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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 elgiacomo
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no freshness date but a very recent delivery to the state of Georgia so it should be quite fresh.

Pours very murky & hazy copper/amber with a large 3 finger foamy off-white head that leaves some sheets of lacing and holds a good foamy island.

Aroma is heavy on pungent citrus rind, grapefruit especially as well as some orange, fairly dank, cat spray Simcoe goodness, caramel malt and bread. Very good strength.

Flavor is some serious resinous hops, tons of grapefruit and citrus, good caramel malt backbone offering just a touch of sweetness which is immediately swept away by a strong wave of bitterness. Alcohol content is masked and integrated very well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied (almost full for a DIPA), low to medium carbonation.

Big dank and pungent DIPA, but still maintains a good balance. Not very complex but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copperish amber color with a short head
Pungent layers of citrus and pine hoppiness from the nose
Beautiful complexity and balance in the mouth. Fruity notes brought to life with hoppy, piney, beautiful bitterness
Great, smooth mouthfeel
Very nice beer!

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head, leaving decent lacing.
Immediately after I finish pouring, I can smell the citrus hops and a slight malt sweetness without even putting my nose to the glass
Heavy, oily, citrus hops, malts smooth it out but piney hops remain for awhile after.
You definitely feel the weight of this Imperial IPA; thick body with booze all through the middle.
Maybe it's because I just worked for 14 hours on my feet that I want 3 more, or maybe it's because this is a fine Imperial IPA. I'm gonna side with the latter.

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

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured cloudy brown color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Fruits, bready yeast and malts.

T - Sweet fruity start, with hints of cherries, figs and brown sugar. Slightly bitter hoppy dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - A bit overwhelming and ABV is not hidden but overall I would recommend it.

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Photo of gopens44
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin foam head rides atop a slightly hazy, coppery beer.

S - Earthy, piney hops with a malty presence. I detected a little bit of a raisin smell as well

T - A touch tart with a grapefruit bitterness at first, followed up by a slightly minty finish.

M - A bit heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish with a bitter after taste.

Not too shabby, as I like the odd twists in this.

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Photo of bark
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is a bit cloudy; the colour dark amber. The high firm head is white, some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet with massive amounts of American hops. Apricots and pineapples. It is very bitter, with lots of oily and hoppy flavours with a touch of butter.

The taste is really bitter and rough. Lots of sourish and fruity notes. The flavours are overall bold and straightforward. Dried fruits and a massive sweetness. The aftertaste is excessive bitter and fruity with some salt, fruit candy and an artificial sweetness. Grapefruits in the finish.

The carbonation is strong; big bubbles. The liquid is sticky.

OK, you can make a beer that becomes too hoppy and too bitter.

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Photo of rarbring
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded dark amber, red-brown hues, an off-white large head, leaving, tonnes of lacing.

The smell is all american hops, grape-fruit, green meadow grass, warm pine forest.

An initial taste of sweetness, brown sugar and dark bread, grape-fruit and bitter oranges, pine cones and resin, bitter herbs.

Medium carbonation, a full body, the liquid is coarse and dry.

A god solid DIPA, rather well-balanced.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: A blend of BrewDog's Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller's I Beat You.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thick, off-white head with great retention. Hazy flame orange in color with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap, clinging to the sides of the glass. A good, full film remains until the end and leaves some great lacing all the way down. Very nice looking.

SMELL: Pale malts and lots of citrus. Lemon and orange peel, with some honeydew and grapefruit notes. Very fruity and bold enough to make a statement. Touches of spicy booze in the background, but mostly citrus, fruity goodness.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel notes, with lemon and orange peel citrus notes after the swallow. Plenty of grapefruit and hop bitterness as well as some spicy booze in the finish. Aftertaste is bold and lingering and packs a decent punch. Somewhat bitter and quite boozy, but still has that fruity element to it as well. Good, but doesn't live up to the nose in the fruity goodness department.

PALATE: Medium body with medium-high levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth coating. A good amount of heat after the swallow as well. Good, if relatively boozy.

OVERALL: A boozy DIPA for sure, with lots of bitterness, bold flavors and nice aromas to boot. Pretty good stuff, but slightly too much alcohol presence to be killer for me. A random BA recommended this brew in a thread a while back, and I'm definitely glad I listened. Thanks for the tip, whoever you were.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty orange colour, fair sediment haze. Head is just gorgeously puffy, dense with big poppin' bubbles on the top and nice trails of lacing down the glass. Retaining a good crown, yeah, an aesthetic beer for sure.

Oooh yes. That's what I've been looking for, yes indeed. Good malt base, first of all. Caramel and some fruity ale esters and just a massive hop whallop, just lovely though; zesty and floral with big citrus peel notes, lemon and grapefruit and a delicious pineapple and pine needle character as well. Just beautifully zesty, a great smell.

