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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 Chadpaq
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scooped a bottle of this stuff from Brawley's a few days ago. I was intrigued by the label, and I'm always a big fan of Mikkeller, so despite the $6.99 tag on the 12-ouncer, I went for it.

Poured it into a nice, large wine glass. I gave it a fairly aggressive pour in an attempt to really release the hops aromas and open the beer up. Maybe this is just superstition...whatever.

Ended up forming a huge, frothing two-finger head that took its time receding down the sides of the glass. The color seemed to be slightly darker than most of the Double IPAs I've had in the past. It had hues of dark gold and actually was slightly reddish as well. Very pretty.

The head receded fully, leaving a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass (much to my delight). I took a big whiff, just digging my nose in there and really trying to fill up the nostrils. I was almost knocked on my ass with the amount of hopes that filled my nose. I feel like, smell-wise, this may be the hoppiest beer I've ever had.

Finally, I take a small swig. Indeed, the smell rings true, and my mouth is now bursting with bitter, fresh, hoppy delight. I literally love the way this beer tastes, and I don't think it could get much better. I'm certainly not as technical as many reviewers on here, but I know what I like: HOPS. This beer provides it.

Mouthfeel's good. Perfect balance of carbonation and sticky texture that leaves an excellent aftertaste in my mouth, an element that I feel is underrated.

I could only drink one of these per sitting. Then again, I could only afford one of these per...year. So, this doesn't seem to be too much of a tragedy.

I really enjoyed this beer. I will say this: If you like hops, drink it FRESH. I thought about cellaring this baby for a couple months, but after posting in the forum, I was convinced that I should crack it immediately. I definitely don't regret that decision.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, this beer produced a two finger head over a clear amber body. There was lots of lacing evident.

Aroma was heavy in the grapefruit/citrus range. A nice malt undertone was noticeable, but this is definitely a hop bomb.

Taste was a big surprise - it started out as rich malt, with a slight sweetness and fruitiness putting in a cameo. Then the citrus hops and bitterness came in. Very nice finish, not overpowering. This was a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was full, creamy, and rich without being heavy.

Great drinkability. I would recommend this as an intro into the realm of DIPA.

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Photo of CMB2012
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at the good old Local Option, beautifully poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with a nice, rocky, two finger white head that sticks around. The color is a dark copper red, with a haze that lets very little light through.

It smells like a sweet bountiful hop bouquet, with a very nice combination of piney, floral, and citrus aromas.

The brew tastes much like it smells with a dominant pine-hop profile that mixes some grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus notes as well. There is sweetness to the beer, most likely a result of the significant malt backbone to prop up the enormous hop presence. The sweetness is reminiscent of a possible milk sugar addition as well. Overall a very well balance beer considering the complexity of the concoction.

The mouthfeel is pretty awesome - smooth and silky, not much carbonation getting in the way. It works with the flavor profile perfectly. The mouthfeel could be the closest an ipa can come to a cream stout. It works for me.

Overall a delicious beer, but then again so Brew Dog's Hardcore IPA, one of the beers this brew is blended with, and in my opinion the most influential. I have not tried Mikkeller's I Beat You, but in appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel this beer matches Hardcore IPA down the line. I haven't tried the two together, but now I really want to.

I definitely recommend trying this if you can, but if it is to expensive or you can't find it, try Brew Dog's Hardcore IPA instead.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/11/2010 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decently strong hops bitterness comes in but it's on the weak side for the style. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice DIPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orangish-amber in color with an off-white 2 finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong alcohol aroma at first then ends with the hops filling the nose.

T: Hops and alcohol dominate this brew, as it should. It has a nice malty backbone with hints of pine.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation

D: A very drinkable well balanced imperial ipa.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong aroma that hits you the second you open the bottle. Citrus, hops, and something sweet and sugary.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, caramel, and a slightly grainy quality. A classic DIPA flavor, and one of the best non-American versions of this style.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta say, skepticism was all around when I saw this on the shelf at the store. Not sure why, I think all the 'back and forth' surrounding BrewDog had a hand in this. But I love Mikkeller beers, soooo...

