BrewDog / Mikkeller I Hardcore You

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 1019   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
English: I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe’s most rock ’n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat You. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. We kinda lost count.

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Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Big, foamy, lasting head with tightly packed bubbles. Murky amber hue. Very hoppy and inviting nose with deep aromas. Chewy-ish texture, especially after it warms up a bit. Bold flavors. Malts are toasty with some toffee-like sweetness, along with some sappy wood in the background. Biting hops are very green and garden-like with bright notes of grass, resin and pine. Big alcohol is hidden well but it definitely warms the throat. Great beer.

j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazed ruby amber with a medium sized beige head that falls quickly. Still a good amount of resinous pine and citrus, toast and malt. Smooth, medium bodied. Quite malty with a touch of sweet citrus and vague hints of age. Warming alcohol and smooth malt. Slowly developing touches of bitterness and caramel.

jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Pours a three finger light khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Malty, hoppy and flavor is good sweet malts with the balancing hops, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Good DIPA but Brewdog’s regular DIPA (ABV 9.2%) is just as good at half the price. Pricey at $7.85 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Pour is a cloudy orange/brown with a white head. Aroma is heavy on malt with faint grapefruit, hops. Taste is same. Medium to full bodied for style, heavy mouthfeel. Great beer.

Prokroustis (745) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUL 14, 2011
Very dark orange body with a big white head. Intense hoppy aroma with grapefruit, caramel, pine. Amazing bittersweet flavour with lots of hops, but not overwhelmingly bitter as there is a sweet tone as well. Awsome.

DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2011
33 cl bottle, $7 @ Family Liquors. Do I need to keep Impy IPAs around til they go stale? No! I’m popping this thing. Pours orange/amber and pretty clear for a dry-hopped beer. Big foamy IPA head. Citrus hop nose, but a little more distinctive than others,maybe because it seems a little "drier?" Or the mellowing influence of some European hops. There’s even a bit of grain in the nose. Anyhoo… the taste is a big bomb burst of hop, pine and citrus (orange) up front. Very easy drinking, with little alcohol heat… but then the complex hop character wants to be my "pal,"" and ends up sleeping on my couch for a week. Dry finish; slightly astringent,but pleasantly so,and some savory notes to make my tongue curl downward.

Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, pine hops, some fruit, and citrus (notably orange & grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, surprisingly mellow and subdued - good though.

nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
33cl bottle from Beer Revolution. Consumed on the Caltrain, a great ticking location. The aroma is a bit on the maltier side with just a bit of hoppiness, on the earthier side. The flavor is also a bit lacking in hoppiness. Big caramel malt with some earthy and mildly citrusy hoppiness. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation level. Medium-bodied with mild syrupiness and average carbonation. Overall not so good, at least compared to what I expected.

popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
This is a definite step down from I Beat yoU for me. It’s not bad, but there’s too much crystal malt flavor and the hopping just doesn’t seem quite right. The beer is nearly burnt umber in color with a thin but lasting ecru head. The aroma is caramel with sticky hops. It has that hop candy smell that is both good and bad. Surprisingly, the taste is rather mild, and I was left wondering what happened to the early hop additions. Some pine needle bitterness pokes its head out in the finish, but it’s too little, too late for me. Mouthfeel should be fuller for a big malty DIPA like this. I’m not exactly disappointed, as I went into it with a not altogether positive feeling for normal Hardcore and I don’t find the beer distasteful or anything. It’s just a ho-hum, crystal malt-forward DIPA. I imagine if it came from a random East Coast brewery, no one would pay it any mind (and it probably wouldn’t sell with the same price tag).

Grima (2394) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2011
In the glass deep gold, orange, with little foam. Strong floral and hoppy, fruity aroma, with lots of citrus. Starts very hoppy-bitter, much aroma hops and fruity citrus slightly caramelly, coupled with a massive malt body. The aftertaste is caramelly, fruity, with pleasant aroma hops in the background.

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