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I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 400
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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 BurnInLA
1.94/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a decent head but quickly dissipated. No lacing. Overpowering stink smell... overpowering bad-taste taste. I'm not sure if I just got a bad bottle or if it's just not for me... way way too much hop flavor, way too much alcohol flavor, weird citrus thing going on... too much alcohol heat...

I love some DIPA's like Pliny, Sculpin and my favorite, Dogfish Head 90 minute, but this was just not for me... (410 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

P: Cloudy, dirty tannish orange color with a finger of off white head.

S: Grapefruit, juicy pineapple, mellow earthy characteristics. Mainly fruit forward, toasty malts and a spiced background. Peach juice and syrup are also present.

T/M: Heavy grapefruit and sweet syrup. Not as smooth as the nose and has a rough unpleasant taste. The malts is almost offensive, syrupy and overpowering. Floral hops with toasted grains. Finishes wet with a timid dryness from the grapefruit.

O: For the advertised amount of hops I was truly disappointed. Not impressed with this at all and I'm disappointed beachside I had high hopes for this. I almost poured it out at one point but made myself finish. The malt was just not right for the beer and too overpowering. The smell was nice but not enough to save it. (817 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is an amber-orange sort of color with a thin white (maybe slightly off-white) head.

S: A decent hop aroma comes through initially. However, it's quickly followed by burnt rubber and alcohol. Not really what I was hoping for.

T: There's a fairly substantial bitterness to this beer, with a moderate amount of malt sweetness and some slightly caramelized sugars. A sweet citrus flavor along with fusel alcohols and rubber.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Ah, Mikkeller and Brewdog, everyone's favorites. I wasn't really a fan of this one, obviously. (601 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet

A- pours a very dark shade of orange...bordering on brown. The head is pure white and paper thin, and fades very quickly. Not a pretty beer at all

S- the simcoe is the prominent scent coming out of this one, as the cat piss is nearly overwhelming. Yeah, it doesn't smell too pleasant

T- it's very odd tasting...muted citrus hops and muted piney hops. There's a really odd sweetness to it too...I really don't know how to feel about this. Reminds me a lot of 1000 IBU

M- syrupy and malty as hell. Yikes

O- not a huge fan of this one...no date, so I have no idea the age on it, but it doesn't taste very fresh at all (662 characters)

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. (788 characters)

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. (711 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber/red color with off-white head. Decent retention with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet, resin-like hops, with some hints of citrus. The sweetness is not particularly pleasant to my nose.

Taste: Strange combination of citrus, resin, and a bitterness that reminds me of the aftertaste of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth & viscous. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: High ABV, but it isn't so apparent in the taste. That said, the taste is still tough.

The flavor here is rather unpleasant to me, unfortunately. And that really brings down the whole beer for me. Too much resin sweetness. (684 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- 1 finger head, cloudy golden amber color with a hint of lacing.

S – slight nose of hops and malt, not anything really worth mentioning.

t/m – taste is of quite a bit of hops, boiled hops not aromatic or dry hop style. Middle flavor of malt and moderate sweetness, average carbonation.

O – Overall definitely a generic style American imperial ipa, with an impressive 9+% ABV, but a little tame in the flavor. I would give it a try once, but I don’t see myself going back for this one, though I am a big fan of mikkeler.

PP (Price Point) - $8.19 picked up at Brewforia in Meridian Idaho, not really worth the price in my opinion due to a heavily hop bombed palette, but probably worth it to the non Hop Bomb seeker. I would be a buyer again around $4/$5 which I know probably won’t happen! (806 characters)

Photo of Lee45102
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The smell, look, and the first upfront taste was great. The malt flavor at the end doesn't meet my expectation for an IIPA. This beer was very tough to get through. I normally love Mikkeller Beers and I am a huge IIPA lover. Good luck to those trying this beer that are big IPA drinkers. (287 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver, CO. No freshness date. Right around $6. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Turbid amber color with about half an inch worth of dense, creamy, off white head. A few gobs of lacing as the head recedes. Small island of slightly higher bubbles in the middle.

S: Lots of resinous hops, fairly grassy as well, kind of cheesy on the hops...hard to describe, but not completely out of place. Lots of malty smells as well. Faintly alcoholic as well. Decent, but I would like more hops.

T: I'm not sure how old this is, but its still pretty hoppy. Lots of resinous hops, some mint, some pine, and a bit of citrus. There's a decent amount of bitterness, but nowhere near the amount I figured by the label/name. Big malt flavor, lots of caramel and pale malt. I'm not sure how old this is, but its faded. Not sure how it would've been fresh, but this is pretty average.

