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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 jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 TheBeerCarl
2.45/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very tiny amount of white head (can be typical of a beer this high in alcohol) and a rich amber orange color with little to no haze.

Smell: Nothing too powerful on the nose. Subtle hints of floral and piney hops with some lingering caramel.

Taste: Two things stand out immediately in the taste: alcohol and acidic bitterness. Coupled with that are some hints of pineyness and subtle burnt caramel. Quite disappointed in the flavor. While Mikkeller in my experience is usually not amazing, it has never been below average... until now.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation (in my opinion too much) and light to medium bodied.

Can't say that I'd recommend this beer to anyone. I'm a huge fan of IPAs and Imperial IPAs and this one fell short of being even acceptable. Brewdog facilities and/or staff must have done something to this beer because I just looked back at my rating of Mikkeller's I Beat You and it got close to a 4.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.59/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter. Undated, as usual

A- pours a dark shade of orange with a half finger offwhite head that quickly fades. Typical Mikkeller IPA, looks awful

S- nice citrus aroma, hints of cat piss as well....but it has the typical "Mikkeller aroma"

T- very mild citrus hops coming through...very, very mild. Tastes quite old and faded.

M- thick and syrupy. Disgusting

O- yeah, no thanks. I have one more Mikkeller IPA, then I'll be done with them all...

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Photo of kevinv
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. No bottle dating noted.

A - Pours a dark copper color with a full, frothy off-white head. Nearly over poured the glass. Delicate lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Caramel malts seem to be the most prevalent with toffee notes. Sweet and fruity. Oily, piney hops seem to be trying to come through, but the notes are light. Alcohol is present at warmer temps.

T - The taste is more fruity than the smell suggested. Grassy/earthy notes from the hops make way to only a slight bitterness. Surprisingly weak for the style. This kind or reminds me of a barleywine. Quite boozy.

M - Full bodied and very creamy, low carbonation, very reminiscent of a cask ale.

O - Overall, not a bad DIPA, but nothing spectacularly over the top either. At $6.99/bottle, there are many others I'd rather drink at less than half the price.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazed dark amber and copper with a creamy, small-bubbled off-white head that eventually leaves lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet and aggressive aroma of pine, caramel, toffee, dark fruit (fig?), and alcohol.

The flavor follows the aroma, with the sweet malt and pine flavors combining, along with a bit of dark fruit character, lots of alcohol harshness, and huge levels of bitterness. This is not at all refreshing. This is a harsh, aggressive, abrasive drink.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Two of my least favorite brewers combine to make one of my least favorite IPAs. Shocking.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewdog & Mikkeller corroboration.

On tap at the Fridge, notes taken when served.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter.

Pours a nice medium ¼”, off white head, rapidly diminishes to nothing. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. It is a live ale.
Medium deep amber color.

The aroma first hits you with medium distinct hops, with a herbal/resiny/bitter smell, spicy with a hint of grapefruit. There is a medium distinct malt with some nuances of roasted grain and whole wheat bread. As the ale warms the malt becomes a little more distinct but not that much really.

A medium crisp entry on the palate of medium distinct hops, herbs, spice and resin follow from the smell, the hops are refined and very enjoyable. Then comes a medium, refined, off dry malt, with much of character of the smell showing again. Very drinkable, classy. Medium acidity with a full mouth feel, off dry sweetness and fine carbonation makes for a very balanced brew.

Very long finish of bitter hops and some light malt, the hop oils hang very well.

Well all this being said this was an enjoyable ale, though in truth I expected more intensity overall. It is a very balanced and very drinkable ale with lots of refined bitter hops. Rather expensive compared to its peers.
Recommended if you stumble across a bottle or tap as I did, but I would not go out of my way for this one.

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Photo of Brad007
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust copper with a very frothy head into my glass. Staring into the belly of the beast.

Citrus, pine resin and a great malt base greet the nose. Not as overwhelming as previously thought.

This errs more on the side of the piney, east coast style IPAs. It's bordering on a barleywine at this point but the bitterness is still there.

Mouthfeel is unorthodox. Suspiciously clean with pungent remnants of citrus.

It's strong and it's hoppy but save for the artwork, it's not HARDCORE!

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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 FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle; no freshness dating apparent. Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a two-finger off-white head. Very goo retention and a head that settles into a creamy cap leaving thick lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very "east coast" DIPA with a nearly equal combination of fruity hops and caramel malt. The hop aromas lean toward a citrus and slightly pine resin presentation while the malt is not overly sweet.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, but the malt notes come through stronger. The hops are not necessarily muted, but for those used to very hop-forward DIPAs, this one is definitely more balanced.

