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I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS

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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 joemcgrath27
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of lightindarkness
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours great, nice marmalade-orange body with khaki foam that settles to sudsy big-bubbled patches and stringy lace. Smells of juicy citrus, deep caramelly malts and resinous pine. A hint of cotton candy and earthy mustiness. Taste is of considerable malt, caramel and honey covered biscuits with big juicy grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Deep and round, with prominent hop resinous mouthcoating. Sharp, yet dull, round and raspy at the same time. Full and smooth with well balanced carbonation struggling to get through.

Resin quality stands out and clings to tongue, malt is rich with some flavor of age on it, rounding and deepening. overall not quite as bitter as I'd expected, but still a huge and intense malty IPA, notably well balanced, but without much to make it stand out as unique against so many others.

Photo of Converge
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. Here goes my first DIPA.

A - Just under a finger of bubbly orange-tan head. Hazy, burnt-orange hue. Head quickly dissipates to a thin ring. A little disappointed at the head & lacing here, especially after my last brew by Mikkeller (Mikkeller 10) which left gobs of lacing everywhere. The body is much darker and more cloudy than I expected, a definite departure from the standard IPA style; at least the IPA style I know.

S - Massive aroma of juicy, tropical-fruit hops. Some light caramel malt floats around in the background, but this ale is all hop upfront. Lots of citrus, namely pineapple and grapefruit. Very inviting. As it warms, I detect a solid orange presence as well.

T - The first thing that hits me is juicy, fruity hops. Tons of them. The hop character here doesn't wait until the finish to make an appearance, which is what I'm used to. This ale packs a wallop right off the bat that is just delicious. With no freshness date on the bottle, and this bottle being the last one on the shelf, I was slightly worried that this ale might be past it's prime. Although I'm not familiar with the style, I think I can put those worries to rest. Huge citrusy hop character, but the bitterness doesn't totally destroy my palate (something I expected to happen with my first DIPA). Light caramel malt pops up in the finish and aftertaste, and helps balance the overall flavor without getting in the way of the well-crafted hop profile. The alcohol content is masked well, especially for a brew at nearly 10% ABV.

M - Medium body with some weight to it for sure. Carbonation is kept quite low. The bittering hop character lingers for a while in the finish, but doesn't become too much. Slight alcohol warmth is felt, but kept at bay very well. The body feels a little syrupy, and I'm not sure if this is typical of the style of not. I don't particularly care for this, but it doesn't detract away from the brew too much.

D - I came into the review expecting this beer to blow my socks off the brutal bitterness and at the very least some detectable alcohol content. But what I got was a whole nother beast. Both fruity and piney hop presence dominated upfront, giving this ale a flavor profile unlike any other I've ever experienced before. I'm happy that I can say I enjoyed my introduction to the world of DIPAs, something I can't say about IPAs. All in all, I would say this ale was worth the ridiculous one-off price, and if it wasn't so damn pricey I would happily revisit it down the road.

Photo of notpmekts
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Whadawookie
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of iabeerbaron
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with medium sized head. Really nice lacing on my glass. Pine, citrus, and flower aroma. Flavor is orange and grapefruit; smooth and creamy. An incredible Double IPA; would love to try this great brew on tap somewhere. A great beer to enjoy!

Photo of Listers
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of cpinto6
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keepe

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of biboergosum
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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 hazy dark golden brown hue, with two fat fingers of foamy, chunky off-white head, which leaves some sparse, but still attractive, webbed lace around the glass as it ebbs away. It smells of caramel cream, and thunderous (is thunder odorous? Ponder that...) bitter fruity, piney hops. The taste is toffee-tinged caramel malt, subtle at first in the face of overpowering muddled citrus and pine hop astringency (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 never act up. The carbonation is restrained, but not exactly a wallflower either, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth in the face of its crazy local detractors. It finishes hoppy as shit (check that box), but not one-sided at any rate - the malt doing its best to play the stolid 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?

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.