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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

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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 ADZA
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a murky non see through strawberry champagne hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a rim of lacing,the aroma is straight out pine needle laced hops and a tiny tinge of caramel sweetness,it has a fullish sticky mouthfeel which leaves the mouth and lips very sticky with tastes of sweet caramel candy and fairy floss followed by some stonefruit,pine needle laced bitterness at the very end of taste,overall its a nice drop but on its price it wouldnt be a regular lineup in my fridge but netherless a very tasty ADIIPA and could drink all night if someone else was shouting cheers.

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Photo of Xul
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a moderately hazy dark golden with amber highlights, capped by a finger and a half of frothy eggshell colored head. Retention is moderate as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Massive citrus presence upfront with a big burst of grapefruit and orange, followed by moderate pine and some light spices. Lightly toasted biscuits and caramel provide an understated background.

T: Hops up front with pine taking the lead along with moderate citrus. The hop profile isn't as clearly defined as in the nose and while it's strong and provide bitterness, it's definitely lacking a bit compared to the aroma. Some light caramel sweetness comes in near the background before giving way to a pine resin finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a touch too thick.

D: Between the slightly thick feel and long, resinous finish, it's a definite sipper.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Pete for picking this bottle up for me from State Line.

Pours a copper-caramel color into my tulip. Single-finger white head quickly dissipates and leaves a few bubbles atop the brew. Not much lacing. Nose is some light citrus and floral hops with a few tropical notes. Definitely some sweetened malt in the background. Really faint.

Taste brings a pretty good dose of bitterness as well as a bit of green-hop heat, although I don't believe this uses fresh hops. Crosses over into some booze. Slight caramel and toffee base. The feel is a bit boozy with a pretty good amount of bitterness. A very dry finish and a bit of cardboard shows up after the swallow. A bit off.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, burnt orange color. Poured a half finger white head that dissipated to ring around the edge of the glass. Spots and broken rings of lace.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. Also a spicey/pine aroma. Biscuits and caramel malt character; usually doubles mask the malt so this is nice.

T: Big grapefruit and citrus dominate the taste. A biscuit and caramel flavor briefly ahead of resiny pine flavors. Residual sugar is balanced by a sharp bitter that builds to a warm alcohol finish.

M: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation (about right). Surprisingly smooth ahead of a resiny coating. Alcohol and bitter hops linger.

D: Surprising balance in a DIPA. ABV keeps it from being sessionable and well as big mouthfeel.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold into a goblet.

I Hardcore You (love the name) is a very hazy copper color with thick head. As it settles, a nice sheet of lace is left behind.

Aroma is super hoppy and full of great west-coast citrus and grapefruit.

Flavor is incredibly strong and bitter. There is just huge hoppiness with no balance whatsoever. The grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus along with pine and herb, combine to almost overwhelming effect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lowish carbonation.

Overall a crazy good DIPA to come out of Europe. Expensive but worth a try.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle courtesy of klshanks. Thanks man!

A- Pours a cloudy apple-cider color, brown-amber. Maybe a finger of white head that hangs around for a bit with pretty nice lacing.

S- Intense pine hop aromas, reminds me of a Pliny almost. Some citrusy marmalade notes and a little buttery malt as well.

T- Nice piney, almost floral hop bitterness, with some citrus and malty sweetness. Finishes dry and fairly bitter, with a nice bite.

M/D- Nice, smooth mouthfeel, but the malt sweetness can get to be a bit much. One was enough.

A very nice collaboration IIPA. Definitely worth checking out.

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

A: Dirty orange with a beige, 1 finger, frothy head that sits proudly atop with no where to go. Loads of lacing grace the glass with wavy elongated lines of modest width running circles all the way downward with very good coverage.

S: Freshly sliced grapefruit, alcohol laced toasted malt with a moderate level of hoppiness. Underneath had light indications of dried herbaceous chives and pine. When first poured the strength was dominant but weened off rather quickly.

T: Alcohol laced toasted grains, perhaps a bit to much so of alcohol starts things out. Pungent bitterness was well received but limited in complexity of grapefruit and pine which finished off with a bit of flowery coating on the tongue. At only 9.5% it seemed to appear much higher, unlike their devine rebel which at 12.1% drank several points lower. The hops are bitter and strong though like mentioned earlier very narrow in complexity with no flavor transition. The malting was huge, though probably overshadowed by the alcohol warmth with a sweet and boozy nature of toasted malt juice that finishes up with a flowery bitterness.

M: Medium feel, syrupy feel composition, with a warming glow of on the inner cheeks of alcohol and warm citrus juice.

