I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 11-18-2009

Heavily hopped with Herkules, Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus.

Brewed at BrewDog, Scotland.
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Reviews by AaronHomoya:
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber hazy appearance with a thin, sticky tan head of foam. Nice retention. Super hoppy aroma, with honeyed, floral, resinous smells. A bit earthy and dank. The taste is also super hoppy, but actually has a very sweet finish. Almost like an unfermented wort. It starts out with the citrus, honey and hop flavor, then blends to the sweet light malt and finishes pretty dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and lightly carbonated, but the dryness of the hops keeps the feel from being too cloying in the end.

I wish it didn't have the sweet, 'raw' taste in it. I like the aroma, but overall this is a below average IPA (relatively speaking, for a respected craft brewer) for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beholder_pl
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber / copper color with a thin white head and an OK lacing, but not great (due to low temperature of the beer).

Aroma: a metric ton of hops: fruits, pine, grass. Also some caramel and earthy notes, but very subtle. Alcohol is also present, but it's in the back and doesn't bother me that much. It is an Imperial IPA so you kinda have to expect some alcohol notes in the aroma I guess.

Taste: citrus, caramel, lots and lots of bitterness and some sweetness in the back as well. No traces of alcohol in taste, but it warms you pretty nicely. A bit of pineapple aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium to low carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Overall: very good IIPA. Better than BrewDog's Hardcore IPA (and therefore better than I Hardcore You), but not the best IIPA from Mikkeller (best one I had so far was 1000 IBU). Really nice beer, worth reccomending.

Enjoyed from a teku glass.

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I havent been to happy with some of the recent DIPA's I have had,I wont name names but Iam missing the hop equation and not liking the sweetness in alot of them...this beer to me exemplifies what a DIPA should be.Poured a deep burnt orange with a large sticky white head that left globs of lace as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Intense Simcoe and Amarillo hop aromas,leathery,insanely resiny,tropical fruit,and a big sweet caramel base to hold its own to th big hop onslaught.Deep pine resin flavors with that leather component to go along with overripe tropical fruit,a big honeyed sweetness stands true to the finish.The alcohol is big and brash lending hefty sweetness to the finish.This is a great beer its thick and mouth coating,bold and intensly hoppy,now this is what Iam talkin about!

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This ale has a nice, light golden color with a beautiful, pitting white head.

Smell - There's a wonderful orange citrus aroma here that is very easy on the olfactory bulb. It is very pure and not harsh at all like that rindy smell you find in ales using cheaper ingredients.

Taste - This wonderful hop flavor from the nose is just as light and easy in the mouth. I don't get a big malt flavor here like you do with a lot of DIPAs. There's another interesting fruity flavor here that's kind of light and reminds me of fresh grapes.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with lively carbonation and an approachable bitterness.

Drinkability - This is an easy-drinking session ale packing a lot of alcohol so be careful.

Photo of brownbeer
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's about damn time Mikkeller made an IPA.

An inviting sunrise color with a beige head. It glows.

Powerful yet indecisive aromas. I believe the 9.75% abv is lending to a catty note. It also smells a bit like a donut to me. Not sure which kind.

Quite bitter palate from the hops and alcohol. It's lacking balance and vibrant flavors. The mouthfeel is a little on the lean side and the booze is there from start to finish. I can see people getting into this, but I believe it lacks finesse and dimension. That being said, it's not all bad, it's hoppy.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops. I get some pine, resin and orange hop notes. The flavor is more of the same, with the pine and resiny hops mixing well with the caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a hazy golden brown with a decent head. Smells of honey, caramel and flowers. Smooth texture, tastes like strawberries, huge notes of honey, a slight bitterness to balance the sweetness. The alcohol is almost undetectable.

Photo of ehammond1
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark copper, rust, and orange in color with a thin off-white head that leaves a few dots of stick down the glass--but not much.

This has a very aggressive, strong aroma, with lots of citrus hop character, pine, and big notes of dominating, stinging alcohol.

The flavor follows a similar, unfortunate route, with big bitterness and hot, stinging alcohol dominating the big citrus and pine. There's tons of hop character here, but it's presented in an unpleasant fashion. There's also a chemical flavor as well that doesn't help much at all.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though a bit oily.

