I Hardcore You (Imperial IPA) – Mikkeller & Brew Dog

I Hardcore You (Imperial IPA) – Mikkeller & Brew Dog, 9.5% ABV (Scotland)

From the ratebeer.com website:

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.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I enjoy it: depth in an IPA, doesn’t drink like a 9.5%
  • Where I got it: Shinjuku (Shinanoya), Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥600 ($8)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours slightly cloudy orange jam colour, dissipating small head, ringed and thin layered retention, micro CO2, multiple varied-speed CO2 streams, thin sticky lacing. Bright honeyed orange citrus on the nose. Ultra-velvety mouthfeel and creamy CO2 up front, 5/10 bitter orange peel, full-bodied flavour, mild grapefruit hoppy softly biting bitter finish. Medium-high complexity, high depth, long length, excellent carry, very nice transitions. A highly refined IPA.