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I Hardcore You | BrewDog

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4.06/5
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518 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,930
Reviews:
247
Ratings:
518
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
70
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of NightINgale
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsolutely
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous amber orange with lots of head. very nice head retention and beautiful lacing. Quite pretty overall. Smells very hoppy on the nose. A combination of grapefruit and piney resin off the initial smell. The grapefruit backs down a bit after letting it sit and the pine overtakes. On the tongue there is tons of bitterness. The resiny pine overpowers. There is some nice grapefruit on the background but not as nice as on the nose. The hop profile is a bit one dimensional and the pine punch is a bit abrasive but its very smooth and drinkable for such a hoppy high alcohol beer. I would put it a significant step below abrasive and hopslam but similar in many ways to pliny from my experiences. Overall, would definitely drink again if it were ~3 dollars per bottle instead of >6

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Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 11.2 fl oz bottle of this w/ loldmopar @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO (price unknown). Poured from the bright spring green/blue colored bottle with crazy people on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date.

Aroma- Has an Unbelievable lemon and strong citrus aroma. Great amount of malt too that seems like it will be sweet in the drink. I'm wondering why so boozy though... No problem for me

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, off white head that stays for a good amount of time. Has a thick, copper body with gold tint to it. Thick ole' lacing is left! Perfect Appearance!

Flavor- Has a nice lemon, citrus taste from the beginning and then the strength and light boozy mouthfeel comes into play. Has a high hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Moderate Carbonation, Smooth, and has a decent/appropriate mouth warming from the high abv.

Overall Impression- A very perfect example of this style! I was hoping there was a freshness date on this brew but no... Still was very strong with hops and then a lemon taste came out huge here! Huge fan of BrewDog & Mikkeller. Go for it (if you can get it fresh!).

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2oz bottle for $6.99 from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber/apricot hue with a good head and solid lace.

S: Strong carmel malt, prevalent grassy hops, earthy moss notes, with a sweet grainy finish.

T: On point with the nose, but the hop dominates the flavor (which is a good thing) - I also get some fermented fruit, chocolate and a good dose of malt that balances the overall flavor nicely.

M: Medium-bodied, but verging on full-bodied, mellow carbonation making it very creamy, sticky and hearty.

D: Very drinkable for a 9.5% but you'd be hard pressed to drink more than one or two of these in a sitting - it's a meal in a glass.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy amber color and formed a foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present and makes it look like a float. The aroma was of malt, hops, pine, floral and a hint of pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, pine and citrus. The body was medium light and the finish sprite.

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Photo of dfillius
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1 finger of cream-colored- head with great retention. Hazy, very bubbly reddish-orange liquid. Too hazy, great head, great color.
S: Pine, dank marijuana, faint cardboard, some citrus, some under the house.
T: Sweet hop juice at first right up front. Very little alcohol, in fact it's almost like drinking wort. Some alcohol flavor increases with each sip. Not terribly hoppy flavor, but it is bitter. Tasty, but a bit old tasting. Balance and clarity improves with warming.
M: Syrupy sweet and a tad astringent.
O: 9.79 for a 12 oz bottle. Not worth it! Fair, but there are better DIPAs made closer to home that I can get fresher.

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Photo of Williaar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 MNBeer1017
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kmos27
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of t8dd
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of bruachan
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

head was regal at pouring bur faded before i could even enjoy it (well...i was walking around doing stuff. but i still would have liked more staying power). hazy copper color

enORmous ruby red aroma. that's pretty much it. definitely some columbus, and simcoe, i would say. website says centennial, too...why not? slightly too much of the "cat piss" element

more of the same hops for me to taste; and sweetness to hold the vegetation aloft. really, though, just enough to give life and breadth to the bitterness and alpha acids

sometimes i have a tough time rewarding breweries for slightly sweet hop tea but this manages to be more than that (even if that's essentially what it is, and the guiding principle seems to have been "more")

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Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of sunofneurot
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sammyg832
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev -1.5%

I Hardcore You from BrewDog
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 518 ratings
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