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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 smcnulty1981
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy bright orange color with about a one finger head that drops away fairly quick not much lacing with almost no alcohol legs

S: the nose was a bit orange but not a lot of resin to the smell I did pick up an almost plastic like smell

T: citrus on the taste with just a slight hint of bitterness no alcohol in the taste at all

M: fairly drinkable with a medium body

O: not all that unique a fairly standard imperial ipa it's nice although to see that European brewers are brewing in an American style rather than the other way around

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I Hardcore you, on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn a couple of months back. Part of a mini beer festival with BA "A"-rated beers that included 2008 Goose Bourbon County.

Served in a 10-oz glass and reviewed one week after the first tapping.

Appearance: Looks flat like a swamp, barely any head- just a mantle. Rusty copper/deep amber color. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sharp booze, boiling orange juice, rum-soaked pineapple. Spice garden, aromatic! Orange zest.

Taste: Again the booze upfront, plus fruity sweetness. Bitter end, pomelo rind. Spicy around the edges. Hop bite, sort of a dank and old hop. Tropical feel. Not the best-tasting DIPA out there.

Mouthfeel: A lil' thin, very hot, medium body and a full boozy flavor. When it warms up, it smells like stale piss and leftover orange juice.

Overall: Fair, but not exciting. Expected more from a collaboration this fabulous. A little one-dimensional and on the boozy side.

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Photo of bark
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is a bit cloudy; the colour dark amber. The high firm head is white, some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet with massive amounts of American hops. Apricots and pineapples. It is very bitter, with lots of oily and hoppy flavours with a touch of butter.

The taste is really bitter and rough. Lots of sourish and fruity notes. The flavours are overall bold and straightforward. Dried fruits and a massive sweetness. The aftertaste is excessive bitter and fruity with some salt, fruit candy and an artificial sweetness. Grapefruits in the finish.

The carbonation is strong; big bubbles. The liquid is sticky.

OK, you can make a beer that becomes too hoppy and too bitter.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i really enjoyed the mikkeller/brewdog collaboration divine rebel, so i figured it was time to give this one a try. 11.2oz bottle poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very hazy glowing golden orange colored body with a full finger head of bright white foam. the head vanishes after a couple of minutes and some small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- the first thing i notice with the nose is alcohol. uh oh. after the initial shock is over i run into sweet caramel malts and plenty of hops. lots of pine and grapefruit. a little bit of orange peel.

T- the taste starts off with some sweet caramel malts that attempt to balance this one. after that i get lots and lots of hops. they taste like resiny pine and grapefruit. there is also something medicinal tasting about this that i have a hard time getting over. decently strong alcohol at the end.

M- the body is average, bordering on full. nicely bitter. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- the medicinal taste never really went away and made this a hard beer to finish. for a european version of an imperial IPA, its very hoppy and west coast style (but what should you expect from anything Mikkeller?). i dont think ill spend another $6 on this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudy amber color with a big bubbled off-white head that clears to a big ring. The lacing is solid. The aroma is very sweet, like pineapple lemon with a resiny edge and there's a decided toffee maple malt. A bit odd but not bad. The flavor brings a huge sweet lemony resin hop with cracker malt backbone. There's some grassiness and alcohol grain. It's definitely a bit unusual, a little sour, and pretty much cloying. The body is medium-full with a mildly syrupy feel, pleasant carbonation that creates some frothy texture. This is not exactly a brew you'll dream about revisiting, a little too sweet for me, but it's a fun experience for one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/04/10 notes. Split a 12 oz. bottle with nmann08; thanks Nate. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sugar, fruits, citrus hops, and light pine.

t - Taste is bitter citrus hops, pine hops, and sweet fruit. Very bitter bite up front that lingers through the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent DIPA but a bit too bitter for me. Would give another shot but probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours lovely hazy orange with a rather tall creamy off-white head that sets into nice lacings.

