-ounce bottle.

A: Slightly hazy deep amber/orange hue with a thick eggshell-colored head that slowly settles to a thick froth on the surface. Lacing is sticky as can be.

S: Very malty up front, with hints of caramel and fresh baked bread. Hops are prominent in the background with citrusy, floral tones, and a touch of astringent character.

T: Hops dominate up front, with grassy, citrusy notes and a hint of pine. Caramel and toasty malt character covers the mid-palate, adding just a touch of sweetness. Finish is drying, with a slight fruity character.

Notes: When the term "balanced" is used to describe a double IPA, this beer expresses that character. malt and hops meld nicely to give way to a very tasty beer. Alcohol is hardly noticeable! One downside is that this beer is a bit on the thick side, but it's easy to get past. A wonderful collaboration! A bit pricey, but worth trying for sure!

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CWBlues for this treat.

A - Pours a nice orange/amber color with a thick foam head. Foam shows a little bit of orange color as well and the liquid appears a little cloudy.

S - Scents of alcohol, citrus, sugars, and some pine too. Some caramel notes in there as well mixed in with some hops.

T - Loads of citrus along with pine and a splash of peppermint. Its a faint splash that only appears for a second as it goes down and provides and interesting twist to this brew.

M - Nice and sticky with light carbonation and fizz. Almost too sticky for me giving that sweetart (candy) feeling after you've had a few sips. Leaves a funny film coating on your tongue afterwards.

O - A very nice IPA with no heavy alcohol despite the 9.5%. That 9.5 is really disguised well.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass. thanks to finewinemike for a quick, somewhat random trade.

A - pours with about an inch of intensely creamy, frothy very light tan colored foam. the beer is hazy, burnt orange in color. random, sticky thin layers of lacing left behind.

S - ripe tropical fruits: pineapple, assertive grapefruit, melon and citrus rinds. slightly spicy and "dank". honeyed biscuits and caramel malt add balance. very nice.

T - very strong bitterness with a massive amount of grapefruit, citrus rinds, mango, and spicy Simcoe hops. solid malt layer brings caramel and brown sugar sweetness. hints of alcohol and pine towards the end.

M - thick, creamy body. light and delicate, fizzy carbonation. oily going down, with some burning alcohol and lingering hop bitterness.

D - solid beer, held back only a bit by a somewhat dull mouthfeel and alcohol which cant find a place to hide. still, brings a massive amount of hoppy goodness in the glass. one of the better Brewdog beers.

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an amber brown with yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. the piney hops citrus grapefruit were quite noticeable on the first whiff along with some sweetness are from the malts but it did have booze that wasn't trying to be hidden. upfront on the palate the poney hops struck fiorst with citrus grapefruit helping intensify the bitterness factor but had slight apricot accents and a pretty good malt backbone that helped out on the balance as well. like the nose booze was there but not as potent on the taste. the brew was nedium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piny, hoppy, and slight boozy oily finish. it drank pretty good but not as good due to the booze which was not well hidden; still damn tasty.

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Photo of ratedz
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with about an inch of off-white head. The head dissipates after a couple minutes and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Strong scent of juicy citrus hops, some pine, and a sweet malty backbone.

The taste opens with a blast of sweet caramel and then opens up with hints of grapefruit and pineapple before finishing dry and piney. Not overly bitter and it has a fairly refreshing hop bite.

Mouth feel is good. Medium heavy body and very smooth with a generous amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Very clean and refreshing. I don't remember exactly how much I paid for the bottle, but it was a little pricey for a 12 ounce bottle. It was a very tasty beer, but I don't know if I'd buy it again just based on the price. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of steverx8
4.11/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle courtesy of klshanks. Thanks man!

A- Pours a cloudy apple-cider color, brown-amber. Maybe a finger of white head that hangs around for a bit with pretty nice lacing.

S- Intense pine hop aromas, reminds me of a Pliny almost. Some citrusy marmalade notes and a little buttery malt as well.

T- Nice piney, almost floral hop bitterness, with some citrus and malty sweetness. Finishes dry and fairly bitter, with a nice bite.

M/D- Nice, smooth mouthfeel, but the malt sweetness can get to be a bit much. One was enough.

A very nice collaboration IIPA. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark reddish-orange body. Decent head with a bit of lacing.

S: Pine, citrus, and caramel.

T: This is a very bitter beer. It isn't harsh or overwhelming, though. Some notes of bitter orange and grapefruit. Sweet toffeeish malt balances it out. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

M: Rather heavy and resiny.