D: A hop bomb with a complimentary second detonation of alcohol makes this an honest sipper. More emphasis on the alcohol while the hop bitterness was good, but nothing that surly hasn't been realized before. Overall good quality but falls short on craftsmanship to push it to the next level.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta say, skepticism was all around when I saw this on the shelf at the store. Not sure why, I think all the 'back and forth' surrounding BrewDog had a hand in this. But I love Mikkeller beers, soooo...

I usually start a review with appearance, but the aroma jumped out of the bottle. It's all over the place. Hops are forefront. Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, grassy. Some soft citrus and earth hints. The hops aroma almost gets carried away, but a quick malt pressence balances it out just enough.

Looks great. acorn light brown pour, clean with a nice dense, thick and lacing foamed up head. Nice.

As the aroma, the taste is hops forward. Blended well, or maybe not at all. It's all over the place. Nothing is overpowering. The pine turns to pineapple and the grapefruit to fresh grass. Alcohol is well hidden until the end when it provides some kick.

Nice bite and finish to this one. Really like it

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

From 11.2 oz bottle to pint glass

A: Pour a cloudy, light mahogany with a 2-inch, frothy and cavernous head. Lots of retention and sticky lacing.

S: Strong, earthy hops combine with alcohol to form a pungent aroma. Notes of candied grapefruit combine with honey and scotch. Very striking smell.

T: Citrusy hops wash over the palate, with notes of grapefruit and orange zest in the front of the sip. The earthy tones in the nose are gone, and the strong alcohol presents itself right away, carrying through the big malt character that nicely balances the hop rush. The malts have a bready, caramelly taste, and the combination with the hops reveals tropical nuances. Finishes powerfully bitter-sweet, but nicely balanced and refreshing.

M: Oily-rich and sticky. This one is to be sipped. It's a good thing this has plenty of carbonation because you'll need a cleansing.

D/N: A big, sticky but well balanced DIPA. A lot of West Coast character, very full flavored but refreshing. Didn't take me long to throw this back, even though it's best enjoyed through small sips.

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Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours dark amber copper with a 1+ offwhite head with good retention and left lacing all over the glass

smell is strong pine hop resin with some fruit hops in the background

taste is huge - juicy salty hop resin that is both citrus grapefruit and pine - but has great balance with the sweet caramel malt backbone

mouthfeel is medium/heavy body with good carbonation that is both smooth and creamy

drinkability - while i enjoyed this beer immensely the high price tag kills it for me and i have yet to ever buy any mikkeller/brewdog beer twice

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass. thanks to finewinemike for a quick, somewhat random trade.

A - pours with about an inch of intensely creamy, frothy very light tan colored foam. the beer is hazy, burnt orange in color. random, sticky thin layers of lacing left behind.

S - ripe tropical fruits: pineapple, assertive grapefruit, melon and citrus rinds. slightly spicy and "dank". honeyed biscuits and caramel malt add balance. very nice.

T - very strong bitterness with a massive amount of grapefruit, citrus rinds, mango, and spicy Simcoe hops. solid malt layer brings caramel and brown sugar sweetness. hints of alcohol and pine towards the end.

M - thick, creamy body. light and delicate, fizzy carbonation. oily going down, with some burning alcohol and lingering hop bitterness.

D - solid beer, held back only a bit by a somewhat dull mouthfeel and alcohol which cant find a place to hide. still, brings a massive amount of hoppy goodness in the glass. one of the better Brewdog beers.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice dark tangerine, very cloudy with a foamy and thick white head. Aroma is thick with sugar and citrus with a touch of pine like a good DIPA should be. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine at first sip before a strong, but not overwhelming bitterness fills in. Lots of hop oils and bitter hop leafs tinge the aftertaste but this brew is just balanced enough to hold together and not become some out-of-whack hop juice. One of the few overseas brews that manages to capture the American DIPA.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Georgetown Pizzaria Paradiso.

A: A different color than your normal IPA I would call it Brown tinged red. Small head with good lacing. Interesting.

S: A Mix of malt and hops at the same time, niether one dominates the other. Some grassy hop notes, medium-dark fruit as well. Also interesting, not terrible, just different.

T: Nice tiers of flavor: Sweet malt up front, a small hop bite in the middle thats much less aggressive than US citrus/pine hop but still definitely there (maybe by my hophead American terms), and than a bittersweet finish. Caramel and Toffee flavors in there as well. It's nice.

M: Creamier than your normal IPA, almost like it was from cask. Excellent palate coverage, really good.

