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I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 403
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a tulip. This is so heavenly. Dark amber color, off white head. First aroma was overpowering spruce pine; later smells sweet. Taste is grapefruit and woody pine, with a honey sweet finish. The only *possible* improvement would be if there were slightly more carbonation. But overall this is amazing and I can't wait to get more. Be careful - definitely can't tell that this is 9.75%.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

0,33l Hazy amber, brown wheat. Full body, oily at palate. Toasted grains, tropical fruit, light dankness and caramel almost creamy. Resin is the prominent flavor, bitter, dark chocolate and mango, some citrus, hops and malt. Toffee and resin in aftertaste. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Excellent after good meal. Absolute recommendation.

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Photo of Whadawookie
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dipa is like a fertile and enchanted forest. Alas, it is quite expensive for just a single 12 oz bottle so I probably will not be buying this except for special occasions, though I do intend to revisit this one someday.

Poured a nice rocky head into a pint glass. It dwindled quickly, but it kept a film over the beer the whole time with fresh bubbles from the lively carbonation. The color in my lighting was a murky burnt orange. This beer has one of the most complex smells I've ever gotten from a double IPA. It starts with a malty undertone from which bursts of mountainous fauna scents emerge. The blend of the hops they use does wonderful things, I can't really believe it, but there it is.

Tastes go from incredibly bitter on the tip of the tongue, to citrus and malt in the back and man do they play nicely together. The malt and hop assault don't seem to wane even after the beer has been drank, which has happened faster than I have anticipated...that 9.75% hid well.

This beer is fan-****ing-tastic.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz, 9.75% ABV American style IIPA. Into chouffe tulip.

A- Nice copper color with some orangey glow. Sticky 3-finger head that looks like fresh snow. Eggshell white. Immediate lacing and great staying power. Fantastic pour.

S- Hops from a mile away. Fruity, mango, peach, grapefruit. As I get in closer pine sap and some lilac are noted. Simcoe for sure.

T- That's bitter. Not nearly the malt body of 1000 IBU, but almost certainly all the hops. If you're looking for a hop bomb look no further. Simcoe hops are easy to pick up on. Fruity and a bit grassy, with a strong pine finish.

Immense lingering bitterness. I can't say I've ever knowingly tried the Herkules hop.. a bit of poking around suggests it may be responsible for the strong bitterness. Tasty. Almost a bit of mint in the finish... yeah, like fresh mint leaves. The mint is more and more pronounced as I sip and really throws me for a loop... but I'm diggin' it.

M- Very bitter but in a good way, no bitter beer face. What I've come to love in a DIPA- Great, deep hop profile and a nice pale malt that acts as a platform for the hops. No residual sugars or caramel sweetness in this one.

D- Moderate. I *love* this beer. I will buy a few more while it's around, but the limited availability and the $$ (6 bucks a bottle) kind of hurt it as I won't be buying this all the time. Still, another treat from Mikkeller, who has created a fantastic DIPA. Worth seeking out while the hops are kicking as hard as they are right now.

If RR put this out as 'Pliny the middle-aged statesperson' it'd be on the BA top 100 in a heartbeat. One of the more impressive IIPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very murky brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Spotty lacing.

S- Very floral, pungent hop aroma with a semi-medicinal aspect. Very, very earthy.

T- Shot of grassy bitterness which then backs off leaving a smooth finish and a piney aftertaste. Alcohol springs up here and there but is mostly overshadowed by the hops. Also has a sweet malt duality that pulls everything together. Dank; there's no other word to describe it.

M- Oily and a bit sharp, but well-restrained without being too bitey or heavy. Full-ish body with medium carbonation.

O- Simply brilliant. Man, I love this guy!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No joke - I graduated from Columbia last week. During my night out on the town with a friend a few days later, we ended up at the Blind Tiger Ale House. I'd never heard of Mikkeller but we saw a ton of these going out to various drinkers so I decided to give it a shot. Sure enough, I loved it and I'm still wondering why I hadn't heard of these guys earlier!

Maybe one of the best pours I've ever seen from a tap beer! This had a gorgeous reddish-orange glow, a small but present head, and almost no carbonation to it. It looked smooth and tasted it, which serves as a testament to the amazingly complex flavor of this. There was lots of fruit to this - citrus, melon, and apricot. It tasted light but the earthy British-like hop background gave it a nice depth that balanced out the flavors. This felt strong from an alcohol standpoint but didn't taste it and I actually had to hold myself back from downing it too quick. It almost felt like a Belgian beer but there was just enough malt to make it heavier in the mouthfeel. Was this too good to be true?

Sure enough, the keg kicked out as I finished mine about 45 minutes later. Most DIPA's that I've had tend to be American hop bombs but this ups the ante by quite a bit. It was amazingly easy to get sucked into this and tough to leave in my glass. Is there any wonder that there's only a few of the Mikkeller beers left on tap at the Blind Tiger this week?

