I Hardcore You | BrewDog

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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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I Hardcore You - Imperial India Pale Ale
Brew Dog / Mikkeller collaboration
No apparent dating code
$7.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Cloudy with yeast. Deep amber / almost Russet brown in color. Full head of frothy, slightly yellowed tan. The head retention and lacing are quite good.

Smell: Malty. Bready. Toasty. Almost cake-like with a sweet edge of darkened sugar. Leafy, softly citrusy, and gently floral hops. Yeasty fruitiness (apple, berries). Very "English" in character.

Taste: As the nose suggests, but with more yeasty fruitiness and less malt character. Its surprisingly soft and rounded given the intensity of the aroma. It's rich, to be sure, but its also quite supple and smooth. All of the components combine well, and although you can pick it apart to find the yeasty fruitiness or the hops or malt, they don't just immediately appear to you on their own. The alcohol is present, lying beneath or behind the malt, depending on how you want to look at it, but it doesn't stand out on its own either. Finally, the bitterness is surprisingly soft, blanketed by the rich malt. The one thing that does pop is the spritz of orange from the gently citrusy hops. It pops up mid-palate and lends a refreshing edge, and then reappears with less brightness in the long-lingering leafy/malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth with what seems to be a natural carbonation - I don't know that it is, but I immediately thought of cask beer as that first sip crossed my tongue. Remarkably supple.

Overall: Really quite impressive. It's rich, complex, and velvety smooth. Worth every cent!!!

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Photo of bfields4
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice large frothy off-white head. Hazy deep amber orange hue to the body.

Very hoppy aroma some grapefruit and pine, but also that musty hop reminiscent of pliny to me. Sweet malt honey and grainy characteristic.

The taste doesn't stray too far from the aroma. Nice resiny hop flavor with plenty of pine. A little less on the citrusy side, but that could be just due to freshness. I'm sure my bottle is a little old. The malt provides a nice sweet, but not too complex balancing point.

A really good beer nice creamy mouthfeel. A little on kick to it from the booze, but nothing too much. All and all I'm very impressed with how well this beer has held up.

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Photo of richkrull
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks bud.

Poured a cloudy copper color with lots of beige head on it.

Smell is incredibly hoppy. Great aroma. I could smell this beer all night.

Taste is just as good. Great bitter hop flavor throughout. Some malt coming through to balance it. Some citrus flavors coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. Nice smooth drinking beer.

I really enjoyed this one. Sadly it will probably be the only time I try it. Very good DIPA though that I would highly recommend!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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 banesong
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured burnt orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one. The caramel sweetness in this one is a nice touch and helped to cut out a lot of the booziness that was present. Very nicely balanced aroma as well. An absolute must try for any fan of the style.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330-mL bottle into tulip.

A: Cloudy copper with fancy, fluffy white head and strong lace.

N: Sweet caramel malts wrapped in pine and grapefruit.

T/M: Bitter (pine-sap & grass) and very oily.The hops are well supported by the sweet malt. Alcohol is hidden quite well, and this excellent brew is quite drinkable.

I wish I could have tried this one fresh--I reviewed it about 3 to 4 months after its initial release, according to my bottle shop (Bobby's). I really like BrewDog's Hardcore IPA, and pretty much all that I have tried from Mikkeller, and this seems to feature the touch of each brewer.

I do not normally discuss the packaging or labels, but I really feel that I must add how romantic the art work is: a couple entwined sharing, not just a moment together, but a delicious IPA....This image immediately invokes thoughts of ever-lasting love!

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber to a caramel tone, deep orange, minimal carbonation slight 1/2 finger head with little to no lacing

S: fruity, orange and lemon notes with a deep herbal finish

T: There is a slight sweetness at the first taste that segues into a deep bitter herbal assault that hits the gumline with a deep fulfilling dryness. The star of this taste is not the first or the second, it is the deep herbal aftertaste, which similar to a spiciness, makes you want to take another sip to keep chaining the after taste. It does a great job of hiding the high alcohol content because the majority of the focus is on the bitter notes so that the warmth of the 9.5 % abv glides by undetected. After one of these though, the extreme drying becomes repetitive, like the 160 bpm of hard house music, it just gets a bit overwhelming and monotanous at the same time.

