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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 Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange color, very hazy. Pours with a good head and good lacing. Just too dark and too sedimenty, though. Looks like a homebrew DIPA.

Smell - Hoppy and a bit boozy. Smells like it was fermented at a high temperature. Very estery. In that regard, it smells like a homebrew DIPA, also. A bit of wood on the nose, but very faint until it warms.

Taste - Follows the homebrew theme, but it tastes good. Fruity hops and fruity esters. The wood flavor persists and dulls the sweetness of the malts a bit. Gives it a slight bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Par for a DIPA. Syrupy, but not viscous. Medium carbonation. Slightly warming in the finish.

Overall - Not bad, but not fantastic. It is dangerously close to having off-flavors, but they never really materialize. I wouldn't buy another bottle of it, but that's partly because it's super expensive.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's. Served in a Leinenkugel pint glass.

A - Pretty much the perfect appearance. Big two-plus fingers of foam that settle to a thick chunky cap and leaves behind splotchy glass-coating lace. Transparent light copper body with some tiny bubbles.

S - No bottle date on this one - a bit of cheesy faded hop smell. Dank, pine, some cat pee, and light alcohol. Pretty hefty malt bill - this is a true double IPA. Light burnt sugars, a touch of zesty malt, and something that resembles icing sugar?

T - Taste is sweet malt initially mingling with candied citrus. Not as bitter as I was expecting, although there was a decent amount of pine the finish. Not bad, but nothing special.

M - Taste is smooth and creamy, with low carbonation, and a medium-full body. No obvious heat is present. Texture is somewhat cask-like.

D - A 6oz pour was no problem, and I'd gladly have this again. I suspect this is even better when fresh, and if it were less expensive I'd give it another shot. Unfortunately there are better options out there for the price.

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

A collaboration between two of the most overpriced breweries on the planet? What could go wrong?

Beer is copper and clear with a decent head and some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is malty and piny.

Beer is medium bodied and lead off sweet with some back palate hoppiness. The midpalate flavors are almost entirely piny and the finish is a little dry. Reminds me of one of those supposedly balanced IPAs like 90 minute...brew European beer, you are mediocre at brewing US beer. Both of you, your IPAs suck.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Cloudy ice tea with yellow highlights. Nice, antique-linen head with solid lace and ok retention.

S – Soft, sweet but potent hop character. Apricot, melon, agave, and lemony thyme.

T – Fantastic bitter profile ramps quickly, ebbing through the center and cresting again at the finish. The flavor profile arcs through sweet honey, sourdough bread, apricots, honey suckle, and green wood with a spritzy acidity.

M – Medium body. The finish is sweet with a soft lingering bitterness.

O – Fantastic on tap, and the bottle didn’t disappoint.

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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 WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with a thick frothy off-white that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an intense hop bitterness as well as an equally intense malt aroma. It's bold with pale and biscuit malts which provide not only a base for the piney hop character, but also an excellent bready aroma that really stands tall. The taste is good. It has a very nice malt character that boasts of pale/Marris Otter and biscuit malts. It has an intense bread-like flavor that really compliments the piney hop character. It's delicious. It's a cross between an English IPA and an East Coast DIPA. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. It's not a cookie cutter DIPA like everyone is making these days. It's smooth and balanced with tremendous malt character.

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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 Tone
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong hop, citrus, and alcohol. Overall, great blend, good body, aroma, and mouth feel.

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Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks down to a thick surface foam quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and pine, along with strong bitterness creates a sharp aroma.

Taste: big grainy malt sweetness is balanced with a biting bitterness. Grapefruit tartness, pine, and a caramel are most prominent, with some softer green grape and lemon flavors. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness and citrus ride the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer that will keep the tastbuds busy for a while, but one bottle is a enough in a session.

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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 liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mike, 12oz into some tulips.

Poured a hazy reddish brown, with a slightly offwhite head with decent lace and a bubbly collar left behind. Nose has some sweet caramel malt, pineapple, tangerine, pine but still quite saccharine in terms of the malt qualities. Hops are there, but the malt dominates the nasal cavity. Taste has more pine, pineapple and other tropical fruits and some potpurri floral. Chewy hops but the overly sweet malts take over the profile. Medium carbonation with a fairly heavy mouthfeel. Lightly mineral-ly and chalky feel takes away from this. Not enough balance here and too much in terms of the malts to make this worth another go, but this could be a result of bottle freshness.