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: somewhat cloudy amber honey color. one finger head that dissipates to just a thin layer. a thin amount of lacing

S: Just pure hops. If you were to open a bag of hops to brew a beer this is it.

T: Just like the smell the taste is exactly what i smell. Its so hoppy but its not a bad bitter. Its just the perfect amount of fresh pure hop without any bad soap or tongue squeezing hops. really tasty

M: Really nice amount of carbonation to make those hops explode. nice and sticky like a DIPA should be.

D: Its so hoppy I'd say that this might be a bit of a sipper but all I want to do is keep drinking it. If you're looking for that hop flavor this really is it. Its not the top of my list all time but for pure hop flavor that i smell every time a new IPA is brewed... this is it.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I had a beer like this...
Poured (into an 'ephemere' tulip) and put up a nice thick 2 finger head - the head breaks down into the thickly hazed brew to a thick surface film, leaving nice looking lacing -
- there's a nice big aroma of hoppy goodness in the nose - intense taste of pine, citrus and tropical fruitiness and hop resins with nice bitterness that sweetens on a thick malt backbone -
- mouthfeel works out with a prickly bitter hit of carbonation and hop oils on the tip of the tongue with a sticky sweet finish on the palate, begging to be cut by the next sip -alcohol taste and heat is very well hidden -
- this beer really 'wowed' me ! it reminded me of the first time I had a truly hoppy (to my newby palate) dipa - I think it was Southern Tier's Unearthly ( not the same anymore) - I finished this bottle way to quickly and wish I had another - I tried to use many beer related descriptors in this review... really good stuff -

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy copper-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - Pungent pine and grapefruit hops with dark caramel and toffee malt notes pushing back against the green aromas.

T - Equal parts pungent hops and dark, sugary malt up front. Notes of pine and caramel in the middle with a touch of mustardy character from the hops interacting with the atypically dark malt character. Finishes with sugary notes of caramel and brown sugar as well as grapefruit and fairly strong bitterness.

M - A thick, almost syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is an unusually big and malty DIPA with a strong hop character but an emphasis on the malt. Caramel and brown sugar have an interesting effect on the hops that is not unlike what one often experiences in an American barleywine. Very nicely done, and more than a little reminiscent of Dogfish Head 90 min.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A – Beautiful, opaque, deep golden orange with a tall white head that holds up with great retention and leaves an above average lace.

S – Tangerines, honey, pine, Clementine, grapefruit. Lightly floral. Marmalade and toast. There’s a ton going on in this bouquet, but it’s not over crowded. Each of the flavors fits nicely into the whole.

T – Big, ripe grapefruit character. Orange. Nectar. A soft bread note supports the citrus nicely. Overall the profile shows a marked restraint. It’s not slap you in the face sweet or bitter.

M – Sweet finish with a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Smooth with a medium/light body. The carbonation is stronger than a standard IPA, but works well with the elevated ABV.

O- Not overpowering, and pleasantly bitter. A well balanced brew with a nod to hop-heads, perhaps with a smirk after releasing his 1,000 IBU as if to say “if all you want is IBU’s I can give you that, but if you want something that’s actually a beer, try this.” Another great brew from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of liddytime
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was talking with the guys in RSVP in Portland and they highly recommended this one for hop-freaks like myself. I love Mikeller's brews but I am always slightly hesitant as a result of the price tags. Apparently Scandanavia taxes beer based on the beer's ABV so a 10% beer ends up, well, pretty darn pricey! Ah, what the heck?! I'm worth it right?!

So this beer is a joint project with the guys from Brew Dog in Aberdeen, Scotland. This IS a must try! A Scottish, Scandanavian, "American IPA" !

Pouring this hop-bazooka from the bottle, one quickly appreciates the escape of the volatile citrus, pine hop aromas.

Soft, lacy head and dark copper in color.

It has been awhile since I've smelled hops this strong with the beer simply resting in the glass! Big time citrus and pepper notes.

Very, very smooth tasting. Soft, full body and the alcohol is surprisingly hidden beneath the malt and ( ...oh, did I happen to mention??) HOPS! I really need to be careful because this is going down so fast and easy for a 10% beer!

If you are a hophead and thinking of splurging $7-$10 bucks on a bottle of beer, I highly suggest you find a bottle of I Beat yoU. It is a great special treat if you love big IPAs. I wouldn't cellar this one as I would be afraid those great hop aromas might disappear.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller I Beat yoU

Appearance: Reddish-orange, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Hops, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors.

Taste: Hops, citrus, and a pleasant maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Great hop flavor with a pleasant, malty character make this brew a good one!