M: The mouthfeel is inviting and smoothe, not too thin, but not overly malty. There's not a lot of chewiness or coating to balance out whatever crazy hop blast that they have established here. The beer is a bit unbalanced, but not in a bad way, it feels like they knew what they were making and at $11 a 11oz bottle, they knew the niche market they were appealing to. Again, the extreme bitter runs to the sides of your mouth and sets up camp for a lingering 5 to 10 seconds, it will certainly jade your palate for other beers that you may have had planned.

Narrative: You never thought that living in the Bastille in mid-eighteenth century France would be so boring. "Buy a time machine" they said "Meet Voltaire" they said. And yet here you are. The substandard gruel is of the most mediocre consistency and you long for the forthcoming reforms to spruce this place up a bit. BUT THEN YOU NEVER THOUGHT THAT APPEARING FROM THE FUTURE IN A HIGHLY SUPERSTITIOUS CATHOLIC COUNTRY WOULD LAND YOU IN JAIL, IN THE PAST. It was a very intense first few moments, the cobblestone streets, the mahogany bound books, the intensity was in the air, palpable almost. Then the bitterness sets in, again and again, the civil system what with your inability to confront witnesses, until it was just a prison of bitter and sour that you built for yourself. You paid top dollar for a time machine that placed you in a bitter purgatory, to which no amount of sweet can return you. "Loosen my shackles please, I feel that the iron is tarnishing my complexi-" What is that sour taste in your mouth? Bitter irony from a casuistic time traveler.

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Photo of hopheadtony1
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber beer in my mikkeller glass. Beautiful beige head, compact and creamy. The nose is full of aroma, hops, flowers, the dry hopping has done a very good job here.

The taste is awesome, hoppy, strong with a very good bitterness.
You can clearly recognize the hardcore IPA and the I Beat yoU ipa from mikkeller. this is a e exceptional blend more than a collaboration brew.
the After taste is as good as the mouthfeel itself.

Good work.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is an autumn cherry cloudy and thick. The head of two fingers turns slowly into laced dirty snow melt on the sides of the port glass...

Fruits' aroma hits hard, the heaviest is lychee, then grapefruit, and strawberry, pine sap answers for the hop notes

Bitter hops mingle with bitter fruits, the sweet aroma meets here with a unsweetened tea version. There is a tad bit of fructose but that is almost an overstatement. Definitely a hoptastic journey

The mouthfeel lends a medium body and a viscous texture marked with medium bubbles

Fantastic smelling, great bodied, beautiful looking brew, however, the nose promises something sweet and if that were there it would be perfectly balanced and perhaps on my top list of all time, but it did not. Sad. I highly recommend it still.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours amber orange and is a little bit cloudy. The head is about a finger at first then settles to a thin layer. Head is light brown to tan.
S: can smell the hops without even having the glass near my nose. Nose is a mix of pine, light grapefruit, and sweet malt with a touch of caramel
T: sweet caramel malt upfront. Hops are pine and some citrus. Hops sit long on the aftertaste.
M: seems thick but carbonation seem to thin it out some.
O: its a good DIPA, hops are good and bitter, wondering if this could be aged a little.

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Photo of feylure
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Brew Dog and Mikkeller have yet to disappoint!

Appearance is like a double should be; a nice golden amber that is slightly clouded. Nicely carbonated and appears thick.

Smell is sweet, quite sweet and bitter with deep caramel notes.

Taste is fantastically well done. The bitter hop and the sweet barely both pop out of the thick-caramel like a west coast IPA with a nice amount of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is quite full upfront but becomes slightly dry at the tail.

Overall, I would have this IPA again. It's a great beer, but I'm not sure about the price.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orange amber. The full head dissipates slowly, with some lacing

The smell is a balanced hop and malt. Some light sweet tropical notes, possibly peach, and pineapple juice.

Bitter on the immediate up front, the a cascade of flavors from tropical to a more sweet malt towards the end take over the hops for a moment. Some citrus combines with this towards the end of the middle, but for the most part, the hops during the middle of this subside. Leaves with a bitter piney close and aftertaste. The flavor tastes really good when I just drink this beer, as opposed to trying to discern all the flavors. So that's what I'm gonna do now.

This is the mouthfeel of a DIPA. Medium, smooth.