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Photo of aasher
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottles just arrived in Indianapolis the other day. This beer pours a light bodied dark copper in color with a one finger soapy, off white head. The nose is very fresh and hoppy but I get a lot of onions and garlic to pair with some slight sweet malt. Uh, Summit hops perhaps? The flavors are light and hoppy with a moderate amount of spice. The spice is a nice feature and there is some sweet caramel malt. The onion is there again but it's almost candied. It's definitely toned down, which is a good thing but it's still not preferred. It drinks light and sticky, definitely showing off residual sugars. Overall this beer is pretty average. I don't know why, but almost all of BrewDog's hoppy beers have been a miss for me.

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Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 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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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 weeare138
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent amber with a a thick head of off white fluff. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge herbal, massive amounts of caramel, and toffee, and notes of orange and tangerine jelly candies.
Taste is of the aromas with an abundant sweetness nailing the front of the tongue and rolling along with an herbal rolled tangerine rind.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, balanced, and dessert like. Lots of caramel, and trace amounts of dextrose and and moderate CO2 tingling the tastebuds.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Malty, hoppy and flavor is good sweet malts with the balancing hops, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Good DIPA but Brewdog's regular DIPA (ABV 9.2%) is just as good at half the price. Pricey at $7.85 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Leura Cellars for some ridiculous price. Not the $55 some bars are selling it for, but still, enough to make me dubious. Let's see if it matches the price tag.

Pours a reddish-dark orange colour, burnished with haze, enough to give a little sparkle to the body. Head is foamy and thick, but large-bubbled, causing it to froth itself out to a film. Minimal stickiness to it, meaning it leaves little lacing. Love the colour, but the body and head surprisingly leave a little something to be desired.

Full and fruity on the nose, with a big American hop aroma of citrus and a dash of tropical fruits. Pineapple is dominant for me. Really lovely and very freshly robust hop characters. Some spicy booze comes up to accentuate the sharpness in the hops as well. It's a truly lovely nose.

Taste is really well balanced, just as I remember the Hardcore being, although perhaps there's a trace of that nutty Mikkeller character as well. it's not a huge slice of bitterness, but rather it's nicely blended; the sharpness on the front mellows wonderfully into a lightly nutty and sweet finished, which is still held back by the hops. Lovely organics and crushed vegetation flavours though.

Feel is slightly overcarbonated on the front, but in some ways it meshes nicely with the sharp hops. From then on it sits smooth and rather light.

Yep. A cracking beer. I loved BrewDog's Hardcore in a way I've not loved many of their others, and while I've not had the I Beat You, the mix really works nicely.

So, is it worth the price? Given it's a limited release from the other side of the world, and a great beer that has withstood the journey, I'll say probably. But you'd probably be just as happy with one of the originals in isolation.

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Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty orange with a beige, 1 finger, frothy head that sits proudly atop with no where to go. Loads of lacing grace the glass with wavy elongated lines of modest width running circles all the way downward with very good coverage.

S: Freshly sliced grapefruit, alcohol laced toasted malt with a moderate level of hoppiness. Underneath had light indications of dried herbaceous chives and pine. When first poured the strength was dominant but weened off rather quickly.

T: Alcohol laced toasted grains, perhaps a bit to much so of alcohol starts things out. Pungent bitterness was well received but limited in complexity of grapefruit and pine which finished off with a bit of flowery coating on the tongue. At only 9.5% it seemed to appear much higher, unlike their devine rebel which at 12.1% drank several points lower. The hops are bitter and strong though like mentioned earlier very narrow in complexity with no flavor transition. The malting was huge, though probably overshadowed by the alcohol warmth with a sweet and boozy nature of toasted malt juice that finishes up with a flowery bitterness.

M: Medium feel, syrupy feel composition, with a warming glow of on the inner cheeks of alcohol and warm citrus juice.

D: A hop bomb with a complimentary second detonation of alcohol makes this an honest sipper. More emphasis on the alcohol while the hop bitterness was good, but nothing that surly hasn't been realized before. Overall good quality but falls short on craftsmanship to push it to the next level.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, burnt orange color. Poured a half finger white head that dissipated to ring around the edge of the glass. Spots and broken rings of lace.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. Also a spicey/pine aroma. Biscuits and caramel malt character; usually doubles mask the malt so this is nice.

T: Big grapefruit and citrus dominate the taste. A biscuit and caramel flavor briefly ahead of resiny pine flavors. Residual sugar is balanced by a sharp bitter that builds to a warm alcohol finish.

M: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation (about right). Surprisingly smooth ahead of a resiny coating. Alcohol and bitter hops linger.

D: Surprising balance in a DIPA. ABV keeps it from being sessionable and well as big mouthfeel.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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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