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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Photo of cdrogers
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into Sam Adam's Boston Lager glass.

A: Nice Brown-amber head with dark amber honey.
S: Lots of florals in this one. Maybe some pine resin notes as well.
T: OMG. This thing hit my like a bomb. I was enjoying it with some BBQ baked chicken and it hit me so hard, the crazy amount of hops, that I about fell out of my chair. I'm not sure if it was the food that made it so hoppy or what, but it was the most hops I've had in a beer yet. I get some black coffee in this one as well. Some straight black coffee.
M: Made my mouth go crazy, from cheeks to tongue. The hoppiness in this was so crazy.
D: I'm not sure on this one. For me, one was enough. This was the IPA of IPA's for me. It was an interesting experience, one I've not had with any other IPA, so it's worth a first try, but definitely not one I could drink very often.

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.

Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger head that settles to a half pinky. Leaves some ring lace after each sip. The liquid is a cloudy, dark amber color with a touch of orange.

Very nice fresh hop smells; there's a solid paler malt base. Light alcohol in the background. For a DIPA, it seems very well balanced to the nose.

The flavor is not balanced: it is a classic hop bomb of a DIPA. Initial sip is 2/3 hop, 1/3 malt and within a half second, there is no malt. The bitterness intensifies to the swallow and leaves a very long aftertaste. Good mouthfeel.

Photo of rand
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep copper-tan with lots of carbonation, which blocks most light from passing through. Carbonation forms a thick, cavernous head that sticks everywhere.

S: Sharp, clean pine and sweetened grapefruit fill the nose. This is all enveloped in strong alcohol that has a subtle burning effect.

T: Aggresive, bitter, piny hops and grapefruit. The alcohol isn't hidden at all and resonates with the bitter hop bite. Lots of carmelly malts and lemony citrus round out the flavor, but I wouldn't exactly call this balanced. Still, hopheads should take to this nicely.

M: Nice and chewy, but not abnormally for a 10% brew. The carbonation is actually lighter than it looks

Drinkability and notes: Even for a hopped-up 10% DIPA, this is aggressively hopped, even more than some of my favs like Stone Ruination. A real hopbomb. I like the beer, but it seems like Mikkeller took aim at the hoppy West Coast IPA and tried to 'out-hop' them (perhaps that's why they call it 'I Beat yoU'). I wouldn't pass this up though.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark orange with a compact head.

S-Caramel malt is paired evenly with earthy and citrusy hops. Balanced.

T-Hops are a bit more pronounced but still, this beer is pretty even. Strong malts, slightly stornger hops. Some booze.

M-Hop resin makes this guy pretty full bodied. Slick.

D-A pretty sturdy brew; yet there are plenty of other DIPAs around that taste better and have a higher drinkability level in my opinion. That being said, wouldn't say no to a second.

Photo of peabody
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a very clear orangish amber with two fingers of off-white creamy suds. Lacing going on here.
Smell is sharp hop with very little malt.
Very grapefruity with a hint of alcohol.
Taste is bitter at first then very dirty. The dirt stays with you for about 10 seconds then the alcohol hits the back of the throat and burns all the way down!
Your mouth goes through the wringer with this strong offering. I still like the extremes here.
Drinkability is almost nill. Way too hot, not enough maltysweetness to balance out the strong hop bitterness.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of regspeir
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a cloudy dark cider-like amber with a one-finger head that settles into a coating. Lacing is lighter but lasting. Nose is a great pine, citrus (grapefruit and oranges)) and floral combination. And the taste is very pleasant journey through the sweetness of tropical fruit, some light bitterness, caramel malts and the pleasingly bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky. There is NO hint of the ABV of 9.75% so beware. Denmark and Mikkeller seem to "get it" in terms of making an IPA 'cause this is a great one. I loved this and, if it weren't that it was a little pricey, this would be a go-to for sure. Great beer.

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle to wine glass. $7 for the purchase.

A: Pours with a 2 finger foamy/creamy, slow rising, sandstone colored head. Excellent retention. The body is perfectly clear with loads of bubbles on the interior. Somewhere between amber and orange in color, medium intensity. The heads throws down a fair amount of lacing and the body adds partial sheets. Very attractive and little room for improvement.

S: Above average malt content. Toasted grains, hard crusted French bread and light caramel. Hops are heavy (Herkules, Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus), but Simcoe seems to stand out. Pine wood and resin, grass and grapefruit. Yeast is light and musty. It's obvious I Beat U will be a bitter bomb.