M: Medium thick body, medium carbonation, slightly dry and a fair amount of alcohol heat on the finish. About right.

O: Frustrating, a perfect example of why all hoppy beers should have a freshness date on the label. I think this could've been a really great beer at some point in time, but I had no idea what I was getting into. Will finish this, but not the best. (1,276 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle tried 11 Jul 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear mahogany color. Aroma is quite resiny, with some basil and rosemary. Fairly medicinal. Bitter and somewhat astringent, in a not very pleasant way. Ethanol is warming. Lots of aspirin bitterness throughout, almost too much. Medium body.

Too much of a beating to be very enjoyable. (400 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
cloudy with a chance of yeast, sheesh, this looks like the water luke and solo got stuck in during empire... muddy orange hue with some bubs careening through the thick looking murk, decent head and lacing, the particles are all in suspension like some sort of sick looking snow globe, interesting enough

nose...
dark honey herbal hops, kind if like ricola on crack, some dry sugar, swamp grass, like the look this is different from most DIPAs so far, not sure if
different = good, we'll have to see about that score

taste etc...
boy, that is going to take a sec to process...
extremely bitter dark honey, completely cloying on the first sip, almost hard to go back, but it settles down as my palette adjusts...
decently thick but not gooey, the bitterness seems at war with the flavor, the beer does not drink smoothly in that regard, the phases are all at war with each other here, there is big bitterness, hooray, here's a medal, but man this is just too harsh to enjoy, the hops are almost hard to enjoy here.

verdict?
the ABV is decently hidden but the mess of flavors is not, this is certainly a different DIPA so if you want to try something that definitely does not taste run of the mill... go ahead, this one just is not for me. (1,248 characters)

Photo of squaremile
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Let me say up front that I am a huge fan of "unbalanced" IPAs. I love hops and the kind of west coast beers that fans of DFH 90min don't like. That said, this thing is insane. Pours a clear brown/orange with a fluffy white head. Smell is really hardcore dank and booze. Taste at first actually was a let down, as it seemed a bit hollow, then after some warming was REALLLY bitter. Not hoppy, but BITTER. The IBUs are for real here. And in an unpleasant way. A comparable beer is Barley Brown's Tankslapper but that has more HOP flavor and drinkability. This is just a crazy chemistry experiment. Done after about 5oz. Glad I tried it. (634 characters)

Photo of pigdog
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a-deep amber color, offwhite bubble layer of head, light lacing

s-piney hops with some caramel malt

t-bitter up front and at the end, with some citrus and alcohol in the middle and some coffee

m-sticky with some alcohol heat, carbonation pretty high

d-more of a hop bomb to be fairly drinkable, and the alcohol comes through in the smell and taste which wears on you after a bit.

o-lots of hops, lots of bitterness, not much else. too much alcohol comes through on this and not enough balance. (498 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a murky,sun-tea,orangish brown with a slowly dissipating,off-white head of 2 fingers.Some visible sediment,sheets of sticky lacing and active carbonation.

S-Sweet citrus,caramel malt,some dried tropical fruit(pineapple,mango)and some boozey sweetness.

T-Big,fresh grapefruit(both the flesh and the pith)brown sugar and white pepper.

M-Sharp and dry.Slightly resinous and medium bodied
with medium carbonation.

D-Ok but not a standout example of the style.A little disjointed. (487 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a beautiful clear amber body and pours with a nice white head. The head has good retention and lace.

S: Not a lot of character on the nose but I do get caramel, heat and light floral notes.

T: Sweet rich caramel flavor at first with some light bitterness and citrus tang.

M: The beer is full bodied and has sharp carbonation resulting in a perfect mouthfeel for IIPAs and exactly what I expect.

Overall though this beer was a bit disappointing. I expect more hop character in my IIPAs, both in the nose and the flavor. (538 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Note that Mikkeller is me favourite brewery but Brewdog's gimmicky BS has a strong tendency to chap me arse something fierce.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and excellent retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent copper with tinges of red and gold. Looks good so far.

Sm: Caramel, cream, and a big load of hops. Centennial is the most distinctive; the others get lost in the bitterness. It is surprisingly muted for how purportedly hoppy it is; the aroma is merely moderate in strength. Let's see how she tastes, lads...

T: Very hoppy indeed (holy Centennial, batman!), with an overpowering caramelized malt note that dominates the second half. The alcohol comes through a biteen, but not much. I wish the good flavours weren't so frontloaded. The balance is certainly off. The bitterness on the finish is unwelcome and doesn't encourage the next sip. Strangely built but decent all-around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also quite thick. Too thick, like Kathy Bates. Doesn't suit the flavours.

