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I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%

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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Heavily hopped with Herkules, Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus.

Brewed at BrewDog, Scotland.

(Beer added by: bark on 11-18-2009)
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Photo of tempodaluppoli


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

Beautiful color: amber with orange reflex, very clear. Long lasting white head. At the nose there is a reminiscence of bergamot and obviously a lot of resin/herbs.
The beer is very smooth but also very bitter, quite warming but all the sensations are in great balace. The taste is very elegant with the bitter from the hops that seems to last forever.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 14:10:59 | More by tempodaluppoli
Photo of beholder_pl


4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 20:02:49 | More by beholder_pl
Photo of JohnCassillo


3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 15:46:42 | More by JohnCassillo
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.86/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:33:43 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Slatetank


3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is darker than most with an almost brown dark amber shade with translucent clarity and quick to drop tan cap with fine bead. The smell is dry leafy hop aroma mixed with malt sweetness and slight alcohol ester and mild pine. The feel has moderate sweetness and light bitternesss with a more balance of alcohol hop bitterness and malt with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry warming finish.

The flavor is pretty decent with some mild lemon zest which is intense and some pine hop flavor mixed with caramel element of malt and alcohol w/ a mild herbal flavor throughout, the blend of hops was not apparent to me but after reading the description here I get why the hops come off as moreof a noble blend of flavors rather than strictly american in profile with the yeast adding a light fruitiness to the taste in general. Overall not bad -very strong tasting and hoppy with a slightly sweet take on the style but pretty drinkable in general terms -I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 14:55:34 | More by Slatetank
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of a 2012 edition (so I've been told) bottle. Poured a ruby red brown sort of color with a good head that dies at OK pace with lace patches. Strong, piney hop aroma with a little bit of booziness in it and some caramel sugary sweetness. Taste is more of the same as citric, orangish, piney hops greet me at every sip and the beer goes down easy and is well-balanced with a pronounced sweet edge. Beer is warming as I swear the alcohol jumps out at times and smoothes out as you keep drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 13:40:51 | More by clayrock81
Photo of kguard


3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with the smell of honey and candied fruits, papaya & banana.
Taste a bit of a let down from 19. Honey, floral, and mild candied fruit. Caramelized malts keep coming through. I at least appreciate what he's going for.
Mouthfeel is chewier and more viscous that most. Remind me Jagermeister Barenjager.
It's just above ok. Downside is the cost of each beer, and it's brewed at Brewdog. I had a higher expectation of this.
Simply doesn't justify the price tag. Nice to try but I enjoy IIPA's that feature less malt and more bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 04:57:26 | More by kguard
Photo of beergoot


3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber-orange body sporting a thick, sticky, white head. Strong caramel notes infused with deep, rich fruit; apricot, orange. Thick, chewy beer; rich and syrupy feel; very dry. Deep malt notes overshadowed by very smooth yet powerful hop bitterness; some orange-like esters sneaking around in the background.

Definitely a big 'un here. Packed full of grain and hop goodness that does a pretty fair job of masking the ABV. Smooth and luscious with a kick...

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:30:18 | More by beergoot
Photo of Pencible


3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:53:26 | More by Pencible
Photo of Oakenator


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an amber to brown. Thick, creamy head initially lingers well. Streaked lacing. On swirl large walls of carbonation present on glass wall.

S: Hoppy and piney.

T: More of the same hops with maybe a bit of earthy grass. Balanced with a nice dose of malts.

M: Medium bodies - hops prevent it from being to heavy.

