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I Beat YoU - Mikkeller ApS

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I Beat YoUI Beat YoU

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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 csiewert
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small amount of foamy off white head with little lacing. The aroma is super strong with earthy hops. The taste starts with strong earthy hops, then becomes incredibly malty sweet... Not what you'd expect from the aroma. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the finish is clean. Overall a great double IPA that everyone should try.

csiewert, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--grapefruit and orange stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--having citrusy flavors--and these are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden.

metter98, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 11.2 oz. bottle
No bottled-on date...

Aroma: Hop aroma is a mix of pine and grapefruit, with an undercurrent of sweet honey from the malt.
Appearance: Thick, off-white, two-finger head. Beer is hazy, and medium-amber in color. Sudsy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Flavor: A roller coaster of pungent grapefruit, honey sweetness, and somewhat dry, resinous bitterness. Bitterness clings to the tongue long through the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-full body. Very slight pepperiness from the alcohol.
Drinkability: A well-balanced, drinkable IIPA. The prominent malty sweetness and hop flavor and bitterness hide the 9.75% ABV. I would definitely recommend trying!

mdvatab, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent for the style, sent in trade and now reaching bigger distribution in the USA. Lots of foam on a golden body. Hoppy aromas, the taste come lots of hops, very pleasant if you like bitter, as it leans more there, and is well buffered by the malting. Very good drinkability. Fuller mouthfeel.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The is attractive, showcasing considerable dank earth, light pine and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with the moderately sweet malt countered nicely by an impressively bitter finish. As a result, despite the moderately sweet mid palate, the finish is long and pretty dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, dryingly bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, though there's a bit of heat on the finish, reminding one that this beer's abv. is nearly 10%.

A solid beer from Mikkeller, which pretty much describes most of their IPA's.

John_M, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a really bubbly, foamy head, course lacing, and extremely large carbonation bubbles.

S - Very intense and vinous tropical fruit up front - pineapple, orange, red grapefruit. There's also a very intense and forward lemon aroma jumping out of the glass. The malts are difficult to detect, just alot of juicy, ripe fruit!

T - Very similar to the nose with the addition of some small traces of spicey sweet caramel underneath which is immediately over run with pungent, peppery tropical fruit. There's a booziness to this beer as it slides down the back of the throat, but with the alcohol effervesence, it doesn't really finish all that dry. Lots of bittersweet intensity.

M - Medium to heavy side of medium body, gentle on the tongue.

D - Very, very good.

Wish I had more than one of these. As per my usual D-IPA reviews, it's a total hop bomb, not for the faint of heart, two thumbs up. Hoppy, pungent, and bold!

jzeilinger, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Poured into a tulip

A: Pour is a golden orange that leaves about half inch head at the top the dissipates into a nice lacing surrounding the glass.

S: Nice hop aroma, with hints of grapefruit.

T: First taste is alcohol, that leaves you with some citrus as well as caramel and bits of malt.

M: Medium bodied with mid carbonation.

D: A good DIPA, would definitely enjoy this one again.

thedoubler55, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lNice DIPA caressing the top bracket of the style.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Mikkeller layout label, with a green pattern resembling hops and the icon of the brewer´s head. Notes style, and 9.7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour, tall and rich frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Softy fruity nose, hoppy range coated with a caramel malt sense. Resin and grapefruit, subdued under the malt. As it warms a bit, it gains a fuller presence rather close to the next aromatic level.

T - Hops shine more in the palate, with a nice resinous range, citric touches, grapefruit... Nice caramel malty flow under it.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, rather creamy and smooth with a final hint at a bitter bite.

D - Pleasing flow, complex and sturdy enough to demand some nice time as it comes down.

Notes: Wondering a bit about the freshness of this one, and missing any kind of bottling date. Fortunately while maybe not as pungent as I remember it from a previous tasting, this is still drinking very nicely.

Daniellobo, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A super cloudy brown orange and red. A quickly diminishing half finger head and a bit of lacing

S the smell is super malty and full of earth tones. The hops is there for sure but the malt is almost overwhelming. The hop that is there sure is pretty

T - so much different than the smell. A really sweet malted barley starts up front and than a boat load of citrus, pine and floral hops punches the malt in the groin grassy and loads of citrus

M - light, but not unpleasant And actually it is super nice. It's light and a really nice sweet and bitter hop hangs around

D - awesome. Hops, malt, smell and flavor. Just easy to drink and even easier to enjoy

Final thought - even at 7.99 price this beer is worth the price again and again

whatthehull, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of TheSaboteur
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Appears a hazy, burnt orange. Quick rising head that rests at two fingers. The color is a little darker than I like my 2x IPAs to look.