Dr: Excellent drinkability for the ABV, but lacking in quality - at least what I'd expect from Mikkeller and what most of ye'd expect from Brewdog. The price is also a bit high. (1,378 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like strong copper and waxy hops, with some sugary caramel and alcohol.
T: It tasted like bitter copper and sugary caramel, with some orange. It had a somewhat clean aftertaste with notable alcohol.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an ok double IPA, but the scent and taste left something to be desired. The body wasn't great either, and the finish was rough with a lot of heat, so it must be sipped. Simply not a high quality brew. (534 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 03/21/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark orange/rust color, almost amber but not quite. Not much of a head, maybe 1/4 finger of foam. What is there sticks around and leaves ok lacing.

The nose is hoppy, yet sweet. Some nice pine notes and hint of citrus are present along with a huge malt sweetness. Biscuity with hints of caramel at the same time with a hint of alcohol.

The taste starts with a sharp bitterness and some citrusy notes. A huge, sweet malt backbone doesn't just balance out the hops but it takes over at times, bringing with it some alcohol. A resiny bitterness sticks to the tongue at the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bitterness at the finish is sticky and lingers for a bit.

Decent, balanced DIPA. Not the best, not the worst. Not something I would seek out again but after the single hop series it was intriguing. (927 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No head at all and a very opaque, dark brown hue.

S: Malty, but not overwhelmingly so. Got very little scent from it hops-wise, with the prevailing aromas being sugary.

T: Some caramel and citrus, perhaps? Might say brown sugar as well.

M: No carbonation, just a warm and heavy beer that definitely sticks to your palate.

O: I went in with some high expectations, so I'm probably a little at fault here, but I was just waiting for that "wow" moment and it never came. Good enough beer, for sure. Just felt that the malty overtones outweighed any hop character it may have otherwise had. Worth trying it out if you have an opportunity, though. (649 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a reddish orange, mostly a cloudy orange. It just looks thick.

Smells pretty hoppy, some malt flavor thrown in, not a lot here.

I dont know if this was an older bottle but it had a serious malt backbone which I didnt expect. Oh yeah, its kinda hoppy too.

Was a little let down with this beer. Not the greatest, fine, but wouldnt get another bottle. (359 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured golden amber with an off white foamy head w/ quick dissipation.

A: Sweet malts upfront (honey) with a medium herbal hop aroma.

F: Same as the aroma. I think this beer was pretty straightforward: honey malt sweetness with accompanying herbal hop bitterness. The balance is pretty equal between the two, when the hops IMO should be the dominant factor in a IIPA.

M: Drinks smooth but lacking carbonation. Medium across: body, carb, and mouthfeel. No creaminess or alcohol warmth.

O: This is a tasty drinkable IIPA, but minor flaws in regards to malt and hop balance and carbonation / lacing. I think the hops were balanced with the malt rather than the focus of the beer. I'm glad I got to try it but probably would not purchase again or recommend for cellaring. (776 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a yummy sort of sweet maple syrup-like nose coming off of this one. Its very much like Resin, only toned town a bit, which is good. Other scents are floral, and candied fruit.

The beer is hazy, quite a hazy light orange.. It makes me think it was bottle carbonated, though, I do not think this is the case. The head is a thin thin white layer which leaves little to no lacing.

POW! WHAM! BIFF! It hits you like batman slugging the joker. All booze upfront and through the finish. Mid-palate brings a few flavors of an floral & herbal variety, and it finishes with caramel. Its very hard to get past the alcohol, as it's not hiding at all, but the flavors that sneak through are nice.

The beer is full bodied with medium carbonation and drinks hot. Finishes sweet, sticky sweet in fact, and is defiant to be anything but a sipping beer. (848 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Consumed July 19th, 2010 in a "special" Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Pour is golden/orange and somewhat hazy. A yellowish head less than one finger tall collapses to ghost of a partial skin very quickly. Very active carbonation.

Aromas of grapefruit and pine. Sweet.

The tongue first notes a caramel malt that is very pronounced. However, it cannot stand up to the hot, nearly burning hop presence. A touch of solvent as well. Spicy, bitter and citric, this beer is the poster child for "hop forward" flavor.

Thick, nearly chewy with a bit of parch on the finish.

Lacking in complexity and too bitter to be truly enjoyed by me. Hopheads, this one is for you. (667 characters)

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. (690 characters)

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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.