The texture in the mouthfeel is very thick for an IPA. Actually, the balance in this brew makes it very drinkable, save the high abv. Decent brew but nothing special for a collaboration.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden-copper, 1 finger bubbly off white head, decent lacing.

S - Fragrant hops, mango, slight funk, candi sugar.

T - Bitter/fruity/pungent hops intertwine with apple at the start of the sip, leading into notes of brown sugar, whisky, grass, & slight olive, finishing with yeasty, breadiness that is slightly dry.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Very complex, but there is a certain taste that is off putting, that I noticed in the Mikkeller All Others Pale, strange.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy amber with a fine head that leaves some but not much lacing. A creamy white lace clings to the side of the glass upon settling.

S - Complex. Sweet malt comes up with alcohol and resinous hops. Some fruitiness is present with citrus and figs coming to mind. The fragrance is dense and comes in waves. Very unconventional and appealing nose.

T - Large malt and aggressive hops up front followed by a strong alcohol bite that gives way to an almost gin-like herbal character. The alcohol gives way to bitterness and subtle basil and malt. Somewhat fruity and sweet but really has an herbal character and quality all of its own. Seems to possibly be oaked, but I'm not really sure.

M - Explosive carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel fro the style.

O - A good beer to try! A bit pricey but its certainly unique and worth giving a whirl.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/07/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch creamy, very light yellowish-tan head that diminishes pretty quickly; Caramel colored with a very thick and cloudy appearance; Moderate lacing

S - Pretty unique smell here; Wet citrus hops, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, and slightly earthy notes as well

T - Also unique, but different from the nose; More earthy hops here, with just a bit of pine and tropical fruit; Caramel malt backbone with a slightly warm, peppery, mango-like aftertaste; No taste of alcohol detected at all; Decent amount of bitterness throughout the taste and into the fairly clean finish

M - Very nice carbonation felt on the tongue; Slightly above medium bodied; Slick, oily coat forms in the mouth; Pretty dry finish

O - This beer tastes and smells unlike any other beer I have had, and the complexity made it challenging to pick apart the aromas and flavors. There was a really good balance of hops, bitterness, malts, and fruity sweetness that I really enjoyed. This DIPA was pretty drinkable as well, and one I hope to find and try again in the future.

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Photo of stewart124
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

blood orange in color with tons of haze. Nice amount of off-white head and some lacing.

Loads of citrus in the nose. Grapefruit and orange really come out along with a floral note.

Big mouthfeel and this is gotta be a sipper. Almost leans into the barley wine category with the cloyingly sweetness and residual sugars. Lighter caramel malts keep this fruity and add to the Amarillo notes, Columbus and probably Simcoe piney bits from the hops. Hop driven for sure with just enough malt to keep you interested.

This was a tasty collaboration but a bit pricey for another Double IPA. I let this sit around for 6 months in the fridge so a fresh version would review differently.

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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 ToddT
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy pale orange topped with a thin off white head. Head fades to a ring and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Lots of fruit and hints of citrus hops. Complex aroma but more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Got a lot of notes of plum, raisin, and candied fruit not the more sweet citrus or grapefruit that I usually associate with an IPA.

T- Now I believe it’s an DIPA, sweet malt at first just a hint of hop bitterness to balance things out. The hops become more prominent at the middle but never overtake the sweetness in this beer. The finish is a wash of bitter hops and more caramel sweetness, it is a surprisingly clean one though.

M- More than medium in body and low in carbonation, very little oily residue at the finish as well.

O- Interesting beer, reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head’s 120 in taste and flavor profile. The 9.5% ABV is not over the top but adds a nice kick and it is decently hidden, just a little heat at the finish.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while back from Warehouse Beverage in Euclid Heights. It was for sale from behind a locked plexiglass cabinet, so I knew it had to be something special. But would it be hardcore at first sight?

Poured from a 333 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep, dark amber color, with a light tan head that reduces to a thin lid crawling up the sides of the glass.

Smell is intense, with loads of citrus, alcohol, and buttery yeast. Undertones of grapes, apricots and pine resin are all present. The aroma loses some of its harshness as it sits for a few minutes to breathe.

Starts bitter, oily and malty all at once. Mild citrus, white pine, burnt toffee and white grapes all combine for a taste overload. Hardcore hops rush in to plump and pucker the tongue with bitterness.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick; there must be a butt-load of hop resins in this! Medium bodied, the IBU's are high enough to get my tongue and gums tingling, and leave the back of my throat dry.

An intense brew, best savored slowly. A decent, if not mouth-whupping, DIPA, one which I would consider having again but for the $6.99 price tag. Still, good for a one-time ride, and probably best savored in small doses, like most things hardcore.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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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 MsRif
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 jealousmonk
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of isitsavage
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4.03 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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