D: This was one and done for me, but in a good way. If you're in the mood for an over-the-top hop bomb, you could certainly do worse.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice deep amber color with a strangely dark tan head on it that is about a finger high and holds some steady retention with some pretty decent lacing. This head is an unusual color that's for sure.

S= I'm usually very sketchy about buying imported IPAs but this one is still nice and hoppy after it's long trip. It's a unique type of smell however. Something different that I can't quite pin down. It's almost like a bright grassy hop if that makes sense. Like a mix of EKG and cascades. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose but it's not overpowering and the malt backbone makes itself known with some malty odors.

T= Just like the smell it's like a bright grassy hop flavor. Really weird because I usually pick it up on one side of the spectrum or the other and nothing between. There is a nice punch to the hops that leaves without much lingering bitterness. The alcohol doesn't come through in the flavor but the malty sweetness does come from behind on the hop flavor.

M= A nice creamy IPA mouth on it.

O= It's odd that I find an IPA that I can describe as unique. I usually just get a hop punch to the face and sometimes I like it more than others. This I will say offers a unique drink. The combination of hops is weird. I dunno what it is and maybe it's just my mind wandering and really loving this after my final exams crushed my brain but this is weird. The head color was weird and the hop profile is new to me. I like it. I can say I'm honestly really happy I bought this after passing it over twice and pulling the trigger on the last bottle I saw. Worth trying and I would actually but it again.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Georgetown Pizzaria Paradiso.

A: A different color than your normal IPA I would call it Brown tinged red. Small head with good lacing. Interesting.

S: A Mix of malt and hops at the same time, niether one dominates the other. Some grassy hop notes, medium-dark fruit as well. Also interesting, not terrible, just different.

T: Nice tiers of flavor: Sweet malt up front, a small hop bite in the middle thats much less aggressive than US citrus/pine hop but still definitely there (maybe by my hophead American terms), and than a bittersweet finish. Caramel and Toffee flavors in there as well. It's nice.

M: Creamier than your normal IPA, almost like it was from cask. Excellent palate coverage, really good.

D: Solid, but different IPA thats way different than a west coast IPA and even midwest/east coast IPAs. You can feel the 9.5% so you have to be careful, but its a great brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, amber orange color with pretty good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is very impressive, showcasing considerable skunky simcoe (I assume) hops. There is leather, tobacco, dry citrus, pepper, and a dank weediness that is attractive. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this dry IPA, though the alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I normally like to see. Still, I appreciate the amount of flavor this beer delivers, and there's nothing at all wrong with the long, dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish. Drinkability isn't bad, though the noticeable alcohol in the finish detracts just a bit.

This beer is very similar to a lot of other IPA's I've had from Mikkeller, but for all that, it's a pretty decent, well crafted IPA.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours a very hazy orange amber. Inch of beige foam settles to a medium ring with some large bubbles. Bits of thick lacing.

A real sweet BrewDog style nose, citrusy notes poke through as well, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruits. Very promising.

Nicely balanced flavor. The caramel malt is a large part of the flavor, but there's a lot of oily hoppy bitterness right on top. There's a kind of odd earthy burnt flavor that lingers in the aftertaste, but it adds a distinct character. ABV is buried really well.

Body is on the high end of medium-full with medium carbonation, very nice.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy amber with a fine head that leaves some but not much lacing. A creamy white lace clings to the side of the glass upon settling.

S - Complex. Sweet malt comes up with alcohol and resinous hops. Some fruitiness is present with citrus and figs coming to mind. The fragrance is dense and comes in waves. Very unconventional and appealing nose.

T - Large malt and aggressive hops up front followed by a strong alcohol bite that gives way to an almost gin-like herbal character. The alcohol gives way to bitterness and subtle basil and malt. Somewhat fruity and sweet but really has an herbal character and quality all of its own. Seems to possibly be oaked, but I'm not really sure.

M - Explosive carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel fro the style.

O - A good beer to try! A bit pricey but its certainly unique and worth giving a whirl.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-colored beer with a half inch of foam that fades away leaving fits of lace. Smell is pine cones, fresh hay, caramel malt. Taste starts out lightly sweet with caramel candy and orange notes, then a distinct washing of herbal, citric and resin hop over the tongue cuts any sweetness and imparts a very nice melding of malt and hop where each element is balanced off the next. Finish is mildly orange pith bitter. Body is medium heavy, creamy. Tasty beer, would drink it again.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits the other day.

Appearance- hazy amber color, some head that dissipates quickly

Smell- very citrusy hops, very fruity

Taste- very hoppy, immediate bitterness that follows through to the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, I like the hoppiness.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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