T: The alcohol is well hidden but does come through a bit on the palate. Helping to conceal the near 10% ABV are tropical flavors of white grapefruit, dried peach & pineapple, mango and tangerine. Semi-sweet and spicy and heavily bitter. The pungent bitterness is clean, helping the flavor to last long.

M: Medium full body with a creamy texture and fine, fizzy carbonation. Very bitter and somewhat dry but becomes sweeter on the finish and even moreso as the brew warms.

D: A pretty intense experience with drinkability suitable for one, maybe two glasses in a sitting. I've noticed distinct similarities across many of the Mikkeller DIPA's that I've sampled, which isn't a bad thing, its just worth noting.

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 StoneBrewFanatic
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lush amber color into my pint glass with about one finger of head that continues to stick around in a nice thin layer. Nice lacing as well.

S - Delicious citrus hop aroma right up front with hints of sweet malt underneath. Pine, resin, grapefruit all there.

T - Tropical fruit sensation is the beginning with a nice bite from the hops, followed by a caramel sweetness, and wrapping up with a dry bitter finish.

M - Full and sticky, yet bitter and dry finish.

D - Although I really enjoy this beer, there is something about the bitter dryness at the end that just seems a little off to me.

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 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 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 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 bbeane
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter... starts with a finger thick head that disappears pretty quickly. Beer is a dark murky amber color with some light activity

S- First wiff gives a grapefruit aroma with some malt sweetness... After some swirls of the snifter, it loses all hints of sweetness and just gives of a skunky(in a good way), citrusy, hop aroma

T- Kind of odd actually. Has a wonderful nothing but hop flavor, yet it's not an intense hoppyness. It doesn't have that mouth puckering bitterness to it

M- Medium body with light/medium carbonation. Leaves nice hoppy aftertaste clinging to your mouth

D- Very tasty and definitely worth a try, though I think I can find some other DIPA's that compare and are cheaper than $6.50


Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of snpub540
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy pale copper hue with some orange notes in it. Very light tan head on it leaves some clingy web lacing on my tulip glass.

Smell is an intoxicating blend of grapefruit, tropical fruits, grass and pine. Glorious hop aromas at their best.

Taste is all hops. Citrus lemony notes upfront with some of that tongue buckling pine and resin notes in the finish. There's also a soapy flavor in there that took away from the experience but definately a nice trip down hop lane.

Mouthfeel is thicker than medium, slightly syrupy but it does a good job of coating the palate. Drinkability is a little hampered by the alcohol and strong hop flavor. Let's just call it a sipper. I enjoyed it but its not for anyone who is not a hophead. There is no restraint at all in this brew.

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.

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 gford217
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy deep amber with a big frothy off-white head that leaves excellent lacing and sticks around as a thick cap for the duration.

The aroma is thick and resinous. Lots of evergreen sap and pithy grapefruit. Sweet malts floating around underneath but hops are dominant, especially as it warms.

I actually like the taste better as it seems to have a bit more complexity than the nose. It starts with sweet tropical fruit and gives way to a hefty caramel malt backbone. The finish brings back the resin from nose with a sticky bitter resinous finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky with lots of bitterness and a bit dry in the finish.

Mikkeller has been putting a ton of interesting hoppy beers out lately and this is no exception. It's not nearly the scathing hop bomb I was expecting though i wouldn't call it an extremely drinkable DIPA.

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 jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Mikkeller.

Pours a medium copper with a very light off white head, good retention and lacing...Aroma is strong, mostly hard core hoppy pine resin decent smell but its a one noter, wish it was more complex...The taste is actually ligher on the hops than you would think after the pine bomb on the front, but still a one noter, pine start to finish. If you like pine this is a good for one, especially if you like pine that is not super strong.

This is pretty decent for a piney beer, add a little more complexity and get back to me.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle.

The beer pours with a 3 finger head that is tan in color and rather creamy. Decent retention and excellent lacing. Hazy Amber brown color.

Aroma is sweet, floral, green and fruity.

Flavor is of sweet ripe fruits and tastes like tea. Reminds me of a sweet/cold hop soup. A little to sweet. ABV is apparent. Some yeast flavors and slightly powdery.

Fairly bold body, somewhat sticky with that powdery feeling from the yeast.

Fairly decent beer. Not a classic by any stretch.

Photo of benclimbs
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice light amber with a bit of lacing and good head retention for the first few minutes

smell is very nice mix of citrus and pine hops - smells classically west coast, strage it was brewed accross the pond!

taste is where the Brewdog really comes out, really reminds me of Hardcore IPA with the kind of lingering sweet wine like character and emphasis on caramel rather than pure hops up front...this is a good bit more hoppy than Hardcore though.

very nice beer!

I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.