Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

I Hardcore You | BrewDog

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You
518 Ratings
I Hardcore YouI Hardcore You

Brewed by:
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of ryancorn
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ineva
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of R15
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

 936 characters

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of adrian21
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of thedoubler55
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice cloudy orange that is not transparent, very slight presence of head at the top that leaves minimal lacing around the glass.

S - Scents of citrus, sweet fruits, bit of honey and caramel, alcohol was present in the nose as well.

T - Lots of citrus and hints of pine throughout this brew, lots of alcohol present but coincides with the sugar for a great taste.

M -Sticky brew with a good amount of carbonation, the sugar is all over this beer.

O - Nice IPA, Great balance.

 484 characters

Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes

hazy, almost murky apricot color with a slightly tan colored head. Average lacing, but decent retention composed of soapy looking bubbles. Not bad, but doesn't blow me away.

The nose is predominantly hops-- it seems there must be a sweet malt base under there, maybe some caramel and pale malt? The predominant nose is that of hops... and it's big on pine and citrus. Not bad, but it doesn't strike me as being intense and bright and fresh-- this is kind of murky and muddy.

The taste has a touch of sweet malt then the same hops as the nose had me expected. Hugely bitter. Lots of lingering bitterness. I'd give the taste a 3.75... but I'm rounding down today.
The body is pretty full. Plenty of carbonation. This is one of those: glad to try it, no need to ever have it again.

 801 characters

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

 556 characters

Photo of MsRif
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one at Pinocchio's in Media, PA and grabbed it. Poured a hazy dark orange color with a frothy white head that receded, leaving nice lacing. Smelled of citrus, pine, sweet fruits and light malty-ness. Tastes strongly of citrus and piney hops, sweet fruits and a small undertone of sweet malts. Bitter and hoppy for sure, but there is a lot of sweetness...and is that mango I taste? MMMM! This is a really good DIPA.

Medium bodied...goes down smooth but finishes dry. VERY drinkable. I normally do not go for DIPA's but this one was very tasty. I will get it again if I ever see it.

 591 characters

Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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.

 721 characters

Photo of jealousmonk
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (I think the only way it is available) at a restaurant into a tulip and at home into a tulip, a pint glass, and an Arrogant Bastard glass. Recommend a tulip to enjoy the intense aroma.

A - Dark and hazy for an IPA, pours with a dense and long-lasting head.

S - Hops! Extremely strong pine and citrus hops and a lot of malty sweetness, too. This is a very aromatic beer, consistent with the already hoppy components and extra dry hopping. As you can tell from the smell, it needs to be drunk fresh!

T - Hops again! The malts are less pronounced than the smell indicates, but they are still present and give the beer a decent balance. The taste tends toward the I Beat You rather than the Hardcore, in my opinion, but without the somewhat overly aggressive maltiness that comes with the I Beat You. This combination clearly does a service to both beers. The finish is long and bitter.

M - Dense with mild carbonation.

O - Pricey but worth trying more than once. I buy it whenever I see it, and mourn the day that it disappears. This is a phenomenal collaboration from two phenomenal breweries, and in my opinion it outshines the two already good beers from which it is derived.

 1,201 characters

Photo of isitsavage
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. A hazy orange/copper color with a thin white head that faded rather quickly, this seems contrary to other reviews here. Minimal lacing.

A nice smelling beer, very perfumery, flowery, and herbal. Sweet smelling like caramel or even burnt sugar, mild yeast aroma.

This is about the most flavorful DIPA I've ever had. Follows the nose pretty closely. A lot of herbal tea flavors, rose hips really stand out, definitely a burnt sugar and yeast flavor, could be overly sweet but all those hops really take over in the end. That being said the hops really dont overpower anything else going on here, pretty well balanced if you know going in that you're getting a lot of hops. This is a very flavorful, complex beer and definitely a sipper. Nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Haven't had either of the beers that his one is based on so I can't speak to how it compares and what beer stands out here but I did very much enjoy this for what it was. Don't think there is much I'd want to change here.

 1,047 characters

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!).

 1,154 characters

Photo of mattbing
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with a Bolivar Royal Corona.

Pours a deep amber red with a big white head. Smells of grapefruit and piney hops, which is exactly how it tastes. Get a hint of caramel, but whoa this needs more malt to balance out the hops.

This is a blend of two European beers that I haven't tried, so I can't compare to the originals. Seems like a take on the big American DIPA, but nothing really groundbreaking here..

 412 characters

Photo of notchucknorris
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber color with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S: Huge malty sweetness and a ton of oak. Malt extract and gym sock as well. I have a feeling this bottle may have been past its prime.

T: An absolute malt bomb. Tons of oak and caramel with some faint hop resin on the finish. Drainpour.

 289 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Cleveland. Big hoppy acidic aroma. Huge soapy white head on cloudy golden, lacey. Retained head of 1.5 inches. Very citrus, a sipper, grapefruit and orange. tastes as if IBU of 90 plus. Spot on the style, but more malt would make it more drinkable.

 260 characters

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

Poors a nice dark golden color, lots of hops, citrus and caramelly malt on the nose. Taste is a little disappointing as it not as hoppy as the smell would have you think it is. Over a good beer, but my preference would be for the hops to come through a bit more.

 262 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.