D: Solid, but different IPA thats way different than a west coast IPA and even midwest/east coast IPAs. You can feel the 9.5% so you have to be careful, but its a great brew.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a deep reddish-amber with a billowing oily tan head that took its sweet time receding into a thick film leaving a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of freshly peeled tangerine rind, grapefruit and pineapple. There is fair amount of sweet caramel malt undertones as well.
T: Hops are more herbal and spicy than the fruity nose. Big sweet malt flavor rounds out the palate with a grainy caramel sweetness. A touch of vegetable comes through in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body with a pretty substantial bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and a tad oily.
D: This doesn't compare to the top beers of the style. It's not a bad DIPA, but there are so many better ones. Easier enough to drink and an above average brew, but I would pass on this again, especially for the price.

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

330ml bottle bought from Gapwines, Carrickfergus..

Poured a deep amber colour with a slight haze. Creamy head poured very thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Strong piney resin, citrusy and peppery hop notes backed by sweet caramel maltiness, dark dried fruits (figs, prunes), toffee apples, some booziness, toasted nuttiness, earthy, light liquorice, some overripe banana and orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness..

Taste is very complex... initial blast of citrus and grassy hops and oily pine resin followed by good toasted toffee malts, treacle sweetness, lots of rich fruits (figs, pineapples, bitter oranges, light grapefruit), hint of warming alcohol, butterscotch, faint metallic traces...

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium / full bodied... for a big, bold and boozy brew this is dangerously drinkable stuff...

Overall - An excellent brew and the best from Brewdog yet... highly recommended...

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Photo of Fastcarboy
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Cooper ale. Thick lasting foam head. Citrus/herbal nose & oily tongue. Lasting bitter takes on more subtlties as it warms; very nice with great balance. Alcohol takes the backstage to the huge hops & malts needed to make them. Still way more multi-dememsional than most DIPAs out there.

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Photo of ratedz
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with about an inch of off-white head. The head dissipates after a couple minutes and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Strong scent of juicy citrus hops, some pine, and a sweet malty backbone.

The taste opens with a blast of sweet caramel and then opens up with hints of grapefruit and pineapple before finishing dry and piney. Not overly bitter and it has a fairly refreshing hop bite.

Mouth feel is good. Medium heavy body and very smooth with a generous amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Very clean and refreshing. I don't remember exactly how much I paid for the bottle, but it was a little pricey for a 12 ounce bottle. It was a very tasty beer, but I don't know if I'd buy it again just based on the price. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of pine hops. Also present are slight amounts of herbal hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors with lighter pale malts kick things off. Joining in almost immediately are large amounts of sticky pine flavors. Midway through the sip hints of herbal hops work their way into things, fading out into a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall there wasn't anything overly exciting about this beer but it's nicely done. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks down to a thick surface foam quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and pine, along with strong bitterness creates a sharp aroma.

Taste: big grainy malt sweetness is balanced with a biting bitterness. Grapefruit tartness, pine, and a caramel are most prominent, with some softer green grape and lemon flavors. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness and citrus ride the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer that will keep the tastbuds busy for a while, but one bottle is a enough in a session.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong aroma that hits you the second you open the bottle. Citrus, hops, and something sweet and sugary.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, caramel, and a slightly grainy quality. A classic DIPA flavor, and one of the best non-American versions of this style.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky amber, much darker than I was expecting, with a huge billowy beige head that shows exceptional retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with pithy grapefruit and pineapple. There is also a hefty caramel malt sweetness and a light boozy burn in the nostrils. Balanced, but hoppy nose.

The taste is even more balanced with an initial grapefruit blast giving way to a thick caramel malt backbone. The finish is a mixture of sugary malts and pine resin.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky with the resinous hops and thick malts.

This is a good DIPA and very balanced. Nothing too memorable but certainly well crafted.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip. The body is deep amber/copper color with about an inch of creamy looking head that settles down into a thin rocky layer with sticky lacing. The smell is really full of piney hops right up front with biscuit/yeasty aromas. Caramel malts and juice oranges come through behind the giant blockade of hops. The taste is more malt than I had anticipated. The aroma led me to believe this would be a bit more biter, however, the pallet is coated with caramel malts, sweet citrus and finishes with a modest bitter, yeasty flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly, and the body is kind of heavy. Not as drinkable as I had hoped, but I'll enjoy this bottle.

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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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Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottel poured into my cantillon glass

A - poured a hazy dark amber colour with a nice 1 finger creamy head

S - smells very hoppy , sweet caramely malts with a lots of grapefruit hops and some Nice honey flavours

T - lots of grapefruity hops with a solid sweet caramel malt backbone , Nice honey ,bitter orange Peel , vet good balance between sweet and bitter , awesome

M - nice full body that goes down smoothly , very creamy

D - Very delicious , Nice example of the style.

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