I Hardcore You | BrewDog

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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
Ratings:
518
Reviews:
247
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
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49
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70
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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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Only had a couple swigs of this because it "technically" belonged to my then-fiancée/now-wife (even though I bought it, am I right, fellows?). But wow...very tasty.

Poured a cloudy orange-brown with a nice white head that receded to a thin layer. Sweet aroma, surprisingly malts come through more than hops; citrus notes. Intense hoppiness up front in the taste (the way an iIPA should be), with a blast of pine, and grapefruit and mango distinctly happening in the background. Medium bodied and finishes off nice and dry. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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 smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is impressive without being excessive. Recedes in a rocky and foamy way. Leaves lots of chunky, but spotty, lace. The color is dark orange/amber color and very cloudy.

Surprisingly mild aroma. There are all of the elements of a DIPA, but they don't leap out to the nose. The hop is particularly mild and flowery.

The hop is not shy in the taste. Very little malt flavor. Lots bitterness without being hot pepper. Long, dry aftertaste. Good richness (I describe it as "round") with a below average carbonation. Slight alcohol presence in the swallow. Borderline extreme; it's enough to remain interesting without wishing never to try it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted orange peel with bright Sunkist edges and a lovely looking lid that is equal parts pastel gold and ecru. The foam is whipped cream creamy, lasts an impressively looong time, and eventually graces the glass with tattered sheets of lace.

The nose features caramel malt and American citric hops that are especially orange juicy. Gotta be Amarillo at least... along with Simcoe and several of the 'C' hops. More pungent would have been great, but then there's no accounting for how long it took this bottle to make it across the Atlantic.

This collaborative American-style Double IPA is a mixture of Mikkeller I Beat You (never had it) and Brewdog Hardcore IPA (had it, didn't love it). It's pretty good big beer that isn't stingy with the little green cones, which is what this style is, or should be, all about.

A more pale malt bill would have allowed the hop flavor to shine more brightly. Toasted bread, caramel, tea leaves, citrus zest and a wee splash of Absolut comprise a flavor profile that is improving just enough with warming to achieve the higher of the two considered scores.

Even though it isn't quite special enough for the 4.5, mouthfeel might be this ale's finest feature. It's at least medium-full for the style/ABV and the laid back bubbles keep the drinkin' easy.

Either my reviewed bottle of Hardcore IPA was past its prime or Mikkeller I Beat You is such outstanding beer that it pulled the BrewDog offering all the way up to good beer status. This stuff is undoubtedly overpriced for regular consumption, but it's definitely worthy of a single bottle purchase for hardcore hop lovers.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a finger of white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Some good citrus notes to the nose with a fair amount of grapefruit. Oily pine notes and a slight resinous quality. Definitely some caramel malt and hints of toffee. A touch of grass as it warms up a bit.

T: Not as hoppy in terms of the flavor. Some good grapefruit and citrus peel notes, but a fair amount of booze and brown sugar. Caramel as well. Resinous pine provides a moderate level of bitterness.

M: Medium to full in body with the carbonation being a bit on the low end of medium.

O: Surprisingly decent for a BrewDog beer. The nose was certainly better than the flavor, however.

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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 TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Dropped in at the Firk following a trip to the homebrew store and spotted this little guy on the chalkboard. Very little time deciding to order. It pours a cloudy amber-tawn' topped by a finger of tannish-cream foam. The nose comprises white grapes, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, caramel, and pineapple. The taste holds notes of minty pine, grapefruit, light caramel, and orange peel. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, one of the better brews I've had from the BrewDog guys (that wasn't a barrel-aged stout)...perhaps a freshness issue? Either way, this is a darn solid DIPA, and I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is a hazy sunburst orange hue. There is a huge off-white head that leaves some good lacing behind.

S: Scents of pine, pine cones soaked in alcohol.

T: Another balanced, aka malty, DIPA. No thanks! Strong and malty does not equal American DIPA. Little to no citrus flavors. Mikkeller and BrewDog each brew some pretty mediocre IPAs, so this collaboration is mediocre, not surprisingly.

M: Alcohol present throughout, with caramel malt lingering in the aftertaste (this is where the hop bitterness should live).

D: Best in small quantities, or not at all. At least it's too expensive.

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

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears a lightly hazed color of orange. A creamy white head appears along with a bit of legwork of lace left sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew is mostly herbal with an almost orange-like character that is a bit like rind. There is a mineral aspect to this brew that comes off smelling a bit chlorinated.

The taste is herbal and grassy with the mineral touch that was indicated in the aroma that tastes chlorinated. There is a fairly evident fusel alcohol character that throws a mix into the hop flavoring. A faint backing of sweet caramel malt is noted.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is drinkable to the extent of no problems finishing the glass but it leaves a lingering herbal resinous bitterness inside the mouth that is tolerable but not excessively enjoyable.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy amber. The nose on this one is...different. I feel compelled to say rose petals, or something like that. It strikes me as much more floral (in a petal sense), than I can recall in any other beer. But on to the most important aspect: how it tastes. It's okay I guess. Interesting and smooth, though there is a hop spicyness that nips in a slightly subtle way. The most interesting aspect of this beer is probably the feel which is extremely smooth and borders on silky. I have to say, though, that for a beer that costs $9, I should probably be getting a whole lot more from the experience. I think that's probably one reason why I'm now more willing to spend less than $2 on a beer from some place that I've probably never heard of instead of an exhorbitant amount for a "decent" beer from some uber popular brewery.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 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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4.03 out of 5 based on 518 ratings.
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