I had a tough time working my way through my 10oz. glass.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog online shop. The label states that it was brewed at Brewdog's Ellon brewery. I've been wanting to try this ever since I first had 'I Hardcore You'...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich coppery-orange hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of vehement hops with notes of pine resin, weed, orange peel, mild citrus, a mélange of fruits and subtle grass/hay. This is underpinned by sweet caramel malt, mildly earthy yeast and a warming whiff of booze. Pretty full-on.

Tastes of exceptional hoppiness; a full frontal assault on the palate and an extreme bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, tropical fruit, citrus, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet and decidedly alcoholic, followed by a zealous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and good body. Hop oils tantalise the tastebuds. Highly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine resin, caramel malt and booze.

Woooo - with each mouthful, a tsunami of hops envelops the palate. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are overwhelmingly hoppy. A ton of pine and fruit notes along with sweet caramel. The alcohol character seems obvious but well-balanced. Nice body. A solid double IPA; intense but satisfying. Worth sampling, particularly if you want to saturate your senses.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really liked the radioactive orange glow of this. The aroma is a hop whallop of all kinds of the stuff, and of course the citrus, pine and even mint in this one.

Taste, pretty bitter, and I was drinking this after some pretty bitter ipa's last weekend. Didn't find it abrasive or an alcohol punch at all, in fact, I can't think of anything to style that hides it as well as some elite brews (PTE, Hopslam). While it has a ton of hop varieties, you can't really navigate them for their own properties, as there's just too much here. Not complex, just massive, in a good way.

Pricey, but worth checking it out at least once if you fashion yourself a hop head. Getting it fresh is another story. . .

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

I Beat You brewed at Brew Dog by the Gypsy brewer himself. The label states this is an American style Imperial IPA. The funniest thing is the best before date of 7/15/15, get the fuck out of here it's 12/5/14 that's at least a 7 month shelf life for an IPA I wanted to drink last week as fresh as possible.

It visually looks great in my chalice deep off white cream colored head fine speckled even layered lacing. The body looks like an orange marmalade with some hop floaties in suspension.

Aroma is dank out the gate very much an earthy, pine, deep citrus note to the nose. Much danker than the new wave tropical hop varieties totally different. Some caramel and bread like malt notes amongst mary jane dankness of the hop profile.

Flavor is sickeningly sweet it's 9.75% abv and it does pack a bit of alcohol into the flavor profile, but the sweetness grabs ahold of you and the raw hop juice is trying to come together to balance out the big malt additions. Dank, bitter tea leaf/tobacco notes, earthy, pine are all the descriptors I have to express the hop profile. Honey caramelized malt, and sugar in the raw this is more than candy coated hops this is near dessert level of sweetness for a DIPA I want a crisp dry finish with good hop and malt cohesion. The next few sips as it warms makes the beer more desirable as the palate adjusts to whats going on in there.

Mouthfeel is viscous thick hop oil textures, cloying sugar content just hits the palate so hard making it very difficult to enjoy harsh hop pellet bitterness without much hop flavor lingers on the palate. Carbonation is natural levels are fine but this beer is a challenge to consume.

Overall, come to America to Gypsy brew if your going to can pilsner with Sly Fox you might as well go to the West Coast to make your next DIPA!

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an almost opaque dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of graininess and large amounts of pine and herbal hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust and mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip herbal hops make their way into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is on the harsh side of things.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer but it really didn't have any single characteristic that stood out as above average. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. At last Europe's two biggest hop wankers come together, lord almighty, at last!

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark golden brown hue, with two fat fingers of foamy, chunky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse, but still attractively webbed lace around the glass as it ebbs away.

It smells of caramel cream, dank pine resin, thunderous (is thunder odorous - ponder that...) bitter, fruity domestic and tropical hops, and a leafy, herbal booziness. The taste is toffee-tinged caramel malt, subtle at first in the face of overpowering muddled citrus and pine hop astringencies (the loving kind), but evolves into something more, well, solid and domineering, against outright expectation. Underlying this little war of attrition is a soft alcohol warming, that has the good graces to generally never act up.