S: Well, lots of american bitter as well as floral hops gives it a piney and citric vibe. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple, balanced with some orange sezt. Some caramell malt, but overpowered by the hops. A bit sweet.

T: Syrupy sweet at first, but the very bitter. Caramell malt and honey, but american hops dominates. Kind of alcoholic.

M: Warming from the alcohol. A rather long sweet and bitter aftertaste. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is held back.

O: The sweetness and boozyness kind of bothered me. The hops were nice though.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Rizalini
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a minimal light orange color head.

S - Crisp citrus aromas like grapefruit, lemons, and floral fresh hops!

T - Crisp bitterness from the hops with a bready kinda flavor as well. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Medium syrupy mouthfeel. A little heavier than I'm used to an IPA being.

O - As Imperial IPAs go, this is a good beer, not great. It's a little heavier and i guess sweeter than I would prefer my IPAs to be. I'm glad I tried it, but for $7 a bottle, I doubt I'll buy another one.

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Photo of banesong
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - unfortunately drank from a bottle.

S - definitive hop smell, improved as the beer warmed. Heavy grapefruit smell.

T - very hop forward, hints of cucumber as the carbonation hits the tounge. The aftertaste is citrusy, with a light tang that fades to a slow burn.

M - leaves a light coating on the mouth, easy carbonation.

O - a fairly big beer, but easily sippable. Not a deep summer beer, but definitely a spring or fall one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of justintcoons
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber/copper with 1 finger of head that leaves nice lacing. Low carbonation.

N: Pine, citrus and candied caramel.

T: Citrus, pine, lemon, spruce, grapefruit and some rye notes backed by toffee and bready malts.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and somewhat sticky.

D: Good DIPA with a nice balance and a spicy kick.

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Photo of Aml42000
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of gopens44
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin foam head rides atop a slightly hazy, coppery beer.

S - Earthy, piney hops with a malty presence. I detected a little bit of a raisin smell as well

T - A touch tart with a grapefruit bitterness at first, followed up by a slightly minty finish.

M - A bit heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish with a bitter after taste.

Not too shabby, as I like the odd twists in this.

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Photo of Brad007
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust copper with a very frothy head into my glass. Staring into the belly of the beast.

Citrus, pine resin and a great malt base greet the nose. Not as overwhelming as previously thought.

This errs more on the side of the piney, east coast style IPAs. It's bordering on a barleywine at this point but the bitterness is still there.

Mouthfeel is unorthodox. Suspiciously clean with pungent remnants of citrus.

It's strong and it's hoppy but save for the artwork, it's not HARDCORE!

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Photo of meeekyh
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer I will consider a Mikkeller product, in spite of where I located it on this website. From a 330 ml bottle into a found chalice marked 'Chimay'

The ale is a cloudy, orange-tinted brown color, a departure from the amber colored IPAs I typically find. Head is healthy but not big. It is also a light tan color and leaves just a bit of lacing after the quick dissipation.

Smell is big malt and a citrus twinge. I get some dark fruits and yeasty sweet breads as well.

Taste is big but too much alcohol comes through. I get a bitter tang too that is not needed even in an IIPA. I am taking back my statement as to this being a Mikkeller beer, else I will spoil the perfect record I have given them for awesome beer. This beer is good but not awesome.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full and the carbonation is slight. Finish is slightly dry.

This is good IIPA and exhibits a specific lemon tang that I have not had in other beers. It is unique and I appreciate the quality of the beer.


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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden-copper, 1 finger bubbly off white head, decent lacing.

S - Fragrant hops, mango, slight funk, candi sugar.

T - Bitter/fruity/pungent hops intertwine with apple at the start of the sip, leading into notes of brown sugar, whisky, grass, & slight olive, finishing with yeasty, breadiness that is slightly dry.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Very complex, but there is a certain taste that is off putting, that I noticed in the Mikkeller All Others Pale, strange.

