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I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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 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.

Photo of cvm4
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I poured the bottle into the glass and it revealed a very hazy orange beer with an off cream head. There was some mimimal lacing.

S - Sweet malt, citrus and pine elements.

T - This tastes like a big beer which I thoroughly enjoyed! There's a very sweet malty flavor and the bitter hops balance this perfectly. The finish is clean with no real complaints from me.

M - Thick and a mouthful. You can tell this a big, full bodied beer worth sitting back and taking note of.

O - I was impressed with this double IPA, especially since it didn't come from America. This full bodied beer marches to its own drummer, which is a good thing!

Photo of vitrael
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange with cream colored head and a little lacing.

S: Somewhat lacking, possibly this bottle has been around a long time. I really don't know. It's at least 3 months old so I can't knock it too hard, but I was looking for a little more hop aroma. It's definitely there though, a little piney, behind a huge malt aroma.

T: Money, huge caramel maltiness and aggressive bitterness with fruity and piney hop flavors. I am acutely aware I am drinking a huge beer, although it's extremely clean on the finish do to all the hopping. Ruinous IBU.

M: Nice and full, almost chewy, quite big for an IPA of course, but terribly satisfying.

Nice work.

Photo of spdyfire83
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19th Review – from notes
Bottle into NB snifter

L: Cloudy, burnt tan. 0.75 fingernail head on slow pour.

S: Lots of malt with a hint of sweet caramel.

T: Sweet and smooth all throughout. Hops up front slowly fade of the palate. Not overly malty.

M: Well-balance and BOLD! Thick and grassy, but good.

O: Quite tasty beer that has a very full-body taste. Finally, a non-US IIPA that is tasty and has its own personality. I dig!

Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours murky burnt orange with very little head and left no lacing

smells of pine lots of it and some sweet tea malt

taste is just like the nose - pine pine and more pine hops but still a great deal of malt without being overly sweet - also pickup pepper on finish

mouthfeel is medium body with lgood carbonation - works well with the flavor

overall - this is a damn fine tasting impy ipa but i can find other west coast style ipas for half the price

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 2/9/11

A hazy dark orange with a short lived two finger cream colored foam that leaves just a single random patch of lace

S lots of caramel with some grapefruit rind,tangerine, pine and faint booze, smells pretty sweet though and there's something in the background I just can't place

T plenty of caramel malt with a heavy blast of pine and rind, very well concealed booze, just a little but at just under 10% I think they did pretty well. not as sweet as it smells but heavy on the caramel (if that makes any sense)

M quite thick, a little sticky on the lips, long finish and a highlight in a pretty nice beer, heat I'd expect at 6% not 10%

O I'm curious to the age of this bottle because its almost as if the hops have faded and a malty caramel flavors taking over, I liked it quite a bit but the cobwebs add too my suspicion.

not a hop runaway but may have been a couple of months ago, I guess the word I should be using is "Balance" but I'm not sure if it was intended. Worth trying for sure, as I say balance I'm picking piney hops and grapefruit out of my teeth, make up your own mind

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Beat U pours a cloudy copper color with a frothy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with hops and malt. Notes of caramel and biscuit are blended with orange citrus and pine.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy and smooth. Carbonation is moderate. The flavor is hoppy with tastes of orange and grapefruit citrus and pine. Balancing out the hops is caramel malt, biscuit and some ripe fruit. It finishes bitter with notes of alcohol and medicine. Once gone the caramel malt and orange citrus lingers on the palate.

For nearly 10% abv this beer is rather drinkable. The alcohol sneaks up on you though. I found the malt/hop balance to be good, but similar to other beers in the style.

Photo of ms11781
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of MarcGetty
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single 12oz bottle that I bought home as part of a mixed six pack.

Pours an anemic looking light brown with little head, but as soon as you put the glass twoard you the wonderful smell gets to you and the taste is not long after that.

It's pretty odd to see a beer that pours so lifeless have such good mouthfeel, but it does. Coupled with the taste and you have yourself a great little beer.

I wish that I had more than one!

Photo of alexhahn82
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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!

Photo of mithrascruor
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tulip.

Pours a murky peach-camel color beneath a densely foamy, porous, bright white head. Practically upon impact, the tulip's sides are plastered with durable, ringed lacing.

Big, toasted malt character with a hefty dose of diacetyl; notes of honey. The hop aromas are a muddy, tropical fruit character over a cognac type alcohol character. Deep, muddy flavors; intriguing, but a bit odd for the style.

Heavy, toasted malt character that more than balances out the pine-driven, herbal hop flavors. The herbal profile run the gamut from grass and cedar to rosemary and sage. Mildly sweet notes of vanilla and honey throughout. Real complex, deep flavors going on here with a remarkable balance.

Full in body; wonderfully smooth and creamy, which is quite a surprising texture for the style.

This one is a real treat; particularly in terms of appearance, flavor, and texture. A few knocks: this offering doesn't exactly fit the mold for an American Double IPA and it's not the most 'sessionable' one either.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
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

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Rizalini
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass...

A - Pours a semi-hazy copper color. Thick, light orange head that bubbles, and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Big hop aroma. Piney, grapefruit, lemon. The smell makes my mouth water.

T - Great hop bitterness. There is just a great hoppiness to this beer.Slightly sweet, but the bitterness stays thru the aftertaste.

M - Medium Mouthfeel, good carbonation. Almost chewy.

O - One of the best import IPAs I've had. The alcohol is very well hidden considering it's 9.75%. I definately could drink a few more of these!

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice looking copperish gold color. The head was thick and white, leaving a really nice lacing too. The smell was very good, the hops aroma was fresh and bright smelling. The taste of this beer is very bitter but had a great sweetness to it also from the massive amounts of hops they used. The mouthfeel of this beer has a really good tingle to it but also goes down well. Overall this is a big time brew, it's flavorful and gets the job done. I found it to be a very good IIPA.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours an orange amber with a decent head that settles to a cap/ring and leaves some lacing. Smells big, but balanced with lots of malt and citrus rind. The taste is similar. Lots of bitter citrus rind notes backed up by some malt, with a nice lingering bitterness. Not too sweet, and nice hop presence, but this is just good rather than great- lacks depth or anything really interesting going on.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and biscuit malts. It's sweet with some bread-like character. The hop aroma is good as well. It has a nice piney scent that works with the malty character. The taste is good as well. It has a malt forward flavor that boasts of caramel and biscuit malts. It's rich and tasty with much bitterness. The hop character is bold, yet slightly hidden with the amount of malt complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good DIPA. It's pretty damn malty, but the hop character does shine through.

I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.