This is good but for the price I paid I wouldn't get again. I'm glad I tried it once though, has a lot to take in in terms of flavor and smell.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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 dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orangish hue with a thin head and great retention; beautiful lacing; this is one bubbly beer with bubbles sporadically popping through the thin head

S: Major tropical nodes: mango; grapefruit, and pineapple; a little bit of woodiness; also a strong alcohol presence; all of this sits on top of a decent malt backbone

T: Alcohol is well masked; bitter hops but tropical fruits--although less prevalent than in the aroma; the alcohol numbing does become more evident as the beer goes down the hatch; there is a malty undertone that is grainy, earthy, and even woody

F: A bit oily and sticky and nicely carbonated; nice medium body; good overall mouth feel

O: A very good, slightly boozy DIPA--such a nice collaboration

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy ruddy copper and ruby color that also has a strong tan head of three fingers and a nice foam to follow. I can only see a little bubbling.

Earthy hop aroma of dirt, grass, and a little pine sap. The malts add some mild biscuit aromas and the yeast gives the aroma a littl general fruit puff.

Bubbles upfront on the palate. Then the palate gets wood dry and some soil covered pine wood. The middle has some toasted, bisciut malts and bread crust flavors. The finish has some heat from the alcohol that lends some toasted wood flavors to the finish, along with a wet field in the Midwest.

Not a bad sipper, but I expected something a little more from this brew overall.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mikkeller Bar. From notes.

A - Pours a reddish brown with a one finger white head. Bubbly in the head coming from mild carbonation which seems like a trend in beers in that short Mikkeller glass. No cap is left after a little while but there is moderate lacing. Hazy.

S - Great malt and hop balance. Tons of fruity and piney hop is there. Cant really find much depth aside from that. I like it.

T - Very balanced and well put together. Loads of malt is clearly in this but it is also extremely well hopped. Very bready and rich with that juicy sort of grapefruit hop character. Less pine comes out in the taste.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium to full body. Bitterness in the finish but not a tongue shredder by any means.

D - Quite high in fact. Absolutely nothing wrong. Very tasty and well balanced. Makes an effort to not go over the edge with hopping levels but still a delicious IIPA.

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Photo of rummy666
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice gold-amber color with a slight red hue. Nice full bodied white head. Slightly viscous.

S: Great smell. Citrus, malty, and of course, hops. Beautiful floral hops smell.

T: It's an Imperial IPA and it tastes like one. Great hop flavor. Bitter, but like it should be. Great high carbonation level. Alcohol taste, but smooth, followed by bitter hops, followed by malty sweet character. Very nice, very drinkable (especially for 9.5 ABV).

M: Syrupy viscosity, thick mouthfeel. Nice for an IIPA of it's type. Carbonation level adds a nice feel to it as well.

Overall a great beer. Complexity is nice without being difficult to drink. Wish I bought more than one bottle!

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Photo of ckollias
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orangish-amber in color with an off-white 2 finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong alcohol aroma at first then ends with the hops filling the nose.

T: Hops and alcohol dominate this brew, as it should. It has a nice malty backbone with hints of pine.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation

D: A very drinkable well balanced imperial ipa.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: 12 oz. bottle. Date:?

Appearance: Pours into glass a hazy orange amber color with a fairly thick head. Looks good.

Smell: a floral/citrus grapefruit hops aroma dominated this beer.

Taste: a fairly crisp hop taste is there, but it has a good malt combo that I did not get from the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium, a little lighter than I expected, but good.

Overall: very good overall brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, big pine hops and a small gingerbread like malt. In the taste, big pine hops, small gingerbread like malt, and a bit boozy. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice big hops, but a bit boozy.

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Photo of socaltay
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a golden color with an orange/red hue. It pours with a fluffy off-white heads that fades quickly leaving behind a ton of lacing. The aroma is very nice with a hoppy initial nose followed by a malty backbone. The taste is very similar, with the hops covering your mouth at first but then being balanced by the nice malts. The finish is still bitter but it trails off nicely and leaves you with a great taste in your mouth.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while. I was really happy to run into it at the new Total Wine around the corner :)

A- Dark Hazy sunset Orange nice and sticky. Decent head.

S- intense bitter hops with orange peel and a fair alcohol burn

T- really really nice...mmm. There is a nice bready maltyness on the front. Just a nice bit of sweetness then taking on a great hop character half way through. Really tasty citrus orange/light lemon coming through with a medium dry finish. So yummy.

M- perfect. nice and slick good carbonation. Nice round and full bodied DIPA. Loving it.

O- this is a great beer. Awesome balance of sweet and bitter. Just a like a good DIPA is supposed to be. I love this style. Been stuck on it for a few months now.

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Beer rating: 84.2% out of 100 with 518 ratings
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