I usually start a review with appearance, but the aroma jumped out of the bottle. It's all over the place. Hops are forefront. Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, grassy. Some soft citrus and earth hints. The hops aroma almost gets carried away, but a quick malt pressence balances it out just enough.

Looks great. acorn light brown pour, clean with a nice dense, thick and lacing foamed up head. Nice.

As the aroma, the taste is hops forward. Blended well, or maybe not at all. It's all over the place. Nothing is overpowering. The pine turns to pineapple and the grapefruit to fresh grass. Alcohol is well hidden until the end when it provides some kick.

Nice bite and finish to this one. Really like it

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Photo of feylure
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Brew Dog and Mikkeller have yet to disappoint!

Appearance is like a double should be; a nice golden amber that is slightly clouded. Nicely carbonated and appears thick.

Smell is sweet, quite sweet and bitter with deep caramel notes.

Taste is fantastically well done. The bitter hop and the sweet barely both pop out of the thick-caramel like a west coast IPA with a nice amount of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is quite full upfront but becomes slightly dry at the tail.

Overall, I would have this IPA again. It's a great beer, but I'm not sure about the price.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip

A - A swampy golden/red (awesome), one finger of white head and little lacing

S - PUNGENT! Alcohol, tons of hops, malt and yeast all in your face. Mellows to a nice citrus, pineapple, sugar, grass, wood, soil, a bit sour and just all around lovely

T - Pungent yeast, very sweet malt, toastiness, huge hops, citrus, floral, tropical and nice fruit. Alcohol on crack, but still very nice. A tad sour note that gets tackled by a huge very nice and smooth hop layer. Sugar. Bit of resin in the middle

M - sticky, chewy, FULL body, medium acidity, huge complexity and very long finsih

D - Not for everyone. But those of us who love us some good IPA, this is a beer you need to drink and enjoy. Enjoy this anytime of year and often.

Final thought - $7 a bottle and a 9.5% abv? The price could be lower, but the abv? I am loving it

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Photo of shanblur
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on a recent trip to Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Murky brown with hints of orange and red. Head slowly recedes to some moderate lacing.

S - Hops dominate on the nose with some citrus hops aroma as well as some piney hops notes. Faint malt aromas in the background.

T - Generous hops with a minimal sweetness from the malts. Very well balanced. Hides the alcohol well.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer. It is one of the best of the style I have tried. I will definitely try more from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Beertraveler73
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! I let it warm to a good temp out a the fridge first. Then, poured with a grand, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, cream colored head with peaks and lots of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is hugely hops with malt, caramel and a little floral. Flavor is like nose, but with some additional spice, pine, and old leather. Body is soft and so is carbonation, but not too. Finish is like flavor and alcohol is present not overly so. Fun to try one of and maybe come back to in a while or I'd be interested to see how it would lay by, but couldn't call it a session in any sense.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into Bruges snifter.
A: Pours with frothy two finger head, that is a stark white. The body is a deep hazy orange. The line between the head and the body is a crisp line of definition. The head sinks into a foam island on top of the glass. Lacing is left in a layered form.
S: The high intensity of citrus aroma, are welcomed by the smooth off aroma of an earthy aroma.
T/M: A hop bomb of a beer. While the flavors are such a powerful blast of resins and dry hoppy flavors, there is still a nice malt balance. The sweetness is balanced by the dry finish. The body is a smooth and thick cream. Major grapefruit tastes on the off.
D: The overall taste is great and other characters such as aromas and feel. The ABV in this beer is shown and does decrease the overall drinkability.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a RR belgian glass

pour is a light ruby and brown. quite murky and hazy. thick creamy head that hangs and hangs and hangs. nice lacing on the walls.

huge citrus punch in the face. lots of orange, tangerine, pineapple, and sweet red grapefruit.

quite bitter through out. solid pine bitterness blended with a bitter citrus. nice faint peachy flavor. a bitter white grapefruit like finish. very malty overall but held back behind the hops. faint booze.

fairly thick body with a bit of chew. moderate carbonation.