The carbonation is restrained in its workaday frothiness, but not exactly a wallflower either, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth despite its crazy inherent detractors. It finishes hoppy as shit (so check that box), but not really one-sided by any means - the malt doing its best to play the stoic unsung hero.

It hurts just a little saying this, but this unholy Euro-alliance has fookin' nailed it. A 10 points less change ABV monster that tastes only (in the things that really matter) of beastly hops, and the malt that loves it. Yummy even at the stupid one-off import price. Oh, and couldn't the original submitter at least have preserved the label wordplay? I just don't grok the concept of IBYU, y'know?

Photo of Aml42000
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber body with a fluffy off white head. Sticky lacing all down the glass.

S- Hops dominate the nose with floral notes. Pine and sweet orange as well.

T- Intense pine resin and grapefruit flavors along with a bit of caramel. Massive hop bitterness on the finish.

M- Oily and a little thick on the tongue, but the bitter hops keep it from feeling flabby. Medium bodied IPA.

O- Well crafted DIPA. Hop forward for sure. This represents a good mix of east and west coast versions of IPA. I'd buy again.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent for the style, sent in trade and now reaching bigger distribution in the USA. Lots of foam on a golden body. Hoppy aromas, the taste come lots of hops, very pleasant if you like bitter, as it leans more there, and is well buffered by the malting. Very good drinkability. Fuller mouthfeel.

Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange/amber color with a nice fluffy off white head, Sine rising carbonation and decent lacing. Pretty good clarity as well

S: The initial smell is of heavy pine and heavy floral notes. Some lighter grassy notes and a touch of grapefruit (but not much at all) These is also quite a bit of sweetness present as well

T: Pine and grapefruit bitterness upfront. A mild floralness is noticeable along with some sweetness in the finish.

M: Pretty nice body and creaminess but there is some heat present

D: I dont think i would take the time to drink this one again. Its not bad and by no means close to a drain pour but it didnt really have anything special going on either

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Stunning appearance: clear medium amber in color with a large lasting whitish head and great thick lacing.

Aroma is very nice: very citrusy, floral, and piney with some tropical fruit notes and a hint of caramel malt.

The flavor has a sweet caramel and honey backbone, but is dominated by Amarillo and Simcoe hops that yield flavors of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, herbal notes, and pine.

Body is fairly full and the palate is a little syrupy, with average carbonation level.

This is one of the better non-US American style DIPAs I've had. Solid stuff.

Photo of mdvatab
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 11.2 oz. bottle
No bottled-on date...

Aroma: Hop aroma is a mix of pine and grapefruit, with an undercurrent of sweet honey from the malt.
Appearance: Thick, off-white, two-finger head. Beer is hazy, and medium-amber in color. Sudsy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Flavor: A roller coaster of pungent grapefruit, honey sweetness, and somewhat dry, resinous bitterness. Bitterness clings to the tongue long through the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-full body. Very slight pepperiness from the alcohol.
Drinkability: A well-balanced, drinkable IIPA. The prominent malty sweetness and hop flavor and bitterness hide the 9.75% ABV. I would definitely recommend trying!

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to biergaternOK for this one, thanks Freddy!

Pours a chill-hazed amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Never quite clears, great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, piney with some lemon-grass thrown in

T: Big time malt mixes with grapefruit, pine, woody hops &herbal bitterness up front. Tanic bitterness comes through as this warms along with orange peels, caramel & shortbread, some booze bite as well Finishes with caramel sweetness, some dryness, herbal & woody with grapefruit & a bit of pineapple on the edges...

MF: Big chewyness, slight carbonation. liking the balance but not super in-love with the hop mix

A drinkable enough DIPA, but the heft does get to you after a while. Pretty good, but not great

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy orange brown hue, respectable off white head left plenty of sticky lacing
S - big fruity hops of citrus, tropicals, some perfume and healthy toasty and toffee aromas
T - big hop flavours of tropical fruit juice, some earthy and spicy notes, toasty malt, and the high ABV is non existent
M - medium body with lighter carbonation, medium bitter and dry with alcohol non existant
O - this is a tasty hop bomb ass kicker of a DIPA, i'm typically not sold on many of the Mikkeller experiments, but this is a winner

Photo of bbkd3b
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Let's rock!