Taste is quite nice; doesn't quite deliver to the extent of the nose on the hop punch. Starts fairly malty with caramel and toffee on there that develops a citric zestiness on the mid-palate, slightly bitter and fruity but then doesn't quite live up to bitter potential, gaining itself more of a nutty character at times, but some nice citric and floral notes packed in around the edges. Yeah, all the right notes, but in the wrong proportions, and the end result is not quite what it might have been, but is still a very positive result.

Nice body, nice foamy texture, maybe a bit too dry on the back with the carbonation coming through, but doesn't detract.

Yep. Line these up on the bar and just watch me go, thank you very much indeed.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber/copper in color. White and creamy two finger head. Some decent lacing.

Aroma is huge hops and sweetness. Hops are floral and grapefruity with some tropical scents, and the sweetness is a big malt load--caramel, butter, toffee, tea. Huge, sweet, hoppy aroma. Beautiful.

Taste follows the aroma. A big, balanced double ipa. Huge hops with huge malts. This is actually one of the better balanced ipas I've had because neither the hops nor the malt overpower the other. Both co-exist happily and largely. If anything, I would give the Smell a 4.6 and the Taste a 4.5.

Dry aftertaste with a little hop stickiness. Great beer. It's worth $7 to try, but I don't think it's worth having again at that price.

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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 CMB2012
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at the good old Local Option, beautifully poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with a nice, rocky, two finger white head that sticks around. The color is a dark copper red, with a haze that lets very little light through.

It smells like a sweet bountiful hop bouquet, with a very nice combination of piney, floral, and citrus aromas.

The brew tastes much like it smells with a dominant pine-hop profile that mixes some grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus notes as well. There is sweetness to the beer, most likely a result of the significant malt backbone to prop up the enormous hop presence. The sweetness is reminiscent of a possible milk sugar addition as well. Overall a very well balance beer considering the complexity of the concoction.

The mouthfeel is pretty awesome - smooth and silky, not much carbonation getting in the way. It works with the flavor profile perfectly. The mouthfeel could be the closest an ipa can come to a cream stout. It works for me.

Overall a delicious beer, but then again so Brew Dog's Hardcore IPA, one of the beers this brew is blended with, and in my opinion the most influential. I have not tried Mikkeller's I Beat You, but in appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel this beer matches Hardcore IPA down the line. I haven't tried the two together, but now I really want to.

I definitely recommend trying this if you can, but if it is to expensive or you can't find it, try Brew Dog's Hardcore IPA instead.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy burnt sienna with a thin white head that leaves no lace. Sharp orange oil nose with candied fruit underneath. Orange juice and white toast malts barely make an appearance before bitter hops cut right through with resin, orange rind and grapefruit pith. Bittersweet caramel orange finish, long harsh linger. Medium, sticky, some burn.

Having tasted both of its parents, it's a mystery to me why this beer isn't better. Almost as if they dry hopped the character out of both beers, which just shouldn't happen from two good brewers. The biggest loss is in the body - Hardcore drinks crisp and I Beat You gooey and clinging; this is neither. Surely these 2 can do more than another IBU bomb.

Given inflated expectations, a letdown.

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

11.2oz bottle thanks to finewinemike for sending it along with tons of other mikkeller brews. Pouring into a snifter

A- Pours a nice brownish orange with a decent 1 finger white head and tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Leaves some sticky lacing on the sides for sure.

S- Up front you get a really nice combination of pine and earthy hops and strong citrus fruit notes. Has a strong caramel backbone when you give it a nice whiff.

T- First thing i get on the tip of the tongue is loads of citrus and tropical fruits that fades and right away you mouth is hit with a strong bitter earthy and grassy hop flavor that over takes your mouth real nicely. Tons of hop and resiny flavor in here but is complimented nicely by a really smooth and creamy caramel malt background that completes this beer.

M- Medum bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter dry finish that defines this style of beer. Excellent


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

On tap @ The Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY

A: Caramel in color. Reds, oranges, deep golds. There is very little head, which is something left to desire considering it's an IPA. As such, I saw very little lacing.

S: Smells like a typical IPA with floral tones and citrus notes. As it warms the malt seems to finally make an appearance.