Smells of heavy pine, oranges/citrus, caramel and a bit of biscuit.

Taste begins sweet w/ a taste of oranges, the malt kicks in and then BAM! Bitter hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel is slick and but sticky at the the end. Major puckering.

I liked how bitter this was. I mean a lot. However, it just wasn't balanced enough to hang with the big boys that I've been able to try...which is saying something because I like my beers on the extreme end of the spectrum. That being said, this is worth a try, but doubt I'll repeat due to the price (value).

TheSaboteur, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Casey10
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting DIPA the cost is tough to justify when there are better DIPAs but I will say this was worth trying.

A - Creamy murky gold apperance.

S - Strong citrus/grapefruit here really nice.

T - Cutting almost tangy taste not flowery like it a west coast ipa as I looking for.

M - Leaves a nice resinous taste piney this is good.

D - Rated below avg because while worth having at 6.59 per 11.2 floz there are so may better beers out there or similar at better price points.

Casey10, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Comes out a little darker than most IPAs, more of a dark orange amber color. A little hazy, not completely filtered. Orange creamcicle colored head that came out huge with many lots of bubble sizes. The aggressive pour produced a big head, but not a heck of a lot of lacing.

The smell is really, really, did I mention really good. Double IPA's can be a little touchy when it comes to the smell. I always expect them to be strong one way or another, but not every brewery can balance it out. Very hoppy, mostly citrus and pine. A little bit of sweetness and just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Taste is good, very hoppy again. There is more of a citrus, than pine flavor in my opinion. A slight toffee sweetness and even a little smokey, and again a hint of alcohol. I really enjoyed it, could be balanced a little better, the flavor balance is heavily favored on the bitter end.

Certainly a full bodied beer. Strong, clean bitter finish, good carbonation level and a fairly high ABV not overly detectable in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good, solid brew of the style, I'd certainly drink it again.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Mesa Liquor

A: Very hazy orange color with a tan 1 finger head that recedes fairly quickly.

S: Alright, here's what I wrote down: "Citrus hops, lots of malt, some wet blanket funk and vet's office." I don't know what about the smell made me think "Vet's office," but once that popped up in my mind, it just seemed to work. That wasn't a total turn off though.

T: Piney hops, a ton of biscuit, some tropical fruit and an earthy funk. There's a pretty nice balance between the hops and the malt. To me, this tasted way more like an East Coast Double IPA than a West Coast. Slightly reminiscent of Hop Wallop. Not bad, but not my favorite.

notchucknorris, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy sunset orange with a loose white head that disappears but trails. Concentrated lemon zest nose with resin and stewed apricot.
Lemon sorbet and cherry juice malts with a bit of toasty caramel, then sap, orange oil, birch bark and passion fruit hops. Tangerine finish, long mouth-coating citronella linger. Medium-full, chewy, smooth, slight burn.

Deftly avoids the stewy taste of many multi-hopped DIPAs; each sip reveals a different facet. And though it's not for lightweights, also not too bitter or hot to be drinkable. Nice work.

StJamesGate, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with amber hints. It had a two-finger, off-white, foamy, bubbly head that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. Some burnt toast maltiness in the background.

T - Good piney hops with tropical fruits like grapefruit and mango. It had a good roasted malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a sneaky potency.

D - This is another tasty IPA from Mikkeller. Really nice.

zeff80, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

StlHopHead77, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of pigdog
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

pigdog, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

htomsirveaux, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slighlty murky burnt orange color with a 2 finger head that laces as it settles. The head is slightly tan. As I pour this into the glass the hops aroma hits me in the face with a nice orange, mango, pineapple aroma. Sweet malty start gives way to hoppy bitterness. Good tropical hop notes in the taste as well. Booze does show in the end along with some lingering bitterness. The bitterness reminds me of grapefruit rind. Overall, not bad but the booze showing isn't my favorite. As it warms I get some soapy qualities to it.

kbutler1, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of liddytime
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was talking with the guys in RSVP in Portland and they highly recommended this one for hop-freaks like myself. I love Mikeller's brews but I am always slightly hesitant as a result of the price tags. Apparently Scandanavia taxes beer based on the beer's ABV so a 10% beer ends up, well, pretty darn pricey! Ah, what the heck?! I'm worth it right?!