O: Just bought yesterday but unfortunately hops are past their prime. But seeing through that this is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 23:21:13 | More by Oakenator
Photo of Lee45102


2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 20:44:34 | More by Lee45102
Photo of gabrielsyme


4.86/5  rDev +24.9%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:13:25 | More by gabrielsyme
Photo of BuddyE


2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:43:17 | More by BuddyE
Photo of Samuel906


3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with Mikkeller, and I'm pretty sure the only Scottish IPA I've ever had. Pours a nice amber color, slightly cloudy, with a copper tinged head. Good retention and cling on the head. Huge aroma; tons and tons of hops with clover honey, lemongrass and vanilla. Some of the Scottish heritage comes through in the taste, bearing a passing resemblance to a Wee Heavy with the thick, molasses like sweetness, and grassy background.. Very very sweet, thick and creamy, with little felt carbonation; almost feels like nitro out of the bottle. Lots of lemon on the palate, caramel and loads of malt and hops. Leaves a citrus aftertaste. Not boozey, but you can feel the heat of the nearly 10% ABV.

Good but not great; better examples of the style can be found in the 90 minute, Hop Stoopid, or Simtra.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 05:22:35 | More by Samuel906
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:32:31 | More by Ego
Photo of rajendra82


4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The copper-amber color, cloudy body. and two finger thick head made of large bubbles made this beer look good to me. The smell was very aggressive at an arms length, as the hops gave out a grassy, spicy aroma. Right under the nose, the aromas mellowed a little, as the honey like malt started to come through. The was not as bitter as the American IPAs originating on the US West Coast. There was a honeydew melon and papaya like sweetness up front, with notes of pear as well. The hops were clearly there mid palette, and in the finish, but they were not the typical citric types, and were instead more herbal, earthy, and spicy. This beer was quite hefty in body and stuck to the corners of the mouth, giving the beer a drawn out aftertaste. Hid the alcohol well, and went down quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 05:44:55 | More by rajendra82
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades medium.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, some light booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice DIPA. Good malt and hop balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 06:59:04 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 00:01:09 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of those special beers that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. this is a big bastard ipa. it pours a clear radiant orange color, sticky white foam on top. the nose is really bitter, oily, high alpha west coast hops. less booze than expected, and a tangerine honey waft as well. love the taste of this, bitter as hell, almost concentrated hops, but there is some fruity sweet notes in there too. mouthfeel is sticky as hell, like nice weed. its thick but well carbonated, perfectly balanced in that regard. mikkeller has come to make some outstanding big american ipas, and this one is among the best. wow, so much flavor, really strong, but scary drinkable. yum

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:41:12 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of mscudder


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:30:21 | More by mscudder
Photo of AdamBear


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark orange amber with a thin tan head

S-really strong scent. Like caramel and age hops. Smells more pungent than 120.

T-doesn't taste as strong which is a good thing. It comes in with mellow but full citrusy hops. It's a good and full taste. Lasting after-taste. Not too bitter

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this was actually much easier to drink than I would've expected. It basically just reminds me of a 120 that is much easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 15:54:54 | More by AdamBear
Photo of julian89


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer with a buddy along with 3 other Mikkeller IPA's.

Appearance: A warm orange pour with a pale ~2 inch head. Great retention with a small amount of lacing.

Smell: A fair amount of alcohol smell. Medium level of orange zest and rich smell of malts and syrup.

Taste: Very rich light malt almost a syrup infused taste to it. A fair amount of bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. It's a big IPA, medium bodied. Highly drinkable for the high ABV. Great progression and finishes with a fair coating of the palate.

Drinkability: It seems as though it would be interesting to cellar. If the cost were lower ($6.30) I would return to it more often.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 16:02:56 | More by julian89
Photo of hopheady4me

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The appearance is a hazy medium light brown.
S- The smell has strong hints of honey, caramel and citrus notes. T- The taste is boozy and strong. It is heavy and has hints of caramel and pine.
M- The mouthfeel is strong, satisfying and intoxicating.
O- Overall the beer is well worth experiencing and has enough complexity to satisfy most Imperial IPA lovers.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:29:11 | More by hopheady4me
Photo of Aml42000


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 06:04:45 | More by Aml42000
Photo of tlazaroff


3.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:09:25 | More by tlazaroff
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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
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