A - Pours a pretty, shiny amber gold color with a 1-finger off-white head that has a decent holding period. When it's gone, what's left is a fine looking lacing all of the way down the glass. It's a bit foggy, but you can see the little carbonation bubble doing their thing.

S - A very hoppy, citrusy scent. This is an IPA that doesn't play around, I guess. Very sharp combo of grapefruit and spruce with a twist of biscuit to top it off. nice, strong scent.

T - Very much follows the aroma. Right away, those citrus tones are on the tongue. Everywhere but the tip of the tongue gets enshrouded with very grassy, bitter hops that show why the beer has its name. Not a bad all-around flavor, but I think it could do a bit more than it is.

M - Light-to-medium body, dead-center on the carbonation. The finish is pretty damn dry, but that's not all that surprsing, everything considered. Feels nice the whole way through.

D - Gosh, this beer has a sizable cost and its very alcoholic, as well as bitter. Not a great combo for getting more than a bottle at a time, and honestly, that's all I think I really need.

Overall/notes: A man recommended this to me, and described as the best he's had. I regretfully disagree, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. For as intimidating as it initially was, I was pretty surprised to find out just how tame this beer actually is. Aside from an attractive look and good nose, there's not much of note. It's well-made, and certainly a good beer, but I'll venture elsewhere for the near future.

Photo of BuddyE
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is all over the place. The original pour is nice, with a wonderful deep caramel color and moderately foamy head. The aroma was fantastic, rich in spicy fullness with nice, subdued fruit undertones. Unfortunately, that was the best part of the beer. Upon first sip, the liquid is heavy in the mouth, with a hit of bitters that is to be expected, but with an astringent follow-up that makes the beer hard to swallow; harder still to try again. When they can be descerned, the cacophony of flavors fight with one another rather than melding into anything approaching harmony. I understand wanting to go all out and make a high IBU offering, but other companies have done so successfully while creating beer that, though potent, is still drinkable. I think this one misses the mark.

Photo of mscudder
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A - Amber/orange hue with a nice two-finger creamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Little bit of citrus, malts, touch of hops and alcohol.

T - Syrupy flavored malts up front followed up by a good quantity of bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and leaves a nice coating in the mouth for such a big beer.

O - A highly drinkable IPA for such a hefty ABV. I would love to come back to this, but at a price of over $5 per bottle, I don't think it trumps the wide selection of elite IPAs.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a weathered orangish-red with a medium sense of clarity. A light creamy tan capping sits atop of modest retention while a medium visible carbonation factor was observed composed of generously spaced micro-bubbles rising at a average rate. The lacing was slight with bare minimal coverage on the glass.

S: Fresh wet piney citrus first appears with modest intentions but not for long. There is a good deal of lacquer booziness when swirled and was expecting a bit more hoppiness aroma wise from a beer named I Beat yoU.

T: A pungent bitterness is evident from the start making of a strong first impression, however as with the nose it lacked staying power. Toasted grains and grapefruit combine along with some dry grassy notes providing for some potential puckering moments, albeit a bit one-dimensional, and short lived. Overall provided a good wallop of hops upfront but failed to finish things off and lacked some complexity along the way. I'm guessing their intent was just an massive influx of hops for shock value, but I've had more intense experiences that was done much better (moylan's hopsickle) if I want to travel down that road. A good thick and rich malt basing pushes this just barely to good regards.

M: Dry toasted palate, bitter with its fair share of boozy citrus nature that was quite warming. A good malty texture but again a soft carbonation factor hurts and fails to bring out the crisp nature I was hoping for.

D: Drinkability was fair, malty and bitter but perhaps limits itself in multiples to a bottle or two except for maybe the lush hardcore hophead with a short term memory.

Photo of jsh420
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours murky burnt orange with very little head and left no lacing

smells of pine lots of it and some sweet tea malt

taste is just like the nose - pine pine and more pine hops but still a great deal of malt without being overly sweet - also pickup pepper on finish

mouthfeel is medium body with lgood carbonation - works well with the flavor

overall - this is a damn fine tasting impy ipa but i can find other west coast style ipas for half the price

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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
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