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Photo of ToddT
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy pale orange topped with a thin off white head. Head fades to a ring and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Lots of fruit and hints of citrus hops. Complex aroma but more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Got a lot of notes of plum, raisin, and candied fruit not the more sweet citrus or grapefruit that I usually associate with an IPA.

T- Now I believe it’s an DIPA, sweet malt at first just a hint of hop bitterness to balance things out. The hops become more prominent at the middle but never overtake the sweetness in this beer. The finish is a wash of bitter hops and more caramel sweetness, it is a surprisingly clean one though.

M- More than medium in body and low in carbonation, very little oily residue at the finish as well.

O- Interesting beer, reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head’s 120 in taste and flavor profile. The 9.5% ABV is not over the top but adds a nice kick and it is decently hidden, just a little heat at the finish.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very murky dark blood orange hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head and lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Prevalent grassy, herbal hops come through. A good dose of spicy hops as well, and a mild pale malt backbone.

T- The spicy hops are most prevelant in the flavor initially, with a citrus rind background. The citrus becomes more prominent and juicy for the finish as the spicy hops back off briefly. What lingers is a mild to moderate hop bitterness, some residual citrus, and some residual spicy hop presence.

M- Mild to medium carbonation and a well done juicy citrus body,

D- This is a pretty good DIPA overall. I'm sure it was much different when it was bottled at Brewdog before it was imported to an OH storeshelf. As it stands-its a good spicy, juicy DIPA.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip. The body is deep amber/copper color with about an inch of creamy looking head that settles down into a thin rocky layer with sticky lacing. The smell is really full of piney hops right up front with biscuit/yeasty aromas. Caramel malts and juice oranges come through behind the giant blockade of hops. The taste is more malt than I had anticipated. The aroma led me to believe this would be a bit more biter, however, the pallet is coated with caramel malts, sweet citrus and finishes with a modest bitter, yeasty flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly, and the body is kind of heavy. Not as drinkable as I had hoped, but I'll enjoy this bottle.

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Photo of Naugled
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color body with an orange tint to the head.

pine, orange, onion earthy nose in that order

Very full hop flavor and feel. Very firm hop bitter finish but pleasant and relatively quick. Nice salty background note

Good balance but definitely hop forward, not cloying, good carbonation and good drinkability.

Not worth the $10 for a 12oz bottle that I paid but a nice beer. You can easily find a DIPA of the caliber for much less.

But despite the price a nice beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first off the shelf goodie from CBX and thrilled to be able to drink it. Served in a pint glass.

Pour was amazing with a nice and clean look, dark orange amber, borderline brown notes bouncing around with a full, fluffy white pillow of lace. Aroma is hot, lots of hops, but the ABV is getting in the way, letting it cool helps some and lots of super strong pineapple and grapefruit coming at me, very, very tart and bitter. Flavor bordered on astringent at times and really could have used a little malt to balance it as it became a bit of a chore to finish the bottle.

Overall it was good, but I would have like to see more depth here.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy,burnt orange with a quickly dissipating one finger head that resulted in a thin soapy ring and some sparse lacing.

S-Sweet alcohol and citrus upfront.Smells a lot like Grand Marnier with some floral undertones.

T-Sweetened grapefruit,herbal hops,fruity alcohol and some brown sugary malt.

M-Not a real pronounced hop presence for the style.Decent balance overall.Slight oiliness.

D-Maybe not enough there to bring me back to this one.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a deep reddish-amber with a billowing oily tan head that took its sweet time receding into a thick film leaving a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of freshly peeled tangerine rind, grapefruit and pineapple. There is fair amount of sweet caramel malt undertones as well.
T: Hops are more herbal and spicy than the fruity nose. Big sweet malt flavor rounds out the palate with a grainy caramel sweetness. A touch of vegetable comes through in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body with a pretty substantial bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and a tad oily.
D: This doesn't compare to the top beers of the style. It's not a bad DIPA, but there are so many better ones. Easier enough to drink and an above average brew, but I would pass on this again, especially for the price.

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