So this beer is a joint project with the guys from Brew Dog in Aberdeen, Scotland. This IS a must try! A Scottish, Scandanavian, "American IPA" !

Pouring this hop-bazooka from the bottle, one quickly appreciates the escape of the volatile citrus, pine hop aromas.

Soft, lacy head and dark copper in color.

It has been awhile since I've smelled hops this strong with the beer simply resting in the glass! Big time citrus and pepper notes.

Very, very smooth tasting. Soft, full body and the alcohol is surprisingly hidden beneath the malt and ( ...oh, did I happen to mention??) HOPS! I really need to be careful because this is going down so fast and easy for a 10% beer!

If you are a hophead and thinking of splurging $7-$10 bucks on a bottle of beer, I highly suggest you find a bottle of I Beat yoU. It is a great special treat if you love big IPAs. I wouldn't cellar this one as I would be afraid those great hop aromas might disappear.

liddytime, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Murchmac
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Murchmac, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy, amber-orange pour with a great three finger, off-white head and nice lacing. Big, earthy, resiny, citrusy, floral, fresh hop nose with hints of mango, pineapple and a solid biscuity malt backbone. The taste is all hops and citrus. Mouth puckering, resiny, bitter fresh hops with some orange and grapefruit, with a solid sweet caramel malt base to balance out this hop bomb. Nice sticky, chewy mouthfeel with no sign of the hefty ABV makes this a totally drinkable Imperial IPA. Why does Mikkeller have to be so damned expensive!

beerdrifter, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of bbkd3b
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Let's rock!

A - Pours a pretty, shiny amber gold color with a 1-finger off-white head that has a decent holding period. When it's gone, what's left is a fine looking lacing all of the way down the glass. It's a bit foggy, but you can see the little carbonation bubble doing their thing.

S - A very hoppy, citrusy scent. This is an IPA that doesn't play around, I guess. Very sharp combo of grapefruit and spruce with a twist of biscuit to top it off. nice, strong scent.

T - Very much follows the aroma. Right away, those citrus tones are on the tongue. Everywhere but the tip of the tongue gets enshrouded with very grassy, bitter hops that show why the beer has its name. Not a bad all-around flavor, but I think it could do a bit more than it is.

M - Light-to-medium body, dead-center on the carbonation. The finish is pretty damn dry, but that's not all that surprsing, everything considered. Feels nice the whole way through.

D - Gosh, this beer has a sizable cost and its very alcoholic, as well as bitter. Not a great combo for getting more than a bottle at a time, and honestly, that's all I think I really need.

Overall/notes: A man recommended this to me, and described as the best he's had. I regretfully disagree, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. For as intimidating as it initially was, I was pretty surprised to find out just how tame this beer actually is. Aside from an attractive look and good nose, there's not much of note. It's well-made, and certainly a good beer, but I'll venture elsewhere for the near future.

bbkd3b, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of hopheadjuice
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11,2 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a 1 finger beige head that laces average.

This IIPA smells bitter as fuck! Strong grapefruit rind, mango, pineapple, fresh grass, tobacco, dank weed. Balanced oh so slightly by a touch of malt sweetness.

High bitterness in this one almost made me cringe!!! Hops are more one dimensional then they are in the aroma, bitter, bitter, bitter! Add a little bit of aspirin like bitterness and a touch of caramel/pale malts for a little bittersweet symphony.

Medium/full bodied ale with good carbonation and a bone dry finish.

Drinkability is a bit diminished with the extreme amount of bitterness (and i LOVE bitter) but its a bit much. alcohol was hardly noticeable even at 9.75% ABV

hopheadjuice, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears a pleasant looking orange color with fairly decent clarity. A cap of yellowish stained fluff appears and recedes but is revived to a finger's strength with every swirl. Some spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a malty backing of caramel and some fruity/floral character to the hops. The hops blend with a bit of a mineral aspect that is almost chlorine-like with the herbal scent playing the major role in the nose.

The taste is modestly bitter with hop flavoring that is herbal and grassy. There is a slight spiced aspect which is accented by the sharp solvent alcohol incorporation. Faint in the background is the toasted malty aspect which is present but does not offer up much sweetness like the nose might have somewhat indicated. As the brew warms, it takes on a more complex herbal character that is almost minty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is drinkable with a fairly resinous cling inside the mouth that leaves a last herbal bitterness. Overall not bad.

stakem, Nov 14, 2010
I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.