I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.85/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Brewed at Brewdog and, typical for Mikkeller, expensive for the size of bottle. Here goes...
The body pours out as that archetypal Double/Imperial IPA color - bronzed, honeyed orange. The head poured out substantially; three fingers or so. I love the color of the head. It is pretty much beige, a level of brown not commonly seen on a IIPA, seen on top of a honeyed orange body. The lacing is voluminous - it sticks to the glass in swaths and even has a textural thickness to it.
This is a solid IIPA in terms of aroma. It does not amaze at any point but does its job effectively. Lots of grassy, bitter hops; much more grassiness than I expect from a beer labeled as an "American Style Imperial India Pale Ale." Grapefruit rind, lemon zest, trace amounts of pineapple and an herbal quality (cilantro?) make up the bulk of the lupulin hop flavors. It has the sharpness of perfume. The malt is light but caramelly in nature. This sort of reminds me of Mikkeller's 1000 IBU but with a lot less maltiness. Which, of course, is a good thing.
The taste is like the nose in that it is clearly pretty good but falls short of being really impressive. I feel like there should be more going on but at the same time I can't fault it for being simply super-solid. Some IIPAs are citrus-bombs. I Beat yoU is not one of them. Loads of floral, leafy, and especially piny hops. The caramel malt stands its ground admirably (some would say it stands too tall). There is a bitter herbaciousness that I am unused to tasting in beer; I am attributing it to the Herkules hop varietal, which I have not tasted before this beer.
I LOVE a thin mouthfeel in IIPAs. The thinner the better for me; it carries those hop flavors forward without accentuating the heavy amounts of malt that are present in IIPAs. Mikkeller I Beat yoU has a very thin body. The only thing holding it back it a nearly complete lack of perceptible carbonation. The mouthfeel goes a long way towards making a drinkable beer. It is nearly 105 ABV, sure, but this beer goes down fast.
This is a darn good IIPA. Would I buy it again at $6 for a 11.2oz. bottle? Probably not. Like most Mikkeller product I am not blown away and miffed about the price but am glad to have tried the beer anyway.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2010 02:17:18 | More by Reaper16
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4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours an amber with nice head and lacing.
Nose is real potent hops. I get mint, a slightly candied NZ hop quality. Red fruit hops. Mango.
Taste is similar, NZ-y hops over a grainy, slightly cereal-y background. A slightly chlorine-y malt presence.
Mouthfeel is substantial- chlorine-y, pine-y malt.
This is a really solid beer; not classically American style, it could easily pass as an American Strong Ale.
Main detraction is a slightly dry alcoholic finish. Other than that it's got a pretty unique/distinct profile but no doubt there's a lot of flavour.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 15:43:59 | More by danieelol
I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.