T: Tons of grapefruit, extremely fresh, absolutely delicious. I get a malty sweetness in the finish, then a lingering bitter in the back of the palate. An interestingly quick switch in flavor

M: Overall the beer seems dry, and the alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

D: If it was available on a regular basis, I'd start off each bar visit with an "I hardcore U". I could drink this beer all night, get mashed, not remember a thing, and love every minute of it. This is an incredible beverage.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.
A hazy persimmon color. The head was thick, resembled whipped cream, and left a good deal of lace.
Great aroma. Citrus/tangerine, sweet malt. It was even a little peppery.
The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, but was still very good. Grapefruit and tangerine predominated, biscuity malt.
Sweet mouthfeel, a bit understated (in a good way). Alcohol not at all noticeable.
Nice beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a murky, combination of red, orange, and yellow. A the head was a good 2 fingers, off-white, and frothy, leaving lace all over the place.

The aroma is rather resiny, piny, with citrus fruits as well. Nicely malty, and a touch boozy on the back end.

The taste is nice and bitter, with citrus, and spicy hops, considerable backing malts, and a bit of heat in the end.

Medium body, creamy, slick, slightly coating.

Drinkability is good. Right amount of heat, bitterness and mild sweetness.

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Photo of Burt
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Snifter.

A. Amber orange, with a white head that has not retention. Lacing is splotchy and thin.

S. Caramel, light floral hops.

T. Slight malty sweetness, reminds me a grilled fresh pineapple, the hops are not over the top in the middle but turns bitter at the end. Picking up fresh citron.

M. Medium carbonation with some syrupy smoothness that thinned out at the end. No burn from the 9.5% alcohol.

D. This one reminded me of the aged Stone 10th. anniversary (which was one of my all time favorites) I paid less for a 22 of 10th than what I paid for this beer which was 11.2oz. Its a great beer but it is one and done

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Photo of mondegreen
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 200ml Samichlaus Tulip.

Pours a hazy tangerine orange with a half finger of sticky head. Plently of lacing. This certainly looks like a nice DIPA.

Kicking hops aromas. Big citrus with a solid malt sweetness. The hops smell fantastic!

Taste is good. A bit too sweet for my liking, but still acceptable for a DIPA. Highly bitter in the front and middle, with a lingering bittersweet finish and a decent alcohol kick.

Mouth is a tad heavy, but still good.

This is a pretty monster DIPA that begs to be sipped and savored. A great interpretation of an American twist on a British style by a Dane and two Scotsmen.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i really enjoyed the mikkeller/brewdog collaboration divine rebel, so i figured it was time to give this one a try. 11.2oz bottle poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very hazy glowing golden orange colored body with a full finger head of bright white foam. the head vanishes after a couple of minutes and some small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- the first thing i notice with the nose is alcohol. uh oh. after the initial shock is over i run into sweet caramel malts and plenty of hops. lots of pine and grapefruit. a little bit of orange peel.

T- the taste starts off with some sweet caramel malts that attempt to balance this one. after that i get lots and lots of hops. they taste like resiny pine and grapefruit. there is also something medicinal tasting about this that i have a hard time getting over. decently strong alcohol at the end.

M- the body is average, bordering on full. nicely bitter. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- the medicinal taste never really went away and made this a hard beer to finish. for a european version of an imperial IPA, its very hoppy and west coast style (but what should you expect from anything Mikkeller?). i dont think ill spend another $6 on this one.

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Photo of Naugled
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color body with an orange tint to the head.

pine, orange, onion earthy nose in that order

Very full hop flavor and feel. Very firm hop bitter finish but pleasant and relatively quick. Nice salty background note

Good balance but definitely hop forward, not cloying, good carbonation and good drinkability.

Not worth the $10 for a 12oz bottle that I paid but a nice beer. You can easily find a DIPA of the caliber for much less.

But despite the price a nice beer.

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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 July2Nov
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice brownish amber color with a very nice frothy inch of head.

Smell: Hoppy with a fair amount of citrus. Bit of an earthy scent comes out too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has a spiky hop flavor at first that turns into a citrus bomb! Mellows out just slightly, but retains the fullness of the alcohol. Has a sweet syrup flavor and a tongue numbing end feel. Aftertaste is very pleasant with a tingling sensation that numbs the mouth a bit.

Drinkability: The higher abv makes this one a bit of a chore to finish, but a chore I would gladly take on. Nice collaboration between two up and coming beer makers.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy copper color and forms a 1 inch off-white head that slowly reduces leaving a light lacing and some hanging off the edge of the glass. Carbonation is nominally visible and it is translucent when held to the light.

The aroma is somewhat higher in malt but reasonably balanced. I get caramel and citrus with a floral note.

The taste is again slightly more malty in front, followed by a healthy hops bite. It has this good caramel, citrus, and vanilla blend.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly lacking carbonation, which is gets away with courtesy of the hoppy bitterness. Crisp and leaving a nice dryness at the end.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. The ABV is fairly hidden, but present. The hoppy bite takes out the palate to a certain extent but also keeps me going back for more.

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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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