quite drinkable although at 9.5%, only 1 at a time. i will seek out more of this, this is outstanding.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy bronze/amber color with a one finger off white head. Bubbly that eventually calms down to a small film that lingers on top of this brew.
Rather fruity aroma. Citrusy hops with plenty of piney hop aromas as well. Caramel malts on the nose as well and a slight booziness to it.
Taste wise it starts out rathe sweet and fruity. Citrusy and piney hops flavor. Plenty of caramel malt to add to the sweetness before a big hoppy finish that has quite the warming effect from the alcohol. Finish lingers quite a bit.
This beer is full-bodied. Almost a thick yet, oily texture. Chewy and a bit dry on the finish. Pretty solid beer though. Not overly bitter, definitely one of the sweeter tasting DIPA's I've tried.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller / Brewdog collaboration double IPA... beer is so cool these days. So, this one pours a dark orange color with a dense head and nice lacing down the glass. Hoppy aromas, citrus, creamcicle, honey. Nice malty base to this one, but not overly sweet - just enough to add a nice caramel touch of an underlayer to the massive hop profile of this beer. Good and bitter - lots of citrus but some other depth. Tobacco and leafy resin flavors. Wonder how many hop varieties are in this... I think this is more on the Mikkeller side of the spectrum, having tried all of their IPAs I can get my hands on. Nice UK malt base though, interesting. Full and sticky mouthfeel, combined with quenching hop citrus flavor. Very unique and damn tasty.

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Photo of rarbring
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded dark amber, red-brown hues, an off-white large head, leaving, tonnes of lacing.

The smell is all american hops, grape-fruit, green meadow grass, warm pine forest.

An initial taste of sweetness, brown sugar and dark bread, grape-fruit and bitter oranges, pine cones and resin, bitter herbs.

Medium carbonation, a full body, the liquid is coarse and dry.

A god solid DIPA, rather well-balanced.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap from 33 a deep bronze with orange highlights and three-fingers of off-white head.

Rich aroma of grapefruit, pine resin, and deep caramel malts.

Hoppy bitterness upfront with grapefruit and pine balanced with sweet caramel malts. Finishes with a warm glow from the 9.5% alcohol.

Medium-to full bodied and smooth with a light carbonation.

To me, nothing is more enjoyable than a top-notch Imperial IPA. I'm glad I found this one on-tap.

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Photo of JayQue
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good DIPA. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium size off-white head. Average retention and good lacing. Smell is great!!! Citrus hops all the way...powerful aroma...very good.

Taste is good as well. Balanced - but in a big way. Bitter citrus and floral hops backed by sweet caramel malt. They take turns assaulting the senses. This is a strong beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. No hint of the 9.5% abv. Good and bitter with periodic malt relief.

Drinkability is good. High alcohol content but goes down as easy as a Celebration Ale. A very good beer.

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Photo of cmoody91
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Amber/Copper colored with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with bits of lace.

S: Piney, somewhat herbal, fresh lemon rind, grapefruit etc.

T: Immediately hit with hops: deep citrus, marmalade, grapefruit. Finishes well with mostly malt, just enough sweetness and some hop bitterness that is sought after in IIPA's.

M: Medium Bodied. Pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation,

O: Very nice IIPA, one of the best I've had. A bit expensive at $7 a bottle in my area, but definitely a one time must try to see what two stellar breweries can cook up together.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy dark yellow with a nice creamy head

S - smells od really sweet caramely malts with a ton of grapefruit hops and something a little funky

T - loads of grapefruity hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. This is very sweet overall.

M - nice full body that goes down smoothly

D - Very delicious DIPA...loads of hops make the style obvious. Nice example of the style. It's a tongue bruiser, but my tongue enjoyed the beating.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330-mL bottle into tulip.

A: Cloudy copper with fancy, fluffy white head and strong lace.

N: Sweet caramel malts wrapped in pine and grapefruit.

T/M: Bitter (pine-sap & grass) and very oily.The hops are well supported by the sweet malt. Alcohol is hidden quite well, and this excellent brew is quite drinkable.

I wish I could have tried this one fresh--I reviewed it about 3 to 4 months after its initial release, according to my bottle shop (Bobby's). I really like BrewDog's Hardcore IPA, and pretty much all that I have tried from Mikkeller, and this seems to feature the touch of each brewer.

I do not normally discuss the packaging or labels, but I really feel that I must add how romantic the art work is: a couple entwined sharing, not just a moment together, but a delicious IPA....This image immediately invokes thoughts of ever-lasting love!

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