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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 JayS2629


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark caramel amber with good clarity and depth. Nice two finger, creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves creamy rings of lace.

The aroma is an amazingly rich bouquet of tropical fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange marmalde, cocunut and hints of vanill and rich caramels. Strong malt bottom with toffee hints.

The flavor is more aggressive with a bitter bite. Still citrusy, orange peel, grapefruit pith, aspirin hints. A little overboard and stinging. Rich toffee, sweet bottom a bit cloying. Big alcohol burn on the finish. Pallate stripper. Interesting and intense.

The burn in the finish on this bitter beer is a lot to handle. Medium body and quite solid.

Not balanced. Aggressive, hard to finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 05:10:31 | More by JayS2629
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark, almost red. Wispy off white head.
Smell: earthy citrus hops in your face. Tamed by a strong malt.
Taste: conflicting hops and malt. Strong malt backbone but cut through with a bitter streak.
Overall: glad to try. Not a stand out IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 00:07:09 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:25:41 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of lightindarkness


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:13:55 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:49:09 | More by Converge
Photo of Whadawookie


4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 05:15:24 | More by Whadawookie
Photo of iabeerbaron


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:29:06 | More by iabeerbaron
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:33:42 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:30:36 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:27:24 | More by biboergosum
Photo of kojevergas


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 09:35:40 | More by kojevergas
Photo of cvm4


3.93/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 11:26:13 | More by cvm4
Photo of vitrael


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:39:03 | More by vitrael
Photo of spdyfire83


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 18:09:07 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of jsh420


4.2/5  rDev +8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:23:08 | More by jsh420
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 05:41:43 | More by wordemupg
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:21:10 | More by superspak
Photo of WanderingFool


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 23:11:19 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of ms11781


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:02:19 | More by ms11781
Photo of MarcGetty


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:44:13 | More by MarcGetty
Photo of alexhahn82


2.88/5  rDev -26%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 00:20:10 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of mithrascruor


2.8/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 18:58:12 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of NEhophead


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:34:57 | More by NEhophead
Photo of bigfnjoe


2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 16:49:27 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of drpimento


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:57:15 | More by drpimento
I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.