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I Beat YoU | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavily hopped with Herkules, Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus.

Brewed at BrewDog, Scotland.

Added by bark on 11-18-2009

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Photo of Bonko_the_sane
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of BurnInLA
1.94/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a decent head but quickly dissipated. No lacing. Overpowering stink smell... overpowering bad-taste taste. I'm not sure if I just got a bad bottle or if it's just not for me... way way too much hop flavor, way too much alcohol flavor, weird citrus thing going on... too much alcohol heat...

I love some DIPA's like Pliny, Sculpin and my favorite, Dogfish Head 90 minute, but this was just not for me...

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Photo of IPAkindaguy
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of Hopswagger
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

P: Cloudy, dirty tannish orange color with a finger of off white head.

S: Grapefruit, juicy pineapple, mellow earthy characteristics. Mainly fruit forward, toasty malts and a spiced background. Peach juice and syrup are also present.

T/M: Heavy grapefruit and sweet syrup. Not as smooth as the nose and has a rough unpleasant taste. The malts is almost offensive, syrupy and overpowering. Floral hops with toasted grains. Finishes wet with a timid dryness from the grapefruit.

O: For the advertised amount of hops I was truly disappointed. Not impressed with this at all and I'm disappointed beachside I had high hopes for this. I almost poured it out at one point but made myself finish. The malt was just not right for the beer and too overpowering. The smell was nice but not enough to save it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is an amber-orange sort of color with a thin white (maybe slightly off-white) head.

S: A decent hop aroma comes through initially. However, it's quickly followed by burnt rubber and alcohol. Not really what I was hoping for.

T: There's a fairly substantial bitterness to this beer, with a moderate amount of malt sweetness and some slightly caramelized sugars. A sweet citrus flavor along with fusel alcohols and rubber.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Ah, Mikkeller and Brewdog, everyone's favorites. I wasn't really a fan of this one, obviously.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
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

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Photo of rderedin
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This must have been old because it was a lot maltier than it should have been.

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Photo of BuddyE
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is all over the place. The original pour is nice, with a wonderful deep caramel color and moderately foamy head. The aroma was fantastic, rich in spicy fullness with nice, subdued fruit undertones. Unfortunately, that was the best part of the beer. Upon first sip, the liquid is heavy in the mouth, with a hit of bitters that is to be expected, but with an astringent follow-up that makes the beer hard to swallow; harder still to try again. When they can be descerned, the cacophony of flavors fight with one another rather than melding into anything approaching harmony. I understand wanting to go all out and make a high IBU offering, but other companies have done so successfully while creating beer that, though potent, is still drinkable. I think this one misses the mark.

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Photo of jmmy3
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of ehammond1
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark copper, rust, and orange in color with a thin off-white head that leaves a few dots of stick down the glass--but not much.

This has a very aggressive, strong aroma, with lots of citrus hop character, pine, and big notes of dominating, stinging alcohol.

The flavor follows a similar, unfortunate route, with big bitterness and hot, stinging alcohol dominating the big citrus and pine. There's tons of hop character here, but it's presented in an unpleasant fashion. There's also a chemical flavor as well that doesn't help much at all.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though a bit oily.

I had a tough time working my way through my 10oz. glass.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
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!

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Photo of Lee45102
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The smell, look, and the first upfront taste was great. The malt flavor at the end doesn't meet my expectation for an IIPA. This beer was very tough to get through. I normally love Mikkeller Beers and I am a huge IIPA lover. Good luck to those trying this beer that are big IPA drinkers.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark apricot colored pour with a minimal off-white head. Strong hoppy smell with a hint of booze. Taste is syrupy with resin and tropical fruit upfront. Also has a slightly sweet edge with a caramel flavor that carries through to the finish, along w/ the boozy flavor.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of quilty
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ThurmondTX
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver, CO. No freshness date. Right around $6. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Turbid amber color with about half an inch worth of dense, creamy, off white head. A few gobs of lacing as the head recedes. Small island of slightly higher bubbles in the middle.

S: Lots of resinous hops, fairly grassy as well, kind of cheesy on the hops...hard to describe, but not completely out of place. Lots of malty smells as well. Faintly alcoholic as well. Decent, but I would like more hops.

T: I'm not sure how old this is, but its still pretty hoppy. Lots of resinous hops, some mint, some pine, and a bit of citrus. There's a decent amount of bitterness, but nowhere near the amount I figured by the label/name. Big malt flavor, lots of caramel and pale malt. I'm not sure how old this is, but its faded. Not sure how it would've been fresh, but this is pretty average.

M: Medium thick body, medium carbonation, slightly dry and a fair amount of alcohol heat on the finish. About right.

O: Frustrating, a perfect example of why all hoppy beers should have a freshness date on the label. I think this could've been a really great beer at some point in time, but I had no idea what I was getting into. Will finish this, but not the best.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cloudy with a chance of yeast, sheesh, this looks like the water luke and solo got stuck in during empire... muddy orange hue with some bubs careening through the thick looking murk, decent head and lacing, the particles are all in suspension like some sort of sick looking snow globe, interesting enough

dark honey herbal hops, kind if like ricola on crack, some dry sugar, swamp grass, like the look this is different from most DIPAs so far, not sure if
different = good, we'll have to see about that score

taste etc...
boy, that is going to take a sec to process...
extremely bitter dark honey, completely cloying on the first sip, almost hard to go back, but it settles down as my palette adjusts...
decently thick but not gooey, the bitterness seems at war with the flavor, the beer does not drink smoothly in that regard, the phases are all at war with each other here, there is big bitterness, hooray, here's a medal, but man this is just too harsh to enjoy, the hops are almost hard to enjoy here.

the ABV is decently hidden but the mess of flavors is not, this is certainly a different DIPA so if you want to try something that definitely does not taste run of the mill... go ahead, this one just is not for me.

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Photo of squaremile
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Let me say up front that I am a huge fan of "unbalanced" IPAs. I love hops and the kind of west coast beers that fans of DFH 90min don't like. That said, this thing is insane. Pours a clear brown/orange with a fluffy white head. Smell is really hardcore dank and booze. Taste at first actually was a let down, as it seemed a bit hollow, then after some warming was REALLLY bitter. Not hoppy, but BITTER. The IBUs are for real here. And in an unpleasant way. A comparable beer is Barley Brown's Tankslapper but that has more HOP flavor and drinkability. This is just a crazy chemistry experiment. Done after about 5oz. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of pigdog
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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