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Photo of popery
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great maltier DIPA from Mikkeller. This is closer to 1000 IBU territory for Mikkeller and succeeds in much the same manner. It doesn't seem quite as thick and malty as that beer, but it's close. There's a ton of hop aroma. Tropical fruits abound with papaya, mango and pineapple notes cropping up. There's also tangerine, a bit of pine needles, a floral touch and cannabis. Caramel malt is present but still in a supporting role. A touch of paint thinner/solvent presence particularly in the flavor. I can taste a fair bit of malt sweetness, but it's still a rather bitter beer, even if it's not trying to melt your tongue off. Good mouthfeel - hop oils coat the palate pleasantly. The beer fades as it sits, so drink up.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a really bubbly, foamy head, course lacing, and extremely large carbonation bubbles.

S - Very intense and vinous tropical fruit up front - pineapple, orange, red grapefruit. There's also a very intense and forward lemon aroma jumping out of the glass. The malts are difficult to detect, just alot of juicy, ripe fruit!

T - Very similar to the nose with the addition of some small traces of spicey sweet caramel underneath which is immediately over run with pungent, peppery tropical fruit. There's a booziness to this beer as it slides down the back of the throat, but with the alcohol effervesence, it doesn't really finish all that dry. Lots of bittersweet intensity.

M - Medium to heavy side of medium body, gentle on the tongue.

D - Very, very good.

Wish I had more than one of these. As per my usual D-IPA reviews, it's a total hop bomb, not for the faint of heart, two thumbs up. Hoppy, pungent, and bold!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American DIPA, at almost 10% abv this one drinks rather well until the last few sips when the alcohol really become noticeable.
I am impressed by the appearance of this one. A light rusty copper color pour. The dense, thick, rocky white head provides for a nice top. Lacing is sticky, but not thick as it drinks.

Aroma is strong citrus and pine, with a baked caramel mixed with alcohol and sweetbread. Not balanced by any means, but still not hyperbolic toward hoppy.
Instant citrus on the tongue is followed by a soothing dose of that sweetbread and caramel stuff. The finish is over-ripe grapefruit and persimmon along with a burst of alcohol. A bit resiny and the aftertaste is mostly pine. As it warmed the alcohol stung a bit more than previous.

Great beer, went well with grilled brats.

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Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big beer. I let it warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, cream colored head and loads of clingy lace. Color is a cloudy burnt orange amber. Aroma is mainly hops with malt and caramel, some fruit, earth & yeast. Flavor is mainly malt sweet complimented by the hop bitterness and other nose characteristics. Body is lush, full, round, soft with just enough carbonation to cut through it. Finiish is like flavor with a little alcohol and of medium to long in duration. Bit too rich for a session.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strongly hoppy, the way an IPA otter be, with hints of citrus and wood. It pours a clear coppery amber with a thick off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Hoppy flavor has a strong caramel undertone and more sweetness than bitterness, as well as an orange note. Texture is firm-bodied and rather fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy, fizzy finish with some caramel underpinning. Mikkeller got the Beat!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with light brown highlights and a half finger head that had good lacing.

S: lovely floral piney hop aromas with nice sweet malt presence and hints of citurs fruit, caramel, and slight booze.

T: a nice variety of hops punch the palate first sweet malts give a good balance and citrus, caramel, and booze propel the overall sweet piney taste.

M: light to medium body with good amount of carbonation that has a sweet bitter finish.

D: tastey DIPA from mikkeller that drank very good and had great hoppy characteristics all the way around. I'm glad that I can get more.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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?

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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours very hazy red orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some lacing clings to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of huge caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, mango, and breadiness; with a tad bit of alcohol. Super big hoppy and sweet aromas here. Taste of huge orange, grapefruit, pine, and caramel; with a bit of spiciness and mango. Big bitterness on the finish that lingers for a long time with caramel, citrus, and pine flavors. Medium carbonation and a full and fairly slick body and mouthfeel. Even with the massive hopping of this beer, it still manages to be very balanced with big maltiness on the front to offset the big bitter bite on the finish. Quite drinkable for being almost 10%, but still a sipper. Surprisingly no alcohol noticed other than a decent warming on the finish. Overall a fantastic DIPA from Mikkeller. I have not been disappointed by them yet.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden amber with some lacing and no visible carbs
S: not too much on the nose for a DIPA. It is however a balanced pine, floral and sugar malt profile from what I could find
T: sits evenly with lemon, sugar and warm bread.
M: mediums light and really drinkable
O: this beer is pricey. But it is a solid example of how an IPA can be made without just hop blasting the palate. Enjoyable and will drink again if find on tap

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Photo of whatthehull
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A super cloudy brown orange and red. A quickly diminishing half finger head and a bit of lacing

S the smell is super malty and full of earth tones. The hops is there for sure but the malt is almost overwhelming. The hop that is there sure is pretty

T - so much different than the smell. A really sweet malted barley starts up front and than a boat load of citrus, pine and floral hops punches the malt in the groin grassy and loads of citrus

M - light, but not unpleasant And actually it is super nice. It's light and a really nice sweet and bitter hop hangs around

D - awesome. Hops, malt, smell and flavor. Just easy to drink and even easier to enjoy

Final thought - even at 7.99 price this beer is worth the price again and again

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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.